Re: [ICG-D] Why the Masquerades are Small Today
> >The other problem that we ran into here, was that Fiona and her old
> >costuming parter, Joe Phillips, were asked to not compete "because it
> >fair to the other entrants" since they had a tendency to win a lot.It was Joe himself who made that comment. To quit the masquerades because
there was, "No more competition."
This decision came, incidentally, after we took Best In Show over him at the
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- At 09:43 PM 4/4/02 -0500, you wrote:
>Unfortunately, no one else from the groups with whom they usually costumeAn unfortunate side effect when the group leader is the driving force that
>even showed up at the con.
makes the others costume.
>Some people have blamed the September 11 mass murders and others have saidI know that September 11 had a serious financial impact on me personally
>that the economy was a cause of the poor turnout. I wonder if that's true.
(20% loss in income the last quarter of 2001), and countless others around
the country. Often, the cost of attending a convention (travel, hotel,
food) is worse than the cost of putting a costume together (I'm sure I
could compete for *years* if I put my mind to it and used my fabric stash
in a creative manner). And, frankly, it took a few months for people to
decide that it was OK to have fun again.
I think this year is going to be an "off" year for conventions, even though
the economy seems to be picking up. We just attended the big Halloween
trade show in Chicago (aka TransWorld Halloween, Party, Gift, and Costume
Show), and attendance was off 30%, and sales by most vendors were off 50%
>I'm not in New England, so what little I could do in the month before theRunning a large event by remote control is very, very difficult, even if
>con was by remote control. (I won't be doing it again next year.)
you are intimately familiar with the hotel or other venue. Might be helped
if the long-distance Masquerade Director has an extremely competent and
knowledgeable "lieutenant" who is local.