LoneStarCon 2, the 1997 Worldcon

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The Second Occasional LoneStarCon Science Fiction Convention and Chili Cook-off, Variously known as the 55th World Science Fiction Convention and LoneStarCon 2, the 1997 Worldcon, To be held from August 28th through September 1st, in the year 1997, in San Antonio, Texas.

LoneStarCon 2, the 1997 Worldcon: Masquerade Information

(Information provided by Peggy Kennedy, Masquerade Director)

The LoneStarCon 2 Masquerade will be held on Sunday night, August 31st at 8 PM in the Grand Ballroom at the Marriott River Center Hotel. I am getting information on Green Room and Stage dimensions, doorway widths, overhead clearances, and other stuff useful for planning your presentation, and will make it available as soon as I can.
Registration: Costumes should be pre-registered. The completed forms (included in this PR or available by writing the Masquerade Director, see address at end), must arrive at my home address before August 10th, 1997. If you don't have all the information, send the form anyhow and supply the omissions at the Con. You will need to check in at the convention Masquerade Registration Desk (location to be determined, but probably near Convention Registration, at the Convention Center) before 10 AM on Saturday, August 30 in order to stay on the competitors' list.
Since there are sometimes people who do not know about the Masquerade until it is too late to pre-register, a very limited number of places will be reserved for at-Con registration. The cut-off time for this will be the same as for check-in. Pre-registered entries will be arranged for the best effect. At-Con entries will go on at the end of the Masquerade, after the pre-registrants.
Awards: There are two competitions in this Masquerade: the Stage Competition, where costumes are judged for effect; and the Workmanship Competition, where they are judged for skill in their construction. Workmanship judging was established to recognize exceptional skills in crafting. It is done backstage and is strictly voluntary. If you wish your costume, prop, or any portion of them to be judged for workmanship, let your Den Mom know when you sign in at the Green Room. Additionally, we are planning to have Hall Costume Awards, which will be given out during the convention.
Re-Creations: Costumers doing Re-Creation costumes should bring a copy of the source to the convention and turn it in at check-in. This is so the Judges can judge fairly. Do not submit originals, as we cannot take responsibility for them.
Divisions: The competition will be run under the skill divisions system of Novice, Journeyman, and Master, so that costumers with less experience do not have to compete against those with more. Definitions are given below. "Major Masquerade" means WorldCon Masquerade or CostumeCon Science Fiction/Fantasy Masquerade.
The division should be that of the highest ranking member of the group who had major input into the costume, not just advice and encouragement.
  • Enter in the Novice Division if you have fewer than three awards in the Novice Division at a major Masquerade.
  • Enter in the Journeyman Division if you have fewer than three awards in the Journeyman Division at a major Masquerade or qualify as a Novice but want to do it anyhow.
  • Enter in the Master Division if you make a substantial part of your income as a professional costumer or have taken Best in Show at a major Masquerade or have an award at the Master level at a major Masquerade or have three major awards at the Journeyman level at a major Masquerade or want to.

There will also be a Young Fan division (for costumers 12 or under) subdivided into costumes made by the young fan and those made by an adult.
Liability Releases: Everybody taking part in the Masquerade, helpers as well as costumers, will need to sign liability releases (included on the registration forms) in order to participate. For participants under eighteen years of age, the release should be signed by a parent or guardian.
Green Room: The Green Room is located close to the stage, with toilets nearby. We intend to supply the usual munchies and cold drinks, as well as a repair table, mirrors, and iron and ironing board.
One new rule this year: costumes must be completed before being brought to the Green Room. While emergency repairs and final assembly of large props or costumes are O.K., sewing, hot gluing, soldering, or other construction work which could have been finished at home or in the hotel room are not. This is because they occupy too much space and take too many helpers away from other costumers.
Weapons: If you plan to carry a weapon, you must satisfy the Weapons Master that you can do so without danger to yourself or others. In any case, no illegal or loaded weapons (guns, bows, slings, etc.) may be used. Transportation of weapons to and from the Masquerade area must conform to the convention's weapons policy.
Props: Props will have to be carried on and off the stage by the people using them or by helpers whom they supply. We will not have storage space for large props, so you will need to bring them to the Green Room no earlier than the day of the Masquerade (time to be determined) and remove them after the show.
Sound: We will be able to play standard cassette tapes with background music and/or voice-over. Turn in your cued-up tape when you check in at the Masquerade registration desk. Be sure to label the tape with your name, costume title, and correct side to be played. It would be wise to bring a second tape for backup, just in case. I am hoping to send out standard tape labels for you to put on your cassettes.
Stage: I have been told that the stage will be available for much of the convention, except for Opening ceremonies and the afternoon and evening of the Hugo Ceremonies. Details have yet to be worked out, but I can tell you that we will have a good-sized stage and that we may have a runway. We are working on getting a follow spot and whatever other amenities the budget will stand.
For safety reasons, all contestants must at least walk the stage before the Masquerade. We will hold tech rehearsals, where you can consult with the MC and tech crew about sound, lighting, and special effects. I will publish the hours when I know them myself, and there will be a sign-up sheet for rehearsal times. This will also be when people who want to carry weapons will clear them with the Weapons Master.
Photography: Our Official Photographer is Ken Warren. We are also planning to have a Fan Photo area. Members of LoneStarCon 2 may photograph or videotape costumes for their personal use. Sales for any purpose require the written consent of the costumer and the convention. Space will be limited, and places can be reserved by writing to the Masquerade Director. As always, no flash photography will be allowed during the Masquerade.
The usual Polaroid photo, used to help the Judges, will be taken. There will be a $1.00 fee. The photos will belong to the costume entry and can be picked up after the Masquerade is over, probably at the Bitch Session.
Volunteers: Anyone who wants to volunteer to work on the Masquerade should get in touch with me via Email or Snail Mail. I need it in writing so I can remember who offered to do what. Without volunteers there cannot be a Masquerade. Please help me, the costumers, and the audience to make this an exciting event.

Some good people have agreed to lend their efforts to make this an enjoyable Masquerade:
Carl Mami will be the Deputy Masquerade Director;
Suford Lewis will be in charge of Backstage Personnel;
Sandy Manning is going to run the Green Room, assisted by Michael Mason;
Ken Warren will be the Official Photographer;
Tom Whitmore is taking care of Front of House;
Susan de Guardiola is MC, assisted by Elaine Brennan;
John Blaker will be Head of Catchers;
Larry Schroeder will be Stage Manager.
Peggy Kennedy, Masquerade Director
62 Touchstone, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035

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