Just before the holidays, WBUR celebrated the 10th anniversary of our annual reading of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, a benefit for Rosie’s Place. WBUR hosts and reporters, along with the singing group Syncopation, gathered for a sold-out show Dec. 18 at the Omni Parker House Hotel, where Dickens himself read the classic story of Scrooge and Tiny Tim on his national tour.
After an introduction from Meghna Chakrabarti and Sacha Pfeiffer, each “stave,” or section, of Dickens’ own stage adaptation received a full-bodied reading from some of our on-air favorites: Tom Ashbrook, Bob Oakes, Robin Young, Bill Littlefield and Delores Handy. Seasonal songs punctuated the staves, vivid poinsettias from Winston Flowers decorated the stage, and hot cocoa and cookies at intermission rounded out the festive mood.
Our thanks go to the Omni Parker House for the use of its beautiful ballroom, to Keezer’s for outfitting the men in handsome evening wear and to Bearly Read Books of Sudbury for its support — and for a handsome facsimile copy of “A Christmas Carol,” which sold at silent auction for $200. That, along with all other proceeds from the event — about $15,700 this year — went to our friends at Rosie’s Place. Happy new year to all!