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Farpoint 2022 COVID-19 Guidance

Guests, presenters and program participants will be allowed to remove their masks at their discretion onstage while speaking or performing but must put their mask on when they finish.

Farpoint 2022 Panel Idea Submissions

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Farpoint is looking for panel ideas for 2022! If you have a panel idea you’d like to submit, please fill out our Panel Program Application form, which can be found here in both online and fillable PDF versions: http://www.farpointcon.com/flier/forms/

Panel ideas will be accepted until October 30, 2021. Please review the Panel Program Application form for applicable rules and restrictions.

Farpoint 2022 Guest Announcement!

Please mark your calendars now to join us Feb 25-27, 2022 at the Delta Hotel by Marriott, Hunt Valley MD for #FarpointCon22! We are happy to announce that Star Trek icon BRENT SPINER is joining Sean Gunn and Maisie Richardson-Sellers as our #Farpoint2022 celebrity guests !

You can register online here at our website or mail in a paper registration form with a check. Hotel reservations can be made from our website as well!

Programming submissions are now being accepted. Submit your ideas using the Programming Application – all submissions are due by Oct 31, 2021.

Farpoint COnvention 2022

Please mark your calendars now to join us Feb 25-27, 2022 at the Delta Hotel by Marriott, Hunt Valley MD for #FarpointCon22! Our first celebrity guests are Sean Gunn and Maisie Richardson-Sellers!

You can register online here at our website or mail in a paper registration form with a check. Hotel reservations can be made from our website as well!

Programming submissions are now being accepted. Submit your ideas using the Programming Application – all submissions are due by Oct 31, 2021.

Sandy Zier-Teitler Memorial

Join us for a memorial via Zoom on Sunday, 7/11/21 at 6:00 PM EST to celebrate the life of our beloved co-chair Sandra Zier-Teitler. This event is part of the virtual ShoreLeave Convention weekend. Register for this event: Meeting Registration – Zoom

SURPRISE SALE!

In honor of our table at the virtual ShoreLeave Convention this weekend, we will be absorbing the EventBrite processing fees for #FarpointCon22 tickets sold this weekend! Register for our event today through Sunday 7/11/21 to take advantage of this sale!

SAYING GOODBYE

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Sandra Zier-Teitler (left) and Jessica Headlee (right) with her husband Ethan Wilson

The first week of June 2021 was a very rough one for our Farpoint Convention family. We lost our beloved co-chair, Sandra Zier-Teitler and our equally beloved Author Program Track co-manager, Jessica Headlee in the space of a couple of days. We send much love to Sandy and Jessica’s family and friends and look forward to attending the virtual memorial panels being planned for them both at ShoreLeave 2021. We will publish the schedule details for the panels when announced.

Sandy was a Fandom giant! She was a writer and editor of the seminal Star Trek TOS fanzine “Mind Meld”. Through her fandom, she met and became friends with the Baltimore-based “Contact Crowd”, creators of the influential “Contact” series of ST:TOS zines. In 2012, Sandy wrote a short article for author Steven H. Wilson’s blog remembering her introduction to the “Contact Crowd” and how that chance interaction led to many life changing events. Sandy’s friendships eventually led her not only to her late husband, Bruce, but to working on the family of conventions that started with ClipperCon, through OktoberTrek and eventually to Farpoint. Sandy’s knowledge and generosity in sharing it has helped many convention organizers in their quest to serve their own fan communities.

Jessica was a familiar face to attendees at Farpoint, ShoreLeave and Balticon throughout the last decade. She was a key programming staff member at all 3 conventions and could be seen checking on programming rooms, giving time reminders to panelists and calling badge numbers for the autograph lines. Jessica was a seemingly tireless worker and another fan whose convention experiences led to meeting her spouse, when she met Ethan Wilson at ShoreLeave in 2013 and they married in the fall of 2019. Jessica was a marine biologist and active volunteer at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Both of these women left us too soon and will be missed in the continuing lives of local fandom. Sandy and Jessica’s joy at being members of our community was contagious and energizing. They worked to make fandom, and the world around them, a better place. And continuing in our fandom lives, even as we miss them, is an appropriate way to honor and remember them.

VIRTUAL CONVENTION UPDATE #2 – with surprise guests!

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The schedule for #FarpointCon2021 has been published! The link to access the event will be published once we have finished setup and testing of our online platform. Links are also coming soon for our virtual Program Book and updated KonOpas interactive schedule app. Attendance at #FarpointCon2021 is FREE for all and does not require advance registration.

