is a loose and informal educational society of persons interested in all facets of historical, cultural, science fiction, fantasy, and humor costume. Members are often seen on stage and behind the scenes at Science Fiction Convention masquerades, historical reenactment events, and theatre. SWCG is central Arizona's chapter of the International Costume Guild.
Southwest Costumers Guild has a
"Yahoo Groups" e-mail discussion forum. Contact the
webmaster for information on how to join.
SWCG members in good
standing receive Cactus Needles, our
monthly newsletter, by mail or e-mail.
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Usually, the Southwest Costumers Guild meets on the first Sunday of each month at a different member's home in the greater Phoenix area. This rule of thumb is often changed to avoid schedule conflict with other events. Guild business is followed by a demonstration or workshop by a guild member or an invited guest. Sometimes we cooperate on a costume project. Sometimes we just socialize. Special SWCG gatherings are sometimes held at science fiction conventions, street fairs, and other public events. E-mail the Webmaster for directions to meetings and events.
Here are some upcoming guild meetings and costume-related public events. E-mail the Webmaster if you know an event that should be on the calendar. A more detailed calendar is included in Cactus Needles.* Red Text indicates an SWCG activity. Unless otherwise noted, SWCG Meetings begin at 1:00 PM.
December 9, 2017, 11AM to 5PM - LibCon West at
the Glendale Public Library, 59th Avenue & Brown. One day
family friendly SF/Fantasy/Anime/Pop culture festival hosted by
the Glendale Public Library. http://libconwest.weebly.com/
December 9, 2017 - Tucson Steampunk Society's Dickens Tea at St. Phillips in the Hills, Tucson AZ. $22 per person. https://www.facebook.com/TucsonSteampunkSociety/
DECEMBER 9, 2017, 2pm to 8pm - MESA BOOK FESTIVAL in downtown Mesa AZ. 85 vendors with books and authors of all genres - Free to the Public - Open Mic Poetry - Authors Presentations and Panels - A whole lot more! For more info https://mesabookfestival.com/
December 19, 2017, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
This month's book is Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
The Hogfather, spirit of the Discworld's favorite holiday is
missing. Can Death and his granddaughter fill in? Check out the
excellent 2006 two-part film.
January 16, 2018, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
This month, we consider An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe.
25-27, 2018 - Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival
at the Arizona State Fairgrounds (NEC 19th Avenue & McDowell
Road, Phoenix) https://quiltcraftsew.com/
January 27, 2018 - Tempe Library Con at Tempe Public Library (SWC Rural Road and Southern Avenue). The Library Comicon is an annual event featuring costume contests, artists & authors, shopping, and activities for children and adults alike. Fans of Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Dr. Who, Star Trek and more are invited to gather at the Tempe Public Library in costume for a celebration of pop culture. http://www.tempe.gov/city-hall/community-services/tempe-public-library/special-events/library-comicon
February 10 - April 1, 2018 (Weekends plus Presidents' Day) Arizona Renaissance Festival in Gold Canyon, Arizona. http://arizona.renfestinfo.com/
February 19-25, 2018 - Winter Range at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, I-17 and Carefree Highway. The Single-Action Shooting Society's annual cowboy action shootin' match features an excellent Sutlers' Row for stocking up on your wild west/victorian/steampunk costume supplies.
February 20, 2018, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
This month, we consider Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard
From Amazon.com, “Johannes Cabal, a brilliant scientist and notorious snob, is single-mindedly obsessed in heart and soul with raising the dead. Well, perhaps not soul... He hastily sold his years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. But now, tormented by a dark secret, he travels to the fiery pits of Hell to retrieve it. Satan, who is incredibly bored these days, proposes a little wager: Johannes has one year to persuade one hundred people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever.
To make the bet even more interesting, Satan throws in that diabolical engine of deceit, seduction, and corruption known as a “traveling circus” to aid in the evil bidding. What better place exists to rob poor sad saps of their souls than the traveling carnivals historically run by hucksters and legendary con men?”
February 24-25, 2018, 10AM to 5PM - Matsuri Festival of Japan at Heritage & Science Park, 115 North 6th Street, Phoenix. https://www.azmatsuri.org/
March 2-4, 2018, 9AM to 7PM - Caledonian Society of Arizona Scottish Games at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. https://www.arizonascots.com/05games.shtml
March 20, 2018, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
This month, we consider Artemis by Andy Weir
Back in November, we looked at Heinlein’s “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.” Lets see another take on mankind’s first moon colony from Andy Weir, author of “The Martian.”
2018 - Gila Valley Comic Con in Safford,
Arizona. "Celebrate the love of comics and
anime at the inaugural Gila Valley Comic-Con, presented by
Eastern Arizona Courier! Gila Valley Comic-Con will take place
in the activities center of Eastern Arizona College. The
convention will feature comic book, art and collectible vendors;
cosplay contest; trivia contest; art contest; electronic and
table-top gaming; discussions and seminars; and more! Admission
is just $5!" https://www.facebook.com/GilaValleyComicCon/
April 17, 2018, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
This month, we consider "The Caves of Steel" and "The Naked Sun" by Isaac Asimov
Two buddy cop detective novels
with a human and robot team in an agoraphobic future. Check
out the 1989 Caves of Steel BBC radio play starring Ed Bishop
from “UFO.” It’s available on YouTube.
May 11-14, 2018 – Costume-Con 36 in
May 15, 2018, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
This month, we consider "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare and the film, "Forbidden Planet."
May 24-27, 2018 - Phoenix ComiCon at the Phoenix Convention Center. https://phoenixcomicon.com/
June 19, 2018, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
This month, we consider "Captain Vorpatril's Alliance" by Lois McMaster Bujold
March 22-25, 2019 - Costume-Con 37 at the Doubletree Boston North Shore hotel in Danvers, Massachussetts.
SWCG hosted Costume-Con
30 on May 11-14, 2012 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel.
Click the link to see some pictures from the "Sick Pups"
At the Arizona Renaissance Festival, February 2008.
Walking about the Glendale Glitters street fair in December, 2007.
A Duct Tape Mannequin is a
useful tool for patterning custom-fitted garments.
Mucking about in Victorian attire at CopperCon 25. A little image magic by Mike Cassidy shifts us to a more appropriate setting - a table setting.
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President Mahala Sweebe
Vice President Sharan Hoyle
Treasurer and Newsletter
Editor Tasha Cady
Secretary Sharan Hoyle
Archivist Jean Palmer
Member Anna Caggiano
shows how she built her Galadriel gown at www.fivemilecreek.net/anna/anna.htm.
Check out member Nola Yergen's
theatrical and film costumes at http://designbynola.com/
on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Design-By-Nola/128444573852616
Check out Nola's YouTube channel, "CostumeTrek." https://www.youtube.com/results?q=costumetrek+channel&sp=UBQ%253D
Last updated December 3, 2017 by Randall Whitlock.