The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Missive
Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2017 - November Missive #2
Notes from your Missive Maven:
Hello everyone and welcome to dress rehearsal weekend!
There will also be printed copies at the pass house.
Another reminder that workshops (Saturday only) and rehearsals will be at The Cow Palace this weekend, there is a simple workshop map on the missive site to help you with the locations if you are unfamiliar.
Make sure to plan on being at the 10:00am Morning Meeting on Sunday in Fezziwig's and staying for the All Character Round Robin.
Please wear your Dickens Fair costume! The pictures are so much more fun if everyone's in costume!
Please remember to contact the folks referenced in each notice below, rather than hitting "reply".
Entertainment Director & Missive Maven
|In This Missive|
|To our Dickens Fair Family|
|Get to Know Each Other & Our London! The Great Dickens Christmas Fair ANNUAL All Character Introduction Round Robin!|
|Get to Know Our London!|
|Notes from Costumes|
|Living in Close Quarters|
|Pass House Hours|
|Thanks from Steve Johnson & Oceana|
|Operation Santa Claus|
|God Save the Christmas Keepers!|
|Mr. Punch's Pasta and Maclaren's Cookies & Milk are Now Hiring|
|Positions Available with Dickens Fair Merchants|
|Cuthbert's Tea Shoppe is Hiring|
|Buck & Mug - Dickens Fair Edition!|
|Sales in Front of Mr. Alan Jeffries This Weekend/Collar Service|
|Calling Card Orders with Elite Printing|
|More Bay Bridge Implosions This Saturday|
|Reminder: Ticket Update 2017|
|Reminder: Lyrics for God Save the Queen & Rule Britannia!|
|Reminder: Facebook Ride Sharing Group|
|Reminder: Online Participant Registration|
|Reminder: The Missive Page|
To Our Dickens Fair Family
(from Kevin & Leslie Patterson)
all the intensity and concern that abounds in 'real' life right now, it
warms my heart that we have this opportunity to gather in celebration
of the human spirit. Art as expressed in theatre, music, dance,
literature and craft is truly life affirming. Art renews us so
that we may stay resilient in trying times. And these are indeed
very trying times.
more than ever, we need to be kind to one another, and respectful of
ALL those around us. We cannot know what difficulties others are
experiencing that may cause them to show upset or behave in a hurtful
way. I believe our best response is to show compassion and listen
with our hearts. A lot of us are likely experiencing a bit of
post traumatic stress right now. The best advice is to focus on
health; getting rest, eating well, (drinking less), and expressing
appreciation and love more often and more clearly.
performances at our Fair this year, will be a gift to our
audiences. A healthy dose of artistry and human kindness
that will send them on their way with renewed optimism and heart.
We have seen this work wonders in the past - after 9/11, after
the Paris attacks in 2015, and after the 2016 election. What we
create for our customers and for ourselves can be as important as what
Unity Theatre provided in the Tube stations during the blitz in London.
When bad things happen in the world - the arts are needed
This is why the
Great Dickens Christmas Fair - our ensemble performance - renews as it
rejoices - and why we call it the "Heart of the Holidays."
support each other with creativity and insight as we rehearse to create
a great show. Lets choose to be loving and lively, and lets find
yet new ways to express our gratitude for the depth and talents we see
in our Fair family.
Thank you for all that you do.
~Kevin & Leslie Patterson
Get to Know Each Other & Our London! The Great Dickens Christmas Fair ANNUAL All Character Introduction Round Robin!
(from Therese Porter)
have all been working hard to pull together a wonderfully warm and
welcoming show for our guests, and Dress Rehearsal Day is when we start
the great machine of wonder and magic in earnest. To help you prime our
individual and collective engines we ask that after the morning
meeting on Sunday, DO NOT RUN AWAY!
PLEASE stay for The Great Dickens Fair Character Round Robin!
truly helps if all of us recognize each other in our glorious
immersive environment. It adds immeasurably to the magic to have
folks greeting each other in the street by name and exchanging
pleasantries, bits of gossip and other tidbits that add to the sparkle,
not to mention pointing out "celebrities" to passerby ("Look! There's
Mr Dickens!" or "There's that nasty Mr Scrooge."). Our guests ARE
watching and listening!
IT WORKS: After clearing away the chairs in Fezziwig's, the casts of
the books, the shows, and other groups of the Fair will cluster up with
their Director(s) in a big circle. Each Director will lead his or her
group forward, and each person will introduce their character (NAME
ONLY, please) until we've all introduced ourselves.
gives you a chance to show off who your character is (not to mention
your BRILLIANT physical characterization) in a few short seconds as
part of your group. Please pay attention and learn to recognize
people. We will then mingle and converse, changing with whom we
speak every few minutes as directed. This process is a great
opportunity to get to know people outside your group and gives each of
us more to play with. Please plan on participating in this important
and fun exercise!
Get to Know Our London!
