Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 21:29:30 -0500 From: Richard Foss
Subject: St. Ives prop theft.. To: Guildmasters
FYI- This message went out to my Guild today - You might want to keep it mind when storing things at the corp yard. We have also had about $150.00 worth of new lumber stolen from the site... This year isn't starting out very well for us.
RF ---------------------------------------- Greetings from Richard Foss,
Some of you may have heard rumors about this, and it is my sad duty to make it official: My trailer which contained all of the Saint Ives Guild props was stolen from the REC's storage yard. The greatest loss to us will be the complete inventory from the kitchen; everything, including the cauldron, all of the Guild's plates, bowls, knives, serving bowls, roasting spit, cutting boards, baskets, and the propane burner itself. Also lost were almost all of our loaner costumes, hats, and shoes, the Guild's rugs, ice chests, pageant props, and many other items.
This loss has been very painful for me, as along with the Guild's props were many of my own, items I have had for as much as twenty years of doing Faire - not to mention that I worked hard on that formerly decrepit trailer to make it not only useful for storage, but a pleasant place for resting at the end of the day. I will miss it sorely, and I fear that for many a day to come I will look for some pouch, belt, or hat and then remember that it was stored there...
But for now, the Guild and I will need to focus on what is ahead - opening day in five weeks. It will take some time for the Faire's insurance to repay the cost of the trailer and any props they decide are covered - and there is no guarantee that their insurance will cover anything at all. Therefore, I ask that anyone who has any duplicate costume pieces or personal props loan them to us, as we are currently in great need. We will mark any loaned items and return them at the end of this Southern Faire. If you have any props, costumes, serving dishes, period looking pots, pans, or utensils, or other useful items which you would be willing to donate to us, we will gratefully accept your donation and give you a tax receipt. If you do have anything in either category, please bring it to the Ives site this weekend and contact me or Sharon Hallett.
In any case, it will be a very good idea for everyone to have their own bowls, spoons, knives, and other personal props instead of planning to use the Guild's, as we are unlikely to have sufficient stock.
I thank you for any help you can give, and look forward to seeing you this weekend,