My house needs renovation, too, but this is actually my program schedule for this year's worldcon, Renovation, running Wednesday-Sunday, August 17-21, 2011, in Reno, Nevada. I've been completely stereotyped as a costumer this time, despite requests to put me on non-costume program as well. So it goes. Three panels (one of which seems wildly overpopulated at seven panelists!) plus sharing the calling of Friday afternoon's Regency tea dance with my friend Alan. Best time to catch me at-con is at the end of one of these.
Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00, How to Watch a Masquerade
Byron P. Connell (M), Susan de Guardiola, John O'Halloran, John F. Hertz
Panel for everyone - things to look for, etiquette, why it seems to take a long time for the judges to make their decisions, etc.
Thursday 13:00 - 14:00, What to Expect as a Contestant in Your First Masquerade
Kevin Roche (M), Byron P. Connell, Susan de Guardiola, Christina O'Halloran
Will you be appearing in the Renovation Masquerade? Here's an insiders' panel on what to expect and what to do; also what NOT to do.
Friday 12:00 - 14:00, Regency Workshop and Tea Dance
Susan de Guardiola (M), Alan Prince Winston (M)
Learn and practice Regency country dances, cotillions, and waltzes in a gentle, gracious atmosphere. All dances will be called or taught. Neither dance experience nor partners are required.
Sunday 11:00 - 12:00, History of Masquerades and Con Costuming
Pierre E. Pettinger Jr.(M), Byron P. Connell, Toni Lay, Sandra G. Pettinger, Susan de Guardiola, Karen Anderson, Yvonne Penney
Costumes have come a long way since Forrest J Ackerman and Myrtle R. Jones wore futuristic silver suits to the first Worldcon. Stop by to hear some stories about costuming and masquerades, and find out how you can help preserve today's costumes for the future.
I also expect to be at a few other dances for at least a bit of time, some of the Business Meetings, any concerts with S.J. Tucker, and of course the Hugos and Masquerade.