October 14-21, 2018 Provincetown, Massachusetts
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What To Do When You Arrive

Get your Fantasia Fair experience off on the right foot

If this is your first Fantasia Fair, you may be a bit uncertain about what to do and where to go. Fortunately, there is little to be nervous about. This article offers some suggestions on what you should do to get your Fantasia Fair experience off on the right foot.

Boatslip Resort Hotel
The Boatslip Resort Hotel, 161 Commercial Street
You will want to plan to arrive at your inn early Sunday afternoon to unload, unpack, and unwind. Sometime between 1 and 5 PM, make your way to the Boatslip Resort Hotel, located at 161 Commercial Street. Here you can check in, pick up your registration packet, get your badge and tickets for the week’s activities. If you arrive after 5 PM on Sunday then don’t be too concerned about checking in –you will have an opportunity to do so Monday.

Check out your registration packet. It will contain the schedule for the week, the first of a daily issue of the special in-town edition of The Fantasia Fair Newsletter and a copy of the e Participant's Guide. You should take a few minutes to read the newsletter. This newsletter is published each day during Fair week and will contain any last minute changes to the Participant's Guide that were made after the guide went to print. Also, you familiarize yourself with the Participant's Guide, as it contains lots of useful information – and a map! The guide was made small enough to fit nicely in a hand bag or breast pocket, so you can keep it with your for the entire week.

If you arrive early enough in the afternoon, you might wish to take a stroll down Commercial Street to do some shopping, or to grab a quick bite to eat. Don't worry about getting lost – Provincetown is not very big and you'll have that map of the town in the back of the Participants' Guide.

Sometime after 5:00 pm, with your badge and Participant's Guide in hand, head up to the Pilgrim Monument. That is the really tall, granite tower near the center of town that commemorates the Pilgrims’ first landing in the New World in Provincetown, in November 1620. At the base of the monument is the Provincetown Museum where, in the Mayflower room, will be an informal reception. You can meet up with other Fair-goers, enjoy some platters of finger foods and a cash bar as you take in the fascinating museum exhibits. You can even climb the 252 foot tower for the best view of Provincetown and the lower cape.

That evening, at 6:30 or so, everyone will move over to Tin Pan Alley at 269 Commercial Street. Don't worry about getting lost – Provincetown is not very big and you'll have that map of the town in the back of the Participant's Guide. At Tin Pan Alley, there will more complimentary hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and a boat load of friends.

On Sunday, many people are just rolling into town and may not 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. Theses receptions are fairly casual affairs where returning Fair-goers renew their friendships and greet first-time attendees. These activities are wonderful opportunities to mingle and introduce yourself. Don’t be shy! Remember that we all had to introduce ourselves when we first came to Fantasia Fair.

The Crown and Anchor
The Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial Street
Just be careful of the time because you may not want to stay out too late on the first night! You will need to get up Monday morning for the orientation brunch. This will happen from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at The Crown & Anchor's Paramount Room. At orientation, you will get more information about what is going on during the week and the various Fair staff members will be pointed out. As the name implies, orientation will give you the direction you need to get the most out of the Fair.

Of course, if you arrive after the Monday morning orientation brunch then things will happen a bit differently. Whenever you arrive, try to get to the Fair office to check in as soon as you can. The Fair office is located in the lobby of the Boatslip Resort at 161 Commercial Street and is open from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM each day. The office staff can fill you in on what is going on and the Participants' Guide will help fill in any gaps. You'll find that there are so many fun and interesting things going on all week that the hardest part will be choosing what to do next!

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