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Riverside Dickens Festival and Queen's Tea

  • Feb 2, 2013 · 8:45 AM
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Please Note: Read all the instructions/directions below before you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

2) When you arrive at the venue, please call/text me at:[masked]

3) I will be arranging a carpool at the B of A parking lot at the corner of Butler and Santa Monica Blvd. Its 4 Blocks West of where the 405 freeway intersects with Santa Monica Blvd. We will be meeting at the B of A parking lot at 8:45 AM SHARP. Please note that if you carpool, we will not be returning to LA until 5:30 PM, since after Riverside, we will be heading to another event in The OC.

4) If you carpool, please give your designated driver $25 in cash to reimburse them for gasoline and car maintenance expenses.

5) There is a general admission fee of $5 for specific areas of the Dickens Festival.

6) To purchase the general admission fee of $5 online, go to: http://www.dickensfest.com/order.html

Make sure to select Municipal Auditorium Day Pass – Saturday - $5

7) Its not mandatory, but I will be participating in the Queen's Tea at 11 AM. It costs $20 per person and you need to call[masked] to RSVP your seat in advance

When you call them (ask for Coleen), tell them that you are with the party of Robert Hemedes. This way, we will all be assigned to the same table for tea.

8) scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the list of scheduled events at the festival: http://www.dickensfest.com/schedule.html

I love anything related to the Victorian Era, especially living history events. Once a year, the City of Riverside hosts one of the largest Dickens Festivals in the USA. Come join me as we celebrat Dickens and the Victorian Era!

Galley Montage

9:45 a.m. Gordon Highlanders hoist the Union Jack


10:00 a.m. Festival Opening – Queen Victoria, Mr. Dickens and Mr. Pickwick

Oliver’s Alley Opens – Between Congregational Church and Metropolitan Museum
Children’s area – Games, crafts, dress-up photos and tea parties

Marquis of Granby Ale Pub Opens
Patio level Riverside Municipal Auditorium
3485 Mission Inn Avenue
Ale, food and continuous entertainment
Entrance is included in Municipal Auditorium Day Pass. $5 Order Sunday Day Pass

Hyde Park Corner
Mr. Dickens, Mr. Pickwick, H.G. Wells, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, The Crummles Troupe – Performances throughout the day.

London Marketplace Opens
Mission Inn Avenue
A variety of Victorian vendors including a food court.

Dance Hall
Lower level Riverside Municipal Auditorium
3485 Mission Inn Avenue
Enjoy a few turns around the dance floor. Victorian dance instruction available
Entrance is included in Municipal Auditorium Day Pass $5 Order Saturday Day Pass

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Lectures and Performances throughout the day. Times and venues to be announced.

Dickens 101 - Lectures by Guilia Hoffman and Ray Crosby – graduate students at UC Riverside, will each give their own version of the “Dickens 101” lecture, an introduction to Dickens’ life and career.

Bounderbies, Blackpools and Gradgrinds: Dickens’ Hard Times and the Social Conditions of mid-Victorian England – Lecture by Prof. Joseph Childers from UC Riverside.

Dickens’ Favorite Punch and Other Libations of His Times – Richard Foss, culinary historian and a published authority on alcoholic beverages.

Meet Mr. Dickens - Performance by Paul Jacques

H.G. Wells (William Casey) – The Gilded Age

Edgar Allan Poe (Travis Rhett Wilson) – A Cask of Amontillado

Mark Twain (Ken Stansbury) – The Shape of Things to Come

Shaping Things to Come – Wells, Poe and Twain will debate the proper direction of social evolution.

Sleary’s Circus – Christopher Yates, Ringmaster
Riverside Municipal Auditorium
3485 Mission Inn Avenue
Recreating with a live cirque performance the circus in Hard Times
Entrance is included in Municipal Auditorium Day Pass. $5 Order Saturday Day Pass

Belles of Bedlam – raucous and rousing musical entertainment

Christopher Yates as Mr. Bounderby

Professor Gallivan – phrenologist

The Crummles Troupe
Riverside Municipal Auditorium
3485 Mission Inn Avenue
A never before seen version of Hard Times
Entrance is included in Municipal Auditorium Day Pass. $5 Order Saturday Day Pass

Bob’s Yer Uncle – storytellers and musicians

Simon Spalding – fiddle and Erhu performances

Sportive Tricks – lively Celtic music

The Queen’s Swordsmen – flashing steel with Shakespearean wit

Bunsby & Mrs. MacStinger – shanties, stories and more

Winners of the High School Drama Contest perform Hard Times

Educational Environments
Downtown Riverside Library Lawn
3581 Mission Inn Avenue
No Idle Hands, Gordon Highlanders, Heritage House Docents, Blacksmithing Demonstration, Scottish History Venue

10:30 a.m.
Fashion Show – “Reader’s Choice – Victorian Characters in Literature”
Riverside Municipal Auditorium
3485 Mission Inn Avenue
Entrance is included in Municipal Auditorium Day Pass. $5 Order Saturday Day Pass
11:00 a.m.
Children’s Tea
Oliver’s Alley - Ages 3-12
Free –[masked] for reservations

Queen’s Tea
Royal Victorian Tea Room and Music Hall
First Congregational Church
3755 Lemon St., Riverside. $20
Reservations required -[masked]
This tea is handicap accessible
Noon
Children’s Tea
Oliver’s Alley - Ages 3-12
Free –[masked] for reservations

12:30 p.m.


Grand Dickens Parade
Orange Street to Lemon Street
Costumed character parade

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  • Marla

    What a wonderful experience. Robert, Joe, and Ursula. Thank you.

    February 3, 2013

  • Marla

    Hi Robert,

    Wow! I understand the convenience of the new meeting place; however, it creates some challenges for me.
    1. What is the exact address of the BofA?
    2. What is the other event we will be attending in OC?
    3. How much leeway should I give the anticipated 5:30 return to LA?

    I live very close to the SO Galleria but I don't drive at night and have to arrange a pick-up. Since I have my tickets for the Festival and Tea and have been looking forward to this day, don't want to cancel.

    Thanks for your prompt response so I can arrange transportation to the meeting site and home.

    See you in the morning.
    Marla

    February 1, 2013

    • Robert

      The address of the B of A in West LA is: 11501 Santa Monica Blvd
      West Los Angeles CA 90025

      The other event we are attending in The OC is the Tour of a Waffle House in Santa Ana. Its a Victorian House. Check the Pleasure Palate event meetup page for details and costs - the tour starts at 3 PM. The tour will last for about an hour before we head back to LA. I think the cost for that tour is $5 or $10, but read the meetup page event write-up for all the details.

      We have to be back no later than 5:30 PM. The reason is our carpool driver Joe is attending another Meetup event at 5:30 PM in the West LA area. Otherwise, we would have met at the Macy's in Sherman Oaks as originally planned.

      February 1, 2013

  • Robert

    For those of you planning to attend the Queen's Tea event, when you call them (ask for Coleen), tell them that you are with the party of Robert Hemedes. This way, we will all be assigned to the same table for tea.

    January 7, 2013

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