The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Missive
Dickens Christmas Fair 2012
February Misc. Missive
Notes from your Missive Maven:
Happy Valentine's Day!
I have sad news and pleasant news today, that goes with being part of the large fair(e) community to which we all belong.
With love from everyone at Red Barn Productions,
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Entertainment Director and Missive Maven
Memorial for Rod Collins - Feb. 18th
(from Angelo Salarpi and Cynthia Henson)
Rod Collins passed from this earth on Thursday the 9th of February at 3:20 PM.
A resident of San Rafael, CA for over 40 years, Rod participated in many historical recreation events. At
the Northern Renaissance Pleasure Faire he was a participant at the
Rose & Stag, Drench a Wench and a street performer. He
was a founding member of St. Simon's Guild and History Revisited, as
well as an active member of Friends of Faire. He and his wife Robin
also spent many seasons at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair where he
performed with groups like The Sons of Anacreon.
Rod is survived by his wife of over 40 years Robin Collins, step-daughter Shannan Hobbs and granddaughter Zenia McClean.
He is also survived by his mother Iva Jo Collins, and three sisters
- Joanelle Cloar, Ivon Collins and Agean Slikkerveer.
memorial celebration will be held at his home on Saturday February
18th at noon. The address is: 127 Greenwood Ave. San Rafael CA. 94901
If you would like to send a card, please send them to Robin Collins at
the above address.
(Note from Cat - this is Rod Collins, not Ron Collins from Newcastle/Pipe & Bowl)
Cancelled - An Historic Affaire at Keller Estate Winery - Feb. 25th
(from Jennifer Bishop)
(Note from Cat: Jennifer and Natalie told me about this during Dickens and it sounds quite lovely)
join us for our inaugural costumed ball celebrating the glory of wine,
treats and chilly winter nights. The evening will consist of sipping
award-winning wines, noshing on small treats from familiar vendors,
dancing, and viewing select stage offerings from performers you know and love.
To uphold the elegance and exclusivity of this event, costumes of either the Victorian or Civil War style are required.
Tickets are available for $25 in advance and $40 at the door. To honor
our fellow Faire participants, those who present their Dickens Faire
Gate Pass will receive a 20% discount on bottles of wine purchased.
To purchase your tickets, please contact Jennifer at Keller Estate Winery
Lodging is available nearby at the Sheraton of Petaluma. Please inquire for details.
PEERS: Film Noir Ball - March 3rd
eyes, hired guns, sinister collectors, femme fatales, chorus girls,
classy dames with a secret, and even innocent bystanders are
invited to an evening of vintage ballroom and Swing dancing at the
Sara & Swingtime
plays hot Swing, cool blues, and romantic ballroom standards in our
tribute to the Film Noir classics of the 1940's and 50's. Dance
everything from elegant waltzes, tangos and foxtrots to the hottest
Swing and Latin dance tunes played by one of the San Francisco Bay
Area's classiest and most danceable Swing bands.
of you wanting to brush up on your vintage Fox Trot and East Coast
Swing skills, there will be a pre-ball dance workshop at 7pm.
Suggested costume is evening dress of the 1930's, 40's or 50's or
modern evening dress, ideally in black, white or shades of gray in
honor of the great black and white classics of the Film Noir genre;
however, this is by no means a requirement: Colors are welcome and
costumes are admired but not required for the ball.
Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the Masonic Lodge of San Mateo
Doors Open: 6:45p.m. Dance Lesson: 7:00 p.m. Dancing Begins: 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15.00 in advance (by February 25) At the door: $20.00
For specific questions regarding performing at the Fair, please email Cat Taylor
If your group would like to perform at the Fair for just one day (school caroling groups, etc.)
please email Robert Young
For specific questions regarding vending at the Fair please email Vendors
For specific questions the beverage department please email Beverage
For questions regarding costumes, please email Costumes
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