LoneStarCon 3 News Bulletins

The 2013 Worldcon is a little over a month away. Time to jump on some opportunities that need to be dealt with before the con.

Hugo Voting: July 31 at 11:59 CDT is the deadline to vote for the 2013 Hugo Awards. You must be a member to vote.

Writers’ Workshops:  Members interested in feedback on their stories can now book timeslots for LSC3’s writers’ workshops. E-mail the committee at writersworkshops@LoneStarCon3.org and include your membership number with your request.

A Trip to the Howard House: Join Robert E. Howard experts Mark Finn and Rusty Burke as they take you on a tour of Howard’s home town haunts, including a visit to the Robert E. Howard House and museum. Cost is $50 per person. The tour is scheduled for Wednesday, August 28. Seating is limited.

Sign up at the general payment page and select the “8/28 Bus Fare to Cross Plains” option. Pay your $50 there.

Dances at Worldcon: Not a deadline item, just one more news flash…

LoneStarCon 3 is running three major dances.

Firefly Shindig Contradance
Friday, August 30, 2013 – 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Join the Browncoats as we recreate the famous “Shindig” ball. Enjoy an evening of lively English and “frontier contra” dances and waltzes with San Antonio dance caller Lissa Bengtson and the fiddle-powered dance band Lost and Nameless Orchestra. All dances will be taught and called, and are easy to learn so everyone can join in. People with community or Regency dance experience should feel right at home. We’ll have a few prizes for the most authentic Shindig finery, from ballgowns and saris to tightpants and suspenders. But please – no dueling!

Conjunto Dance
Saturday, August 31, 2013 – 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Step into a real Tex-Mex Conjunto dancehall experience with the music of Los Paisanos de Chalito Johnson, one of the first families of the progressive San Antonio Conjunto sound (recently named to the Conjunto Music Hall of Fame). Cumbia, two-step, waltz, polka or just plain rock out to this infectious Tejano music. Instructors from the Guadalupe Dance Company will start the evening with a quick dance lesson and then the dance floor is yours. Did you bring along your cowboy boots, tooled leather belts, and hats? This is the night to wear them.

Steampunk-themed Late Night Dance
Sunday, September 1, 2013 – 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Swing out or get down and boogie with the band that’s taking the Steampunk dance scene by storm. Scott Bradlee (of Bioshock Infinite renown) and his Postmodern Jukebox ensemble transform the pop-chart hits of today into the anachronistic party favorites of a yesteryear that never was! This is modern pop reinvented with a classy, retro edge. We’ll wrap up the convention in high style with this cut-loose late-night club dance.