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BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2018 7:30 p.m. PST

This should help for next year's Historicon. link

BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2018 7:31 p.m. PST

This should help for next year's Historicon. link

BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2018 7:31 p.m. PST

This should help for next year's Historicon. link

zoneofcontrol04 Jun 2018 8:18 p.m. PST

Wow, I didn't know the Hotel Lancaster had been doing so badly. Glad to hear the "second chance" is getting another "second chance."

I do remember the Brunswick from many years ago. I was there as a vendor setting up for a keyboard show. We were moving in our equipment and merchandise via the freight elevator. The staff informed us that upon returning to the ground floor we would have to jump up and down to get the elevator car to settle the last one or two feet to the bottom. We all laughed but they were not kidding. We actually had to jump up and down to complete the descent. Was happy to hear when the renovations and later change of ownership were taking place.

Schogun05 Jun 2018 5:14 a.m. PST

"Nearly 90 of the hotel's 221 rooms are currently shuttered. They will be renovated and put in service.

The hotel pool will be refurbished and put back in operation, as will its extensive meeting and banquet space, most of which is now mothballed."

A lot to do!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 5:34 a.m. PST

Hmm. So the new Historicon location needs much the same work as the old location, only no one mentioned this earlier?

And I'm sure Historicon 2019 attendees on TMP will extend to the Hotel Lancaster the same patience and courtesy during on-going renovations (and the inevitable inconveniences associated with them) which they have extended to the Host during the last two conventions.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 5:59 a.m. PST

From somewhere I had gotten the idea that the new
Lancaster Marriott Hotel and Convention Center was the
venue for H'con 2019.

TMP link

Something changed ????

BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 6:12 a.m. PST

Ed, you are correct. The Marriott is the location. Considering we usually need a lot more rooms than are ever onsite, this will help. This hotel is very close to the Marriott. I was just posting information about this nearby hotel's planned upgrade and renovation. Having more quality rooms within walking distance will not hurt future shows there.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 6:15 a.m. PST

Robert you can still stay at the Host and drive the 15 minutes to the new locate. Because as we all Know it "ain't HC unless it's at the Host"

Grumble8710605 Jun 2018 9:15 a.m. PST

Crews are currently working very hard on the block where the "Brunswick" is located. It is a very short walk from the Marriott -- literally two city blocks.

Never fear -- a few weeks ago when I was in the Marriott (the actual convention site, just to be clear) it was in tip-top shape, probably too nice for the likes of us rabble. evil grin

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 9:18 a.m. PST

Hmm. So the new Historicon location needs much the same work as the old location, only no one mentioned this earlier?

No one mentioned it because you have your facts wrong.

Renovations are expected to be completed in April'19. Hopefully that is not an over enthusiastic guess.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 9:19 a.m. PST

Thank you, Wackmole. So good to have your approval.

And Ed, you're quite right, of course. I just got as far as "help for Historicon" and assumed it was the place, because why else would I care? Most of these sites are only names to me, if that.

Actually, having attended the first years of
Cold Wars at Trimonium
Historicon at Valley Forge
Historicon at the FCC and
Fall In at Gettysburg

I'm giving serious thought to letting someone else set off the land mines this time. A thousand miles is a long round trip to find out whether or not there's a good way to access to flea market from the parking lot.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 12:07 p.m. PST

Hey Robert

I drive 1664 miles each way from Denver and I don't worry about little things like access to flea market. Either the Convention is worthy go to or not, It is each members choice.

Brian9805 Jun 2018 12:21 p.m. PST

The Historicon convention director was on-site at the Lancaster Convention Center last weekend with some of his staff. We are aware of the new developments at the Hotel Lancaster and I am currently working with them on a possible discounted room block. This would be in addition to our current room block at the attached Marriott Hotel. There will be a presentation on the new venue at the Friday night membership meeting at Historicon. In addition, there are three scheduled site visits during this Historicon for anyone interested in seeing the new location first hand. These site visits are listed in the PEL. Whether you like the new venue or not, we are trying to provide as much information as possible so you can decide whether you would like to come. Hope this helps.

John Spiess
HMGS, Inc.

BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 2:30 p.m. PST

Thanks for the update John!

rmcaras Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 3:32 p.m. PST

Robert – I believe the Hotel Lancaster is an entirely different property than the Marriott that is attached to the convention center.

So, "NO"…there isn't any large scale refurbishment to the 2019 Historicon site..

KPinder05 Jun 2018 3:41 p.m. PST

This is good news for me. I wasn't planning to try to run anything at HCon 19, and had resolved to stay at the HL to let the GMs and vendors have first shot at the on-site rooms. Looks like things at the HL will be much improved.

BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 6:12 p.m. PST

Yes sorry for any confusion. The convention hotel (Marriott) is attached to the convention center. They are finishing a new tower addition to the hotel that I think adds about 100 rooms (will be done this year I believe). That will bring more rooms.

This post regarding the Hotel Lancaster (aka Bruswick) is the refurbishment of another close by facility that is going to go from a very questionable establishment to a new Holiday Inn. This is good news for the convention center and our 2019 relocation.

Personal logo vonLoudon Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2018 3:53 p.m. PST

I have a concern about access for unloading. Sounds a lot like the BCC situation which was not good.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Jun 2018 4:41 a.m. PST

Unloading for vendors shouldn't be too big a problem since folks will be arriving at different times. LOADING on Sunday could be a real problem with 70 vendors all trying to get out at once and only 6 or 8 loading slots. The organizers ought to give this some thought. I'm relatively local so I'm willing to wait a bit to give those with a long trek the first shot. But it would be nice if it were more organized than just every man for himself.

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