Woman sings praise for Dickens Carolers
The Dickens Carolers, a group of eight locals who gather each holiday season to sing traditional carols, passed on a bit of Christmas cheer to a 73-year-old Australian woman on Christmas Eve.
Margaret Evans, who lives west of Sydney, Australia, has visited Aspen several times in the past. She arrived recently for this year’s holiday festivities.
“I had intended to go down to the Hotel Jerome Christmas Eve to hear the carolers, because I loved them when I’d heard them earlier,” she said.
However, on Dec. 23 Evans slipped and fell on an icy walkway, leaving her with a broken arm and laid up in her Mountain Chalet guest room the following night.
Linda and Kevin Johnson of Kansas City, and their 17-year-old daughter Whitney, were also staying at the chalet. At Evans’ urging, they attended the Dickens Carolers’ performance at the Hotel Jerome.
“She really wanted to see them,” Linda Johnson said. “And after their performance, our daughter Whitney went up to them and asked them to go sing for Margaret – and they did it.”
The eight carolers walked to Evans’ room in the Mountain Chalet and sang carols for her, including one request, “Good King Wenceslas.”
“Here is this wonderful group of eight in their Victorian gear and they sang to me, which was just wonderful,” an emotional Evans said. “I couldn’t believe it. It was very good of them to share the Christmas spirit, I really appreciated it.
“I just love Aspen – the mountains and the snow,” Evans added. “I’m crossing my fingers that I can come back to do guest services next winter, because everyone is so wonderful here.”
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