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Wishful Thinking- Faire in Memphis, TN
« on: January 29, 2009, 01:31:22 PM »
I always thought it would be cool to have a faire in Memphis, TN, even if it was just one weekend.  Has anyone ever put together a one weekend faire?  How hard is it?  Is the turn out good (both vendor and spectator)?  With all of the talent, the way we are spread over the US, and diversity on this board I would think that a one weekend faire could be put together almost anywhere!  ;)

The Pink Palace Museum puts on the Craft's Fair one weekend every year and it is a BIG success!
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Re: Wishful Thinking- Faire in Memphis, TN
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2009, 03:49:57 PM »
My dear it is not as easy as you would think.  It is expensive.  Who will take the chance of putting up $50k to $100K to bring in the talent necessary and take the chance that it either does not draw the necessary crowd to cover the expenses, or you have bad weather and no one shows up.   Scratch having it in the summer months, mid May thru mid Sept...... to bloody hot.  Then there is the situation of acts.  Most of the acts want a long run 4 to 8 weeks.   About the only way to get acts for a 1 weekend faire would be as an add on to a faire that is just closing down.  As an example the first week in June, you might get some people from the just finished Tenn RF, but then refer to the comment about to bloody hot.  If you opt for a different time such as March thru early May you are bucking up against the Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Tenn. faires.  In the fall you have much the same problems with other competing faires.  Not for patrons mind you, but for entertainment.  Now there is one intriguing possibility.  If you can find a building whose insides can be made to resemble the interior of a castle, you could have a mini faire to back up a feast.  You would not need as many acts that way as for a full weekend faire and you could build on it, if it is received well by the community.  That way you are not limited by weather and could look at the January/February time frame.  Menu items for a feast can be elaborate but they do not have to be.  Simple meats(pork loin, turkey leg, ye ribs of beefe) along with vegatables(potatoes, etc.).    Here in Columbus Ga.  we did exactly that in 1989 and 1990 and if it were not for the brain dead politicians who thought or were told that they would make money from the get go, we might still have something going on here. Hate to be so negative, but those are the facts.  I have rummaged this idea in my head for a long time and have just not found the deep, deep, DEEP pockets that would be necessary to pull it off.
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Re: Wishful Thinking- Faire in Memphis, TN
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2009, 05:23:51 PM »
 If you can find a building whose insides can be made to resemble the interior of a castle, you could have a mini faire to back up a feast.  You would not need as many acts that way as for a full weekend faire and you could build on it, if it is received well by the community.  That way you are not limited by weather and could look at the January/February time frame.  

The Loveland Castleteer gatherings seem to gain momentum with every go.  The last one was a benefit, and entertainers were arranged.
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Re: Wishful Thinking- Faire in Memphis, TN
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2009, 11:23:52 PM »
It'd be a big undertaking. You should check area sci-fi fantasy conventions for interested parties. 

http://www.scenic-city.com/sfrg/

I know there was a Celtic event near Memphis I'll look for the info.
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Re: Wishful Thinking- Faire in Memphis, TN
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2009, 11:33:06 PM »
http://www.cswt.org/celticfest.html

Celtic Fest in Jackson. TN
2009 dates aren't on this site but band Needfire says they will be there Nov 6-7 2009


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Saturday, January 31, 2009    6:30 PM

St Mary's Church / Lourdes Room    1665  Highway 45 Bypass   Jackson, TN.

Dinner  $20 per person
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Re: Wishful Thinking- Faire in Memphis, TN
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2009, 09:39:56 AM »
http://www.cswt.org/celticfest.html

Celtic Fest in Jackson. TN
2009 dates aren't on this site but band Needfire says they will be there Nov 6-7 2009


This weekend
Annual Robert Burns Night Supper                                                                                 

Saturday, January 31, 2009    6:30 PM

St Mary's Church / Lourdes Room    1665  Highway 45 Bypass   Jackson, TN.

Dinner  $20 per person

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Re: Wishful Thinking- Faire in Memphis, TN
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2009, 11:52:56 AM »
I'm shocked at that high cost.  I live near Tulsa, OK.  There were 2 new faires that started around here last fall.  Both of them were just for 1 weekend.  They were held in city parks & were well received by the attendees.  They only lacked for a shortage of advertising.  That has prompted me to begin handing out fliers & starting a website w/ info on local Renfaires.

Tulsa also has a Renfaire put on at a city library.  It is very well attended for its size.  My favorite faire was about 50 miles from Tulsa on lakeside property owned by a small town.  They brought in very good local musical and combat talent.  A few years they had a small jousting troupe as well.  The benefit of the local talent was that they didn't travel over several states to perform and they had more weekends available.
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Re: Wishful Thinking- Faire in Memphis, TN
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2009, 12:49:49 PM »
The Alabama ren faire is one weekend.  It's been running twenty something years. Most of the entertainment is local. It's in a city park.
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Re: Wishful Thinking- Faire in Memphis, TN
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2009, 03:15:23 PM »
Memphis is where i was born and I still have living and dead there.  It would be great to be able to go for a ren-faire. 
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Re: Wishful Thinking- Faire in Memphis, TN
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2009, 06:39:12 PM »
A one weekend fair can be done. Bladedude is right, though. Startup is expensive and difficult. You have to consider your location, your timing, your entertainment, your liability insurance, your local legislation, your sanitation, and your security.

A charity event or an educational event might be easier to start. Partnering with an arts council or a cultural group may help with the location. And, depending on who and what, might help you to get the where. Trading out tickets for products might lower your costs some, but you still have to set up the insurance, sanitation, and security well in advance. Not to mention, booking the location.

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Re: Wishful Thinking- Faire in Memphis, TN
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2009, 08:48:48 PM »
One of Oklahoma's new Renfests last fall was the Messina Italian Renfest.  It was partnered w/ 2 or 3 nearby wineries.  It seemed that more people were enjoying the festivities than the wine though.  Huzzah!

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Re: Wishful Thinking- Faire in Memphis, TN
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2009, 10:03:44 AM »
Just wishful thinking!  Maybe someday!  ;D
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