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.
Regular contributors and newsletter editors from ICG chapters and allied organizations also receive Cactus Needles.
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A few weeks after its initial
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Usually, the Southwest Costumers Guild meets on the last 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.
June 20, 2017, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
This year, the theme is books that have been adapted to other media. Read the book, see the movie, listen to the audio drama or watch some of the TV episodes. Come and talk with us. How well does the story work in different formats? Which is your favorite?This month's book is
Harry Dresden is the only Wizard listed in
July 1-4, 2017 – WesterCon 70
at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. Guests include Julie
Dillon, Larry Elmore, Gini Koch and Weston Ochse. www.westercon70.org
July 2, 2017, 10:45 AM - WesterCon* SWCG
Brunch Social. Gather at the in-hotel restaurant. Hang out
and discuss details for the evening masquerade.
July 7-9, 2017 - Medieval Mayhem
Renaissance Faire in Pinetop-Lakeside AZ. http://www.azmayhem.com/
August 9-13, 2017 - WorldCon 75 in Helsinki,
July 18, 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 The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
Buddy cop mystery in the distant future as
a human detective is teamed with a robot to solve a murder in
the the agoraphobic giant cities of future earth. A movie is
There was a BBC radio drama in 1889 starring Ed Bishop from "Captain Scarlet" and "UFO." It's not hard to find on Youtube.
August, 2017 (Date and Time TBA) - Pool Thing* SWCG Social. Annual costumed swim party. Theme to be announced.
August 15, 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 Rivers of London (US Title: Midnight Riot) by Ben Aaronovitch
London probationary constable Peter Grant
must learn the basics of magic, question ghosts and meet with
the local deities to solve a series of bizarre murders in the
first of this engaging urban fantasy series.
1-4 2017 - Saboten-Con
- Phoenix AZ http://www.sabotencon.com/ Arizona's
Premier Japanese Pop-Culture Convention 340 N 3rd St
Phoenix AZ 85004
2017 (Date and Time TBA) - Metal
Enameling* SWCG Workshop. Experiment
with metal enameling techniques.
September 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 Witchworld by Andre Norton
WWII vet Simon Tregarth, a man on the run,
escapes from our world into another, where magic still has
2017 (Date and Time TBA) - Brass
Etching* SWCG workshop. Randall
will demonstrate a simple technique for etching patterns
on brass and other copper alloys.
October 17, 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 A Scandal in Bohemia by Arthur Conan Doyle
First-published Sherlock Holmes story. This is meant to be a broad
discussion of Sherlock and his many incarnations in print, stage
November 10-12, 2017 - TusCon - SF Convention at the Radison Hotel Tucson Airport in Tuscon, AZ - http://www.tusconscificon.com/
November 17-19, 2017 - Arizona Fur Con at Scottsdale Resort, 7700 E. McCormick, Scottsdale AZ http://www.arizonafurcon.com/
November 21, 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 The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
One of the master's Hugo winners. Revolution in Luna City.
December, 2017 (Date and Time TBA) - Glitter Walk* SWCG social. Meet for an early supper at a downtown Glendale restaurant, then walk the Glendale Glitters street festival.
December 9, 2017 - LibCon West at the Glendale Public Library, 59th Avenue & Brown. This is a teen-oriented SF/Fantasy/Anime/Pop culture festival hosted by the Glendale Public Library. http://libconwest.weebly.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 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
March 30-April 2, 2018 – Costume-Con 36 in
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
Last updated June 11, 2017 by Randall Whitlock.