Congratulations to Todd Brugmans, winner of the 2016 Volker/McChesney Award for Service to Fandom. Todd is a talented artist and his talent is exceeded only by his generosity in sharing his talents and his friendliness to all. He has created original art for Firebringer Press, many Starfleet and Colonial Defense Force chapters, and Farpoint Convention as the creator of our beloved FARP. Todd not only donated all rights to the FARP character to the convention, he is our volunteer “FARP Artist In Residence”, creating whimsical covers depicting FARP’s continuing adventures in fandom.
Todd’s support of local conventions and fan groups through his art is an example of the sharing spirit of fandom. He will be presented with the Volker/McChesney award on Friday, February 12, 2016 at the Farpoint Convention Opening Ceremonies beginning at 8:00 pm. Everyone is invited to attend and shout “Huzzah” in his honor.
Farpoint Convention is proud to announce that we have initiated a special crowdfunding project on Kickstarter.com https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/svanbl/farpoint-convention-turbo. This project was started in response to convention members’ feedback from recent events on what they wanted to see at future Farpoints.
Why Kickstarter and crowdfunding? One of the biggest pieces of feedback we’ve received in recent years was multiple requests to bring more prominent celebrity guests to Farpoint and we decided that our 2016 convention will be the year to give this a try. We investigated the costs of bringing in some of these guests and found that on average guests at this level cost $25,000 at a minimum and many are in the range of $30,000 and up. Right now, we have funding in place to stage Farpoint Convention 2016 at our regular level of activity. And that’s okay, but to reach out for more prominent guests means a need for additional incoming funds. Our two main options for funding are (a) raise membership prices or (b) fundraising. Our weekend membership price has stayed the same for the last 4 years. We appreciate our members are spending their hard-earned money at Farpoint each year and the 2016 prices have already been announced. This brought us to raising money through a crowdfunding project, our #FARPStarter!
We have designed reward levels at multiple price points. The rewards will provide attending convention members the opportunity to “turbo charge” their Farpoint experience through special rewards and activities or allow long-distance members the chance to participate as never before via live-streaming some of our main events. We appreciate your help and interest; every contribution is important, whether you can donate or simply share our project page link with your social network. Thank you for supporting Farpoint Convention!
We have gotten additional information from the hotel on restaurant and concession hours during Farpoint Convention.
-Northern Lights Restaurant: 6AM to 2PM; 4PM to 10PM with bar open until 2AM
-Cocktail Party Food & Drink cash bars: 7PM to 9PM in Greenspring Ballroom (wristbands must be purchased for $25 at Farpoint Registration for food bar; cash bar is ala carte)
-Concessions: 8:30AM to 8PM; 10PM to midnight
-*Northern Lights Restaurant: 6AM to 10PM with bar open until 2AM
-Atrium Cash Bar: 10PM to 12:30AM
-Concessions: 8:30AM to 11:00AM
-Northern Lights Restaurant: 6AM to 2PM; 4PM to 10PM
*Hopefully you are still reading this asterisked notice for Saturday night. The hotel is well aware of the challenge our group presents in getting several hundred people fed through a single kitchen and restaurant that seats only 80-100 people at a time. Beyond adding seating to the restaurant, they have a proposed plan for Saturday night that we’ve agreed to try this year to see how things go.
Normal restaurant, concessions and room service from 6AM to 5PM
Dinner buffet with “buffet to go” option, normal concessions, NO room service from 5PM to 9PM
Normal restaurant, concessions and room service from 9PM to closing times
The general manager and chef hope that concentrating service on the buffet during the most busy time will allow them to feed everyone as expeditiously as possible. They plan to “plus up” the offerings beyond their normal dinner buffet and offer the “buffet to go” option for people who wish to eat in their room. The hotel plans that the dinner buffet price will be all-inclusive (food, non-alcoholic drink and tip) so that people can pay eat, pay their bill and go.
We appreciate the hotel’s working with us on this important issue. Please give us feedback after the convention for your opinion on how this dinner service change works for you.
We met with the team at the North Baltimore Plaza Hotel a couple of weeks ago and have news! The owners have decided to join the Radisson hotel network and the hotel will become the Radisson Baltimore North at the end of February.
The good news for us is that we will be able to take advantage of some of the hotel refurbishments that have been going on:
-The sleeping rooms on the 1st and 2nd floor that still needed to be remodeled have been completed.
-The plumbing has been updated and the roof re-done. This should help with hot water availability and temperature control in the hotel.
-The kitchen has been updated with new stoves, convection ovens and refrigerator/freezers, and the dividing wall between the bar area and restaurant seating in the Northern Lights has been removed to add more tables. The kitchen and restaurant changes should help with food service efficiency. The hotel is providing us information on menus and food service hours soon and we will post that information when it is available and confirmed. We can confirm that the food concession stand is returning and will again have late Saturday night hours to feed our post-Masquerade munchies.
More information to come.
You may not realize but supporting Farpoint Convention and other local conventions contributes to the area economy! Our members are purchasing food, renting hotel rooms and buying merchandise from our dealers during the convention. Farpoint as a business entity is renting exhibit space and hotel rooms, purchasing supplies and services, and even paying our taxes to the local government. Your choice to attend Farpoint keeps our unique convention going from one year to the next and helps the small businesses that support Farpoint Convention’s infrastructure.
Small Business Saturday is Saturday, 11/29/2014 – please consider pre-registering for Farpoint 2015 at http://www.farpointcon.com/register-2/ or purchase a membership as a gift for that special fan in your life. Thank you for being a member of the Farpoint Convention family.