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We’ve been posting announcements and previews of events coming up at Farpoint on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Farpoint-Convention/171777342838129. We started last week and are continuing from now until Farpoint next month. One thing to note – dates and times may change between now and the final schedule publication in early February so make sure to double check the final schedule.

The week of 1/5/14 to 1/11/14, we’ve learned about:

– A panel discussion from our Media track: “The New Doctor: A Major Change of Prescription”. This panel was originally scheduled for Friday but now looks to be moving to Saturday 2/15/14.

– There will be a presentation by Dr. Inge Heyer on “The Mysteries of Mars” by Dr. Inge Heyer, Saturday 2:00 pm

– Fun and NEW on Sunday at 11:00 am – a Swing Dance Workshop with Iver Cooper. If you went to the one at Balticon, you know how much fun it will be.

– All weekend in the Game Room: Gaming Miniature and Model Contest with Beginner, Intermediate and Expert categories. Awards on Sunday at noon.

– Our wonderful Art Show goes on all weekend, featuring artists from around the country. The Art Show will feature the “Buy It Now” option with most pieces and pieces with 3 or more bids will go to the Art Auction on Sunday at 10:00 am.

– A Charity Auction will be held Friday evening as part of the Opening Ceremonies to benefit the Julien Fleming Memorial Fund and Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter. Friday items will include drinks with Phil LaMarr on Saturday evening.

– Need costume help or advice? Come to the Masquerade Presentation Clinic, Saturday 12:00 pm

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Hello fellow FARP Fanatics! Here’s an update on what’s going to happen at Farpoint Convention, February 14-16, 2014.

1. Don’t forget to pre-register! Your early registration gets you a lower number in the autograph line for Melissa McBride and saves you money since at the door prices will be higher. Register online through our website, www.farpointcon.com or you can print the flier from our website and mail in your registration. Pre-registration deadline is January 31, 2014.

2. Book your hotel room! You should call the hotel directly at 410-252-7373 for reservations. Our beloved Crowne Plaza is in the middle of negotiations to align with another hotel group, which means that going through the IHG website or other online booking tools may not work properly. Calling the hotel directly is your best bet. Hotel deadline is January 15, 2014.

3. Make your plans for Friday! Activities will be starting at 1:00 PM and go all the way through to late night. There will be panels in our Media (Movies/TV), Authors and Science tracks, gaming at Hal’s Place, and our evening Pajama Party as part of our Children/Youth track. Friday’s main attraction is our Opening Ceremonies, which start at 7:00 pm with a Cocktail Party and continue with the presentation of the Volker/McChesney award for service to fandom, the first of our Live Charity Auctions and a live performance by Prometheus Radio Theatre with special guest stars Melissa McBride and Phil LaMarr. There will be a cash bar in the ballroom; the hotel’s famous pasta bar service will also be available for an additional $25. You can add on the Cocktail Party food now, or decide at the door (numbers at the door may be limited). Late night Friday will feature the Farpoint Book Fair where you can meet your favorite authors and Vic’s Place karaoke featuring the Pack Ratz.

4. Be there on Saturday for all the fun! Saturday programming will start at 10:00 am and go all the way through to the wee hours of Sunday morning. We’re very excited about this year’s slate of panels and events in our Authors, Media (Movies/TV), Science, New Media (Filmmaking, Podcasting, Webcomics, etc.), Children/Youth, Costuming and Live Performances tracks.  Don’t forget the Masquerade Saturday night, with our second Live Charity Auction taking place at halftime! There will workshops and demonstrations in the atrium, club meetings, game shows, talks, gaming, Art Show, panels and more. The final schedule will be published around February 1, 2014 to give you time to make your plans for the convention.

5. Don’t forget Sunday! Sunday programming will start at 10:00 am and wrap up with the 5:00 pm Open Committee Meeting. This is where you get to sit down will the Farpoint committee and talk with us about the things you like at the convention and things you’d like to see for the future. Some of our best ideas come from this meeting, and we’d love to see you there. Panels and events in all of our program tracks will be going on all day until the start of the Open Committee Meeting. The Art Auction will take place on Sunday morning. A new activity this year will be a Swing Dance Workshop in the atrium conducted by author guest Iver Cooper. It was a big hit at Balticon this year, so if you missed it there you can catch it at Farpoint.

6. Volunteer for a panel! We have a preliminary list of panels and we are now looking for panelists. If you would like to receive a copy of the list, email us at Programs@farpointcon.com.

7. Get your costume ready! Our Masquerade will be held on Saturday evening with celebrity guests Melissa McBride, Phil LaMarr and Alan Dean Foster among the judges. We will be staging Costuming/Masquerade panels this weekend to help you focus your Masquerade presentation and learn new costuming skills.

8. Get your autographs! Melissa McBride from The Walking Dead will be signing at a formal session on Saturday and Sunday. The line for these sessions will be organized by your badge number. Each convention member will receive one signature on an item they present for signing at no additional charge – this is part of your registration! Weekend members will get one signature on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday and Sunday members will be one signature on the day they attend. Melissa will also be available at other times throughout the weekend to sign/sell additional items and take at the table photos. Cost for additional signatures and items will be announced closer to the convention. Phil LaMarr from Futurama/Samurai Jack/TMNT will be signing throughout the weekend. He will be charging for his signature and will accept either items you bring or an item you purchase at his table for signing. Phil will also be available for at the table photos. The price list for Phil’s signatures will be announced closer to the convention.

