Are you lacking a little adventure in your life? Have you heard people talking about role-playing games like, 'Dungeons and Dragons', and wondered what it's all about? Would you and your friends like to try a game but you don't own the books, or know anyone who plays? Well look no further! This Dungeon Master for Hire has everything you need to get you on the road to an adventure!
Father Yule (Santa) is always ready to party too... sometimes he just need to get away from those Elves. The North Pole gets cold and the lower 48 makes for a brilliant way to warm the old bones.
This is the second year with Father Yule, “Santa”, and we hope to see him again next year! He has an amazing presence in our home! He posed for photos with our whole preschool class, delivered gifts and answered any questions children had, and was just a friendly and jolly Santa.
Very flexible with timing and last minute happenings. Great feedback from our guests.
Another great year for pictures with Santa
We didn't know what to expect but we couldn't have been happier!
Response from Father Yule John Rakestraw:
It was a fantastic visit with all the kids and they made me feel right at home. You have a great Daycare and the best kids in the world.
Lana Cole sent this wonderful note to me earlier...
You made our holiday party simply magical! We didn't know exactly what to expect… But we could not have been happier!
We hope you'll visit us again next year!!!
We hope you and Mrs. Claus have a wonderful holiday with your family!
😁 It was just awesome!
We needed a Santa for our event at the last minute, and Father Yule John Rakestraw stepped in and saved the day! He came prepared with stories to read the children, a beautiful Santa costume, and an energetic, jovial demeanor. He danced and sang, told jokes and made the children (and their parents) smile and laugh. Our event was televised and streamed live, and he never missed a beat during the entire two-hour show! We will definitely ask him to return next year!
Father Yule John Rakestraw was a great Santa for our event! The kids loved him!
He was great with the kids (and the adults too!). He offered free photos with anyone who wanted it, and gave out free stickers to the kids. His costume was perfect -- everyone knew exactly who he was! Thank you Father Yule!!
What to Expect
Master Detective John Rakestraw (the Hawiian Shirt Detective)
Murder Mystery Party Fun!
Want a Killer Party?
We're your one stop shop for murder mystery party fun. We would love to help you plan a murderous night, tailored to the unique interests of you and your party guests. Whether you are planning an intimate dinner party for 4 or an entire murder mystery weekend for hundreds, we have everything you need to host the perfect murder mystery party.
I love a mystery… I love it when you can interact with the suspects and ask questions and even see the evidence table. When I was a kid there was a great TV show called Ellery Queen… right near the end of the show Ellery would ask you, the TV audience, if you knew whodunit. He’d go over the evidence and the suspects and say, “I think I know who it is, how about you?”
Hire us for your next party, event, social gathering and solve a mystery.
All you need is a willing group of mystery lovers and a few hours to KILL!
Murder is a messy business… let us take care of the mystery details.
Father Yule (Santa Claus) -
Santa - If you want a truly one of a kind Santa Claus visit, then I'm the Santa for you. Santa John will consult with you about your children’s names, what they are currently interested in, and about Christmas gifts from the past. I bring my own on-staff photographer with me to help capture those special moments (you can take your own pictures, too). Santa John always makes a big entrance and greets your children by name. They will be mesmerized by his authenticity and personality as he tells stories and he’ll have everyone singing Christmas songs. While all of this is going on, You can be capturing those brilliant moments with your Smartphone or camera. Santa Claus will then listen to the hopes and dreams of each child and adult. Finally, if you wish, Santa John will participate in the joy of handing out gifts that you have provided to each person. More fun photographs of your children with Santa John will be taken. You can even add our brilliant Selfie Santa Booth to your party. Just ask Father Yule John about the details.
Even get Holiday S-ELFIES with the Jolly Old Elf himself. S-ELFIES Santa will be honored to have his picture with you and your guests.
Santa for Birthday Parties -
Santa is a great way to celebrate birthday's all year long. Kids and adults alike will find Father Yule fun and entertaining. He tells stories, does crafts and brings his Selfie Booth for added memories.
One of his best crafts is the 'The Night Sky In A Jar.' He has a picture of that online here on Gigsalad.
