When it comes to modern times, we all love the conveniences that this age has afforded us, like new technologies, fast cars, and new ways of enjoying everyday things like amazing dinners. However, it is also fun to step back in time and spend an evening learning more about another way of life. Every year, we at The Orchard Inn have put on our Dickens’ Dinner, a chance for visitors and locals to come to the Inn and enjoy a night with Dickens, and this year is no exception. We enjoy this event and would love to share with you more about our 2014 Dickens Dinner as well as why it is so special to us.
If you are not familiar with Charles Dickens, here is a little history about him. Born in Portsmouth, England in 1812, Dickens did not have a traditional writers upbringing. At a young age, he was forced to stop his education and start working to help support his family. While most children would see this as a disadvantage, he saw it as an opportunity to succeed in life, not only with his writing and editing but socially as well. He was very involved in children’s rights and education. Over the years, he was an editor for 20 years, wrote 5 novellas, hundreds of short stories, and 15 novels. Some of his most famous works include The Pickwick Papers, David Copperfield, and A Christmas Carol. One thing that is very interesting about Dickens is that he would publish his novels in either weekly or monthly installments. This was a popular way to publish things during this time and it allowed Dickens to gage his audience’s reaction to his work and adjust his writing to what he has learned. His works were so relatable to the time that not only people who could read loved his books but also those who were illiterate would gladly hand over their money to be those who would read his books to him. His characters accurately reflected the Victorian age of the day and hardships that most endured.
At our 2014 Dickens Dinner, we love to focus on his most famous work, A Christmas Carol. We combine this heart warming work with friendship and an amazing meal. Since our 2014 Dickens Dinner is so popular and we try and have it in an intimate setting, we offer it multiple times in December. This year’s dates are December 6th, 11th, 13th, 19th, or 20th. For $64 per person, you will enjoy a remarkable 5 course dinner prepared by our amazing in-house chef. She is known for using only the freshest and local ingredients offered. We will open our wine cellar and offer fantastic wine and beer pairings to compliment your meal. The evening will start promptly at 7 pm, so dress your best and be prepared for a magical evening with readings of A Christmas Carol coupled with a great meal. If you would like, pack a bag and take advantage of one of the comfortable rooms upstairs at a discounted rate of only $125 for the night.
As you can see, we love hosting our 2014 Dickens Dinner. We enjoy getting people together and enjoying a time that has passed but never forgotten. Contact our amazing staff today and book your reservation for our 2014 Dickens Dinner and don’t forget to add a night with us in one of our luxurious rooms.
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