The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Missive
Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2014 - November Missive #6
Notes from your Missive Maven:
Welcome to the opening day of the 36th Annual
Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party!
"Top of the Morning to you!"
would like to heartily recognize and shower with adoration, the
wonderful, talented and dedicated Dickens Fair crew members who design,
build, paint, plumb, illuminate, amplify and decorate London in San
Francisco! Look up! And see the second story painted drops in the
Grand Concourse, the painted doorway drops and the many other new
elements that stitch together the fabric of our Fair-wide theatrical
environment. Take time to drop in to the fabulous
environmental areas such as the Dickens Family Parlor, The Green Man
Inn, The Adventurers Club, Paddy West (The London Docks), Flockmockers
and the Crystal Palace...All FILLED with fantastic detail!
very special thank you to each and every Merchant for all that you do
to create beauty and depth and detail to woo and delight our
BRAVO to each of the 780, or more, performers who have honed their
theatre craft at workshops and rehearsals, and in the car on the drive
in each day. It is a grand ensemble that carries on the
tradition of theatrical living history invented right here!
Admire their fabulous costumes ~ and greet them in the streets and as
they pass your shop!
SO ON WITH THE SHOW! We can all take pride in the Fair we have created together!
NOTES: Remember, the lights go out (and the colored lights go on) at
9:35am. At this point, we are a "show time" venue, and you should be
dressed and prepared for the guests. Please remember to be quiet
outside the Tableau at Fezziwig's, which usually begins about 9:45am
(and try to see it for yourself at least once!) And PLEASE
remember to tip your bartenders and food purveyors, be nice to the
security guards and have your passes ready.
Have a fabulous opening weekend!
Please remember to contact the folks referenced in each notice above, rather than hitting "reply".
Entertainment Director, Missive & Social Media Maven
|In This Missive|
|Rain & Shuttles|
|Getting Eventbrite Reminders?|
|Important Notes from Operations|
|About Tickets - A Refresher|
|Costume Approvals Opening Weekend|
|Annie's Cheap Hair Update|
|Breakfast in Dickens London|
|Backstage Food Trucks|
|Wonderful Merchant offerings for Participants Only|
|Fezziwig's Safety & Courtesy Tips|
|Christmas Revels Co-Promotion|
|Dickens Bulletin Articles|
|The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Media Report|
it's probably going to be wet. There will be tents both above (near
gate 11) and below, to shelter you from the rain while you wait for the
shuttles, which will run from roughly 8:00AM to 8:00PM.
Getting Eventbrite Reminders?
Getting odd reminders from Eventbrite about your registration? It
seems to just be an automated reminder since you signed up for your
registration through Eventbrite, and they have the date of the event as
tomorrow since we're selling tickets through their site.
Important Notes from Operations
(from Mark Solum)
Pass House Hours:
Opening Saturday: 8am-4pm
Opening Sunday: 8am-4pm
Lost & Found is at the Cloak Check
All lost and found will be at the Coat Check at the front of the fair.
An item Lost by someone is NOT your happy find to keep.
PLEASE turn in all found items.
Bring Your Meds! If you take regular medications, please remember to bring them. Thanks!
Please do not use the front gate from 9am to 12 noon - Use the participant entrance by the pass house.
Always carry your pass - and be prepared to show it.
Will Call opens at 9am.
Participant tickets are only available for purchase at the pass house, not at Will Call.
Be quiet from 9:45 until the tableaux finishes in the Fezziwig's Bay and near the V&A.
Everyone in the backstage green room area - please be quiet - you are right behind a stage.
No one without a pass is allowed backstage, in the annex or back breezeway.
Don't escort friends/ past participants backstage. Big Liability.
About Tickets - A Refresher
(from Kevin Patterson)
2014 Dickens Christmas Fair ticket prices are exactly the same in every
category as last year: Primary Adult Box Office price is $25 for
weekends 1 - 3. This increases for the final two weekends to
$30. This is designed to balance attendance between the
early and late weekends. ALL discounts expire after 3rd
weekend, EXCEPT participant (and Group) tickets .
Tickets - at only $15 for Adults and $8 for Children - are the best
price available, especially on the last two weekends when they will be
half off! Participant tickets are good ANY weekend. The ONLY less
expensive ticket will be the Adult Twilight Special (after
4 PM) of $13 and the Child Twilight of $8. Remember, you may
purchase Participant Tickets at the Pass House anytime (cc accepted),
but please try to come at times when there is no line.
Tickets for the general public are available on Eventbrite (via Dickensfair.com)
all the way thru the final day of the Fair. The "advance
sale" discounts ($3 off) will end at midnight 11/21 (this Friday).
