This was the 25th anniversary of Court End Christmas in Richmond, Virginia. Many historic downtown sites hosted free tours with holiday music, events, and special guest appearances.
As part of the Court End celebration, I spoke at Monumental Church in a special program commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Richmond Theatre fire, on which site the church was built. The day featured performances by Harry Kollatz, Jr., whom I was fortunate to precede. He can draw a crowd! His one-man performance as a witness to the theater burning was a riveting way to share the experience of the fire.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Choir performed and Eliza Poe reenactor Debbie Phillips of Richmond Discoveries shared her life story as well as some 19th century songs from the stage. I told the audience about the my new book, The Richmond Theater Fire: Early America’s First Great Disaster.
Hundreds of people went through the theater that afternoon and we had an excellent turnout for my talks. How wonderful is it to meet folks who share your fascination with history?