The Hidden History of Dickens' A Christmas Carol

The Hidden History of Dickens' A Christmas Carol

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Rochelle Pennington shares her interpretation of the history of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol".

This fascinating program takes a close-up look at the literary genius of Charles Dickens, England’s most celebrated Victorian novelist, and explores the hidden history behind the author’s 1843 Christmas classic. What events inspired the Carol to be written? Who was it written for? How did Dickens’ historical novel “single-handedly resurrect” Christmas at a time when factories were open and churches were closed on December 25th?

By 1900, no other book in the world had sold more copies except the Bible. Pennington’s narrative will offer factual perspective and behind-the-scenes insights into the epic influence of Dickens’ immortal characters: Ebeneezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, and a trio of Christmas ghosts.

No fee; Donations appreciated

Beginning Dec. 8, the Sheboygan Theatre Company will be performing "A Lyrical Christmas Carol". 

A Lyrical Christmas Carol is Ken Gargaro’s adaptation of the Dickens classic that has been running at Pittsburgh Musical Theatre for 25 years! This version of the show uses period music, from the 19th Century and earlier. Come celebrate the season on stage with STC!

World War I Christmas Miracle

World War I Christmas Miracle

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Peace Prevails Over War, Christmas 1914

Join author Rochelle Pennington as she discusses the factual account of the 1914 battlefield Christmas truce, featured in her book Christmas Gifts: Ten of the Greatest Ever Given. The truce is remembered today as “the most extraordinary event in military history” and “the grand human moment.”

Pennington's program will detail the amazing circumstances surrounding 100,000 enemy combatants who “met in the middle” on Christmas and halted a war. The author will draw directly from the written memories of soldiers who were there, as recorded in diaries, letters home, and published in newspaper articles. Vintage photographs will be presented by power-point, including photos of soldiers exchanging gifts beside Christmas trees lit with candles on the battlefield. Authentic World War I artifacts from the author’s personal collection will be on display. Bring tissues. This program is a tear-jerker (in a good way).

Knot Tying

Knot Tying

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Join us for a holiday-themed night of knot tying! A good sailor can tie many knots, including those that are purely decorative. We’ll go over useful knots and their purpose on a sailboat and end the evening by making a decorative knot ornament to take home. All lines will be supplied.

Line Splicing

Line Splicing

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Learn how to make a loop in your new docklines or how to splice a new shackle onto your halyards yourself this winter with SEAS at our new splicing workshop. We’ll go over proper whipping and seizing procedures, how to make an eye splice in 3-strand rope (dockline/anchor lines), double braid rope (many halyards and sheets) or 12-strand rope (high-tech lifelines, control lines).  This is a useful skill for those who sail any kind of boat - keelboats, Lightnings and other dinghies!

Basic Weather Patterns

Basic Weather Patterns

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Have you ever wondered how weather works beyond just watching the Weather Channel or checking an App? This course will give you a foundation to build your weather acumen, you will learn how to interpret weather maps, where to find alerts, and begin to learn about local weather phenomenon to better prepare you for a safe and fun time out on the water.

Speaker: TBA

Sailing Rules & Mock Protest Hearing

Sailing Rules & Mock Protest Hearing

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This session is for current and aspiring sailboat racers looking to review or learn more about the Racing Rules of Sailing. Common questions and recent rule changes will be focused on such as mark rounding situations, penalty turns, and how class rules can change certain rules will be discussed. Bring your own questions for the group to discuss! The session will conclude with a mock protest hearing for some great practice!

Speaker(s): TBA