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Welcome to Arisia 2011!

Guests of Honor (read more about them):

Jan 14-17, 2011

Hotel Information:

Notes from the Conchair:

Hi there! Many thanks to everyone who helped make Arisia 2011 the
awesome convention it was! If you left anything behind when you left,
please email a description [email protected] to see if it landed in
Arisia's Lost & Found bin. Sorry, before you ask, we haven't had any
sanity points turned in lately. ;)

If you have feedback you want us to hear about Arisia, please email
[email protected] or fill out the handy online form.

And if you'd like to join the team to make next year's Arisia awesome,
please email us at [email protected]! We are happy to have
additional hands to make the work light, as the convention continues
to grow.

Thanks so much!


Arisia 2011 Conchair


We'd like to thank all our minions, er, volunteers, who helped make Arisia 2011 possible!

Feedback wanted!

The good, the bad and well, maybe not the ugly, but you get the point.

Thanks again, one and all!

Blood drive numbers

From John Hodges who ran the blood drive:

For anyone interested in the final numbers; the total units/pints collected for the weekend was 121 124 (Ed: I'm not sure who got the extra 3 units). Of that, 81 units went to Massachusetts General Hospital on Saturday, 40 units went to Children's Hospital Boston on Sunday. Congratulations to everyone who donated and everyone who helped out with running the blood drive! You all did great work!


If you don't pick up a paper copy of our research findings, I mean "Newsletter," they'll be posted here:

Arisia 2011 Masquerade Awards

Young Fan

Arthur D2, Arthur and Julia Kautz – Honored for Construction
Duct Tape Princess, Delenn Brumberger – Honored for Design
Firefly Fairy, Rowan Sloan – Honored for Lighting Effects
Dragon Maiden, Tabitha Bohrnbach – Honored for Sewing Construction
Don’t Wake the Mad Scientist, Isabel Kadel-Garcia – Honored for Best Use of Scissors
Young Codex, Amber Hammond – Honored for Creative use of Lampshade

Arthur D2, Arthur and Julia Kautz – Best Fan Made
Duct Tape Princess, Delenn Brumberger – Most Original
Firefly Fairy, Rowan Sloan – Most Illuminating

Student Art Show winners

We're happy to announce the following student art show contest winners:

1st place: Jordan Walker, "Children" ($250)
(tie) 2nd place: Catalina Ouyang, "Our Modern Romance" ($150)
(tie) 2nd place: Rachel Chasteen, "Kevin" ($150)
3rd place: Alex Winkler, "001_Thunder" ($100)
Honorable Mention: Amanda Heffernan, "Armadillo" ($50)
Honorable Mention: Maxx Newman, "Self Portrait" ($50)
Honorable Mention: Linda Wong, "Cavities" ($50)

Welcome to the future: Arisia 2011 has gone mobile using The Conventionist!

We strongly encourage you to download our mobile guide to enhance your experience at Arisia. You'll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps and general show info.

The guide is compatible for iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Android devices.

To get the guide, choose one of the methods below:

  • Download 'The Conventionist' from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace
  • Visit from your phone’s browser
  • There will be a barcode image for you to scan at the con if you want to do that.

The guide will be listed under the "download guides" section of the application.

I saw this at PaxEast and thought it was really nifty and helpful.

See you guys soon!
Asst Conchair, 2011

Hotel waiting list mostly cleared

At this point, all but 4 waiting list requests (out of about 250) have been dealt with. The 4 remaining requests were for Doubles and made on or after 12/28/2010.

If you are in doubt about the status of your request, if the request was for a King or "Either King or Double," or was made prior to 12/28, we've accommodated it.

The remaining 4 people will be dealt with if/as we get last-minute cancellations.

If you have any questions, please direct them to [email protected] .

-Arisia Innkeeper

Online Pre-Registration Closing!

Online Registration closes TOMORROW, Tuesday, January 11th at 7pm EST. After that time you will have to register at the door, no exceptions!

For those of you who are only planning on coming to the convention for one day (especially later in the day Saturday and Sunday) it does look like we will be close to hitting our (expanded) membership cap, so please check the website to confirm that we haven't already sold out before heading down.

If you are traveling from far away (like New Hampshire or Vermont) just for the day, and you check the website before you leave home, and it doesn't say that we have reached our membership cap, we will still let you into the convention even if that has changed by the time you arrive.

At-Con Registration hours are:

Friday: 3pm - 11pm
Saturday: 9am - 8pm
Sunday: 9am - 8pm
Monday: 9:30am - 2pm

For More information (like the at-con registration rates) please check out

-Kris "Nchanter" Snyder
Arisia Registration

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