Vandalia-Con 2015

Vandalia-Con is a steampunk convention with all proceeds going to breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnostic, and treatment resources in WV.  It’s second ye will be once again in Parkersburg at the Historic Blennerhasset Hotel from May 22nd-24th.

Expect to see the Miner’s Lament Saloon and Red Eye Auction on Friday night, Chari-Tea Dueling Tournament and Airship Regalia on Saturday, and costume contest on Sunday.  Panels and classes on seances, archaeology, costuming, gaming, manners, science lab for kids, writing, sneak peek movie screening of Hollow, Johnny Appleseed reneactor, late night stories with Mr. Cat, and several more.  They have off-site guided tours of the Historic Smoote Theater, the Oil and Gas Museum, two historic Victorian homes on Julia-Ann Square, and a self-guided tour of Blennerhassett Island.

They have music guests Spence’s Rye and Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings. Other guests include performer Professor Bubblemaker, performance troupe the Pirate Crew of the Dead Rabbit, Clark Street Carnival, vaudeville sideshow Karnevil, and steampunk artist and author Thomas Wileford aka Lord Featherstone.

There will be vendors of jewelry, clothing, photography, belts, bustles, knitting, and various steampunk artisans.

On Sunday they will be holding their Vandalia-Con Pink Block Party again for free and open to all at Point Park Farmer’s Market.  A parade will be leaving the Blennerhassett Hotel at 1:30pm and will head to the farmer’s market.  Vendors from the con and the market will both be set up to buy from.  There will be musical performances, Professor Bubblemaker’s Bubble Magic and Medicine Show, and a health fair with mammograms screening on site from 10am-4pm.

Weekend passes to the con are $50, Silver Passes are $75, and $100 for a Gold Pass.  Day passes are $20.  Children 12 and under receive a 50% discount with an adult purchase.

If you can not make it out or afford the con, you still donate to the cause on their site.


Press Release: Hack3rCon has retired. The 304Geeks have a new conference to share!

Do not be sad. Although the name Hack3rcon will be no more, the spirit of the conference will live on through SecureWV.  The 304Geeks latest conference creation.

Hack3rcon started after a group a local hacker types decided to try and bring much needed awareness to the folks that live and protect right here in WV. I put together a series of Hack3rcon alien videos for fun that went a little viral on the security socialwebz. Do in part to Vivek Ramachandran (now of picking them up with his early version of the SecurityTube engine and then sharing and blogging about our efforts. That and our all-star speaker lineup that year… Check out that lineup:
Hack3rCon Welcome Message
Hack3rcon was a fun project and we made many new friends along the way. Friends that returned each year for more of what Hack3rcon had to offer.
Will Hack3rcon ever return? It’s possible. So, stay tuned.
The 304Geeks are evolving. New leadership, new blood, new ideas and now a new security conference. The new leadership has some fun and ambitious ideas for creating a new conference that will cater to both the same community that made Hack3rcon possible and our own infrastructure and resources right here in WV.

Check out CPF is open!
Hope to see you there!


Press Release: Witches and Pagans gathering together once again in true Pagan fashion

Witches and Pagans gathering together once again in true Pagan fashion. Sing, chant, drum and dance. Feast and make merry!

This annual Event has been reaching out to our Wiccan/Pagan community since 2008. Attendance has more than tripled in this time and we expect to continue this growth year after year.

You can expect to enjoy live pagan music and dance performances, a host of vendors and merchants, Maypole

Dances for children and adults, Beltaine Ritual, Chant and Drumming circles and more! We are totally donation-supported so this event can be enjoyed by all who wish to participate.

Featuring the hauntingly powerful and high energy music of David Wood!

David’s dynamic, high-energy music will carry you away and make you want to shake your butt off….pagan style!

Get ready to experience a world of magickal and musical ecstasy that will take you where you’ve never been. . .

Also returning in 2015:

• Master Psychic and Clairvoyant, Aeson Knight

• Open Wiccan Beltaine Ritual

• Maypole Dance for both Children and Adults

• Dance, Chant and Drum Circle

• Healing, Massage and Energy work

• Astrology Charts – cast and printed on site!

• Children Activities and crafts

• May queen and king (children’s)

Your Favorite Craft Folks and Artisans returning to Merchants Circle where you can browse and shop for everything from hand cut and wrapped Stone Jewelry, Staves, Staves and Wands, Magickal Oils and Herbs, Candles and Incense, Books, Music CDs, Original Art, Statuary and Plaques, Tarot decks and locally Witch-crafted Runes, Handcrafted Eco-friendly garments, charms, baubles, soaps, potions and lotions and more, more, more‼‼!

Be sure to bring a 20-foot length of 2 1/2-3 inch wide ribbon for each Maypole Dance participant… (Ribbon will be available for those who need it)

This event is absolutely FREE! Alcohol and Drug-Free! Drama-free, Attitude-Free!

Event Location: Coonskin Park, 2000 Coonskin Drive in Charleston,

Event TIME Details: Vendors set up 8 am to 11 am: open to public at 11