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Masquerade Costume Contest Information

Information for #Costumers and #Cosplayers interested in participating in the #FarpointConvention #Masquerade #CostumeContest:

  1. The event is scheduled for Saturday evening 2/11/23 at 8:00 pm in the Valley Ballroom. Registration for the contest begins Saturday morning and runs from 10 am to 4 pm. The registration desk for the contest is next to convention registration in the downstairs level of the hotel convention center.
  2. Our celebrity guests Carlos Alazraqui and Rylee Alazraqui will be participating as judges.
  3. There is no entry fee to participate in the contest.
  4. Costumers and Cosplayers of all ages and experience levels may participate. You may present a short (3 min or less) skit or simply walk on stage and display your costume to its best advantage. If you want to develop a skit or presentation, we have a Presentation Workshop on Saturday morning to help.
  5. If your presentation uses audio cues, you must bring the clip on physical media to turn in when you register for the contest. The bandwidth on the hotel and convention center’s WiFI systems is in high demand during the convention and asking the Technical Team to download the clip from an online source cannot be guaranteed successful due to the high usage. Bringing the clip yourself already on a thumb drive is best.

Questions about the Masquerade Costume Contest can be addressed to Masquerade@FarpointCon.com

Panel Selection Form is Available!

#FarpointConvention always welcomes our attendees to participate as panelists during the convention. The Panel Selection list for 2023 is available for attendees to request to participate on program panels! You can find the form online at https://forms.gle/59fMzSWPiw9NHTaW9 with selections due 11/25/22. Address any questions to us at Programs@FarpointCon.com

Welcome Shannon McRandle!!

We are happy to announce the late addition of Shannon McRandle, the model and actor who is the real-life model for the beloved Star Wars expanded universe character Mara Jade, created by Timothy Zahn.

Before 1998, the character of Mara Jade appeared only as illustrations created by various artists based on the descriptions provided of her appearance in novels in the Star Wars expanded universe. A long-time fan of the Star Wars franchise, McRandle auditioned to be cast as an image for Mara Jade after Lucasfilm decided to use a photographic likeness as a model for Mara. Lucasfilm Ltd. used McRandle’s likeness for merchandise of Mara Jade. Illustrations of the character were influenced by McRandle’s appearance.

Shannon will be with us Saturday and Sunday downstairs signing and talking with fans. She will have some wonderful art and memorabilia from her personal collection for sale during the weekend, so please make sure to visit both her and Timothy Zahn during your time with us this weekend.

#FarpointCon2022 Schedule!

Our planned #FarpointCon2022 convention schedule can be found HERE in downloadable PDF format and in our interactive online app. Changes may be made in the final days before the convention. Bookmark this page, and/or follow us on Facebook (Farpoint Convention), Instagram (@FarpointFoundation) and Twitter (@FarpointCon) to receive updates as they are published.

Farpoint 2022 Guest Update!

Join us in welcoming prolific actor/musician SCOTT GRIMES to #FarpointCon2022! He will be joining already announced guests MAISIE RICHARDSON-SELLERS and TIMOTHY ZAHN on February 25-27, 2022 at the Delta Hotel by Marriott, Hunt Valley, MD.

Scott’s career began at the age of 9 on Broadway and has since expanded to also include movies, television and music. He is currently appearing with Seth MacFarlane, Adrienne Padalecki and #FarpointCon2020 guest Penny Johnson Jerald on “The Orville“, with the season 3 premiering on Hulu in March 2022.

Scott is equally well-known as a voice actor, voicing the character of Steve Smith on “American Dad“, where he has also written and performed original music for the show. His other animation credits include “Family Guy“, “Annoying Orange“, and “Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night“.

Scott has released three albums of his original music and is a member of the famous Band From TV, joining with other actors and musicians, performing around the country every year to raise money for multiple charities. The group has raised over six million dollars for various charitable causes since their inception.

Scott will be arriving at Farpoint on Friday evening and will be speaking and signing on Saturday and Sunday.

Guest Update

We have received the unfortunate news that Brent Spiner and Sean Gunn are cancelling their appearances at #FarpointCon2022 because of production delays on their respective projects that have pushed their film schedules out into March 2022.

This bad news does allow us to offer some good news as well. Please join us in welcoming Wilson Cruz, Dr. Hugh Culber from Star Trek: Discovery! He also can be seen on the Netflix series, Thirteen Reasons Why, playing the role of ‘Dennis Vasquez.’ Early in his career, Wilson won the hearts of audiences playing ‘Rickie Vasquez’ on MY SO CALLED LIFE. It was the first openly gay teenager role to air on network television.

Wilson’s theater accolades include his portrayal of the critically acclaimed role of Angel in the Broadway and West Coast premiere productions of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical RENT. His portrayal earned him the Los Angeles Ovation Award and Dramalogue Award. He also starred in Tick, Tick, BOOM! at the Westport Country Playhouse, West Coast Premiere, and its first National Tour.

On the frontlines of LGBT advocacy, Wilson Cruz recently served as the Director of Entertainment Industry Partnerships and as National Spokesperson for GLAAD, the nation’s leading LGBT media advocacy organization. Wilson also wrote and is executive producing a sixpart docuseries, OUT OF THE BOX: HOW AMERICA CAME OUT ON TV.

Upcoming Convention Deadlines

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Our hotel room block at the Delta Hotel by Marriott closes on January 25, 2022. Make your reservations by using this link or calling the hotel at 410-785-7000 or 800-627-7468.

The deadline for convention pre-registration tickets is February 5, 2022. Tickets can be ordered online from our website or through the mail using our registration flier, which can be found here.

Questions can be sent to us via email at Contact@FarpointCon.com

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.

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.

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.