CastleCon 9 Programming

or, "What We Did On Our Summer Mini-Vacation"

CastleCon 9, like FanTek's other cons, was a weekend full of Programs, and Videos, and Guests, and all sorts of nifty things to see and do, and an opportunity to meet people and make new friends.

In addition to the scheduled programming, FanTek's cons have gaming (an area for board games, card games, and role-playing games, as well as computer and video games), a 24-hour huge-screen surround-sound Video Room, an Art Show and Auction, a Merchants' Room, a Computer Room, and a Con Suite (with random videos and Lite-Brites and other toys, as well as munchies, drinks, and Death Mix Kool-Aid).

Here's the "main" programming we had scheduled, as listed in the program book.


Friday

10 AM Registration Opens
Main Lobby
Registering makes you a member of our club, FanTek. Welcome!

11 AM Video Room Opens
Hood/Johnson Room
Your Hosts: Jedi and friends. Video schedule on pages 23 & 24; come watch a movie with us!

Noon The First Ever CastleCon Tea Party!
Room 105
Cheryl Evry, Heather Goddard-Prisock, and friends welcome you to the convention!!! Featuring Herbal Tea, Cookies, and Balloon Critters!

1 PM Computer Room Opens
Room 181
Your Hosts: Disconnect and friends. Come see the Internet and other neat stuff!

1 PM Do You Want to Play a Game That Isn't Magic??
Room 105
Redding Ashton hosts this Very Beginner class in playing the newest non-Magic card games. Absolutely everyone is welcome. Try a new game; you may like it!

1 PM What does Science Fiction give us - More than just Escapism
Taney Room
Science Fiction stories are where most of us found our love for science, decent role models when there were none in the real world, and other really important things. Daphne Pruett hosts discussion on this important, and often overlooked, side of fandom.

2 PM Tarot Reading for Personal Guidance
Room 105
Amira shows how the Tarot Deck can be used to gain insight into both problems and life in general.

2 PM A Beginner's Guide to the Internet
Room 181
Everything you wanted to know about the Internet but felt stupid asking. All questions answered! In English, not techno-speak! Lord Argon hosts.

3 PM How to Be a Fan-Tekkie
Ballroom
Brian Flanagan and Bruce Evry host this beginner course in operating stage light and sound systems. All you need to learn to volunteer for tech crew!

3 PM Costumes!
Room 105 (2 hrs., more if we need it)
Ask anything you want to know about making and wearing costumes, while watching one get designed and put together before your eyes! Julie Fuller and Heather Goddard-Prisock host.

4 PM Chainmail "Hands-On" Workshop
Room 105
Bear and Liz Lavallee instruct you in the art of creating a highly defensive metal mesh from steel rings. Students will make samples to take home! (2 hrs.)

4 PM Putting the Science in Science Fiction
Taney Room
How Science and Imagination are combined to create the technology of future worlds. Your Hosts: Hal Clement and Robert Juliano.

5 PM Making the World a Safe Place to be Different
Fritchie Room
Tim Marsh and Bruce Evry host this discussion for those of us who just don't fit in with "Normal" society.

5 PM Advanced Internetworking
Room 181
The Internet and How it Works. Topics touched on will follow the interests of those attending, and may include InterNIC, routing, UseNet, and the Web. Lord Argon hosts.

5:30 PM Fantasy Flowers in Clay
Taney Room (1.5 hrs.)
Hands-On Workshop, hosted by Abida Ripley. We will be using homemade clay, which air dries. Come and be an Artiste!

6 PM Video Camera Basics
Fritchie Room
Hal Wilcox gives hints on beginner video. Talk may later move to ballroom to look at videoing stage events.

6 PM The Science and Reality of Kite Flying
Room 105
Hal Clement tells us why kites work, and Don and Kat Stark show off some of their spectacular high-tech kite collection. Weather Permitting, a demonstration of advanced kite flying will follow!!

