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The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Missive
Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2016 - November Missive #3
Notes from your Missive Maven:
Hello everyone and welcome to dress rehearsal weekend!

The workshop and rehearsal schedule for dress rehearsal weekend is on the missive site at 
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 come in your Dickens Fair costume! We want pictures!

And if you haven't seen our wonderful downloadable Map of Our London by the inimitable Don Carson, you can find it here:


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In This Missive

To Our Fair Community

To our Fair community:

election season has been an exhausting and trying one. Now that the results are in, we need to pull together as a community to support each other, move forward with our lives, our commitment to the arts and our beliefs.

The Dickens Christmas Fair will be more important than ever this season, especially for families.  We will come together to create the spirit and magic that warms hearts and brings hope.  We are fully committed to making the Fair an experience that is a true and loving celebration of life for all of us and for all our guests.

Let us make the Dickens Christmas Fair, the true "Heart of the Holidays".

~The Patterson family and Red Barn Productions


Dress Rehearsal Weekend Schedule

The updated schedule workshop and rehearsal for the dress rehearsal weekend is on the missive page at
Please check back during the week for any updates.
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.
You can also find out official Dickens Fair map at 

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. 
Come in your Dickens Fair costume! We want pictures!

Get to Know Each Other & Our London!  
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair All Character Round Robin!

(from Therese Porter)
Dress rehearsal weekend is when we polish our work to a scintillating gleam before our guests appear in our London. It is also a terrific time to get to know your fellow London dwellers, and to get your bearings. In order to help that burnishment we earnestly entreat you: after the morning meeting on Sunday, DON'T RUN AWAY!
Each of us is a part of the immersive magic we create, and it really is important for ALL of us, (and we do mean ALL) to recognise each other in our glorious immersive environment.  It really does add 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!
Therefore! In order to help with learning who people are - at least visually - PLEASE stay for  a little bit after the mandatory general meeting Sunday morning at 10:00AM in Fezziwig's, when  we will gather for The Great Dickens Fair Character Round Robin! 
We will have the casts of the books, the shows, and the other groups of the Fair 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. Each of you will get 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, which enriches the tapestry that we are creating for our guests and gives each of us more to play with. Please plan on participating in this important and fun exercise!

But wait! There's more! After the meeting, take some time to learn where things are - there have been a great many changes to the layout. Our guests are going to be asking the locals (that would be you) about where things are so be pro-active and know where such landmarks as the Tea Shop, the Carousel, the pubs, &c are so that you can direct guests with confidence. There have been several largish changes and it behooves us all to know our playing field.  Of course, please 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!

Notes from Costumes - It's Dress Rehearsal Weekend!

(from Liz Martin)

Important times!
Costumes will be open Sat and Sunday for approvals from 11- 4 .
Fastrack will be open Sat and Sunday 9 - 4 (this is a time change from a previous post).

Directors, if you used costumes from stock list year please EMAIL me immediately.
In the subject line please write: DCF 2016 COSTUME NEEDS
Please include a description or picture of the costume and who wears it. (Actor/character). It is a new actor or a child, please include measurements.
Include yours and the actor's availability for Sat afternoon and Sunday.
We will be pulling Sat morning and will post the fitting time on the shop wall.

As always, we will do our best to assist you and get you what you need.
Thank you.

Lace day cap pattern
The pattern that was discussed in the costume class can now be found on the missive site.

Notes from  Operations

(from Mark Solum)

Pass House Hours This Weekend
Pass house hours this weekend are 9am to 5pm.

Lost & Found
Found articles from Oceana will be available at the Operations Trailer this weekend 9am-5pm

Please Do Not Use the Front Gate for Access to Will Call, or to Go Outside During the Run of Fair
Because of enhanced security and Fire Department regulations, we are monitoring both the incoming and outgoing count at the front entrance.  In order to keep an accurate count, please do not use the front entrance for any reason during the run of fair.  Please use the participant entrance, located through the Kids Bay D, past the pass house.  Please do not use the front entrance for entry or exiting, however temporary.  Front gate staff will be instructed not to allow gate passes through the front gate.

Oceana Report Card

(from Steve Johnson)

Dear Participants,
There was a incident in one of the classrooms where the refrigerator was mysteriously unplugged, which caused it to defrost and send water all over the floor. Our noble security team helped the custodian clean up the mess, and then they went to the store to replace the things that were in the fridge. One of the cast directors very kindly left a note of apology and a gift card to the teacher, and another workshop director left a cash donation to the teacher to use for her students. The teacher wrote to me today and was very touched by our efforts to make things right. Moral to the story: don't unplug anything.
On a very happy note, your generosity this year went beyond expectations: donations to the school amounted to $1,170. This included a $100 check presented by one of the carolers. The money will be used for the school garden project and to teachers with special needs (science equipment, etc.). I will be presenting the check to the principal this week, and will pass on to him some of the compliments I heard from you about the students' works we saw around the school.

Thank you all!
Steve Johnson
Dickens Fair School Liaison

New Location & New Help ~ The Tippling Toad Has Moved!

(from Patrick Morris)

We are now located in Pickwick Square in the old Roast Beef spot. We will still be serving lunch during workshops and rehearsals this weekend, and breakfast every morning of fair. Eggs, potatoes, sausage, bacon, coffee and French toast served every day. Real maple syrup!  Eggs Manny Dick on Sundays. 

