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TRF Management Communications / Re: What should participants expect from TRF?
« Last post by Over Lord on September 15, 2019, 05:27:40 pm »
Fees and prices on MOST everything will be more!  TRF wants to make make up, out of court, cost and losses as soon as possible. Stand-by!
TRF Management Communications / Re: MIL story
« Last post by Over Lord on September 15, 2019, 05:20:35 pm »
A number of vendors not heeding what happened to MIL will not be at TRF this year. The TRF office indicates more to follow, folks be careful with your contract.
TRF Management Communications / Re: TRF After Dark
« Last post by RockStar on May 06, 2019, 03:53:15 pm »
has it improved?
TRF Management Communications / Re: 2016 new office staff status
« Last post by Over Lord on January 21, 2019, 11:48:26 am »
It is going to take years for our Texas Renaissance Festival to recover from years of miss management. The hate and distrust of management is spilling over to everyone involved with the festival.
TRF Management Communications / Re: 2016 new office staff status
« Last post by John Littlefair on January 20, 2019, 09:11:02 am »
I do hope a fair and reasonable new regime will help the festival vendors and patrons enjoy another 40 years or better of fun in the Renaissance world as Mr. George had intended.  Miss you all and wish you the best.   Hazzah  to all
Announcements from TRF(WTF?) / Parting thoughts for 2018 in no particular order...
« Last post by trfwtf on November 30, 2018, 11:08:49 am »
  • Most management communication was at least grammatically correct this year, even if some of their actions were total shenanigans. For example, an instant additional fee of $100 for site electrical improvements is complete bullshit and something no self-respecting business would ever pull. Apparently, the new franchise fee that Todd Mission recently dropped on local residents was just the beginning. Smooth move, guys.

  • Maybe some people do come to TRF for art, but it doesn't mean TRF is really all that artisan-friendly. Don't confuse A with B. Or just make it easier for smaller businesses to operate here with lower fees for smaller shops that sell the fruits of their own labors. The trend seems to be big flashy buildings with tons of flashy merch. Or perhaps this is the new vision of TRF?

  • TRF is trying very hard to act all grown up, but success will remain elusive until certain characters in management start acting grown up. There is an expected level of professional conduct in a real business that was missing in certain episodes on both sides of the hall this year. If you are in TRF management, and if reading this makes you feel indignant, you probably need to examine your own recent history.  And don't even get  us started on the actual documented process of dumping vendors for any reason TRF wants, real or imagined. Please bear witness to the very long list of vendors bailing out and shops for sale. Since none of us on the TRF(WTF?) Editorial Staff are actual TRF vendors, for the life of us we can't understand how anyone would spend the money on a building with the look and feel quality TRF demands, when there is the Sword of Damocles always overhead that a contract won't be renewed and you will have to get the fuck out - without compensation if you can't sell your shop in the ridiculously short demanded interval. We're pretty sure John Q. Patron is unaware of this aspect of the happy place they visit every year, and of course we bring all this up with best intentions and in the interest of full disclosure.

  • The general look of the place is cleaner than ever. The grounds keepers and privy attendants are doing their jobs well. Gracias amigos y amigas.

  • There is still a bit of an identity crisis in progress. Is this a renaissance festival? A pleasure fair? Disneyland?  ... We mention this because the image promoted by the marketing efforts (with kings and peasants and Olde English accents) sort of clashes with the reality of the modern-looking structures, modern-looking lighting (especially the Christmas lights), batman, etc. It's almost a bait-and-switch in some minds. And pounding on participants to be "in character" will not change the reality that TRF is becoming more and more like an episode of Peabody's Improbable History.

  • The continuing tradition of vendor and entertainer favoritism is unfortunately still on and no amount of rhetorical denial by the regime will mask this. It makes for bad vibes and bad feelings. Another tenet of good business is to treat everyone equally and with respect. TRF should continue to strive for this.

  • A drama department can't be faulted for being riddled with drama, but for the love of decency, petty public tantrums and bullshit should be confined to the bubble gum tier and not at the supervisory level.  On a positive note, most of the shows this year were superb. The circus guy with the horses was a great addition. Kudos.

  • Security. Good God, security. There is a great need for a comprehensive housecleaning and rewrite of the modus operandi of the TRF security force, its policies, its mindset and its leader. The tone-deafness, the heavy-handedness and the disregard and blatant disrespect on the part of many of the officers this year toward just about everyone was appalling. Too many assholes bringing their "I'm in charge and you're not" bad-ass-cop mentality into an environment like TRF is a recipe for disaster. It's a culture clash of epic proportion that really must get fixed, or there will be a lot more seriously pissed off participants next year. Count on it.

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TRF Management Communications / Re: 2018 Attendance Numbers
« Last post by trfwtf on November 30, 2018, 10:50:03 am »
2018 attendance number is 655,111.
TRF Management Communications / 2018 Attendance Numbers
« Last post by MikePullen on November 28, 2018, 03:49:06 pm »
Since the Beefeather's site is down and out, what are the 2018 attendance numbers?
Everything Else / Re: Eileen Pena's lawsuit against TRF
« Last post by perfcoalum on November 27, 2018, 09:25:42 am »
This indeed not at all surprising and not the first wrongful termination suit that TRF has faced in recent years, albeit not for the same circumstances.  A case recently was brought against TRF by a former employee who was terminated after George discovered that said employee's significant other was not of the same ethnicity/race as employee and George was heard in the office making disparaging remarks about said ethnic group prior to employee's termination.  That case settled last year.  George and Terre both were noticed to be deposed, but the case settled shortly thereafter.  Again, it is not at all surprising that this happened.
Everything Else / Todd Mission's new franchise fee
« Last post by trfwtf on November 01, 2018, 09:49:33 am »
So, Midsouth will start collecting a 4% franchise fee on behalf of Todd Mission. This begs the question of why? What new service is Todd Mission providing to justify it? Is TRF suddenly not providing enough cash for this little "town"?

 - TRF(WTF?) Political Action Committee
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