One of the many brilliant stories Father Yule can share at the fun events he is hired for “The Green Gorilla Joke” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5mUzFg13aU
For those parties where the crafting needs to be easy and quick, the number of guest are many and they just want a fun to make craft in no time at all… Father Yule has lots of crafty ideas.
BRING IN THE STARY NIGHT SKY IN A MASON JAR FOR A NIGHTLIGHT OR TO WEAR AROUND YOUR NECK IN SMALLER JARS.
This is just magical…
WE ALL LOVE TREATS, MAKING THEM WITH OUR OWN HANDS IS FUN AND THEN GETTING TO EAT THEM RIGHT THERE IS EVEN BETTER!
Marshmallow Monster Dudes (made with a pretzel stick that is pushed into a marshmallow, which is decorated with colored frosting. It’s a fun treat to make and eat.)
Father Yule would love to make your next birthday party brilliantly magical.
Father Yule 'The Guest Speaker.'
I would be honored to be your events Motivational Speaker, my topic is "How to Change the ME to WE, but not forget the ME!"
We live in a busy world... we rush from place to place and relationships to relationships... we lose sight of who we are and who they are and who me is... I talk about finding the me, the we and the whole.
Thanks for considering Father Yule John Rakestraw!
Go to my profile and ask for a quote... together we can find the ME in the WE.
Father Yule John Rakestraw began doing all this magic back in my earily teens, over the past 30+ years, I would jump from singing, to acting, to writing, to rising our family of 8 kids with my fantastic wife Toni of 37+ years. Life is full of magic to share.
Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Master...
John has been a player, actor, roleplayer, storyteller, Santa, Master Detective and a Dungeon Master for 30+ years now! While in Jr. high (we call it middle school now) he was introduced to the game of Dungeons and Dragons, set that came out in 1970s, he played that same set throughout high school with friends and older brother.
He got into acting and raising his own family and is now come back to the brilliant world of Dungeons and Dragons and being as Dungeon Master once again.
Since then John has kept playing D&D on and off with various groups over the years, but it wasn't until 2018, over 26 years since he last roled the dice as a DM, that he thought of the idea of hosting Dungeons and Dragons games for fun and a living. John's games are definitely not the average gaming session. He brings his fun old wave special effects storytelling skills to the table top life of D&D and throws in a few 3D sculptures to help enhance the gaming experience. With your imagination weaved in between the game play we all make it feel very much like we're walking through a dark dungeon corridor, stepping in a gloomy forest, or rushing toward that next thrilling adventure.
John is committed to providing a gaming experience unlike any which you may have experienced
before... this will leave you and your friends asking, 'When can we play again?'
With a variety of scenarios to choose from, he is sure you’ll be happy you booked a game.
We also do Mysteries Events...
Here's to Mysteries and getting you back into the investigator mood after all the Holiday festivities… this will help get you back into looking for clues and watching out for those red harrings. Here's to a Murderous time…
Remember that Mystery Events make wonderful party entertainment… it could be a brilliant way to celebrate and add that extra KILLER FUN!
Santa for Hire...
Father Yule John Rakestraw, aka Santa Claus was seen on TV at the Salem CCTV Comcast Channel 22 , also at Creekside Golf Club in Salem, at the OSU Beaver Store with Benny the Beaver, he was also be at The Village Green Resort and Garden's Christmas in the Garden event all through December, and on Christmas Eve at Papa's Pizza at West 11th in Eugene & much, much more!
Bringing Christmas fun & cheer to children of all ages. This Santa makes sure that everyone gets on the "nice" list. The Holidays are brighter & lighter with a visit from this jolly old Elf himself!
I hope to see you too... book now!
I have over 30 years of entertaining kids of all ages... from 1 to 92+ years of age. Father Yule/Santa Claus/Father Christmas is by far my favorite to play. You get to bring joy and happiness to all you meet. I sing, tell stories and play a brilliant Kazoo. The 30 minute show I do will be a memory that will last a life time.
I love being Father Yule for the holidays, I live the spirit of that wonderful, brilliant, jolly old Elf all year long. I hope to help you make the most beautiful, loving Holiday party of your dreams.
