We want to extend our sincerest gratitude to everyone who came out this year. Whether you came to enjoy the weekend or to help create something for others to enjoy, we are deeply appreciative of your commitment to spend your weekend with us.
We do feel that it is fair that we apologize for any of the confusion you may have experienced. You came to enjoy yourselves, and while so many of you made the best of some disheartening and rocky scenarios along the way, we are truly sorry we had to request your flexibility at all.
Since there is some speculation about aforementioned confusion, we also want to put a few rumors at rest.
1. Cancellations. Strangely enough, there were consistent rumors throughout the weekend regarding events being cancelled that weren’t. Neither the Masquerade nor Pokemon Snap (on either day) were cancelled, yet word spread from some source that they were, leaving our first Pokemon Snap event almost completely unattended. This was a disappointment for our staff as well as so many attendees.
Not a single event was cancelled all weekend, though out of necessity, we did have to move our Mario Kart races to Sunday, our Bonfire to Saturday (due to storms), and our Saturday Beach Party back several hours. All else was due to run as originally planned, and we never intended for the confusion to spread from whoever was first so misinformed.
2. The State Park vs. The Lodge. We believe you deserve our transparency and honesty regarding some of the confusion Saturday night. Maumee Bay State Park is, as the name implies, state owned, whereas Maumee Bay Lodge is privately owned. That is to say, what is permissible by the lodge might not be so by the state. The staff at Maumee Bay State Park Lodge recognized that our event was a little out of the ordinary, and in an effort to protect and support us, tried to help us facilitate certain events by dealing with the park themselves. We were not made aware of this.
We were therefore given permission to run the Slender Man Hike by the general manager, and we worked with our main contact at the lodge to facilitate our Beach Rave. We were given the green light on both of these events, exactly as they were scheduled.
Come midday Saturday, we learned the park was NOT, in fact, made aware of our established plans. This was incredibly frustrating to us, but we fought tirelessly to do whatever we could to make them possible. Attendees came together to help us keep folks contained to the area we fought to have allotted to us during the rave, and rangers who felt awful and sympathetic about our plight let us go until midnight, as scheduled.
The Slender Man Hike was a series of embarrassing and unfortunate hurdles, but we did our absolute best to recreate something else entirely in the span of several hours, and in the truly contained environment we were left scrambling to work with.
We can tell you with full confidence that our staff pushed themselves tirelessly to salvage what we could of these two jeopardized events, and we are so proud of our staff. But we are also extremely hurt by the cancellation rumors that spread, as our dedication on Saturday proved, we will go above and beyond so that we NEVER cancel an event you came for. We just apologize that some were not as we had expected or hoped.
After all the work we put into making these events come to life for you, we are honestly heartbroken.
We are thrilled to hear that so many of you still enjoyed yourselves regardless of all of the strange things working against us this year, and in the mean time, we will always, always give you our best. We can only hope that next year, the forces that be will meet us halfway! Look for bigger and better from us next year. We love you all!
But be sure to hurry, as ticket sales end on September 2nd, and we won’t be selling tickets at the door! There is also a limited quantity available!
Midoricon 2014, located at the beautiful Maumee Bay Lodge & State Park.
Nautical interiors, sandy beaches, acreage of lush forestry. You’re not going to find a better convention for photoshoots. Set up yours now, and be sure to join us September 5-7, 2014!
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Welcome to Night Vale - Interns United Only at Midoricon 2014 (September 5-7, 2014 at Maumee Bay State Park, Ohio)
"Hello, Night Vale." as our favorite Cecil would say. Prepare to offer up your lives in forfeit to our beloved radio station in a most heinous fan tribute. If you love Welcome to Night Vale, you might want to consider joining this event as an intern.
Submit here: http://midoricon.com/index.php/events/welcome-to-night-vale-interns-united and be sure to share with other potentials. The studio goes through interns quickly, you know.
Please keep them in your prayers during this difficult loss. Staffers are family, and they’ve lost a sister. We’re so sorry to hear of your loss, and we’re here to offer our support.
Your friends at Midoricon
A wild promo appeared! Hey Pokemon gijinka masters!
We’re gearing up for two of our Pokemon events this year: Live-Action Pokemon Snap and Cosplay ‘Em All! These will be new Midoricon staples that all Pokemon cosplayers are welcome to join. If you have a cosplay and want in on this massive Poke’event, sign up here and we’ll cross your Pokemon off on our site!