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11th-Jun-2008 05:13 pm - Costumes and dancing...
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The Bay Area English Regency Dance Society Presents:

The Great Regency Shipwreck Ball

or
"Regency Survivor"

We can't get off this island, so we might as well entertain ourselves!

Caller Alan Winston with The Divertimento Dance Orchestra
Saturday June 21, 2008 8:00-11:30pm
Arlington Community Church (website)
52 Arlington Ave
Kensington, CA (map)

The Divertimento Orchestra will provide jolly music. The marooned elite, in any remaining finery, are invited to dance arm-in-arm with the ships' captain and crew. Meet up at 8PM sharp aboard the ruins for dance, drink and good company!

Come as you are, whether Passenger, Pirate, Native, Merfolk or member of Her Majesty's Royal Navy. If your wardrobe was relocated to Davy Jones' Locker during the fateful storm, fashion yourself new togs from local flora (grass skirts are all the rage among the natives!).

We've made peace with the island inhabitants and the merfolk in the bay, so we will feast with them on seafood, fresh fruits, springwater and provisions salvaged from the hold. The contribution of exotic new delicacies from forays inland are welcome - as long as you have already tried them first.

Subscriptions are $20 at the door, $15 in advance.
$2 discount for GBACG, BACDS, and COYOTE/SFCOP members.
Advance mail registrations must be received by us no later than June 18th.
Costumes admired but not required. All dances taught during the ball. No partner required.

Make out checks to "BAERS", and send them to
BAERS c/o Vanessa Schnatmeier 1122 Hudson Street Redwood City, CA 94061

Name(s): 
Street Address: 
City, State, ZIP: 
Phone: 
Email: 
Mark if new address for mailing list:   Number of admissions desired  

What is the English Regency? See http://www.baers.org

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The photo workflow office is back in Orange County, and is still working like mad to process the over 20,000 pictures that volunteers shot and turned in. It's going to take a few days for these to get uploaded.

But don't wait! There's hope!

If you're a Flickr member, and you shot photos at Costume-Con 26, please consider adding your convention sets to the Costume-Con 26 group photo pool. We've already got two members who have added their sets, but we would love to see more.
8th-Apr-2008 04:03 pm - CC26: Pre-reg Closes April 15!
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It's nearly tax day, do you know where you Costume-Con 26 Registration is? Let's hope so, 'cause pre-reg closes on April 15! Make sure you're ready to step into the Costume Continuum!

Welcome H.G. Wells back to Victorian London * Enter the Fantasy & SF Masquerade * Capture thousands of costume on film (or SD card) * Wear your
fashion and art to wear designs on the runway in the Parallel Dimensions in Design show * Tour local wineries and art museums * Enter a prop in the Mad Science Fair * Etc.!

Now, what to wear??

Costume-Con is a premiere venue for professional and hobbyist costumers to
meet, compete, share, and socialize.
CC26 takes place April 25-28, 2008 in San Jose, CA.
Write us at info@cc26.org if you have questions or want to volunteer.

Pass it on!

20th-Mar-2008 10:59 am - CC26: Preliminary Programming is UP!
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Yahoo! The first cut of the programming for Costume Con 26 is up! It's rough, with a gap to be filled in here and there, but most of the daytime schedule is available. We have a broad selection of excellent presenters, workshops, and retrospectives lined up for you.

Some tasty samples:
Learn more about being in front of the camera... or behind it.
Take a gander at the costumes of Venice Carnivale, and the lifetime work of costumers like the MacDermotts and Pettingers!
Investigate historical patterns or era-appropriate moustaches! Explore the evolution of uniforms.
How do those cosplay headpieces work? How do you craft gadgets... and transport them?
Find out how to make lace, space suits, or embellish shoes... and so much more.

You can also check out the main
events and contests, as well as the social activities. And don't forget to line up your hotel room!

