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Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2014 - December Missive #5
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Welcome to the Closing Weekend of the 36th Annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party!
Important Notes from Operations - Mark Solum
Move-Out Information for Booths & Environmental Areas
"Scrooge was better than his word"

Welcome to the Closing Weekend of the 36th Annual 
Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party!


To all 2014 Dickens Christmas Fair cast, crew, vendors, presenters and all those who have participated in the creation of the 36th anniversary of our wonderful creation... Congratulations!   This has been the first Dickens Fair since the passing of our co-founder, Phyllis Patterson.   We can all be very proud of the spirit, quality and depth of what we continue to evolve together.   ...And she is certainly very proud of us!  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


Important Notes from Operations - Mark Solum


Reminder: Pass House Hours

Closing Saturday: 7am-4pm

Closing Sunday: 8am-4pm


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 return of their lost items.  A special thank you to our Coat Check team for the fabulous job they do keeping all items organized to speed the process of reconnecting them with their owners.


Please do not use the front gate from 9am to 12 noon -  Use the participant entrance by the pass house.     Continue to carry your pass - and be prepared to show it.


Will Call opens at 9am.  Participant tickets are only available for purchase at the pass house, not at Will Call.


Observe SILENCE in the Fezziwig's Bay and near the V&A from 9:45 until the tableaux finishes

(and the grand curtain opens!)

Everyone in the backstage green room area - please be quiet - you are right behind a stage.


No one without a pass is allowed backstage, in the annex or back breezeway. Don't escort friends/past participants backstage.  This is a big liability.  Thank you.

Move-Out Information for Booths & Environmental Areas

(from Kevin Patterson & Drew Patterson)


***if you shipped last year, we will bring your form to your booth or find Drew at the Production desk during Load-out***

December 21 - Fair closes at 7:00 PM.   The venue becomes a construction zone.   Take all personal belongings home and use caution in venue.   Building closes at 11PM.

December 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 Years Eve 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

January 1 - CLOSED

January 2 - 3 Venue open from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM

January 4 - (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.

"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."

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