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Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2016 - December Missive #2
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Interviews, upcoming evening events and notes for the weekend. Have fun and take care of yourselves!


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In This Missive

Interviews with Robert Young & Laurie Tavan

Robert Young was featured this week on KGO Radio's "The Brian Copeland Show". 
You can listen to the show their website at: 
 or subscribe to The Brian Copeland Show or Theater Row podcast on iTunes.  The Brian Copeland Show is the only show in the Bay Area with a segment specifically dedicated to promoting live performance.

Laurie Tavan spoke with @Noelophile about the magic of the Dickens Fair and her experiences portraying Queen Victoria, touching on characterization, costume, and the workshop and year-round rehearsal process. You can find the interview here:

Some Seasonal Quotes from Our Author

(via Therese Porter) 

There is probably a smell of roasted chestnuts and other good comfortable things all the time, for we are telling Winter Stories - Ghost Stories, or more shame for us - round the Christmas fire; and we have never stirred, except to draw a little nearer to it.
~A Christmas Tree
And it was a very uncommon kind of torch, for once or twice when there were angry words between some dinner-carriers who had jostled each other, he shed a few drops of water on them from it, and their good humour was restored directly. For they said, it was a shame to quarrel upon Christmas Day. And so it was! God love it, so it was!
~A Christmas Carol

Notes from the Costume Department

(from Liz Martin) 

How can it be 4th weekend already??? The 2016 season in London is coming quickly to an end. 

The Costume Shop would like to thank all of you who have taken advantage of our alteration and fix it service. Please keep in mind that this weekend is probably the last weekend that we can do projects.
We will, of course, be available for emergency repairs until the final day of fair.

A gentle reminder that the Costume Shop workers would like to leave ASAP (just like all of you) at night.  Rented costumes are to be returned NO LATER than 7:30 unless previous arrangements have been made.

Over the next two weekends, there may be a time when you find the Costume Shop closed. We will post when we will return. And we may not be open at 8am every day.

Looking towards next year
If you are thinking about a new costume or pieces for the 2017 season please remember that Alexandria, Scott, Liesl and myself all take private commissions. Feel free to stop by and get a head start on next season!. Discounts and time payment plans available! Bring pictures if you can of specific ideas, or just come in to explore an idea.  Dickens has never looked better... let's make 2017 even more amazing.


Fireman's Toy Drive - Participant Edition

(from Laurie Tavan)

The Fair is collecting toys from patrons, but why not from us as well! Would your cast like to join in?

On Royals Day, Saturday Dec. 10th, Her Majesty is putting NEW unwrapped toys into decorative sacks for delivery to the Adventurers Club (AC).  Casts are encouraged to attend royals day from 5pm to 5:30pm with brief visits to donate toys and gig with the Queen. Please arrive with you toys disguised in in cloth sacks that are tied shut (for theatrical reasons as modern toys will not be welcome on stage). Laurie Tavan will be in all black mundanes with a camera and can help cue you up to greet the Queen, at which point you will be announced and presented.

I have one wooden Victorian horse toy we can use if any of our young participants wants to come to be presented at the AC with a "gift" from the Queen (item would be returned to Royals at the end of the day). If you wish to plan a specific gig surrounding this idea please contact me:

New unwrapped toys may also be dropped off ahead of time at the Royals lock-up backstage prior to 2:45pm on Saturday so I have time to get them over to the AC myself (look for all the hanging Christmas stockings and the VR sign near the curtain to the Father Christmas Stage). To get things going, a few burgundy sacks are available on the stocking rack, any cast is welcome to take a sack to fill and optionally decorate.

All toys collected are given to the Daly City Fire Department's "Operation Santa Claus" toy drive.

Telegraph Booth Announces New Prices

(from Karen Porter )

Telegraph booth announces new prices.  This will be the first ever price increase for the telegraph since it''s beginnings in the dim mists of time.  Participants telegrams will now be....wait for it....$4  instead of $3 and all add-ons will go up by $1@.  The prepaid cards will still be honored with no increase.  You can get them for the old price of $20  thru this fair and they will still be honored next year as well.   The price for them will increase to $30.00.

