Middlefaire-Early April Update
- Building Season Starts This Month:- Building season starts April 21, the third weekend of this month.This will be our standard schedule every year. From Halloween toIncome Tax Day will be the building off-season. Under normalcircumstances, building construction will be limited to weekendsonly.- Our 2007 Built Booth Specialty Lease Agreement is written, andready to be read by vendors interested in constructing a hardshellbooth on the premises. Interested parties need to not only contactme via private e-mail, but come out to the site and stake/measure aground space area on the lanes, prior to signing.New Faire Construction Projects:* The culvert bridge out by the front gate will be rebuilt as a solidarched structure with stonework, similar to the one shown in thedrawing on the website.* The towers and walls at the front gate will be decorated in Tudorfashion with wood, plaster work, and flagpoles.* The Wharf Stage will also be decorated, as a work in progress.* Preliminary road work will begin on the main street of the village,Castle Street, and signposts and structure will be developed atits intersection with Haymarket Squares popular Church Street.* The tavern will be decorated on the interior and its gables cobbedin with wattle and daub style plaster work.* We will begin building in-ground bench seating for stage areas.* A billboard facing our Highway 171 frontage will be constructed.Talent and Thespians:* Ill be sending our previous performers new contracts in the mailshortly. Stage fee structures will be roughly the same as last year.The comp food situation will be improved with our own hot foodconcessions. (See below.)* As a reminder, if anyone reading this wants to be in cast as a pirateor villager or royal or so on, contact Fafnir Crow on this mailing list.Hot Food Booths:Beginning this year, we will have Middlefaire hot food booths, inaddition to welcoming a variety of outside food vendors to the festival.As the faire grows this will remain my policy on food concessionsamixture of outside vendors with our own kitchens. At many festivalsthe faire monopolizes the food concessions for reasons of profitability.I dont believe in doing this; I feel added food choices are an attractivebonus for the guests, and we cant offer them too much variety. Its allpart of putting on a good show, IMHO.Feast Issues:There will not be a Royal Feast this year. Of all the faires activitieslast October, this was one of our only rough spots. I actually ended uprefunding the ticket prices to the Feast to most of the guests who hadparticipated in it. Ive made the decision to temporarily pull the plugon the Feast concept until our facilities for in-house food and beverageare slightly more developed. When we do tackle a new feast, I intend totruly give the guests their moneys worth. Put it down for our nextfestival down the road.Camping:There will be participant camping this year. Its unknown what areaof the field this will be assigned to, at this writing. We may create afenced-in/walled off vendors campsite in the Haymarket Square area.Actors camp will be in the backstage area near the office/workshop.Power and Electricity:-Potable water has been piped into the faire through a set of hydrantmanifolds near the front gate.-Electricity for the village is still in the works at this writing. We hopeto have a transformer pole in place before the end of May.Landscaping:- I have made the decision in light of heavy rains to invest further ingrass development on the village site and in its parking field. Coastalbermuda, which was planted last year--but stunted due to an extremedrought--will be cultivated and professionally weeded, groomed andfertilized on a five-year growth plan. We hope to have a good carpetof fresh pasture grass established in the village within a couple of years.Onward,
mka K.G. Tuma
the Middlefaire Company, Inc.
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