We understand how intimidating it can be to go out in public for the first time. Believe us; we do. We also know that fear is our enemy. There’s no need to be afraid in Provincetown. It’s one of the most accepting places on earth; that’s why Fantasia Fair is held there! Since Fantasia Fair’s inception in 1975, hundreds of trans people have made their first appearance in public in Provincetown, and thousands have spent the entire week as the person they wish to be. Our attendees conquer their fear and have a great time, and you will, too! We’ve worked hard on resources to help Fair attendees. Feel free to avail yourself of them. When you finish reading this page, just bop on over to our Contacts page. You’ll find links in the various sections below, also.
Be sure to visit the site every now and again to check for news and updates. That will keep you in the know.
Remember– the earlier you register, the lower the price! We have a discount for Canadian citizens, and a discount for spouses and significant others.
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We also have a discussion group on Facebook. Please join. There you can chat with other Fair-goers. Don’t be shy. The other members will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Ask to join; A moderator will approve you within hours. You can visit the page by clicking on the Facebook symbol at the top or botom of every page on this site, or by clicking the button below.
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Our mentoring program for significant others is facilitated by Jolie LaValle. Mentoring for trans and nonbinary attendees is facilitated by Tina Simmons. Tina and Jolie will compile a list of requests and assign appropriate mentors in September. When will be available to answer your questions and offer moral support in the weeks before the Fair.
Jolie and Tina will be announced at the orientation brunch and will be available there and throughout the Fair to offer emotional and social support, and, of course, advice, if you want it.
To request a mentor, check the appropriate box on the registration form, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday Morning Orientation
On Monday morning, October 15, 8:45 am, plan to be at the Paramount Room at the Crown & Anchor, 161 Commercial Street for our sumptuous and leisurely orientation brunch. Sit at a table with others and introduce yourself, fill you plate at breakfast buffet, and chat with your newfound friends. After you eat, tour the tables, saying hello to others. It’s the perfect way to make others aware of you and sow the seeds of friendship.
Some time around ten, Dee LaValle will begin the orientation. She will introduce key personnel and go through the many activities of the Fair. Pay attention, and you’ll have the tools you need to plan a full and fulfilling Fantasia Fair.
When the orientation ends (about 11:15 am), a number of things will happen:
First, volunteer coordinator Emily Sheldon will hold a brief meeting with Fairgoers who wish to give back to Fantasia Fair. We need people to keep counts at lunches, collect tickets at our evening events, make deposits at the bank, and help us take down the Fair office on Saturday afternoon. Please consider attending! The meeting will take place in the Paramount Room
Meet Your Mentor
Second, mentoring program coordinators Jolie Lavalle and Tina Simmons, who will have been pointed out to you during the orientation, will meet with those who have asked for a mentor and those who have signed up to be mentors. You’ll be introduced to your mentor. This meeting will also take place in the Paramount Room. If you didn’t ask for a mentor but think you might want one, please attend. (We used to call our mentoring program our Big Brother / Big Sister program, but some attendees identify outside the binary. Mentor is non gender-specific and works for everyone.)
Walking Tour of Provincetown
At 11:30 am, Provincetown historian and Fantasia Fair favorite Robert Anderson will conduct a walking tour of Provincetown. The city has a fascinating history. Did you know the pilgrims’ first landing was less than a mile from where you just finished breakfast? That playwrights Eugene O’Neill and Tennessee Williams once lived in Provincetown? You will after Robert’s your walk with Robert! The tour will end at about 12:45 pm.
Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum Self-Guided Tour
From 11:30 through 4:00 pm on Monday and 9 am – 4 pm daily, the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum will be open for self-guided tours. The Monument is of course that big sticky-uppy thing you can see from everywhere in town. The view from the top provides a panoramic view of Provincetown and a great photo opportunity. The museum is filled with exhibits that illustrate the very things Robert will be talking about.
If you’re torn between the PMPM and Robert’s Tour, don’t worry– there will be plenty of other opportunities to visit the museum and monument. On Friday from 3:00 – 4:30 pm, retired police sergeant and long-time friend of Fantasia Fair Carrie Lopes will conduct a guided tour. You won’t want to miss that!
The monument and museum are located at 1 High Pole Road. Use the PMPM ticket you received at registration, and admission is free.
Plans are underway to build a funicular that runs from the frieze on Bradford Street to the Museum. It’s scheduled for completion before the 2019 Fair, but for now you must get there by taxi, auto, or on foot. It’s not that much of a hike, thankfully. If your car is parked, remember: taxis are cheap and plentiful at Fantasia Fair.
Significant Others Lunch
Partners and spouses of trans and gender-nonbinary attendees will meet at noon at the Lobster Pot Restaurant, 321 Commercial Street for a dutch treat lunch. Usually partners form a group and walk with coordinator Jolie LaValle from the Paramount Room.
If you arrived late on Sunday or early Monday, the Fantasia Fair office will be open Monday from 11:45 am until 1:00 pm and 3:00 – 5:00 pm, and from 9:00 – 11:00 and 3:00 – 5:00 pm the rest of the week (closed Saturday afternoon, but please drop by to help tear down the office). The office is at the Boatslip Inn, 161 Commercial Street.
Monday Afternoon Reception for Newcomers
We’re pleased to announce a reception for newcomers from 5:30 – 7:00 pm on Monday afternoon at the Fantasia Fair hospitality suite at 306A Commercial Street. We will provide snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. Please BYOB if you wish.
306A is open from 10:00 pm through 1:00 am Tuesday through Saturday. Please drop by for conversation, snacks, and music.
Morning Meet and Greets
Tuesday through Saturday, we feature morning meetings that can help orient first-time attendees. From 9:00 – 9:45 am there is a meet and greet for trans and nonbinary attendees of the Fair, facilitated by Cody Suzuki and Tina Simmons and held downstairs at the Boatslip, 161 Commercial Street (there’s an elevator if you need one).
Concurrent meet and greets for significant others, facilitated by Jolie LaValle, are held in Room 201 of the Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial Street. Just go up the ramp and take the stairs or elevator upstairs. Room 201 is at the top of the stairs, to the left.
Both meetings are great places for first-timers to meet and get to know returning attendees, and vice-versa. We will have coffee service at both of the meet and greets.
Note: Friends of Bill W. meetings also run concurrently, but are a bit longer, ending at 9:55. They’re held across the street from the Crown & Anchor in the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 236 Commercial Street. If you’;re unfamiliar with the term, it’s a twelve-step program that helps people stay sober.
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The Pink Fog
The Pink Fog is a term historically used by Fantasia Fair to describe a state of exuberance exhibited by many first-time attendees. Being free to be the person you have always wanted to be, for an entire week and in complete freedom, is empowering and exhilarating. Many attendees, and especially first-timers, return home in a state of rapture. Our Pink Fog workshops discuss this state of bliss and suggest a cooling-off period before making life-altering personal decisions.
Long-time Fair attendee Liz Winter will be facilitating two workshops on the subject. The first, Look Out for the Pink Fog, will be on Wednesday, October 17, from 10:00 – 11:30 am in Suite 201 of the Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial Street. The second, Lost in the Pink Fog, is scheduled for Saturday, October 20, from 3:00 – 4:30 at 306A Commercial Street
Liz will describe the pink fog and its effects and encourage attendees to describe feelings that have arisen during the Fair.
The pink fog affects transmen and nonbinary genderfolk just the same as it affects transgender women. We know it’s not an appropriate name, and will soon be renaming it, but you have to admit it’s pretty cool. We mean no disrespect as we continue to use the name as we try to come up with an equally cool and more socially correct term. Thank you for bearing with us.
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