4th Street Fantasy…
continues June 26–28, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN

Extra Events


A number of extra events have accumulated over the last several years, some occurring before the main convention, and some afterwards. Here's what's going on this year (at least, those that we know about!):

Thursday night at 8PM our Opening Gambit for early arrivers will be a Game Night. Kevin assures us there will be something there for everyone.

A series of single item Auctions will be popping up throughout the weekend -- just for the fun of it! Who can forget Bear and Cathy arm wrestling? Mary's telephone voice readings? Emma's striped socks? You weren't there? You should have been.

Throughout the weekend the ConSuite will provide light fare and liquid refreshment. If you don’t tell us -- now is a good time -- about special dietary needs we cannot easily plan for them.

Friday Dinner will be Summer Salad and traditional New Orleans muffuletta sandwiches [think Sicilian olive salad, ham, salami, and provolone] with variations to please various palates and diets. Desserts are our traditional logo cake and not so traditional Mississippi Mud. You may detect a Louisiana theme.

Tea Party will continue. Appropriate fruit, cheese, and other snacks will be provided.

The Good Book Exchange will have a designated space for you to give and take as you relieve your bookshelves and edit your massive book collection for the betterment of all. Bring extra copies of favorites, or it’s-been-read-but-its-time-to-move-on titles, or I-really-want-to-share-this-with-you books to swap or give. Any orphans at the end of the weekend will be donated to an appropriate non-profit organization.

The Yarn Swap, much like the Good Book Exchange, is the place to bring orphaned skeins, yarn for projects you realized you were never going to get around to, or other such offerings that are ready to move on to a new home. What hasn’t been claimed, or reclaimed, will be donated to a non-profit organization.

There wll be a gathering for Intermediate Writers on Friday night after the last panel at about 9pm in the Upper Atrium (downstairs on the first floor next to the pool). If you are looking for discussion beyond the usual beginner-level advice but you've been chasing that elusive publication street-cred, this might be the place for you! For more information on what the idea was in 2014, head over to this LiveJournal post. This year will be similar.

Also each night the traditional Music and Singing will happen, coordinated by Toni Brust.

At meal breaks throughout the weekend, a set of Ambassadors will be looking for anyone looking for dining companions. If you are new and don't know where to start, this is the place. We are fortunate to have a good variety of yummy food within comfortable walking distance. Sharing a meal is a great way to continue the conversations.

On Monday, as a bit of a post-con decompress and feast, a bunch of us wandered to have Fish at Sakura (350 Saint Peter St. in St. Paul) for lunch followed by a stop over at an ice cream shop. If you need printed directions, check the registration desk, otherwise isn't technology great?