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Title: "Green Tent" Aspects?
Post by: Craigmeister on January 25, 2011, 11:24:33 PM
Good day.  I am a hospitality director at a young soft site faire.  What kind of things would you like to see in the way of a "green tent"?  Of course, we had food last year at our faire.  I tried to arrange for chair massages for performers & volunteers by massage techs but that fell through at the last minute.  I'll try to use a chiropractor's office for that this year.  What am I missing that performers would like to see?
Title: Re: "Green Tent" Aspects?
Post by: crazyrennie on January 26, 2011, 07:02:47 AM
Heck,
I was glad when there was water.
Crazy
Title: Re: "Green Tent" Aspects?
Post by: McGuinness on January 26, 2011, 07:38:22 AM
If we had a green tent at my event? Water, gatorade, snacks, fans/misting fans/heaters depending on the weather, lots of seating.
Title: Re: "Green Tent" Aspects?
Post by: stonebiscuit on January 26, 2011, 08:32:47 AM
I agree with Colleen; lots of seating, preferably under some sort of shelter, and water are the essentials. A full-length mirror is extremely helpful, perhaps with a couple of smaller mirrors.
Title: Re: "Green Tent" Aspects?
Post by: Capt Robertsgrave Thighbiter on January 26, 2011, 12:18:56 PM
Massag... What?  Where the heck is your faire, I want to work there! 
Most green rooms or tents have water, shelter, some even had heat. A few had food, of sorts. Even fewer had coffee.  Seating would be nice. 

Now, when I played the Nyon Festival, in Switzerland, the green room had Couq au vin, Chicken Cordon Bleu, and other fine French food, Wine, Beer and ... other refreshments. But then again, The Beach Boys and other headliners used the same facility.... that was a nice green room!
Title: Re: "Green Tent" Aspects?
Post by: McGuinness on January 26, 2011, 07:44:48 PM
Mirrors, that's a good one. Private performer-only toilets (extra large for the hoop skirt crowd) would be nice too for sites that dont have flushers. I always hate having to break that certain image when standing in line with patrons for the potty.
Title: Re: "Green Tent" Aspects?
Post by: stonebiscuit on January 26, 2011, 08:20:15 PM
I feel like backstage privies are a necessity. There's no better way to spoil the illusion, IMO, then to have a pee next to Queen Elizabeth. :D
Title: Re: "Green Tent" Aspects?
Post by: dfloyd888 on January 26, 2011, 10:25:15 PM
Separate privies are good, especially in the case of faeries who have to de-wing to use the loo.  This would destroy the illusion unless done off-site.
Title: Re: "Green Tent" Aspects?
Post by: Craigmeister on January 26, 2011, 11:30:26 PM
I had not thought of full-length mirrors but that makes sense.  I bought a misting system for my garage last summer.  That would work great as our "green tent" is a picnic shelter.  Some years we may need it as our faire is in mid-September.

We had a handicapped privvy onsite last year.  It was large enough to easily get out of & into garb when using.

Thanks for the great suggestions!  Keep 'em coming.
Title: Re: "Green Tent" Aspects?
Post by: Syrilla on January 27, 2011, 08:31:55 PM
In addition to all the others... Having a Large jar of Pickles will help out any with heat issues.  Even If you are providing some type of food, I would say trailmix/ nuts without salt.  Crackers and peanut butter.  Shaded seating.  If the area is to be cast / performer only area then the area needs to be out of view of all patrons, so the performers and let down their hair or hike up their skirts.  If you have people who smoke, then make an area that is away from the main area and still out of site for them.
Title: Re: "Green Tent" Aspects?
Post by: Craigmeister on January 27, 2011, 11:53:59 PM
I've heard of NFL teams giving their players pickle juice to re-hydrate them.  Good idea.  I bought lots of watery fruit last year for our green tent.  It was on a less-frequented end of the faire.
Title: Re: "Green Tent" Aspects?
Post by: stonebiscuit on January 28, 2011, 09:20:04 AM
If I may: pickles are infinitely preferable to pickle juice. Pickles, oranges, and water with ice are about the best food I can think of for a backstage area.
Title: Re: "Green Tent" Aspects?
Post by: Rani Zemirah on January 28, 2011, 12:56:33 PM
Make them the good crisp, crunchy pickles, though, and keep them cool!  Hot pickles are never very appetizing... 
Title: Re: "Green Tent" Aspects?
Post by: Merlin the Elder on January 28, 2011, 02:13:56 PM
...  Hot pickles are never very appetizing... 

Let's keep it clean, Rani.
Title: Re: "Green Tent" Aspects?
Post by: Rani Zemirah on January 28, 2011, 06:11:47 PM
Hey... my statement was perfectly innocent, until you showed up...  ::)  :P  lol
Title: Re: "Green Tent" Aspects?
Post by: angusmacinnes on January 28, 2011, 07:43:46 PM
silly wabbits.  ;D
Title: Re: "Green Tent" Aspects?
Post by: Rowan MacD on February 01, 2011, 10:00:29 AM
Mirrors, that's a good one. Private performer-only toilets (extra large for the hoop skirt crowd) would be nice too for sites that dont have flushers. I always hate having to break that certain image when standing in line with patrons for the potty.
  *sigh*  It would be nice to have a private, clean handicapped sized Portapotty available for hoop skirts and costume changes at every faire, regardless of the availability of flushies.   Public use restrooms tend to get gross really quick.  I have yet to attend a single faire with a flushing privy that didn't have a backed up toilet somewhere, and  I hate dragging dry clean only hems over wet messes on the floor. 
  A Cheval (or other full length) mirror, small makeup mirror on a table, and a bucket for ice to stick water bottles in.  Oh, and a decent sized reasonably safe place to stash extra stuff/supplies/meds.
Title: Re: "Green Tent" Aspects?
Post by: Queen Maggie on February 05, 2011, 03:28:03 PM
Dressing areas, and 'cubbies' or hanging rods for costumes, someone there all the time so it's safe to leave personal items backstage. You provide food, but many faires don't, and I always want someplace to leave my cooler, my cloak after it warms up, my hat if it's raining. I hate having to dress out of my car: I'm spoiled. I've worked MDRF and they have a dressing house/costume house with assigned cubbies and hooks, and you show  up in your 'danes, and change there.