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OctopodiCon 2014

It is with our profoundest regrets that we must inform you that there will not be an OctopodiCon 2014.

Between hotel hijinks and the government sequestration and shut down, OctopodiCon 2013 lost so much money that we will be years in paying it off, therefore there is no money to do OctopodiCon 2014.

This does not mean OctopodiCon is dead.

Far from it.

We still have our Monthly Teas, the Junior Sprockets activities, programming at other conventions, Room Teas at other conventions, and perhaps a mini-convention (for Saturday only) or two until we are financially back on our feet.

We will post about the Teas, about special meetings, about Junior Sprocket meetings and activities, and other events. Some of these events will be fundraisers to help pay off OctopodiCon’s debts and to stash away to pay for the next OctopodiCon. We encourage you to support our efforts if you’d like to see OctopodiCon return as a 3-day convention.

Mark your Calendars!

Yes, it’s official!

We have signed the contract, and have a date and place for OctopodiCon 2013!

It will be November 1-3, 2013, at the lovely, lovely Embassy Suites in Norman, OK.

It is a beautiful facility, brand new in hotel years – just 5 years old. We will have the loading dock (the Art Gallery and Mercantile folk will love that), and all the parking on the north and east sides of the building (the main entry is on the south side).

It’s located right off of I-35 on 24th Avenue North, between Tecumseh and Robinson in Norman.

Embassy Suites offers many conveniences: there’s a lovely restaurant inside, and a bar, and a delightful coffee shop called Caffeina’s that will stock special teas just for us. Those teas will be the Queen’s Tea.  They will also have Tazo Teas and Starbuck’s coffee. For lunch Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and dinner Friday and Saturday, they will place a concession stand serving lunches of hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, chips, soda, and fruit ($10 for a boxed set, and a la cart for individual items) just outside the Mercantile.

If you reserve a room, we will offer a $5 discount on your enrollment (just send us your room reservation confirmation number). The number of rooms available is limited, though, so if you want to be in the Embassy Suites, you’ll need to reserve as soon as we have the codes (by Friday, we hope!). We have made arrangements for an overflow hotel, and the Embassy Suites will provide a shuttle service between the overflow hotel and the Embassy Suites (one trip each direction is free).

Reserving a room gives you a free hot breakfast, and if you were at OctopodiCon in 2012, well, this breakfast blows that one away! And that one at the Magnuson was pretty good.

Each room is a suite, with sleeping space for up to 6 people and a mini kitchenette (microwave, refrigerator, sink, countertop). Our lovely Registrar checked the rooms out for scooter accessibility, and even the non-handicapped rooms were roomy enough for her to move around in her scooter, so these rooms are large.  Half the suites are double beds with a double bed sleeper sofa, and the other half are single king sized beds with a double bed sleeper sofa.  Rooms are a flat $109 (plus taxes) per night.

As for OctopodiCon itself!  We have some very exciting plans, more makeshops, more contests, more demonstrations, and the space for the Airship Race is 10 stories high!

We have changed the rules so the fish, shark, and even the Angry Bird remote control airships are allowed, so buy them and bring them!  We will have extra helium for you to buy to fill your ships and race – remember, there is a cash prize and an awesome trophy. Do it for your Pod!  We’d love to see each Pod field an airship team! Go OctoPods! Go ArthroPods! Go CephaloPods! Go GastroPods! Go OrnithoPods! Go TetraPods! Go SauroPods! Sport your colors, cheer your Pod! It’ll be fun!

The Junior Sprockets Program has much more to offer this year, and we’ll have badges! books! makeshops! uniforms! for the Junior Sprockets.

And the Spectacularium is now under the direction of Toxic Dragons. You know that the lights and sounds will be amazing.

Visit often to discover all the exciting things we plan.

And if you can’t wait for OctopodiCon, we have Monthly Teas at various libraries throughout the Oklahoma City area, and other special events at bookstores, museums, and other venues all year long, and will hold a mini-convention at the Main Library in Oklahoma City.


Monthly Teas

We will be continuing our Monthly OctopodiCon STEAM Teas (STEAM = Science Technology Engineering Art Math).

The next Tea is scheduled for December in Guthrie, OK during the Territorial Christmas celebrations. It will be Saturday, December 15th at 5:00 pm.  We’ll walk through Historic Guthrie. All the shops will be open late for this, so we can browse and shop.  Many of the shop windows will have “Living Postcards” of people engaging in Victorian activities, there will be a Medicine Show, and more.  We’ll end with a warm tea in the Victorian Tea Room.

Tea at the Victorian Tea Room, Guthrie

Historic Guthrie is located on West Oklahoma in Guthrie – You can either take the Highway 33 exit westbound from I-35, and bear to the left to stay on East Oklahoma Avenue – it becomes West Oklahoma Divisions Street OR take the Highway 77/Division Street exit from I-35 and continue north on Division until you reach Oklahoma Avenue (this is the route I took) – there is a lot of parking on Division – Oklahoma Avenue is where the Walk is held, between North 2nd Street and Oak, Go down Oak to Harrison, then up Harrison to North 2nd and back .  Dress warm – it will be December and even in Oklahoma, it can get cold, especially if there’s wind – and in Oklahoma there’s almost always wind.  The Victorian Tea Room is located across from the Apothecary Museum and Garden at the corner of Oklahoma and 2nd Street  (Oklahoma Avenue is the dividing line for 2nd Street to be North or South, so the Apothecary Garden in on North 2nd Street and the Tea Room is on South 2nd Street, right across from each other).

As we receive the schedule from the library, we’ll finalize the rest of the Teas and post the schedule.