To develop Program for Smofcon 30, I asked for panel ideas from Smofcon members and then asked for feedback on the ideas, letting people vote for their favorite items. In that way, Smofcon members, generally, got the programming opportunities they were most interested in. Anyone who was interested in being on Program was on at least one item. Panels sorted by vote total.
Thursday afternoon started off with the opening of the con suite and an informal local beer testing, led by beer fan Jim Mann. About 20 attended. A number of us then walked over to Jim's Steaks on South Street.
Program items started officially at 4pm (though a quick look at "Drupal for Registration" and a "Welcome to Smofcon" panel both started before 4).
Instead of a standard Friday icebreaker, we encouraged people to explore the city in groups. Laurie led a group over to the historic City Tavern
Mo Starkey, Adrienne Foster, Steven Silver, Patty Wells
Bill Thomasson, Alexis Layton, Leslie Turek
We learned that Benjamin Franklin experimented with tofu (and seems to have served it with tomatoes and pasta) and that Thomas Jefferson brewed a pretty good wheat beer.
Jim led a pub crawl. The pub crawl planned to go to the following places, depending on how crowded the bars were early Friday evening:
The Con Suite was mobbed for the Smofcon Memorial. As it would have been Danny Lieberman's birthday a few days later, we bought a cake in his memory.
We ran items on Sunday until 5pm. The Con Suite was open Sunday night, and closed down noon on Monday.
Priscilla's Program Workshop Materials:
Panels and workshops ran all day Saturday. James Shields ran a 3 session workshop on using Drupal to build your convention Website. The hotel served an informal lunch of hot sandwiches, salad and cold drinks at 1pm. Saturday afternoon and night, we had two sessions of Worldcon/NASFiC Fannish Inquisition, led by Helen Montgomery, with help from Deb Geisler and Stephen Boucher.