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Christmas Fair 2005 November
(sent November 10, 2005)
Well, the last missive should have been November #1, but I missed that.
We're all a little too busy these days, aren't we?
Thank you all for a great first weekend of Dickens workshops. I know
there weren't quite enough workshops Saturday afternoon, we had a LOT
of folks and not only was I missing two teachers due to other
commitments, but we had the TV shoot that involved quite a few of us.
Never fear, there are plenty more workshops this coming weekend and a
slightly limited offering the following Saturday at the Cow Palace.
(schedule to follow)
Speaking of the TV filming, many thanks to everyone involved in the
"Inside City Limits" shoot! Someone heard the crew commenting on the
way out that we really had things together for them, which is fabulous!
The show is scheduled to air on ADN Channel 11/Cable 23 in San
Francisco, Wednesday November 23rd through Saturday November 26th as
Wednesday 11/23 9:00pm
Thursday 11/24 8:00pm
Friday 11/25 6:30pm
Saturday 11/26 6:30pm
TV shows like this are very important to get the word out to the public
that we are *the* happening place to spend their holiday weekends.
Kathy Kingman (firstname.lastname@example.org - not
email@example.com) is putting together lots of fun ways for
you to help with these promotional efforts. The best way to find out
more is to go to http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/thehollytreeclub/
and join the Holly Tree Club. There's a calendar and all sorts of
Sad News About a Fair Family Member
Dickens Carolers Coming From Montana
Can-Can Bijou Cafe
Hilary Ayer's Victorian Language Workshop Online
Workshop Clarification on "How Do I Know You"
Dark Garden .pdf Files Online
Macbeth Needs WITCHES and a BOY ACTOR!
Book Characters Still Wanted
Play With the Can-Can!
Timegames: It Takes Two (or more) to Play This Game!
Calling Card Email Address Repaired
About a Fair Family
It is with deep sadness that I must announce the departure of a great
and compassionate friend, compelling story-teller, and accomplished
artist and cook (the Rum Cake booth) - Beau Darrough died Tuesday
evening Nov. 8th of advanced cancer in his liver, lungs, and esophagus.
He was only correctly diagnosed last week at Stanford hospital. Beau
was only 52 and many will miss his intelligence, vibrance and humor.
If you wish to send messages to his partner David Real the address is:
Cherry Hill Antiques
884 Emerald Bay Rd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Carolers Coming From
As many of you know, Robert Young coordinates visiting performing
groups to our fair Fair. This year our fame has spread as far as
Montana and this group is raising money to travel to San Francisco to
perform at the Dickens Fair on December 3rd. (Anna Benincasa found this
(search for ("Dickens" on the page)
"Hamilton Players A Capella Society Sing-A-Thon (10 continuous hours of
choral music) to raise funds for singers to travel to San Francisco to
perform at The Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Sponsorship is $5 per
hour. Info: 375-9050."
Pretty cool, huh?
Welcome one and all to the Bijou Café served by our lovely
French ladies a selection of sandwiches, homemade goodies as well as
hot and cold beverages! As a fundraiser to pay for our new Can Can
boots we will be serving Breakfast and Lunch second weekend of
There will be lots of tasty homemade treats for sale as well all day
long so come by our table and buy, buy, buy, so we can kick, kick,
Instant Oatmeal $1.50
Croissant rolls $1.00
Sandwich Types: Tuna, Egg Salad, Turkey, Roast Beef $3.00-4.00
Vegetarian Pasta salad (Saturday only) $4.00
Spinach Cheese Pies (Sunday only) $4.00
Soda and other drinks including bottled water. $1.00
Coffee (French Roast and Decaf) & Tea $1.50
Bake sale items (prices will vary):
Mini bundt cakes - lemon and strawberry
Homemade Cleaver Fudge
Fresh made sweet breads (like banana nut)
Language Workshop Online
(please note that this is a supplement to taking the class, not a
Hilary Ayer graciously allowed Alexander Blazej to post audio
recordings of the Upper Class Victorian Speech classes. To
download a copy browse
"How Do I Know You"
Someone mentioned to me that he had started to come to "How Do I Know
You", and then decided not to come in because it "was only for Theme
Dickens Characters". No, really, it's for everybody, Dickens or
historical or vendors or... It is meant to teach people how to have a
'background' with people your character would know, but you
personally do not know. It's also meant to teach techniques that you
can use with other participants to build similar relationships.
