This year marks the 25th anniversary of Court End Christmas, with several historic downtown sites hosting free visitation with tours, living history and reenactments, children’s activities, refreshments, carriage rides, music, and special guest appearances. Participating sites include the Valentine Richmond History Center and Wickham House, the John Marshall House, St. John’s Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Museum and White House of the Confederacy, Monumental Church, the Egyptian Building, the Beers House, and the Virginia State Capitol.
As part of the Court End celebration, Monumental Church will be commemorating the 200th anniversary of the site of the Richmond Theatre fire. It promises to be interesting! Throughout the afternoon Harry Kollatz, Jr. will be performing a one-man drama about the theater fire, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Choir will be singing, and they just added an Eliza Poe reenactor to the mix. She sings. I will have a table set up in the back (near the refreshments–fortuitous!) and will read excerpts from my new book, The Richmond Theater Fire: Early America’s First Great Disaster immediately preceding Harry’s two performances. No costumes required–just come and enjoy the gorgeous historical buildings and the holiday charm.