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Hospitality Suite is in 1905

By Kevin on June 30th, 2011
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One thing that inadvertently was left out of all of the convention’s printed materials was the location of the Convention Hospitality Suite. The Con Suite, which is of course open to all members of Westercon 64, is in Room 1905.

Hospitality’s scheduled hours are 10 AM – 1 AM on Friday through Sunday and 10 AM – 2 PM on Monday.

Autograph Session
Schedule Published

By Kevin on June 30th, 2011
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Schedule Published

Autograph sessions are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in the Imperial Ballroom. They start at 1 PM, not 10 AM as listed in the Pocket Program. For the full schedule, see the Autographs page.

Programming Schedule Published

By Kevin on June 29th, 2011
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The Westercon 64 Pocket Program with the complete panel-programming schedule is now available for download in PDF and EPUB formats from the Programming Page. This schedule is, of course, subject to change without notice. The EPUB format is slightly more updated that the PDF, as the PDF is the version sent to the printer, while the EPUB document reflects changes after the printing deadline.

An updated Panelist List including cancellations is also now available. As with the program itself, participants are subject to last-minute changes.

Music Programming

By Kevin on June 29th, 2011
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The Filk Music Program schedule is now available. All filk concerts and open filking will be in the California Room.

Beat the Heat at Westercon

By Kevin on June 29th, 2011
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Although the Bay Area had an unseasonable rain storm earlier this week, the weather forecast for the July 1-4 weekend is for hot temperatures into the high 90°s (mid-30°s C). Westercon takes place entirely in one building: the Fairmont San José. Access to the Fairmont’s pool deck makes booking a hotel room an even better bargain. Attend the convention functions in air-conditioned comfort and take a break with a dip in the pool.

Convention registration opens Thursday afternoon and some convention functions like Anime Programming and the Hospitality Suite will also be open that evening, the night before the convention’s formal opening on Friday. Come early and join the fun!

Advance Registration Closed

By Kevin on June 28th, 2011
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We have closed pre-registration for Westercon 64. If you haven’t yet bought your membership, you can purchase full-weekend or single-day memberships at the door. Membership prices at the door are as follows:

  • 4-Day Attending Membership: $75
  • Friday Only: $30
  • Saturday Only : $40
  • Sunday Only: $40
  • Monday Only: $25

Westercon has no membership cap or other limit. We are not “sold out,” regardless of anything you may have heard elsewhere. We’d love to see you this weekend!

For more details and a link to our membership list, see our Registration page.

Westercon on the Radio (Again)

By Kevin on June 28th, 2011
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On Monday, June 27, Westercon 64 Chairman Glenn Glazer, joined by committee members Sandra Childress, David Clark, and Kevin Standlee, appeared on Bay Area radio station KFJC 89.7 FM program Thoughtline with host Robert Emmett to talk about what’s going to be happening at Westercon this coming weekend. This was our second appearance on Thoughtline, and we thank Robert and KFJC for letting us come and talk about the convention. We have their permission to include a recording of the interview here on our web site.

Finding Your Way to San José

By Kevin on June 27th, 2011
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If you’re looking for information about how to get to the Fairmont, by planes, trains, or automobiles, check out our Comprehensive Travel Guide.

Note that if you’re flying in to San José airport, there is no free shuttle from the hotel; however, you can use a combination of the free #10 Airport bus to the Metro/Airport light rail station and a $2 light rail fare to get you to the stop right next to the hotel at Paseo de San Antonio station.

Westercon on the Radio

By Kevin on June 26th, 2011
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Members of the Westercon 64 committee will be on KFJC radio (89.7 FM in the South Bay Area and also over the internet) appearing on Thoughtline with Robert Emmett. Tune in Monday, June 27, at 6 PM PDT as convention Chairman Glenn Glazer, Dealers’ Room manager David W. Clark, and Website editor Kevin Standlee talk about plans for next weekend’s Westercon.

Hotel Rooms Still Available

By Kevin on June 26th, 2011
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There are still hotel rooms available at the Fairmont for the weekend of Westercon, despite any rumors to the contrary. We encourage anyone attending Westercon to enhance their convention experience by staying in the hotel where you can have easy access to evening events and programming and the parties that are a part of traditional fannish culture.

If you have any difficulty booking a room, including having the reservation tell you that one of the “shoulder nights” (before and after the convention) is unavailable, write to our Hotel Liaison (hotel@westercon64.org) with details and we’ll get it resolved as soon as possible.

Also, if you booked a room by any way other than through the PassKey web site or by calling the hotel and mentioning Westercon, please let our hotel liasion know so that our convention gets appropriate credit for your stay. Part of our commitment to the hotel is that we fill a certain number of hotel room nights, so it’s important we get credit for every convention member staying at the hotel.