Hi everyone. Here is an update on Frolicon as well as where we will be over the next few weeks. Since we will definitely have bootblacking, i thought this community might be interested.
Frolicon Volunteer Director( Read more...Collapse )Have you registered for Frolicon yet? Don’t let another week go by without registering or you might miss out on a weekend of kinky and non-kinky fun. In case you’ve forgotten, Frolicon (www.frolicon.com) is an adult oriented (21+) science fiction convention held every year over Easter Weekend (April 9-12, 2009) in Atlanta, GA. The current price is 50.00 for 4 days worth of programming. Now that’s a bargain. So register now before the price goes up.
We’ve made it easier than ever for you to register with PayPal processing and non PayPal credit card processing. The earlier you register, the more money you’ll have later to have fun or spend in the vendor area.
With over 1200 attendees in 2008, we were bulging at the seams, so we had to upgrade our space. This year we’ll be at the Sheraton Gateway Atlanta out by the airport, and we have nearly twice the programming space. So you know what that means…over 50 kink track classes, over 40 think track classes and workshops, bigger vendor area, more night time programming in bigger spaces, more gaming, more fun, more parties, more prizes, more costumes, just more EVERYTHING.
Each Track Director is hard at work booking presenters and setting up shows, games, presentations and bands. The game room is set and our Gaming room director is already thinking up new and naughty games to play as well as the oldies but goodies. We are finding and talking with new artists for the art show as well as working on getting our vendor spaces sorted out. Party themes are being planned and the Dungeon will be back and better than ever.
Frolicon is a blending of artists, writers, intellectuals, leatherfolk, kinky boys and girls, fetishists of most any type, cosplayers, gamers, roleplayers, swingers, and party people who come together to form a singular convention going experience. We do what no other convention can do…we bring fandom, geekdom and kinkdom together under one roof mixing all of these interests into one BIG celebration.
So if you haven’t made your Hotel reservations or registered for the con yet, go to the website and get in on the fun. This is one event you WILL NOT want to miss in 2009.
Also, look for us at the following locations in the next few weeks.
Sept. 26-28 2008, Fetish Fair Flea market, Charlotte, NChttp://www.fetishfairfleamarket.com/fff-charlotte.html
Oct. 18, 2008, The Mark in Nashville Tenn.
We will also be attending some of the local groups in North and South Carolina over the next couple of months. Please let us know if you would like a representative to come and talk to your group about the convention.
In November we will be having our Fall staff and volunteer meeting. Watch for the dates and times to be announced.
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2008 Rio Grande Leather: October 17-19, 2008
This year's weekend event features dynamic speakers from around the country, local talent and a leather contest... and some new additions, including an all-day bootblack camp!
Albuquerque, New Mexico’s leather community once again is planning an exciting weekend of education, entertainment and a contest to choose the next Mr. and Ms. Rio Grande Leather. The event will be held on October 17-19, 2008 at the Sandia Courtyard Hotel and Convention Center.
Lady Hilary, of Vanguard Leather Weekend in San José, California, will be the keynote speaker this year. Joining her will be experienced and innovative presenters from around the country including Mark Frazier of SouthPlains Leatherfest in Dallas; slave alia al’Barakah from the Southwest Leather Conference; Dave Rhodes, editor of The Leather Journal; Lisa Boynton; Master David Walker; The Marine of Vanguard Leather and more. Judges, who will also be presenting an educational workshop, include Jeff Tucker, International Mr. Leather 1994; Malik, Southwest Master 2007; Alexis Blizman, Executive Director of Equality New Mexico; and our current titleholders, crrreature and Daddy Bear.
A special addition this year will be a bootblack Day Camp, with all-day education on bootblacking provided by Cristo Webb, of the Great Lakes Leather Alliance. This hands-on opportunity to learn about bootblacking is limited to 20 and appropriate for people of all skill levels from beginners to experienced bootblacks. (Slots will fill up quickly, so register soon!)
The weekend will again kick off with Albuquerque Shines, a showcase for New Mexican talent, and this year’s offering will have some great new features to surprise and entertain the audience. The contest will be held Saturday night to select the next representatives of the Rio Grande title at this dynamic and fun event.
The popular Bondage Lounge will be back again this year, with time to play, learn and experience the joys of restraints in a more intimate environment. We’ll also have the Eyegasm art show, the annual display and sale of erotic art run by Darla of the Unseen Gallery. There will be great opportunities to shop for leather gear, toys and more in the vendor mart, featuring both returning vendors from previous years and some new faces. Add to that exciting social and play opportunities, a Dia de los Muertos altar to remember our loved ones, time for meditation, classes and more, including some great surprises, so get ready for an amazing weekend!
