The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Missive
Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2017 - December Missive #2
Notes from your Missive Maven:
you all for all your hard work to make the 35th Great Dickens Christmas
Fair such a wonderful and successful event! Thank you also for your
patience when those little challenges pop up as they always do. I would
most especially like to thank all the directors and assistant directors
for all their efforts and most notably Robert Young and Rickie Bolin;
without whom we couldn't do what we all love to do.
been wonderful interaction with our guests this year, please continue
that wonderfulness and allow our guests priority seating in our
theaters and eating areas.
Please check all the important notices below, there are quite a few.
Have a wonderful closing weekend!
Please remember to contact the folks referenced in each notice below, rather than hitting "reply".
Entertainment Director & Missive Maven
|In This Missive|
|A Christmas Miracle - Closing Weekend of the 2017 Annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party!|
|Chanukah at Fezziwig's & Mr. Alan Jeffries!|
|Last Day Pranks & Libations|
|Closing Evening - Please Pack Up Before Partying|
|Notes & Reminders from Operations|
|Notes from Costumes|
|Load Out & Closing Procedures - Please Read|
|Operation Santa Clause Toy Drive|
|What Shouldn't Go in the Privies|
|Buck and Mug On Sale Now!|
|Reminder: Solstice Party ~ Saturday Evening|
|PEERS' Victorian 12th Night Ball ~ December 28th|
|Reminder: Facebook Ride Sharing Group|
|Reminder: The Missive Page|
are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have
not profited, I dare say,' returned the nephew. `Christmas among the
rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it
has come round -- apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and
origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that -- as a good
time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I
know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by
one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people
below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and
not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore,
uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket,
I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God
Scrooge's Nephew Fred
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
A Christmas Miracle - Closing Weekend of the 2017 Annual
Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party!
It cannot possibly be closing weekend already! We were just gathering for Dress Rehearsal a minute ago...
designer elves were hiding behind their wooden wall in Fezziwig's,
painting away at the new mural, the vendors were putting the finishing
touches on their lovely booths, the cast of Trial by Jury was deciding
what seat in the house they would magically pop up out of to the
surprise of the customers, and the newly expanded Children's area was
still a pile of carpets and decorations. This year has gone by so
fast it really does feel like a Christmas Miracle. There were so
many improvements and embellishments, large and small, that each of you
worked hard to create, the overall feeling of beauty and liveliness was
pervasive. It has indeed been another miraculous season overall.
A healthy and happy experience for all who joined us, and all
who took part.
once again, has demonstrated the importance of the art form we create
together. Let this 2017 Fair Season warm our hearts, brighten up
the shorter days, and inspire us all year long. One way we can
continue this feeling is to make things happen throughout the year that
support the arts. Look for ways to teach what you know to others,
young and old. Share your talents as a craftsman, a singer, a
writer, an actor, or a dancer. The arts, trades and hand crafts
are going to be more and more important in the coming years. They
foster human connection, providing a healthy offset to screen
time, and so very many other positive influences. They even have
a lighter carbon footprint in the world!
was another successful season. Our select day ticketing is
continuing to help balance attendance, and the new layout created
noticeably better flow. The Cow Palace allowed us to take matters
into our own hands to fix and improve air flow and as a result, the
Fair became cooler and a much more comfortable experience for everyone.
Customer feedback confirms this, but we still have more to do
next season. For the first time, the Cow Palace is allowing us
to leave our ventilation system in place so we will have the time and
resources to make it even better next year.
of us can be very proud of the part we play in this ongoing creative
accomplishment we call The Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Thank
you for creating it with us. Let it warm your heart and provide
you with creative inspiration throughout the year!
Yours in merriment,
Kevin & Leslie Patterson
Chanukah at Fezziwig's & Mr. Alan Jeffries
(from Dave Batzloff)
Join us this weekend (both days) from 5:20 to 6:00 Fezziwig's Warehouse party will be celebrating Chanukah, with appropriate sounding music and seasonally appropriate dance names.
(from Jeffrey Schoenberg)
don't have to be Jewish! Once again we will be celebrating Chanukah at
Mr. Jeffries' shop after closing on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday
will be close to 7:30 so folks can still enjoy the Solstice Dinner.