We are also looking for a few more paid helpers. Flexible shifts. Free meals. See Patrick this weekend at the booth or call 510 917-0065

Food at Mullah's

(from Kristi and Jeremy McMaster)

This Saturday, November 12, we'll have hot beverages, sweets and our croissant/apple/cheese platter available.

Starting Sunday, November 13, and through the run of Fair: 
Breakfast at Mr. Brown's 8:00am to 10:00am 
Regular menu available, plus: 
Mullah Mush: $3.50 
Chicken Apple Sausage (one piece): $3.00 
Mush/Sausage Combo: $6.00 
Mullette Sandwich (1 croissant & 1 sausage with 2 small slices of brie cheese): $6.50 
12 oz cup of freshly roasted, gourmet coffee: $2.00 (until 10am ONLY) 

Our lunch special for Sunday, November 13 only; from 11am to 3pm: 
Thai Pumpkin curry on rice for $5.00/bowl. It is gluten-free and vegan. 
We will also have our croissant/apple/cheese platters available for $6.00.  
Wanted: Nanny for Adorable Royal Children 
(During Royal Procession)

(from Laurie Tavan)

The royal family is in need of a few good people to help with the Royal children during progress, either as nanny or tutor role. Commitment is about 3 hours per day, onstage approximately 2:45-5pm. This Requires middle to upper middle class dress, both Scottish and English characters welcome. Both Saturday and Sunday commitment preferred but not necessary. 

Contact Laurie

(Note from Cat: "If you want this choice position..." Sorry, couldn't resist)

Notes From the Green Man Inn

(from Kathleen Bartholomew)
The Green Man Inn welcomes all participants for rest and recreation. However, we do ask you to remember that we are the Green Man - not the Green Room. We are a stage, 360 degrees and Opening to Closing. Please stay in character and costume while you visit us, and remember to share with the patrons in our Parlour.

Also, if you want or think you have a gig scheduled with us, please contact Kathleen Bartholomew to make sure. She will be in the Green Man all Dress Rehearsal Weekend, or can be reached at

One more thing: Please be advised the Green Man Inn is a politics-controlled zone. Nothing political may be discussed that has occurred later than 1863. There is a marked preference for British current events of the era, as well. Thank you.
Make Money and Entertain Kids at the Carousel!
(from Julie St. Germaine)

Kids love the carousel and it's a great way to earn some extra money.  Available for 1 - 6 hours a day?  Pick some time slots you can commit to and collect your pay in cash.  We are looking for safety conscious and kid-friendly folks who are working poor or above (no blackened teeth or soot).  It's fun and an easy way to cover parking pass, bridge toll, treats, etc.  

E-mail Julie St. Germaine at for more info or PM me on Facebook.


Collar Service at Mr. Alan Jeffries 

(from Jeffrey Schoenberg)

Mr. Alan Jeffries is again offering Collar service. If you would like to have your detachable collars professionally starched, drop them off at Mr. Alan Jeffries by the end of the day on Sunday, and they will be ready for you to pick up first thing the following Saturday. $5 each. Prepaid, cash only. Starting dress rehearsal weekend.


Strawbenders Fine Hat Shop Seeks Assistants
(from Cora Hendershot)

Strawbenders Fine Hat Shop is still seeking 1 or 2 part-time shop assistants. Must be cheerful & dependable, with a keen eye for detail and a smart sense of fashion. Please text our Shop Manager, Nanci McMurray, at 310-435-2928 for further details and to arrange an interview. Workshops & costume approval required. 

Cora Hendershot Co-owner, Strawbenders
Pre-Paid Telegram Cards
(from Karen Porter)

The prepaid telegram cards are still available as of first week of Fair.  They run $20 for 10 telegrams.  That's $2 instead of $3 for participants  This year we will also have corsages/nosegays for $4.


The Elite Printing Company
(from Don Cox)

We have moved to the entrance bay at the far end of the Grand Concourse on the left. 

We are again accepting a limited number of printing orders for character calling cards at $15 for 150. Pay when you pick them up. 

The Bulletin Newspaper is back to once again terrorize London! A complete new issue will be published each Dickens' Fair weekend. Let us publish your character gossip, historical articles, and period-style silliness at no cost. Justin Case, your scurrilous editor, can be emailed finished stories, fake ads, public notices, and general character-troublemaking at: . My staff writer and fellow minion-of-evil, Lady Leonora Riley, has already been gathering character lists and plot lines from group leaders via:, or PM on Facebook. 

Vendor ads and other donations help offset our printing costs and are $10/sq-inch per season. Sizes may be 1 or 2 two-inch-wide columns in half-inch vertical increments. Deadlines are generally Wednesday night before the weekend the issue publishes unless otherwise arranged.

Lyrics for God Save the Queen & Rule Brittania!

(from Dave Batzloff)

A reminder of the words to our patriotic songs, along with a few notes:

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.

Rule Britannia:
When Britain fi-i-irst, at heaven's command,
Aro-o-o-ose from out the a-a-a-zure main,
Arose, arose from ou-ou-ou-out the a-zure main,
This was the charter, the charter of the land,
And guardian a-a-angels sang this strain:
Rule Britannia!
Britannia rule the waves
Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.
Rule Britannia!
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.


Major Construction on Van Ness Ave. This Weekend

There will be major construction on Van Ness Ave. this weekend, you might want to avoid it if you come that way through San Francisco.

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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