ConGlomeration 2020 is Cancelled

Goodbye Platypi by Erik Appelhof

Goodbye Platypi by Erik Appelhof; our final t-shirt that never was

All good things, as they say, must come to an end. And so it comes to ConGlomeration.

In accordance with current COVID-19 safety recommendations, as well as local, state, and federal mandates, and to ensure the health and well-being of our membership, the Convention Committee has elected to cancel our final ConGlomeration

For those asking why we are cancelling, rather than merely postponing, we simply have no idea if or when a suitable replacement date and venue would become available. We cannot hold our guests, staff, or resources in limbo for an indeterminate amount of time. And, as this was our final convention, we have no “next year” to simply “roll over” this year’s plans and people into.

So, rather than “see you later,” we must instead say “goodbye.”

We leave you grateful for the priceless memories that we, and all our members — our family — have forged together under the ConGlomeration banner. There are no words for such moments fondly remembered.

Refunds?

Those who pre-registered for ConGlomeration 2020, including artists and vendors, will be refunded the full price of your membership, minus any Eventbrite convenience fees. We expect to have those refunds processed in the next few weeks with a goal of completing all refunds by May 1. Both Eventbrite and Paypal are under some not-surprising strain right now, so we (and our treasurer and accountant) ask for patience.

Those of you who booked hotel rooms at the Crowne Plaza may request refunds by phone at (888) 233-9527. Alternately, those who reserved online can click the link in their hotel confirmation emails to cancel their reservations. So long as you cancel at least 48 hours in advance of your original check-in date, you will incur no penalties.

Those of you that shipped art to ConGlomeration for the Kyle Thomas Art Show can, appropriately enough, contact Kyle Thomas at artshow@conglomeration.info to coordinate the return of your items.

Finally, for those of you who attended ConGlomeration 2019, we extend a special thanks for making our (unexpectedly) final convention so successful. If that was our last time together, we are grateful to all who made it a happy occasion. 

Now what?

The ConGlomeration website will remain online for a few months longer with the cancellation information, and our Facebook Page (which we expect to inherit many of our photos and memoriams) will remain active for as long as Facebook allows. We may no longer have an event to call our own, but the ConGlomeration community lives on (and may crash a con or two somewhere else, just for the frak of it).

May the Force be with you. 

Live long, and prosper. 

So long, good bye, and thanks for all the fish.

Platypi, out.