Costume-Con is a premiere venue for professional and hobbyist costumers to 
meet, compete, share, and socialize.
CC-26 takes place April 25-28, 2008 in San Jose, CA.
Stay up to date with Costume-Con 26!
Check us out at www.cc26.info. Write us at info@cc26.org if you have
questions or want to volunteer.

Spread the word. :-)

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Costume-Con 26 in Silicon Valley is just weeks away! We're constantly getting new info to share with you, more than mere email (etc.) can manage.

Wondering what the new news is? We've added a '
What's New?' link to the top of the left hand menu on the home page of the website. Click and get a quick overview of all the new info. Get right to the information you're hungry for! The Site Map (another handy search tool, located in the bottom of the left hand menu) also includes the 'Whats New?' link.

Now that's you're up to date and ready to rumble, don't forget to make your
hotel reservation. Our guaranteed rate block closes in three weeks, on April 3rd (gasp!). Staying in the host hotel helps you rest up between the outstanding workshops, masquerades, and socials! Not to mention gives you safe storage for your costumes and the treasures you acquire in our dealers room. Our enticing tours are easily accessible from the hotel.

Reserve your room now for the best rates!

Costume-Con is a premiere venue for professional and hobbyist costumers to
meet, compete, share, and socialize.
CC26 takes place April 25-28, 2008 in San Jose, CA.
Write us at info@cc26.org if you have questions or want to volunteer.

Pass it on!

10th-Mar-2008 04:30 pm - CC26 Food/Bev tour plans
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Have you been asking yourself
"Why should I go to San Jose for Costume-Con?"

Well, you should go to San Jose because Costume-Con is there. While you're in San Jose, though, the Bay Area beckons with unique opportunities for fun. If you're in to decadent food and beverage, we've definitely got you covered.

Come out a day early. Check in to our hotel on Wednesday night, because on Thursday morning (4/24) chocolate awaits!

It's about an hour's trip to Berkeley, but it's worth it. Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker is a first-tier chocolate manufacturer, starting with the raw beans and controlling every step in the process of making the best small-batch chocolate in the country. After the tour, we'll take lunch at Café Cacao, right in the Scharffen Berger factory.

From lunch we'll continue the short jaunt from Scharffen Berger to St. George Spirits, a cradle of craft-distilling in the US. Located at the northwest end of Naval Air Station Alameda (a site familiar to the fans of Mythbusters) in an old hangar, St. George Spirits is classic Schwartzwald, Germany transplanted to California. Under the St. George name, Jörg, Lance and their crew distill eaux de vie, liqueuers and a superb single-malt whisky. Their recent Absinthe release rocked the spirits world. They're also well-known for distilling the "Hangar One" series of flavored vodkas. In a partnership with John Scharffenberger, they produce "Qi" tea liqueurs and "Essence of Cacao" perfume. Taste carefully.

If a chocolate maker and a distiller aren't enough, you'll have to wait until Tuesday (4/29). They're more than enough for any single day.

If you stay until Tuesday, you can ensure your California visit is complete. Our Tuesday food & beverage tour is wine tasting. Forget Napa and Sonoma, though; they're a long drive and expensive to boot. Much closer to San Jose is the Livermore Valley, home to Lawrence Livermore Labs and the oldest wine-growing region in California.

Livermore is still a town of boutique wineries where 5000 cases a year is big production and folks squander their retirement making small amounts of great wine. Bent Creek Winery is a great example of this, run by best friends who retired from the Livermore School district, and wizards with Syrah. Cedar Mountain Winery has been making wine a bit longer, and this pair of retired physicists from Lawrence Livermore Lab are well-known for their award winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Finally, it wouldn't be Livermore without someone who retired from the wine business to run a winery, and Thomas Coyne Winery, housed in the oldest standing winery in California, has made a name working with ugly-duckling grapes like Malbec, Petit Verdot and Mourvédre. We'll be stopping at all three, and (like almost every day in almost every tasting room in Livermore) the wine makers will be present.

