Dickens' Christmas Extravaganza

Sunday-Tuesday, Dec. 6-8, 2015

Welcome friends, to Cape May's annual Dickens Christmas Extravaganza!

Join world-renowned lecturer on Charles Dickens, Dr. Elliot Engel, and immerse yourself in the storied world of Dickens with lectures and performances offered daily. Engel’s mini-lecture series on Dickens ran on PBS television stations around the country and his articles have appeared in national newspapers and magazines including Newsweek. Also featured are lectures by members of the Philadelphia Dickens Fellowships. Included in the Extravaganza is a Dickensian-style feast at the Washington Inn.

The Extravaganza package costs $160 per person and inclusive packages are available at participating inns. Please contact the participating inns directly to register. If you choose not to stay in a participating inn, you may register at 609-884-5404.

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About our presenters

Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Dr. Eliot Engel now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he has taught at the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and Duke University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at UCLA. While at UCLA he won that university’s Outstanding Teacher Award. Dr. Engel has written ten books published in England, Japan, and the United States. His mini-lecture series on Charles Dickens ran on PBS television stations around the country. His articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and national magazines including Newsweek. He has lectured throughout the United States and on all the continents including Antarctica. Four plays which he has written have been produced during the last ten years. Since 1980, Dr. Engel has been President of the Dickens Fellowship of North Carolina, the largest branch of this worldwide network of clubs. Professor Engel continues to give literary and historical programs throughout the world.


Jay Friedlin is a physican and a vast reader of Charles Dickens and Dickensian lore. He is the president emeritus of the Philadelphia Dickens Fellowship and is an annual presenter at the Dickens Extravaganza.


A native of Abingdon, VA, Quinn Hawkesworth is multi-talented as an actress and storyteller as well as a fabric artist. In acting, she is known for a wide range of characters and strength in carrying one-woman performances. She has delighted audiences portraying Emcee in “Cabaret,” Amanda in “The Glass Menagerie,” Emily Dickinson, Cleopatra, and countless others. She also has worked off-Broadway and in regional theatres. While living in North Carolina she was a member of the North Carolina Touring Artists Program, touring to nearly every county in the state. In addition to Barter Theatre, she has been a member of the Burning Coal Theatre of Raleigh, N.C. Her one-woman performances have included Ivy Rowe in the actress’ adaptation of Lee Smith’s “Fair and Tender Ladies,” Charlotte Bronte in “Mistress of the Moors,” and Emily Dickinson in “The Belle of Amherst.”