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The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Missive
Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2016 - October Missive #7
Notes from your Missive Maven:
Just a couple of items today, see you bright and early tomorrow!

Please continue to check for changes as life has a habit of happening. Please see more information below and please read the missives completely before asking questions. 

Workshops begin at 10AM tomorrow Saturday October 29th at Oceana High School in Pacifica! 
We may have rain on this weekend, so please plan accordingly.

The following files have been added or updated on the missive site:
Workshop Schedule (for the first two weekends)
Workshop Descriptions
Oceana 2016 Workshop Map

*Important* - please also read the new Participant Policy Handbook referenced below.


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In This Missive

Costumes: Fastrack and Approval Hours

(from Liz Martin) 
Fastrack Schedule
In Pacifica   Sat: after morning meeting - 4pm
Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM

During lunch and after the final workshop till 4.
Group approvals (stage shows) need to set a time that I can come to you.


Dark Garden Update

(from Marianne Faulkner, Associate Creative Director)
Dark Garden is delighted to continue the tradition of our famous Window Modeling going though we will not have a full sales booth at the Dickens Fair. We will also not be vending at Workshops this year, so please stop by our San Francisco boutique at 321 Linden St. for all your corset needs! If your Fair corset needs repairs, we recommend you bring it in ASAP. We have a wide array of new corsets in-stock, and our turnaround for Made-to-Order styles starts at 4 weeks for Standard Fit with in-stock fabrics. 1 and 2 week rush orders are also an option if you need a new corset for the run of rehearsals. Call us at 415-431-7684 with questions, or email Anthea at:

Dark Garden will still have a presence this weekend, with our usual Workshops for Window Modeling & Corset Lacing! The former is mandatory for those interested in modeling our corsets. You may refer to the model application at We also have a Facebook group for our window models:

 We hope you have a wonderful run and that we'll see you at the shop!
-Marianne, Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Reminder: Performer Requirements (Includes Registration Link)

Before workshops, please  register online at:
The Password: Registration@DCF2016

Once you've registered you will be emailed a receipt from Eventbrite that you will need to print out and bring to workshops.  Your registration receipt will have places for workshop sign-offs, director/booth owner acknowledgement and costume approval.  

At Workshops: 
What you'll need to get your pass
Once you have taken your workshops you will take the completed Eventbrite receipt/registration form to the Pass House to be validated (scanned) and checked against the cast lists  so you can receive your gate pass. Here's the checklist of what you'll need:

#1 A completed, printed Eventbrite receipt/registration form with:
#2 Your director or booth owner's signature
#3 Costume Approval from the official costume department
#4 Sign off's from the appropriate number of workshop teachers
#5 (Optional) The Cow Palace offers parking passes to Fair participants at a discounted rate of $30, these will be available at workshops.

Age specifications:
          0 -  4   No registration form needed
          5 -17   Registration form, with all appropriate signatures and approvals, plus guardian information.
        18 - up Registration form, with all appropriate signatures and approvals.

Special Notes: Your name must be on a cast list at the office and your director must have signed your registration form before your pass will be issued. Directors will only sign registration forms after all appropriate workshop classes and costume approval have been completed.

Reminder: Dickens 2016 - Participant Policy Handbook

(from Kevin Patterson)
We have a new Participant Policy Handbook.  It has been posted to the Missives Page for your convenience.  Hard copies will also be available at the workshop registration desk and the Pass house on-site.  

As a participant, you are expected to read the handbook and sign that you have received a copy (electronic or hard copy) when you pick up your gate pass.

Red Barn Productions is committed to fairness and openness in all our dealings, as well as to providing a safe and healthy environment for performers, workers, vendors and visitors.  We have designed the Handbook to facilitate the enactment of these principles and to better acquaint you with our general policies/practices. 

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read it,


Reminder: Directions to Oceana High School   
401 Paloma Ave, Pacific, CA 94044

You can find a Google map here.

From the East Bay
After the crossing the Bay Bridge, follow signs to 101 south
After passing Cesar Chavez exit merge to the right lane
At the Hwy 101/Hwy280 split, take Hwy 280 on the right
Take the Hwy 1 South exit
As you come down the hill into Pacifica, take Paloma offramp (2nd exit)
Turn left at the stop sign, onto Paloma
As you come to the next stop, you will see a sign directing you to parking.
From the North Bay and San Francisco
(After crossing the GG Bridge)
Take 19th Avenue south, which will merge into Hwy 280 south
Take the Hwy 1 South exit
As you come down the hill into Pacifica, take Paloma offramp (2nd exit)
Turn left at the stop sign, onto Paloma
As you come to the next stop, you will see a sign directing you to parking.
From the South Bay and Peninsula
Take Hwy 101 North
After passing the airport, take the 380 connection to 280 North
Take the Hwy 1 South/Pacifica exit
As you go up the hill stay in the left lanes
After coming down the hill into Pacifica take the second exit (Paloma)
Turn left at the stop sign (onto Paloma)
At the next stop sign look for the Workshop Parking sign.
From the South Using Hwy 1:
Take Hwy 1 north
Take the Oceana Blvd exit
Continue on Oceana
When you come to Oceana and Paloma Avenues you will see a sign for parking.

Reminder: Public Transportation to Workshops 

(Many thanks to Stephen Johnson)

For the workshops in Pacifica Take BART to Daly City
Get on the Sam Trans Bus 110 Southbound (to Linda Mar Park & Ride)
Saturday schedule: get on at 8:57 am

Sunday schedule: get on at 8:27
Get off at the corner of Oceana & Paloma
Return: Sat. 4:20 pm or 5:20 pm Sun. 4:50 pm
for schedules go to

Alternate route
Take BART to Colma
Get on the Sam Trans Bus 112 Southbound (to Linda Mar Park & Ride)
Saturday Schedule: get on at 9:28 am
Sunday schedule: get on 8:57 am
Get off at Paloma
Return: Sat 4:48 pm or 5:48pm Sun 4:19 pm or 5:19 pm
for schedules go to


Reminder: Facebook Ride Sharing Group 

There is a Dickens Fair ride sharing group at 

If you need a ride to the fair or workshops, you can post there. Even better, if you can offer a ride, please post there! Thanks!   
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Contact Information
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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