.The Ren Faire…CLOSED?!?!

I read this last night and still can’t believe it

The following is from Gerald Zepeda:

Dear Guildmasters, Directors, Performers,
As you have been aware, the fate of our Northern Faire has been uncertain.
I am sad to announce that we are, indeed, closing the Northern Renaissance
Pleasure Faire. Below is a letter from our management detailing the
situation. Please know that Southern Faire will go on as planned, and that
I am continuing as Entertainment Director. I thank everyone involved in
creating our entertainment. You can be proud of the fine job you have done
and proud of the effort you exerted to make this Faire a success. The
memories of Northern Faire, including the times we shared, certainly will
live on in my heart. I am looking forward to our next meeting. I apologize
for the lack of a complete e-mail llist. Please forward this message to all
concerned parties.
Gerald Zepeda
Director of Entertainment
REC California
(408) 847-1138 ext 241

Renaissance Entertainment Corporation
Renaissance Pleasure Faire
10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy 152
Hollister, CA 95023
(408) 846-6446

Dear Faire Family,

As you are aware, we have been fighting a losing battle over the last few
years with attendance and loss of income with the Northern Renaissance
Pleasure Faire. We have had a steady decline in attendance since 1991 (with
the exception of 1994, our first year of “Farewell to Black Point”).

There is no one factor that we can isolate which has contributed to the
failing of the show. The decline began during the Patterson’s
administration and has continued through a series of General Managers who
have been unable to stop the hemorrhaging of revenues at this event.

No ad campaign nor marketing schedule, including Phyllis Patterson’s
legendary marketing skills, was able to deter the decline. Our attendance
failed long before we moved from our home in Blackpoint and has suffered
greatly while we tried to find a permanent home.

Since 1994 we have looked at over 200 sites and have spent over $500,000 in
an attempt to find a home for our Faire. Not only has a property been
impossible to find, the one exception (American Canyon) proved too costly to
make workable and the California environment regulations work against any
sincere efforts to create a business which by all accounts, “lays lightly on
the soil”.

The Northern Faire has lost $900,061 in revenues during the years 1999-2003.
Our attendance has declined 62% since 1991. The losses incurred by the
Northern Faire have placed a continual drain on our Southern, Chicago and
New York Faires, which are healthy shows and consistently create a profit.
It is unfair for these healthy shows to bear the burden on Northern’s
losses.

It, therefore, is which great sadness that we announce that we are closing
the Northern Renaissance Pleasure Faire.

We must ask that you remove all of your personal possessions from the site
by November 2nd, 2003.

As performers and entertainers the show has rested on your shoulders for
many, many seasons. Please know that this failure does not reflect upon the
amazing grace that you have given the show. We are all so appreciative of
the energy and level of entertainment that you have contributed.

The show sparkled brightly this season and it is bittersweet that even
though we have never looked or performed better, this has become our final
Huzzah. We thank all of you for your continued support through all these
past years. For as long as the show lives in our memories, it shall never
fade away.

— The staff and management of the Northern Renaissance Pleasure Faire and
Renaissance Entertainment Corporation.
_________________
Pax Smith
Don Giulio de Medici
Conte de Massa, Cavaliere Dell’Ordine de Santo Stefano
Guild San Lorenzo(rpfs)

Damn, I will never get my cloak now. I mean, that was the running gag, that I wanted to buy a cloak at the Ren Faire and that I never did. And there has always been rumours of the Ren Faire closing at one location and then opening at another location. God I can’t believe it still. My first Ren Faire, I believe that I went with Jesse Holm and friends when it was at Black Pointe in Navato. I believe that I have been to 7-8 altogether between Navato, Vacaville, and Fruita de Casa. **sigh** I looked to see where the Southern Faire is at and it is out in the middle of nowhere it seems. I know that there are some smaller faires, in Petaluma and up in Sacramento. Still the faire will be missed.