Registration and more information are available on our website at www.riograndeleather.org. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to attend the weekend. Early registration is now open with a special rate of only $85, less than last year’s costs. Register now and save! www.riograndeleather.org
In leather service,
jan, slave to House Solestri
Im helping a friend to get some bootblacks together to participate in NYLW (New York Leather Weekend).
We still need some and Some More Bootblacks who are willing to donate their time and talents. Bootblacks will be working for tips!
Bootblacking takes place on Saturday from 1-5 PM. If you work those 4 hours you will get a half comp to the event. If you are able to donate another 4 hours of volunteer time you will get a full comp.(event schedule is listed under the cut).
There is also the option to bootblack at the street fair.
Please let me know what you would like your hours to total up to, and let me know what your first choices (& etc) are.
There's quite a few volunteers, so the earlier you respond, the better chance you have at getting the slot you want.
Also, please note that there will be a volunteer orientation on October 4th for those that wish to attend. (optional, unless you're doing security)( Volunteer ScheduleCollapse )
If your interested please leave a comment here or email the volunteer coordinator at nylw.volunteers at gmail dot com
I've been lurking here a while because I love leather and have some basic leather care knowledge, bootblacking as well as clothing. I'm finally getting the opportunity to move from domestic service to personal service and have a couple of questions I was hoping those of you who are more experienced would be able to help me with.
1. I know how to take care of oil-conditioned boots, but can anyone point me to a website/reference (can be hard copy as well) about taking care of boots with (as it was described to me) a "rough-leather finish"? So, not suede, but not a shiny or oil-based finish? Edit
: As I'm reading, I'm guessing the boots are of roughout leather. I'm still having a difficult time finding specific care instructions. Should they be brushed like suede? Can I use wax/oil/polish/etc. on them?
2. Does anyone know how to get an ink stain (I've been told it's small) off of pink leather without fading the leather? Again, pointing me in the right direction for references would be a huge help.
Thanks so much in advance for the help any of you can give!
A huge congratulations goes out to Trooper for being named GLLA
Bootblack 2008. Congrats to boy matt and to tami for a job well done.
Congrats to all the winners, and again, GOOD JOB TROOPER!
This is david shorey, Northern California Community Bootblack 2008. I live in Sacramento and will be competing at the International Community Bootblack competition in October in San Francisco. I have been bootblacking for 6 years. I bootblack at The Bolt in Sacramento and have bootblacked at S.F. Pride, Dore Alley and Folsom Steet Fair the past few years.
I read the rules of the community, I think this is safe to post, but please let me know if this isn't appropriate and I'll take it off.
I'm helping to organize New York Leather Weekend in October. It's our 2nd year, and our first year holding a leather contest.
I'm not sure who has signed up yet to compete, so please disregard if you are / are planning to compete. Wouldn't want to give anyone double duty :).
My part of the event is volunteer and demo coordination. I would love it if any of you put in a few hours over the weekend to bootblack. If you volunteer for 5 hours, you get a half comp. 10 hours will get you a full event comp. If you're not comfortable booblacking yet and you still want to volunteer, there's still room for all sorts of volunteers.
For more information on the event, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org), or check out our website: http://www.newyorkleatherweekend.com
Yours in Leather,
-Eileen (Leenie) Vale
So when I was barely dry behind the ears in terms of manning a chair (yeah, that
many years ago, shut up), a travelling bootblack handed me a tin of something very special. I didn't really recognize just how
special this tin was, but it seemed so, and thus I treated it so. The smell, the texture ... smooth under rubbing, easily charlied into the pores, beautiful but unpretentious shine ... <cough><cough> ... anyway ...
Now, after many years of conservative use, this lone tin is finally past any viability. I am jonesing
for a refill.
Here's the problem: I can't find this stuff anywhere
in the states, and the manufacturer does not sell directly to a yankee git like me. Can anyone help me out?
This magic stuff is a hardwax product by Collonil
Needing black (and preferably neutral too). I understand it is sold in 75 mL tins. I got the scratch to maybe buy a half-rack, but really only looking for 6 tins or so. Looking to get it shipped to Seattle, WA.
Cheers to you what can help me ... C:##/boris.
I'm hoping this is the place to ask this question. I'm learning how to take care of Sir's boots and am trying to find a product (or product replacement) for him.
I'm looking for what would be used to touch up the eyelets on a pair of boots when necessary. Sir said that in the past he's used a product called M-New but I haven't had any luck finding it online. Is it still available, and if so where can I purchase it? If it isn't available what replacement product is suggested?
So I am getting ready to compete for my first leather title this year. I am hoping to run for NWCBB in August. I am really new to the contest part of the leather world. I am looking for advice and information about their experiance and what I may possibly expect during the event. Any information would be appreciated thank you all for your time.