Karen Porter 

Postcards After-Hours Show This Saturday 8:00 at the V&A

(from Diana Young) 
Don't forget!  This Saturday evening, December 10th at 8 PM in the V&A, it's Postcards' annual private showing for Participants, with special guest cameos!  As usual, 18+, Gate Pass required.  Do join us for this year's jolly romp, as Mrs. Everard keeps her husband Horatio's spirits high!  

After Hours Child Care for Those Parents Wishing to See Postcards

(from Robin Edwards-Harvey
If you wish to see the night time performance of Postcards, but you are wondering what to do with your minor child, have them come back to the Toy box area for some Pizza, Crafts, Movies and fun. Cost is $10 per child, but please contact Robin Edwards-Harvey PRIOR to Saturday Evening. 

David Birkhead Memorial - This Saturday 7:30 at Paddy West Stage

(from Kathleen Twombly)

Please join us at the Paddy West Stage on Sat, Dec. 10th  for a memorial to remember David Birkhead and mark his premature passing.

David was a friend to many, the Twilziewop "feather-weight" champion, one of the founders of the Rounders Tournaments as a player and umpire, as well as a member of the Black Powder Shooters at Old Calif. Old San Francisco, Dickens, and Old Sacramento.  Please bring your best David stories to share.


A Simple Solstice - Closing Saturday

(from Kevin Patterson)

It will be Solstice soon!  Join us for a family dinner and a bit of song and poetry as we beacon the sun to begin its return.  Saturday of closing weekend at 7:45 at the sign of the Mermaid in Fish Street.  Dinner is limited on a first come basis, so use the link to purchase soon.  The Mermaid will also be open to everyone at 7:45 with $3 beer, wine, bubbly and cider (free Soda).  Pipe & Bowl will step off at precisely 7:55 with the Bromley Horn dance to begin our short program of words, song and dance.  

Click here for dinner tickets or just join us - at precisely 7:45 - to raise a toast to the new year! is:  sunreturns4

Kevin Patterson
PEERS: Victorian 12th Night Ball ~ January 7th

(from James & Cathleen Myers)

On Saturday, January 7, enjoy another jolly evening of dancing in Dickens' London at the elegant Alameda Elks Lodge at 2255 Santa Clara Avenue in Alameda. 

Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig invite you to A Victorian 12th Night Ball - with special guest Charles Dickens. After a Victorian dance lesson at 7pm, Bangers & Mash plays an evening of popular Victorian ballroom dance music and lively English Country Dances (which will be briefly taught and called). No partners required!  Intermission performances by the Peerless Music Hall and Mr. Dickens himself.

Victorian costume (circa 1837-1870, any class) or modern evening dress is admired, but not required. You may spend the evening dancing in the grand ballroom - or visit Mr. Fezziwig's spacious wine cellar - where some of the less respectable citizens of London invite you to join them and enjoy an excellent no-host bar (That means you pays for yer own drinks, my dears!) or chat and take photos in the beautiful Edwardian parlour - or do all three over the course of the evening! Tickets are $20 in advance(by December 28); $25 at the door.

For information, please call (510) 522-1731, email or see the ball website at

Best regards,

James & Cathleen Myers

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Reminder: A Refresher on Participant Tickets and Will Call

Just some refresher information on this... Participant tickets are only $15 and are good 'any one day' of the Fair. Children's participant tickets (5-12 years of age) are $10. You must present a valid 2016 gate pass.  Normal price is $30 for each day - so this is a great deal!  They are available at the Pass House and credit cards are accepted.   Will call envelopes are also available at the Pass House so you can purchase tickets and place them in the envelope basket which will be delivered to the Will Call booth at front gate each Fair morning at 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, and 10:30.
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