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Friday, January 16
 

5:00pm

Costume Clash Game: Compete in Teams for MarsBucks!
Compete in teams to construct the best costume in one hour from a bag of surprise materials. The winning team splits $30-$40 MarsBucks (depending on participation).

Speakers

Friday January 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Restaurant Annex

6:00pm

The Well-Dressed Puppet workshop
Puppet Kits available to first arrivals ($5 donation encouraged), or bring your own puppet to dress in ideas from Cher Lambeth's book "The Well-Dressed Puppet."

Speakers

Friday January 16, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Restaurant Annex

7:00pm

8:00pm

Miniature Fairy Wings Workshop
Create beautiful, one-of-a-kind pose-able silk wings for your favorite ball-jointed or fashion doll, plushie, or even pet with our resident expert on the small and beautiful, Angela Wade. Fabric, wire, paints and other materials will be provided to all; bring your favorite doll to use as a base. Space may be limited.

Speakers

Friday January 16, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Abraham Lincoln

10:00pm

Urban Fantasy Roundtable--David B. Coe, Margaret McGraw
Join in an open discussion of urban fantasy favorites like The Dresden Files and underappreciated gems.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Editor/Author
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor of two anthologies about the wildest West that never was: Weird Wild West (eSpec Books, 2015) and Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier (Falstaff Books, 2017). Her story "Rainmaker" appears in Lawless Lands, and “Stasis” appears in the benefit... Read More →


Friday January 16, 2015 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Restaurant Annex

10:00pm

Webcomics Roundtable
Participate in an open conversation about reading and creating webcomics

Speakers

Friday January 16, 2015 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Abraham Lincoln

10:00pm

MarsCon Win Lose or Draw
Come play the classic MarsCon version of the draw and guess game. Some random members of the winning team will collect MarsBucks!

Speakers

Friday January 16, 2015 10:00pm - Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00am
Stuart's Redoubt

10:00pm

Paranormal Event: Ghost Hunting with Pamela K. Kinney meet in lobby
The Fort Magruder Hotel is located on a civil war battlefield, making it a prime spot for hauntings. Join Pamela K. Kinney promptly at 10 in the lobby to join a paranormal investigation.

Speakers

Friday January 16, 2015 10:00pm - Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00am
Hotel Lobby
 
Saturday, January 17
 

9:00am

Wake Up Yoga
A session of gentle stretching to get you loose and ready for a long day.

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
General Hooker's

10:00am

Star Trek Roundtable
Do you love the new movies, or do they make you miss the old Trek? Which TV series was the best? Where should Trek go next? Come prepared to discuss these questions and more.


Saturday January 17, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Restaurant Annex

10:00am

Allen Wold's Writer's Workshop
Join Allen Wold and his team of great writers for the workshop that has been helping new writers grow for over a decade. Come prepared to write! Arrive promptly, as space may be limited.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Editor/Author
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor of two anthologies about the wildest West that never was: Weird Wild West (eSpec Books, 2015) and Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier (Falstaff Books, 2017). Her story "Rainmaker" appears in Lawless Lands, and “Stasis” appears in the benefit... Read More →


Saturday January 17, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
Abraham Lincoln

11:00am

SCA Medieval Combat
The Society for Creative Anachronism is an international organization dedicated to researching and recreating the arts and skills of pre-17th Century Europe. Members will be providing a demonstration of the armored and rapier combat arts they perform within their group, while also discussing the various other aspects of history and combat they study and recreate.

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
General Hooker's

12:00pm

Guardians of the Galaxy Roundtable
Where did Star Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and the rest come from? Where should they go next? If you loved the movie, come join the discussion.

Speakers
avatar for John Desmarais

John Desmarais

MarsCon Progenitor
When you’re the child of over educated parents and grow up in a family of voracious readers, your destiny lies along the path to Geekdom – and a lonely path it can be. The grand revelation occurred shortly after graduating from high school with the first excursion to an actual... Read More →


Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Restaurant Annex

12:00pm

Something Sketchy's Going On: Bring Materials to Sketch and Get Advice from the Experts
Bring your drawing materials for a shared sketching session with great artists who will provide advice and ideas while you sketch.


Saturday January 17, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Abraham Lincoln

1:00pm

Pickleman Dreams in Green
Interact with Pickleman, Learn to Juggle, and Create a Magical Artifact


Saturday January 17, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
General Hooker's

1:00pm

Something Sketchy's Going On: Bring Materials to Sketch and Get Advice from the Experts
Bring your drawing materials for a shared sketching session with great artists who will provide advice and ideas while you sketch.


Saturday January 17, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Abraham Lincoln

1:00pm

Star Wars Roundtable
Will the new film be a great restart or a bust? Where should they take the story? Where will they take it? Discuss these questions and more in an open forum discussion.


Saturday January 17, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
4th Floor Hosp Rm - 467

1:00pm

Doctor Who 'High Tea' - First Seating - Limited Space - Please Sign up at registration!
Sign up in registration early on Friday, this one will fill up! Enjoy a Whovian High Tea, complete with real china and Doctor décor and characters. Cosplay encouraged!

Saturday January 17, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Kearny's

2:00pm

25 Years of Trivia Game
How much do you remember about the last 25 years? Bring a team or join one in the Restaurant Annex as we test your knowledge in this fun, interactive hour. The winning team will split $40 in MarsBucks.

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Restaurant Annex

2:00pm

Photography Walk with Earl Harris
Meet our Con Photographer in the Lobby and stroll the Con with him, snapping shots and getting hints.

Speakers

Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hotel Lobby

2:00pm

Zombie Roundtable
What will happen next on Walking Dead? What's the next great zombie film? And what are you going to do to survive the zombie plague? Join the discussion of these and other topics related to our shambling fascination.


