November 23, 2009 11:05:00 AM
NORTHPORT, ALA. -- The streets and shops of historic downtown Northport, Ala., will once again come alive with music, children''s activities and holiday decor at the 20th annual Dickens Downtown Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 5-8 p.m.
Music will be provided by community and area school groups and soloists. Holiday activities include the Friends of Historic Northport holiday tree lighting and carolers. Traditional craftspeople will be at the Kentuck Art Center demonstrating craftwork such as metal toy making, blacksmithing, pottery firing and broom making.
The sound of bagpipes will echo up and down Main Avenue with performances by the Alabama Pipes and Drums. Founded in 1994, the group based in Birmingham, Ala., competes and performs throughout the region.
The special guest again this year will be Her Royal Highness Queen Victoria, who will arrive in a horse-drawn carriage. By royal decree, actual "snow" will fall throughout the evening on visitors. The shops and galleries of downtown Northport will be open and decorated for the holidays, and merchants will be in traditional Victorian costume. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume as well.
All musical and craft events, along with community partners'' food items at Dickens Downtown, are free. Holiday photos will carry a small fee, as will tours of Shirley Place.
Downtown Northport is directly across from downtown Tuscaloosa, Ala., on the northern bank of the Black Warrior River. For more information, contact Carl Adams at 205-752-4761.