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 several Worldcon bids, including Boston for Orlando in 2001 and Boston in 2004.
Possible future projects under discussion include hosting Smofcon in Boston in 2017, hosting CostumeCon somewhere in New England in 2019, and a bid for WorldCon 79 in 2021 in Boston.
MCFI is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit corporation.
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.
MCFI is hosting Costume-Con 37, March 22-25, 2019, at the Boston North Shore DoubleTree in Danvers, MA (just eight miles from Salem!).
Our officers for 2016-2017 are:
- President: Rick Kovalcik
- Treasurer: Ann Broomhead
- Secretary: Sharon Sbarsky
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, Janice Gelb, 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, Sheila Perry, 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.
The MCFI By-Laws and Articles of Organization are available online.
We still have some souvenirs from various Noreascons and Smofcons for sale.
Currently, MCFI requires only an annual meeting to be held each October. We held a meeting in April 2016 to discuss bids for a future Smofcon and CostumeCon.
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.
- 2016.01.31 - Noreascon I - Our four-page bid flyer - and it's from an unexpected location. Thanks to Paula Lieberman for the heads up.