Less than 60 Days Remaining!

As you can see from the countdown timer at the top of glensideccc.com, we’ve just passed below the “60 days to event” mark. With that in mind, I wanted to give folks some additional details on the upcoming show:

  • The show is still happening! I’ll admit I expected the skies to fully clear by this time such that the show dates would be a largely normal time. It doesn’t look like that’ll quite be the case, but the BOD sees no current issue with holding the event on our scheduled dates.
  • That said, there are some realities that will intrude on our normalcy. We’re obligated to comply with local statutes in our venue. Currently, the state of Illinois has instituted an indoor masking policy. We’ll let you know if the situation changes as we creep closer to our show dates, but I’d recommend ensuring a mask or 2 follow you to the show. Since there’s some time yet, I’d recommend splurging for a custom printed mask with your favorite computer adorning it. Neil Blanchard has some CoCo-themed masks for sale at (https://www.facebook.com/commerce/listing/332771551273852/?ref=share_attachment) and if I find others I’ll link to them. The venue confirmed they’ll have a few masks on hand for compliance, but I’d not recommend assuming they have plenty for everyone. Likewise, we will arrange for some to be available at the show as well.
  • We will also arrange to have hand sanitizer at various locations for use by our attendees.
  • To both help speed up entrance at the show and to cut down on people standing in lines, we’re encouraging attendees to pre-register. If you do so and the show cannot be held, we’ll process a refund or your ticket will continue to be valid for our next CoCoFEST! face to face event.
  • To both cut down on paper currency handling at the show and enable pre-payment options, we’re encouraging folks to use electronic and/or credit card payment options this year, even for day-of registrations
  • The Saturday evening dinner is still a GO! The venue did not feel the current compliance requirements created any concerns. I will soon post an informal poll on our buffet serving options for some feedback.
  • While we obviously want to make this a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone, we fully understand if you are not able to attend. We are working to provide some virtual “presence” options for those folks, and we will try to stream all of the presentations and the auction to YouTube and Facebook.

There’s still a few tables left for late exhibitors, and we can always squeeze one more presenter into the lineup. But, time is indeed growing short, so work to finish your projects and plan to join us in early November!

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Glenside Club Meeting: Thursday August 19, 2021 @ 7:30PM

I hope everyone stepped away from your Color Computer 1 chicklet keyboard long enough to enjoy the Summer weather, especially as some of us now hunker down for the Fall, especially as school discussions now fill the air. We’ll all have to adapt to younger children returning to school, young adults navigating college, and many of us needing to adjust to that part of the year when Summer help leaves and businesses start closing earlier.

While I am rather glad my principal educational career has long ago completed, I do try to stay engaged on new developments all over the spectrum. And, with the continued challenges in the world encouraging hobbies and projects that focus on individual contributions, I’m eager to see all of the developments the CoCo community has kept under wraps for the past year or so. Some have been unveiled, but I think others will make their appearance at shows like the 2021 CoCoFEST!

Speaking of the show, we’re less than 3 months away from congregating in the Chicago area for some community and collaboration. It’ll be the first year in our new venue, and I do hope you’ll consider joining us, if you can. I know politics intrude in the hobby at times, but I hope a majority of our membership (and visitors) can join us to belatedly celebrate the Color Computer’s 40th anniversary.

Even as we focus on the 2021 show, we’re making plans for our 2022 show in mid-May next year. I’m sure that will present its own specific challenges, but we’ll rise to them as well!

We’re fast approaching the general vintage computing festival period, with shows like the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast occurring this weekend, VCF Midwest kicking off in September, followed by Tandy Assembly and VCF East in October, and CoCoFEST! in November. For those of us attending multiple shows, it’ll be a wild few months of activity.

Please join us this Thursday, August 19th, to get updates on the club and activities. And, if you’re interested in more social perspectives, please consider joining the call at 6:30PM Central (1 hour prior). It’s a great opportunity to visit with far flung members, watch some demonstrations, hear about projects, and just enjoy some humor.

To join the Meeting:
https://bluejeans.com/889394355

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
Room System: 199.48.152.152 or bjn.vc

Want to test your video connection?
https://bluejeans.com/111

For those unable to join us for the meeting, we hope to have a replay available on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/290791956162) to help you catch up.

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.

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