(from Therese Porter)
the morning meeting and the All Character Round Robin, take some time
to learn where things are - there have been a great many changes to the
layout, new booths, the expanded children's bay, and so much more.
guests are going to be asking the locals (that would be you) about
where things are so be pro-active and know the location of such
landmarks as the Tea Shop, the Carousel, the docks, the pubs, the NEW
LOOS, etc., so that you can direct guests with confidence. This is also
a good time to acquaint yourself with the exits, and the stages and
bars where you can contact the people who can help you deal with
difficulties. Be aware that there is still an awful lot of
construction still going on, so be prepared to use common sense and
respect - in other words, your best Victorian manners!
(from Liz Martin)
A quick reminder that costumes
is now located in the annex. We are at the end closest to the main
building and will be doing both approvals and FasTrak there. Please
look for signs directing you where to go. This is new for us, so please
have patience as we work out this new location.
please, please! if at all possible get your costume approval done this
weekend! Opening weekend is always very busy and there will likely be
confusion with people finding us opening morning.
Approvals and Fastrack
The costume shop will be open for rentals from 12pm - 4 both Saturday and Sunday.
Speaking of the annex...
large event with so many moving human parts requires a lot of care to
keep humming along. Remembering to respect our personal and collective
space goes a long way to making things work the way they should.
year the Annex contains our Costume Department and more casts. Rob
Bradshaw, Drew Patterson and a small band of folks worked out an
advanced form of Tetris to accommodate the influx. More than ever we
need to remember our manners and respect the space of our fellow
don't enter another cast's area without the specific consent of an
individual from that cast. Bear in mind that some casts do not permit
non-cast members in their space without Director approval. Whatever the
rules are, please respect them. If you have a concern, please report it
to your Director.
(from Mark Solum)
Workshops at Cow Palace 9-6pm
Opening weekend 7am-4pm
Rest of the weekends 8am-4pm
Thanks from Steve Johnson & Oceana
(from Steve Johnson)
were all extraordinarily helpful in keeping the rooms and school
grounds at Oceana High School clean and orderly. I worked with our
security team - who took pictures of the classrooms before and after -
to make sure the rooms were as we found them, and you did a
beautiful job in keeping the rooms remarkably tidy. You were also
wonderfully generous in your donations - this year you donated $1184,
which was close to last year's fund raising. I will be presenting a
check for that amount to the principal at their next staff
meeting, and rest assured the money will be going to some very
worthwhile projects, including the school garden, science equipment,
and the arts.
Thank you one and all.
are setting a goal this year of collecting 1,000 toys from our
participant community for "Operation Santa Claus" run by the Daly City
Fire Department. If each of us brings just ONE new, unwrapped toy, we will achieve this goal. Please bring your toy(s) to the Pass house for Santa's elves to pick up and deliver.
(from Juanita Watkins)
getting close to Opening Day - are you still looking for your niche?
Looking to change what you do? Christmas Keepers is both a wonderful
introduction and a terrific way to learn the ins and out of The Great
Dickens Christmas Fair!
embrace a variety of activities including taking tickets and acting as
tour guides, participating in parades, assisting guests with questions
and generally helping to spread good cheer (not to mention
a marvelous way to immerse yourself in the Fair, find your place in it
while sharing the magic of the Holiday Season with our guests , and
help the Fair!
Director, Christmas Keepers
Positions Available with Dickens Fair Merchants
(from the Vendor Coordinator)
There are many paid, full and part time positions at various merchant booths throughout the Fair available.
There will be a Help Wanted posting Board in the Green Room. Stop by to peruse the board and then walk the venue to speak with the merchants.
For more information go online to:
Mr. Punch's Pasta and Maclaren's Cookies & Milk are Now Hiring
Cuthbert's Tea Shoppe is Hiring!
(from David Vangerov)
for a paid position at Dickens Fair? Cuthbert's Tea Shoppe is looking
for help for the following positions: serving, retail gift shop &
dishwashing. We offer flexible scheduling if you are also performing.
All the tea and scones you can stomach as a perk. Prior restaurant
experience is not necessary.
Interested parties should drop by the Tea Shoppe this Weekend and ask for Sue Honor, Sharon Hinkel or David Vangerov
Buck & Mug - Dickens Fair Edition!
(from Jason Adajian)
Winter Buck & Mug is a rare occurrence; this is a call for
submissions! This issue will celebrate Winter Festivals, Ancient and
New, with an emphasis on one of our favorites... Please send us your
Dickens Fair stories, or character episodes of Winter ritual and drama!
Also encouraged is your artwork, songs, poetry, photos, and
announcements of Births, Deaths, Marriages or even Life Changes
Inspired by Wintry Visitations.
Ad space available at the usual reasonable rates!
Send all submissions and any inquiries to: email@example.com Don't delay! Deadline is November 26th (2nd weekend of the Fair)
Jason Adajian, Editor - Winter 2017
Sales in Front of Mr. Alan Jeffries This Weekend/Collar Service
(from Jeffrey Schoenberg)
BY POPULAR DEMAND - The studio stock that I had for sale at 1st weekend
of workshops will be back this weekend at the Cow Palace. Capes,
skirts, shifts, etc. in front of Mr. Alan Jeffries. Cash or check only.
