Jordancon 10 Workshop Reminder

We have an amazing series of Workshops scheduled for you this year – from leather tooling and pewter casting to mum making, pattern making, crating Stormlight glyphs and more!

All Workshops will have sign-up forms at Registration. Be sure you sign up early so you don’t miss your spot!

You may have noticed on the schedule that Workshops typically have a nominal fee for participants. That’s to help pay for the materials you use to create the Workshop products. 🙂 All supply fees will be collected by the teachers in class. Please have exact change, when possible.

Don’t forget to share pics of your amazing Workshop creations on social media using #JordanCon, #JCon10, #JConWorkshops!!!!

Karaoke All-Stars Contest 2018

You asked for it …. we heard you! By popular demand, JordanCon 10 will introduce the new Karaoke All-Stars Contest!

This is a special set of time slots set aside during Friday Night Karaoke (from 9-10 p.m.) for competition-style, judged performances! (Registration required) Bring costumes, props and as much showmanship as you can muster! Alternate lyrics are allowed, but please keep language and the performance PG-13. Groups are allowed, but no repeat performers.

Winners will take home fabulous prizes! What will the judges be looking for?

• Technical Skill: This one is fairly self explanatory. How well did you sing it, whether true to the original style or adding your own flair?

• Audience Reaction: This will be a bit different for every song, but how well did the crowd react to your song? Did your power ballad leave them in tears, or did your jam have them out of their seats dancing?

• Showmanship/Performance: Were your costumes and props cool? Did you really “Move It Move It”? How far beyond a single person standing stationary in front of a mic stand did you go, and did you do it well?

A Few More Rules:

  • Your time-slot is 5 minutes long. This includes set up, intro comments, the song, outro and leaving the stage. Points will be deducted for exceeding time.
  • You must coordinate with organizer Richard Fife prior to the event or you will not be able to perform. He will reach out to you via the contact info you provide during registration to coordinate getting the karaoke track to the group to practice with before hand, or to request the track should he not have it.
  • You must have an MP3 file or something similar to perform to – there will not be internet access during this event. So “Play this from YouTube” isn’t going to cut it. Sorry!

There are very limited slots. Signup will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we will have a wait list in the event of a no-show!

Sign up HERE!

Rivets & Robot Weirdnesday Blog: The Future of Africa, How to Punk Silk and Cops ‘n Goblins

In This Issue:
Silk Punk

Every year we strive to be more than just a track filled with ray guns and rockets. Diversity and social context have been mainstays of science fiction since its very beginning and we strive to continue that tradition. This year in particular we have three panels that we hope will broaden your horizons.

Africa is a continent with a long history of triumph and sorrow. Yet even in the depths of that sorrow, there are visionaries who see beyond the world view imposed on Africa and its descendants. Come talk about these visions and the hope they bring for a better tomorrow.
Sunday 1 p.m.

Silk PunkBright: Orcs in My Cop Procedural?
Bright is an interesting movie, which some people like and some loathe. Never the less it is an interesting combination of science and fantasy that is the latest of many stories linking our modern world with a fantastic one.
Friday 5:30 p.m.

JordanCon’s Favorite Recipes: The Silver Circuit

JordanCon’s Favorite Recipes: The Silver Circuit

Mat Cauthon understood this drink. A hot, dry day of betting on horses in Ebou Dhar requires something that can quench your thirst and cool you down all at once. A “very good hat” is de riguer, but scarf and foxhead medallion are entirely optional.


  • Spearmint! A good 8-10 leaves of the stuff. Not dried. FRESH!
  • Simple syrup
    See instructions below on how to prepare this.
  • A double shot of Kentucky Bourbon
    A standard shot is about 1.5 oz. of liquor, so a double shot is 3 oz. Chip recommends Knob Creek Bourbon, but any non-sweet bourbon will do.
  • A few ice cubes
How to Make a Simple Syrup
To make the “simple syrup” required by this recipe, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool completely. Refrigerate until needed. Yields about 1 1/2 cups of simple syrup. (If you’d like to avoid sugar, just do the same using Splenda, Equal or some other artificial sweetener of your choice.)

Crush the mint and ice together. Chip recommends using a mortar and pestle for this step. Get the ice in about 1/2 inch size pieces or smaller. Now put the crushed mint, ice and a double shot of bourbon into a shaker. Chip recommends using a bourbon that is not very sweet since you are about to add a simple syrup to it. Add 2 parts (about 6 oz.) of simple syrup to the shaker. Shake well. Pour into an Old Fashioned glass and serve. If you have an extra sprig of mint, add it to the drink as garnish.

If you really what to impress your guests, invest in a set of traditional silver Mint Julep cups. You can find them on Amazon and they are worth the investment if you think you’ll be making this drink each year. The silver frosts over – which a glass will not do – and it makes the drink that much tastier and refreshing to drink.

While spearmint is the traditional “Mint Julep” mint (and the one Chip prefers), you can try this drink with other types of mint. Peppermint is a bit overpowering to use, but apple mint, chocolate mint, and pineapple mint all make refreshing and interesting variations. Feel free to experiment with other varieties of mint and adapt the recipe to suit your own tastes.

Another variation is to add mint to the simple syrup itself. Prepare the syrup as above but after you remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool a bit, pour it over a sprig of mint leaves in a jar and mash them with a wooden spoon. Close the jar and refrigerate overnight. Then, the next day, remove the mint leaves. This syrup – which should be useable for several weeks – adds an extra kick of that minty flavor, so if you really like mint, give it a shot!

Finally, nothing looks fancier than adding a special garnish to a cocktail. Set aside some extra sprigs of mint – leaves still attached to stems – and dip them in sugar. Use them to garnish your drinks. It’s just like adding lace to a cuff!

Rivets & Robots 2018 Weirdnesday Blog – Of Starbases, Lightsabers and Battleships

In This Issue:
• Friday Fandom Smackdown!
• Star Wars Rebels
• Star Trek: Discovery
• Hugos

Space Battleship JordanCon!

So this year we are in for a real slugging match. The Honorverse brings its heavy missiles to bear against the ships of the Vorkosigan Saga! Come on and man the gunnery stations for your side! What is that you say? Not a fan yet? Well you WILL be by the end! There is something in this smackdown for veterans and recruits alike!

Friday Night at 8:30 p.m.! Come join in the carnage and then brag about it at Karaoke!

Sunday Specials

Did you think all the excitement ended on Saturday? Then you have clearly never been to one of our Star Wars panels. Our Sunday schedule for Rivets & Robots is always strong and great way to end to convention.

Star Wars Rebels: We have our Rebels Roundup discussing the finale season of this powerful show and where the future of Star Wars animation may be headed. 10 a.m.

Star Trek Discovery: Rebels has ended, but Star Trek Discovery is just beginning. Love it? Hate it? Love and hate it at the same time? Chances are you have an opinion on ST Discovery. I know the panelists definitely will.

News From the Stars

Rivets & Robots would like to wish all those who have been nominated for a Hugo Award (good luck! Lots of good nominees this year. Have you read or seen any of the nominees work? What are your thoughts?

Next week: More WHO and we talk about more of our great panels.

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