Monthly Archives: June 2009

Pre-Convention Stress Weekend!

Right, one last real post before I fall down the rabbit hole…

The weekend started with a bang as takaza and I met some of the western suburbs crowds for drinks and dinner at The Bank in Wheaton. We had an awesome time, and it was a real hoot chatting with Patrick, the chef there. I had the antelope appetizer, served on fried plantains. It was extremely tasty! And the pistachio gelato in espresso for dessert was amazing. The company was outstanding as well. We had to leave far too early, but that 5 AM wakeup call takes a toll on you on late Friday nights.

Saturday I had to work. yay. I was in longer than I had intended, but got a good bit of work done. When I got home, Dan and I ran some errands and did some pre-Anthrocon shopping. Sunday was spent doing more prep work (printing paperwork, setting up the Artists Alley cash register programming, and putting the finishing touches on some policies). We still have a few things to do between now and when we leave, but I’m feeling pretty good about things.

And back to work I go…

MFF Summer Picnic – What a Rush!

Stop the train I wanna get off!

Yeah, we’re down to that crazy time of year, and last week I had a convergence of planning for the MFF Summer Picnic and Anthrocon as well as a high-pressure project at work. I was not a happy camper at all. Thankfully, takaza put up with my antics and I somehow muddled through two out of three problems (Anthrocon is still to come).

I wrapped up all but the last few details of the project I was working on Friday afternoon. That left me feeling pretty good as Dan and I went out to do some last-minute grocery shopping and get everything prepped for the picnic.

Here’s how it all went down…

Picnic Success!

(Crossposted from )

The First Annual Midwest FurFest Summer Picnic was a resounding success! We cooked up 120 New York strip steaks, 8 chicken breasts, all sorts of fun appetizers, and everyone enjoyed lots of potato salad, green salad, banana pudding, and cookies. It was a hot day, too – we went through about 25 gallons of Gatorade and 15 gallons of water.

I hope that everyone had as good a time enjoying all the food as we did putting the event together. Congratulations to who won the Fan’s Choice award for the softball games, and with that a $50 gift certificate to Tramonto’s Steak and Seafood. Also, after everyone had eaten, we selected three names at random for prizes. Congratulations to and , who each picked up a free weekend night’s stay at the Westin Chicago North Shore and to Cale, who received a $50 gift certificate to Tramonto’s Steak and Seafood! (And I apologize for mispronouncing your name, Cale – twice! 🙂

This picnic was of course a volunteer effort. As such, a few thank-yous are in order. Thanks go out to:

  • , for working with us to make a special LAFF Softball into something even bigger.
  • Our hardworking cooks, including , , , , and
  • Everyone who helped with setup and teardown, including , , , , and some folks who I’m sure I’m forgetting (sorry!)
  • The Westin Chicago North Shore, for donating the prizes
  • The Hampton Inn and Suites Lincolnshire, for donating many cases of bottled water
  • And thanks to everyone who showed up and made it such a fantastic day!

has posted his pictures of the day. has posted his pictures as well. Do you have pictures from softball and the picnic? Tell us about it in the comments!

Thanks again to everyone, and we look forward to seeing you in November!

P.S. – For those who asked about volunteering at Midwest FurFest, you can find more information right here!