Zarafa giving hugs while gathering in the Tuscany Ballroom. Photo courtesy of Yasha.
We’re back home after a wonderful weekend in Irvine, having attended Califur. We were there from Thursday and enjoyed many things throughout the weekend. We found no shortage of socialization in the Irvine Marriott’s brand new lobby. Stego and I reconnected with old friends and made lots of new ones.
We even reached out to some local furries that are just discovering fandom, but did not necessarily know all the places that they might connect with others in the area. Did not have business cards but I was on point for providing a social experience. On Saturday, I managed to catch the fursuit parade. I’m only sad that my camera decided to crap out on me, so most of my weekend photos came out real blurry. We had our two panels on Saturday and Sunday, which had a decent turnout. It has given me lots of insight and direction for Socalfurs.com (and the SoCal Furs Network). So, I hope to further my efforts into reaching out to all the local fuzzies, new and old.
Ready to party. Photo courtesy of Toby Shepard
Now that suitcases are emptied and sleep has been gotten, its time to announce….
Our Mascot Design Contest Winner
Yeep is the winner of the SoCalFurs Mascot Contest. Congratulations!
Oh man, this was not easy. We were overwhelmed by the entries submitted to us (through our FurAffinity page). Before con we did an initial elimination of our total entries and eventually pared it down to three. Our final judges were Megan Giles (As the creator of Tamerlaine, our female mascot), Rod O’Riley of the Prancing Skilltaire household (and having been in the fandom since the earliest of days), myself and and Vidwulf (thank you so much for stopping by. I know you were very busy.)
Final voting came down to a tie, so Summercat served as the tiebreaker. He couldn’t make up his mind so we did an impromptu vote by secret ballot by our panel attendees (in the future, I hope to have an improved contingency plan for when ties like this happen.).
Each of our three finalists received a ticket for the Califur GOH dinner (held in the classy Tuscany Ballroom), as well as a spot for the entry to be displayed in the convention’s artshow. Yeep will receive the $100 grand prize. Stego donated some lovely $25 gift cards for all 18 participants. Thanks to all for attending, and thanks to EVERYONE who entered.
SoCalFurs is now on Meetup
After seeing a few furry groups in our area using Meetup, we are trying it out ourselves. We think Meetup might be another way to discover and encourage furry events all around SoCal. Meetup is a website that seems to have great tools and allows people to RSVP to events, which can be great for some events who need to know how many are attending. So, if you use this site, please join our SoCalFurs group.
Yes, it has been a long time since we have updated our galleries. Trust me, we are long overdue. While our staff does occasionally bring a camera to local events, we dont always remember to break from our fun and actually take photos. Heehee!
We do have a backlog of photos to post for some events but we always could use more. All submissions will be credited in the captions/descriptions, but we also accept photos that feature your watermark. So, if you have any photos that you wish to contribute, please contact us.
It seems that, after the passing of each year’s Califur, we consider it like a new year. This is where we set our goals and look towards future progress. As always, visit us on Twitter for real-time updates.