Seems like all I’m doing is attending conventions this year! (Yay!) After returning from SDCC, it was time to get ready for Whedonfest, a whole weekend of Buffy, Firefly, and Dollhouse-y goodness. I am a member of Whedonites United which has put on this event for the last three years, though this was my first year being involved. It is part of Can’t Stop The Serenity, which holds charity screenings of Serenity and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog.
Whedonfest was August 5th-7th of this year and is not your typical convention. It is held at Barefoot Republic, a campsite in Scottsville, KY (the middle of nowhere). Don’t let that give you pause, though! It’s a great facility, with air conditioning and everything. The cabins are right next door to the main building where events are held, and it’s definitely not too much “outside time,” even for an indoor girl like me. It was really hot outside, but we hardly noticed…except during the paintball reenactment of the Battle of Serenity Valley. Yeah, I know.
The weekend was great all around, except for one thing. We needed more people! We had raffle prizes out the wazoo, plenty of food, and super fun panels, but not enough attendees to fill the place. Enough to make it fun, but not enough to make it *amazing.* Calling all marketing people! If you live near Nashville and love Joss, we need you!
At any rate, the group we did have was fantastic. We held screenings of Serenity, Dr. Horrible, and the fan films Browncoats’ Redemption and Horrible Turn, made crafts, had a Once More, with Feeling sing along, and a shindig. We held costuming and fanfiction panels as well. I came in 2nd place during Whedon Jeopardy and 1stplace in my category of the costume contest. That’s me over there. In the picture.
Everyone went home with something, whether from the live auction, silent auction, raffle, or contests! Some of the coolest items were the crocheted crew of Serenity, made by The Happy Hooker Blog, several very nice Star Trek, Star Wars, and Buffy items donated by Rick’s Comic City, and an array of pins, shirts, and miscellaneous items donated by Firefly Cargo Bay. The sponsors were invaluable, and made the experience all the more exciting.
In the end, we raised over $2,000 for Equality Now, Kids Need to Read, and New Leash on Life. That’s a fantastic total, and we’re still not sure how we raised so much! Being as unbiased as I can, Whedonfest 2011’s only flaw was that it was under attended. If more people go in the future, I can definitely see it growing into a major geek event. If you’re interested in more info, feel free to contact me, or visit the Whedonites United website. We’re already planning next year’s event!!