Announcement: Our Master Of Ceremonies

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The Ministry is thrilled to announce that Lawrence Neals, our "Master of Ceremonies" who famously enthralled MISTI-Con guests with his mysterious and dangerously seductive performances at our Speakeasy Caberet, has decided to share his spellbinding singing and other talents with the entire convention. Be ready to follow our new story-line with the Emcee, starting at the Opening Feast and continuing for a weekend long adventure, featuring all new songs and musical interludes.

Lawrence is thrilled to be returning to MISTI-CON! A proud native New Yorker and Drama graduate of the original “Fame” School of Performing Arts. A lifelong entertainer and unashamed geek, he is also the founder of GeekLifeRules, a cosplay, entertainment and event hosting endeavor and producer, director and host of the NY Cosplay Cabaret @53Above/Broadway Comedy Club. His performance credits include the title role in Julie Taymor’s Juan Darien, Smokey Joe’s Café, Rent, Freedom’s Song: A New Musical and 14 years as a featured vocalist around the world for Carnival Cruises/Playlist Productions. Currently, he’s working on his first EP Love Comes Through, touring his internationally renowned solo salute to Motown and classic soul, “Nightshift” and can currently be seen starring in Motor City Live! at the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and the upcoming West Wing Weekend in Bethesda, MD. You can follow him on social media @Lawrence Neals Entertainer & @GeekLifeRules.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

Below please find some important information regarding hotel reservations:

  • Please remember that all attendees with full registrations, are required to stay at the host hotel, until the hotel runs out of rooms.

  • The code is limited to MISTI-Con attendees, so the hotel will confirm Con registration to get the discounted rate.

  • The rate at the Doubletree will be $159.00 per night plus taxes and fees. This rate is for the standard double or king rooms for one to two people. Additional people on the reservation will increase the rate by approximately $10 per night per person. If you want to upgrade to  a patio or balcony room, the rooms are available but there is an additional charge per night- please call the Doubletree if you wish to reserve these rooms. There is no deposit required at the time of reservation, but they will require a major credit card to keep on file.  There is a three-night minimum to book with the code. Cancellation does not incur a fee, if done more than 3 days prior to the beginning of the reservation.  If you need to cancel, please do so as early as possible.

  • MISTI-Con programming will start Thursday afternoon, July 18, 2019 and will end Sunday evening, July 21, 2019.  

  • You can use the rate for Wednesday – Monday.  If you need additional dates, please let us know and we will see if it is possible.  Please note, you still need to reserve any dates needed during the Wednesday- Monday block.  

  • If you need special assistance or have special needs or requests (accessible rooms, rooms together, rooms that don’t have stairs to access them, etc.), you need to call the Doubletree and explain your needs in as much detail as possible.  They will do their best to accommodate you.

  • The code you will need is MIS and you can book online at www.tarrytown.doubletree.com and enter the group code (MIS) where the GROUP CODE is requested or you can call 914-631-5700.  Please let us know, via email to info@misti-con.org, if you encounter issues.

MISTI-Con Flashback Friday Part 2

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Week 2 of MISTI-Con's Staff Flashback Friday. This is Sarah Wilkes take on her first MISTI-Con.

"The story of my first MISTI-Con starts on the road from NY to New Hampshire. I wasn’t as active in the convention as I am today so I drove up the Thursday of the convention with a few friends. In Boston, driving through rush hour traffic, we got side swiped along with 3 cars in front of us when a car behind though the very narrow shoulder was actually another lane. Here I would add a picture that looks like the cover of an indie band album of the 4 of us sitting on the traffic barrier waiting for the police to let us drive on, but that photo is lost somewhere on the internet. When we were finally back on the road, sans my side mirror and making our way to the hotel, I remember thinking that this was definitely the most memorable start to this trip.
Upon entering the hotel you see this sign with the tag line that makes you feel like you are being brought home again and you spend the next four days with friends (new and old) learning and having fun as if you have just returned to summer camp (or dare I say the name of the school of magic ;))

I have to admit that this convention was the beginning of the road that led me to the position I have today. I’d like to tell you all of the amazing times I had at MISTI-Con 2013 but in the end it was a blur of twizzlers, the smell of pool chlorine, the sound of laughter in the hallways, the look of joy and happiness on the other attendee’s faces and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. MISTI-Con is for everyone from the neurotic over-achiever to the complete introvert looking to be in the company of people who feel the same. At the end of MISTI-Con 2013 after spending a bulk of the convention sitting in the computer room (dubbed the glass box of emotion from that year on) with the head organizers and using my overachieving nature to their benefit, when thanked for my help I demanded to be on the staff the following year (though I probably didn’t need to be very forceful) and I have never looked back."

