DARKOVER® GRAND COUNCIL MEETING XXX
NOVEMBER 23-25, 2007
TIMONIUM, MARYLAND

IMPORTANT CHANGE TO DEALERS ROOM LOCATION:

The dealers' rooms will be in Chesapeake Room 3-6 opposite Main Programming, and in Greenspring Ballroom 1-2 next to Main Programming. See the Floor Plan for exact locations.

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

Regular memberships are $45.00 each until November 1, 2007. After that, and at the door they will be $50.00. Make checks payable to Armida Council (PO Box 7203, Silver Spring, MD 20907. If you wish membership confirmation, please include a Self Addressed Stamped Postcard [not an envelope].

HOTEL

The Holiday Inn Select Baltimore-North in Timonium, Maryland. It has 250 rooms on five floors with four elevators, an indoor pool and hot tub. Room rates are $89.00 a night (plus a 13% room tax). There is no additional charge for up to four people in a room. You can reserve on line by using the link from our web site, by using the hotel form or by calling (410) 252-7373. Be sure to say you are part of the Darkovercon convention to get the group rate. NOTE: you have to reach the hotel directly - this may not work if it rolls over to the call center. This is especially important right before the convention. Therefore, right before the convention, you need to call Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM to make sure you get the hotel directly. Otherwise, you may be told that the block is full, when there are rooms available. If you are told the block is full, try calling back during normal working hours. See Directions for directions to the hotel.

Note: The hotel does an all you can eat Thanksgiving Buffet on Thanksgiving. Many Darkover attendees come in early and go to it. If you are interested in joining the group email Jaelle at jaelle @ darkovercon.org for further info. We will be eating circa 4PM. If you wish to book your own (for instance to eat earlier) contact the hotel directly.

GUESTS

Our Guest of Honor is: ESTHER FRIESNER. Our Artist Guest of Honor is: TRISTAN ALEXANDER. Our Special Guest is: KATHERINE KURTZ. Our Musical Guests of Honor are: CLAM CHOWDER. Other author/artist guests include: Jacqueline Carey, Debra Doyle, C. S. Friedman, Nancy Janda, Heather Rose Jones, Tim Liebe, Scott MacMillan, Alanna Morland, Tamora Pierce, Don Sakers, and Hannah Shapiro. Musical guests include: Bob and Sue Esty, John Huff, Myfanwy, and Ed and Kathy Sobansky.

HUCKSTERS ROOM

It will open for business Friday 4PM to 8:30PM, Saturday 10AM to 6PM and Sunday 10AM to 4PM. Dealers may start setting up Friday at 11AM.

ACTIVITIES

Besides main programming, alternate programming, videos, workshops and esoteric programming, there will be a Huckster's Room, Art Show and Con Suite. We also have filking, a pool, a costume contest FRIDAY NIGHT, a jacuzzi, a Regency Ball, and an art auction. There will be a track of musical performances Friday, and Saturday, including a performance by Clam Chowder on Saturday evening. Note: you must have a convention membership to attend the concert.

Venues are marked out in the floor plan of the main floor of our hotel.

ART SHOW

There will be an art auction, on Sunday at 1PM. There is no hanging fee for art at the con, and we take a 10% commission on all sold pieces. For more information about the art show or art auction, contact our art show director c/o the Darkovercon PO Box, or email us at jaelle @ darkovercon.org, or check here for the art show rules including mail-in rules.

COSTUME COMPETITION

There will be a costume competition, run by Marty Gear, on FRIDAY NIGHT.

INFORMATION

For further information, contact us at jaelle @ darkovercon.org or at the PO Box (address below)

REGENCY BALL

There will be a Regency Ball Saturday afternoon. Regency dress is strongly encouraged, but not required. There will be Regency era dances and classes (including waltzes) Friday and Saturday.

VIDEO ROOM

We will have a video room running Friday evening/night, Saturday late afternoon through early Sunday morning, and Sunday during the day.

WEAPONS POLICY

The only weapon allowed to be worn publicly during the convention, except as part of the costume competition, will be knives. All knives (and weapons used for the costume competition) must be sheathed and peace strapped at all times. We will enforce this policy, and will ask people who do not obey it to leave the convention.

VOLUNTEERS

Darkovercon, like all SF cons, runs on volunteer labor. We need you. We are always in great need of people to help out by guarding doors, setting up art show hangings, work at registration, etc. If you are willing to help out, either contact me, Jaelle, in advance, or at the con. Jaelle can be reached by E-mail at jaelle @ darkovercon.org Note: if you do not get a response in two weeks, email again, as the first email did not get through.

REGISTRATION HOURS

Registration will open Friday morning at 10AM and continue until 9PM Friday night. It will reopen Saturday at 10AM.

CLAM CHOWDER AND CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Once again Clam Chowder will be performing (Saturday evening), and there will be the annual fund raiser for Children’s Hospital.

PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

Our plan is to start posting the programming schedule up on our web site in November.

CHECK POLICY

Due to problems in the past, all returned checks will be charged a $25.00 returned check fee.

Armida Council
PO Box 7203
Silver Spring, MD 20907


Previously happened at Darkover® Grand Council: 2006, Darkovercon XXIX


jaelle @ darkovercon.org

Latest update 5 November 2007
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