So you wanna know what we’ve got in store for you? OK, fine, we’ll tell ya.
We are still finalizing some additional activities but the schedule of events is current. Look for additional items as we get closer to the event. We’ll have full schedules posted at the hotel. The three Tracks are set, as is dinner on Saturday. Full details are listed on the individual event pages.
Check-in at the hotel is in the early afternoon.
Be on the lookout for signage on the FIRST Floor directing you to our Registration table. Volunteers will be on staff from 3:00pm onward to handle registration. If you bought a T-shirt (or two), you can pick it up there as well.
The BCB Hospitality Suite, “Inara’s Shuttle” will be on the Eighth floor and open late in the afternoon. If you are not staying on the Eighth floor you will need to find someone who is to get up there.
Random unorganized entertainment is on deck for the afternoon. Note that we have yet to receive approval from the hotel for a gosling juggling contest. We’ll let you know if that changes. Lunch is on your own if you arrive early. The hotel has a bar and restaurant and there are plenty of eateries nearby.
We’ve added a special leather-themed activity for everyone who arrives on Friday.
The evening’s Unification Day Renunciation Party will begin at 6:30pm at The ABQ Grill restaurant located on the first floor of the hotel.
- Live Music by the Bedlam Bards
- New Mexican Cuisine – appetizers and buffet
- Cash Bar
- Belly Dancers
- Games, Crafts and Fun
- Meet fine folks from around the ‘Verse
- Photo Opportunities
- Special, make-your-friends-jealous, take-home keepsake
- We may be able to provide dance lessons
After 10:00pm, the party will move to the Club Lounge on the top floor of the hotel. It’s a luxurious space with breathtaking panoramic views of the Sandia Mountains and the city lights of Albuquerque.
Once the party closes down, a late night movie screening or gaming may spontaneously combust, er, commence.
Breakfast is on your own, though we do encourage you to find a crew on Friday and partake of the local fare (check back for a additional options).
Pick a track
The buses will be leaving at 9:00AM or 9:30AM. Departure is from the hotel lobby. Lunch is included with each track, but if you get hungry easily you may want to bring a snack. Make a new friend by bringing one to share. Note: the Jayne’s Leather Track will take place in the hotel, so no bus is required.
Jayne’s Leather Track – International award-winning leather artisan, Mary Girven, owner of BrowncoatFashions.com, will teach you how to make your very own Shiny Jayne Wristband from start to finish, including leather cutting, stamping, hole punching, edge finishing, staining, burnishing, riveting, and hand sewing (with a sewing awl).
The Tram Job Track – A trip on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles. See some of nature’s most dramatic beauty unfold before you. Your vantage point from the observation deck atop 10,378 foot Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest affords an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment. Lunch will be included (you buy yer own drinks), at the restaurant on the raggedy edge of the Sandia Mountains!
Battle of Acoma Valley Track – A trip to Acoma Pueblo – known as the “Sky City” – transports you 60 minutes West of Albuquerque, to visit the oldest inhabited community in the United States. The adobe houses, plazas, and walkways on the 367-foot tall mesa have been used for nearly one thousand years! The westward journey from Albuquerque rewards the traveler with spectacular vistas, mountain ranges, volcanoes, mesas, and amazing geological rock formations. Bus leaves at 9:00AM
The Gallery of ‘Verse Collectables and Creations will be open during the day, you may be able to stop in for a while before the buses depart for the off-site activities and we expect it to be open during the break before dinner. It will also be open for a time for anyone who chooses not to take advantage of any of the above tracks. Do check the on-site schedule when you arrive should you want to linger as you admire the goodies.
Tours will be returning by 5:00pm, leaving you plenty of time to get ready for dinner and dancing. Late afternoon is time for Primp and Prep, or Cigars and Brandy. Ladies, if you need help with your hair or costume, come on up to “The Primping Room”, adjacent to the Hospitality Suite! It will open at 5:30pm and close at 6:45pm. Gentlemen (and Scoundrels) are encouraged to gather in the Lobby Lounge, the hotel bar, at 6:00pm.
We will have a professional photographer in the lounge and the grand hall area outside the ballroom, so you can prove to the rebels back home that you can dress up nice. Dancing lessons are possible, indeed probable.
The hospitality suite will close at 6:30pm, so the organizers have time to get ready for the Ball and enjoy some of the pre-dinner socializing.
Have a Ball
Saturday evening is the Browncoat Ball with dinner, live music, and dancing. Cocktails at 6:00pm and dinner at 7:00pm. Best dressed contest. Door raffles. Special announcements. Random fun and ice-breakers. And now, The History of Chinese Martial Arts demonstration. Shiny!
For those of you on a budget or tight schedule, we may offer other options later on. The Browncoat Ball is by design a small, cozy event with a maximum of about 250 guests. So to ensure your participation, we encourage you to buy a full weekend package, because those will have priority over any single day or single event options. Of course we hope to have everyone come for the whole weekend event, however, subject to availability, there may be a Saturday Only option and a Ball Only option available in August. Check the ticketing page.
Feel free to come up to the Hospitality Suite one last time to hang out and say goodbye. Share pictures. Play games. We might even watch a few episodes of our favorite TV show!
Also be on the lookout for: Pistols at dawn! Nerf duels in the desert! Breakfast!
Watch out for Reavers!