One of the goals of the Omaha Science Fiction Education Society is to bring together all the genre groups in the area, so we can get to know each other. There are a lot of fannish activities available in the area and the more everyone knows what everybody is doing, the more each of us can choose what new activities we’d like to try.
Well OSFES is not the only group with this goal. Anime NebrasKon is sponsoring a fannish get together over Memorial Day Weekend. Sunday, May 24th, from 3 (or 4) PM until dusk, they are hosting a potluck BBQ in the Elmwood Park picnic area. Just look for the people in costume/cosplay in the park. In the event of rain, the BBQ will be rescheduled for June 7th.
Now a potluck means that you bring what you can: soda, chips, a covered dish (but remember unless it can be reheated on a grill, it should be designed to be served cold), a dessert. While they say they will be handling the meat, is there ever enough meat at a BBQ. That would also be an option to bring.
This is for everyone in the fannish community to come together and enjoy some good food, genre conversation, play Fizzbin, er, I mean Frisbee and other games, as well as just a good excuse to cosplay. They have even hinted at an Intergalactic water fight, it would probably be a good idea to bring your water armor. Elmwood was one of the first parks in Omaha to put in a Frisbee course. They are still looking for activities for the day, so if you have any ideas or suggestions please send them to: CCOMBS@RUSTYECKFORD.COM
After the event, everyone will be heading over to the Family Fun Center for some DDR and other games. Yes, the organizer is a confessed gaming addict, but we all have our own vices.
The NebrasKon staff is looking to make this a bi-weekly activity. Not necessarily a BBQ every time but something to keep bringing everyone together so we can get to know each other better. They may also schedule some smaller events in between these large type ones so keep watching the Gateway for announcements. Once a month they will bring this event to Lincoln, NE. They started Anime NebrasKon there after all and it is time Omaha and Lincoln fans got to know each other better.
So if you are in town, please check this out and meet all the new friends you didn’t know you had.