List of Events, Fantasia Fair 2018

This page lists and describes the many events at Fantasia Fair. Workshops are described on a separate page.

Also, please note: the Schedule of Events is the definitive authority on what happens, when it happens, and where it happens. Last-minute changes are reflected there.

 

Schedule of Events

 

Recurring Events

Office Hours

Fantasia Fair Office Staff, 2014

The Fantasia Fair office is in the lobby at the Boatslip, 161 Commercial Street.

Registration is Sunday, October 14, from 1 -5 pm, but if you arrive late, you can register any time the office is open.

Here are office hours:

Monday 11:45 am – 1:00 pm and 3 – 5 pm.

Tuesday through Friday 9:30 – 11:00 am and 3-5 pm

Saturday 9:30 – 11:00 am

Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum Tour, 9 am - 4 pm Daily

9 am – 4 pm daily

Self-Guided Tour

1 High Pole Hill Rd

Provincetown, MA 02657

(508) 487-1310

 

 

The PMPM ticket you were given at registration will get you in for free all week. We urge you to find time to visit the museum, and, if your legs are up for it, to climb the monument. Provincetown has a remarkable history, and to know the town, you need to know its past.

You might want to schedule your visit for Friday at 3 pm. Retired Provincetown Police Sergeant and long-time friend of Fantasia Fair Carrie Lopes will be conducting a guided tour.

 

PMPM Website

Lunches, 11:45 am - 1:15 pm Daily

11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Lunches

Tuesday through Saturday

  • Central House, Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial Street
  • Post Office Cafe, 303 Commercial Street
  • Tin Pan Alley, 269 Commercial Street
  • The Landing Bistro and Bar, Pilgrim House, 336 Commercial Street

Your registration for Fantasia Fair provides you with a daily lunch from Tuesday through Saturday. Your meal includes a choice from at least two entrees, non-alcoholic beverage, and dessert. We have arranged for the tip, but you are certainly welcome to reward excellent service.

Before the Fair you’ll be able to look over the menus and make choices for lunches (and banquets). We ask you to visit all four of our restaurants, as no single venue can seat 150 people.

You’ll find the food and service excellent, and you’ll have a daily opportunity to talk at length with Fair organizers and attendees and their significant others.

Daily Keynotes, 1:30 - 2:45 pm

1:30 – 2:45 pm

Daily Keynotes

Cabaret Room, Crown & Anchor

247 Commercial Street

 

Fantasia Fair offers keynotes daily from Monday, October 15 through Saturday, October 21; all are open to the public.

 

Open Keynotes Page

Relationships Track

 

Multiple Times Daily

Most are in Room 201 at the Crown & Anchor

247 Commercial Street

 

To view the many relationship track events, see the Daily Schedule. Workshops and other events in the relationships track appear in the schedule with colored backgrounds.

 

Open our Relationships and Significant Others Page

Schedule of Events

Late Nights at 306A, 10 pm - 1 am, Tuesday Through Saturday

    Hostess Lorelei Erisis

10 am – 1 pm

Late Night Chat and Music

306A Commercial Street

 

Visit our late night location at 306A Commercial Street. The suite is open from 10 am until 1 am, Tuesday through Saturday. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided, but feel free to BYOB.

Lorelei Erisis is your hostess.

 

Open Our Late Nights at 306A Page

Friends of Bill W, 9:00 - 9:55 am, Tuesday Through Saturday

Mornings from Tuesday through Saturday, Friends of Bill W. will meet from 9:00 until 9:55 at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at 236 Commercial Street, across the street from the Crown & Anchor.

Friends of Bill W. is a 12-step program. Attendees help one another maintain sobriety.

You’ll need to bring your own coffee, which can be purchased at the Crown & Anchor and other locations close to the meeting house.

 

Sign-Up and Rehearsal for Fashion Show, 4:30 - 5:00 pm, Monday and Tuesday

4:30 – 5:00 pm

Sign-Up for Fashion Show

Boatslip Lobby

161 Commercial Street

 

Our Fashion Show is held Wednesday, October 17 from 8 until 10 pm in the Paramount Room at the Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial Street.

If you are interested in performing, you’ll need to be in the Lobby at the Boatslip, 161 Commercial Street, at 4:30 pm on Monday, October 15 or Tuesday, October 16. Co-MCs Cody Suzuki and Nick Greiner will walk you through procedures and let you know it will all be okay.

