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: email@example.com
Ten Bells Tavern
(A 21 and over only, Festival venue!)
The Ten Bells Tavern is a place where you can get off your feet, grab a seat, play a round of Faro with your favorite author, loosen up that corset and leave your hat at the door (but you just might ‘lose’ it!)
Named after one of the famed “Ripper” Taverns, The Ten Bells is a 21 and over only venue featuring Beer & Wine from the Salted Pig in Riverside. Continuous entertainment is scheduled featuring Can-Can dancers, Comedy acts, Singers, Musicians, Belly Dancers and more! This is where Bad Baby Babs (the Mistress of the Tavern) will greet the Victorian working class at the door and invite them in to play and forget their troubles! The Upper crust is equally welcomed, as Babs cares not where the shilling originated as long as it ends up on her table! Although you will never find the Queen in The Ten Bells, you are sure to be entertained and leave with a smile (or smirk) on your face!
Babs is still recruiting volunteers to portray the Victorian working class for the Whitechapel area outside the Tavern. If you are interested, please email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To purchase a Festival Day Pass Click HERE.
Pickwick's Pub Night
Mr. Pickwick once again invites everyone to join him at Pickwick's Pub Night on Friday, February 21, 2014 to kick off the 2014 Riverside Dickens Festival. Last year's "Return to Pub Nights Past" was a rousing success selling out almost two weeks in advance. Mr. Pickwick tells us the Pub is moving into a larger room, will have an improved sound system, upgraded dinner fare (Fresh Green Salad, Chicken tenderloins in mushroom cream sauce, Pasta Alfredo, Steamed Veggies, and Dinner roll with butter – Vegetarian plate includes: Fresh Green Salad, Pasta Alfredo, Steamed Veggies and Dinner roll with butter) and exciting entertainment. The ticket price remains the same $35 per person which includes one drink.
Don't be left out in the cold, order your tickets now and join Mr. Pickwick along with his faithful band of talented zanies for an evening of good eats, cold drinks and bawdy entertainments! Pub Night tickets will make excellent gifts for the holidays.
To purchase tickets Click HERE.
Trial of Jack the Ripper
Who murdered five London prostitutes in the fall of 1888? Who confounded the best efforts of the Metropolitan Police, the London Police, and Scotland Yard to discover the identity of the Whitechapel Murderer? Who committed the most grisly and disturbing murders in the annals of British criminology? How could the killer commit these crimes on the streets of Whitechapel under the noses of the police? Was the identity of the killer covered up? Why was evidence ignored and even destroyed? Who was Jack the Ripper?
That question will be explored, the suspects questioned, and the evidence tested in a dramatic attempt to solve the greatest unsolved mystery of all time. Come listen to eyewitness testimony, hear the opinions of experts like Arthur Conan Doyle, and then examine the evidence yourself when the Riverside Dickens Festival presents the world premiere of the one-act play: The Trial Of Jack The Ripper. Experience this ground-breaking event on February 22 and 23, 2014 in Department 1 of Riverside's historic, turn-of-the-century courthouse, but -be warned- this show is not for the squeamish. This performance is suitable for those 13 and older.
Performances - February 22 and 23 - 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
To purchase tickets Click HERE.
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 email@example.com with the following information:
- Contact information including both telephone and email.
- Assignment preferences.
If you have questions please contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.