Please, plan to stay the extra days and enjoy the region. As the convention approaches, we'll be working out the logistics of these trips. If you're interested in going on either tour, email fbtours@cc26.org

On the web:
Scharffen Berger Chocolate Makers
http://www.scharffenberger.com/

Café Cacao
http://www.cafecacao.biz/

St. George Spirits
http://www.stgeorgespirits.com/

Hangar One Vodka
http://www.hangarone.com/

Bent Creek Winery
http://www.bentcreekwinery.com/

Cedar Mountain Winery
http://www.wines.com/cedarmountain/cedarmtn.html

Thomas Coyne Winery
http://thomascoynewinery.com/
7th-Mar-2008 10:30 am - CC26: ePR 3/1 is Available!
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Get it while it’s hot!

The third electronic-only edition of Seams to Me!, the CC26 progress report, has just been uploaded to the website. Check it out for updates on online registration, the doll exhibition, tours and excursions, and more!

Costume-Con is a premiere venue for professional and hobbyist costumers to
meet, compete, share, and socialize.
CC26 takes place April 25-28, 2008 in San Jose, CA.
Write us at info@cc26.org if you have questions or want to volunteer.

Pass it on!

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Yes we'll have competitions, photography stations, socials, food and fabric tours, and a Mad Science Fair, but for those of you looking to learn right here, right now, look to Costume-Con 26 to bring you practical workshops galore!

• Shoe embellishment workshop by Margot Silk Forest (www.SassyFeet.com
)
• Hair embellishment workshop by Christine James
• Embellishment fair (parallel mini-workshops by several instructors, including Jana Keeler and Christine James)

This is just a taste to whet your appetite!

Register and keep up to date with CC26 at our website: http://www.cc26.info.

You're going to need somewhere to put your feet up and store your treasures! Reserve your room at CC26 rates:
Enter code "C26" at http://www.dtsj.com
to reserve online, or call 408-453-4000 and mention Costume-Con 26.

Make sure to book your before-the-con and after-the-con nights at the same time, in order to get the best rate. Write
hotel@cc26.org if your reservation needs tweaking.

Costume-Con is a premiere venue for professional and hobbyist costumers to meet, compete, share, and socialize.
CC26 takes place April 25-28, 2008 in San Jose, CA.
Write us at info@cc26.org if you have questions or want to volunteer.

Please help spread the word. :-)

5th-Jan-2008 04:42 pm - Tea Time!!
Costume Addict - Dinner Dress
Come Join the newly formed Kansas City Costumers' Guild in a Victorian High Tea to celebrate our 0 Year Birthday!

Who: Costume wearers and lovers alike!
What: 2 hour Victorian High Tea
When: January 19th, 5-7 pm
Where: daCapo Teas, Platte City, Missouri
Why: For lots of costumey fun and a good meal.
For More Info: http://www.aurorascostumes.com/tea.htm

Tickets available for purchase through paypal at the link above. All flavors of costume or costume attempts welcome, including movie reproductions; historical fashions; cosplay; fursuits; and Gothic, Lolita, Steampunk, and other extreme fashions. Special dietary menu available on request. Deadline is January 12th!
19th-Dec-2007 08:49 am - CC26 Rate Increase Soon - Gift Time!
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Costume-Con is coming to San Jose in April! You know ya wanna go -
take great workshops, see (and show off!) gorgeous and innovative costume,
make new costumer buddies . . .

Get your memberships now!

As of January 1st, 2008, the cost of membership increases:
Adult attending membership goes from $85 to $95
Youth attending membership goes from $30 to $35

So give the gift of CC26 membership now, to yourself or a costumer friend!
It's perfect.

Costume-Con is a premiere venue for professional and hobbyist costumers to 
meet, compete, share, and socialize.
CC-26 takes place April 25-28, 2008 in San Jose, CA.
Stay up to date with Costume-Con 26!
Check us out at www.cc26.info. Write us at info@cc26.org if you have
questions or want to volunteer.

Please help spread the word. :-)
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