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Fantasia Fair Newsletter for March 2018
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Fair Update - March 2018

A word from the Director. . .

I know many of you have been curious about the fate of Fantasia Fair. Last year’s director was convinced there would not be a Fantasia Fair 2018. Of course there will be.

Despite predictions we would wind up in the red, we left Provincetown with all obligations met and a healthy balance in the Fair checking account. Because of the rumors we chose not to collect early bird monies and paid our bills entirely with Fantasia Fair 2017 funds. We are now taking registrations and holding the monies in a separate account. They will eventually be used to execute Fantasia Fair 2018. We have created a certificate of deposit in the amount of $5500, to be used only in the event of emergency.

Our 2017 taxes are now in the hands of Lyn Meyers, CPA, our accountant of long standing, and we are prepared to send him years 2012-2016. Getting the books in order required a huge amount of work. Kerri Reeder was kind enough to enter our bank history from 2010 to present in QuickBooks.

We have sent a packet to the state of Massachusetts to form a new 501(c)(3) corporation, as Real Life Experiences somehow wound up a (c)(4), which does not allow us to write tax letters for charitable donations.

Meanwhile, a planning committee has formed for FanFair 2018. Members are Dee LaValle, Karen Jandro, and myself. Temperance Duwitt and Miqqi Gilbert have been kind enough to run reservations. We have reserved the housing we will be using and will be going to Provincetown in early May to negotiate meals at restaurants and make other arrangements. I’m happy to say there will be a late-night meeting space this year!

The RLE Board selected Aaron Devor as the recipient of the 2018 Transgender Pioneer Award. Dr. Devor is Transgender Research Chair and Academic Director of the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria.

Five of our six keynote speakers have been  chosen. They are our own Audri and Robyn Bazlen-Weglarze, owners of the Admiral’s Landing guest house; Dr. Devor, Gerri Cannon, who is running for office in her native New Hampshire, Provincetown’s Hera Navassardian, who will be talking about her experience as the spouse of a crossdresser, and Mason Dunn of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. Mason will be talking about the Massachusetts’ anti-trans ballot referendum. Serious stuff. We are, as usual, holding the sixth slot open.

The Fantasia Fair Planning Committee is on the job. We are on tract and up-to-date with arrangements. You can rest assured; the Fair is in good hands. And remember, it’s YOUR Fantasia Fair.

See you in Provincetown on October 14th!

Dallas Denny

Keynote Speakers Announced

 

Fantasia Fair doesn’t have just one or two keynotes– we have six!

Keynotes are held Monday through Saturday at 1:30 pm in the Cabaret Room at the Crown & Anchor at 257 Commercial Street in Provincetown. They are heavily attended by Fairgoers and are free to townspeople and visitors.

We are proud to announce 2018’s great keynote speakers:

Monday, Oct. 15th
Robyn and Audri Bazlen-Weglarz
Innkeepers, Admiral’s Landing, Provincetown
“Living in a Tolerant and Accepting City”

 

Tuesday, Oct. 16th
Aaron H. Devor, Ph.D.
Research Chair in Transgender Studies
Founder-Academic Director,
Transgender Archives
University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

 

Wend., Oct. 17th
Hera Navassardian
Owner, Klymaxx, Provincetown
“My Story as the Spouse of a Crossdresser

 

Thursday, Oct. 18th
Gerri Cannon
Candidate, Somersworth (NH) School Board At-Large

 

 

Friday, Oct. 19th
Mason Dunn
Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
“Freedom for all Massachusetts" Transgender Anti-Discrimination Veto Referendum.



In true Fantasia Fair style, Saturday, Oct. 20th

To Be Announced. . .

2018 Transgender Pioneer Award Winner

We are happy to announce the 2018 Transgender Pioneer Award Winner: Aaron H. Devor of the University of Victoria. Dr. Devor hold the world’s only Research Chair in Transgender Studies.

Aaron H. Devor, Ph.D.

