January 11-13, 2002
MarsCon promotes themselves as Southeastern Virginia’s premier Science Fiction/Fantasy/Gaming Relax-a-Con. That’s a pretty narrow field of competition, but it’s still a fun con.
This year’s con had approximately five-hundred members; counting staff, guests, and dealers.
For a quiet little Relax-a-Con, MarsCon had a pretty solid schedule of events. Sci-Fi Win, Lose or Draw; four LARPs, ranging from Machiavellian Madness to Vampire and Werewolf themes; filking by White Plectrum; a skit and improv show by Luna-C, a local comedy troupe; a charity auction (more on that later); and their main event, a performance by the Women of Whimsey (teachout.net/WoW). WoW have been performing at MarsCon for six years now and they’re a constant favorite with con-goers.
Like all good cons, MarsCon had a well-stocked Dealer’s Room. The usual run of vendors were there selling jewelry, music, comics, books, gaming supplies, and the various oddities that go over well with con crowds.
This year’s charity was the Heritage Humane Society of Williamsburg, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding homes for dozens of dogs and cats each year. The animals are not put to sleep, but are kept until they all find homes. The auction proceeds ($1800) went toward purchasing food, kitty litter, chew toys, and upkeep of the facility. As an added bonus, the HHS brought in four cats and three puppies on Saturday afternoon to show con-goers what the HHS was all about. The animals were a smashing hit with everyone present, and the animals that were brought to the con found homes in the days afterward.
Next year’s MarsCon is already scheduled for January 24-26, 2003. For more info, visit www.marscon.net.