SERVICE - Do your starched collars look a little less than perky? Mr.
Alan Jeffries is offering collar service starting this coming weekend.
Drop off your collars on Sunday and pick them up the following Saturday
all clean and starched up. $5.00 each paid in advance. Cash only. Thank
Calling Card Orders with Elite Printing
We had a close call with the Redwood Fire but the print shop survived.
We are taking orders for "calling cards".
Last year's improvements increased our capacity.
We plan to accept orders through 4th weekend.
You may call upon us at our location in the first hall closest to the docks or you may reach us via telegraph ( firstname.lastname@example.org
Please share with us a way to contact you in case of questions and to schedule delivery.
Delivery in character is available by prior arrangement.
We look forward to your patronage.
I am Hay, of Elite Printing, London
More Bay Bridge Implosions This Saturday
Traffic Alert - San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge Rolling Closures
Old Bay Bridge Marine Foundations Demolition
Next Implosions: Saturday, November 11
When: Saturday, November 11
What: Rolling closures.
Where: San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. (The bicycle and pedestrian path will also be closed intermittently. See the schedule (PDF)
Why: Demolition of the Remaining 2 Marine Foundation - Piers E17 & E18
How: Controlled, underwater implosions lasting less than ten seconds
Who: Caltrans, partner agencies and contractors
Reminder: Ticket Update 2017
There have been several questions about participant tickets this week, so I'm re-posting this item from the September 15th missive:
(from Kevin Patterson)
cost of participant priced tickets will increase this year from $15 to
$18. Group sales tickets (20 or more) are the next best priced
tickets at $20. Both participant and group tickets are still good
for any day of the event. All other tickets are now select-day
only. As always, participant priced tickets ($18 for adults and
$10 for children 5-12) are available at Workshops and at the Passhouse.
They are not available online.
last time the price for participant tickets increased was in 2002 when
they went from $12 to $15. Regular admission tickets went from
$25 to $30 three years ago for the final two weekends, and became the
regular admission price for all regular adult admissions last year.
Twilight tickets (sold at the box office after 3pm) are also $18.
the costs of venue, production, insurance, and all other aspects of
presenting a quality show increase, so must our admission prices.
We have kept the price of participant tickets as low as possible
as a 'thank you' to all our participants, and keeping them valid for
use on any day of the event is also an important perk.
For a second year in a row, our audience must purchase advance tickets for the day they wish to attend.
day" ticketing is the best way to balance attendance and avoid
overcrowding on the most popular days. The public is also
encouraged to come on the first two weekends with the $7 early bird
discount continuing now through October 15th. This discount
only applies to the first two weekends of the event. The
same goes for a $3 discount that will run from October 16 to Opening
Day on Facebook and other platforms.
final three weekends of the Fair are not discounted, so the Participant
and Group tickets are an especially good deal for those weekends.
Children's tickets (5 - 12 years of age) are $14 ($10 for
Twilight and Participant and Groups).
For a complete list of general public prices visit dickensfair.com/tickets
Please encourage guests to attend the first two weekends if
possible, this is not only when it is less crowded, but when the crafts
community has the best selection of their new wares.
Reminder: Lyrics for God Save the Queen & Rule Britannia!
(with notes from Dave Batzloff)
God Save the Queen:
God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen.
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen.
God Save the Queen, besides being our national anthem, is a prayer.
It is sung while standing upright, hands at your side,
Gentlemen with their hats off.
When Britain first, at heaven's command,
Arose from out the azure main,
Arose, arose, arose from out the azure main,
This was the charter, the charter of the land,
And guardian angels sang this strain:
Britannia rule the waves,
Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.
Britannia rule the waves,
Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.
Rule Britannia is not the national anthem, standing still is not required
it goes quite well with flag waving, etc.
also notice it is RULE Britannia, it is a command from the angels to rule the waves.
Reminder: Facebook Ride Sharing Group
Just a reminder that there is a Dickens Fair ride sharing group at
Reminder: Online Participant Registration
will once again be using the EventBrite system for participant
registration, as we do for the tickets to the Dickens Fair. This
will be for all participants in all categories.
enters their registration information, and by clicking the appropriate
boxes, have extra fields to fill in based on what they're doing at the
fair. 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. (Note that a limited number of forms will be available
to be filled out at workshops, but doing so online greatly expedites
Please also note that there is a place for adults to acknowledge that you have read and understood the
Participant Handbook. It is on the missive site at:
you have completed the pre-fair process 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.
This allows us to have everyone's
information in a computerized system in case of emergency etc, without
having to enter every registration form manually. Last year this
greatly sped up the lines and we will be doing this from now on.
participants will still need to be on one of the director or booth
owner lists, which will be cross-checked when each person brings their
completed registration form to the registration desk or pass
This registration process will of course not be available to the general public so you will need a password to access.
The URL: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/participant-registration-for-the-great-dickens-christmas-fair-2017-tickets-38666998032
The Password: Registration@DCF2017
Please get registered soon and we will see you October 28th at workshops!
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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