Glenside Club Meeting: Thursday March 18, 2021 @ 7:30PM

With CoCoFEST! 2021 moving to November, will the extra 6 months of wait be too long for comfort? Should we consider a virtual activity in April, either during the original show dates or in lieu of our April meeting? If you have an opinion, feel free to join us and share it:

To join the Meeting:

You can call in: Phone Dial-in
+1.408.740.7256 (United States)
+1.408.317.9253 (Alternate number) (Global Numbers)
Meeting ID: 889 394 355
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Want to test your video connection?

Prior to the formal business meeting at 7:30PM Central, we’ll be enjoying a time of demonstrations and discussion. If you’d like to show a project you’re working on, please consider joining us starting at 6:30PM.


Online PayPal donations are now available!

Hello all,

We now have a PayPal donations button available on our donations page. You can use this button to renew your membership or, if you wish, to make a donation to the club. We also accept physical donations and are seeking any Tandy/RadioShack items that we can list at our Annual Auction or anything you would like us to redistribute or preserve for the community.


2021 29th Annual “Last” CoCoFEST! Alternate Event Date

With all the votes cast, it became obvious folks took a cautious view of the months ahead, with September 25/26 and November 6/7 becoming early frontrunners. As of March 1, 2021, November 6/7 edged out September as a preferred date.

Along the way, I became aware that November 5-7 is also the 2021 date for the Midwest Gaming Classic. The hugely popular pinball/arcade exhibition event in Milwaukee, WI also contains “The Computing and Gaming Museum” exhibit, where Tandy Color Computers are shown along with other 80’s era home computers and videogame systems. It’s never ideal when conflicts like this arise, doubly so since MGC draws quite a bit from the Chicago area given the location, and I know this will affect some of our attendees. That said, the event offered the least conflicts from vote responses, seemed far enough in the year to hopefully sidestep current travel/attendance issues, and was favored significantly over any other option.

Thus, I confirmed the November 6/7 date with our venue and freed up the other dates. I hope those that find a conflict might consider spending one day at MGC and the other with us. I often attend MGC but it’s something that can be adequately enjoyed over a single day.

The new date does pose a unique challenge concerning our 2022 event, though. Normally, events such as ours don’t book the following year’s venue date until after the current event concludes. This is common, and since everyone typically runs the same play, the same date in the following year is often available. Yet, this year will be different, in that the 2021 show will (hopefully) occur in November, followed by the 2022 show in its regular April timeframe, a mere 5 months later. If that’s the preference, it’d be best to decide soon, to ensure the requisite 2022 date is available and reserved. But, if the community would prefer to see a bit more space between show dates, I could see the show potentially moving back 3-4 months (splitting the 17 month distance between the 2021 November show and the 2023 April show) to early August.

For what it is worth, I prefer scheduling the 2022 show in April, both because I don’t think two shows within 6 months is a significant concern (some folks have already noted they try to attend both CocoFEST and Tandy Assembly in a given year, and those shows are normally scheduled 6 months apart) and also because I think reserving that date is prudent in case circumstances prevent a 2021 in person event (possibly due to weather concerns). Feel free to add your thoughts, as we’ll need to discuss at some point before the May meeting.


LAST Chance to vote for “Last” Chicago CoCoFEST! Date

As previously noted, we’re sliding the 2021 event date further into 2021. If you have not provided your input on preferred dates, please visit and do so before 00:00 Central Monday 3/1. At present, the standings are as follows:

  1. November 6/7
  2. September 25/26
  3. June 25/26
  4. October 8/9
  5. September 10/11

For reference on date details/pros/cons, please see