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2019 Session Schedule

We have some wonderful sessions lined up this year! We also have dedicated shopping hours and time to sample the wide variety of restaurants San Jose has to offer.

Please note that this schedule is subject to change. All sessions will take place at the Westin San Jose.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Welcome reception || Atrium Room
Join us for signature cocktails and light appetizers. Registration check-in will be available.

Friday, July 26, 2019

8:00 am - 5:00 pm Vendor room open || Atrium Room
8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration & check-in || Atrium Room
9:00 am - 10:00 am On the Couch with Phryne and Freud || Grand Ballroom
MaryBeth Lorence
What does go on in that lovely head of hers? Join a Bay Area psychotherapist as she probes the psyche of Phryne Fisher, exploring how early experiences and relationships made Phryne who she is. Using the episode “Death and Hysteria” (series 3, episode 6) as inspiration, we’ll also have a heady discussion of the state of psychology in the 1920s, and how women championed mental health care in Australia. Finally, we’ll examine the characters in Miss Fisher as Jungian archetypes: mothers, heroes, tricksters, sages, lovers… and more!
10:00 am - 10:30 am Break || Shopping in the Atrium Room
10:30 am - 11:30 am Meet the Man Behind the Music || Grand Ballroom
Greg J. Walker is the music director for both Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and for Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears. During this time, he’ll share with us the process of composing and selecting all the music we hear on the show, and he’ll give us a small peek into the process of creating music for the big screen. Afterward, he’ll be signing autographs.
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch break || Shopping in the Atrium Room and lunch on your own
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Put Another Pin in Your Hat: Touring Miss Fisher’s Melbourne || Grand Ballroom
Jo Jo Stiletto, Mary Holste & Kirsten Comandich
For those planning to take their obsession to the next level or simply interested in learning more about Miss Fisher’s marvelous Melbourne, this panel provides tips, tricks and fascinating historical background of iconic filming locations from three experienced adventuresses. Get ready for a fast ride through the real history of Melbourne celebrated in both the books of Kerry Greenwood and filming of both the television series and feature film. Sources with specific details will be provided to help you scheme your next adventure.
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Break || Shopping in the Atrium Room
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm How to Hack an Amazon 20s(ish) Dress || Grand Ballroom
Liz Martin
To keep production costs down for a recent production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Liz turned to Amazon to see what dresses she could find that fit within the design and budget parameters. With about 2 hours worth of work, she and her team turned ordinary dresses into “modern” fashion! She’ll walk us through several different ways to customize premade dresses and will have some of the dresses that were worn in the show on display.
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Every Lady Needs a Headpiece || Grand Ballroom
Kitty Felde, Julie Case & Sandy Hobbs
Bring your bits of bling—broken jewelry, feathers, buttons, flowers, sad hats—and turn them into Phryne-worthy headpieces.
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Break & masquerade prep || Shopping in the Atrium Room until 5:00 pm
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm Dinner & Masquerade || Grand Ballroom
We’ll start our masquerade with the judged rounds—three categories: Haute Couture (more than 75% custom elements), Prêt-à-Porter (majority store-bought elements), and Ensemble (group costumes)—and then we’ll dine in style while our judges deliberate! After dinner, prizes will be awarded and everyone who wants to will get a chance to walk the catwalk for their fellow con attendees’ accolades.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

8:00 am - 4:00 pm Vendor room open || Atrium Room
9:00 am - 10:00 am Perfect My Barefoot Dancing || Grand Ballroom
Bianca McCarthy
Learn a little of the history and the basics of barefoot dancing, or what we commonly think of as bellydance. Our focus will be on the dances of Morocco, in honor of Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears.
10:00 am - 10:30 am Break || Shopping in the Atrium Room
10:30 am - 11:30 am A Brief History of the Hispano-Suiza Automobile || Grand Ballroom
Nelson V. Thorpe & Heather Ripley
The Hispano-Suiza company produced the highest-quality motorcars from 1904 to 1938. We’ll cover the highlights of the brand’s history, some of the more colorful owners, and why it makes sense that Miss Fisher would have purchased one.
11:30 am - 12:45 pm Lunch break || Shopping in the Atrium Room and lunch on your own
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Annual ACotA Members’ Meeting || Grand Ballroom
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm The Lively Science of Death by Poison || Grand Ballroom
Melissa Kelly
A variety of toxic substances—arsenic, lead, strychnine—may prove to be the murder agent in books and on the screen. This session will set forth a number of common poisons available into the early 20th century, discussing their sources and routes of administration, along with physiological symptoms and means of forensic analysis. You needn’t be a scientist to learn and enjoy this information
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Break || Shopping in the Atrium Room
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Every Lady Needs a Hobby Podcast Live Show || Grand Ballroom
Genevieve Andress & MacKenzie Clark
Join Every Lady Needs a Hobby hosts MacKenzie and Genevieve for a special edition live taping of their podcast! Get your votes in for your favorite Miss Fisher moments and outfits, best murder method of the series, and of course, a thorough discussion of the top sexual tension/will-they-or-won’t they moments of our favorite lady detective and detective inspector. Come join for jokes, games, and probably a clue gong. (This session contains adult themes; attendees 18 and older only, please.)
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm A Lady Conceals a Lot of Things (i.e. episode rewatch) || Grand Ballroom
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm, reserved time slots Optional evening event—The Curse of the Black Scarab || Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and dinner on your own
League of 13 Entertainment
Shuttle buses will leave 15 minutes prior to the start time for each group (reservations required); they will return each group to the hotel at the conclusion of their time slot. The first bus will leave promptly at 5:45 pm.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Spend the day in our host city or take a day trip to one of the myriad attractions the Bay Area has to offer! Not sure what to do in and around San Jose? We’ve got you covered.

Upcoming events

    • Thu, July 18, 2024
    • Sat, July 20, 2024
    • Royal Sonesta Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, US
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    The 2024 Miss Fisher Convention

    For fans of Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher books, and the Every Cloud Productions' Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries TV shows, as well as the movie Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears.

     The in-person registration price includes:
    • Three days of activities, including presentations, fellowship, and celebrity interviews

    • Thursday evening welcome reception

    • Friday night banquet dinner and costume masquerade

    • Light daytime refreshments

    • The annual ACotA general meeting (members only)

    • Access to post-con virtual content

    • Tote bag and swag

    Virtual alternative
    We are now offering a virtual membership option for those who can't join us in person. Go to our Join ACotA page or your profile to upgrade your membership. 

    • Sat, July 20, 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • Jean' Lafitte's Old Absinthe House, Bourbon Street, New Orleans
    • 20

    Join us Saturday, July 20, starting at 4:00 pm, for an early evening of fun, fellowship, and live music at a historic bar that’s just steps away from the Royal Sonesta and Hotel Mazarin (no Ubers needed!)

    The location is full of period décor that will take you right back to the 1920s when it was a speakeasy. There’s even a secret door to the Absinthe House next door!

    Light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar serving signature cocktails will be available, while we’re entertained by a local jazz band.

    No visit to the Big Easy would be complete without a taste of its fantastic music scene.

    What an amazing way to cap off another amazing Miss Fisher Con!


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