7 PM Developing Character Background for Gamers
Taney Room
Adrienne Reynolds tells how to give your characters a history including hobbies, favorite foods and foibles!

7:30 PM Green Room for Belly Dancers
Fritchie Room
All Belly Dancers dancing in Opening Ceremonies please gather here!

8 PM OPENING CEREMONIES and Belly Dance Extravaganza
Ballroom
Fun! Excitement! Pyrotechnics - no, wait - well, two out of three ain't bad - anyway... Bruce welcomes you, Jaka and friends Bellydance for you, lots of people say hello and turn around on stage!

9 PM Sing a Song of CDA
Room 105
Electro and Harold Feld and Leslie Fish sing songs of the evils of the Communications Decency Act. Should be very satirical and quite fun!

9 PM Time Travel: Where Time Is It?
Taney Room
John Norman tells of the Problematicities and Paradoxes of Time Travel.

10 PM PIRATE POOL PARTY
The Pool!
ARRGGHH! Team Chicken Salad takes you back to the days of Cutlasses and Plunder in this Full Costume Swimming Event! Come Walk the Plank, or Compete for Best Death Scene, or just Pelt each other with Cannonballs! Swashbuckling Adventures! Buccaneers! And Mermaids! Goes 'til the stroke of Midnight!

10 PM Filk Concert
Room 105
Let Electro and Harold Feld serenade you with the Sweet Sounds of Filk!

10 PM Fantasy Flowers in Clay
Taney Room (2 hrs.)
Hands-On Workshop, hosted by Abida Ripley. We will be using homemade clay, which air dries. Come and be an Artiste! (Encore Presentation)

10 PM Gaming on the Internet
Room 181
All you need to know to find and participate in interactive online games, such as MUDs and MUSHes. There will be demos shown and advice given! Lord Argon hosts.

11 PM SOX, Parts One and Two: The Epic
Video Room
Jedi hosts the Premiere of this Video Movie we made ourselves! Starring Julie Fuller and the Evil Meep of the Night! Co-Starring Steve Foster, Jamie Horrell, Kimber Norquest, Heather Goddard-Prisock and Darrell Brooks! Directed by Jedi! Produced by Bruce! "Better Than Waterworld!" - 'Views Magazine

11 PM Reality and Gaming: Fact or Fiction?
Fritchie Room
Join Grayhawk and friends as they lead a stream-of-thought discussion on how to use elements of reality to enhance your RPG with fun and humor!

11 PM Filk the Night Away
Room 105 ('til dawn)
Come listen to the sounds of the "Folk Music of Fandom", funny songs and raunchy tunes and surprisingly lovely ballads. Electro and Harold Feld and Leslie Fish and friends host.

11:30 PM Midnight Bellydancing Drums
Ballroom
Jaka and Amira and friends take you to a place where drummers drum and dancers dance and primal forces swirl freely through the air. All dancers and drummers welcome, and everyone is a dancer or drummer at heart! Goes 'til we can't drum anymore....

Midnight Making Music for Horror Movies
Taney room
Guy Russo tells of his work on the soundtracks for Brain Damage and the Basket Case series, then shares gossip from working in the Movie Industry!

Midnight The Rocky Horror Picture Show!
Video Room
Hosted by Punk Walrus and Brad Redding, truly a classic audience participation flick! Don't Dream It, Be It!

1 AM Alternative Religions and Lifestyles We Have Chosen, and Why
Taney Room
Discussion, and stories of lives lived outside the fast lane - indeed, in lanes of one's own making. Julie Fuller and friends host. Share your story with others like you....

1 AM FanTek Castle MUD (Multi-User Dungeon)
Room 181
The BBS: The Next Generation - Armadillo and others for a discussion on building a FanTek Castle MUD. There will be a brief intro on MUDding, followed by brainstorming!

