I spent the weekend in Huntsville, Alabama attending the 50th DeepSouthCon. It's a traveling convention; this year the bid committee wanted it in Huntsville to commemorate the very first DeepSouthCon (which wasn't called DeepSouthCon and was only barely a con, but whatever). It turned out to be a marvelous convention, plenty of old time fans and some younger ones. It was held at an Embassy Suites which meant more space for room parties. The hotel was very comfortable; the free breakfast was very popular and there were an amazing number of fans eating even at 8 am. The con suite had real food, alcohol, and, for the brave, swill.
I helped out with the CONtraflow (New Orleans area convention) room parties on Friday and Saturday nights. CONtraflow is bidding for the 2015 DSC (which will be voted on next year), and is in pre-bid mode for WorldCon in New Orleans for 2018. We offered food both nights: jambalaya, boudan, rum balls, Sazerac cookies; plus bourbon milk punch. On Saturday night, I got to play "bead lady", handing out beads to people as they came in. We learned that people can get very excited about a string of plastic beads, though I suspect a few were helped along by the alcohol they had already comsumed!
Another easy task was taking along a stack of bookmarks to advertise Jim Hines' new book "Libriomancer" coming out in August. He put out a request for people who might be willing to take along some bookmarks to put out at various upcoming cons. I liked the excerpt I had already read and loved the tagline: "A good library is both church and armory...", so I offered to take a stack. Now I'm looking forward to reading the book.