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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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We are happy to announce that Lee Warren and Chris Sverra are the winners of the 2011 Volker/McChesney Award for Service to Fandom. Each year, Lee and Chris bring the fun of “Vic’s Place” to Farpoint on Friday night for a swinging karaoke party. They organize the entire event themselves at no charge to us. We greatly appreciate Lee and Chris’ support over the years and look forward to presenting the award to them at convention Opening Ceremony on Friday evening.

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News from the Farpoint front!

1. We have just announced that Laurie Holden from “The Walking Dead” will be coming to Farpoint in her first-ever convention appearance. Laurie joins us as we have to sadly announce that John Billingsley has accepted a play committment and cannot attend as planned. Previously announced celebrity guests Adam Baldwin and Bonita Friedricy are still attending.

2. Autographs – Adam Baldwin will be signing one item per member per day at no charge during the official autograph session. This item must be provided by the member. Adam will also have additional items for sale during the session and at various times throughout the convention.

Laurie Holden and Bonita Friedricy are signing for a fee and will sign either an item provided by the member or an item sold by them at the event. Laurie and Bonita will have table times throughout the weekend for signing and greeting convention members.

3. Volker/McChesney Award Nominations – This award is given annually to recognize service to the fan community. It is named in honor of Beverly Volker and Marion McChesney, two original leaders of the fan community in the Star Trek fan community. This award is given to an individual or a group; past recipients include The Boogie Knights, Marty Gear, Dale Arnold, and the USS Chesapeake. If you know of a deserving individual or group who has made a difference to your fan experience, please drop us a note at trekcontact@comcast.net to tell us why you think they should receive this award. One note: current Farpoint committee members and past winners are not eligible for nomination. Nominations close on 31 December 2010.

4. Program Book ads are available! Contact our editor at progbook@farpointcon.com for rates and information. Ad submission deadline is 31 December 2010.

5. Friday night’s Opening Activities are set! We start with a banquet dinner, open to all members for an additional fee. The cost per member is $45. Seating and social hour begins at 7:00 pm with dinner at 8:00 pm. As many of our guests as we can get to Maryland on time will be attending the banquet as well. Open to all convention members after dinner is the presentation of the Volker/McChesney award, a short Charity Auction and a live performance by Prometheus Radio Theatre.

6. More banquet – this year’s theme is Sherlock Holmes! Come dressed as your favorite Holmes character – we expect to see many variations on the different versions of Sherlock over the years! Prizes are awarded for best costumes. One note: costumes are encouraged but not mandatory for attending the banquet. The banquet menu will be announced in January; members who have already purchased tickets will be contacted at that time to make their entree choices. Tickets are still on sale – if you have already purchased a convention membership, contact us at trekcontact@comcast.net to arrange to add on banquet tickets. Banquet tickets WILL NOT be available at the door.

7. Upcoming deadlines:

Program book submissions – 31 December 2010
Volker/McChesney Award nominations – 31 December 2010
Hotel room reservations – 15 January 2011
Convention pre-registration – 31 January 2011

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Farpoint attendees dine in the Whedonverse. Hop aboard your Firefly-class freighter, hang a left at the Hellmouth and join us is the Dulaney Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza (a subsidiary of Wolfram and Hart). Dust off your old browncoat, your new lab coat and goggles, grab a few stakes and come in for a treatment of Farpoint hospitality. Seating begins at 7:00 p.m., with dinner served at 8:00 p.m., assuming the apocalypse holds off that long. Following the meal, our resident Vampire Count Vlad will be auctioning off some nifty shit to benefit our charities. How would Joss say Nifty Shit? He’d say Nifty Shit. But that doesn’t sound Joss-ish enough. We need to sound MORE Joss-ish than Joss. He doesn’t sound Joss-ish at all most days. Dr. Horrible’s own Penny (Felicia Day) and her friend Lee Arenberg will join Prometheus Radio Theatre for live entertainment. And then Vic’s Place will present some demon karaoke to round out the evening.

Deadline to register for the banquet (and the convention) is January 31, 2010 and you can do that through the Farpoint website. The Charity Auction, Prometheus Radio Theatre’s presentation and Vic’s Place are following the banquet and open to ALL Farpoint attendees.

Please feel free to contact either or both of us at rdwilson1967@verizon.net of cindybelle@msn.com if you have any questions. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in a few weeks!
-Renee Wilson and Cindy Shockey, Banquet Co-Chairs

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January 31st is the final day for convention pre-registration. Today, January 15th, is the last day for booking rooms for Farpoint at the Crowne Plaza Baltimore North. The hotel may have rooms available after the 15th, but it will not be at the special convention reate we have negotiated.

After the 31st, convention registration will be at the door only at a higher price. Also, banquet tickets are available only via pre-registration. If you are considering adding the banquet to your membership, you need to do it by January 31.

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Dear Friends of Farpoint,

The convention is almost here and we can hardly wait to see you on Friday!
Our gala dinner is being held at the Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane – now under new management! (See Below.) This lovely gothic manse, simply dripping with atmosphere, is located in the Atrium at the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Baltimore North. Hilarity ensues on Friday, February 13, 2009 beginning with an Insanely Happy Hour at 7:00 p.m. Dinner service will commence at 7:45 p.m.

Your entree selection ticket will be given to you when you arrive at the Asylum on Friday evening. The Asylum’s bar will be open during the banquet and is just a step away from the banquet area. Many of our attendees have taken the time before dinner service to mingle and socialize with committee, staff, and our guests.

Following the banquet, the Asylum Administration will present special recognition awards such as the Volker/McChesney Award, The Robbie Greenberger Originality Award, and others.

The inmates will entertain you with old-style radio comedy. Be prepared to enjoy the following:

Sky Cadets Episode Two by Eli Senter
Funny Pages by Ethan Wilson
Lux Radio Theatre: It Happened One Flight by Steven H. Wilson

You are also invited to stick around after the festivities for our Charity Auction. Your support is greatly appreciated!

If you have already paid the $40.00 deposit you will be politely asked to provide the $5.00 difference when you pick up your membership badge at the convention, and then, if you’re surly, one of the Joker’s associates may hold you by your ankles and shake you to see what falls out of your pockets!

Jeremiah Arkham, current head administrator, has expressed the hope that the Farpoint 2009 Banquet attendees enjoy their visit. At least, I think that’s what he said. It might have been “Please kill me now, I can’t
take anymore.”

You may attend in street clothes, if you wish to be considered collateral damage, or you may dress in appropriate costume.

Never heard of Arkham? Try visiting http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman_villains or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkham_Asylum.

If you have any questions please contact Cindy at cindybelle@msn.com.

We Look Forward To Seeing You On Friday!
Cindy Shockey & Renee Wilson
On Site Banquet Coordinators
Farpoint 2008

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2009 Banquet Menu

The menu for the Farpoint 2009 Opening Banquet is up on the website:

The final cost is $45 for adults, $20 for children. Since the adult deposit was $40, members will be asked to provide the $5 difference when they pick up their banquet ticket at the convention.

Banquet tickets are still available by contacting us at FarpointEnt@comcast.net. Those of you who have already registered for the banquet will be hearing from us shortly asking for your entree choice.

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