Group sales of 20-29 tickets will continue thru the run via
Eventbrite. Groups of more than 30 are available by
contacting Golden Gate Group Tickets (see website tickets
Costume Approvals Opening Weekend
(from Liz Martin)
Costume approval will continue through opening weekend (and longer as necessary).
The shop will open daily at 8 am.
weekend there will be 2 lines: 1 for vendors and 1 for
performers. Please be patient - we are all aware that it is opening day
and that the show cannot open without you.
will be taking photos opening weekend. Getting approvals done so that
people can get their passes are the first priority If we can we
will take your photo when you check in. If not , Please come back
after 1 to have your picture taken.
Again, thank you all for making this the best looking Dickens Fair yet!
Annie's Cheap Hair Update
(from Annie Lore)
sez: Unless you got notified of an item out of stock, you can pick up
your hair order at the Cow Palace this weekend. Susie Brody is hosting
the pickup box, which has the pieces bagged and tagged in alphabetical
order (at least they start that way); use the
doorway between Madame Louise's and Haberdashery, which is
marked "Accessories" (unless things have changed vastly). You can ask
for Susie, but pretty much anyone there can direct you to the box-- they know that "I need hair!" expression. Best
to do this when the fair isn't open, of course. If you expect to be at
the site on Friday, Susie will be around setting up, so you can pick up
starting about 2:00.
Breakfast in Dickens London
(from Leslie Patterson)
BREAKFAST AT BANGERS
Every Morning 7:30-9:30
All come with rice and beans on the side!!!
Mexican: Chorizo, eggs, and potatoes $5
Meat lovers: Ham, cheese, eggs and potatoes $6
Vegetarian: Cheese, eggs and potatoes $4
American: Ham, cheese, eggs and potatoes $5
Choose any 3 items $5!!!
Chorizo con Huevos: Chorizo and eggs with rice and beans
Ham and eggs with potatoes and a scone
Cereal and milk $3
2 scones $2
Orange Juice, Coffee and Milk $2
BREAKFAST AT THE TIPPLING TOAD
again The Tippling Toad - Located on Fish Street, will be selling
breakfast fair mornings from 8:15 to 9:30ish. Breakfast includes
scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon or sausage, and French toast.
Coffee, milk and juices are also available.
Sundays only we will add Eggs Mannydick, a fair tradition for over 30
years. MannyDick is Manny's version of eggs benedict. Two poached
eggs over English muffins, topped with a spicy cheese sauce.
Served with rice and Cuban style black beans, it's the perfect
way to start a Sunday morning.
Breakfast at Mr. Brown's!
to participants from 7:45am to 10:00am. Mr. Brown's
remains one of the best values in Fair, offering Mullah's Blend
Coffee (roasted fresh each week) available for only $1
Our breakfast traditions continue with:
- Mullah's Mush (oatmeal with freshly chopped dried fruits): $3.50
- All natural Chicken Apple Sausage (one piece): $3.00
- Mush /Sausage combo: $6.00
- Mullette Sandwich: 1 croissant & 1 sausage (both sliced in half) with 2 small slices of cheese: $6.00
- Bakery treats: $2.50-$6.00
We are still offering a selection of wheat-free and gluten-free vegan baked sweets. Many of our items (teas, apples, milk, others) are certified organic.
Participant discount: Bring your own mug when you visit any time during the day and save 50 cents off your hot beverage (excluding Turkish coffee).
(from Carol Goodman)
We will have one food truck a day this year located next to the backstage annex.
Empanadas (under new management) on Saturday, and Wisk on Sunday.
Each truck has been asked to provide at least two vegetarian options.
Note: pasta no longer available at the Patagonia truck.
Right now there is no truck scheduled for Thanksgiving Friday.
Hoping to change that. Will keep you updated.
Wonderful Merchant offerings for Participants Only!
(from Leslie Patterson)
Braiding Deals@Adorn Thy Hair - located on Petticoat Lane
Participants receive discounts on all hair-dos from 8:00am to 9:59am.
Please come by early, we will create a limited waiting list.
you plan on being here after 9:30am... please be in full costume or
mundanes in case the fair opens! Thank you - Lynn Combs
& Brenda Lewis
Mr. Alan Jeffries Fine Gentlemen's Apparel - located on Nickelby Road
participants and Pickwick Club members no sales tax (shoes
excepted). Please state that you are a participant before your
order is written up. Thank you. -The proprietors
The Proprietors of Cuthbert's Tea Shoppe - located in Hollyberry Park,
want participants to know that they can have FREE TEA with any food purchase. Just let your server know you work at the fair.
Daylight Artworks - located on Maiden Lane
(Night Lights, Bone Pins) will always pay the sales tax for participants.
NEW THIS YEAR!
