MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- "Charles Dickens" is returning to Larchmont this holiday season.
Librarian Frank Connelly is set to continue the Larchmont tradition as he channels Dickens and reads the classic "A Christmas Carol" at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9, at the Larchmont Public Library. This year marks the eighth consecutive year that Connelly has performed the piece, fully decked out in frock coat and stove pipe hat, representatives said.
"Connelly, a somewhat enigmatic character, has been in the employ of the Larchmont Public Library for many years and appears to have channeled a number of questionable characters best left unnamed before finding his connection with Charles Dickens and later, Poe," representatives said. "Connelly’s reading of Dickens’ most famous work takes the listener back to Victorian Era Britain, a time when there was both strong nostalgia for old Christmas traditions as well as an initiation of new Christmas practices that are with us today, such as Christmas trees."
Representatives added that the characters of the story might be familiar, "it is Connelly's reading that keeps it fresh and that brings out the story's true meaning and character."
"Connelly has made it his mission to perform the reading in a fashion that is as true to its writer and as historically accurate to the original 127 readings as possible," representatives said. "Connelly’s reading of 'A Christmas Carol' has become one of the premier holiday traditions in Westchester County and it simply is not to be missed. Best of all, Connelly’s performance is free and he promises not to take tips."
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