DARKOVER® GRAND COUNCIL MEETING XXXI
NOVEMBER 28-30, 2008
TIMONIUM, MARYLAND

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

Regular memberships are $45.00 each until November 1, 2008. 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].

Win a Free Membership To Darkovercon XXXII and Other Prizes

For each hour anyone puts in helping at Darkovercon, they will receive from the Department Head of the area that they help with, or Jaelle, a raffle slip. These slips need to be turned into registration no later than Sunday noon. Then, Sunday, at 12:30 we will pull slips out of the box. Prizes to date include two memberships to Darkovercon XXXIII and 7 necklaces of glass beads, each in the colors (whenever possible) of one of the 7 domains of Darkovercon, a piece of art, and a copy of the Deryni role playing game, but it is possible that more prizes will be donated between now (the time this is being written) and Darkovercon. Slips will be drawn until either all prizes are awarded or all slips are used up, whichever comes first.

Since volunteers get one slip for each hour worked, it is possible for someone to win more than one prize. People who are part of Darkovercon staff are not eligible to win a prize. All decisions of the ChairAlton regarding eligibility and prizes are final. So, to win these prizes, vote, I mean volunteer early and often!

HOTEL

The Crowne Plaza Baltimore in Timonium, Maryland. It has 250 rooms on five floors with four elevators. Room rates are $95.00 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 Darkovercon 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 3PM. If you wish to book your own (for instance to eat earlier) contact the hotel directly.

GUESTS

Our Guest of Honor is: PATRICIA BRIGGS. Our Artist Guest of Honor is: RUTH LAMPI. Our Special Guest is: KATHERINE KURTZ. Our Musical Guests of Honor are: CLAM CHOWDER. Other author/artist guests include: Debra Doyle, Esther Friesner, C. S. Friedman, Nancy Janda, Heather Rose Jones, Tim Liebe, James D. Macdonald, Scott MacMillan, Alanna Morland, Diana Paxson, Tamora Pierce, Don Sakers, and Hannah Shapiro. Musical guests include: Bob and Sue Esty, John Huff, Myfanwy, and Ed and Kathy Sobansky.

Our Guests of Honor for 2009 are EMMA BULL and WILL SHETTERLY.

HUCKSTERS ROOM
The Atrium

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.

East Kingdom History Display
The Atrium

The Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA) was founded in 1966 with a tournament in Diana Paxson's backyard in Berkeley, CA. In 1968, Marion Zimmer Bradley moved to Staten Island, NY and with some friends founded the East Coast chapter. This summer the East Kingdom celebrated its 40th Anniversary. A traveling display of photos and artifacts from the earliest years of the Kingdom (and the SCA) will be in the dealer's room from noon until 5 pm on Saturday.

ACTIVITIES

Besides main programming (Greenspring Ballroom 3-5), alternate programming (Chesapeake Room 3-6), videos (Ridgley Room 1), workshops (Greenspring Ballroom 2) and esoteric programming (Ridgley Room 2), there will be a Huckster's Room (The Atrium), Art Show (Chesapeake Room 1-2) and Con Suite (Room 308). We also have gaming (Boardroom), filking, a costume contest FRIDAY NIGHT, a Regency Ball, and an art auction. There will be a track of musical performances (Dulaney Valley Ballroom) 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
Chesapeake Room 1-2

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
Greenspring Ballroom 3-5

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
Greenspring Ballroom 3-5

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
Ridgley Room 1

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

GAME ROOM
Boardroom

Gaming will be happening in the Boardroom from 2pm Friday to 3pm Sunday (with perhaps occasional breaks for staff to sleep, but our goal is to be open continuously). In addition, we will have open gaming in the Timonium room from 10pm Friday to 7am Saturday and 8:30pm Saturday to 8am Sunday. See the tentative gaming schedule available now, and come by during the con to see what other fun things we have in store for you!

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.

CON SUITE
Room 308

The con suite is looking for volunteers, and staff is best gathered in advance. For more information or to volunteer contact Alexsandr Poryshkin at consuitelizard @ darkovercon.org

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
Greenspring Ballroom 3-5

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

PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

We are posting the programming schedule here as we finalize the items. Check back often!

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:

2007, Darkovercon XXX

2006, Darkovercon XXIX


jaelle @ darkovercon.org

Latest update 11 November 2008
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