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July 28, 2014
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A fortnight of holiday festivities; Throwing open the doors of a grand old house in Milford


Next year, be sure to catch one of the most popular traditions at Grey Towers: the annual reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” This year’s two shows already are sold out.

Dramatic readings were a popular form of entertainment when the grand house was occupied by the Pinchot family from the late 1800s through mid-20th century, and Grey Towers has kept up the custom.

Joe Plummer Jr. and his sister Therese Plummer are keeping a three-decades-old family tradition alive, picking up where their father, Joe Sr., left off when he stepped down two years ago. The siblings are both actors, living in New York City. Joe Jr. is also a writer, producer and director, while Therese is an award-winning audio book narrator.

Joe Jr. reflected that the chance to do this annual reading of the classic holiday story is “the greatest Christmas gift I’ve ever gotten. The story has so much depth and substance, every year I see something new or discover something different in it. That’s why it’s survived for so long and become such a classic.

“The text is so great and beautiful… The language is so interesting, and funny,” he added, telling how the audience picks up on these things and laughs. “Here’s Dickens scaring you to death and yet making fun at the same time... It’s a dichotomy between scaring you and making you laugh.”

It makes one want to find a copy of “A Christmas Carol” and read it again after all these years.

”God bless us, every one.”