Pour out a piping hot cup of Missouri wit and top it with the Yuletide yarns and seasonal stories of America's most famous author. Come for the spiced cider and stay for the Q & A! Seats are limited and so are the tickets.
Riverside Dickens Festival presents a special holiday Author's Salon featuring Mark Twain at the historic Raeburn House, 2508 Raeburn Drive, Riverside on Saturday, November 23 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Mr. Twain will entertain us with a Christmas story written for his daughters. Tickets are $25.
This event is sold out.
Be the envy of your neighbors. Gain the admiration of your friends. Host an Author's Salon for the Riverside Dickens Festival!
Invite one of our famous authors to entertain an intimate gathering in your home.
Choose from Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe, or H. G. Wells, with many more to come.
You supply the parlor and tea for thirty, and we will furnish the literary giant.
All proceeds benefit the Riverside Dickens Festival
To book a Victorian Author in your home, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ten Bells Tavern
(A 21 and over only, Festival venue!)
During the Festival take a load off your feet join us for a pint of ale!
Tavern Mistress, Bad Baby Babs will invite you in from the elements and treat you to a fabulous show featuring a variety of entertainers not fit for the refined stage!
But beware of gentleman Jack who has been seen lurking in the Tavern shadows luring young women away, never to be seen again!
Please Note: Bad Baby Babs and Sweet Lady Peach will be auditioning acts through November 1, 2013. If you would like to be considered for their unrefined stage please contact them via Facebook @ Victorian Ten Bells Tavern or email at email@example.com.
Pickwick's Pub Night
"Return to Pub Nights Past", with Mr. Pickwick himself as your host, along with his faithful band of talented zanies providing an evening of delightful delicacies, cold drinks and bawdy entertainments!
Magic, music, and mountebanks pop from the pages of Hard Times when Sleary's Circus confounds the crowds with juggling, tumbling, and gob-gaping, gyroscopic acrobatics on the gravity-defying, belief-suspending Cyr Wheel. Christopher Yates will appear as Sleary, the ringmaster.
I Met the Queen
Queen Victoria and her family first attended in 1995 and have become an integral part of the Riverside Dickens Festival. They celebrate along with every participant and visitor the writings of Charles Dickens and help to promote the festival named for him.
The Queen shares her comments and observations about the various performances with visitors to the Royal Pavilion. Although she attends the festival in support of Mr. Dickens and his writings, to become closer to her subjects and to enable her children to enjoy and participate in the events, she also performs several duties. On Saturday and Sunday the Gordon Highlanders present a firing and drill demonstration of their rifles and Gatling gun. Queen Victoria is escorted onto the parade ground to inspect the troops, and then takes her place in the viewing area and covers her ears just like everyone else. On Saturday night, during Mr. Fezziwig's Victorian Grand Ball, she knights a deserving citizen. This honor is bestowed to the surprise of the recipient and delight of the ball attendees.
For much of the afternoon, she can be found in her pavilion attended by some family members and courtiers as she welcomes visitors who want to chat informally with her. Each visit is rewarded with a memento stating, "I Met the Queen."
Meet Mr. Dickens
In this one-man show, Charles Dickens addresses an American audience in Baltimore during his second visit to the United States in the year 1867.
Paul Jacques is a local actor, director, and drama teacher who has portrayed Charles Dickens at the festival for nine years.
Recreating a company of The Gordon Highlanders as they were in 1882, “Bydand Forever” is a regular at the Riverside Dickens Festival. They present daily firing and drill demonstrations featuring 1875 Manual of Arms, an 1874 Gatling gun, and their Drums and Pipes. The group establishes an authentic billeting area, and are available to answer questions about life in the Highland Brigade.
The plaintive sounds of bagpipes can be heard on the rainy, gray afternoon. Suddenly the staccato sound of rifle fire ring out, followed by the rapid crackling of a Gatling gun. Men in red jackets and plaid kilts kneel in battle position and fire on an enemy only they can see.
Volunteer Guild for the 2014 Festival
The Volunteer Guild for the 21th Annual Riverside Dickens Festival is now forming. Hop on board!
Your help is in great demand. The Dickens Festival would not happen if it were not for a volunteer board of directors, committee chairpersons, committee members, and scads of days-of-the-festival assistants.
Many people enter into the fun of it all by showing up at the festival as Dickensian or Victorian characters. Some volunteers have been with us since the beginning in 1993.
The festival needs a large number of people to be involved even if just for a single two-hour shift. Groups and organizations are welcome to join us to help with a particular event or with set-up and teardown.
Areas of need are: Committee members, pre-festival assistance with flyer and poster distribution, street characters, venue greeters, announcers, venue attendants, ticket takers, Information Booth assistants, set-up, tear-down, and much more.
If you would like to join our Volunteer Guild please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Contact information including both telephone and email.
- Assignment preferences.
If you have questions please contact Carolyn at 951-369-9110 or Chris at email@example.com.
All Classes Conducted Wednesdays
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Nov 6, 13, 20
Dec 4, 11, 18,
Jan 8, 15, 22, 29
Mock Ball Saturday, January 25, 2014
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Class cost is $7 per person
Classes are held at All Saints Episcopal Church located at 3847 Terracina Drive, Riverside.
The church opens its parking lot to RCC students, therefore space is limited. During break the lot usually clears some, and we can move our cars from street parking to church parking as necessary.