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Title: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Master James on October 21, 2008, 08:02:41 AM
The new dates for VARF have been announced.  Yes this is correct, we are not open Memorial Day.   Hope to see you all there!

May 16, 17 
May 23, 24 
May 30, 31 
June 6, 7 
June 13, 14 
 
Location: Lake Anna Winery
5621 Courthouse Road
Spotsylvania, VA
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: jmkhalfmoon on October 21, 2008, 08:20:56 AM
We will be there to celebrate the wee lass's birthday on opening day!  I love Memorial Day at the faire, but I'm guessing attendance was low on that day.
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Lady de la Warr on October 21, 2008, 08:41:31 AM
Oh - you will definitely see me there next season. Last season I only could attend one day because of my surgery. This next season I'm going to try very hard to make up for that - especially since I had a lovely offer from a friend to let her know when I want to attend and we can stay with her for the weekend (and I told her I most definitely take her up on that offer!)

Do you know yet if there are any openings on cast - specifically on the Court?
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: will paisley on October 21, 2008, 09:39:36 AM
We will be there to celebrate the wee lass's birthday on opening day!  I love Memorial Day at the faire, but I'm guessing attendance was low on that day.

Not to mention the high-numbered Circle of Hell that I-95 becomes on Memorial Day evening.
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: lordwriothsley on October 21, 2008, 11:16:42 AM
Oh - you will definitely see me there next season. Last season I only could attend one day because of my surgery. This next season I'm going to try very hard to make up for that - especially since I had a lovely offer from a friend to let her know when I want to attend and we can stay with her for the weekend (and I told her I most definitely take her up on that offer!)

Do you know yet if there are any openings on cast - specifically on the Court?
M'lady you would definitely make an excellent addition to our cast at VARF esepcially in the Court.
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: jmkhalfmoon on October 21, 2008, 11:27:27 AM
We will be there to celebrate the wee lass's birthday on opening day!  I love Memorial Day at the faire, but I'm guessing attendance was low on that day.

Not to mention the high-numbered Circle of Hell that I-95 becomes on Memorial Day evening.

But isn't that everyday on I-95?
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Lady Jai on October 21, 2008, 11:28:40 AM
Oh - you will definitely see me there next season. Last season I only could attend one day because of my surgery. This next season I'm going to try very hard to make up for that - especially since I had a lovely offer from a friend to let her know when I want to attend and we can stay with her for the weekend (and I told her I most definitely take her up on that offer!)

Do you know yet if there are any openings on cast - specifically on the Court?

Do I know this friend? 
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: lordwriothsley on October 21, 2008, 11:31:26 AM
Is it time for faire yet?I so need my faire fix.
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Master James on October 21, 2008, 03:00:25 PM
We will be there to celebrate the wee lass's birthday on opening day!  I love Memorial Day at the faire, but I'm guessing attendance was low on that day.

Yes low attendance was definitely a factor in deciding to not be open on Memorial Day.

Oh - you will definitely see me there next season. Last season I only could attend one day because of my surgery. This next season I'm going to try very hard to make up for that - especially since I had a lovely offer from a friend to let her know when I want to attend and we can stay with her for the weekend (and I told her I most definitely take her up on that offer!)

Do you know yet if there are any openings on cast - specifically on the Court?

I am quite sure we will be having openings available in court!  Should know in a few weeks when auditions are and once they are set, I'll post them out here.  You would CERTAINLY be a welcome addition!  However I'm looking for more men especially to join court!  WE NEED MEN!  Pass it on!   ;D
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: lowlandscot on October 22, 2008, 09:35:05 AM
We will be there to celebrate the wee lass's birthday on opening day!  I love Memorial Day at the faire, but I'm guessing attendance was low on that day.

Not to mention the high-numbered Circle of Hell that I-95 becomes on Memorial Day evening.

dangnubbit, I was really looking forward to spending three hours staring at the entrance gate to Dahlgren waiting for the traffic on the Nice Bridge to move a couple of feet. Again.
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Lady de la Warr on October 22, 2008, 09:53:18 AM
Oh - you will definitely see me there next season. Last season I only could attend one day because of my surgery. This next season I'm going to try very hard to make up for that - especially since I had a lovely offer from a friend to let her know when I want to attend and we can stay with her for the weekend (and I told her I most definitely take her up on that offer!)

Do you know yet if there are any openings on cast - specifically on the Court?

Do I know this friend? 

