What Is Massachusetts Convention Fandom, Inc. (MCFI)?

Massachusetts Convention Fandom, Inc. (MCFI) was created in 1974 by the people who ran Noreascon (1971) under the auspices of NESFA. Its purpose was to bid for a Boston Worldcon in 1980. It ran Noreascon Two (1980), Noreascon Three (1989), and Noreascon Four (2004).

MCFI also ran Smofcon 3 (1986), Smofcon 15 in 1997, Smofcon 25 in 2007, Ditto 11 in Newport, RI, November 6-8, 1998, and the 25th World Fantasy Convention in Providence, RI, November 4-7, 1999.

MCFI also ran several Worldcon bids, including Boston for Orlando in 2001 and Boston in 2004.

MCFI is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit corporation.

MCFI is hosting Smofcon 35 in Boston from December 1-3, 2017 and Costume-Con 37, March 22-25, 2019, at the Boston North Shore DoubleTree in Danvers, MA (just eight miles from Salem!).

MCFI has developed a Code of Conduct, which applies to our meetings and conventions. The MCFI By-Laws and Articles of Organization are available online.

Noreascon Services to Science Fiction & Fantasy Conventions

Some proceeds from Noreascon Four went to buy and continue to maintain and upgrade four sets of audio-visual equipment. Noreascon continues to support science fiction and fantasy conventions through loans of this audio-visual equipment to other related fannish and science fiction and fantasy non-profit groups to support their meeting and convention activities. Arrangements, including supervision by an MCFI member, transport, repair/replacement of breakages, and scheduling, are worked out on an individual basis. Recent Noreascon services supported other Worldcons (including Loncon3, Lonestarcon3, Chicon7, and Renovation), local and regional events and conventions (including Arisia, Balticon, Boskone, Lunacon, Mysticon, and the SCA). Requests for equipment specs and/or services should go to: N4Equipment@lists.noreascon.org.

Meetings

Our annual meeting was on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Meetings are held over Skype and are announced here.

Officers of MCFI

Our officers for 2016-2017 are:

Current Members

MCFI members have worked on many conventions, including Boskone, Arisia, Readercon, Anime Boston, Albacon, Lunacon, Philcon, Balticon, Confluence, OryCon, Minicon, Westercon, CostumeCon, Smofcon, NASFiC, World Fantasy Con and of course, many Worldcons. As a group, many of us managed the Iguanacon (1978) Masquerade, ConStellation (1983) sales to members, LoneStarCon 1 (Austin 1985) Art Show, MagiCon (1992) Exhibits Division, and ran the L.A.con III (1996) Art Show.

MCFI members control the activities of the organization, technically by a majority vote (or greater, for some issues), but generally by consensus. MCFI's membership is drawn from most of the convention-running groups in the Boston area, with members involved in Arisia, Boskone, Readercon, and MASSFILC.

The following are members of MCFI:

Claire Anderson, Dave Anderson, Bonnie Atwood, Ted Atwood, Judy Bemis, Seth Breidbart, Elaine Brennan, Ann Broomhead, Dave Cantor, Elisabeth Carey, Aurora Celeste, Gay Ellen Dennett, Naomi Fisher, Marc Gordon, Dave Grubbs, Lisa Hertel, Chip Hitchcock, Saul Jaffe, Rick Katze, Deborah A. King, Rick Kovalcik, Alexis Layton, Anthony R. Lewis, Suford Lewis, Paula Lieberman, Jim Mann, Laurie Mann, Patrick Molloy, Mark L. Olson, Priscilla Olson, Kelly S. Persons, Tim Roberge, Ruth Sachter, Sharon Sbarsky, Kris "Nchanter" Snyder, Geri Sullivan, Tim Szczesuil, Leslie J. Turek, Erin Underwood and Ben Yalow.

Visit some of our favorite links.

We still have some souvenirs from various Noreascons and Smofcons for sale.


Material Added Later

Yes, even archival Websites can have new material. People might send us photos of one of our cons or scan something in.