Garden .pdf Files Online
I have posted the Dark Garden modeling guidelines and information sheet
Michelle asked me to remind all interested parties that you need to
turn in the completed model information sheet to her during dress
rehearsal weekend. You can also pick up a blank copy from
Michelle at the Dark Garden booth that weekend.
Needs WITCHES and a
Scotland is now well populated with Burly Victorian Men, but is in sore
need of a good witch or two, and a Boy actor to Flee from the scene of
Please contact Paul Jeninngs at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Characters Still Wanted
The following roles are ones we would very much like to fill and remain
open for audition. We're looking for strong actors to portray these
vivid and fascinating works of Mr. Dickens imagination.
Ralph Nickleby (Nicholas Nickleby) - Cold, calculating, brusque and
cruel businessman. Nicholas' uncle.
James Steerforth (David Copperfield) - Aristoctratic young rakehell.
Frank Cheeryble (Nicholas Nickleby) - Heroic young middle class
gentleman. Kate Nickleby's love interest.
Bradley Headstone (Our Mutual Friend) - Scarily tightly wound
schoolmaster with issues. Middle class.
Matilda Price (Nicholas Nickleby) - Good hearted, gregarious Yorkshire
girl. Engaged to John Browdie. Middle class.
In addition, the Other Books is looking for a few bad men
Sir Mulberry Hawk needs feckless upper-class, hard-drinking,
hard-gambling cronies to fill his entourage and help spread some
holiday leer. If you're more inclined towards colorful dockside,
undeserving poor characters; ragged, hardened, mysterious, half-mad and
sometimes downright scary there are a few of those roles open as well.
Please consult Therese or Rydell at the Book Character rehearsals after
the workshop days are concluded.
(I knew that would get your attention)
The members of Cancan Bijou would like to set up some gigs during the
run of fair! These gigs need to be
positive interactions, no catfights please! Please contact
Monique Woodruff, the Director of Cancan Bijou
or her assistant, Lauri Costigan, if you are interested in playing with
the high kicking ladies of Mad Sal's!
It Takes Two (or
more) to Play This Game!
Everyone in the Dickens Christmas Fair enjoys playing games with Time.
We are shapeshifters par excellance; when we do lots of research our
playing field becomes even larger and full of more intriguing
Now we've truly opened up the Timegame to patrons. With an average of
1000 patrons each day last year picking their assumed names and
occupations thereby inviting you all to play Timegames with them.
(Please email ways you played last year, plus suggestions for those
A great change in how patrons sign up this year: at least 10 Timetravel
stations throughout the fair will invite all patrons to play. In '04 it
was chaos to use the lobby as the only sign-up place!
This year huge beribboned badges will be worn by our wandering
Timegames Tour Guides who can better approach those patrons who have
not yet chosen their assumed names and occupations. We need at least
five more "tour guides" from 12:00 - 3:00.
Comp tickets can be earned or whimsical rewards will be yours! You'll
check on the tour stations, engage patrons in playing Timegames -
meanwhile seeing the whole fair... perhaps even being wandering
information guides. Your large beribboned badges will identify you as
Shopkeepers, gamesplayers, performers, and tavernkeepers: respond to
all who are badged even if only with a "Good Day" and their name. They
are our instant long-time friends, not strangers.
Contact Phyllis at 415-892-0162 or email@example.com
Annie Lore, of cheap hoops fame, is now supplying cheap wigs and
hairpieces. Lots of ringlets and sausage curls, fast turnaround on
orders. Look for her rummage table this coming Sunday from 11:00 to
2:00, with pieces to buy or order to have at Dress or even sooner. For
any questions, contact Annie Lore at ImminentIdea@aol.com
Card Email Address
For anyone who has emailed about calling cards to
firstname.lastname@example.org and had their email bounced, the
email problem appears to have been solved. It had silently been
forwarding mail to it from another address, but not accepting email
directly to the address (don't ask.) Please re-send your emails.
Hopefully, they will get through. Anyone who has further problems can
email me (Don Cox) at email@example.com.
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