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Farpoint 2021 Celebrity guests

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Please join #TeamFarpoint in welcoming Sean Gunn and Maisie Richardson-Sellers as our first celebrity guests for #FarpointCon2021!

Sean Gunn is known for his role as Kraglin in the Marvel Universe films Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In addition to portraying Kraglin, Sean also provides on-set motion capture performance for Rocket Raccoon for the Marvel Cinematic Universe productions, working in both Guardians films, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame in this capacity. Gilmore Girls fans remember him as Kirk, one of the quirky townies of Stars Hollow.

Maisie Richardson-Sellers is a British actress known for her role as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen and Charlie on The CW superhero series Legends of Tomorrow. She has also played Eva Sinclair on The CW series The Originals, and a starring role as King Saul of Israel’s daughter Michal in the ABC Biblical series Of Kings and Prophets.

Convention membership tickets and hotel room reservations are available now here on our website. We look forward to seeing you at #FarpointCon2021 in February.

Marc Okrand Live Online!

Marc Okrand, professional linguist and creator of the Klingon language, will be chatting with fans and taking your questions on anything from working on Star Trek, creating languages, and translating Shakespeare into the original Klingon on Saturday 8/22/20 at 1:00 pm EDT! This event is part of the free Shore Leave 41.5 virtual program via Zoom – learn more at https://www.shore-leave.com/programming/schedule.htm.

Farpoint 2021 Guest Announcement!

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Please join #TeamFarpoint in welcoming Sean Gunn and Maisie Richardson-Sellers as our first celebrity guests for #FarpointCon2021!

Sean Gunn is known for his role as Kraglin in the Marvel Universe films Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In addition to portraying Kraglin, Sean also provides on-set motion capture performance for Rocket Raccoon for the Marvel Cinematic Universe productions, working in both Guardians films, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame in this capacity. Gilmore Girls fans remember him as Kirk, one of the quirky townies of Stars Hollow.

Maisie Richardson-Sellers is a British actress known for her role as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen and Charlie on The CW superhero series Legends of Tomorrow. She has also played Eva Sinclair on The CW series The Originals, and a starring role as King Saul of Israel’s daughter Michal in the ABC Biblical series Of Kings and Prophets.

Convention membership tickets and hotel room reservations are available now here on our website. We look forward to seeing you at #FarpointCon2021 in February.

FARPOINT UPDATES!

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FARPOINT CONVENTION 2021
Farpoint Convention is scheduled for February 19-21, 2021. The state of Maryland expects to be fully open for business operations and gatherings by this time. We will be working with the hotel to implement any changes to health and safety guidelines required by the state and/or county.

Our first #FarpointCon2021 celebrity guests will be announced Sunday 5/24/20. Keep your eyes on this website and our social media pages for updates.

#FarpointCon2021 membership tickets and hotel reservations are now being accepted; see links on our website.

We plan to work with our friends at ShoreLeave convention to develop virtual content and events in summer 2020 to encourage and entertain fandom while events are postponed. Keep your eyes on our sites and social media for updates.

FARPOINT FOUNDATION
We are pleased and proud to announce that our new nonprofit, FARPOINT FOUNDATION, has received our official 501(c)3 designation from the Internal Revenue Service. We will happily accept tax-deductible donations from the public and other organizations to further our efforts to support the creative arts in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, comics, horror, and anime. You can donate as part of your #FarpointCon2021 ticket purchase or separately at any time at the link above. Thank you for your past and current support.

We look forward to seeing you at #FarpointCon2021! Our attendees are the most important part of our event. Please send ideas and suggestions to us at contact@FarpointCon.com

#FarpointCon2020 Thanks!

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Everyone on the Farpoint Convention 2020 committee and staff sends thanks to our guests, vendors and attendees for a wonderful weekend! We are very glad you were with us. Please take all precautions necessary to avoid the Coronavirus pandemic we are currently facing because we want to see everyone at Farpoint Convention 2021, to be held February 19-21, 2021 at the Delta Hotel by Marriott, Hunt Valley, MD. #FarpointCon2021

10 Things To Do At #FarpointCon2020 – First Visit Edition

This is the fourth in a series of posts covering different things to do at #FarpointCon2020 for various attendee groups. If this is your first time attending Farpoint Convention, welcome! We’re glad you’re here and want you to enjoy yourself this weekend. Here are some suggestions for you on things to do during the convention. Places and times from there activities will be found on our convention schedule.

