I will have a large chunk of free time on Saturday afternoon/evening, during which my only specific plan is to watch the Masquerade, so that'll be the best time to catch me for conversation. Sunday afternoon I plan to be at the Chromatics and S.J. Tucker concerts (1pm and 3:30pm, respectively).
Friday, 10:00 pm - midnight (or later) in Valley Ballroom
Dancing in the Gears! -- Steam Punk Ball
Susan de Guardiola (M)
Attention all aeronauts, aethernauts, lady and gentleman adventurers, mad scientists, inventors, and other Steampunks and neo-Victorians! Join us at 10 pm Friday night at for a time-traveling formal evening at the Steampunk Ball! Become part of the living clockwork of Victorian and Victorian-inspired set dances and spin madly with your partner to romantic waltzes and lively polkas. No previous experience is needed; all dances will be taught by dance mistress Susan de Guardiola. Music will be an eclectic mix of modern and nineteenth century. Steampunk, neo-Victorian, or Victorian costume encouraged and admired but not required. Airships and time machines should be parked outside the ballroom. No sabers, ray guns, or clanks permitted on the dance floor.
Saturday, 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm in Frankie & Vinnie's (con suite)
Regency Tea and Games
Susan de Guardiola, Irene Urban
Come join us for afternoon High Tea and Regency era games.
Sunday, 12 noon - 1:00 pm in Garden Room
Mark L. Van Name (moderator), Susan de Guardiola, Jennie Faries
Each panelist, including the moderator, answers all the questions. All answers must be the truth--except three. No one other than the answering panelist knows if the answers are true or lies. After each one, anyone in the audience can challenge the answering panelist. Multiple people can challenge; the more, the better. After there are no more challengers, the panelist tells whether the answer was truth or a lie. If it was true, every challenger puts a dollar in a bucket that runners pass. If it was a lie, the panelist puts $10 in the bucket. All proceeds go to support the literacy program, BSFS Books for Kids.
Sunday, dinnertime, offsite
Susan's Birthday Dinner Party!
All my friends are invited. If you're a friend, email me for details. :)
Sunday, 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm in Garden Room
Martian Parlor Croquet -- A Steampunk Diversion
Susan de Guardiola
Victorian explorers, adventurers, chrononauts, and aethernauts! Join us in the fine sands of the remote Martian Canal Estates, where the well-dressed 19th-century tourist and all civilized alien entities may indulge in the genteel yet cutthroat Martian pastime of parlor croquet. Portable gravity generators encouraged to prevent loss of croquet balls into the aether. Tentacular assistance prohibited.
Sunday/Monday, Midnight - 1:00 am in Salon A
Eye of Argon - the Play
Walter Hunt (M), Susan de Guardiola, Grig Larson, Hildy Silverman, Michael Ventrella
"One of the genre's most beloved pieces of appalling prose" presented in all its theatrical glory. (Note: It's not a "play" exactly -- some of us pantomime the story as we read.)