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.
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 2, 2017, 7 PM - APS Electric Light Parade, "Winter Nights, Dazzling Lights" at Central & Montebello in Phoenix. https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/special-events/electric-light-parade
December 9, 2017 - 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 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 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
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/
May 11-14, 2018 – Costume-Con 36 in
May 24-27, 2018 - Phoenix ComiCon at the Phoenix Convention Center. https://phoenixcomicon.com/
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 November 18, 2017 by Randall Whitlock.