9. Budget for the Charity Auction! We are going to have some amazing goodies available at our Charity Auction to benefit The Julien Fleming Memorial Fund (our official charity) and the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter. I’m going to let our Charity Auction department give the details soon, but here’s a hint: we have something special from NASA and not one- not two- but THREE private celebrity experiences to auction off! There will be two Live Charity Auctions, one Friday night during the Opening Ceremonies and one Saturday night during Masquerade, plus a silent auction staged in Chesapeake 3-5 along with our Art Show. Your generosity is always appreciated.

10. Donate An Hour! Would you like to be a part of the convention happenings? Do you have an hour to spare? Well your one hour can be a big help to keep things running smoothly at the convention. Volunteers get a FARP t-shirt and raffle tickets for a daily prize drawing limited just to our volunteer corps. Email us at Volunteers@farpointcon.com for information, and thank you!

11. Show Off Your Miniatures and Clear Out Your Closet! Hal’s Place Gaming Oasis is hosting a Miniatures Contest this year! Hand painted miniatures and models of all types, from members of all skill levels, will be accepted for display in the Game Room throughout the weekend. Final judging will be held Sunday, February 16, 2014 at noon. There will be 3 skill level categories – beginner, intermediate and advanced – with an award for each category. AND the Gamer’s Flea Market will again be held in the Game Room during the convention weekend. Used games and supplies will be accepted for sale/swap throughout the weekend at $1.00 per item. Sales proceeds go to the individual seller. The selling fees will be donated to our charities, The Julien Fleming Memorial Fund and the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter.

12. Follow Us For The Latest News! We’re on Facebook (Farpoint Convention), Twitter (@FarpointCon), and on our web blog (https://farpoint.wordpress.com). Our convention website is http://www.FarpointCon.com.

13. Have Fun At The Convention! We are grateful for each one of you who joins us for the convention weekend. There will be 200+ hours of events from Friday to Sunday and we want you to be satisfied that we have put on the best show possible. Thank you as always for your continued support of Farpoint Convention and we’ll see you soon!

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Our 2013 charity recipients are below. Thank you as always for your generous support.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a leading advocate of freedom of speech and consumer rights in the world of digital media. Check out their website https://www.eff.org/ for more information.

Caitlyn Smith is a teenager, and granddaughter to Lee and Chris Warren from Vic’s Place and the Pack Ratz) who is undergoing treatment for cancer. A portion of the auction proceeds will help the family with their medical expenses.

There are plans in motion for a get-well card signing for Peter David and we are hoping to have a couple of special items from Peter’s friends to be auctioned off with those proceeds earmarked to assist the Davids with expenses. Even with Peter not being able to attend in person, we are planning to have his books available at an author signing event we are planning for Friday evening. Several authors at the event have already come forward to say they will donate a portion of their signing event proceeds as well.

We are accepting donations to the auction; please contact us at auctions@farpointcon.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to arrange for delivery.

Auction items will be on display in the Art Show and convention members will submit silent bids for them using the same procedures we use for our Art Show auction. These bids will feed into two short live charity auctions, one on Friday night after the banquet and one Saturday night during Masquerade half-time. Items with three or more written silent bids will go into one of the two live auctions – our Charity Auction coordinator will pick the night. Items with fewer than three written bids by Saturday night will go to the highest written bidder on Sunday, and can be picked up at the Art Show during the checkout time after the Art Auction.

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We’re trying something new and less formal for our Friday night Opening Ceremonies that will hopefully encourage ALL to attend. Instead of doing our traditional sit down banquet, we’re going to have a time for light food and socializing as we kick-off our Opening Ceremonies and LIVE ENTERTAINMENT (including Prometheus Radio Theater, Insane Ian, Jonah Knight and Gentleman Jim).  At this time the menu will include two meat carving stations, a pasta station, and a salad station. Desserts and coffee/tea will also be included. The cost will be $25. There will be limited at the door tickets available.

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2012 Charities

The Farpoint committee has chosen the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Julien Fleming Memorial Fund as our 2012 charities. EFF is a leading advocate of freedom of speech and consumer rights in the world of digital media. JFMF assists families with the costs of caring for critically I’ll children. We are accepting donations for the auction; please contact us at auctions@Farpointcon.com to arrange for delivery. There will be a Silent Auction held as part of our Art Show, with live auctions taking place on Friday evening as part of our Opening Ceremonies and Saturday evening as part of the Masquerade half time show. The generosity of science fiction fandom is legendary. Farpoint thanks you, as always, for your donations and auction purchases.

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Every year, your generosity allows the Farpoint member community to make donations to local and national organizations providing so many important and needed services. The charities selected to receive donations from the 2011 Farpoint Charity Auction are:

Rude Ranch Animal Rescue and
Maryland Chapter, American Diabetes Association.

We will be taking donations for auction items from now up through the opening of the convention on Friday, February 18. You can make arrangements for donations by contacting us at trekcontact@comcast.net. We encourage you to let us know early about any donation you plan to give for the auction, as we will be publicizing and giving advance sneak previews of items on our website and blog.

Thank you for your continued generosity!

The Farpoint Committee

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Coming to the auction block this year – RARE Farpoint 2003 autographed bag and badge. Yes, memories of SnowCon return, I guess because it is snowing today. I will be donating a Farpoint 03 canvas bag and plastic logo badge for the auction, both of which were autographed by all the guests from that year: Armin Shimerman, Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Michele Scarabelli, Erin Gray and Gil Gerard.

These will join other exciting donations we’ve been receiving for auction this year, including a lunch on Sunday at Farpoint with Felicia Day and drinks on Saturday night with Lee Arenberg. Proceeds from this year’s auction will benefit the Julien Fleming Fund and Vietnam Veterans of America. Make sure to bring your wallet, checkbook, or credit card – we take them all!

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