If you can’t make either sign-up, talk to Cody or Nick beforehand.

There will be a mandatory dress rehearsal on Wednesday from 3:00 until 4:30 on in the Paramount Room at the Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial Street.

 

Open the Fashion Show Page

Sign-Up and Rehearsal for the Fantasia Fair Follies, 4:30 - 5:00 pm, Monday and Tuesday

4:30 – 5:00 pm

Sign-Up for Fqntasia Fair Follies

Boatslip Lobby

161 Commercial Street

 

 

For many Fair attendees, participating our Fabulous Fantasia Fair Follies talent show is the highlight of the week. If you’re interested in performing, co MCs Lorelei Erisis and Rhonda have two sign-up sessions. They are Monday, October 15 and Tuesday, October 16 from 4:30 until 5:00 pm in the lobby of the Boatslip, 161 Commercial Street. If you’re not able to make it to either session, contact Lorelei or Rhonda beforehand.

There are two rehearsals on Thursday, both in the Paramount Room at the Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial Street. The first runs from 10:00 – 11:30 am, and the second from 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Wednesday rehearsals are by appointment, which means Lorelei, or Rhonda, or both, will ask you to attend.

There’s a third by appointment rehearsal on Friday morning, also in the Paramount Room, from 10:00 – 11:30.

On Friday afternoon there will be a mandatory rehearsal from 3:00 – 4:30 in the Paramount Room.

The Follies take place on Friday from 8:00 – 10:00 pm at, guess where, the Paramount Room. We sell inexpensive tickets to locals, so if you have in-town friends, send them to the Fair office to to get their tickets–or they can get then at the door if they show up before the room reaches capacity.

Daily Morning Meet & Greets

Tuesday through Saturday, we feature morning meetings that can help orient and support you. 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.

 

Sunday, October 14

Registration, 1-5 pm

        Fantasia Fair Registration, 1980s

1 – 5 pm

Registration

Lobby, Boatslip Beach Club

161 Commercial Street

Registration is open all week, but why not get it over with? It    takes mere minutes, and you’ll leave with your name tag, meal and event tickets, hard copies of the Participant and Activities Guides, a map of Provincetown with Fair destinations marked, your Fantasia Fair 2018 pin, and a swag bag.

The lobby at the Boatslip is a great place to relax, have a drink, and meet other Fair-goers. It’s also where you come when you need to exchange a ticket, solve problems, and leave messages.

Welcome Reception, 6-8 pm

6 – 8 pm

Welcome Reception

Pilgrim House

336 Commercial Street

At 6:00, with your badge and Participant’s Guide in hand, head to Pilgrim House (formerly known as Sage)  for the two-hour welcome reception. You can meet other Fair-goers, enjoy finger foods, and partake in a cash bar. It’s a fabulous space and a good place to make friends. Pilgrim House is located at 336 Commercial Street, and is set back from the street a ways. Come prepared to have a great time!

Many people are just rolling into town on Sunday evening and won’t have had time to change. If you find yourself running late or are too fatigued from traveling to change, don’t worry–just come however you are dressed.

The reception is a fairly casual affair where returning Fair-goers renew their friendships and greet first-time attendees. It’s a wonderful opportunity to mingle and introduce yourself. Don’t be shy! Remember: we all had to introduce ourselves when we first came to Fantasia Fair.

Afterward, walk down Commercial Street with a newly-made friend and take in your new home town–Provincetown.

 

Check Out Our What To Do Upon Arrival Page!

 

Monday, October 15

Orientation Brunch, 8:45 - 11:15 am

8:45 – 11:15 am

Note: There will be a second, shorter orientation for late arrivals on Friday from 4:30 – 5:30 pm at the Boatslip Lobby, 161 Commercial Street.

8:45 – 11:15 am

Orientation Brunch

Paramount Room, Crown & Anchor

247 Commercial Street

 

Attendance isn’t mandatory at any Fantasia Fair event, but you won’t want to miss this one, especially if you’re a first-timer. As the name implies, orientation will give you the information you need to get the most out of Fantasia Fair. Come hungry, as there will be plenty of hot food. Sit at a table with others and introduce yourself, fill you plate at the sumptuous and leisurely 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.

After an hour or so, we’ll get down to business. Town Manager David Panagore will open, and then give the mic to committee members Dee LaValle. Dee 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 at 11:15 am, several things will happen.

First, volunteer coordinator Emily Sheldon will hold a brief meeting in a corner of the Paramount Room 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!

