The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Missive
Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2014 - November Missive #7
Notes from your Missive Maven:
Thank you for a wonderful opening weekend! And thank you for being patient with our new parking situation.
It's going to rain again this weekend, so please take the proper precautions.
if you're sick and your presence is not *absolutely* required at the
fair, please stay home. Do let your director or booth owner know as
soon as possible. And don't share drinking vessels!
And... Happy Thanksgiving!
Please remember to contact the folks referenced in each notice above, rather than hitting "reply".
Entertainment Director, Missive & Social Media Maven
|In This Missive|
|Important: Backstage Curtain Etiquette|
|Venue Hours During the Week|
|Notes from Costumes|
|A request from the Miss Fezziwigs and their package laden suitors|
|The Green Man thanks you all and makes a small request|
|Postcards Backstage - No Admittance, Please|
|R.E.S.C.U. is back!|
|Special Chris Caswell Legacy CD|
Important: Backstage Curtain Etiquette
Please remember to slow down, be careful and follow the arrows on the curtains when going through the backstage curtains.
Please do not use the backstage entrance/exit next to the Father Christmas stage in
the children's area. That hallway is often crammed full of kids waiting
to go onstage and it's also a huge distraction for audience members
watching shows on the stage.
Venue Hours During the Week
(from Kevin Patterson)
the second weekend the venue will be open for deliveries and spruce-ups
on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 AM until 6PM. If you need
access other than the posted hours, call our site security and make the
request directly. The name and number of our on-site security person
is: Mark Adlard, 707-776-7207.
The venue will be closed tomorrow (Thanksgiving)
(from Liz Martin)
First and foremost, thank you for working with our Fastrack team! Things went really smoothly. Fastrack works! To John, Del, Dale, and Val, thank you for getting up early on the weekend to help check people in.
Approvals & Hours
week we will continue to be open at 8 am to do approvals. We will be
taking Fastrack photos from 8-10am and then again in the afternoon from
We will be doing Fastrack photos this weekend and next, 12/6&7.
The costume shop hours will be 8-7:30 for the rest of the run.
will be doing ongoing sewing circle style classes through out the run
of fair. This weekend's class will focus on day caps. Bring muslin
pieces, lace, doilies, & bits of trim to create your own bit of
Victorian fluff. Times will be posted outside costumes.
please be courteous to those who will be using the privies after you
and don't make and/or leave a mess. If supplies run out, just let them
know at the Ops trailer or tell someone with a radio.
A request from the Miss Fezziwigs and their package laden suitors
(from Mr. Fezziwig)
A request from the Miss Fezziwigs and their package laden suitors.
love that you want you to gig with us. We *want* you to gig with us.
It's lots of fun to knock over the parcels! We squeal and complain! We
burden the gentlemen! Christmas fun for everyone!
ask for you to please be aware of your surroundings. We've had a number
of run ins when folks have hit our gentlemen, or knocked them bodily
into customers, or tried to cause a scene near a stage/scene already
going on, which doesn't quite work.
Fezziwig daughters are the ones leading the gig. We're looking for wide
open, safe, quiet spaces to spice up. If you would like to cause all
sorts of loud package strewing mayhem, please check in with us first.
If we're in a good spot to gig, we will make it very clear to
you. If not, please let us pass by without strewing our packages willy
nilly, and we hope that you'll be able to catch up with us next time!
This has been a plea for orderly chaos.
The Fezziwig Family (and suitors)
The Green Man thanks you all and makes a small request...
(from Kathleen Bartholomew)
you, all you fine performers and craftspeople who came to visit us on
Opening Weekend. Many of our guests were welcomed in, and commented to
me that we had the homiest, most comfortable, and friendliest place in
London - thank you all for making our patrons feel at home, and giving
them a chance to talk, play and sing with us.
However: while we all want to save good memories of what happens at Fair,
PLEASE DO NOT USE YOUR CAMERAS IN THE GREEN MAN.
realize that the patrons do so, and that at times it looks like there's
a lightning storm going on in the Parlour from all of the flashes. But
please - leave the modern contrivances to our patrons. The sight of a
half dozen properly dressed Victorians taking furtive photographs with
cell phones is just not conducive to Christmas cheer.
Postcards Backstage - No Admittance, Please
(from Diana Young)
gentle reminder - The cast of Postcards is large and the area backstage
at the V&A is not. Unless you are a member of the cast your
presence is actively and vehemently discouraged. In other words, NO
VISITORS. None. Nada. Ix-nay! By order of the Grumpy Old Directrix.
R.E.S.C.U (Renaissance Entertainers Services Crafters United) has returned to DICKENS for the 2nd year
in a row and is, as Mr. Patterson has stated, the start of a
tradition! The R.E.S.C.U. Foundation promotes and maintains the
health and medical well-being of the participants of fairs, historical
performances and other artistic events through financial assistance,
advocacy, education, and preventative programs.
year's R.E.S.C.U. will run similar to last year's. Kat, Elizabeth
and their crew will be coming around talking with everyone, explaining
RESCU, and asking for your support through donations & buying
tickets for the drawing. ...Please look for the individuals
wearing the RESCU lapel pin. Items/certificates donated will be
displayed in the Green Room on the 4th weekend Saturday, with the
drawings taking place final weekend. If you simply wish to make a
cash donation there will also be a box placed in the green room each
weekend for your convenience.
you are in need of a R.E.S.C.U. medical form or wish to discuss making
a donation please see Elizabeth at The 3 Cripples Pub or catch Kat as
she roams around (a good place would be the Oudeman Stained Glass
Booth) or go to http://www.RESCUfoundation.org to download.
Thank you for all of your support!!!
Special Chris Caswell Legacy CD
(from Danese Cooper)
of you may remember that in 2011 there was an after-hours benefit
concert for long-time Faire family musician and harp booth owner, Chris
Caswell. Unfortunately that turned out to be Chris' last concert.
Holiday season a new Caswell Legacy CD set mastered by Danny Carnahan
is available, with proceeds going to set up an educational non-profit
to host the rare archive of instructional materials Chris collected or
created during his lifetime.
Dickens Fair participants can order them online up until Dec 15th at http://tinyurl.com/oheswjx for
shipping anywhere in the US by Christmas, or for pickup at the Bruno
Academie of Music at Fair. The CDs will also be on sale to the public
through consignment at the Dickens Faire Gift shop.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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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