avcon is through!

AvCon has come and gone! We'd like to thank everyone who attended. If you weren't there and would like to know more about this year's event, please check the Information page. The downloadable brochure is also still available.

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Various Road to Avonlea fans organized an Avonlea Convention (AvCon, for short) for other fans to attend. The first one was held July 24 and 25, 2004, at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto, Ontario; and a second one took place in the same location on July 29-31 of the following year. A committee was formed to help organize the event--to select the dates and the venue, and are also responsible for other things like registration fees and the overall agenda. Feedback and suggestions from those who attended either AvCon 2004 or AvCon 2005 are welcomed.

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Avonlea Convention 2005 was held from July 29-31, 2005 at Black Creek Pioneer Village. Please stay tuned for information about the next Convention.

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September 1, 2005: We would like to thank everyone who attended this year's AvCon, as well as our guest speakers (Dan Matthews, Mag Ruffman, Lynda Naranjo, John Welsman, Alexandra Heilbron, and James O'Regan), our auctioneer Mike Matthews, as well as the other RTA actors who have supported us in some way (Zach Bennett, Michael Mahonen, RH Thomson, and Rosemary Dunsmore).

We would also like to thank those at ShakespeareWorks and Doctors Without Borders for their support. At auction, we raised $1800 for the two charities; auction winners made out checks to the one of their choice. Well done!

This website will be redesigned soon; and information about this past year's AvCon will be archived for posterity in a subdirectory. Please stay tuned to learn about what we'll have in store for the next AvCon--to be held in either 2007 or 2008.

July 28, 2005: There is an article about AvCon in today's Globe and Mail

July 25, 2005: Mag Ruffman (Olivia King/Dale) will be joining us for AvCon 2005, on Saturday morning. She will share time with RH Thomson.

July 21, 2005: Pre-registration process is ended.

July 19, 2005: Pre-registration process is extended until July 21, itinerary and guest speakers are updated.

June 27, 2005: Events page is added. We suggest you some other programs during your Toronto staying.

June 24, 2005: Please read notes for fees on information page. If you pre-register online before AvCon, you can save money from the full admission fee.

June 22, 2005: Pre-registration page has been launched, information page has been updated with fees and side trip info.

June 19, 2005: Location page has been launched to help attendees in getting to BCPV.

June 5, 2005: Minor update on Lynda's presentation, information regarding a trip to North Bay, where Michael Mahonen (Gus Pike) and David Fox (Clive Pettibone) will be appearing together in a production.

May 24, 2005: Composer of Road to Avonlea, John Welsman will be attend AvCon 2005 also.

May 19, 2005: Some minor updates on the website, updates on the 2005 Information page.

March 7, 2005: We have a page about accomodations. Check it if you need some accomodation during AvCon.

February 19, 2005: Please check our polls page and vote for some questions regarding sidetrips.

August 4, 2004: A message from Kevin Sullivan to our committee chair...

I can't tell you pleased I was to see your Conference turn out to be such a success. You had amazingly glorious weather and the people who attended were absolutely delightful. It was sincerely a pleasure for me to participate. The discussion brought back many old memories. Funny thing is when I produce shows I immediately forget all about them. I only recall highlights. The clearing out of the mind in the creative process. It was wonderful to get a glimpse of Avonlea again through fresh eyes, because of the enthusiasm of all of you! My kids were all of a sudden interested in what I was doing and asked to screen some episodes at home Saturday evening. And they enjoyed themselves to boot!! So you see they got over their disinterest... greatly boosting my self-confidence at story-telling when sometimes it lags at home.

In any case I thank you and your associates for being so impressively organized, well-informed and passionate. I do hope other fans learn about it and you have an opportunity to do it again. Your enthusiasm was quite infectious. The other cast members who were unable to make it may be charmed into it, another year, by the likes of those who were able to come.

I wish you all the best. It was wonderful to connect. Please extend my best (and feel free to forward this email) to Kitty, Chris and all of the other members of the team who made AVCON a reality.

Fondly, Kevin Sullivan

August 3, 2004: The 2004 AvCon has come and gone; and was considered a resounding success. You may read a report of it here.

Apologies for the trouble with the brochure. On the day it was being uploaded to the site, there was a thunder storm, and a testy internet connection. The full brochure from this year's convention is still here (PDF file, 7.3 MB) if you want to check it out. (If you're on a dial-up connection it may take a while for it to download completely.)

Another note we wanted to mke mention of is that we'd hoped to have Molly Atkinson on the second day of the convention; but she had gotten an acting gig and had to cancel at the last minute.

Eventually, this site will be redesigned; and some information regarding the next AvCon will be up on the site. As well, there will be a photo gallery with pictures from the convention.

If you attended the convention, and would like to share your thoughts and have them posted here, please send them to committee@avonleaconvention.org; and they will be added to the site.

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