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Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2015 - December Missive #3
Notes from your Missive Maven:
Thank you all for all your hard work to make the 2015 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.

Have a wonderful closing weekend and please look out for each other, 

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Cat Taylor
Entertainment Director, Missive & Social Media Maven
In This Missive

Welcome to the Closing Weekend of the 2015 Annual 
Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party!

We can all be very proud of the spirit, quality and depth of what we continue to evolve together. THANK YOU for the joyful way you join the play.   Once again, here's to a season filled with warmth and friendship.  Happy Solstice!
~Kevin & Leslie Patterson

Notes for Closing Weekend

(from Cat Taylor & Therese Porter )
We 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. Please, if you "conscientiously feel it is your duty" to do some sort of last day prank, 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.

Important Notes from Operations 

(from Mark Solum )
Reminder: Pass House Hours
Closing Saturday: 8am-4pm
Closing Sunday: 8am-4pm
Closing procedures: 
You 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.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE return all BORROWED folding tables, chairs, ladders, brooms, tools, coolers, mirrors, whatever it may be. It is essential to the health of our company not to have to replace these items each and every year.

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.

Lost & Found is at the Cloak Check
All lost and found will be at the Coat Check at the front of the fair.
PLEASE turn in all found items as soon as possible!
Our guests have so often been surprised by the happy return of their lost items.  

Notes from the Costume Department

(from Liz Martin)

It is so hard to believe that we have reached the end of this year's London Winter Fashion Season. You have filled the streets with fabulousness- from the height of fashion to the distressed and holey scum! I am proud of all that you do to create and enhance the magic of Dickens Fair through the costumes - YOUR costumes! Thank you for your dedication and passion.
Please remember that both Alexandria and I are available to consult and assist you on your Dickens costumes throughout the year. Start early and avoid the rush and panic!
This coming weekend is often a weekend of pranks. Please remember to stay in your approved costume. It may be tempting to do otherwise, but our last weekend customers deserve the best show we can give them.
Costume Shop Hours:
Sat & Sun 8ish - 7:30. If you have costumes to return, please get them back to us as close as possible to 7:30. If you think you might to be later, stop by and make arrangements with us Sat or Sun morning. For those of you with a Company provided costume, please don't forget to return it to the costume shop ASAP.
We plan on opening both days between 8 & 8:30. 

There may be times that the costume shop is closed. We will post when we hope to return. I am hoping to have the whole shop on walkabout! ! This will most likely happen on Sat, early afternoon.

Thank you 
I would like to take the opportunity to thank, once again, this year's AMAZING Dickens Costume Crew: Alexandria, Cat, Cathryn, Del, Dale, Jacqueline, Jim, John, Liesl, Scott, Susan, Lynn, Suzette, Terianne, Val & William. Each of your contributions made this year even smoother than last year! 

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Beverage Department Drink Competition announces it's winner!

(from Carol Goodman)

--The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Beverage Department Drink Competition announces it's winner--
Congratulations to Nathalie Reginster of The Prince Edward Pub!!
Her drink, Holiday Nostalgia, took first place, last Sunday morning in a sweeping decision of the judges.
Please stop by The Prince Edward Pub this coming weekend to try the winning drink.
Carol Goodman
Beverage & Catering Coordinator
Red Barn Productions

Please Vote for the Dickens Fair ~ Voting Ends Monday!

Currently #2 and so close! Voting for the Great Dickens Christmas Fair as Best Holiday Festival ends Monday! 

You can vote for their favorite event every day until the 21st, vote early and often!

You can vote from multiple devices and browsers.

Thank you!


Madame Adamme Sweetens the Dark Garden Raffle/T-Shirts

(from Autumn Adamme)

Our Custom Corset raffle winner for 2015 has been pulled and notified already, but since this is the last one and all, and so many people continued to come by for tickets after we sold the 240th ticket, I decided we would do one more and make another person super-duper happy! 

Our raffle winners always get the full amount of the tickets sold, so the more tickets we sell, the higher the amount the Dark Garden Gift Certificate will be.
To make it even better, I'm going to add $100 to the value, as a sign of my appreciation for all the love that I've felt from my Dickens Fair family since my announcement.

