Thank you, members!

Packages for both Attending and Supporting members will be shipped out early next week, so keep an eye on your mailboxes the first week of September! Thanks for your patience as we gather as many goodies as possible to load up those flash drives for you.

We want to give one more gigantic thank you to the 53 attendees and 46 supporters of FaberryCon North! It’s because of you that the con continues to be successful and keeps growing.

Once again, we had amazing international representation this year, both from attendees and supporters. Look at this list!

Australia
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Croatia
England
France
Germany
Greece
Italy
Philippines
Singapore
Slovakia
Sweden
Thailand
West Indies

Faberry is truly a worldwide phenomenon, and we’re touched that you took part in our event. We hope you’ll come be a part of FaberryCon South next July!

The BrittanaCon staff has been working so hard to make their maiden voyage a successful one, so let’s join together and give them a hand! They’ve been incredibly supportive of FaberryCon, and we want to return that love to them.

Please consider purchasing a Supporting Membership to BrittanaCon, or pass the link along to a friend who’d be interested! We’re all one fannish family, after all. <3

A special thank you

In the closing notes of the con, scatterbrained as I was, I was unfortunately remiss in adequately acknowledging the above and beyond efforts of someone very special and important to all of us, and that person is Pooh (rqficrecs).

FaberryCon has the intimate, family feeling that it does because particular people go out of their way to close the spaces between us. No one does this more than Pooh. Do you know she makes sure she talks to every single person at the con for at least 15 minutes one-on-one, but usually more? (I know it’s not MathCon, but that’s at least 13 hours of conversations.) She often misses programming because she’s helping talk someone through a problem or getting you something at the store or making sure you’re not alone if you need to smoke or go somewhere. It’s so important to her that everyone feels safe and included, but more than that, she wants to know you as an individual, to make you feel “seen” for who you are, as we say in the teaching industry. And when she does this, it’s not through some formulaic questionnaire or a cold process — it’s sincere and genuine and meaningful, because that’s who Pooh is.

I know I can speak for everyone who has attended a FaberryCon when I say, thank you, Pooh. You make our con better. You make the experiences of our attendees better. For many, those heartfelt conversations define their con experience. I know without a doubt that FaberryCon wouldn’t be what it is without you. I’m not sure if you realize, Pooh, how much you affect people or how deeply. In reading the feedback forms today, there was one recurring theme, and that was thanking you for everything you do at the con. I couldn’t agree more. The safe space that’s created is in large part because of you. Every con should be so lucky as to have someone doing what you do for us. It matters, more than you know.

We love you very much, Pooh. Thank you for being you.

(And if you’re someone reading this whose con experience was bettered by Pooh’s selfless efforts, I encourage you to go send her a message saying so, or reblog this with a note. A little goes a long way.)

If you’re someone who didn’t get the attend FaberryCon North, but you’re reading the post-con reports and thinking, “Man, that really sounds amazing,” (which it was), we hope you’ll consider getting a Supporting Membership. That way, you can watch the videos and see the pictures and officially be a part of the experience, even after the fact.

You can register/purchase a membership until August 10th. Thanks!

And that’s a wrap!

Thank you to everyone — yes, each and every one of you — who attended FaberryCon North and made it the smashing success that it was. Because of you, a family was reunited, new life-long friendships were made, and lives were changed this weekend.

Putting on a con takes a village, and ours certainly is no exception. Karyn and Kayla, my amazing planning staff, took on so much more this time. The Thursday excursion into NYC was amazing!! Truly a unique and special opportunity, and it went off without a hitch. The Awesome Jamz Party absolutely lived up to its name, and KaraokGlee continued to be the perfect bonding event to kick off the con. Your hours and hours of planning and hard work helped make this con the most successful one yet. Thank you both for everything you do for me and for the con and for our family.

Thank you to our donors, especially the Gold Stars, for helping us keep our head above water and providing scholarship opportunities. Thank you to Lara and Mike and Dee, who helped keep things running smoothly all weekend. Thank you to our live-bloggers and panel moderators and game leaders for keeping the conversation going. Thank you to our party room inhabitants for letting us fill (and trash) your living space every night. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Fic Battle and the Fic Author Q&R and Pictionary and Open Mic Night for putting yourselves out there so bravely for our entertainment. Thank you for the BritannaCon attendees for making the sacrifice to come to both cons. We love you, and it gives us a sneak peek into how amazing an eventual merge will be. Thank you to everyone who bought drinks and food to share in the party rooms, or bought something at shopping time, or covered a meal for someone. Thank you to everyone who moved chairs and picked up trash and carried property back and forth, because I can’t do it alone. Thank you to everyone who stepped outside their comfort zone during an ice-breaker game so we could get to know you a little better. Perhaps most importantly, thank you to everyone who shared in the Here’s to Us panel, because I can guarantee that something you said affected someone else’s life in a profound way.

