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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.

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 Session (to be announced) || Grand Ballroom
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 (Concurrent sessions) Every Lady Needs a Headpiece || St. Claire Room (2nd floor)
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.
  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.
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 - 5:00 pm Vendor room open || Atrium Room
9:00 am - 10:00 am Flying Too High: Join the Historical Heavenly Heroines Who Inspired Phryne || Grand Ballroom
Tarah Wheeler
The DeHavilland DH-60 Gipsy Moth is Phryne’s aircraft, and rescuing veterans, flying her father back home to England (and daring Jack to follow her), and the occasional affair with fellow aviators are all in a day’s work for her. It seems a bit out of reach for those of us with our feet on the ground, but you can join Phryne and the historical aviatrices who inspired her! Amy Johnson was the first female pilot to fly alone from England to Australia in her beloved DH-60 Gipsy Moth named “Jason”, tail number G-AAAH. Tarah will show pictures she took of Johnson’s original plane in the London Science Museum, discuss the history of aviatrices, and show how, with a bit of inspiration, she started flight lessons, joining Amy Johnson, Phryne Fisher, and the other women of of the air!
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 Group rewatch (episode to be determined) || Grand Ballroom
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Break || Shopping in the Atrium Room
3:00 pm - 4:00 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
4:00 pm - 5:00 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.)
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm 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 25, 2019
    • Sat, July 27, 2019
    • Westin San Jose
    • 70

    The Miss Fisher convention, for fans of the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries TV show.

    Registration price includes

    1. Two days of sessions

    2. Thursday evening welcome reception

    3. Friday night banquet dinner and costume masquerade

    4. Annual members-only meeting on Saturday

    5. Coffee and tea service all day Friday and Saturday

    6. Con tote bag with goodies

    All of our registrants are invited to the Thursday reception and Friday night banquet, but our annual members' meeting will be held Saturday, and only members will be admitted.

    The Westin San Jose has a block of rooms set aside at a special price for con attendees. To reserve your hotel room, use this link or call the Westin at 1-855-811-0227 and say you are with Miss Fisher Con 2019.

    For the full con experience, plan to arrive Thursday afternoon and leave Sunday. Many people will extend their trip further to have more social time, so check with your friends to see how you can make the most of your vacation.

    To continue your Con experience, join us Saturday night for Mystery Manor: Curse of the Black Scarab, limited tickets available!

    Child Policy

    Miss Fisher Con is not recommended for children under 18. The event, including the discussion sessions, will be aimed at adult attendees and may contain mature subject matter.

    Should you choose to bring a child to the convention, that child must be registered and accompanied at all times by a registered adult attendee. All mature content that child is exposed to is strictly the sole responsibility and liability of their accompanying adult.

    The Adventuresses' Club of the Americas and its members are not responsible for attendees' costs involving travel, hotel accommodations, or any other non-convention ticket expenses that arise from any early departure or missed session due to the mature content.


The Adventuresses’ Club of the Americas is a 501(c)7 not-for-profit social club with Tax ID 82-3221139 

Miss Fisher Con is a trademark of the Adventuresses' Club of the Americas.

Adventuresses' Club of the Americas - 4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd # 943, Portland, OR 97214 (503) 389-0706

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