March 15-17, 2002
Greensboro, North Carolina
Stellarcon is another mid-size winter convention, one of the last before we start gearing up for the larger spring and summer cons. Though not a big con, Stellarcon is definitely a fun ride—throwing a con on St. Patrick’s Day weekend never hurts. Membership for this year’s Stellarcon was approximately 500, with a slightly younger average age this year than in recent years. This year’s Guests of Honor were Allen Wold and Charles Keegan, with Timothy Zahn, William R. Fortschen, and Simon Hawke also serving as guests. Stellarcon’s first real Con Suite was a major hit. They served sandwiches, chili, spaghetti, hotdogs, and their signature Cheerwine. On Saturday night, the Con Suite also hosted a party for the upcoming Dragon*Con that was very well attended. The dealers did well this year; some of the dealers commented that they did more business on Friday than they did all of Stellarcon 25. This bodes well for the economic situation at cons. Stellarcon’s Charity Auction raised approximately $1,950 for Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro. StellarCon 27 is scheduled for March 14-16, 2003 in High Point, NC.