Dickens Festival Signup
Saturday, December 2nd, 2023
On Saturday, December 2nd, our church is once again presenting our Live Nativity at the Dickens Festival in Medford. This is one of our biggest opportunities for reaching out and witnessing to our local community each year. We not only perform our live nativity, we also give out cookies, hot chocolate and cider, and we have musical performances between shows.
There are MANY ways that you can participate. Read the descriptions below to get an idea of what suits you, then scroll to the bottom of the page for the sign-up section. For more information, contact Patty Rosvold at [email protected] )
We need LOTS of cookies. We ask that you commit to making at least 3 dozen. We are looking for chocolate chip, sugar, and oatmeal – WITH NO NUTS. You can specify the type you want to make and the number of dozen when you sign up. Once your cookies are made, we ask that you drop them off at the church within the schedule times listed below. If you need to contact someone about the cookies, you can reach out to Linda Chamberlain at [email protected]. [Jump to Signup]
Cookie Drop-off Times and locations:
- Thursday, Nov 30 between 9 am – 4 pm or 7 pm – 9 pm in church office
- Friday, Dec. 1 between 9 am in church office.
- Friday, Dec. 1 between 4 pm – 6 pm in Bowker Hall
- Saturday, Dec. 2 between 10 am – 12 pm in Bowker Hall
Park Set up
The park is available us all day prior to the event. We will need to assemble the stable, put up fencing for the crowd, run necessary electrical wiring and set up lighting, and prep the food service area. We will pre-position the equipment at the park that morning. Setup will being at 1:00 pm at the park. People can park along the street by the park for this work. If you have questions about the setup, contact Mike Polhemus at [email protected]. [Jump to Signup]
Cast members will participate in all of the shows of the live nativity. There are parts appropriate for a variety of ages – children may be angels and shepherds as long as a parent is present.
- Wise Men (Adults or tall youth due to costume size)
Acting Notes: All acting roles have “stage movements” to the Christmas Story being narrated. There are no spoken lines by the actors. Actions will be practiced during the dress rehearsal
- Meet at Harriett’s at 4 pm for getting into costumes & having a light dinner
- Dress Rehearsal at 4:45 pm
- Performances at 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30 (actors have the option to warm up at Harriett’s & have snacks/warm drinks between each performance)
Singers will lead the crowd in singing Christmas carols during the Live Nativity.
Singers will arrive by 5 pm, and meet at the Gazebo in Tomlinson Park (across from the former library building). The performances are at 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 and 7: 30. Parking is available at Allen School. [Jump to Signup]
Greeters, Cookie and Beverage Servers are needed.
There will be 2 shifts: 5:15 pm – 7 pm, and 7pm – 8:45 pm. Meet at the tables across from the former library building on Allen Ave. Parking available at Allen School.
Sign Up Here!
Tomlinson Park is located along Main Street in Medford. Parking is in high demand during the event. When Main Street closes, the only way to access Allen School is via Union Street. If you would like to check out where things are, click on the map image above to help with navigation.