  1. Attend the Opening Ceremony on Friday evening. It starts with a Cocktail Party at 7:00 and there will be cash bars for drinks and food. The Food Bar wristband must be purchased before the program starts at our Registration desk. At 8:00, our hosts will introduce the 2020 Volker/McChesney Award for Service to Fandom winner, leading to a short live auction for our charities and ending with a performance by cabaret performer D’Manda Martini. Many of our guests and attendees will be there and it is a great chance to relax and make new friends.
  2. Attend the Saturday evening Masquerade Costume Contest, or better yet join in as a contestant! Entrants of all ages and costuming experience levels are welcome.
  3. Check out the schedule of panels on favorite movies and television shows and attend the panel focusing on your favorite.
  4. Attend the talk on NASA’s Artemis program to learn the latest plans for USA’s return to the Moon.
  5. Attend talks on Saturday or Sunday (or both) by our celebrity guests Penny Johnson Jerald, Anthony Montgomery and Mary Chieffo and visit them at their signing table for autographs.
  6. Grab a snack in our Marty’s Place Con Suite.
  7. Dance until you drop at our Ten Forward Party Saturday evening.
  8. Play a game or make a craft in Hal’s Place Gaming Oasis.
  9. Enjoy karaoke with the Pack Ratz on Friday evening.
  10. Visit the Art Show and Silent Auction, where you can pick up an original work or find that missing piece for your collection.

This is just a small selection of the many things to do at Farpoint Convention! Drop us a line after the convention and let us know what your favorite was. Maybe even suggest an activity for next year! Details on submitting a Programming Application for #FarpointCon2021 will be published in spring 2020.

10 things to do at #Farpointcon2020 – Young Adult edition

This is the third in a series of posts covering different things to do at #FarpointCon2020 for various attendee groups. If you’re a fan between the ages of 12 and 20, we’re glad you’re here and want you to enjoy your time with us! Here are some suggestions for you on things to do during the convention. Places and times for these activities will be found on our convention schedule.

  1. Visit the Video Game Lounge in our Marty’s Place Con Suite. Grab a snack in the suite and pick up a controller from our array of video game consoles to challenge friends or family.
  2. Attend the Saturday evening Masquerade Costume Contest, or better yet join in as a contestant! Entrants of all ages and costuming experience levels are welcome.
  3. Visit our Dealer’s Room – there will be toys, books, games and more for fans of every age to find that perfect item.
  4. Check out the schedule of panels on favorite movies and television shows and attend the panel focusing on your favorite.
  5. Learn how to (safely) duel your parent or siblings with the Wizarding Association of Non-Lethal Duelists (W.A.N.D.S.) on Sunday morning.
  6. Attend talks on Saturday or Sunday (or both) by our celebrity guests Penny Johnson Jerald, Anthony Montgomery and Mary Chieffo.
  7. Visit the DC Anime Club in the Derby Room – they will be presenting a curated collection of anime movies and shows. You may find a new favorite to binge when you return home.
  8. Attend SciFi Jeopardy and see if you can answer more questions than the onstage contestants.
  9. Gamers can attend our panel discussing “Critical Role” and share your thoughts on the latest happenings in this streaming D&D game.
  10. Dance until you drop at our Ten Forward Party Saturday evening.

This is just a small selection of the many things to do at Farpoint Convention! Drop us a line after the convention and let us know what your favorite was. Maybe even suggest an activity for next year! Details on submitting a Programming Application for #FarpointCon2021 will be published in spring 2020.

10 Things to do at #FarpointCon2020 – Young Fan Edition

This is the second in a series of posts covering different things to do at #FarpointCon2020 for various attendee groups. If you’re a young fan age 12 and under, we’re glad you’re here and want you to enjoy playing and learning with us! Here are some suggestions for you on things to do during the convention. Places and times for these activities will be found on our convention schedule.