I have many years of working with people who have disabilities. the last 13 years I have been School Bus Driver of students with disabilities and now I'm a School Bus Aide. I interact with students all day. Words, when used carelessly, hurt as much as any injury. It's most important that everyone understand and use terms for people with disabilities that explain, not ridicule or humiliate them. Using terms that are helpful in maintain their dignity and let's them know that you see the person and not just their disabilities. This helps to open the door for meaningful dialogue, as well as recognizing them as a part of our group and community. They bring their special magic to the world. Love, understanding and caring about the people we interact with is the hallmark of my Santa for hire.
Additional Booking Notes
As Santa & Wizard -
I need a chair and a safe place to perform my show for your party guests. We can work out all the details about where the gifts will be and how you want the whole Santa visit to work for you. I want it to be a magical moment for all.
Selfie Booths -
Power outlets, enough room to set-up our booth. Make sure we are near the action of the party, we don't want to be lost and forgotten.
Past Booked Events
|December 24, 2017 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm||Nonprofit Event|
|December 23, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Christmas at the Village Green|
|December 22, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Christmas Party|
|December 17, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Christmas at the Village Green|
|December 16, 2017 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|December 16, 2017 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||"Talk to Santa" TV Show, CCTV Salem. Comcast 22|
|December 10, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Christmas at the Village Green|
|December 09, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Christmas at the Village Green|
|December 08, 2017 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|December 03, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Christmas at the Village Green|
|December 03, 2017 • 10:00am - 1:00pm||Creekside Golf Club, Salem, OR|
|December 02, 2017 • 11:00am - 1:30pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|November 26, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Christmas at the Village Green|
|October 31, 2017 • 6:00pm - 11:00pm||Spooktacular! Facebook LIVE Halloween Party|
|September 30, 2017 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm||Wedding Reception|
|July 28, 2017 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||LIVE Online Mystery Event!|
|July 17, 2017 • 9:15am - 10:15am||Monday Mystery Madness “Death Takes a Vacation”|
|July 10, 2017 • 10:00am - 10:30am||Monday Mystery Madness “What a Kick in the Head”|
|July 01, 2017 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||LIVE Online Mystery Event! “A Wizard Of A Murder”|
|June 26, 2017 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Monday Mystery Madness|
|May 20, 2017 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm||LIVE Online Mystery Event! "Murdered War Ships"|
|April 15, 2017 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|December 24, 2016 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm||Papa's Pizza Santa Event|
|December 24, 2016 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm||Santa Home Visit - Eugene|
|December 23, 2016 • 1:00pm - 1:30pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|December 16, 2016 • 4:30pm - 7:00pm||Santa Home Visit - Eugene, OR|
|December 10, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|December 10, 2016 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||OSU Bookstore w/Benny|
|December 10, 2016 • 3:00pm - 6:00pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|December 09, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Home Visit, Eugene, OR|
|December 04, 2016 • 9:00am - 12:00pm||Creekside Golf Ciub, Salem, OR|
|December 03, 2016 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm||Santa - Naked Winery Holiday Party, Bend, OR.|
|November 26, 2016 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm||Naked Winery In Hood River|
|November 25, 2016 • 10:00am - 5:00pm||Santa at the Keizer Heritage Museum|
|November 19, 2016 • 10:00am - 6:00pm||Santa at the Applegate Theatre Holiday Craft Fair|
|October 30, 2016 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Halloween Party at the Applegate Theatre|
|September 10, 2016 • 10:00am - 4:00pm||Santa at Veneta, Oregon's "Harvest Festival"|
Santa Claus is Coming to Town, You're A Mean One, Santa Grinch, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Happy Birthday, Jingle Bells, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Silver Bells
Influences & Inspiration
I am influenced by the great Hollywood Christmas movies and the smiles and wonderment of children I entertain. The spirit of the Holidays lives in each of us, I bring it with me and the children and other fantastic guests help keep me filled to the top with all the wonderful magic of the season.
Chair, Water to drink and a fan to help keep Santa John cool and ready for the fun and brilliant show he is going to give you.
Table, chairs, wall near by and people to entertain!