Programming Descriptions by Day

The Program Descriptions by Day follow this format:
Program Title: Moderators/Panelists

Thursday, July 18th Programming Descriptions:

11:00 AM - 7:00 PM


Hotel Lobby

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Volunteer Coordination Meeting: Sara Melnick and Jill Staniec

Plaza A/B

Volunteers, stop by this session to review the plan for the day and have a Q&A with the Volunteer Coordinators.

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Costuming Workshop for First Years: James Snape

Salon 4

Costumes are fun to wear, and can be easy to make. Learn some of the basics to make a robe, or any outfit that you want to wear for cosplay or conventions.

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Returning to Hogwarts!: Traci (Trissa) Hall

Hudson B/C

We were all drawn to the world of Harry Potter for various reasons. We might have entered the HP world through the books or movies, but at some point they became magical for us. Let’s return to that time and discuss what brought us here, and how we have benefited from being a part of this world.

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Magical Cookie Decorating: Jenn Wotchertonks, The Kitchen Witch

Westchester North

Join The Kitchen Witch, Jenn Wotchertonks, for a fun and creative Magical Cookie Decorating workshop. We’ll use icing, sprinkles and edible food markers to decorate cookies as Hogwarts House Crests, magical beasts and Harry Potter characters. Fee $5.00

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Summoning Your Anxiety Patronus - An Introvert & Ambivert Meet-UPTraci (Trissa) Hall

Hudson B/C

Meet-up with fellow Introverts and Ambiverts and discuss coping mechanisms to keep from feeling overwhelmed at conventions. You bring the wands, we'll bring the chocolate!

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Tattoo Tales & Talk: Kristina Moy

Salon 4

What makes tattoos so special? It’s all about self-expression. Join this round table to show off your tattoos (fandomy or not), or share your stories behind each. Talk about your studio experiences or ideas for your next tattoo. Don’t have a tattoo yet, but want one? Come anyway! This is your chance to pick the brains of tattoo veterans and learn some tips when it comes to getting your first 0tattoo. 

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Cosplayers Against Bullying: Marybeth Ghuste

Salon 5

Cosplayers are human and have feelings, and they shouldn't be bullied over their love of their fandom or a character. They should not be body shamed and anyone can cosplay a character no matter age, color, body shape, etc. 

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Five More Scenes We Didn’t See: David Martin

Salon 4

"In the HP novels there are some important events which we know happened but we didn’t see them. Let’s try to imagine five of those events: 

1. The Dursleys upon finding the baby Harry on their doorstep.

2. The conversation between Dumbledore and Fudge after the battle at the Ministry.

3. The Dursleys in hiding with the wizards.

4. The disposal of Tom Riddle's body.

5. The wedding of Ron and Hermione.

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Pub-Style Trivia (All Ages): Jill Staniec

Plaza 1/2/3

Do you know your mandrakes from your manticores? How many points is the snitch worth in the real life IQA? Who played Delores Umbridge in the movies? If these questions are getting you excited then a trivia session is just right for you. Put your wands (and muggle devices down) and compete in a small team or as an individual to be the official Insufferable Know-It-All of MISTI-Con.

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Table Reads from Harry Potter, Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts: Lawrence Neals Hudson B/C

What's better than quoting your favorite Harry Potter scenes to each other? Reading the scenes with each other! Join us for table readings of your favorite scenes from all 10 films and Cursed Child - if you want a part, put your name on the list at registration - parts will be assigned randomly (out of a Sorting Hat) and scripts will be available.

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

The MISTI-Con 2019 Gender-Expansive Meetup! Jennifer Levine

Plaza A/B

Does having to choose between M or F on forms make you cringe? If you identify as agender, intersex, genderfluid, non-binary or any variation under the gender non-conforming umbrella, this gender-expansive meetup is for you! Meet other MISTI-Con attendees, share personal and fandom stories, play icebreakers and hopefully make friends to last a lifetime.

9:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Author Reading and Q&A: Cecilia Tan

Salon 4

Cecilia Tan, author of The Siren & the Sword, Daron's Guitar Chronicles, and The Prince's Boy will read selections from her current or upcoming books and will answer questions from the audience. (18+)

10:15 PM - 11:00 PM

After Hours, In The Restricted Section: The Adults-Only Fanfic Meet-up: Stacy Pisani

Salon 4

For connoisseurs and authors of “mature” fanfiction, this meet-up is a judgment-free zone. Join other fanfic writers and enthusiasts as we discuss how we engage with transformative works of the explicit variety. We’ll play a game of erotic Mad Libs to create our own fanfic drabble. Then, prepare to be delighted by a rousing live reading of selected works, read by the stimulating authors of the MISTI-Con 2019 Fanfiction Collection. Mature adults (18+) are welcome.

10:30 PM - 12:30 AM

Potter Movie Jumble: Kat Ell

Hudson B/C

We've all watched the movies...but not like this. The original eight have been cut into individual scenes and thrown into a random mixer. Come along as we go on a wild visual trip through the series we love.

11:15 PM - 12:00 AM

Why Maidens Misbehave: The Importance of Intersectional Feminism in Folk Music Misbehavin' Maidens

Salon 4

Well behaved women rarely make history, and The Misbehavin’ Maidens continue that tradition by singing music about sex positivity and women’s rights to change the narrative involving adult folk and filk music. They sing on a variety of topics, with education and feminism being key points; right alongside sex, violence, and Sci Fi. This panel will be focusing on why they do what they do, and why it’s important for women to get up on stage and sing about orgasms, Dr Who, and murder. This panel will also feature a Q and A.18+/Possible TW