RainbowCon 2.1 (our second convention, in our third year, thanks to a brief hiatus for moving) will be held on May 4-6, 2018! North American Guest of Honor is Cat Faber; Overseas Guest of Honor is Gwen Knighton Raftery. We are hoping there will be a toastmaster, but we don't have a name to announce for that yet.
Location is 4414 Skyline Drive, Freeland WA (on beautiful Whidbey Island), and there is information about local hotel options for people who want them. The new location has two acres of outdoor space in which we can spread out, hold our traditional maypole dance, and have outdoor song circles around the fire pit. Keep your eyes open for our neighborhood deer, who like to browse on the lawn.
We're still doing free membership but accepting donations to offset the out-of-pocket expenses of bringing our guests here and running this thing, for those who are able and willing to contribute. We welcome members who want to run events -- workshops, games, theme circles, or whatever. RainbowCon is a participatory event... everyone's welcome to take a turn at leading if they want to, but nobody is required to do more than show up and have fun!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with membership requests, or questions about the convention. Ditto if you want to be part of the programming. It will be really helpful to us if we can get early memberships, because then we'll be able to block out hotel space nearby.
We look forward to seeing you here!
There're lots of gorgeous photos & great snark.
I met her at Noreascon 3 in 1989. The first time may have been either at a Beauty and the Beast (the TV show) program item or a filk item. When MASSFILC was formed in the early nineties, she was a regular at the meetings. She had a wonderful voice. Her repertoire consisted largely of Julia Ecklar songs, which she had the voice for. She was a big fan of Beauty and the Beast, Babylon 5, and Firefly. Her singing got onto several Wail Songs tapes of northeast filk cons.
Her real name was Mary Schell. She used Helva in fandom partly to avoid notice by a stalker, but that was in the nineties and is no longer an issue in any case. The "Helva" came from Anne McCaffrey's cyborg spaceship Helva in The Ship Who Sang.
She moved west at some point and became part of the Phoenix filk scene. I'm told Leslie Fish was glad someone besides her regularly brought a guitar.
A few years ago she moved back east to Arlington, Mass. According to the MASSFILC records, her first appearance in the 21st century at a meeting was in September 2014. By this point she was dealing with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, aka Toxin-Induced Loss of Tolerance. There are a lot of substances in the modern environment that caused her trouble.
In early 2015 I learned that she had Stage 4 cancer. At that point there was a treatment she wanted that was available only in Mexico. People in MASSFILC started talking about how to help. This led to an IndieGoGo campaign to produce a CD of her recordings. Harold Stein did the production, and Leslie Fish provided an album cover. We didn't have much in the way of good recordings. Most of the tracks are from home recordings which Virginia Taylor had made. It raised a fair amount of money and, I hope, made some more people aware of what a good singer she was.
The title "It's an Adventure" comes from the sig line she always used in her email messages.
The ship who sang will sing no more between the distant stars.
I'll sing no more.
(Cecilia Eng, "Helva's Song")