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Christmas Fair 2005 November Missive #4
(sent November 22nd, 2005)
The all character round robin went extremely well on Sunday, Robert and
I were very proud of all the wonderful characterizations we saw. Hats
off to Therese, Rydell and Julie for all their hard work teaching and
directing. Thanks to all who participated!
There was a wonderful moment at the meeting where all of you stood up
and sang "God Save the Queen" to Laura Bruckner as Queen Victoria
(escorted by the dashing Patrick Purtle as Prince Albert). I still get
goose bumps thinking about it. As Gilbert and Sullivan said (in Pirates
of Penzance) "We love our Queen". With that thought in mind I include
below the lyrics for the first verses of both "God Save the Queen' and
"Rule Britannia", in case not everyone has committed them to memory.
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.
When Britain first, at Heaven's command
Arose from out the azure main;
Arose from out the azure main;
This was the charter, the charter of the land,
And guardian angels sang this strain:
Rule Britannia! Britannia rules the waves,
Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.
See everybody bright and early Friday morning!
Jolly Good News - KRON - Sunday December 4th
A Small Reminder from the Green Man Inn
A Note from Mr. Fezziwig
An Invitation from Jeremy's Escort Service
Sailor CD's Found at Pacifica Workshops
Patterson and Sons Merchandise & Coat Check
2005 Dickens Christmas Fair Commemorative Pins
Building Access Info
You are the best customer service available.........
Let the Audience Sit
Cell Phones, Lap Tops and cigarettes...oh my!
Lost & Found
News - KRON - Sunday December 4th
It is definite that KRON News Weekend will be producing our show with
Henry Tenenbaum from 8-10am live! on Sunday December 4. We will still
need at least 50 costumed players for parades, street encounters, and
environments as Henry travels through the fair - you ARE the visuals!
All costumed employees and volunteers may play a part in this 100,000
square foot extravaganza. Be in the V&A Music Hall at 7:00am SHARP
Two complimentary tix will be given to each one who adds to this most
vital fair publicity.
We'll be on throughout the show from 8 'til 9:30.
All Booth Owners! Please remove all blue or other tarps Saturday
evening or we will not be able to shoot your area. Thank you!
Reminder from the Green Man Inn
The Green Man Inn welcomes all participants of all classes and stations
to another Extreme Christmas! Remember that we have lemonade, water and
(usually) tea, available free, gratis and for nothing to anyone with a
thirst. The Bar is also open.
The Green Man is an open, improvisational stage, where you are always
welcome to take your ease while staying in character. We are a major
stop for Time Games, giving you a splendid opportunity for audience
interaction, and the guests are always delighted to meet our "regulars"
in the Parlour.
Times to remember: Mr. Dickens reads here at 12:30, 2:00, 4:00
and 5:30. Mr. Kipling reads here at 1 PM. Mr. Pickwick & Company
lunch here at 2:30. Do come give focus and encourage our guests to sit
and listen if you are in the area then.
Happy Christmas and break a leg!
Mrs. Ariadne Bombay
from Mr. Fezziwig
Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig are pleased to invite everyone to their annual
Christmas party.However, please remember that the most important guests
are the paying patrons. Please feel free to come in and dance
with your favourite partner, but while you're there please also ask a
patron for a dance.
The patrons would really appreciate it.
Invitation from Jeremy's Escort Service
Once again Jeremy's Escort Service will be having Cockney warm up at
Mad Sal's every day at 9:30am, for
the run of Faire. This is for all the lower class and every one is
welcome to attend. It so yous' can talk h'at faire.
Hope to see you there.
