Kage Baker was my designer for Dickens Fair. The Parlour of the Green Man was formed in her mind. We’ve been working on it for 10 years now- this is the 11th year beginning right now – and in a week’s time we will start putting up the walls again.
Today, though, was for paperwork and renewing friendships and finding all the props and clothes and actors. It was about getting new gloves, finally indulging in that satin bodice, learning to waltz. It was about starting the three weeks of juggling stage gigs and street gigs and visits from wandering Queens and who will or will not eat hard boiled eggs, so I can fit 3 sit down luncheons, 4 visits from Charles Dickens and a Royal Progress into one Parlour during a single afternoon.
Was a long crazy day. Lots of hugs, a few tears, the hundreds of familiar faces with whom I spend my Extreme Christmas. As the inestimable Mr. Grimaldi would say for the Christmas Panto, Here we are again!
And glad to be so.