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.

Third, Provincetown historian Robert Anderson will conduct a walking tour of Provincetown. TDid you know the pilgrims’ first landing was less than a mile from where you just finished breakfast? That playwrights like Eugene O’Neill and Tennessee Williams once lived in Provincetown? You will after Robert’s tour! (Or, oops, maybe you do now!) Robert’s tour will leave at 11:15. Don’t be late!

Fourth, there will be a guided tour of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum. 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. You’ll need to take yourself to the museum, which is located at the base of the Pilgrim Monument. The tour will begin at 11:30.

If you’re torn between the PMPM and Robert’s Tour, don’t worry–the museum and monument will be open until 4:00 pm for self-guided tours, and from 9:00 am and 4:00 pm throughout the Fair.

The monument and museum are located at 1 High Pole Road.

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.

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 hell tear down the office). The office is at the Boatslip Inn, 161 Commercial Street.

Volunteer Planning, 11:15 - 11:30 am

11:15 – 11:45 am

Volunteer Planning Meeting

Paramount Room, Crown & Anchor

 

Volunteer coordinator Emily Sheldon will hold a brief meeting in a corner of the Paramount Room with Fair-goers 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!

Meet Your Mentor, 11:30 - 12:45

11:15 – 11:45 am

Meet Your Mentor

Paramount Room, Crown & Anchor

 

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. 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 with Robert Anderson, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Walking Tour

Meet Outside Cabaret Room at Crown & Anchor

 

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!

Significant Others Get-Acquainted Lunch, 12:00 - 1:15 pm

12:00 – 1:15 pm

Significant Others Get-Acquainted Lunch

Lobster Pot, 321 Commercial Street

 

After orientation, partners and spouses of trans and gender-nonbinary attendees will congregate in the Paramount Room at the Crown & Anchor and walk with coordinator Jolie LaValle to the Lobster Pot Restaurant, 321 Commercial Street for a dutch treat lunch.

Reception for First-Time Fair-Goers, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

5:30 – 7:00 pm

Reception for First-Time Fair-Goers

306A Commercial Street

 

 

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. Come and meet other newcomers and long-time Fair-goers.

The entrance is on the side of the building. Just turn down the alley and you’ll see it. Go up the stairs and you’ll see the apartment on your right. There’s no need to knock; just open the door and walk in. If it’s after 1 am and the door is locked, the activities at 306 are over for the night.

 

Open Our Our 306A Page

Buffet and Dance Party, 6:30 - 10:00 pm

6:30 – 10:00 pm

Buffet and Dance Party

Pilgrim House, 336 Commercial Street

 

 

Put on your feedbag and dancing shoes and come to the Pilgrim house for an evening of music and dance–and a buffet supper. Mix and mingle with townspeople and fellow Fairgoers.

 

Tuesday, October 16

Transgender Pioneer Awards Banquet and Auction, 6:30 - 10:00 pm

Aaron Devor, Ph.D., 2018 Honoree

6:30 – 10:00 pm

Transgender Pioneer Awards Banquet and Auction

Paramount and Cabaret Rooms, Crown & Anchor

247 Commercial Street

 

Since 2002, the Transgender Pioneer Awards Banquet has honored trans and gender nonbinary people who have sacrificed their time, energy, and, often, careers in their efforts to advance our rights.

This year we honor Aaron Devor, Ph.D.

 

Dr. Aaron Devor to Receive 2018 Transgender Pioneer Award

 

Wednesday, October 17

Group Photo, 1:20 - 1:25 pm

1:20 – 1:25 pm

Group Photo

Bas Relief Park, 106 Bradford Street

 

 

Fairgoers will convene briefly at Bas Relief Park so Fantasia Fair Dan McKeon can take a group photo. The park is behind the courthouse.

Dan will be ever present, taking photos during Fair week. Don’t be shy–ask him to pose you!

 

Fantasia Fair Singalong, 4:45 - 6:00 pm

4:45 – 6:00 pm

Fantasia Fair Singalong with Niela Miller and Dallas Denny

Cabaret Room, Crown & Anchor

247 Commercial Street

 

 

Bring your musical instruments and enthusiasm to the Cabaret Room for an hour of acoustic music. If you have a favorite, bring lyrics and chords and Niela and Dallas will try to oblige you.

