Vandalia-Con 2017

Vandalia-Con is this Friday May 26th to Sunday May 28th at The Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg.  The proceeds from the con are donated to bring cancer prevention, screening, outreach, and education services to the women of West Virginia.

Guests for this are Jade Myers, Keynote speaker on Saturday on the Enable community Foundation and 3-D printing; young adult author E.G. Gaddess, novelist and game designer Mo Moeller, professional costume designer Rebeca Baygents, multi-talented Gandersnitch the Goblin, pirate Captain Lovelock, Vaudevilian/circus sideshow troupe Karnevil, author Travis I. Sivart, and Professor Bubblemaker’s Eclectic Entertainments.  Plus music acts of Appalachian folk rockers the Dead Flowers and steampunk opera Steam ~ or ~ The Specters of the Know Mill.

Most of the con’s events are on Saturday with Vandalia’s Got Talent variety show, Ministry of Silly Walks Olympics, Talk of the Tavern Podcast, and Late Night Stories with Mr. Cat.  Panels and classes on costume design, Victorian archeology, whip demo, creating a steampunk opera or card game, gothic horror, children’s crafting and science classes, and several other topics.  There are several Special Ticket Events on Saturday as well, each of these cost either an additional $10 or free for VIP pass holds; Captain’s Tea Party, Goblin Tea Party, Steampunk Storytime, Karnevil Sideshow, Professor Bubblemaker’s Flea Circus, and Professor Phinea’s Hypnotic Adventures.

There is a Maker’s Display and Competition on Saturday.  Bring in your work, set-up between 11am to 2pm, and fill out a card.  Judging will be at 3pm.  Entries are $5 per entry, no limit of entries.  Multiple prizes will be awarded.

Friday is the Pink Block Party, which is traditionally open to the public for free.  They will have the Regional Mountains of Hope WV State Cancer Coalition Meeting from 10am to 3pm, a screening of Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic starting at 3:30pm, plus two panels on creative collaboration and graveyard archeology.  The vending room will be open.  Then there will be a concert from 9pm to midnight with Professor Bubblemaker’s Bubble Ballet and performances from both Steam ~ or~ The Specters of the Knox Mill and the Dead Flowers.  The concert is $10 for those who have not purchased a weekend or VIP pass.

Now Sunday all they have on the schedule Quickdraw Charity Tournament.

Registration is $25 for a day pass, $20 for child’s day pass, $50 for the weekend, $40 for child’s weekend, and $100 for a VIP pass.  VIP gets you into all the special ticket events and a VIP room access on Saturday night.

Fans of steampunk, alternative history, makers, and the like will have a fun time at this con.  In fact I think this might be there best year yet.  They have a nice guest line-up, plenty of events (at least for Saturday), are focusing on all events on site instead of a bunch of off site events, and their pricing is flushed out better than before.

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Vandalia-Con 2016

WV’s steampunk convention, Vandalia-Con is returning this Friday May 27th at 5pm through Sunday May 29th at 3pm at the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg.  All proceeds from this event are donated to Bonnie’s Bus, to ensure that breast cancer screening, resources are available to all WV women who need them.

Guests for the convention are writer Travis Sivart, judge from GSN’s Steampunked! Thomas Willeford, sideshow Karnevil, performance troupe Pirate Crew of the Dead Rabbit, entertainer Professor Bubblemaker, and musical guests electroswing DJ Vourteque, traditional WV folk music artist Spence’s Rye.

Friday is the Pink Block Party which is open to the public for free.  There will be a Health Fair with a women’s health screenings from Bonnie’s Bus mobile mammogram unit with vendors and artists.  A Maker’s Faire from 4pm to 6pm will be held for charity with creators allowed to enter artwork, crafts, stories, costuming, props, or other steampunk inspired projects.  There is requested donation $5 per entry.  There will be entertainment at the party from Professor Bubblemaker, musical performances, and a play by Pirate Crew of the Dead Rabbit as the kickoff to Vandalia-Con.  Plus a Masquerade Ball.

On Saturday they will have a Nerf Quickdraw competition and a series of “Unusual Races” to participate in, a live recording of the Talk of the Tavern podcast, a Fashion Show (costume contest), and a musical jam session for anyone to join in on.  They will also have classes and panels on steampunk culture and creating, American Folk Music, corsets, Houdini, Victorian archeology, spiritualism, and photography, Ghostbuster Junior training, and several more.  They have a few special ticket events as well.  A Treasure Hunt, a Pirate Show, Tea Dueling Tournament, and Karnevil’s Sideshow.  These events are $10 each.

On Sunday they will have a Society for Creative Anachronism fencing tournament down at Bicentennial Park or ballroom depending on weather.

Single day Saturday or Sunday passes are $20, weekend passes are $50, Silver Passes which gives you a local tour package and Masquerade Ball ticket are $75, and Gold Passes which gives you bigger tour package and entry into all ticket events are $100.  Children 10 and under can get tickets half-off.

Fans of steampunk and other alternative history genres will find something to enjoy here, along with costumers, music and history fans, and a little general geekery.  All for a good cause, if a little on the pricey side.

Over the Border: Wyvacon 2015

Wyvacon returns on Saturday July 25th at the Wytheville Meeting Center in Wytheville, Virginia from 9am to 11pm

Guest include Mark MacDicken family entertainer as Flabbergast the Wizard; filker Keith Bringer of White Plectrum; writer of many genres Travis I. Siart; rock band/comic creator Metalcult Comix; and writer Kim Headlee.  Plus groups the Starfleet International chapter the USS Angstrom; paranormal investigation groups Sisters of Salem, Black Diamond Paranormal Society, Red Moon Paranormal Society, and radio show Paranormal Party; the 501st Legion, the Bluefield State Robotics, and Pure Steam RPG.

 

They will be having a Nerdy Book Exchange, costume contest hosted by Flabbergast the Wizard with three age categories for both male and female, a silent art auction, magic show by Flabbergast, paranormal investigation round table, sumobot competition, brony and pegasister meetup, and Paranormal Party live recording.  Panels on Jack Kirby, strange history, comic creation, steampunk on a budget, the 501st and USS Angstrom.  Workshops on writing and publishing, latex application and sculpting, filk writing, and Nerf Modding.  There will also be a charity raffle and the 501st Legion will be doing a fundraiser of their own for the Wytheville Community College Scholarship Foundation,

Gaming will consist of Star Trek Attack Wing, War Machine, Pure Steam, Dungeon Crawl Classics demos; Pokémon card and video gaming tournament, Magic the Gathering and Warhammer 40k  tournament; Blaz Blue, Super Smach Bros, and Mortal Kombat X tournaments.  There will be a miniatures painting competition for Warhammer and open gaming as well.

Attending vendors will be selling comics, CCGs and other games, figurines, handmade jewelry, 8bit style accessories, model kits, paintings on glass, cosplay props, weapons, steampunk items, art prints, bookmarks, toys, and lots more.

Admission is $5 for everyone over five and free for kids under five.  Snacks will be available for purchase on site.

A fun event for all nerds who can make it.