[Elfsea] PRESS RELEASE - UncommonCon Children's Programming Debuts in 2001

Karie Mitchell allessandre at hotmail.com
Wed Aug 29 13:41:08 PDT 2001

If you thought Uncommon Con wouldn't be "child friendly" take a look...

Alessandra Desiderio

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>From: James Echols <jamesechols at covad.net>
>Reply-To: James Echols <jamesechols at covad.net>
>To: Press Release <pressrelease at uncommoncon.com>
>Subject: [UC pressrelease] PRESS RELEASE - UncommonCon Children's
>Programming Debuts in 2001
>Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 22:39:21 -0500
>August 28, 2001
>Heather Hester
>marketing at uncommoncon.com
>Full Press Packet Available Upon Request
>November 23-25, 2001
>Wyndham Anatole Hotel, Dallas, TX
>Single Day: $15, Weekend Pass: $40
>UncommonCon Launches A Very Uncommon Kids' Area for 2001
>Unprecedented at any other festival of its kind, UncommonCon offers an
>all-new Children's Area and
>Programming to the delight of its younger patrons (and parents) with a
>plethora of engaging, free or low-cost
>activities.  Kids can frolic in a safe, quiet realm, choosing from several
>themed sections, with a variety of
>activities at each.
>The free Arts and Crafts area provides an Artist's Lounge where young
>cartoonists and artists can discuss
>their work, their future in art, and other art interests.  Cartooning
>demonstrations and workshops will occur here
>throughout the weekend.  In addition, a continously changing parade of
>craft activities offers youngsters the
>chance to make princess crowns, wizard hats, thumbprint dragons, mermaid
>sand art, and alien flip books, or
>create their own face-painting designs.
>Readers and listeners will gather for storytelling in the Writer's Corner,
>which features a reading lounge with
>genre stories both told and read by volunteer and celebrity readers.  The
>area will also feature a children's
>"author's chair" which will allow young authors to share the stories and
>works they create in this area.
>Children will be given opportunities to draw a picture and write about a
>place they remember from the stories
>they hear.  Bookmaking will also play a large part in this area, as
>children create books about fanciful stories
>they imagine or about themselves, all free of charge.
>For a nominal fee, children and parents can join in on Make and Takes, in
>which a more skilled craft item is
>created to take home.  Budding sculptors can pour statues of gypsum,
>hobbyists can make miniature models,
>young ladies-in-waiting can fashion flower hair wreaths, and foam daggers
>can be assembled by squires.
>Building on its strong gaming area for grownups, the Kids Area hosts
>beginner and Learn-to-Play games
>throughout the day in its free Gaming area.  Familiar board games and
>puzzles will be available for ad-lib play,
>and organized children's games such as drop the handkerchief, four corners,
>and the story game will be
>interspersed throughout the weekend.
>UncommonCon vendors selling kid-friendly items will also be invited to sell
>their wares in this welcoming, kid-
>friendly atmosphere.  Adding to the fun are the myriad events planned by
>the festival. An exclusive preview of
>an upcoming fantasy animated series, Starseed Fairies, highlights the fun,
>and kids' skills and creative efforts
>are put on display in a Coloring Contest, Paper Doll Fashion Contest, and
>Fairy Wings Decorating Competition.
>Also echoing the adult activities are the Children's Masquerade and Costume
>Competition, and the Awards
>Ceremony honors the finest creations.
>Volunteers will be on hand throughout the festival to ensure the safety and
>fun of little ones.  In the past, fans
>of gaming and fantasy festivals have had to leave out their children, but
>UncommonCon creates the first family-
>friendly environment ever known among shows of its type.  Since youth under
>8 are admitted to the festival
>free with a paid adult, there is no reason for families not to bring the
>kids along for this weekend of educational,
>inspirational family entertainment.
>The Children's Realm is thankful to Arbys, Heritage Rare Coin Galleries,
>Duty-Tech Computers, ShaddowFish
>Comics and Crayola for their generous sponsorship of this event.

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