Social and Desserts for Singles and Couples, 8 - 10 pm

8 – 10 pm

Social Gathering and Desserts for Singles and Couples

306A Commercial Street

 

Our apartment at 306A Commercial will be open for those who don’t make it to the Fashion Show. Those of you who do go to the Fashion Show, plan on coming to 306A immediately afterward. We can’t promise the desserts won’t all be gone, but we’ll have soft drinks and snacks galore. The fun will continue until 1 am. BYOB.

 

Thursday, October 18

Reception for Volunteers, 5:00 - 6:30 pm

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Reception for Volunteers

306A Commercial Street

 

Volunteer Coordinator Emily Sheldon welcomes everyone who has ever volunteered for Fantasia Fair to a reception in your honor. We will have hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages. BYOB.

Night On the Town, 6 - 8pm

6 – 8 pm

Various locations

 

Thursday is traditionally the night for Fairgoers to treat themselves to a wonderful meal at one of Provincetown’s many fine restaurants. Many set things up early in the week. Don’t be shy to ask others if they have dinner plans, and be sure to check the bulletin board at the office and leave a message if you’re looking for dinner compansions

Trans* Poetry Open Mic Night, 7 - 9 pm

7 – 9 pm

                     Cody Suzuki

Trans* Poetry Open Mic Night

Cabaret Room, Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial Street

 

Hosts Cody Suzuki and Elizabeth Wintheiser welcome you to read your short poems and perform your original songs in front of your peers. Black berets and sunglasses are optional.

 

Friday, October 19

Fantasia Fair Follies, 8 - 10 pm

8 – 10 pm

The Fabulous Fantasia Fair Follies Talent Show

Paramount Room, Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial Street

 

Hostesses Lorelei Erisis and Rhonda will introduce you to your fellow Fair-goers as they show their stuff in front of hundreds of townspeople and their FanFair peers. Perhaps you’ll be on stage, too! Who knows? Anything can happen and usually does at Fantasia Fair.

 

Open Our Fantasia Fair Follies Page

Buffet and Dancing at Purgatory, 10 pm - 1 am

10 pm – 1 am

Buffet and Dancing at Purgatory

Basement, Gifford House

11 Carver Street

 

 

After the Follies, head to Club Purgatory for dancing and a buffet. Owner and manager Earl Kendall provides the food, so if you see him, be sure to thank him. Cash bar.

Above Purgatory is the Gifford House, which is one of the inns Fantasia Fair recommends. If dancing isn’t your scene or if you’re looking for a quiet place to talk or have a drink, try the porch bar, yes, on the porch!

 

Saturday, October 20

Group Photo (Rain Date), 1:20 - 1:25 pm

1:20 – 1:25 pm

Group Photo

Bas Relief Park, 106 Bradford Street

 

 

If bad weather prevented photographer Dan McKeon from taking the group photo on Wednesday, head for the Bas Relief Park so Dan can take a group photo.The park is behind the courthouse.

Dan will be ever present, taking photos during Fair week. Don’t be shy–ask him to pose you!

Gala Awards Banquet, 6:30 - 10:00 pm

6:30 – 10:00 pm

Gala Awards Banquet

Paramount Room, Crown & Anchor

247 Commercial Street

 

The award banquets is a sure sign Fantasia Fair is about to wind down. Come in your finery for a fine banquet and the giving of the Fantasia Fair, Most Helpful, Congeniality, and Friend of the Fair awards– and there will be a special surprise.

 

Gala Awards Banquet, 6:30 – 10:00 pm

 

Sunday, October 21

Farewell Brunch (9 - 11 am)

9 – 11 am

Farewell Brunch

Pilgrim House

336 Commercial Street

 

Come as you are to the farewell brunch at Pilgrim House, where you’ll be treated to a good meal before you head home.

The brunch lasts two hours so attendees can pop in and out as is convenient as they prepare to leave Provincetown. Prepare for hugs from your new friends if you’re a first-timer, and from new and old friends if you’re a returning Fairgoer. If you have to leave early and are unable to make it, so long until next year!

Registrars will be present to take your early registrations for FanFair 2019. Be sure to leave a deposit to get a special Super Early Bird rate. Deposits are 100% refundable until May 1.

Sunday Worshop Service at the UU , 11 am - 12 pm

11 am – 12 pm

Sunday Service at the UU

 

Fairgoers are welcome at Sunday service at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, just across the street from the Crown & Anchor.

 

We hope to see you next year at Fantasia Fair 2019!