Lieutenant Awn Elming Memorial Park

As I said yesterday, MAC2 had a thing where you could sponsor a “mini park” and a park bench. The dealers room and the exhibit hall and whatnot were all in a huge open space in the convention center, and there had to be some way to close off the dealers room at night, so they put up the Swanwick River and…a volcano? Yes, a volcano, to cordon that area off. There were benches and little “parks” alongside the river.

I figured it might be fun to sponsor a park. And it turned out, I was absolutely right, it was tremendous fun! Here are some pictures!




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Nice and simple, right?

That’s how it started out, anyway. I’d had a vague idea that pens and post-its might come in handy in case people wanted to make or leave notes–to me, to other visitors, to themselves, whatever. And the post-its kind of took on a life of their own:





Even the No Fishing sign got into the act!


I put out some buttons, including these:

(picture by Foz Meadows)

I also played some Cards Against Significant Species:

(picture by darling-child-tisarwat, I think, or at least on their phone)

I’m told that at some point I’ll have a link to the file that will let folks print out their own hardcopy of the CASS deck, by the way, and when I do I’ll definitely blog it.

Oh, and the awesome cosplaying darling-child-tisarwat as Breq!

So the park was basically a smashing success! I got to take the bench home, and it’s in pieces in my car trunk right now, though I also have the plaque which I might well hang on my office wall (next to the File 770 “Ancillary Bench” plaque, which was kindly given to me on Sunday!).

Thank you to everyone who stopped by–it would not have been even a small fraction of the fun that it was without you all.

6 thoughts on “Lieutenant Awn Elming Memorial Park

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    Rebecca says:

    Oh, that’s wonderful! I’d seen some of the cosplay photos on Tumblr, but I didn’t have the full context of what and where the park was. That’s so awesome!

  2. chomiji says:

    This is all kinds of awesome and makes me wish I had been there!

  3. Jim Henley says:

    Oh nice! I helped sponsor the File 770 benches but since I didn’t get to MAC II I had only the vaguest idea how the parks looked in practice. These pics are great.

  4. Alisa says:

    How wonderful! I am so pleased to see this. And what fantastic cosplay! I wish I could have been there with my Zeiat costume and tea bowl / fish. 🙂

    1. Elusis says:

      Oh wow, I’d love to see your Zeiat costume! I’m thinking of putting together a semi-generic Radch Lieutenant costume for Halloween but don’t quite have my head around what all I’d need to have to make it work for me.

  5. So, so sweet. *wipes eyes* How wonderful !

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