Panelists, Vendors, Performers, and Friends,
We are about 8 weeks away from Ro-Con 3! Michael and I have been prepping for another great year of bringing you all things geek and wonderful!
However, with many good plans...well....read on.
If you were to receive this e-mail only days ago, the overall message would be different, however we will continue to remain exceptionally honest in what has occurred over the last 2-3 weeks in the paragraphs below. I also apologize for the length of this message, however I don't necessarily believe that "short and sweet" is fair to anyone, especially to my own daughter, who is the inspiration for this convention as well as the mascot, the Koalid.
With all of these things happening, we decided this past Monday to cancel Ro-Con. And while Michael tried to convince me otherwise, the startup for his new endeavor may take a while to generate income, and we just frankly couldn't afford to start from square one all over again with only 8 weeks to spare. He tried to convince me to take the space in Hartford because it was still a great venue despite the hardship that Shana has put the convention through. My own personal belief was that if Shana chose to change her mind on a whim about allowing us the original space we had reserved, the ability to trust her moving forward was very slim. I don't like the way she does business, and this convention is not just about all things geek and wonderful, but also about family. If you are reading this message now, we consider you as family and are proud to do so! I asked Michael to decline the offer that was given to us by Innovate Hartford's liaison, Chris, who was exceptionally professional. Shana's deception and inconsistency left a bad taste in our mouths and I feel a clean break is best for all.
HOWEVER, THERE IS GOOD NEWS! We have located a new venue in Norwich, CT; Foundry 66. They are very excited to work with us and the price for the venue is reasonable and within our budget.
Instead of a 3-day geek themed weekend, we will be doing a one-day event on July 22 (Saturday) from 10am-?. We will still love to have panels, gaming, vendors, and a birthday party to celebrate the Koalid's 3rd birthday in the evening!!!!
We hope you will join us and while we know it's a change in venue which also means a change in location (Norwich, CT vs. Hartford, CT) we hope that you will celebrate how geeks persevere in the face of adversity!
I personally had given up and was trying to find the words to send to you all to let you know that we would not have a Ro-Con 3, however thanks to Michael's hard work, we have a new plan and we cannot wait to run this new event with you! In the meantime, we are actively seeking a new venue for Ro-Con 4, happening in 2018.
Vendors: We would love to have you join us on July 22 for the one day event! However, we are also offering you the option of a refund, or we can roll over your vendor fees to next year for Ro-Con 4.
Panelists: We would love to have you on board for a full day of panels! Please let us know if you're still interested in attending.
Friends: No matter who you are, we wish to see you at Ro-Con 3. It will be a relaxi-con.....but with cake!....and maybe cookies. Please bring your friends, your family, and anyone who wants to have a good time playing games, discussing geeky things, and just hanging out with like-minded people.
With that said, your feedback is greatly appreciated. Feel free to e-mail Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your thoughts.
Thank you for reading all of this, and thank you for believing in Ro-Con. We hope to see you in July!!
Love & Hugs,