We are thrilled to announce that our friends John Billingsley from “Enterprise” and his wife Bonita Friedricy from “Chuck” will be making an appearance with us on Saturday 2/20/21 at 4:00 PM EST! John and Bonnie are fan favorite guests and are sure to bring the fun with them in their conversation with us. One of their important focuses during the pandemic has been their work with the Hollywood Food Coalition. Please visit https://hofoco.org to learn more about this important cause.

We will be having a virtual Masquerade Costume Contest as part of our #FarpointCon2021 online event. Please note that it will take place on SUNDAY 2/21/21 at 1:00 PM EST instead of its normal Saturday evening placement on our schedule.

Our Hal’s Place Gaming Oasis is also planning some virtual activities during #FarpointCon2021! Please bookmark their page here on our website for updates as they become available.

Virtual Farpoint Convention UPDATE!

We are working to establish our online platform and schedule for #FarpointCon2021. Look for additional information on the schedule and links to connect in early February!

CALLING ALL COSTUMERS AND COSPLAYERS – here is your chance to be part of our virtual Farpoint 2021 convention. We will be premiering our virtual 2021 Masquerade Costume Contest on Sunday, 2/22/21 via a video compilation of your entries! We hope to be receiving your entries and enjoying your talent and creativity to help our community connect online as we spend this time physically apart. Additional information on participating in our Virtual Masquerade Costume Contest can be found here.

ATTENTION Vendors, Dealers, Authors, Artists, Clubs, Conventions, Community Organizations!!! Would you like to participate at our Virtual Farpoint Convention, coming next month on Saturday/Sunday 2/20 and 2/21? If yes, we are happy to offer you a complimentary table for the event. What we need from you – a graphic, description and website link for your table. We will set up the virtual table space in our online convention dashboard and it will go live during the weekend. Send us your info by 1/31/21 to Contact@FarpointCon.com! You will also be able to “man” your table live online during the event via our GatherTown event dashboard. Training on how to use GatherTown and manage your table will be held the weekend of Sat/Sun 2/6-7/21. Details on the offering times and link to join the training will be coming soon.

Virtual Convention announcement – Farpoint 2022 Date

With a heavy heart, we must announce that Farpoint Convention 2021 will be a virtual event on Saturday and Sunday, February 20-21, 2021. This decision was reached after considering every option available to hold a live event safely. Unfortunately, the recent resurgence of the COVID-19 virus has compelled Maryland to move back to Phase 2 of the reopening plan. Indoor gatherings under Phase 2 have a recommended cap of 25 people, making an event of Farpoint’s scale impossible to stage safely as the health and safety of our staff, guests, and attendees is our primary concern. We know that this decision may have seemed inevitable in the face of this global pandemic, but it is no less heartbreaking.

Our online Farpoint Convention 2021 will be free for all and will utilize the Gather.Town online application. We are excited to utilize Gather.Town as it allows us to personalize a convention dashboard into a series of “rooms” to enter and exit as you attend panels, visit vendors and artists, and attend meetings. A schedule of events is being prepared and will be published closer to the event along with the link to our event and instructions on how to utilize the application.

Farpoint Convention 2022 will be held at the Delta Hotel by Marriott, Hunt Valley, MD on February 25-27, 2022. Maisie Richardson-Sellers from “Legends of Tomorrow” has already confirmed that she will join us in 2022. We are waiting to hear from Sean Gunn from “Guardians of the Galaxy” but hope he will also be able to participate. Convention ticket sales and hotel room reservations for 2022 will be available in Spring 2021.

Everyone at Farpoint Convention and Farpoint Foundation send best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season. Please stay safe so we can see you all again in 2022.

  • ATTENDEES who have pre-registered for 2021 will be contacted for a decision on whether they wish to transfer their registration to 2022 or receive a refund
  • HOTEL ROOM RESERVATIONS will be cancelled by the hotel and you will receive a confirmation of the cancellation separately from Marriott
  • COSTUMERS/COSPLAYERS wishing to participate in our Virtual Masquerade should prepare to submit their entry video by late January 2021 with specific instructions posted to the Costuming/Cosplay page of our website and on social media as soon as possible
  • GUESTS from our program tracks will be contacted about participating in our 2021 virtual convention and invite them to return in 2022
  • ART SHOW pre-registrants for 2021 will be refunded their fees if already paid and receive information on participating in the 2021 online event
  • DEALERS / VENDORS who have pre-registered for 2021 will be contacted for a decision on whether they wish to transfer their registration to 2022 or receive a refund and receive information on participating in the 2021 online event
  • FAN CLUBS and CONVENTIONS interested in holding meetings or setting up a virtual table in the 2021 online event should contact us no later than January 15, 2021 to request space