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Margaret visits the Dicken's Fair and her bustle dress makes the news by Margaret Retherford on 01-15-2009

- Our esteemed seamstress Margaret Retherford made the news by wearing her fantastic Victorian dress costume at the Lakeport Dicken's Fair!  -

Original article written and photographed by Harold LaBonte, Sunday, November 30, 2008 for the Lake County News. Recopied by special permission from Elizabeth Larson, Editor, Lake County News.

We sincerely thank the Lake County News for their generosity in letting us reprint this article!

Dickens Christmas Market takes Lakeport back to Victorian times

Lake County News, California -Written by Harold LaBonte

Victorian Dickens FaireEleven Roses Ranch and their mules returned to the market to give visitors rides around downtown. Photo by Harold LaBonte.

LAKEPORT- A bright autumn day was the backdrop for the sixth annual Dickens Christmas Market.

The community event, sponsored by the Lakeport Regional Chamber of Commerce sees downtown Lakeport transformed into a Victorian village, complete with singers and other performers.

Victorian Costume

Many people attended in the type of period dress right out of a Charles Dickens novel. Among them were David and Margaret Retherford, who came in costumes made by Margaret herself.

Victorian Dickens FaireDavid and Margaret Retherford in authentic period Victorian dress. Photo by Harold LaBonte.

This year, 63 vendors lined Main Street in downtown, and were visited by people from around the county and beyond.

Eleven Roses Ranch returned this year with their trusty mules to offer wagon rides through downtown.

The day's weather was so good that by mid-afternoon some folks wearing costumes may have been wanting to trade their cravats and overcoats for T-shirts and shorts.

The day ended with the annual lighted parade through town, followed Hospice Services of Lake County's Light Up A Life tree lighting event in downtown.

Victorian Dickens FaireHospice Services of Lake County hosted the Light Up A Life benefit, with a tree at the museum at the event's centerpiece.Photo by Harold LaBonte

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