Sunday will probably be a little later since Sunday is always a soft
(late) close. Just a few brachot, a little camaraderie, and maybe a few
songs. Celebrating light and miracles as we find them.
Last Day Pranks & Libations
(from Cat Taylor & Therese Porter )
made it through a fabulous five week run! We don't have to remind you
(but we will) to give our patrons the same high quality show that we've
been providing for the previous four weekends. If you "conscientiously
feel it is your duty" to do some sort of last day prank, please keep it
period appropriate and theatrically valid.
If you can't do a prank that
#1 Is in period and doesn't break the illusion of Victorian England
#2 Is in proper costume and consistent with your character and the show
#3 Is not disruptive, cruel or incongruous/anachronistic
#4 Adds to customer enjoyment, does not detract from it
Don't do it.
If you have any questions or concerns, consult your Director.
although many of us enjoy an occasional cup of holiday cheer, those of
us who do are reminded to be responsible in their libationary
Closing Evening - Please Pack Up Before Partying
you celebrate the end of a successful run Sunday evening, please make
sure that all your costumes, musical instruments, makeup and other personal
belongings are packed out of your backstage areas. Please don't
leave a mess for our deco crew to clean up when they're putting things
away at the stages. They will make sure there are plenty of trash
receptacles for food and beverage items as well as performance and
backstage items you don't want to keep. Random items will be thrown away when the packing starts.
you have large items such as furniture, mirrors, chairs etc., please
make arrangements for their removal and storage before Sunday
night. Assuming deco will
pack away in a road box without prior communication may result in the
items being left behind or disposed of.
Please see specifics in the section on Load Out & Closing Procedures. Leaving a space as one found it is an honorable and virtuous thing to do! (I learned that in Girl Scouts ~ Cat)Our crews have a lot of work to do and also want to celebrate the season, please be thoughtful.
Notes from Operations/Found Items to Coat Check
(from Mark Solum)
Reminder: Pass House Hours
Closing Saturday: 8am-4pm
Closing Sunday: 8am-4pm
are responsible for removing all of your personal items from the venue
as quickly as possible. Our teams move fast and we cannot work around
piles of personal objects left in the venue.
Booths & Environmental Areas
Please pick up and remove all trash left by yourself or others in your areas.
Please sweep your general area to the roadway after clearing out.
Please remember to take any found items to the coat check near Fezziwig's.
Reminder to always carry your pass - and be prepared to show it.
Please remember that only current participants with passes are allowed to stay for after hours festivities.
Kids with Lice
had 2 occurrences of lice on children participating in the fair this
past weekend. They were pulled off the set and sent home
immediately. We are taking steps to clean the children's area,
including linens, hats and costume pieces, and will be inspecting all
children upon arriving back at the Toy Box. Parents,
please take the time to inspect your children thoroughly, treat if
needed, and please keep them home if you do find anything.
We are confident that we caught it in time, and there is little chance
for a larger outbreak, but please take the time to check.
(from Liz Martin)
It is so very hard to believe that we are approaching our final weekend of Dickens. This season has flown by. As
always, the citizens of London have never looked better: whether clean
and sparkly or grimy and dull you all rose to the occasion and
Closing Weekend Costume Shop Hours:
Sat & Sun 8 am-ish - 7:30p.
may be times during closing weekend that the costume shop is closed. We
will leave a note with the time we hope to return.
you have received an email from our FastTrack coordinator, please make
sure you stop by the costume shop to complete the process.
hours of operation for the final weekend of 2017 are 9:30am to 11:30am.
Please note that if you do not complete the registration process you
will have to go thru full costume approval next year. Thank you for your cooperation.
Please, please bring your items as soon as possible. You don't have to wait till 7:30 on Sunday evening to return things!
be prepared to settle up your accounts when you come in. Keep in mind
that we take plastic, checks or cash. Terianne, Cat or Val are
available to help you.
love donations! Thank you to those of you who have left items on the
door this season. If you have costume pieces that you would like to
donate, please bring them by.