Saturday

10 AM Morning Tai Chi
Room 105
Abida Ripley leads in exercises designed to wake you up and get you moving, gently.

10 AM Putting the Science in Science Fiction
Taney Room
How Science and Imagination are combined to create the technology of future worlds. Your Hosts: Hal Clement and Robert Juliano. (Encore Presentation)

10 AM Writers' Workshop
Fritchie Room (3 hrs.)
Our good old-fashioned writers' workshop, for anyone who would really like to write for a living. Open to all for friendly and polite critiquing, or just to observe. Run by Adrienne Reynolds, assisted by John Norman.

10 AM Magic: The Gathering - The Tournament
Gaming Area, Courtyard ('til late afternoon)
Rick MacKinnon is Tournament Czar.

11 AM Making Masks
Room 105
Come and play with cardboard, felt, beads and feathers! Special instructions on how to make a mask to fit over your glasses. Hosted by Becky Hedreen. Mask makers can keep working on their masterpieces through the hat making workshop to follow.

11 AM 12-Step Meeting
Taney Room
A generic 12-step recovery meeting for folks in AA, ACA, and other programs. Anyone who would like to observe a 12-step meeting is welcome. This is a raise-your-hand discussion, where each person has a chance to be heard, or just to listen. Roger B. will be chairing the meeting.

Noon Cheap Video Special Effects
Ballroom
Hal Wilcox shares tricks you can use to get neat effects with a home video camera on a really tight budget!

Noon Hat Making for the Great Dalmuti
Room 105
Come and create a hat for yourself, out of buckram and fabrics and glue - the wilder, the better! Then wear the hats for a game of The Great Dalmuti, a truly silly card game being taught later today and on Sunday! Kimber and Abida host. Hat Making Artists may stay later in the room, more than 1 hour, but must try not to disturb the chainmail class! :)

Noon A Beginner's Guide to the Internet
Room 181
Everything you wanted to know about the Internet but felt stupid asking. All questions answered! In English, not techno-speak! Lord Argon hosts. (Encore Presentation)

1 PM Chainmail "Hands-On" Workshop
Room 105 (2 hrs.)
Bear and Liz Lavallee instruct you in the art of creating a highly defensive metal mesh from steel rings. Students will make samples to take home! (2 hrs.)

1 PM Punk Walrus Reading!
Fritchie Room
Grig Larson reads from the newest story in The Punk Walrus Saga, CyberTusk. Find out why the Punkie is our favorite Pinniped Pal!

1 PM Advanced Internetworking
Room 181
The Internet and How it Works. Topics touched on will follow the interests of those attending, and may include InterNIC, routing, UseNet, and the Web. Lord Argon hosts. (Encore Presentation)

1 PM Twister Party
Con Suite (2 hrs.)
Tornado Videos! Tornado Toys! Tornado Food! And, a Twister Game... Your Whirlwind Host, Eldritch.

2 PM Tromatic Spectacle!!
Ballroom (2 hrs.)
James Gunn, Troma Studios Screenwriter, tells everything about making a movie the Troma Way! He has video clips from Tromeo and Juliet, astounding Troma Trivia, and Other Great Stuff! Steve Loniewski, star of many Troma flicks, and Ed James, Tromatic Publicity Dude, will be there too! Warning: Troma-esque violence in the video clips.

2 PM What Do You Mean I'm Not a Screw-Up? ADD and Us
Taney Room
What it's like to find out that you have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and are not "lazy" or "a bad person". Knowing puts you in charge of your life for a change! All ADDers welcome to participate; all others welcome to come and learn. Daphne Pruett and Amira host.

2 PM White Rhinos, Whooping Cranes, and Science Fiction: An Inquiry into Endangered Species
Fritchie Room
John Norman presents an enlightening and thought-provoking lecture.

3 PM Doodles for the Castle!
Room 105
Bring your imagination, we supply the pens and paper. We adopt the artworks drawn for use in future issues of The Castle! Our cover artist, Suzi, hosts. Which is truly completing the circle - we met her through art she drew at one of these events many years ago! (A very good day for us.) Don't forget to sign your art; you could be next!

