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
The Crown & Anchor, 247 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 "Cabaret Room" of The Crown &
Anchor, located at 247 Commercial Street. Here you can check in, pick up your
your registration packet, and get your lunch tickets for the week. If you arrive after 5 PM on Sunday and have registered
in advance, don’t be too concerned about checking in –you will have an opportunity to do so during Monday morning’s orientation.
After checking in, check out your registration packet. It will contain the schedule for the week, the first issue of The Fantasia Fair
Gazette and a copy of the Participant's Guide. You
should take a few minutes to read the Gazette. The Gazette 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.
That evening, at 6:00 or so, head over to the Welcoming Reception taking place at Saki Restaurant, 258 Commercial Street. To help reminder you of
the address, both the printed schedule and the Gazette will mention name and location of the restaurant.
If you have some free time before the reception, 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 the map of the town in the back of the Participants' Guide.
Many people attending the reception 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. The reception is a fairly casual
affair where returning Fair-goers renew their friendships and greet first-time attendees. The reception is a great place to mingle
and introduce yourself. Don’t be shy! Remember that we all had to introduce ourselves when we first came to Fantasia Fair.
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 at 9:30 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. Except for Sunday, 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 2:00 PM – 4:00 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!