The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Missive

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Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2020 – April Missive #1

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Notes from your Missive Maven:

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Much love and strength to all of you, see message from the Pattersons below. ❤️

Cat

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Cat Taylor

Entertainment Director & Missive Maven
dickensfair@cattaylor.com
In This Missive

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April 2020 Update

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To our beloved and resilient Dickens Christmas Fair participant community,

First, we hope that you and your families are safe and staying strong during this unprecedented health crisis.  We are fine, just all hunkered down and doing everything we can from home and looking forward to the other side of all this.  We wish you the best during the coming weeks and months. Please stay safe, calm, and hopeful.

Our entire community is reeling from the current restrictions on events.  Our livelihoods – from fairs and festivals, to concerts, plays and clubs, have abruptly come to a halt.  The arts – and public gatherings – are not only our incomes; they are our very way of life.

The present circumstances and the landscape of this pandemic are dramatically changing every day.  All of us have safety and survival as our current priorities.  Therefore, it is simply too soon to make any decisions about our 2020 season.  We will be in touch as soon as there is news – but otherwise, please look for an update in June.

Meanwhile: please send us links and promotional wording from if you have any online business you would like us to help promote on Social platforms asap. Additionally, once we are ready to send a mass email to the large list of Dickens Fair ticket buyers, we will include a strong request for support of our Dickens Christmas Fair arts community.  Anything that can be marketed online from crafts and prepackaged foods, to music, online lessons, and other services, will be promoted as much as possible through our various platforms.

For urgent short-term financial support, we encourage you to visit sites like this one from the CAC:https://arts.ca.gov/aboutus/COVID-19.php

Emergency funding sources for artists, performers, and small businesses are out there and more are coming.  We will be working every day to identify resources and will share what we learn.  Please stay in touch!  If you are overwhelmed and feel that you need help navigating the options and processes involved, ask for help within our capable and talented community – or reach out to us via email, and we’ll find someone who can assist you.

We are all dramatically affected by the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. To get help we must make our lawmakers aware of the importance of the arts and entertainment sector to the economy.  Here is an excellent resource; see the “Congressional Action” section (and TAKE ACTION): https://www.apap365.org/Advocacy/COVID19Most of all, please be careful. And stay safe.

When we get to the other side of this crisis we will ALL need more than ever to come together and celebrate via the arts and culture.  It will be up to us to be ready at that time to be there for each other, our families and the larger community.With wishes of love and hope and health for us all,

The Patterson family, and the whole team at Red Barn Productions

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The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Website
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Contact Information
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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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