3 PM What Do You Want To Know?
Taney Room
Come and help us write an outline of what people need to know today: computers, math, language, books, science, history, skills. (If you can't make it, drop us a note c/o FanTek. We mean it, folks.) What taught you the most... CastleCon? Hosted by Robert Juliano and Becky Hedreen.

4 PM Learn "The Great Dalmuti" Card Game
Lobby
Adrienne Reynolds and friends teach this hat-swapping, fun game! Rounds only take 15 minutes or so; feel free to drop in for one or two. Bring a hat if you have one...

4 PM Hotter Than Hell: Planet Mercury
Fritchie Room
Hal Clement presents a slide show and talk on the little planet near the sun. Scorching!

4 PM Masquerade Walk-Through
Ballroom (2 hrs.)
If you would like to be in the Masquerade, please stop in at this event so we can go over your EmCee notes, lights and sound. We can also assist with writing presentations or finding music! Masquerade Mistresses: Kimber Norquest and Julie Fuller.

4 PM First Amendment on the Net
Room 181
An explanation of the origins of the Internet, and how this relates to your First Amendment rights on the Internet today. Open floor debate to follow. Lord Argon moderates.

5 PM Tarot Reading for Personal Guidance
Room 105
Amira shows how the Tarot Deck can be used to gain insight into both problems and life in general.

5 PM Are We as Weird as We Think We Are?
Taney Room
And exactly who do we think we are weirder than?? A continuing study of Fandom, as seen through the eyes of Grig Larson and friends.

5:30 PM TRAUMA
Fritchie Room
"Have you been in an Accident or Natural Disaster, have you been a Prisoner of War, or merely been treated like one by your family?" A frank discussion of Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress by Janet Hyman, a professional therapist and expert in the field. All Survivors welcome.

6 PM Political Correctness: 2100 AD
Room 105
How far down the road to lunacy a befuddled species might be lured. Presented by John Norman.

6 PM Green Room for Belly Dancers
Taney Room
Dancers participating in the 7pm belly dance show, please report here by 6:30!

6 PM The Marriage of Maid ShonDa and G'Narr the Victor
Video Room
Direct from the writer and director, John McFetridge, comes a story of a convention wedding and a thousand-year curse. We think it's an instant convention classic!

7 PM Virtual Castle
Room 181
Armadillo leads a Hands-On talk on constructing your own 3-D virtual castle. You will then be able to walk through your finished model in virtual 3-D space. We supply the hardware and software; you supply the imagination!

7 PM Green Room for Masquerade
Fritchie Room
All participants must be here by 7:30 for line up!! Help getting into costume is available.

7 PM Belly Dance Show!
Ballroom
Sensuality on Stage! Passion in Motion! Miraj and her troupe will enthrall you with exotic movements and Arabian Nights attitudes. Enjoy!

8 PM MASQUERADE
Ballroom
This is It! Costumes which will delight and astound you! Comedy skits which will make you laugh, or at least groan! Surprises! Movie Stars! And before the Judging, a Special Guest Appearance by Leslie Fish, singing none other than the classic Banned from Argo. You can sing along - we'll give you a lyric sheet! A Rollicking Good Time; Be There!

9 PM Let's Talk About Sex
Taney Room
Sondra Moyer, Dave Brown, and Frank Truelove lead this timeless discussion. Questions unflinchingly answered. Bring a friend!

9 PM Karma, Re-Incarnation, and Free Will
Room 105
Amira talks to you of life in the spiritual lane.

10 PM Sgt. Kabukiman, N.Y.P.D.
Video Room (2 hrs.)
The new Troma classic; lots of humor and great plot about a New York cop who gets changed into a Japanese superhero! Bonus introduction by Troma's own James Gunn, with trailer for Tromeo and Juliet.

10 PM Asteroid Mining
Taney Room
An audience participation talk on everything we'd need to do to effectively live and work in the Asteroid Belt. Robert Juliano hosts.

