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A Cow Palace tradition inspires strange dedication, adult stimulation -- and snappy cravats

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Cover your eyes, Tiny Tim: Great Dickens Christmas Fair has Victorian visuals for those in need of yuletide fire
PHOTO BY RAYMOND VAN TASSEL

But the casual visitor to the Great Dickens Christmas Fair need not adhere to all these strictures, though I did feel très gauche in my jeans and hooded sweatshirt. We spent most of our time in the "unsavory" parts of town where custom dictates glottal stops for words with double t's, and "anyfink" instead of "anything." You find the filthiest drunks thereabouts, not to mention the boozy pub songs of Mad Sal's, and a boudoir photography booth to show off your new spendy corsetry from Hayes Valley's Dark Garden.

Not to mention an absinthe bar (pouring some local brews), hair-braiding salons, an explorer's club, steampunk wonder shows, tarot readers, meat pies, crafts galore — and the happenstance magic of coming across a bunch of Dickensians spontaneously acting out some scene of yore-ness, not because they're being watched by a gawking family but because they really, really like playing out life in Victorian England.

In one such scene, two women were strumming mandolins on the floor, their tiny ankle boots peeking out from voluminous skirts. Around them a perfectly period audience looked on from chairs set against the walls. Even in my slightly dehydrated, deflated state, I could enjoy their dedication to this homey weirdness.

"It's our family holiday. We look forward to celebrating it every year," twinkles Patterson, as I bid adieu to the posh environs of the family parlor. Charles Dickens himself sees me out onto the fake street outside, thanking me for attending his fair.

GREAT DICKENS CHRISTMAS FAIR

Sat/4–Sun/5, Dec.11–12, Dec.18–19;

11 a.m.–7 p.m., $12–$25

Cow Palace

2600 Geneva, SF

1-800-510-1558

www.dickensfair.com

 

Comments

Wow. Next time you should consider working when you are not hung over. I hope you were not paid for such a pathetic excuse for an article. I've seen better work from a high school paper.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 03, 2010 @ 10:44 am

can't drink as much as me. NEXT

Posted by caitlin on Nov. 16, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

Seriously, why is this article couched in your stupid hangover? Grow up! Your tone come across as disparaging and it seems like the magic of Dickens Fair was completely lost on you.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 10, 2010 @ 6:39 pm

Guest on Dec. 03, 2010 @ 10:44 am
and Guest on Dec. 10, 2010 @ 6:39 pm
have valid points.
On the tops of they HEADS!
http://www.ralphsteadman.com/KYDerby.asp

Posted by Guest on Dec. 11, 2010 @ 12:04 am

Oh Lud Caitlln you boozy trollop, methinks they do protest to much. Gadzooks wench, loosen your corsets, lower your bloomers, bottoms up and pass me salts (nudge,nudge,wink,wink).

Posted by Patrick Monk. RN on Nov. 16, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

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