When gearing up for Baycon every Memorial Day weekend since 1997 I have to steel myself for masses of people, energy, ideas, and dozens of new BFFs. Unfortunately this year the numbers were down by almost half. This made a quieter than usual con at the Santa Clara Hyatt Regency next to the convention center. A lot of friendly faces were missing. But there were a number of new ones..
So we had a stroll through the paces of panels and readings, of costumes, books, and filk.
Oh my gosh the filk! Baycon has some of the best music presence on the circuit. BVC member Maya Kaatherine Bonhoff and her husband Jeff put on a stellar performance of both original and parody music. They promoted their newest album “Mobius Street.” Check out Maya’s bookshelf for links. My favorite song of their original music is finally recorded on this album. “Crossing The High Desert” speaks to me. When I first heard it at a previous Baycon, I dashed out of the concert to add a scene to the mostly written and revised “Moon In The Mirror.” The haunting nostalgia of the music inspired a scene that gave my character closure on a serious issue and allowed her to take on a dangerous task with equanimity. Bravo Jeff and Maya.
Maya moderated a panel on Alternative Publishing. I sat in on the panel with three other people weighing in opinions on e-publishing and small press. Maya and I talked a lot about Bookview Café and passed out book marks. Most of the audience seemed to be writers. I’m wondering if we’ll start seeing BVC clones popping up all over the internet.
Costuming is a big part of Baycon; hall costumes as well as the formal masquerade. Everything from full Shrek and Fiona gear, to a Classic Star Trek shirt, to just a perky hat. Lots of decorated hats dressing up regular clothing. I succumbed. Normally I look at hats as sun protection and not much else. This one was baby blue with a cute scarf tied into a rosette. I’d just finished reading a Daisy Dalrymple cozy mystery by Carol Dunn set in London 1925. This hat looks like something Daisy would wear. We had good laughs about it.
Did I say the hat is baby blue? Just my color.
Despite the quiet halls and missing faces, Baycon was good. Baycon deserves better attendance. Let’s pray for a better economy next year so the con can shine once more.