Unofficial Notice Regarding Tiara Day
several years now, closing Sunday after 5pm has been unofficially tiara
day. It is with unofficial regret that this must come to an end. What
started as a simple lark has grown to a fair wide penny drop. We owe it
to our closing guests to give them the same level of accuracy that we
gave to those on previous weekends.
Thank you for joining with me in ending this unofficial practice.
would like to suggest that you take a moment over the weekend to scan
your costume and all your bits and pieces. Make a note of the items
that need to be replaced and leave yourself a reminder where you'll see
it about August or September of next year.
would be remiss if I did not take a moment to thank the dedicated and
amazing people who populate the Dickens Fair Costume Shop: Alexandria,
Scott, Liesl, Cat, Terianne, Val, Jacquie, Camar, Jolie, Susan and
Rosemary as well as the FasTrak team: Dell, Dale, Kelly and Lynn!
I could not do what I do without you.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Load Out & Closing Procedures - Please Read
(from Drew Patterson)
Thank you for another wonderful season! As soon as the final sweep passes your area on Sunday you may begin tear down!
You are responsible for removing all of your personal items from
the venue as quickly and safely as possible. Our teams move fast
and we cannot work around piles of personal objects left in
2. Please pick up and remove all trash left by yourself or others in your areas.
3. Please sweep your general area to the roadway after clearing out.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE return all BORROWED folding tables, chairs,
ladders, brooms, tools, coolers, mirrors, whatever it may be (to
5. Environments & Shows ~ If you stored with
us last year, or if you plan to for the first time this year, please
email me your needs or find me at the Production desk
Trash and unclaimed stuff:
PLEASE remove all trash from your areas into the trash cans
provided all over the venue. If you cannot find an empty trash can
or red dumpster, please let the production team know and we will
provide one (and liners if needed). Trash, especially glass
and other sharp objects present a significant hazard to
everyone's safety so THANK YOU for helping us to keep the process of
load-out as safe and easy as possible.
Personal items left in the venue after closing Sunday, are
very likely to disappear. PLEASE do not leave personal effects in
the venue unless they are NEATLY STACKED and CLEARLY LABELED
as yours or your booth/group. We move very fast once the show is
over and cannot be responsible for anything being left in the
building past closing night. Neatness and communication (labeling)
make a huge difference!
Load Out Dates and Hours
17 - Fair closes at 7:00 PM. Once Security sweep passes, the venue
becomes a construction zone. Drive on will be allowed after
9:00pm. Take all personal belongings home and use caution in
venue. All company costumes, props, and tools should be returned
to the Production area. Building closes at 11:00pm.
18 - 23 - Venue open from 8:00am to 11:00pm for take down - DON'T
DELAY! Do it today! Items left behind RBP built
areas may be packed or tossed. No lost and found guarantee.
December 24 - Venue limited hours for Christmas Eve 8:00am - 4:00pm.
December 25 - CLOSED
December 26-28 - Venue open from 8:00am to 11:00pm.
29 (FRIDAY) - Venue open at 8:00am. Absolute final DEADLINE for
removal of all personal and show items is NOON December 29th.
December 30-31 - Shipping all stored items to the warehouse.
The overall venue hours will be the same but all items must be loaded out by December 22nd at the latest, so the road boxes can be loaded in.
What Shouldn't Go in the Privies...
Please do not put diapers, paper towels, baby wipes or other garbage into the portable toilets, they stop up the pumping hoses. Thanks.
Operation Santa Claus Toy Drive ~ Last Chance!
Operation Santa Claus folks at Daly City Fire Department have informed
us that some of the toys collected are being shared with the Santa Rosa
Fire Department to help children affected by the North Bay fires.
you can, please consider donating new, unwrapped toys by dropping
them off at the pass house this weekend. Your gifts of toys for
needy children would be gratefully appreciated!
Buck and Mug On Sale Now!
(from Jason Adajian)
you for your submissions! It is with great pleasure that we announce
the publication of this season's Special Dickens Christmas Fair Edition
of the Buck and Mug, our community's venerable and wacky rag sheet that
is Still Only Five Dollars! Buy your copy this weekend at the Pale Moon
shop, at Mister Brown's Coffee and Teas, The Bruno Academy of Music or
from Michael Kember and other sellers who will be roaming about...