Dr. Devor is no stranger to Fantasia Fair; he recently presented a keynote speech on the Transgender Archives at his university, and we collected and sent him more than 850 fiction titles for his Transgender Archive. Here’s his bio:

Dr. Aaron Devor, has been studying and teaching about transgender topics for more than thirty years. He was one of the authors of versions 6 and 7 of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH) Standards of Care, and is now overseeing its transition into world languages. He is the author of numerous well-cited scholarly articles, and the widely-acclaimed books Gender Blending: Confronting the Limits of Duality (1989) and FTM: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society (1997, 2nd edition forthcoming in 2016).  His most recent book, The Transgender Archives: Foundations for the Future (2014) is a Lambda Literary Awards finalist in LGBT nonfiction. He has delivered lectures to audiences around the world, including more than 20 keynote and plenary addresses. He is a national-award-winning teacher, an elected member of the International Academy of Sex Research, and an elected Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Dr. Devor, is the Founder and Academic Director of the world’s largest Transgender Archives and was Dean of Graduate Studies, 2002-2012.


In the next edition...
 

Complete coverage of the results from the Fantasia Fair 2017 Survey.
 

 

Early Registration is Open!!!


We are now taking registrations by check and PayPal.For prices and the link to register, go to:
http://fanfair.info/registration/
 
FROM NOW UNTIL MAY 1st WE ARE OFFERING A
5% DISCOUNT ON THE POSTED RATES! Rates will increase on May 1.

REGISTER NOW!

Fantasia Fair 2018 is Now Soliciting Workshops...

 
We are looking for wonderful, exciting, topical, stunning, fabulous, amazing workshops on every aspect of transgender existence: personal presentation, identity, relationships, community, activism, sexuality, history—you name it. Please share the form at the end of this newsletter with others, and please consider sending us a proposal. Nothing is out of limits. 

Don't forget activity and interactive type workshops as well. Learn while having fun!. Now that's the fair. For workshop proposal information please visit: http://fanfair.info/programs/ or contact the program director programs@fantasiafair.org. 

Website Update

 
Our website is down because somewhere along the way we managed to lose log-in information for domain.com, which manages our domain registration.  Our website at fantasiafair.org is actually up, but cannot be accessed until we manage to convince domain.com that we are the legitimate owners of the site. We have taken advantage of this by registering the domain www.fanfair.info with GoDaddy and are building a new and more up-to-date website there.  We have chosen WordPress because it’s easy to learn and work with and thus easily passed on to new generations of Fantasia Fair volunteers. We’re using the Divi theme for the same reason, and because it’s flexible. We have the power ot make the wesite work any way we want it. We’d love the advice of a talented web designer or graphic artist!

We are adding updated material from our old site daily. Essential functions are up; can go there to read news and updates about the Fair, learn more about the Fair, and register. Feel free to watch the website develop over the next few months.

 

It's Back.......

 

Fastasia Fair After Dark

For many years the heart of the Fair was at Roomer’s Guest House on Carver Street. After the last activity of the evening FairGoers would head there for refreshments, conversation, and sometimes a little music.

When Roomers owner Andy Turocy sold his inn, the Fair was diminished.

It took some searching, but eventually Fantasia Fair found it’s late night spot: 306A Commercial Street.

We’re happy to announce we have spoken with the owners and have reserved 306A for the Fair’s late-night spot for 2018.

Roomers is back....


We need Photo's

 

We’re in search of photos for the new website. Please send them to dallas@fantasiafair.org. Please be sure you have permission of everyone in the shot (Follies and Fashion Show are exempted from this rule). We’re looking for videos as well. Those will likely be too large for e-mail, so e-mail Dallas and work out how to submit them.

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If you'd like to contribute an article to be included in a future issue of the Fantasia Fair Newsletter, please send it to newsletter@fantasiafair.org. It should be fairly short, related to Fantasia Fair, and of interest to all readers.



 
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