LAST DAY for guaranteed hotel rooms!

Hey Skepticon friends!

Today, July 18, is the last day of our reserved block of rooms at the hotel! After this, the block will be released. You can still get the discounted rate after today, but there’s no guarantee that a room will be available. So make sure you book your room today! You can find out more here https://skepticon.org/where/

Can’t wait to see all your lovely faces!

Love,
Team Skepticon

PS — Donate if you can! https://skepticon.org/donate/
And register if you’re planning on attending SK11! https://skepticon.org/register/
Here’s a different link for hotel info! https://skepticon.org/dont-wait-hotel-deadline-for-sk11-is-coming/

Childcare WILL be available at SK11!

Hey Parental and Guardian Skepticonites!

After long last, childcare will be returning to Skepticon! And not just any childcare, but PROFESSIONAL childcare!

If you are interested in using the childcare services, please make sure send the email as requested below!! And share this post, so everyone gets the news!

Skepticon has teamed up with TLC Family Care, a St Louis company, to care for the littlest of Skepticon’s attendees. TLC caregivers are screened, have background checks, and have CPR and first aid training. You can read more about TLC on their website at https://tlcforkids.com/

We strive to keep Skepticon free for all to attend, and childcare is no different. We want to make sure that everyone who needs childcare can get it. We will be requesting a donation of $5 per hour per child, but no one will be turned away for inability to pay. We’re still ironing out details with TLC, but we anticipate this costing Skepticon several thousand dollars, so any donation will be very much appreciated, even if it’s not the full requested donation!

TLC will take newborn on up, so feel free to pop out that baby Friday morning and then show up for workshops! Well, maybe not… please take care of yourself! But also don’t hesitate to drop off your littles, no matter how little. TLC also welcomes all ages with special needs, but please let us know ahead of time that you’re coming, if you can.

Childcare will be available Friday 11:30am to midnight; Saturday 8:30am to midnight; and Sunday 9:30am to 4pm. That’s right! You’ll be able to catch all your favorite talks and workshops, the comedy show or game night on Friday, SkeptiProm or SkeptiLounge on Saturday, maybe even a quiet meal with your special someone or a new friend! However, no food will be allowed in the childcare room, so you’ll probably need to retrieve your ward at some point…

The childcare room will be on the same floor as the conference rooms, making it easy to drop kidlings off, check on them during the day, pick them up whenever you want, etc. They’ll be in one of the City View rooms, which have large windows to let in natural light, so they’re not stuck in fluorescent rooms all day (unlike the rest of us.) Skepticon will be working with TLC to provide fun, sometimes educational, entertainment for the kids — they won’t just be stuck in front of a TV all day!

In order to do the best planning we can and provide childcare for all those who are interested, please send an email to [email protected] with the answers to the following questions (copy and paste the questions, please!):

  • Your full name
  • A number you can be reached at during Skepticon
  • Children’s full names and ages (ex: Carl Skeptic (7), Marie Skeptic (10))
  • Any allergies? (Please also list food allergies, even though food will not be in the room)
  • Are there any special needs or medical conditions?
  • What day(s) do you plan on being at Skepticon?
  • Do you anticipate using the childcare during the meal breaks?
  • Do you anticipate using the childcare on Friday 9pm-midnight?
  • Do you anticipate using the childcare on Saturday 9pm-midnight?

All responses will be kept confidential, and shared only with TLC staff and those in decision-making positions of Skepticon. More details will be sent in future emails to those who notify us of your interest in childcare. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca at [email protected]!

If you would prefer to coordinate your own childcare, TLC is available to help! They can provide a caregiver in your hotel room or home — check out their website for options. Skepticon will not provide payment for individual care, nor is Skeption responsible for TLC’s caregivers or their actions outside of our own childcare room.

If you’re a StL local, they’re available for temporary care, permanent care, tutoring, newborn care, senior care — give them a call for just about any help you need for your family!

Skepticon is so happy to bring back childcare for our littlest attendees!

Love,
Team Skepticon

PS — Donate if you can! https://skepticon.org/donate/
And register if you’re planning on attending SK11! https://skepticon.org/register/
And get your hotel room before our block closes on July 18! https://skepticon.org/dont-wait-hotel-deadline-for-sk11-is-coming/

Weekend Rewind: Why you should register for a free conference

Weekend Rewinds will be reposts of old blog posts that are still relevant, updated for the current conference. This post was originally posted 10/11/2016 in anticipation of SK9. Enjoy!

Hi Skeptonites!

We know that sometimes people ask, “Why should I register for a free conference? Can’t I just do it when I get there?” And the answer is yes, at-con check in is available, and we welcome anyone who chooses to do that!

But there are benefits for attendees who pre-register:

  • Dedicated, easy to find check-in line at registration!
  • Faster check-in at registration!
  • Be entered into a raffle for a special prize! (this will be separate from the general raffle that will be announced soon)

There are also benefits to Skepticon for you pre-registering. Planning for a conference involves a lot of ordering of stuff. It’s hard to know how much to order if we don’t know how many people are coming. If we have a better idea of how many attendees we’ll have, we can save a lot of money. We always over-order on stuff, because we want to make sure everyone gets stuff, but there’s over-ordering and then there’s OMG we totally over-ordered 0.0

So, if you’re going to come to Skepticon, or even if you think you might, do us a favor and register!