We will close sales at 6:15pm Sunday and announce the winner at Blowout.
Thank you Mad Sal for your part in the fun!!
If you can't make it to the booth during the weekend, we'll be selling them at our boutique in San Francisco until 7pm on Friday 12/18
Tickets are $5, cash only

And For Participants only - 
Dark Garden T-Shirts available upon request at the booth 
$20 sizes Small through 2XL

Autumn Adamme
Founder ~ Dark Garden Unique Corsetry Inc.
Supporting uncommon beauty... one waist at a time. Facebook
321 Linden Street  San Francisco, CA 94102  415-431-7684

Move-Out Dates and Times

(from Kevin Patterson & Drew Patterson)


Reminders from Operations:
***If you shipped last year, we will bring your form to your booth or find Drew at the Production desk during Load-out.***
December 20 - Fair closes at 7:00 PM. 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 11PM.
December 21/22/23 - Venue open from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM for take down - DON'T DELAY! (Do it today!)
Our production teams move fast!
Items left behind RBP built areas may be packed or tossed. No lost and found guarantee.  
December 24 - Venue limited hours for Christmas Eve 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
December 25 - CLOSED
December 26-30 - Venue open from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
December 31 - Venue limited hours for New Year's Eve 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
January 1 - CLOSED
January 2 - Venue open from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
January 3 - (Sunday) Take-Down/Clean-up Deadline: Noon
Trash and unclaimed stuff:
1.  PLEASE remove all trash from your areas into the trash cans provided all over the venue.   If you cannot find an empty trash can/red dumpster, find us.  We will provide one (and liners if needed).   THANK YOU for helping us to keep the process of load-out as safe and easy as possible.   Trash, especially glass and other sharp objects present significant hazard to everyone's safety. 

2.   Personal items left in the venue after Sunday of closing, 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 all move very fast once the show is over and cannot be responsible for anything being left in the building past the closing day. Neatness and communication (labeling) make a huge difference!

If you are shipping with us:
You must meet with TD Drew Patterson to complete a shipping and storage agreement and discuss the shipping guidelines ASAP.  He will be around all weekend.   Here are some dos and don't:
  1. Stacks are to be no more than 4 ft. high (measure from the plywood deck of the special shipping pallet - NOT the floor)
  2. Cap ALL stacks with min. 1/2" plywood - this is required so shipping straps and warehouse stacking do not break your stuff
  3. All stacks must be on a 4' x 8' "platform" supplied by the company.   Any unauthorized pallet used will necessitate complete restacking.
  4. NO stack may be longer than 8', without prior authorization
  5. NO stack may be wider than 4'.  Period
  6. NO Roadbox may be larger than 4'Hx4'Wx8'L
  7. All lumber that won't fit in your stack or your road box(s) must be stacked separately AND clearly marked with your name/guild/group. DO NOT put any items in the company lumber boxes
  8. If it is not clearly marked with your booth/name, we cannot guarantee it will make it back here from the warehouse. 
  9. Oversized and properly marked lumber can be retrieved from the company lumber box next year. 
  10. Number 7 also applies to any props, furniture, appliances, etc. 
  12. If it's breakable, mark it Fragile
  13. If you're not sure, ask
  14. Even if you're sure, ask anyway
Please check out with Drew before you leave site on your final day.  His # is 415-725-1579.

Annie's Cheap Hair - Old Business

(from Annie Lore)

The last I checked there were still some leftovers from last year in the pickup box. I've been in touch with some of these buyers, but don't have contact information for all. 

So heads up to Greer Daly, Cheyenne Danner, Ann Peņa and Shelby Smith-- your pieces await you. 
Pickup is as always at Madame Louise's (the hair braiding booth). Susie Brody is hosting the pickup box; use the doorway between Madame Louise's braiding and Haberdashery, which is marked "Accessories". You can ask for Susie, but pretty much anyone there can direct you to the box-- they know that "I need hair!" expression. Try to get in and out before the fair opens, or at least before the public has reached that area. Any pieces left over after closing will come back up to the North Bay, and arrangements can be made to connect them with their buyers. You can write me, Annie Lore at with any questions.

More old business: Devon Slawson and Shannon Eubank still need to contact me regarding their wigs-- you ordered 'em, I paid for 'em and I've got 'em! If you no longer want them, you really should let me know so I can proceed accordingly. 


"Scrooge was better than his word"

"Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world.  Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him.... and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!
"Mr and Mrs Fezziwig took their stations, one on either side of the door, and shaking hand with every person individually as he or she went out, wished him or her a Merry Christmas."

January 2, PEERS presents A Victorian 12th Night Ball

(from Cathleen Myers)

On Saturday, January 2, PEERS presents A Victorian 12th Night Ball (The Dickens Fair Reunion Ball) - with special guest Charles Dickens - at the beautiful Alameda Elks Lodge at 2255 Santa Clara Avenue in Alameda. 

After a Victorian dance lesson at 7pm, Bangers & Mash plays an evening of elegant Victorian ballroom dance music and lively but easy English and Scottish Country Dances (which will be briefly taught and called). Formal dancing from 8pm to Midnight, with band breaks. No partners required! 

No host bar, light snack buffet, a Hallelujah Chorus Sing-a-Long, and performances by the Peerless Music Hall and Mr. Dickens himself. Will the Queen and Prince Consort be there? That would be telling! Victorian costume (circa 1837-1870) or modern evening dress is admired, but not required. 

Tickets are $20 in advance (by December 27); $25 at the door. 

For information, please call (510) 522-1731, email or see the ball web site at
James & Cathleen Myers, PEERS
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