Balticon 48, Maryland's regional science fiction convention, is being held this Memorial Day Weekend! We've attended for the past 2 years, and 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 only about 2,000 attendees. There are excellent panel discussions, a great con suite, and some really fun events.
Since many 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 23 through Monday, May 26.
For more information, and to register for the convention, please visit the Balticon 48 website.
Registration is $60 through the 15th of April. Please don't delay in signing up!
The Baltimore Hunt Valley Inn (Wyndham Affiliate) is offering rooms at the con rate of $135 (book here). We have a block of rooms booked at the Inn, but in past years when the Inn filled up, additional rooms were made available across the street at the Embassy Suites Baltimore - North/Hunt Valley (bigger rooms and breakfast included) at the same rate. When this happens this year, we will transfer our room block to the Embassy Suites. You are, of course, encouraged to arrange your lodging independently if you do not wish to stay in our room block. 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 past years, we're planning to congregate for meals in the con suite as schedules permit. We will most likely go off-site for a Friday night dinner at California Pizza Kitchen (see menu here). We will probably put in large carry-out orders to Noodles and Company (see menu here) for dinner on Saturday and Sunday ($10). 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 Chipotle (burrito with shareable chips, salsa and guacamole for $10) for Saturday and Subway (6" sub, cookie, and chips or apple slices for $7, or $9 for a footlong) for Sunday.
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.
Guest of Honor: Brandon Sanderson
Artist Guest of Honor: Halo Jankowski
Bard/Music Guest of Honor: Kenneth Anders
See the full list of who's coming