(from Diane "Kat" Gehling)
have raised $2,265.00 this year! Let's keep it going and go for
over the $2,500 mark so that with Red Barn's match, we will be over
$5,000! Tickets will be on sale till 4:00 on Saturday at the
R.E.S.C.U. Table across from the Pass House as well as from Kat as she
walks around in the morning.
Ticket prices are: 1 ticket = $1
6 tickets = $5
12 tickets = $10
25 tickets = $20
Don't forget if you are running short on cash, we do take square!
RESCU Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established to
promote and maintain the health and medical well-being of the
participants of Renaissance Faires, historical performances and other
artistic events through financial assistance, advocacy, education and
preventative programs. Simply put, we are an organization that
raises money by faire people to help faire people.
will be held on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. You do not need to be
present to win. We just need to know where to find you. If
you do win on Saturday and we cannot get your present to you, you will
receive a text from us Saturday night.
have so many wonderful items that have been donated: mugs by Ballina
Bay and the Madera Cup Company; Ceramic from Schulps, Lodema, Victorian
Paintress and Pale Moon; Dickens Classic Books from Fitz-Gerald
Personal Library; variety of jewelry from Benitez, Taylor, Time
Trinkets, Astrolabes, Coin Strike, Real Rose and Book Earrings plus
much, much more. Also don't forget our 7 specialty drawings: 1 -
$200 G.C. for Mr. Alan Jeffries, 1 - $350 G.C. for a corset from
Butterfly Frillies Corsets, 1 - $50 G.C. for Nana's Nursery, High Tea
for 2 G.C. at Cuthberts, Dinner for 2 at the Tippling Toad, Damsel in
this Dress Corset (on display by the R.E.S.C.U. Table), & a
Baby Quilt donated by the Irish Chain.
If you are in need of an application. Please stop by our table and pick one up or go to our website: www.rescufoundation.org.
THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT THIS YEAR!
Reminder: Solstice Party ~ Saturday Evening
(from Kevin & Leslie Patterson)
The Light Returns!
Fair Participants are invited to gather for the fifth annual "Simple
Solstice" Dinner with Music and Merriment on Saturday of final weekend,
December 16th at 7:45 PM. Seating for dinner is limited.
will once again be serving a delicious Buffet from far off Cathay,
prepared by our friends at Ng's Cafe. You must RSVP via this page
by purchasing your ticket. The price for dinner is $12.00.
Please don't forget to bring your confirmation print-out
(ticket). As in days of old, seating will be arranged in
two long tables with festive decorations of green and gold! The
Mermaid will be open to all participants with $3 beers & free soft
drinks from 7:45 PM to 10 PM (even if you are not joining us for
dinner). Gate pass required. Thank you! Please note:
The Bromley will begin our gathering at 7:55 so please arrive on
time. Dinner will be served promptly at 8:15.
We hope to see you there.
Tickets available through Eventbrite at the following link:
The Password is:
PEERS' Victorian 12th Night Ball ~ December 28th
PEERS' Victorian 12th Night Ball
and Mrs. Fezziwig invite you to their annual Victorian 12th Night Ball
- with special guest Charles Dickens and a "surprise" visit from Her
Majesty Queen Victoria. This gala event will be held on Saturday,
January 6, 2018, at the beautiful Alameda Elks Lodge at 2255 Santa
Clara Avenue in Alameda. This year we'll be taking over the entire
Lodge - with an evening of Victorian dancing to the elegant music of
Bangers & Mash in the Grand Ballroom; chat in the Edwardian salon;
and a riotous party in Mr. Fezziwig's spacious wine cellar with
Mad Sal, the cast of "Oliver Twist," keyboard wizard Nine-Fingered
Fanny, and the finest bar in London! Special intermission performances
by the Peerless Music Hall and Mr. Charles Dickens himself! Victorian
costume (1837-1870) or modern evening dress is admired, but not
Cathleen Myers, PEERS
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please email Robert Young
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