4th Street Fantasy…
continues June 17–19, 2016 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 occurred in 2015:

Thursday night at 8PM our Opening Gambit for early arrivers was a Game Night. Kevin provided a broad selection of games.

A series of single item Auctions popping up throughout the weekend -- just for the fun of it! Who could 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 provided 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 was 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 were our traditional logo cake and not so traditional Mississippi Mud. You may detect a Louisiana theme.

The Tea Party tradition continued along with appropriate fruit, cheese, and other snacks.

The Good Book Exchange had 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. 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 were available to swap or give. Orphans at the end of the weekend were donated to an appropriate non-profit organization.

The Yarn Swap, much like the Good Book Exchange, was 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 wasn’t claimed, or reclaimed, was be donated to a non-profit organization.

There was 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 have been the place for you! For more information on what the idea was in 2014, head over to this LiveJournal post. Last year was similar.

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

At meal breaks throughout the weekend, a set of Ambassadors looked for anyone looking for dining companions. If you were new and didn't know where to start, this was the place. We have been 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. Printed directions were available, check the registration desk, otherwise isn't technology great?