Thank you to everyone who spoke to someone new this weekend, especially our self-appointed Hospitality Leaders, Pooh, Kristine, and Alicia. Thank you, everyone, for helping make new attendees feel included. Thank you for sharing your stories. Thank you for being courageous and opening yourself up to new friends. Thank you for trusting us. Thank you for giving us second chances if we messed up. Thank you for your patience and flexibility and understanding. Thank you for your love and kindness. Thank you for helping the words “safe space” actually mean something inside our walls.

But most of all, I want to thank every single one of you for simply attending the con. Thank you for flying from opposite sides of the world or getting on the train or driving overnight across state lines just to be with us. You gave us your time and money, yes, but most importantly, you gave us you. Thank you for your laughter and your hugs and your smiles and your smart thoughts and your silly jokes and your love. It wouldn’t have been the same FaberryCon North without you. You made our con better by being a part of it. 

It was a truly amazing weekend, and I am so grateful to be a part of this family. Thank you.

- jarrow

kbs-was-here:

Sound checking tracks and pulling some final video clips for the Awesome Jamz Party. (Everyone’s there for some Wemma action, right?)
Speaking of the Jamz Party, here’s the deal:
There will be music, slideshows, and videos. While the media show is more formal, kind of like a movie date with everyone, the jamz party is about hanging out, singing along, and dancing if you feel so inclined.
Just a few things on the list include:
a FaberryCon slideshow (yes, it’s all about us!)
a Lea and Dianna slideshow (and a chance to play Real or Manip!)
videos of our favorite ladies
90’s tracks
80’s remixes
mega mashups
and more!
So, if you’re not a dancer, know that we’re thinking of you, as well.
It’s going to be a lot of fun and we hope to see you there!

kbs-was-here:

Sound checking tracks and pulling some final video clips for the Awesome Jamz Party. (Everyone’s there for some Wemma action, right?)

Speaking of the Jamz Party, here’s the deal:

There will be music, slideshows, and videos. While the media show is more formal, kind of like a movie date with everyone, the jamz party is about hanging out, singing along, and dancing if you feel so inclined.

Just a few things on the list include:

  • a FaberryCon slideshow (yes, it’s all about us!)
  • a Lea and Dianna slideshow (and a chance to play Real or Manip!)
  • videos of our favorite ladies
  • 90’s tracks
  • 80’s remixes
  • mega mashups
  • and more!

So, if you’re not a dancer, know that we’re thinking of you, as well.

It’s going to be a lot of fun and we hope to see you there!

xactodreams:

Interactive Map: here

Things to bring with you on the tour: 

You absolutely want a good pair of running or jogging shoes for this. I’ve done it in Converse and I DO NOT RECOMMEND. You WILL have blisters by the end of the day if you don’t have the proper footwear. 

Water bottle! It’s important to stay hydrated. 

Money. We’re making a stop at FAO Schwarz and the tour wraps up at Times Square. 

Your charming personality and great sense of humor. :D

If you’re meeting us at Penn Station:

Please wait for us outside the NJ Transit terminal, which is located by the 7th Avenue entrance, across from the Duane Reade drugstore.

(NOTE: “Outside” the terminal is still inside Penn. So you will be either dry or air conditioned, whatever the weather brings).

In case the weather is less than perfect: 

I don’t think we’ll get more than a drizzle, or at worst sporadic bouts of small rain patches. Bring a light rain jacket, just in case. There will be an option of picking up a $5 umbrella if it really is raining. Most of our stops have places to wait out the weather if that is necessary, but I don’t think it will be.

IT’S GO TIME!!

That’s right, folks — FaberryCon North is HERE!!

To keep up with all the con happenings, be sure to follow out two Twitter accounts:

  1. @FaberryConNorth - This is where we’ll post official updates and news, especially if there are any delays / schedule changes or room # announcements.
  2. @FaberryConLive - Our staff will live blog the con, so tune in for funny quotes and updates on our shenanigans!

For those of you not attending, please consider purchasing a Supporting Membership to help the con. You’ll get to watch up to 9 hours of video footage from the con and get the closest thing to a live experience there is without actually being there! 

If you’re attending and you need to reach the staff with any concerns or questions, email faberrycon@gmail.com if you can’t find us.

SEE YOU SOON!! :-D

Website update

Thanks to xactodreams, our website is now more user-friendly than ever! Previously, the drop-down menus were not accessible on phones, but we’re excited to say that has now been fixed. Hooray!

Kayla also built an incredible map for the NYC fic tour that we’ll be using live at North for the pre-con excursion. Go check out the great sites we’ll visit!

Registration to attend North closes in THREE DAYS! (Sunday 7/13) If you’re joining us, get on it!