Click here to register!

Bunches of thanks!
Team Skepticon

PS – As always, donate if you can!

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Love may make the world go ’round, but volunteers make the Skepticons happen!

Hey there, Skepticon fans!

Volunteers are the life blood of Skepticon. Like, Skepticon would literally not happen if it weren’t for volunteers. All of us that do the year-round planning are all volunteers, we have volunteers helping out all over the place during the con, our workshoppers are all volunteers, even our main stage speakers are technically volunteers, in that they don’t get an honorarium for their talk (we do pay for their travel and hotel.)

Volunteers are pretty much the most important things for Skepticon to have.

So please sign up to volunteer with us! Here’s the link https://skepticon.org/volunteer/, there’s a short form for you to complete, and you’ll get contacted by Lois, our magnificent volunteer coordinator. We can accommodate variable schedules, different abilities, likes, dislikes, pretty much anything you need us to accommodate. Volunteers are eligible for perks like a special tag to wear with their badge, snacks and/or meals during their shift, and extra high fives all weekend long!

You can use that same link to sign up to volunteer with us as a year-round volunteer, too. Just make a note of that in the “Anything else we need to know” section. You don’t need to be in St Louis, or even Missouri, to be a year-round volunteer. Our current year-round volunteers come from Missouri, Arkansas, Minnesota, and California. You don’t need to attend Skepticon, either. Nor do you need to spend a lot of time. We have lots of tasks that need to be done, and some of them may take as little as 20-30 minutes. If we can delegate these little tasks out to lots of people, it makes things soooo much easier. Many hands make light work, and all that!

So please help Skepticon if you can, and volunteer today!

Love,
Team Skepticon

PS — Please volunteer to donate if you can! https://skepticon.org/donate/
And register if you’re planning on attending SK11! https://skepticon.org/register/
And get your hotel room before our block closes on July 18! https://skepticon.org/dont-wait-hotel-deadline-for-sk11-is-coming/

Do you believe in magic?

Greetings, Skepticondlers!

Every year, we choose a theme for Skepticon. You didn’t know that? Yeah, a lot of people don’t. But we do! And the theme for Skepticon 11 is….

MAGIC

Yes, magic! We know that seems like a weird theme for a bunch of supposedly skeptical people, but magic is also just really cool and fun and all around awesome. But why magic, you ask? Well, there aren’t many things that are associated with the number 11 (except for one tragic thing, but we didn’t want to go there…) Lauren, Bluebecca, and James were sitting around, eating ice cream, trying to come up with an idea, when Lauren said, “Well, you get your Hogwarts letter when you turn 11…” And bam! That was it! We’ve integrated all types of magic into SK11, from Hogwarts to unicorns to good old fashioned rabbit from a hat. You’ll see the theme on the programs, on the special raffle item signed by the speakers and others, and definitely at SkeptiProm!

In case you’re wondering what the past themes were:
SK7 = Space
SK8 = 80s
SK9 = Dogs and cats and dinos (because K-9, and 9 lives, and dinos)
SK10 = Robots & Computers (because 0s and 1s are the binary language)

We already know the themes for SK12 and SK13, but we’re not gonna tell you yet because we’re like that *blows raspberry* But we promise they’re awesome!

We hope that attending Skepticon is in the cards for you!

Love,
Team Skepticon

PS — Since we haven’t found the leprechaun’s pot of gold yet, please donate if you can! https://skepticon.org/donate/
And register if you’re planning on attending SK11! https://skepticon.org/register/
And get your hotel room before our block closes on July 18! https://skepticon.org/dont-wait-hotel-deadline-for-sk11-is-coming/

The countdown is on!

Hey Skepticoners!

We are officially less than a month from Skepticon 11! Do you know what this means?

. . .

It means we’re going to be posting all the blog posts! Starting today, there will be at least one new post every day with exciting news and announcements about SK11. We’ve added a ton of stuff to Skepticon, and we can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Of course, we’ve already been blogging a bit, so just to remind you of those past posts…

Registration! https://skepticon.org/registration-for-skepticon-11-is-now-open/
Hotel reservations! https://skepticon.org/dont-wait-hotel-deadline-for-sk11-is-coming/
The schedule! https://skepticon.org/sk11-the-schedule/
Friday night comedy fundraiser! https://skepticon.org/introducing-allegedly-a-night-of-comedy/
Our not-at-all-secret $100 donor gift! https://skepticon.org/will-you-be-our-bff/

There are more posts, and you can read them all at https://skepticon.org/blog/

Of course, this wouldn’t be a standard Skepticon blog post without a plug for donations, so go to https://skepticon.org/donate/ to give what you can! From that link, you can do a one-time donation to the conference, sign up for a monthly donation and become a member of our Dino Club (and get a special prize at SK11!), and/or donate to our legal fund (because legal bills are ‘spensive, y’all)

We love our Skepticon supporters!