CD's Found at Pacifica Workshops
Steve Johnson wrote in that "2 CDs were found at the middle school that
were used in one of the workshops - full of
sailor's songs." I have asked him to drop them at the pass house,
please check there if you've lost same. (More info on lost and found
items later in this missive)
These very handy items are located at the Office for cash only or for
sale at the Merchandise Booth for Credit Card Sales. For a paltry
$13.00 ($20.00 at the Gate) you can help support this fine event when
you buy tickets for your family and friends, and encourage others
to do the same.
and Sons Merchandise & Coat Check
All participants who show their gate pass will receive a 10% discount
on selected merchandise at the Merchandise booth located at the front
entrance of the fair. Stop by for a visit.
Coat check for heavy burdens is also available. Please tell our
Dickens Christmas Fair Commemorative Pins
Get yours before they run out!
Commemorative Pins for this 2005 Dickens Christmas Fair are available
at Heidi B.'s Pale Moon Booth across from Steven Overstreet in Mad
Sal's Bay! ...and for you Scrooges out there...
HOT off the press - Bah! and Humbug! pins... while supplies last
(current as of now, any changes will be sent to you as soon as we know
The building will be open for participants only (you must have your
gatepass) at 7am. There will be only one roll up gate open on the
south (front) side of the building. This will be the door located
next to the bathrooms in the Mad Sal's bay. Please do not open
others, as we cannot secure the building properly with an excess of
At 9:30am, all doors on the front of the building will be closed, and
your only access will be the back of the building.
The building will close to the public at 8pm, and all non-participants
will be "swept" out of the building with all due speed. The
building will remain open for clean-up and loading until 10pm.
Please vacate the building by or before 10pm.
There is absolutely no "camping" in the building. No one, other
than security, is allowed in the building between 10pm and 7am.
This rule is non negotiable, and any infractions will result in the
loss of your fair privileges.
the best customer service available.........
Please take the time to read through the entire program and to walk
through the venue to locate restrooms, exits, Will Call, Merchandise,
etc. Then please take the time when asked to point in the right
direction. Or, better yet, walk the customer to their desired
location while expounding on the why's and wherefores of our
For obvious reasons we need you to adhere to the following rules:
The front five rows of all theatres are reserved for customers and the
carpets in the front of the theatres are reserved for children (unless
you are sitting on the carpet with a child).
In Mad Sal's please sit only sit in the back rows.
At the food courts, please take your food and eat elsewhere or eat and
move away as soon as possible.
Please do not hang out at the bar fronts and schmooze with the servers
when the bar is full.
Always remember to give way to the disabled, senior citizens, and the
Phones, Lap Tops and cigarettes...oh my!
We can't believe that we even have to say it...but please, oh please
take your modern trappings outside and leave them there. Out of costume
and half costumed folks traipsing about with suitcases, coolers etc.
during actual fair hours are very distracting. Please help
us keep the Christmas magic alive. I don't want a customer to see
his or her favorite character from the day, going home half dressed,
with their luggage in hand.
The Cow Palace is a No Smoking Venue. That means No Smoking
anything. We cannot afford to lose this fabulous venue.
Please respect the rules, otherwise we will ask you to leave.
Besides Mark Solum, we will have 2 other certified EMT type people
available for your emergency medical needs. However, we kindly
request that you NOT have any emergencies during the event.
Directions to local hospitals will be available in the office.
Lastly, we are legally unable to give medication to the public.
This includes aspirin, motrin, tylenol, midol, or other pain
relievers. Please plan ahead, and bring your own stash.
If you find an item you think might belong to a participant, please
bring it to the pass house. If a customer finds an item or if you find
an item you think belongs to a customer... or when in doubt.... it
should go to the merchandise booth at the front of the fair. At the end
of the day, all those items will be brought to the operations trailer
in the breezeway. If you have lost something, and it is not at lost and
found right away, please check back, as it sometimes takes a little
while for the items to make their way to lost and found and be
catalogued. You may call the office at 800-510-1558 during the week to
check further, but please avoid calling on Fridays if possible, as the
phones are very busy with ticket sales. Thank you to all the kind souls
who turned in found items.
Director of Entertainment for the Dickens Christmas Fair
Red Barn Productions
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