Today, in fact right after I’m finished publishing this blog – our brand spanking new website for the convention will go live. I won’t lie – it’s not finished. I tried, but at 2:30 this morning sleep finally took over. I will still be working on it throughout the day as we finalize the last few things we need in order to give you accurate (and absolutely final) pricing on the convention. I don’t think anyone wants to be charged any more than necessary to come to this shindig – so please bare with us just a bit longer on that front. Trust me, it will be worth it.
However, we do have a ton of information to share – and still more that is in the works in varying stages! I will do a basic run-down here, and then leave you all to your devices to go to the website. What I do want to share with you a bit though is our vision. There are a number of people who have put their hearts and souls into this project, and we could not have possibly gotten to this point without their incredible help. Amanda, Julie, Lori, Kevin, Laura, Melissa and Kimberley have done everything short of going right into the cities we looked at to find the perfect “home” for this convention, and I really can’t thank them enough. Going into this project, we wanted to do something different. While the band is truly a huge part of our lives and it is what brought us all together – it is each of us that make this fandom unique, yet Amanda and I have seen what the competitive nature does to people. It makes this fan community one of the harshest places to try and survive at times. So from the onset of Daily Duranie – even then – we wanted to try and bring fans together. We want to make this about one another, less about being the “ONE” to get closest to the band. So planning this convention is about creating an atmosphere, creating a vehicle – so to speak – that allows us to make connections with one another. Hopefully at least some of those connections turn into lifelong friendships.
With that in mind, I am very proud to announce our 2013 convention!
Durandemonium 2013: The Music Between Us
Date: October 18-20, 2013
City: Chicago, Illinois
Hotel: The Amalfi Hotel
This year, we are working with The Amalfi. You all will adore this place. Not only is it super sleek and has a fantastic elegant vibe about the place, they have a Managers Reception each night for hotel guests. This isn’t any ordinary reception though. It’s a premium open bar from 5:30-7 each night along with hors d’oeuvres. Their signature drink is the Amalifi-tini, a sort of citrus-based martini. I look forward to having one with you. Probably EACH of you by then! In addition, every morning this hotel offers a continental-style breakfast to it’s guests. Once again, this isn’t just an ordinary “hard as rock” croissant and a cup of coffee that could have been more aptly named “tar”, this is breakfast located on each floor of the hotel! Talk about service!
On Saturday night, we are having a banquet/party/dance right across the street at Harry Caray’s in a private room upstairs! I am especially thrilled about this opportunity because Harry Caray’s is a great Italian steakhouse, and so the food will be fabulous – not like the lukewarm hotel buffets that cost an incredible fortune but have very little flavor.
I could go on and on, but really – what I need to be doing is working to finish the convention details!!
If all goes well and my offerings of sacrifice have pleased the gods – we will open registration on FRIDAY. Yes, this Friday, March 1st. If that changes, we will let you know IMMEDIATELY. We are working with EventBrite, and there will be links posted here on the blog, on the convention website, the Daily Duranie Facebook page and Twitter, the Durandemonium 2013 Facebook page, and the Durandemonium Twitter.
As you can see, there are a lot of pieces to this engine that all have to run together well in order to work. Timing is key, and I’ll be honest – timing has been an issue for me this week, as in I have none. Like all of you, I am mere mortal and I’m just a fan trying to make this work. Please have patience as we get this going, and please feel free to ask questions if needed. We are here to help you have a great time.
Listed below is the link to our website. We are also devising a Facebook page and a Twitter account for the convention, and once those are ready to go I will gladly share them with all of you as well. No matter what, you can always count on accurate information on the website, the Daily Duranie Facebook page, and of course @dailyduranie on Twitter!
Durandemonium 2013 website: http://durandemonium2013.webs.com
Convention email: firstname.lastname@example.org