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The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
Join us at the Cow Palace in San Francisco to celebrate Charles Dickens' 200th Birthday!

Five Weekends in 2012: Nov. 23-25, Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is the only event of its kind - a holiday adventure into Victorian London, celebrating with costumed players in theatrically-lit music halls, pubs, dance parties and Christmas shops along winding lanes. Enter the London Town of Charles Dickens' imagination - a city filled with lively and colorful characters from literature and history. You are part of a Victorian Christmas card come to life!

For more information, click here.

Time Travel Weekends in Old Sacramento
~ SUMMER 2012 ~
Weekends July 7-Aug. 26!

Join us for a “Wing Ding” of a summer in Historic Old Sacramento! Meet the citizens of Sacramento City circa 1850-1870, plus talented musicians and townsfolk. View "nickel" shows at the Eagle Theatre sponsored by Professor Cornelius Poindexter's Miracle Cure! Patriotic speeches and parades, temperance rallies, women's suffrage protests, road raising marches, and even a squatters' riot!

For more details, including amazing Photo Galleries and the Performer Missives Page, click here.

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History of the Faire
The Spirit of
the Renaissance

The original Renaissance Faires in America were created in 1963 by Ronald and Phyllis Patterson of Los Angeles. These early beginnings partook of the rich lore and age-old customs of English springtime markets and "Maying" celebrations. Five years later, the Pattersons created a fall Renaissance Pleasure Faire, with a harvest festival theme, at China Camp in Marin County north of San Francisco. Both Faires developed into local traditions and began a movement that spread across the country: there are now over 100 independently owned and operated Renaissance Faires throughout the United States and Canada.
For more about Faire origins and history,
click here.

Kevin and Leslie Patterson & Red Barn Productions brought the concept full circle with their Heart of the Forest Renaissance Faires, which continued the Pattersons' history of innovation by honoring the traditions of Springtime and Midsummer with special parades and pageants to mark these seasonal celebrations.
For more about the Heart of the Forest Renaissance Faires,
click here.

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