Saturday January 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
4th Floor Hosp Rm - 467

2:30pm

Doctor Who 'High Tea' - Second Seating - Limited Space - Please Sign up at registration!
Sign up in registration early on Friday or Saturday, this one will fill up! Enjoy a Whovian High Tea, complete with real china and Doctor décor and characters. Cosplay encouraged!

Saturday January 17, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Kearny's

3:00pm

Basic Swing Dancing Lessons
Come learn a few basic moves that you can use for a lifetime.


Saturday January 17, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
General Longstreet's

3:00pm

Game of Thrones Roundtable
Which is better, the books or the series? How will the two diverge? Who are your favorite characters, and will they survive? Come prepared for a Stark-ly enlightening discussion.


Saturday January 17, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
4th Floor Hosp Rm - 467

3:00pm

GOH Signing
Bring items to get signed or buy them from Barnes and Noble booksellers on site. Limit of two items per pass through line.


Saturday January 17, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
General Early's

4:00pm

Superhero Roundtable
Whether it's Avengers, X-Men, Justice League, or something completely different, this is the place to be if you want to talk about the caped and masked ones.

Speakers
avatar for John Desmarais

John Desmarais

MarsCon Progenitor
When you’re the child of over educated parents and grow up in a family of voracious readers, your destiny lies along the path to Geekdom – and a lonely path it can be. The grand revelation occurred shortly after graduating from high school with the first excursion to an actual... Read More →


Saturday January 17, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
4th Floor Hosp Rm - 467

5:00pm

Artists' Roundtable
Join our artist guests of honor and others for an open forum discussion about anything related to art: the creative side, the business side, or the technical side.


Saturday January 17, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Restaurant Annex

5:00pm

Big Bang Theory Roundtable
Will the couples stay together? What's the best episode? Join in an open discussion forum with other fans of the geek's favorite sitcom.


Saturday January 17, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
4th Floor Hosp Rm - 467

6:00pm

Dystopian Roundtable
The Hunger Games or World War Z? Divergent or The Maze Runner? There are a thousand ways to end the world and here's your chance to discuss them all!


Saturday January 17, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
4th Floor Hosp Rm - 467

6:00pm

Match Guest Game
Modeled on the classic Match Game, join in as our guests fill in the blanks in funny SF/fantasy sentences. Match the most answers, and you'll take away $30 in MarsBucks. It's easy to play and guaranteed to produce some laughs.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Editor/Author
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor of two anthologies about the wildest West that never was: Weird Wild West (eSpec Books, 2015) and Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier (Falstaff Books, 2017). Her story "Rainmaker" appears in Lawless Lands, and “Stasis” appears in the benefit... Read More →
avatar for Chuck Turnitsa

Chuck Turnitsa

MarsCon Progenitor
In the waning days of summer, of the year 1965, the third of three massive scout ships – hailing from an obscure little stellar empire past the Crab nebula – reached her destination. The first two ships were lost. One fell victim to curious new radiation unique to our part of... Read More →


Saturday January 17, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Restaurant Annex

11:00pm

Jam Session with Blibbering Humdingers, Griff's Room Band, Mikey Mason and Valentine Wolfe--Bring Your Instrument and Join In!
What will happen when amateur musicians join in a jam with some of our great musical lineup? We're not sure, but we want to find out. Bring your instrument!


Saturday January 17, 2015 11:00pm - Sunday January 18, 2015 1:00am
Stuart's Redoubt

11:00pm

Mocktail Party
A room party for non-drinkers and under 21s.

Saturday January 17, 2015 11:00pm - Sunday January 18, 2015 1:00am
Con Suite
 
Sunday, January 18
 

9:00am

Something's Brewing: Healthier Bulletproof Coffee
Bulletproof coffee is a specific recipe that has been shown to have multiple health benefits not found in your average joe. Come get a cup, learn how to make it, and ask questions.

Speakers

Sunday January 18, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Con Suite

10:00am

Wake up Yoga
You might need to stretch out some kinks so you can enjoy your last day of MarsCon to the fullest.

Speakers

Sunday January 18, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
General Longstreet's

11:00am

25 Years of Table Games
We'll kick off this playing session with two gaming experts picks for the best games of the last 25 years, followed by play until 2 pm.

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Turnitsa

Chuck Turnitsa

MarsCon Progenitor
In the waning days of summer, of the year 1965, the third of three massive scout ships – hailing from an obscure little stellar empire past the Crab nebula – reached her destination. The first two ships were lost. One fell victim to curious new radiation unique to our part of... Read More →


Sunday January 18, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Kearny's

11:00am

Sketch-a-Thon
Back by popular demand! You shout out wacky ideas and watch three artists bring them to life before your eyes!


Sunday January 18, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Restaurant Annex

12:00pm

Art Auction
It's your last chance to bid on a great item from our Art Room!


Sunday January 18, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
General Longstreet's

12:00pm

Making Music Roundtable
An open session to discuss the creative, business, and technical sides of making music.


Sunday January 18, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Stuart's Redoubt

12:00pm

25 Years of Table Games
Speakers

Sunday January 18, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Kearny's

12:00pm

Plotting Workshop for Writers
Allen Wold returns for a more advanced writing workshop in how to put together a plot that will keep readers turning pages.

Speakers

Sunday January 18, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Abraham Lincoln

12:00pm

William Shakespeare's Star Wars Read-In
We'll divvy up the parts and get all thespian for two hours of fun where the Bard meets the Force. Bring a copy of the book by Ian Doescher if you have one.

Speakers

Sunday January 18, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Restaurant Annex