  1. Make a personalized Dice Bag when you visit Hal’s Gaming Oasis. It’s the perfect accessory for transporting your dice to and from gaming sessions.
  2. Visit the Video Game Lounge in our Marty’s Place Con Suite. Grab a snack in the suite and pick up a controller from our array of video game consoles to challenge friends or family.
  3. Create an original or learn to draw your favorite Pokemon with Art Way Alliance.
  4. Attend the Friday evening Movie Party – enjoy snacks, crafts, story time and a movie if that is more your speed than the convention Opening Ceremonies.
  5. Enjoy the Science Magic presentation where scientific principles come to life.
  6. Attend the Saturday evening Masquerade Costume Contest, or better yet join in as a contestant! There is a Young Fan category and all types of costumes are welcome.
  7. Visit our Dealer’s Room – there will be toys, books, games and more for fans of every age to find that perfect item.
  8. Check out the schedule of panels on favorite movies and television shows and attend the panel focusing on your favorite.
  9. Sing along with the Boogie Knights at their Saturday concert. Our favorite medieval troubadours return to raise their voices in merry melody.
  10. Learn how to (safely) duel your parent or siblings with the Wizarding Association of Non-Lethal Duelists (W.A.N.D.S.) on Sunday morning.

This is just a small selection of the many things to do at Farpoint Convention! Drop us a line after the convention and let us know what your favorite was. Maybe even suggest an activity for next year! Details on submitting a Programming Application for #FarpointCon2021 will be published in spring 2020.

10 Things to do at #FarpointCon2020 – Returning visit edition

This is the first in a series of posts covering different things to do at #FarpointCon2020 for various attendee groups. If you’ve attended Farpoint Convention previously, thanks for coming again! Here are some suggestions for you on things to do as a regular Farpoint attendee. Places and times for some of these activities will be announced upon publication of the convention schedule, which will be happening very soon.

  1. Attend the Opening Ceremony on Friday evening. It starts with a Cocktail Party at 7:00 pm and there will be cash bars for drinks and food. The Food Bar wristband must be purchased before the program starts at our Registration desk. At 8:00 pm, our hosts will introduce the 2020 Volker/McChesney Award for Service to Fandom winner, leading to a short live auction for our charities and ending with a performance by cabaret performer D’Manda Martini. Many of our guests and attendees will be there and it is a great chance to relax and make new friends.
  2. Test your knowledge at the Geek Trivia Challenge
  3. Learn how to (safely) duel your friends with the Wizarding Association of Non-Lethal Duelists (W.A.N.D.S.) on Sunday morning.
  4. Instead of being an audience member at the Saturday evening Masquerade Costume Contest, how about celebrating 2020 as a contestant? Entrants of all ages and costuming experience levels are welcome.
  5. Grab a snack in our Marty’s Place Con Suite and try your hand at a game in the Video Game Lounge located in the suite.
  6. Talk with authors and other readers about the influence of Star Trek in books and media in the panel “Star Trek and Contemporary Science Fiction”.
  7. Play a game or make a craft in Hal’s Place Gaming Oasis.
  8. Enjoy karaoke with the Pack Ratz on Friday evening.
  9. Visit the Art Show and Silent Auction, where you can pick up an original work or find that missing piece for your collection.
  10. Visit the DC Anime Club in the Derby Room – they will be presenting a curated collection of anime movies and shows. You may find a new favorite to binge when you return home.

This is just a small selection of the many things to do at Farpoint Convention! Drop us a line after the convention and let us know what your favorite was and maybe even suggest an activity for next year. Details on submitting a Programming Application for #FarpointCon2021 will be published in spring 2020.

Farpoint Convention 2020 Reminders!

Here is a list of upcoming deadlines to help you prepare for #FarpointCon2020, February 21-23, 2020 at the Delta Hotel by Marriott, Hunt Valley, MD.

1. The deadline for hotel room reservations at the convention rate is January 10, 2020. You can book your hotel rooms through our dedicated link.

2. The deadline for pre-registration for the convention is January 31, 2020. You can register online here.

3. We will once again be offering our member perk of 1 complimentary signature from the celebrity guest of your choice – 1 signature on Saturday and 1 on Sunday, meaning 3-day weekend members will receive 2 signatures over the weekend. Our author guests will be available at the Book Fair Friday evening, as well as at various times throughout the weekend with our performer guests at tables in the signing area. It’s a good idea to make a list of items you wish to bring with you to be signed. Right now, guests are taking cash only. We will update this information and the pricing very soon on our website.

4. Questions and suggestions are welcome and can be sent to us online via email or through our social media channels on Facebook (Farpoint Convention), Twitter (@FarpointCon), and Instagram (@FarpointCon). You can use our Farpoint27 Facebook event page to ask about particular events and/or to look for ride and room shares. We hope to see all of you this February. Thank you for your support!