Love,
Team Skepticon

Introducing Allegedly: a Night of Comedy

Hello Skeptifronds!

Skepticon is delighted to introduce Allegedly: a Night of Comedy. One night of laughs to help put the FUN back into fundraising.

Featured comedians include:

Tina Dybal

Hailing from the Former Soviet Union but growing up in Kansas City, Tina Dybal is no stranger to the Midwest. She started her comedy career in Saint Louis and was recently crowned Helium Comedy Club’s “Funniest Person in Saint Louis 2018”. Tina’s unique background, caustic humor, and memorable stage presence have landed her opportunities to open for some of the industry’s best comics such as Michelle Wolf, Christina P., Joey “CoCo” Diaz and Cameron Esposito. Outside of stand-up comedy, Tina is an accomplished comedic improviser. She completed training at The Improv Shop in St. Louis. Tina is also the co-host of Slop City, a podcast created by Tina Dybal and Libbie Higgins.

JC Sibala

JC’s comedic style has been described as straight-forward, no filter, with a dash of sincerity as he shares his experiences growing up ethnically ambiguous in midwest suburbia. Coming from a diverse background, at an early age he developed the ability to fit in by standing out. As a single father, he also gives audiences a glimpse into the life of a bachelor in the world of parenthood. His funny, onstage charisma allows him to connect with a variety of audiences.

JC is also the co-creator of Wild Card Comedy, the longest running weekly independent open mic in St. Louis.

He is a genuine entertainer from his musical talents and his days as a former model/actor.

Sam Lyons

Sam Lyons spent his childhood watching Jeopardy! and Judge Judy- and it shows. The son of a blind jazz musician turned black republican, he understands the importance of finding humor in everyday life. Whether it’s reliving his first Brad Paisley concert, lamenting failed relationships and deaths in the family, or testifying to the complexity of growing up “technically black” in the South- every moment has a punchline. In addition to regular appearances on shows in the St. Louis region, Sam also co-produces a monthly showcase “Yours, Mine, and Ours”, has hosted for America’s Got Talent’s Taylor Williamson and YouTube’s JP Sears, and took second place at High Ridge, MO’s 2018 Toasted Coffee House Gilmore Girls Trivia Night. Listen to Impolite Company every Monday on ImpoliteCompany.com for his podcast, “The Lyons Den”

Chris Cyr

Chris Cyr  is the host of Impolite Company, a podcast out of St. Louis, Missouri.  The show is part “Old Man Yells At Sky” and part interviews with other comics from the St. Louis scene.  The show airs daily on 920 AM in St. Louis, or can be streamed from the show’s website, iTunes, Spotify, etc.

A writer and  stand up comic, he lives with his wife, two dogs, and a cat. He hosts and features regularly at comedy clubs in the St. Louis area, as well as many of the area’s independent shows. He’s been fortunate enough to open for a number of national headliners including Christopher Titus, Kyle Kinane, Dick Gregory, and others.

Chris has been a contestant on NPR’s “Ask Me Another” (he lost) and was an expert commentator in a History Channel documentary (about zombies).  He also maintains a website and social media accounts for information about the St. Louis Independent Comedy scene.

Sarah Pearl

Sarah Pearl is a comedian and storyteller from St. Louis. Her style keeps the laughs rolling. She’s shared a stage with Todd Barry, Ron Funches, the Sklar Brothers, Nikki Glaser and Greg Hahn. Sarah has performed at the Laugh Factory Chicago, helium St. Louis, and is an NPR featured storyteller. She performs all over the midwest!

Jonathan Venegoni

Jon Venegoni began performing standup comedy in 2010, and is currently based out of St. Louis. He performs in clubs and venues around the Midwest, and has opened for the likes of Brian Posehn, Sinbad, Rosanne and more. He writes for and is a cast member in local award-winning sketch comedy show Fatal Bus Accident. Give him a hug when you see him.

Doors at 9pm, show at 9:30pm.

Tickets are $10 – CLICK HERE to purchase today!

All proceeds from this event will go to pay Skepticon’s ongoing legal defense bills. Thank you for your support!

See you there!

Love,

Skepticon

P.s. You’ll notice this is a paid ticketed event (our first ever!). Skepticon is committed to keeping our conference as accessible as possible and will continue to keep the restof our entire three day event FREE and open to the public. Don’t forget to register today!

Don’t Wait! Hotel Deadline for SK11 is Coming!

Hey Skepticoners! Zoooooom! That’s how fast Skepticon 11 is approaching. For those coming from out of town, or just wanting a place to stay overnight after Skeptiprom, you need to nab a hotel room soon. The deadline for our reserved block of rooms at the $109 rate is July 18th, less than four weeks from now.

While you’re doing that, be sure to register. Yes, I know it’s a free event, but registering gives us a better idea of how many of you are going to show up, and we want to prepare for the correct number of badges, programs, and high-fives to hand out. You’ll also have a chance to take home one of the 47 nifty Amazeballs (limited edition!) as a thank-you for a BFF donation.