10 PM Healing the Wounds of the Past
Room 105
A small group discussion on how to grow beyond the effects of child abuse, for survivors and friends. Julie Fuller hosts.

10 PM Purple Pirate Pub
Con Suite (2 hrs.)
Purple Kool-Aid! Sea Chanties and Pirate Songs! Jello Jigglers! Lots of people going "Arr!" Team Chicken Salad and Friends host this Plundering Good Time!

11 PM Filking 'til Dawn
Ballroom
Come listen to the Music of the Night! Electro, Harold Feld, Leslie Fish, and friends invite you to come and sing along!

11 PM Reiki for Relaxation
Room 105
Time for some of us to wind down. Abida Ripley explains Reiki, and shows how it can help.

11 PM The Unofficial Official Dance
Fritchie Room
An Intimate Space. Lights. Music. Warm Bodies. What more could you want? Sienna Heikes hosts, 'til 3am.

Midnight Weird Al Karaoke
Room 105
Truly an inspiration. I can't wait to see this... Suzi and the Amazing Karaoke Machine host. Goes as long as you can stand it!

Sunday

10 AM Learn "The Great Dalmuti" Card Game
Lobby
Adrienne Reynolds and friends teach this hat-swapping, fun game! Rounds only take 15 minutes or so; feel free to drop in for one or two. Bring a hat if you have one... (Encore Presentation)

10 AM Costumes of Cons We Have Known
Fritchie Room
Hal Clement shows video footage of hall costumes through the years, with running commentary.

11 AM Rokkakau Kites
Room 105
Come see the amazing Japanese Fighting Kites, and Weather Permitting, go outside and fly them! Don and Kat Stark show off their magical kites!

11 AM HalloweenCon Brainstorming
Taney Room
Come tell us what you would like to see! Cheryl Evry and someone with a notebook host.

11:30 AM The Making of "Sox: The Movie"
Fritchie Room
Julie Fuller and Jedi and as much of the cast as we can round up tell what it was like to make a movie in their spare time... and rumor has it that the Evil Meep of the Night may make a special appearance....

Noon When God was a Woman
Taney Room
Amira speaks of a time before male gods ruled the universe, based on the book of the same name.

1 PM Art Auction
Room 105
You know you want it. Make it your own. All art show pieces with two or more bids go to auction. See them. Buy them.... Hosted by Suzi.

1 PM Let's Talk About Something Different!
Taney Room
Sondra Moyer, Dave Brown, and Frank Truelove take your suggestions and their own and talk them! A good chance to talk about anything you want to!

1 PM Dinosaurs!
Fritchie Room (2 hrs.)
Paleontologist Dr. Tom Holtz brings a fine collection of fossilized friends for you to examine, and he'll answer all dinosaur questions! He's got a Raptor Claw, an ornithomimus foot, a T. Rex Tooth Casting, and more! Come visit the past!

2 PM How to Travel in Europe
Room 105
Hugh Henry tells how to get around without acting too much like a tourista, and save money in the process. Good stuff for armchair travelers and real ones alike.

2 PM Leslie Fish Speaks!
Taney Room
Your one chance to hear her talk about absolutely anything and everything!

2 PM Sign Language
Lobby
Casual lessons at registration, taught by Abida. Learn how to say useful things like "I want to pre-register"!

3 PM Science Questions and Answers
Room 105
Hal Clement answers your queries on Astronomy, Space, and other scientific topics. A chance for both complex and simple topics to be expounded upon!

3 PM "How Not to Carry the BS out of your House and into Your Life"
Fritchie Room
How to break the cycle of bad things and make life less like just surviving and more like really living! For all imperfect people. Hosted by Daphne Pruett.

4 PM Closing Ceremonies and Sensual Bubble-Blowing Contest
Ballroom
Bubbles and Good-Byes and piles of half-packed convention gear and all the stuff of memories. Hosted by anyone who is still coherent enough to do so. Then we go home 'til next time....

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