Potlatch 13: Progress Report 2

(My apologies if you've received this twice -- we ran into a situation 
where one of our links caused several ISPs to classify this email as 
possible a problem.  Jane 12/17/2003)

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        POTLATCH 13 -- PROGRESS REPORT 2 -- 15 December 2003
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     Where writers and readers of science fiction and fantasy
                      meet on common ground.
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               February 27, 28, 29, 2004 + Seattle, WA
                     http://www.potlatch-sf.org
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
     DOUBLE CHECK THE DATE
     Notes from the Chair
     Banquet Tickets Available!
     Programming Idea Page
     How To Join
     Hotel Information
     Membership List

DOUBLE CHECK THE DATE
     Yes, as usual for Seattle, Potlatch is the last weekend in
     February. However, because 2004 is a leap year, the numbers
     are a little further along in the month than usual. So
     please, double check the date. Thanks!

NOTES FROM THE CHAIR
     If you haven't joined Potlatch 13 yet, now is a good time.
     There's lots planned for this year's Potlatch, and we expect
     it'll be a pleasantly memorable one. With "The Shockwave
     Rider" as book of honor, a Tiptree Bake Sale, and all the
     usual favorites of a Seattle Potlatch, we're all sure to have
     a great time.

BANQUET TICKETS AVAILABLE!
         "The food was hot, the glasses full, the speeches short."
         -- 3 Mustaphas 3
     The big news this time: banquet tickets! One of the delights
     of our new hotel is that it has well-prepared, tasty food. A
     shocking discovery! Our menu is likely to include: Cheese or
     Spanish Omelets, Apple Crepes, Bacon and Sausage, Sesame
     Chicken Teriyaki, Green Salad, Spinach Salad, Pasta Salad,
     Cheese and Fruit Board, Bread and Pastry Board, Rice Pilaf,
     Vegetables, Home Fries, Assorted Desserts, and Coffee or Tea.
     Banquet ticket info is below, in the membership form. Thank
     you!

     After the banquet, you'll want to loosen your belt and enjoy
     the fine presentation we're cooking up, then have another
     cuppa for the Clarion West Scholarship Fund auction. There
     are LOTS of fine items this year.

PROGRAMMING IDEAS PAGE
     Among other innovations, this year we have a programming
     ideas page, and we'd like to ask you to contribute. We've got
     link to it on the main page: http://www.potlatch-sf.org

     What you'll see there is the ideas we've come up with, and
     ideas people have contributed since the page went live (there
     are already a couple!) If you want to participate on or
     ringlead a panel, please contact Ulrika O'Brien at
     programming@potlatch-sf.org. And if you want to participate
     in the discussion end of programming, please sign up for our
     discussion email list. Send a blank message to:

p13disc-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

     We look forward to hearing from you. One of the great
     foundations of Potlatch is participation from all members.


HOW TO JOIN
     There are several easy options to join Potlatch 13!

You can join using PayPal on our website. That URL again:
         http://www.potlatch-sf.org

Or, you can print out the form on the website.

HOTEL INFORMATION
     For Potlatch 13, we are again using a hotel located near
     Seattle Center, the Space Needle, and the Experience Music
     Project, just north of downtown on Lower Queen Anne Hill. The
     EMP will be the home of the Science Fiction Experience
     (http://www.sciencefictionexperience.com/), scheduled to open
     in June. There are many nearby restaurants ranging from Junk
     Food of All Nations at the Center House, to really good and
     varied cuisine both on Queen Anne Hill and downtown. Our
     hotel has good rooms and amenities, function space well laid
     out for our needs, and a friendly staff.

     We even have the same rates as 2002: $79 for single/double
     and $99 for triple/quad. These are really great room rates
     for downtown Seattle, where most "rack rates" are above $100
     even for, uhm, less than wonderful accommodations.

         BEST WESTERN EXECUTIVE INN
         200 Taylor Avenue North
         Seattle, Washington 98109
         Phone:  206-448-9444
         Fax:    206-441-7929
         Toll Free Reservations: 800-351-9444
         http://www.bwexec-inn.com/
         info@bwexec-inn.com

     There is one caveat to having our convention rates:

         PLEASE DO NOT USE BEST WESTERN'S ON-LINE RESERVATION
         SERVICE OR NATIONAL "800 #" TO MAKE YOUR HOTEL
         RESERVATIONS.

     Please call in your reservation directly to the hotel (their
     own 800 # is listed above) or email them directly (numbers
     and email address listed above).

     You may want to check out information about the hotel on
     their web site, but please use the toll free number above to
     reserve your room, and remember to say that you are with
     Potlatch. Doing so will assure that we make our room block
     and do not have to pay more for function space, which will
     cost all of us in terms of the rate we'll have to charge for
     Potlatch itself.

     If you have questions about the hotel or need help with a
     travel- related problem, please email Suzanne Tompkins at
     hotel@potlatch- sf.org


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