Saturday, December 13, 2008

MECAF on Facebook

There is a Facebook group that links to this blog. I wanted to be sure that this blog also linked back to the Facebook group.

Here is the link:

We will be using the Facebook group to message people about the festival. For example, when we open registrations for tables we will be sending a notice out through the group in addition to posting it here.


Friday, December 5, 2008

A few more photos

Here are some photos that I took when I toured Ocean Gateway for the first time. It was mostly empty at the time as they were clearing the place out from an event that took place the night before. Look at the ladders, doors and windows to get a sense of scale.

Also, I spoke with a friend this morning who had attended an event there last night. She said the space was wonderful and should work great for our event.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Tables at the festival

We have been getting lots of questions about tables at the festival. Here is what we can tell you so far.

We need to measure the room one more time but it appears that we will have approximately 40x 8 foot tables in the room. The rates will be very reasonable and will be announced when we open registrations in January.

We will be offering half and full tables. If you only need a half table you can pay for it and we will pair you up with another creator who also needs just a half table. This will allow more creators an opportunity to attend.

If people are organized enough to get together and share a table that will not be a problem, but there may be a limit to the number of people at any one table.

Please e-mail with any questions or feel free to post in the comments section. Thanks!

Hotels in Portland

We have begun working with local hotels to secure rooms for the festival. We should have blocks of rooms at several hotels. Full details will be announced once we open registrations in January.

Here is the deal. The hotels are offering us rooms at pretty much the same price that you would pay if you booked the room yourself on the internet. While that does not sound like such a great deal at first it actually is not too bad. The rooms that you would book online are prepaid with no cancellations or changes allowed. If you book a room through the festival you will have the options to change your reservation if you need to do so. The price will be the same but you will have a little safety net if your plans should change.

The hotels would also be offering free shuttle service to and from the festival.