News Pop / Rock 09/09/2006

Ahoy, Matey! Celebrate 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' at FenCon

Dallas, TX (FENCON) - Talk Like A Pirate Day is an international celebration of pirate culture. FenCon, a local science fiction convention, extends the celebration to Friday, September 22nd, with a day of pirate-themed activities and a concert of sea shanties and pirate songs by Heather Alexander.

Celtic musician Heather Alexander, FenCon's Music Guest of Honor, will perform a variety of songs from her new album "Arms of the Sea" which makes its debut at FenCon. This talented writer and performer has been thrilling audiences for over twenty years with a mix of original and traditional music of the British Isles.

FenCon, now in its third year, is a weekend-long literary science fiction and fantasy convention with filk music, an art show, charity fund-raising, and much more. Unlike other science fiction events that celebrate actors, FenCon plays host to the writers, artists, and musicians that create the fantasy and science fiction worlds that inspire our imaginations.

Honored guests at this year's FenCon include legendary author Alan Dean Foster, celebrated artist Darrell K. Sweet, award-winning author and editor Lawrence Watt-Evans, award-winning Celtic musician Heather Alexander, and best-selling author Jim Butcher. FenCon also features dozens of local authors, artists, fans, and musicians as program participants including Rachel Caine, P.N. Elrod, and the Four Redheads of the Apocalypse.

FenCon is three days of fannish fun including discussion panels, open gaming, autograph sessions, parties, concerts, a large merchandise dealer room, and the FenCon Cabaret on Saturday night. More than just a costume contest, the FenCon Cabaret features music, dancing, comedy, and more. FenCon also includes a 24-hour video room full of fan videos, rarely-seen films, and the winners of this year's Hugo Awards for science fiction excellence.

FenCon III starts Friday, September 22nd, at noon and ends Sunday, September 24th, at 5pm. This year's convention will be held at the Holiday Inn Select North Dallas off of I-635/LBJ in Dallas, Texas. Memberships are available for the whole weekend at $35 for adults, $20 for youth 6 to 15, and kids 5 and under admitted free with a paid adult. Day memberships are also available at a reduced rate.

FenCon's designated charity this year is the American Diabetes Association, in honor of Fan Guest of Honor Judith Ward. Judith passed away in July due to complications from diabetes so all monies raised by our annual charity auction and limited-edition charity art print projects will be donated to the ADA in her memory. Last year's efforts raised over $3500 for the Salvation Army's disaster relief fund for victims of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

FenCon, a fan-operated science fiction and fantasy literary and filk convention, is a production of the Dallas Future Society. The Dallas Future Society is registered with the state of Texas as a non-profit corporation dedicated to the advancement of science, literature, and music for the future of all mankind.

For more information on FenCon, our guests, events, and activities, please visit our website at
For media inquiries, contact FenCon chairman Tim Miller at 469-235-6437.

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