Robert Johnson (alohawolf) wrote in rainfurrest,
Robert Johnson
alohawolf
rainfurrest

Rainfurrest is only 10 weeks away!, Here's what going on for July 2008.

Last year we had a wonderful event, and we knocked a lot of furs socks off with how fun rainfurrest was. This year our goal has been simple and clear. If we do something, we do it to the best of our abilities or not at all. We hope that everyone who comes will see this throughout our con. With that we'd like to take a chance to invite you to read below to get up to date with what's happening with Rainfurrest.

In this Newsletter:
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Hotel.
Food and Beverage.
Con Book.
Dealer's Den.
Art Show.
Registration News.
Dances.
Events.
Staffing.
Closing.
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Hotel.
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Our hotel room block has sold out several times already and the hotel itself is starting to get near sold out entirely. We keep expanding the room block, but we have already broken last years room block size by a substantial amount and eventually the hotel will sell out. This is GREAT news. Unfortunately it means some people calling the reservation line got told by the telephone rep that the event code was both invalid, and no longer there. If this happens to you please contact our hotel rep through the website, or just simply phone in and try again the following day. Or if it's a real urgent situation please call Aloha at 425-223-3969. Currently we are pushing 250 roomnights right now, and continuing to grow, if need be an overflow hotel will be looked into, if you have questions about our event, please be sure to check out our webpage.

Some quick things to note are as follows:
* Deadline to book a hotel room is September 5th, after that you'll be stuck with the regular room rate.
* If you booked a room and it's not at the convention rate, please contact us.
(http://www.rainfurrest.com/contact.php?contact_selected=Hotel
* For hotel room rates please see http://www.rainfurrest.com/travel.php
* Parking rates are 5$ per day for all attendees, and 22$ per day for valet.
* When contacting the hotel, our room booking code is: rairaia

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Food and Beverage.
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The Dinner will be at 7pm on Saturday, and the cost is $15.00 for Coach and Business Class Attendees, and free for First Class.

The Menu is:
* Caesar Salad
* Orange Ginger Chicken
* Garlic Broccoli
* Sesame Fried Rice
* Brownies and Beverage Service.

Cartoons and Cereal will be served at 8am to 10am on Saturday morning in the main theatrical area, we are working our hardest to have both soy, and rice milk alternatives for those who come early and need it.

Ice Cream Social, our ice cream social will be spectacular this year with three different kinds of Haagen Daz ice cream, and a multitude of toppings.

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Con Book.
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Our con book this year is still looking for submissions from artists, writers, and advertisers who want to be published in this years book. Please contact us right away as the publishing deadline is fast approaching. http://www.rainfurrest.com/contact.php?contact_selected=Con%20Book

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Dealers Den.
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The dealers den is also starting to sell out, so if your looking to sell at this years convention please act quickly. The dealers membership is $80 and provides you with your convention membership and one dealer table 6 feet in length. For more information, and Information on how to purchase a table, please visit http://rainfurrest.com/dealer.php

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Art Show.
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Welcome to RainFurrest Airline's 2008 Art Show. Our panels are selling quickly and we'd like to see all of the favored artists in our community participate. We'd like to see all of you there and are looking forward to seeing you.

Art show panels will be $10 each. Our panels are approximately 4 feet wide and 6 feet tall and are the same as pretty much every other convention out there. There will also be an additional 10% commission fee on all sales in the art show. For More Information, on how to Purchase a Panel, please visit http://rainfurrest.com/artshow.php

This year our artshow is going to be staffed by Angel, however, this will be his last year being our artshow lead, because he wants to move on to other departments next year. This means that there is a opening for a new artshow lead for 2009. If you think you have what it takes to be the artshow lead in 2009 please come forward and volunteer this year with Angel so that we can get to know you. If no one comes forward, we may not have a artshow lead for 2009, and thereby no artshow.


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Registration News.
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Registration numbers are coming in strong! We are already 3 times larger this year than we were last year at this time, and we still have 2 months to go! How you decide to join us at Rainfurrest can make a significant difference in how we can run the convention.

Your registration can help the convention in additional ways! Our premium 'Business Class' and 'First Class' options allow you to show your support of the convention, receive VIP treatment, and get some great freebies in return! We're working hard to have some very unique, themed giveaways for our flight-themed year!

We are doing all we can to make your 'flight' an exciting one! For more information or to register now please visit: http://www.rainfurrest.com/reg.php

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Dances.
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We're pleased to announce that the dances at RainFurrest have been expanded this year! We will be rocking the house on Friday and Saturday nights from 9PM all the way until 2AM, with DJ both old and new. Friday night will see Digi-fox starting us off, followed by Jango's DNB groove. On Saturday night, we'll get the evening rolling with EarVelvet and finish up with DJ Angel, straight from the Rainbow Tiger in Second Life.

We've also created some fursuit-friendly times during the dances. 9-11PM on Friday night, and 9-10PM on Saturday night, there will be no strobe lights active. The strobes will also be doused on Saturday at midnight, and you'd all better show up, because we're going to do the Time Warp again!

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Events.
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Most if not all cons have a masquerade or cosplay where we get to show off, but our poor plushies sit in the room all alone. Now we at RainFurrest we think our plushy friends should get there time in the spot light too. So we will be having a Plushy Costume contest, with a twist. You have from now until Saturday September 26th, 2008 at midnight to get registered for the contest.

Gaming this year is ramping up with Rock Band, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Golden Eye, Pokemon Trade/Battle(DS), a DDR Tournament, and Halo Free for all, just to mention a few.

For more information about any of these events, please go to http://rainfurrest.com/contact.php and choose the appropriate department (Art, writing, gaming, or events scheduling) from the drop down menu.

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Staffing.
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We are in the unfortunate situation to be looking for a replacement hospitality lead this year. Please contact us if you're interested.

This year our artshow is going to be staffed by Angel, however, this will be his last year being our artshow lead, because he wants to move on to other departments next year. This means that there is a opening for a new artshow lead for 2009. If you think you have what it takes to be the artshow lead in 2009 please come forward and volunteer this year with Angel so that we can get to know you. If no one comes forward, we may not have a artshow lead for 2009, and thereby no artshow.

We are now recruiting for a web designer for 2009. For all of those who think they have the skill and the talent to make our website great, please come forward, we'd like to have the 2009 web design finished before the convention starts.

We are still accepting staff for this year in certain areas, please come forward if you'd like to volunteer for this year.

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Closing.
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While this was a somewhat longer newsletter than your probably used to, I think that you'll agree that this is chock full of great new information. As a final note, we already have a hotel contract for 2009 with the Marriott on the condition that this year goes smoothly and the majority are happy with the hotel. Be sure to come by the opening ceremonies of the convention, there's lots of progress happening with Rainfurrest!
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