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So. AWESOME CON! It was one of the best cons that I've been to in recent history, and it's even cooler because I worked on it too, so that makes it even better.

FRIDAY NIGHT - Fabulous concert with Heather Dale

Heather is really a consummate performer and I saw all sorts of faces there that I'd never seen before. The room was probably over 2/3rds full, which I thought was excellent. I've been working hard for years to increase visibility of filk and music at VCON, AND we had the most fabulous media relations person this year, so between the two of us getting word of the concert out, I think it really paid off.

I had wanted to get to some panels before the concert, but between working, getting home to pack up and then doing a bar shift in hospitality, I didn't have time.

As it was, I was still hand sewing the bias tape finish around the edges of my corset at 2:30am during the Friday night filk. *grin* Then I went back to my room to finish reviewing my story notes for the Writer's workshop.

NON STOP SATURDAY

So, Saturday I had:

Writer's Workshop - 10am-1pm
Screening of The Beast - 1pm - 4pm
Songwriting workshop - 4pm
bluesmancd's Concert - 5pm
banjoplayinnerd's concert - 6pm
Heather's Vocal Workshop - 7pm
open filk - 8pm and on

Actually, things worked out okay - the movie Q&A ended early, and so everyone was milling around chatting - and all the Stargate fans were edging ever closer to David Nykl, which amused me greatly - so, I stepped up to the producers and actors and announced, "Hey guys! Wanna come up to hospitality for a beer?" to which I got a rousing, "Beer sounds great!"

I had to take them up in two batches though - it was like trying to herd cats. I finally had to snap my fingers and the second group (that Nykl was with) and say, "C'mon guys, I have programming I have to be at in 20 minutes, chop chop!" *snort* I basically had to hussle David and the others into the elevator.

Once in Hospitality, I politely accosted the man for a photo - I was in my full steampunk outfit, so that should be interesting - and then I had to toddle off to the songwriting panel. I heard reports back that he seemed to have had a good time. I sure hope so - I'd love to invite him back next year.

I'd promised Susan I would do a 2 hour bar shift in hospitality before I had arranged the filk concerts, so I actually only did a one hour shift, and ended up skipping out on half of each concert.

There was a Burning man panel in the Board room that finally wrapped up around 11pm, so we filkers took the room over - since it was bigger than what we had - and had a rollicking good time.

cflute was able to make it up for the weekend, which is always a musical treat for me. on Saturday evening, Steve Dixon showed up, a truly unexpected pleasure - I don't get to see him and Jody nearly often enough.

We had McKenzie Gray as a last minute media guest at VCon and he did a Saturday night panel that I was unable to attend - a little busy and all - but I saw him going into hospitality right about the time the filkers took over the board room. Being concom, I always try to greet guests when I see them, thank them for coming and ask if they're having a good time - just generally make sure everything is going well. I made a point of welcoming him and asking after his panel, then telling him to relax in hospitality and that if he was interested in music at all, we were having a filk down the hall and to drop in.

About 15 minutes later, McKenzie stuck his head in the door and peaked in on what we were doing. I welcomed him in, and when the music stopped, he asked what filk was - of course, he got about 7 explanations. I knew from reading his bio he'd done guest spots on a bunch of SF shows, including B5. I asked him if he was familiar with B5's mythology and the story arc - sometimes the guests aren't, acting on a show is just a job - but he said, yes he was, so I turned to cflute and told her we should do a B5 song. We ended up singing Annie's Song for him, with Heather drumming along and Callie alternately supplying flute and harmony. Ye gods, it was *gorgeous*. At the end of it, he seemed really impressed.

Then *he* asked if he could sing something - how cool is that? And he sang some Scottish lullaby I'd never heard before - he had this beautiful, smoky tenor, kinda rough but lovely, and wow, that guy can sing!

He ended up sticking around for at least an hour, just listening and sometimes joining in on the refrains of songs that were clearly sing-a-longs, then took my guitar and did another song. This one, a few people knew as half the room started singing along, but I didn't know it myself. Afterward, he thanked us all for having him - I told him, "Hey, you have found your people - you're one of our tribe!" and he kinda chuckled. I told him that we do this on a fairly regular basis, having house filks and getting together just to sing and jam and such. He seemed excited about the concept, gave me his card and told me to email him the next time we were having one.

Pretty cool, dude. Pretty cool indeed. I waited till after he left the room to tell everyone that he had stared as an Evil (eviler?) version of Lex Luthor on Smallville recently. Heh.


