Charles Keating: Voices from Christmas past program at the Weston Public Library this Saturday

Charles Keating

Charles Keating

Voices from Christmas past is the theme of a special holiday program being held in the Community Room at the Weston Public Library, this Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m.

Renowned British actor Charles Keating from Weston will do dramatic readings from a number of popular holiday pieces — both fictional and non-fictional.

Cornerstones of the program are selections from A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and ’Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore.

There will be non-fictional readings from the writings of Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Pepys, and Theodore Roosevelt.

Other novelty readings include the menu from Queen Victoria’s Christmas Dinner, Civil War Christmas letters, a story about the first Christmas tree lights, and the famous 1897 editorial from the New York Sun, Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

“It will be a special patchwork quilt of all kinds of Christmas voices from the past,” Mr. Keating said.

Tickets for the program are available at the library. Seating is limited so advanced purchase is recommended.

Prices are $20 for adults, and $10 for children 12 and under. Desserts, wine, and hot cider will be served.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Weston Public Library, and proceeds will fund the library’s technology initiatives.

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