Yes Milady - I think you may know her indeed!  ;)

In fact I've had more than one lovely friend make such an offer and I think you are acquainted with them others as well  :)

Also - did you get my email about your wine?

Oh - you will definitely see me there next season. Last season I only could attend one day because of my surgery. This next season I'm going to try very hard to make up for that - especially since I had a lovely offer from a friend to let her know when I want to attend and we can stay with her for the weekend (and I told her I most definitely take her up on that offer!)

Do you know yet if there are any openings on cast - specifically on the Court?

I am quite sure we will be having openings available in court!  Should know in a few weeks when auditions are and once they are set, I'll post them out here.  You would CERTAINLY be a welcome addition!  However I'm looking for more men especially to join court!  WE NEED MEN!  Pass it on!   ;D

Thank thee Milord - your kind words are much appreciated and I shall look into the possibility as soon as I know what my work situation will be (I'm currently looking to make a change in that arena). How'er if auditions are such that they occur before the work venue change - the new job - when it becomes a reality - will just have to deal with it!

Mayhap I can talk Prince Oswyn into participating provided the work situation will bend to his will???

I shall speak with him  :)
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: SirBlackFox on October 22, 2008, 09:54:29 AM
hmmmm with the new Faire Magazine joining The Pyrates Way. . . we may have to set up EVERY weekend!  Plus. . .  some of the cast asked my daughter to join. . .so we'll be down for auditions as well.
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: will paisley on October 22, 2008, 11:15:46 AM
I am quite sure we will be having openings available in court!  Should know in a few weeks when auditions are and once they are set, I'll post them out here.  You would CERTAINLY be a welcome addition!  However I'm looking for more men especially to join court!  WE NEED MEN!  Pass it on!   ;D

Suddenly I'm seeing your DOW outfit in a whole new light  ;)
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Master James on October 22, 2008, 12:07:26 PM
hmmmm with the new Faire Magazine joining The Pyrates Way. . . we may have to set up EVERY weekend!  Plus. . .  some of the cast asked my daughter to join. . .so we'll be down for auditions as well.

Great news!  I think she would make a fantastic addition to the cast!

I am quite sure we will be having openings available in court!  Should know in a few weeks when auditions are and once they are set, I'll post them out here.  You would CERTAINLY be a welcome addition!  However I'm looking for more men especially to join court!  WE NEED MEN!  Pass it on!   ;D

Suddenly I'm seeing your DOW outfit in a whole new light  ;)

Well you will see it again on Dress Rehearsal but without the makeup!  Marion already said it was approved for that!  LOL


Thank thee Milord - your kind words are much appreciated and I shall look into the possibility as soon as I know what my work situation will be (I'm currently looking to make a change in that arena). How'er if auditions are such that they occur before the work venue change - the new job - when it becomes a reality - will just have to deal with it!

Mayhap I can talk Prince Oswyn into participating provided the work situation will bend to his will???

I shall speak with him  :)

That would be totally AWESOME!!!!!  I certainly hope you guys can make auditions!!!
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: aidenoffairfax on October 22, 2008, 02:25:41 PM
Ooooooooh. Dates posted..... that means it's just around the corner(ish)
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: GoldenGoose on October 23, 2008, 09:25:38 AM
Actually, attendance is pretty darn good on Memorial Day.

BUT, the combination of three straight days with horrendous traffic on the way home Monday night makes for a really tough weekend on our cast and crew. (And vendors, and entertainers) And since our cast and crew is unpaid, all-volunteer, we wanted them to be able to have a day off to relax, celebrate the holiday, to have a better chance at getting home without spending hours in traffic.

Our folks work very hard -- add week long at work, taking care of family -- and then work the full weekend at the show. We're growing, but can't afford to reward folks financially yet -- but we CAN give them a day off. Everyone is just so exhausted by Memorial Day. It's painful to watch our cast and crew give 100% all weekend and then, on Monday, try to do it one...more...day. They do, but it takes so much out of them - then back to work the next day and...

We're betting that a lot of the folks who would come Memorial Day will instead choose to come Saturday or Sunday. Not all, but we're willing to take a little attendance hit in order to give back something to all of those folks who work so hard for the Faire.

We'll be closing earlier each day for the next season for the very same reasons -- we'll close the show at 5pm instead of 6pm. Get our folks back into shorts and t-shirts a little earlier, on the road, or relaxing a little earlier. We think this will also drive more activity to the non-tavern sections of our show, keep people shopping for that past hour, instead of just settling down in the tavern. (Don't worry, we're keeping the tavern sing!)