Mr. Punch's Pasta Participant Punch Card
Buy 8 Pastas and get one for free.Pick up your pass at the Pasta booth - located in Tinsley Green
Proprietor - Andrew Patterson
Marley's Chains located in Golden Square
will always do the 10% off and round up your discount to nearest dollar if you are fair peeps. :-)
Ballena Bay Pewter - located on Nickelby Road
offers all participants a fantastic savings of 9% on all purchases with fair I.D.
Dangerous Puppets - Located in the London Docks
offers a participant deal that is tax free (%9) off any item.
The lovely Commemoratives for this Dickens Fair and a tribute to the source.
Available from Heidi B's Pale Moon Booth through this Fair (&
beyond by order). In Mad Sal's Bay across from Steven Overstreet on
Confounding Confections - located in Tinsley Green
is pleased to offer all fair participants and Pickwick Club members one FREE LOLLY with each purchase of $20 or more!
Painting Garden Activity Card
Painting Garden -located in Tinsley Green, is offering a "Painting
Card" for children and adults valued at $20.00 with an extra bonus
piece when card is filled. A great activity for the kids with parents
who participate in the Fair. Small children- 6 and under, do need
to be accompanied by an adult or older sibling. Come to the Paint
Garden next to the Children's stage and ask for Johanna or Michael for
your fun filled "Painting Card"
Fezziwig's Safety & Courtesy Tips
(from Cathleen Myers)
Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig have invited you ALL to their Christmas dance
party. Everyone is welcome at Fezziwig's, but please give some of your
dances to the customers. They're the reason we're here!
Fezziwig's is not "Dancing with the Stars" and we have no judges. Above
all, we don't have room for dancers who block traffic with their
show-stopping moves. When our dance floor is crowded, as it
generally is in the late afternoon and evening, this is not the time to
do fancy multiple twirls, swing-outs, roll-aways, or ANY other
variations that can cause collisions.
No lifts or dips on our Victorian dance floor! Dips only became
fashionable with the invention of Apache dancing in Paris in the early
20th century, and lifts?!!! Only in stage dancing! And, of course, dips
and aerials are dangerous in a crowded ballroom.
Important safety tip: The line of dance is counterclockwise. The
outside lane of the dance floor is the FAST Lane. The outside lane is
NOT a good place for slow dancing or fancy variations.
5. The safest place on the dance floor for slower dancers and for teaching inexperienced dancers is in one of the center lanes.
The very center of the floor at Fezziwig's is for our children's
dances. Please take special care around them. And please do not
cut through the center as a "short cut."
If another couple collides with you on the dance floor, immediately
apologize, even if it wasn't your fault. Keep moving but do apologize.
There are only three polite reasons for turning down a guest's
invitation to dance: (1) that you have already promised this dance to
someone else; (2) that you are injured; or (3) that you must leave
immediately for an engagement (e.g., your next show). But don't just
say "No thank you." That's cold and unkind. And, if at all
possible, engage the customer for a future dance or try to get them
another partner. Any Fezziwigger will be happy to help.
Ladies: Yes, you may ask any gentleman to dance. All dances at
Fezziwig's are both Ladies' and Gentlemen's Choice. But please do not
ask a gentleman to dance if he's with another lady - UNLESS you provide
the lady with a partner. This is one of our ironclad courtesy rules!
Everyone: If you are about to ask someone to dance and a customer asks
you first, you are honour-bound to accept the customer's invitation.
11. In short, please be safe, alert, and polite.
-Cathleen Myers (Lady Jane Digby-El Mezrab), Dance Mistress, Fezziwig's
Christmas Revels Co-Promotion
(from Kevin Patterson)
part of the Bay Area cultural community, we have a special relationship
with The Christmas Revels. We provide limited free admission to
their cast, and they provide limited free admission to their show.
Members of our Dickens Cast may use the below code for free tickets (up
to 80 tickets so act now).
Revels invites Dickens Fair Folk to the 29th Annual Christmas Revels at
the Oakland Scottish Rite Theater on Lake Merritt. We would
love to have you as our guests on either opening night, Friday,
December 12th or the second Friday, December 19th. Both
performances are at 8pm. Festive attire (Dickensian or otherwise)
is always welcome.
This year's Revels opens in
the 1930s where our protagonist meets a mystery man who sends him on a
journey east to Appalachia, south through the bayous of Louisiana,
north to Shaker country and finally westward ho to
California! It's a crazy quilt of many colors creating the fabric of
the holiday traditions we still share. Filled with Cajun music,
Appalachian clogging, old folk tales and holiday rituals that some will
remember being passed down from our parents or grandparents, the 2014
Christmas Revels will see a return to familiar American carols and
folksongs, toe-tapping music and of course, plenty of laughter.