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MISTI- CON FLASHBACK

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When HPEF announced that Ascendio would be their last HP convention, I started to look for what would be my next one. I started googling HP Conventions and landed upon MISTI-Con. I didn’t know anyone involved with it, which made me nervous. I read through everything on the website, and I liked that it would be a smaller and immersive convention. I met two of the staff in a presentation I did in Orlando, and when they told me they were from MISTI-Con, I figured the universe was trying to tell me something. Within weeks, I booked my room for the next summer, and took a chance. As fate would have it, I volunteered to work on the convention and ended up helping in Programming.

I arrived at the convention a day early to help with set-up, but I had never met any of the staff in-person, and this was a bit nerve wracking. I am an ambivert and can be quite shy around people I do not know. However, I quickly learned the size of the convention was perfect for me. I was blown away by the decorations, and being surrounded by HP geeks, and all things Potter. I loved the programming – great academic offerings, amazing fan programming and talented artisans sharing their HP crafting in classes. At the end of MISTI 2013, I was asked to join the staff as a Co-Head Organizer, something that completely took me by surprise. I have been working on MISTI since then.

The thing I loved most were the people. There were people I only recognized from other conventions, and at MISTI I was getting to know them. I was relatively new to cosplay and was surrounded by the most incredible cosplayers, and they were sharing their love of HP and costuming and were so willing to help others. MISTI has a fabulous Costume showcase, but it isn’t a judged competition, and they make a place for anyone that wants to be involved. It was a truly magical experience. I am so glad that I took a chance on MISTI, and I have made some great friends through the convention. I can’t wait to see my friends and make new ones at the next MISTI.

When MISTI says they are by fans, for fans, it is a great description of the convention. If you are a Harry Potter fan, and are looking for great programming and being surrounded by some awesome folks, I would encourage you to give MISTI-Con a chance. I am so glad I took that chance, because it has become such a big part of my life.

HOTEL INFORMATION & RESERVATION UPDATE!

Hello everyone,
Thank you so much for your support of MISTI-Con. We are within one year of the convention and are excited to start making regular announcements!

We know that you are all waiting on the hotel reservation information, so we wanted to give you these updates:

  Our official host hotel for MISTI-Con 2019 is the Doubletree by Hilton in Tarrytown, NY

Our official host hotel for MISTI-Con 2019 is the Doubletree by Hilton in Tarrytown, NY

  • The hotel will be creating our special code for room reservations very soon and we will release it to attendees at that time. (We expect this will be done by the end of the month.) 
     
  • We will release the code to our attendees by the first week of September and edit this post to let you know that room reservations are available for registered attendees. After one week we will post the code on the website as well. Please use our code for all room reservations that you make, whether you do it online or call
     
  • Our rate at the Doubletree will be $159.00/night plus taxes and fees. There is no deposit required at the time of reservation, but they will require a major credit card to keep on file. There is a three night minimum to book with the code. Cancellation does not incur a fee if done more than 3 days prior to the beginning of the reservation. If you cancel within three days of the reservation the fee is a full night’s rate. (But if you know you need to cancel, please do so as early as possible so someone else can reserve the room!)
     
  • Once the code is created, before we release it to the general public, the code will be sent directly to our registered attendees. This is so our registered attendees get a chance at first choice of rooms, so go ahead and get your registration now! After one week we will release the code to everyone, but please keep two things in mind:
     
    • The code is limited to MISTI-Con attendees so even if you reserve your room before registering, you will need to get a registration before attending!
       
    • All full weekend MISTI-Con attendees are required to stay at the host hotel (until the hotel runs out of rooms) so please get your rooms reserved! (And the more rooms we reserve as soon as we can, the less opportunity there will be for muggles to get rooms.)
       
  • If you need special assistance or have special needs or requests (accessible rooms, rooms together, etc.) please call the Doubletree (after the code has been released) and explain your needs in as much detail as possible, they will do their best to accommodate as long as they know about your need

    Thanks again for all of your support and we can't wait to see you at MISTI-Con 2019!