Pre-reg is even lower than last year, so we are renegotiating the hotel contract and reducing function space in order to reduce MW*C’s financial liability. This seems a better option than cancelling or postponing the con.
Trimming the function space means we cannot continue all the programming that we have traditionally had.
MediaWest*Con 39 will continue to have the Art Show & Auction, Dealers’ Room, Costume Contest/Masquerade, Saturday Night Plays (if any are submitted), Fan Quality Awards, SF/Media Fan Fund, Con Suite (AKA Hospitality Suite), and up to three simultaneous tracks of panels (so get those panel topic suggestions in!).
Obviously, this has not been an easy decision for us. We hope that membership picks up and we might be able to restore some things for next year.
We appreciate the continuing support of those who have assured us they want MediaWest*Con to continue, and we are doing our best to “Make it so!”
We encourage these fans to continue to urge others to attend, and book rooms in the host hotel!
— Lori & Gordon