This is the November 2013 Progress Report for all Arisia attendees. You are receiving this email because you registered for a recent Arisia and gave us permission to send you mail. If you'd like to change your subscription preferences, please see the links at the bottom of this mailing.
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Arisia 2014
January 17-20
Westin Waterfront Hotel, Boston

November 2013 Progress Report

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Masquerade – Remember it’s on SUNDAY Night

The Masquerade will be held on Sunday night of Arisia. Most rehearsals will still be held on Saturday.  Online registration at    

The Ribbon Game

This year, we will be running a convention-wide game. The goal is to collect as many different badge ribbons as possible. To encourage convention attendees to print ribbons, we're letting people buy into the ribbon order that the convention does each year.  For $25 (plus tax) you'll get 100 ribbons to hand out. Just fill out the ribbon purchase form  by November 30.


Fan Tables

A limited number of tables are available for fan groups to promote themselves and sell memberships and club paraphernalia (e.g., T-shirts). If you would like to sell more than memberships and T-shirts, please take a look at the Author/Artist Alley and Dealers Room.

Note that you will need a membership badge to get a Fan Table. To contact us, please email The deadline for Fan Table requests is December 2.

Arisia Photos needed!

Do you have photos taken at Arisia in the 1990s? The Souvenir Book team needs your help! Please email if you have photos from these decades that we can include on the souvenir book.


Tiptree Bake Sale

Arisia is proud to host a James Tiptree, Jr. bake sale to support this fine award.


If you are interested in donating home-baked goodies that do not require refrigeration at Arisia, or if you would like to volunteer to help with the bake sale, please contact us at


Get your flu shot now!

Flu shots take weeks to take effect, so don't wait until the last minute.  And if you're exposed before the con, being vaccinated will keep you from infecting someone else when you arrive.  Help the immunocompromised and people who can't take flu shots to attend Arisia by doing your part to increase our herd immunity.

This third progress report lets you know what’s happening behind the scenes at Arisia and contains updates so you can begin to plan your Arisia weekend! This email is a long one, but we hope it's worth it, because it's packed full of important info!

Arisia Registration

Registration is $55 until December 31, 2013. Register for the con here 

Registration Rates and Deadlines

  1. $55 through 12/31
  2. $65 After 1/1 and at-door

  3. $30 - students (students age 13-25 with a valid student ID)
  4. $65 for Turtle Track (Child Care) memberships
  5. Free - Kid-in-Tow must be with a paying attendee at all times.

Hotel reservations

Even though you can no longer make a reservation on The Westin's Reservation Website for Arisia, you may still be able to get a room!  To get on the wait list for a room at The Westin Waterfront Boston please fill out our Special Request Form and make the appropriate selections.

There are still plenty of rooms available (including doubles!) for just $150/night at The Renaissance Boston (just two blocks away from The Westin)

All hotel special requests, which include needing an accessible hotel room, a cot for your room, a fridge for medical purposes,  or wanting to be placed in the family/small children rooming block must be submitted to the Special Request Form  by Nov 30.  Requests received after that date may not get fulfilled.

Art Show Registration is Open

Do you have art to share with the world? The Arisia art show is a non-juried, no commission show that sells tables and panels to artists who wish to participate.  If that’s you, see all the details in the art show registration form.  Artists interested in exhibiting their work should register by November 30, 2013. We can’t wait to see your work in our show.  

This year, the Art Show will be moving to Harbor II and III on the Harbor Conference Level on the east side of the Boston Westin Waterfront Hotel, one floor up from the Lobby Level and two floors above the Galleria where it was last year.

Arisia Lightning Presentations

What's your passion?  Arisia would like you to share something that inspires you in one of our Lightning Presentations.  This program was inspired by TED talks and performances and the excitement they provoke.  Come and listen and find out what we want to share.

Signup at the lightning talks form. We’ll decide on presenters and notify them by December 1st.  PowerPoint, Open Office, or other presentations will be due on January 2nd.  All presentations will be loaded onto one laptop for projection.

Calling all High School Students!

Don’t forget that we’ll have a student art contest and a student writing contest just for you! Interested students should sign up by December 15th for the Writing Contest and December 20th for the Art Contest.

Arisia Gaming

Hello from Arisia gaming 2014! To all past and potential Game Masters and Live Action Role Play coordinators, rejoice: the signups to run games are now live! Please go sign up for tabletop gaming or for LARPing.

Arisia Access

Arisia plans to hold a tactile tour of the Masquerade during Masquerade Halftime, and a Tactile tour of the Art Show. These tours are open to all attendees, but priority will be given to people with disabilities. Sign up by sending an email to

For attendees who require ASL interpreters, we will have interpreters on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm (and they will need a lunch break in there.) If you need an interpreter, please email by December 31.

Enlist for Team Arisia

Arisia runs on volunteer power and there are a lot of ways you can help.  Volunteers who work eight hours will get a free T shirt at the convention (only available to volunteers); twelve or more hours earn a free membership to next year's convention. We need people pre-con and post-con too! Check out our Help Wanted page for available positions, and tell us what you’d like to do to help through our Volunteer Form. You can also email for details on how to help out, or to tell us what kind of position you'd like.

It’s going to be a wonderful 25th Arisia!  We’ll see you there.  

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