Past will meet present at Riley Christmas


History lesson: Claire Mercer, in a period costume evoking the 1860s, talks with James Whitcomb Riley Home visitor Kareline Jones. Mercer will portray a character from one of Riley's poems Saturday at the museum's Christmas program.

GREENFIELD — The Riley Old Home Society is doing things a little differently this year, bringing to life some of James Whitcomb Riley’s most famous characters for the museum’s annual Christmas program.

Well-known characters, including Little Orphant Annie, the Raggedy Man and Aunt Mary, are coming back to Greenfield for this year’s Christmas celebration. The characters will be placed throughout Riley’s boyhood home, sharing stories from his youth and reciting portions of the poems that made them famous.

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