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"The Traditional Dickens Feast--The Event!" Top 5 Page for this destination Dickens Feast Event Tip by VeronicaG

Dickens Feast Event, Galveston: 3 reviews and 4 photos

  The Garten Verein Dance Pavilion
by VeronicaG

We arrived Friday afternoon, so we had plenty of time to check into the Hotel Galvez, then drive around a bit before dressing for the Dickens Feast that evening. I snapped this picture while it was still light.

Later, as we slipped up the walkway to the Garten Verein it was already dark at 7pm. Brilliant lights danced in the windows and the sound of music welcomed us to the lavishly decorated dance pavilion, built in 1879-80. I couldn't wait to meet the great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens and catch a glimpse of the 'Royals' who were to arrive immediately before the feast began!

Some couples came in Victorian costume and were marvelously clothed from head to toe in ruffles, feathers and lace or smart vests, tails and top hats.

Historical snippet: This property was once owned by Civil-war financier, Robert Mills, who sold the land in 1876. It was adapted for use by the Galveston Garten-Verein social club, who made a clubhouse of the original residence, built a bowling alley and added landscaping and a pavilion for dancing.

For more information see Galveston Architecture Handbook by Ellen Beasley and Stephen Fox published by Rice University Press and Galveston Historical Foundation

Address: 2704 O Avenue, Galveston,Tx

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 16, 2006
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