Weekend Planning: Alabama Fanaticon 2015


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This weekend in southeast Alabama, is one of the last cons in the southeastern USA for 2015.  Alabama Fanaticon 2015 is being held at the Ozark Civic Center on November 14-15.  And there are plenty of things you can do at this event!  For starters, some of the guests appearing at Fanaticon includes Ian Sinclair, Bobby Nash, Brett Brooks, Matt Silva, Emily Coughlin, Jayson Kretzer, Jason Woodham, Inverse Press, and more!  See the full guest list at: http://www.alabamafanaticon.org/guests.html

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Alongside the guests, there are plenty of special features at Fanaticon.  There will be a cosplay contest, anime viewing room, trivia challenge, art and fan fiction contests, Ghostbusters mass hysteria, gaming, vendors, and plenty of panels!  Learn more about what you can do at Fanaticon at: http://www.alabamafanaticon.org/what-to-see.html

Here is a letter from the director to tell you what to expect from Fanaticon 2015!

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Alabama Fanaticon 2015 is being held at the Ozark Civic Center on November 14-15.  Learn more at: http://www.alabamafanaticon.org

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Weekend Planning: Neewollah on Noble 2015


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Halloween is on a Saturday this year!  And before you and your kids go out trick-or-treating, why not stop by the Neewollah on Noble 2015 in downtown Anniston?  Main Street Anniston, formally the Spirit of Anniston, will put on the big downtown event from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, October 31st.

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This year Main Street Anniston is promising the biggest Neewollah event yet!  There will be plenty of great things for anyone to do!  Anyone can paint an pumpkin or decorate a scarecrow at the pumpkin painting station.  Anyone can enjoy the carnival games and the kid zone.  There will be inflatables and train rides for the kids.  Kids can build something in the Home Depot Kids Workshop.  There will be live music including Brick City Vibe and other artists.  And for this year, you will be able to win stuff including cash!

Neewollah will have a Cornhole Tournament.  The Cornhole Tournament will start at 11 am.  Pre Registration will be from 9 am till 10:30 am.  Top prize is $500, and the top three places will have a cash reward!  It will cost $20 to enter the tournament per player, and the tournament will be set up at 12th and noble.  Nearby will also be a beer garden!  There will also be a Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest at 1 pm.  There will also be a Costume Contest at 2:30 pm and a Pet Costume Contest afterwards.

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During the event, you can enjoy Ted Turgeon’s Martial Arts Demonstration at 1:30 pm.  Other than the special events, you can enjoy arts/crafts vendors, food vendors, freaky fitness station, treat walks, and stores in downtown will be open to serve customers.  Neewollah on Noble will be from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, October 31st.  Admission is free!  Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/SpiritOfAnniston/

Weekend Planning: Super Speedy Cider Con 2015


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This Weekend Planning post is being done because the folks from Super Speedy Cider Con up in Knoxville followed along on Twitter and wanted promotion of this event!  So I will be listing the major guests and events of this weekend!

Major guests during the weekend includes Brony Chef, ​Brass Knuckles, Dr. Edwards,  Joey Oropesa, C. Allan Gann, Prince Whateverer, Bruce Carr, Tiffany Morones, and more!  See the entire guest list at: http://superspeedycidercon.com/

Some of the major events of the weekend includes the charity auction which supports The Michael Morones Foundation which provides children support, and necessary skills to enjoy life to the fullest.  You can also see the Whose Cider is it Anyways? Improv Panel and the Techno Trot.  See a schedule of all of the events and panels at:  http://sscc2015.sched.org/

Super Speedy Cider Con 2015 is on October 16-18 at the Knoxville Hilton in downtown Knoxville, TN!

Watch a livestream of the entire weekend at:  http://welcome.superspeedycidercon.com/live-stream.html

Follow Super Speedy Cider Con at: http://superspeedycidercon.com/.  Follow them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/superspeedycidercon and on Twitter @SSCiderCon.

Weekend Planning: DragonCon 2015 In Atlanta


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Who’s ready for another geek/nerd fest in Atlanta this weekend?  Once again, downtown Atlanta will be filled with thousands of geeks and nerds for DragonCon 2015.  This year, the convention’s organizers are anticipating 65,000 spectators.  And, if you need any reasons why to attend DragonCon, enjoy my presentation below!

DragonCon is the largest multimedia, pop culture convention focusing on science fiction & fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe.  And some big guests for 2015 includes Star Wars’ Peter Mayhew, CW’s Arrow actor Stephen Amell, Battlestar Galactica’s Edward James Olmos, Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols and Games of Thrones stars Kristian Nairn and Julian Glover, and Felicia Day from Geek and Sundry. This is just some of the 400 guests you can see!

The DragonCon annual parade for 2015 will be the biggest ever. The festivities will begin at 10 am at Peachtree Street and Linden Avenue.  From there, the parade will march down Peachtree Street before taking a left on Andrew Young International followed by another left at Peachtree Center Avenue, arriving in front of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel.  Here is a map of the parade route.

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As always, there are a lot of big things going on at DragonCon 2015!  Here is a list of the  featured appearances, here is a list of the musical performers, here is a list of events, and of course there is also gaming, art show, workshops, artist alley, and a ton of tracks!  You will not get bored at DragonCon 2015!

Learn more about DragonCon at: http://www.dragoncon.org/

Weekend Planning: Spirit On Mountain Street 2015


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UPDATE: The following is an post written by Jacksonville State University.  Learn more at: http://www.jsu.edu/

Eat! Give! Cheer! The City of Jacksonville and Jacksonville State University are excited to present the 10th annual Spirit on Mountain Street festival on Thursday, August 27, at 6 p.m. outside the main entrance to the JSU Stadium. Admission is $1 and proceeds benefit the Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center, a charitable organization that supports the city’s needy.

More than 30 local restaurants will be on hand to provide food samples from popular menu items. Children activities, sponsored by the Jacksonville Exchange Club and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, will include a dunking booth, face-painting, bounce houses and more. There will also be a cake auction, hotdog eating contest sponsored by Sonic, a silent auction and door prizes. Food tastings and activities cost $1 per ticket, available at the gate.

At 7:30 p.m., the Kitty Stone Singers will perform the National Anthem prior to a community pep rally kicking off the 2015 school year including students from Jacksonville High School, Pleasant Valley High School, Jacksonville Christian Academy and JSU. The Marching Southerners will be in the stadium practicing prior to the pep rally, treating guests to tunes from their 2015 halftime show.

“Spirit on Mountain Street has been a great event for not only the City of Jacksonville but the surrounding area,” said Jacksonville Major Johnny Smith. “It is an enjoyable night for the community and, through JCOC, supports those in need the whole year through.”

Spirit on Mountain Street kicks off a weekend of community activities on JSU’s campus, including:

  • FridayAugust 28, 5 p.m. – JSU Gamecock football scrimmage game on Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium
  • SaturdayAugust 29, 4-6 p.m. – Gamecock Fan Day at Stephenson Gym
  • SaturdayAugust 29, 6 p.m. – Free concert by country music star Kellie Pickler sponsored by F&M Bank on Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium

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Questions about Spirit on Mountain Street? Contact Christa Morphis at 256-283-7125 or cmorphis@calhouninsurance.pro.

The Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives from more than 20 participating churches throughout the Jacksonville area. It combines the benevolence of area churches to better assist those in need in the community. Learn more at  www.jaxfumc.org/community.