To receive up to two free tickets for either Friday night performance of The Christmas Revels order online at http://californiarevels.org/current_show and
use discount code REDBARN14. Two ticket limit per order and
limited to 100 tickets total. Not valid for Center Box seats or Front
Row of the Main Floor (in purple on seating chart.)
Dickens Bulletin Articles
(from Lee Bridges)
everyone. I'm Lee Bridges. At Dickens I play Lady Leonora Riley, a
Spaniard who writes for the Bulletin, our weekly scandalsheet. (I also
Bulletin has three purposes: 1) publish amusing stories, 2) embellish
your characters, 3) show off Don's printing press. I'm contacting you
with two requests:
Paul Jennings, Dave Batzloff, Rob Bradshaw, and Steve George, please
send me your group's character names so I can write about them. A
spreadsheet's fine; I will discard real names and contact info.
However, I may want to ask how they're playing their characters this
season (e.g., Darwin hasn't published Origin of Species yet).
let me know of any gigs you're doing that would make good copy.
Surprise proposals, theft, flood, fire, zany animals, kicking Dickens
out of Tavistock House... the sky is almost the limit (see below). Yes,
your regular stuff is just fine.
This year we're
doing a special multi-parter on the imaginary Great London Balloon
Race. Wait until you read about the design and crew your group is
contributing - or better yet, send it to me. (I've got some great ideas
from the Crystal Palace, can-can dancers, and Flockmocker.)
you have any special events for which you'd like more audience, let me
know, and include the date and time. The Bulletin is great for
publicity - with spin. Lovely recital? Not news. Lovely recital
relocated to your stage after the sweeps ran through half-naked pursued
by the constabulary? Now that's news!
Things I DON'T write about:
- anyone who says not to write about them (has never happened)
- stuff that's vindictive and not funny
tragic historic events, such as mining accidents, unless it's a
reference to your character working to
- anything outright unhistorical, such as claiming your character is an O.B.E. when he wasn't
- topics that wouldn't fit a Victorian newspaper, such as family planning and homosexuality (apologies, but it's 1855)
blatant crossovers like the Starship Enterprise landing outside
Whitehall. (Doctor Who does a lot of Victorian, so we've mentioned a
weird blue box.)
else is fair game. We stage kidnappings, reveal scandalous family
histories, deliver brandy to the Temperance Union, throw people in the
Thames, and make things explode. If it reads, it leads!
your character object to a story? Storm the printing office! We
specialize in hasty retractions. A day without a death threat is a day
I look forward to publicizing your gigs and making you duck from Flockmocker's ray gun. Yours in gleeful creative license,
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Media Report
(from Denise Lamott Public Relations)
Feature interview segment with Kevin Patterson on KRON Weekend News with Jan Wahl
8/13 Dickens Fair highlighted in HomeAway.com's Best Christmas Family Vacations
9/6 Event highlight with photo, Axs.com
10/19 Feature story on Kevin Patterson w/ photos and video, Digitaljournal.com
10/20 Calendar listing, NowEvents.com
10/29 Highlight, 10 Best Things To Do in November, Mommy Nearest
Nov Large photo highlight, Bay Area Parent
Nov/Dec Complimentary ad in BayAreaMags.com
Nov/Dec Feature article with photos, Victoriana Magazine
Nov/Dec Calendar listing, Discover Silicon Valley magazine
Nov/Dec Calendar highlight, Local Happenings Magazine
11/4 Event mention, San Jose Mercury News
11/8 Feature story, Renacopia.com
11/9 Feature story on the Dickens Fair in Noelophile.com
11/9 Event highlight in Bay Area News Group papers - Fremont
Argus, San Ramon Valley Times, San Mateo County Times, San Jose
Mercury News, Hayward Daily Review, West County Times, Oakland Tribune
11/13 Event highlight, San Francisco Examiner
11/18 Photos on GoPix.com
11/19 Dickens Fair featured in Marin Magazine's e-mail blast and online
Dickens Fair highlight in Every Day with Rachel Ray
Feature article on the Great Dickens Christmas Fair on Vogue Bambini/Children's Vogue
Alaska Airlines will highlight in December issue
SF Arts Monthly will cover the event
Sonoma Family Life Magazine would like to include the Dickens Fair in a round up of area holiday events
San Francisco Chronicle will highlight in Sunday Datebook, 11/23
SF Travel's (San Francisco Convention and Visitor Bureau) holiday party
East Bay Express
Press Attending Media Tea Party and/or Dickens Fair
Bay Area News Group - Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times, etc.
CBS San Francisco
KFOG morning show producer
Freelance Asian media
Napa Valley Register
People's Daily Online
Pink Lemonade of Life (blog)
Randy Yagi, Examiner.com
SF Examiner, SF Arts Monthly, etc.
San Francisco Local magazine (online)
Science Fiction San Francisco
Yelp North Bay
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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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