ConTemporal 2014: Day One

ConTemporal 2014 is underway, and there’s even more mood-setting decorations throughout the hotel, music playing, costumes everywhere. Here’s a few photos, including of the massively expanded high tea room:

It wouldn't be a NC sf convention without Allen Wold, here looking quite dapper. Be warned: he's carrying a badge.

It wouldn’t be a NC sf convention without Allen Wold, here looking quite dapper. Be warned: he’s carrying a badge.

I admit it. I jumped just a little bit when this little trike's animatronic motors kicked into life.

I admit it. I jumped just a little bit when this little trike’s animatronic motors kicked into life.

Luckily for all concerned, this guy doesn't move.

Luckily for all concerned, this guy doesn’t move.

Checking badges has rarely been so well-costumed.

Checking badges has rarely been so well-costumed.

Display in the dealer's room.

Display in the dealer’s room.

Another display in the dealer's room.

Another display in the dealer’s room.

Behind the scenes, Markell in the control room, er, the place where they attempt to manage the chaos.

Behind the scenes, Markell in the control room, er, the place where they attempt to manage the chaos.

Care to have your fortune read? 2 bits. Anyone have a bit?

Care to have your fortune read? 2 bits. Anyone have a bit?

The high tea room is much expanded from last year and looking fantastic.

The high tea room is much expanded from last year and looking fantastic.

High tea is served.

High tea is served.

One of dozens and dozens of period decorations on the walls throughout the convention.

One of dozens and dozens of period decorations on the walls throughout the convention.

And big thanks to the ConTemporal crew for providing a page to recognize the Manly Wade Wellman Award nominees.

And big thanks to the ConTemporal crew for providing a page to recognize the Manly Wade Wellman Award nominees.

All in all, it looks to be another fantastic weekend adrift in time. The story continues…

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