SUNDAY

Had breaky with the kidlets and then got ready to go pick up Robert Picardo from the Airport. The timing couldn't have been better; I got there just as he was emerging from customs. I got him back to the car and up to reg by way of the dealer's room so I could take a moment to introduce him to Heather Dale (since she was trapped there, selling CDs.) Then it was up to reg and time for his panel.

I ran off to the guitar workshop, which I had already missed a chunk of, and let everyone know that Robert would be coming by to do a little singing with us after his autograph session. I shot back over to where he was, and he was happily signing away, so I just hung around a bit till they had that all wrapped up. Once he had everything packed away, I hauled him up to hospitality for a beer and then we hit the filk room - which was way full, and people lined up in the hall!

Robert did a few songs, told a few stories, made everyone laugh, and then let us sing him a few songs. I had really wanted to sing "Turn Me Off" by the Duras Sisters, and I finally had the chance. He laughed out loud and really enjoyed it. Then, because all Star Trek actors should be forced to hear it, we did a group sing of Banned from Argo.

I took him back down to Hospitality for a few more beers and then it was off to his hotel room so he could unwind a bit before spending a week shooting on SPN.

As I drove him to his hotel, we talked about how long he would be in town; I mentioned that it was Canadian Thanksgiving this coming weekend. He'd not been aware, and said he'd planned on calling some friends who didn't yet know he was in town, so I told him he should do that soon - they might have family holiday plans. As I dropped him off, just as I was going to leave I told him to enjoy his week and to not be alone for thanksgiving. He said that if he couldn't get a hold of one of his friends, he still had my number.

*snicker* I can see it now... "Hello, Shaddyr, this is Robert Picardo calling..." *THAT* would be cool. *shrugs* I could totally feed him turkey and pumpkin pie. Can't have the poor man stuck in a hotel on Thanksgiving. Then I would tell him he had to stay long enough to watch the episode of Fringe that I was telling him about. Yis.

After dropping him off, I went back to the con and there was more filk. Yay! I sent the kids home at about 8pm since they had school. I, however, booked Monday off as I knew from previous years that I would be a totally write off on Monday.

We ended up dead dogging till about 7:30am.

I am a crazee person. Yis. INSANE. I should NOT do this. But, I did anyway. Yeah. Srsly crzy. I'm still tired today. I think, if it is humanly possibly next year, I should try to take two days off after con. One to sleep and one to sleep and recover.

Comments

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maverick_weirdo
Oct. 7th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
Sounds Fabulous!

Sleep is for the week!
duncanmac
Oct. 7th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
Sleep is for the week!

Which is why (spoontaneously) I'd say it will take a weak amount of time for her to recover. :-)
duncanmac
Oct. 7th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Awesome Con Report
Let's just say it was wayyyy more detailed than mine was of Con-Cept in Montreal.

I've been an admirer of Heather Dale for years. Glad to see you appreciated her awesome musical qualities too!

I may not be into B5, SGA or the like, but I know a good filk-song when I hear one. It sounds as if you filkers sung up a storm!

Have a good week and a' that ...
banjoplayinnerd
Oct. 7th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much once again for inviting me up to VCon. I didn't get to see as much of the con as I would have liked but part of that is the result of having two littles in tow and having obligations as a guest.

It was great fun getting to hear Robert and meeting Heather and McKenzie. See if you can get them back!
retro_rider55
Oct. 7th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
Sorry I couldn't make the con; moving travails.

- can see The World Weekly Newsnow;

"I Choked The Doctor With A Wishebone!!"...

(fingers & whiskers crossed here.
sunnyd_lite
Oct. 8th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
Fab con report-- I'm glad you had such a great time! I'm sure you looked Marvellous!
lunabee34
Oct. 8th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
I am officially 100% jealous of you forever. :)
mackenziesmomma
Oct. 8th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
I just wanted to say i had an absolute blast this year at V*Con. (Though that may have also had something to do with my after con activities...)

And I should have my 'from the fans' report up late this weekend/early next week over at WHR.
mercury973
Oct. 8th, 2010 04:55 am (UTC)
So much fun! I wish I had more time to sit with the filkers but I couldn't pass up beer with David and Kennedy. That truly would be a crime.

Hey- not sure when I'm gonna see you again. I'm going to go to the Halloween party at La Fontana but otherwise I cannot make it on Friday nights since I'm working. I hope it's not gonna be all the way until Con-Filk (which I just might have to crash again).
=)
bluesmancd
Oct. 9th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
I had an absolutely fabulous weekend. Thanks much for inviting me. Heather Dale was a joy, and I had so much fun telling co-workers about jamming "Mull of Kintyre" with Lex Luthor, or having the good Doctor playing on my guitar.
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