ANNOUNCEMENT: RainbowCon 4 will take place May 1st - 3rd, 2020, at the Rainbow Caravan's North End on Whidbey Island.
Our guests of honor are a deliberate tribute to the convention's past (hey, don't laugh, we have one now!) Alexa Klettner, the wonderful German filker who was supposed to be our guest at Rainbowcon the missing year when we were moving and had to cancel, will be with us at last. She's a working scientist with post-doctoral work in ophthalmology, and she's one of the founders of the German filkcon DFDF. She has been performing in Europe for more than two decades, and with us when we've been fortunate enough to have her visit. Come hear her at Rainbowcon 2020.
Our other GoH in 2020 is a reprise, but was so well beloved at the first Rainbowcon and so much a part of all the first-time events which became RC traditions that I didn't hesitate to bring him back. Four years is too long, and Dave Clement makes magic with his folk/filk hybrid music that is loved by audiences around the world. We're thrilled to have him return to us, and hope you'll join us in coming together to make music with both Dave and Alexa.
Our toastmaster (toast? toaster?) is a role we usually decide on somewhat later, so watch this space.
After we sold the original Rainbow's End in Seattle, we've moved the household lock, stock, and kittycats to Freeland, on Whidbey Island. South Whidbey is a popular tourist destination, artists' colony, and farming community; Freeland was originally a socialist commune in the early 1900s.
Despite its comparatively remote location (the best route from Seattle is via the ferry from Mukilteo; there's a bridge at Deception Pass on the North end), Whidbey is easy to get to; it's a 90 minute drive from Seattle, and there's a regular shuttle from the Seattle/Tacoma airport. If you prefer public transit, the ferry dock is only an hour North of Seattle on the 880 bus and even less via Lyft; we'll provide shuttle service from Clinton if you don't want to hassle bus connections at the other end. If you're coming from the North, or if for some reason (vampirism?) you don't want to take the ferry, you can take the scenic route through Deception Pass.
Hotels and B&B's on the island tend to be small, and fill up quickly in tourist season. The con's official hotel is the Silver Cloud Inn on the Mukilteo Waterfront, at 718 Front Street, Mukilteo, WA 98275. It's an easy walk from the ferry terminal if you don't want to drive. We don't have a room block reserved, but they know we're coming. We're trying to keep better track of who's using the hotel, so we may be able to get a room block next year.
Call 425.423.8600 sometime in April for reservations, and mention the con.