Hotel reservations now open! - 11-8-2007 Reservations are now open for the Dollectable convention hotel, Holiday Inn Golden Gateway. As mentioned earlier, we have the amazing rate of only $149 per night guaranteed for 100 rooms on Friday and Saturday night. Plus, for those of you who also want to make a San Francisco vacation of your trip, you can get this same rate for two days before and two days after the convention. However, these rooms could go quickly, so it is highly recommended that you make your reservation as early as possible. As a special incentive to get attendees to stay in the convention hotel, all attendees staying at the hotel will be able to enter the Dealers Room one hour earlier on Saturday morning – you will just need to show your room’s cardkey to get in early. Dollectable has had to guarantee the hotel that we will fill 80% of our contracted 200 room nights or we will have to cover the difference, so your staying at the hotel really helps us and we want to show you how much we appreciate it. Reservations can be made at the following website: http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/hi/1/en/advancedsearch?whichtype=room&roomResult=none&hotelCode=sfogg&quickRes=city&_GPC=SDO&checkInDate=18&checkOutMonthYear=062008&checkInMonthYear=062008&checkOutDate=20&_requestid=527832 If you plan to stay beyond Friday and Saturday night, it is advised that you call the hotel to make sure that you get the same convention rates: (415) 441-4000 and mention code "SDO". Please feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have any questions and I will be sure to pass them on to the hotel, if I can’t answer them right away. Also in Dollectable news, now that the hotel situation is settled, we are switching into high gear for programming. We are already working to line up two very special guests – one from Korea and the other from Hong Kong (we’ll leave you to speculate for now ^_~) – and are also ready to start taking programming proposals from you. I will do a more formal call for programs in a couple of days, but if you have any ideas, please email me at the address above. For the vendors, Lizzegirle is working away at getting the application, room map and rates posted for you. Please email her at Chairman@bjdcon.com if you have any questions. There are still a few places left for the first 100 registrations, so be sure to register soon so that you can get in on the fun Friday night cocktail party. Looking forward to seeing you all there! Registration announcement, 10-3-2007: Registration is now open for Dollectable! http://www.bjdcon.com/registration.html Please note that while it's a little difficult to spot, there is a link on the Paypal payment page that you need to click to add your registration information. There is a screencap of it here. The registration schedule is as follows: First 25 people - $40 (All full. Thank you!) $45 until 12-31-2007 $55 until 6-15-2008 $65 at the door We will also be having another fabulous Friday evening cocktail party, this time for the first 100 people who register. There will be complimentary delicious food and beverages, plus a cash bar for those who want something a little extra. We will be finalizing plans with the hotel soon and I will let everyone know as soon as they can start making reservations at the special con rate. First announcement, 9-13-2007: I can’t tell everyone how pleased I am to announce that after a fabulous first year, Dollectable will be back next year, even bigger and better and in a wonderful new location, the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway in the heart of San Francisco! This year, not only will Dollectable have even more wonderful events, workshops, contests, guests and dealers, but it will also be a San Francisco vacation for you and your dolls. We really appreciated the feedback we received after our first convention and have taken all of it to heart. One comment that we got repeatedly was that attendees would prefer to have the convention in San Francisco and especially near restaurants. The Holiday Inn Golden Gateway has not only hosted similar conventions, but there are also dozens of restaurants within just a block (I will be posting a list of restaurants soon). Plus, it is a short walk or bus ride from Japantown and Union Square and there is a cable car line a half block away that goes to beautiful Nob Hill and fascinating Chinatown. While the hotel has a secure parking garage, it is also near several major bus lines and is very easy to get to from BART and the airport. We were able to work out a great package with the Holiday Inn and our convention will have a full floor of meeting rooms all to ourselves to be able to immerse ourselves in BJD fun. Plus, they have offered the amazing rate for a San Francisco hotel of only $149 a night, which we have been guaranteed is the lowest for them anywhere. While the hotel rate is slightly more than our first convention, we will be able to keep the registration fees for the convention at the same low prices for all the great events we will pack into the weekend. We also received comments that the early June date conflicted with school schedules and other events, so this year we are going to have it a little bit later in mid-July. We tried to weigh the possible conflicts with other events at the time of year and hope that these dates will work better for the majority who want to attend. Registration will be open soon and as with last year, those who register early will be eligible for the Friday evening cocktail party – this time with a cash bar – and early entrance to the Dealer’s Room. We would like to offer even more instructional panels this year, especially for faceups, and are going to break the panels up into three tracks – Photography, Customization and Everything Else (Craft/Sewing/Travel/Other) – and each of these tracks will have their own room. You can find a seat in one room and just follow an entire track as the presenters change or move from room to room for different panels. There are going to be Track Leaders heading up each of these sections, rather than one Programming person and while we already have a great team for photography, we are looking for two enthusiastic people to head up the Customization and Everything Else tracks. Please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interesting in joining the fun Dollectable team for these positions. I will be making regular announcements as more exciting news comes in, so be sure to subscribe to this thread and keep checking our website, http://www.bjdcon.com, for updates, or you can join our Yahoo! Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dollectable/. We will also have a MySpace group up shortly so that you can always stay informed. In the meantime, I will also start a discussion thread and poll in the Events forum, because we need your feedback about how many of you plan to stay at the hotel so that we can be sure to have enough rooms set aside to guarantee the great rate. All of the Dollectable board is extremely excited about 2008’s convention and we can’t wait to see all of you there!