Balticon 47, Maryland's regional science fiction convention, is being held this Memorial Day Weekend! We held our first group trip to the con last year, and we had an absolute blast. Balticon is a really fun weekend with roots as a literary con. If you're put off by the really big cons (like ComiCon), don't worry; Balticon is probably less than 2,000 attendees. There are excellent panel discussions, a great con suite, and some really fun events.
Since several members have expressed an interest in attending, we'll use this meetup to let members coordinate rides, roomsharing, and generally hanging out during the convention. The convention runs from Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27.
For more information, and to register for the convention, please visit the Balticon 47 website.
Registration is $62. Please don't delay in signing up!
The Hunt Valley Inn is offering rooms at the con rate of $135 (book here). Many of are staying across the street at the Embassy Suites Baltimore - North/Hunt Valley (bigger rooms and breakfast included) at the same rate. We have a block of rooms booked for the club, but if you're planning on staying separately (or would rather not share a room), you may wish to make your own reservation. Also, please confirm with us that you have a slot in our room block, rather than assuming. If you'd like to find a roommate, please use the Comments section below (or message other attendees individually). The same will go for carpooling to and from the con.
Just like last year, we're planning to congregate for meals in the con suite as schedules permit. We will probably put in large carry-out orders to Noodles and Company for at least 2 dinners (see menu here). For lunches, we may or may not be able to coordinate, since it's a busier time at the con, but if we do, we'd prefer to have the lunch be something you can grab and go if you need to hit a panel. So we're most likely to put in group catering orders to Subway (6" sub, cookie, and chips, apple, or yogurt for under $7) and Chipotle (burrito with shareable chips, salsa and guacamole for under $9.50). You are, of course, more than welcome to get food independently and join us where we're sitting for meals in the con suite; this is just meant for the convenience of the group. You can expect more details (as well as a request to put in your orders as needed) closer to the weekend. Friday dinner and Monday lunch (since they're not nearly as busy), we can probably go off-site to eat.
- Guest of Honor: Joe Haldeman
- Artist Guest of Honor: Rick Sternbach
- Special Guest: Nnedi Okorafor
- Music/Filk Guest of Honor: Ada Palmer
- See the full list of who's coming
This is what glory looks like!
(We'll need your help to defend our club's title as reigning trivia champs!)