Experiments? Yup. Forever? Probably not.

But for now, we felt it was the right thing to do.

Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Dallan on October 27, 2008, 08:59:43 AM
Hoping to make it two weekends in '09, Memorial and closing weekend.
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Lady Mikayla of Phoenicia on October 27, 2008, 10:54:22 AM
I can't do 3 days of Faire in a row either, sometimes 2 full days is a stretch for me.  So HUZZAH to you for putting your cast FIRST!  It's a refreshing change and very welcome indeed.   :)
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Lady de la Warr on October 29, 2008, 12:24:41 PM
Yeah - 3 days in a row just a a playtron is pretty tough. I'm usually exhausted after such an excursion. I can't even imagine being on cast for 3 in row!! Whew!
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Master James on October 29, 2008, 12:50:56 PM
Well it IS tirering but very fun none the less.  Being on cast you just get this high by performing and just keep going.  That is until the end of the day and then you totally collapse!  LOL
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Lady de la Warr on October 29, 2008, 01:21:39 PM
Oh - I can only imagine! It sounds like great fun indeed! I know all about the collapsing after faire thing - that's usually what happens now........being on cast I'm sure I'd be totally dragging and barely alive at the end of the day!! LOL

Never know - maybe I'll get to find out first hand  ;)
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Master James on October 29, 2008, 01:54:23 PM
Well let's hope you do get to find out first hand.  I'm telling you once you've experienced its like nothing else you've ever done! And its a TOTAL blast!  ;D
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Feline Groovy on October 30, 2008, 10:10:02 AM
It's twue!  It's twue!  I'd also spent about four hours on site that Friday as well, checking vendors in, so I was flattened by the end of faire on Monday. But I loved every minute of it!  The saving grace was that the weekend fell pretty early in the schedule.  If it had been one of the last couple of weekends, it might have been a different story.  :)   
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: lordwriothsley on October 30, 2008, 12:26:54 PM
Being on cast has been an awesome experience for me.Speaking as a veteran cast member and veteran noble yes three days of faire is tiring and kills you at the end of the day but believe me when I say that it is well worth it.
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Dallan on January 21, 2009, 08:54:13 AM
Come on May! I'm done with winter and ready for faire.
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Master James on January 21, 2009, 10:23:26 AM
Oh I hear you my friend!  I can't wait to get this season started!
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Dallan on January 21, 2009, 01:37:17 PM
When do rehearsals start? I'm really looking forward to VARF this year. We are hoping to make it two weekends even though it will mean missing lacrosse twice (I'm coaching).
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Master James on January 22, 2009, 09:55:38 AM
We start in April and go just about every weekend.  Can't wait to get this thing going!
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Manage'n M'Crack on February 02, 2009, 06:59:53 PM
Is it may yet?
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Captain Dungcaster on February 13, 2009, 09:27:21 AM
Hello everyone! I thought I would jump in and say what a great time I had last year on opening day see you all again! Some of you know me as Francis Poldark from the Militia in years past at VARF. I can not wait for May either. This year I have a new character, Lord Dungcaster, of these near Parts {in relation to Stafford of course} Anyway I am looking forward to roaming about the village visiting and "playing". The chamber pot gig has been retired and infact was presented to Her Majesty last year. I hope to bring a nice little treasure chest of somewhat period object D'art to present to the Queen along with the little chest as a donation of items to VARF. I of course will let those incharge "approve" these items first and seek the Nobles direction as to when I may aproach Her Majesty in court. Yes it's the same outfit but a new name and outlook! I hope to bring some friends along as well to help the coffers naturally! VARF and those associated has been a wonderful experience for me that I will always hold close to my heart! Hope to see you all on opening day! Huzzah!!
Sinc,
Frank Blanton  Lord Dungcaster, of these near Parts
Richmond, Va.
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Master James on February 13, 2009, 09:48:44 AM
Hello everyone! I thought I would jump in and say what a great time I had last year on opening day see you all again! Some of you know me as Francis Poldark from the Militia in years past at VARF. I can not wait for May either. This year I have a new character, Lord Dungcaster, of these near Parts {in relation to Stafford of course} Anyway I am looking forward to roaming about the village visiting and "playing". The chamber pot gig has been retired and infact was presented to Her Majesty last year. I hope to bring a nice little treasure chest of somewhat period object D'art to present to the Queen along with the little chest as a donation of items to VARF. I of course will let those incharge "approve" these items first and seek the Nobles direction as to when I may aproach Her Majesty in court. Yes it's the same outfit but a new name and outlook! I hope to bring some friends along as well to help the coffers naturally! VARF and those associated has been a wonderful experience for me that I will always hold close to my heart! Hope to see you all on opening day! Huzzah!!
Sinc,
Frank Blanton  Lord Dungcaster, of these near Parts
Richmond, Va.

