Tag Archives: Dickens Fair

The Tree Goes Up In Glory

Kage Baker kept to a strict schedule of when and how her traditional holiday events occurred. I think it was an attempt to triumph over theĀ  chaos that always overwhelmed us at the end of the year – the holiday … Continue reading

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Meeting Magic

Kage Baker‘s favorite activity at Dickens Fair was probably people-watching. Especially, she liked watching our singular special effect on the patrons – the magical glow that makes the customers believe in the enormous, complicated, Extreme Christmas card that is Dickens … Continue reading

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Half Empty AND Half Full

Kage Baker regulated her emotional life like clockwork – a carefully maintained series of gears and weights and counterweights and cunning escapements. Those aren’t ways of getting away; they are clever little devices that make toothed gears … pause … … Continue reading

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Stress Encourages Growth

Kage Baker was a firm believer in the advantages of carefully regulated stress. “It’s like bonsai,” she explained to me. “Or the espalier principle. All gardening, in fact. You prune branches to reduce unnecessary strain on the plant. You pinch … Continue reading

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Good Times

Kage Baker always espoused a quiet, contemplative Thanksgiving Day. Why she did, I do not know. She never got one. It’s a primary family holiday, of course, so when we were small it was all loud and confused bun fights … Continue reading

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Dress Rehearsal: Making Christmas

Kage Baker loved doing the Dickens Christmas Fair. It was her perfect Christmas, and it went on for 5 weekends, one of them a 3-day: 11 glorious, over-the-top days of Victorian Christmas, in all its tinselled, ornamented, be-hollied and stained … Continue reading

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