I am delighted to be writing to you as the new Marketing Chair for the Adventuresses’ Club of the Americas™ (ACotA)! This has been a challenging year for all of us, but even though meeting in person is not such a great idea these days, there are still opportunities to connect!
Miss Fisher Con 2022 region chosen
While we patiently wait for Miss Fisher Con 2021 in Richmond, Virginia July 15-17, 2021, we are excited to announce that we’ll be holding the 2022 Miss Fisher Con in:
Region 3 includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia.
We plan to open proposals for the con host city and con committee in the coming months, and though the work won’t start in earnest until after the 2021 con, we’re starting early to give ourselves plenty of time to plan. Do you live in one of these states? Want to show off the nifty art deco architecture of your city? If you’re already a member, you recently got an email about how to propose your city for Miss Fisher Con 2022. If you aren’t already a member...
Become a member!
ACotA members get plenty of perks, including—as we discussed above—the opportunity to bid for hosting privileges for Miss Fisher Con 2022, online events such as rewatches of popular episodes (members’ choice!) and Virtual Speakeasies. Stay tuned for some gathering opportunities for fans of Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher books! As always, it also includes a discount on Miss Fisher Con registration and advance notice of Miss Fisher Con 2021 information.
In addition to the updated logo, your faithful favorites are still available. Share your Phryne love on a new notebook, T-shirt, or the must have fashion item of 2020: a mask!
One of the new things we would like to do this year is to spotlight those with kind hearts, adventurous spirits, and those who know exactly what to do when asking themselves, “What would Phryne Fisher do?” This go around we’re featuring Author Maria Elizabeth McVoy and her husband E.J. Van Istendal.
The couple (and their kids) have been dressing up in Phryne Finery to deliver donations to their local food bank! In addition to the food bank linked, they also donate to “Little Free Pantries” and “Blessing Boxes” which have been popping up in neighborhoods in many regions of the country (and the world).
I talked to Maria about what sparked the idea, and if she had to convince the family to join in. “Dressing up to inspire others was my husband's idea. He wore his white dinner jacket for the first donation. The kids begged to be included in the donations. They were excited to dress up and pose.”
The kids are no strangers to donating to the food bank. For birthday parties, in lieu of presents, they ask for donations. They don’t usually publicize it, but in light of the current climate they felt like it might be inspirational to do something fun with the donations.
And it has been inspirational! I ran across Maria’s post on the largest fan group for Miss Fisher on Facebook and the family has received lots of positive feedback for their giving.
It’s a fabulously Phrynesque way of doing a wonderful thing and looking fantastic while you’re doing it! Because it’s important to stay safe, Maria and her family coordinate their outfits with beautiful masks. This family certainly has the Phryne spirit of preparedness, philanthropy, and panache!
Millions of Americans were already experiencing food insecurity prior to the Covid-19 Pandemic. In addition to the sites listed above, there are multiple sites available to find local food banks including: Ample Harvest FeedingAmerica.org
Also answering the question, “What would Phryne Fisher do?” is Phryne Fisher herself Essie Davis. Essie is currently an ambassador for the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation in Tasmania, Australia and she's trying to raise donations to help explore new ground in youth mental health, dementia, cancer, stroke, and more. As part of the challenge, she’s abseiling/rappelling off the side of Tasmania’s tallest building! This derring-do is a deed worthy of our darling detective, but the cause is even more worthy. If you are willing and able, check out her donation page here.
Have you been adventurous in your own way in these unprecedented times? Have you been doing something with Phryne Flair that you’d like to share? Visit us at missfishercon.comif you’d like to be featured in a future edition of this newsletter! Until then, be kind to yourself, stay healthy, and stay fabulous!
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