As far as a time to present to the Queen, there will be a show called Queen's Audience and that will be the time to make your presentation.  If you could stop by early after gate and ask for Baron Buckhurst (me) or Countess of Lincoln, we would like to take a look at what you wish to present and then make sure you get your opportunity to present it to Her Grace.  I'm very glad you enjoy our faire.  We work very hard to make it enjoyable for all and I look forward to seeing you there.
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Captain Dungcaster on February 13, 2009, 10:27:39 AM
Very well. I will do that. This warm weather we have been experiencing has got me thinking!
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: lordwriothsley on February 14, 2009, 02:33:02 PM
Frank long time no see my friend. How have you been doing lately. I must say that it was good to see you last year on opening day at faire. It felt like old times again to have you there with us "playing". Just out of curiosity are you planning on rejoining the cast again? It would be great to have you back on cast again whether it be full time or just part time.
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Lady Maerwynn on February 15, 2009, 08:57:07 PM
I will be looking forward to seeing you as well.  Master James and I will be at the Noble's Glade after the gate opening and as he said we would be most happy to help you. 
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Captain Dungcaster on February 20, 2009, 08:38:28 AM
Kit, all,
I am unable to do more than come out for a day or two at this time. Work and travel keeps me pretty busy not to mention my other pursuits, 1/35th scale model building and World War One renacting as an Australian soldier. Trench Mortar section with the Great War Association. I hope everyone is well! See you all soon!
Frank B.
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: McGuinness on May 11, 2009, 07:36:55 AM
Looks like I *might* be able to make it down to play on the 17th. Hopefully, I'll be able to beg up something to wear and play as a noble again. If not, I'll slum it up in peasant garb. Hope to see you all again then!
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Master James on May 11, 2009, 01:11:27 PM
Looks like I *might* be able to make it down to play on the 17th. Hopefully, I'll be able to beg up something to wear and play as a noble again. If not, I'll slum it up in peasant garb. Hope to see you all again then!

Can't wait to see you again!  You, Doc, Patti and anyone else are MORE than welcome to come play with us in court again this year!
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: McGuinness on May 11, 2009, 01:25:11 PM
Oh, we're invading all right! As of right now, it looks like there are about 7 or 8 of us from the PaRF cast coming down for the day so far. I'm not sure how many are coming down in garb or with characters since we just started our rehearsal season a couple week ago, but we will definitely play with you all. We'll have more peasants than nobles this time around though. I had a lot of fun last year, you made us all feel like rockstars and like part of the family.
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Master James on May 11, 2009, 01:44:43 PM
Well I can't wait to see you all!  Bring as many as you want!  See you on Sunday!
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: lordwriothsley on May 12, 2009, 07:25:11 PM
Colleen would Kelly Morris your queen at PARF happen to be one of the people that will be invading this year?
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: McGuinness on May 12, 2009, 08:33:17 PM
No, she's not coming with us as far as I'm aware. She's not back in PA yet and is still in NYC last I knew. But, her boyfriend is our music dirctor and he knows about the trip I believe so anything is possible I guess
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: will paisley on May 13, 2009, 09:55:19 AM
Kit, all,
I am unable to do more than come out for a day or two at this time. Work and travel keeps me pretty busy not to mention my other pursuits, 1/35th scale model building and World War One renacting as an Australian soldier. Trench Mortar section with the Great War Association. I hope everyone is well! See you all soon!
Frank B.

You digger you! I'd challenge you to a game of Two Up, if I could remember how to play. ;)  I'll see if I can scrounge up anything resembling Anzac biscuits for you.
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: Tim T on May 13, 2009, 11:58:43 AM
Just a heads up; the 2009 merchant list is up on the VARF site.

Check it out here: http://www.varf.org/merchants.html (http://www.varf.org/merchants.html)

Colleen McG-
I'll be looking for you on Sunday.  I owe you a beer!
Title: Re: 2009 VARF Dates
Post by: McGuinness on May 14, 2009, 06:58:38 AM
Colleen McG-
I'll be looking for you on Sunday.  I owe you a beer!


You do? Alright then, cant argue with that.  8)