LogoThe Southwest Costumers Guild

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.

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Meet the Guildsters - Mail Links and links to Member Web Pages
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Recruiting and PR Materials:

"Victorian Ball" Foldover Flyer
"Science Fiction Convention" Foldover Flyer
"Renaissance Faire" Foldover Flyer
Quarter-Page Flyer
Color Bookmark (Newly Updated)

SWCG Bylaws

Southwest Costumers Guild has a "Yahoo Groups" e-mail discussion forum. Contact the webmaster for information on how to join.

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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 publication, we post Cactus Needles to this web site for all to enjoy.

Current Issue - September 2018

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Upcoming Activities

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 and an asterisk indicate an SWCG activity. Unless otherwise noted, SWCG Meetings begin at 1:00 PM.

September 18, 2018, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).

The Hitch-Hikers’ Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox—the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!

September 29, 2018 - Haunted Swap Meet in the Phoenix College parking lot at NEC, 15th Avenue & Earll Drive, Phoenix AZ. Buy, sell, barter all things for your Halloween display. Hosted by AZ Haunters https://azhaunters.com/

September 30, 2018 – Serenity in the Desert – 3:30-8pm Loft cinema, 3233 E speedway Blvd, Tucson
September 30, 2018 – Serenity in the Desert 4-7pm Studio Movie Grill – 15515 N Haydon Rd, Scottsdale. Annual chartity screening of Joss Whedon's "Serenity" presented by the Arizona Browncoats.

October 7, 2018 - Photo Shoot* SWCG social at McCormick Railroad Park in Scottsdale. Wear a costume, bring a camera, pose in front of the trains and other backgrounds. We have not reserved a ramada, so just look around for the other guildsters.

October 12, 2018 - Mesa Second Friday in downtown Mesa. This month's theme is Nightmare on Main. https://www.2ndfridaynightout.com/

October 16, 2018, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).

Galactic Patrol by E.E. “Doc” Smith
The Galactic Patrol's Lensmen are the most feared peacekeepers in the Galaxy. The "Lens," a telepathic jewel matched to the ego of its wearer, is the ultimate weapon in the war against the merciless pirate Boskone and his forces of lawlessness. The only problem is the Galactic Patrol isn't sure how to capitalize on the Lens' incredible powers, but new graduate Kimball Kinnison is determined to learn. Taking command of the experimental fighting ship, the Brittania, Kinnison and his crew set off on a journey of harrowing adventures, coming face to face with deadly space creatures, and the evil pirate Helmuth...who may be the dreaded Boskone himself.

October 19-28, 2018 - Enchanted Pumpkin Garden 8 Sundial Circle, Carefree AZ

October 26-28, 2018 - Arizona FurCon at 200 N. Centennial, Mesa, AZ http://www.arizonafurcon.com/

October 29, 2018 - Haunted Manor Event in San Tan Valley, Arizona.  https://www.facebook.com/events/885354454999064/

November 3, 2018 -32nd Annual Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games at Rillito Downs Park

Nov 4, 2018 – Steampunk Gun Workshop - 3-4:30pm, The Bungalow – 602 E Adams St Phoenix. Steampunk a water pistol or Nerf Maverick into a personalized weapon to fit your style.  https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=steampunk%20gun%20workshop

November 9-11, 2018 - TusCon 45 at Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites, 5151 E. Grant Road, Tucson AZ. Arizona's longest-running annual science fiction conventionhttps://www.tusconscificon.com/

November 16-18, 2018 - Arizona Fur Con in Scottsdale, Arizona. http://www.arizonafurcon.com/

November 18, 2018 - Capabilities* - SWCG workshop at 35th Avenue Sew & Vac, 35th Avenue & Northern in Phoenix (location tentative). Bring a suitable fabric and your sewing tools. We will lay out some capes.

November 20, 2018, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).

The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey
Helva had been born human, but only her brain had been saved—saved to be schooled, programmed, and implanted into the sleek titanium body of an intergalactic scout ship. But first she had to choose a human partner—male or female—to share her exhilarating escapades’ in space! Her life was to be rich and rewarding . . . resplendent with daring adventures and endless excitement, beyond the wildest dreams of mere mortals. Gifted with the voice of an angel and being virtually indestructible, Helva XH-834 anticipated a sublime immortality.

December 8, 2018, 11-5 - LIBCON West at the Glendale Main Library (5959 W. Brown St.) Get ready to let loose, drop in, and geek out! Glendale Public Library is proud to present our third annual library comic convention. Celebrate all things pop culture, with cosplay, gaming, crafts, stories, trivia, vendors, food trucks, prizes and more at this free, family-friendly event. We have activities for all ages! For more information, visit www.libconwest.org.

December 9, 2018 - Holiday Gathering* SWCG social at Sharan's place in Buckeye.

December 18, 2018, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).

Hyperion by Dan Simmons
On the world called Hyperion, beyond the reach of galactic law, waits a creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.
 On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope—and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.

January 26, 2019 10 AM.-4 PM. Library FanCon at Tempe Public Library, Rural & Southern in Tempe, Arizona

March 2-4, 2019 - Kikori Con anime convention in Flagstaff, Arizona. http://www.kikoricon.com/

March 22-25, 2019 - Costume-Con 37 at the Doubletree Boston North Shore hotel in Danvers, Massachussetts.

March 22-23, 2019 - Gila Valley Comic Con in Safford, Arizona.  https://www.facebook.com/GilaValleyComicCon/

April 18-21, 2019 - LepreCon 45 at
t Doubletree by Hilton Phoenix North at 10220 N Metro Parkway East, Phoenix, AZ. http://leprecon.org/

June 21-23, 2019 - Con-Nichiwa anime convention in Tucson, Arizona. http://www.con-nichiwa.com/

August 30 - Septemberr 2, 2019 - CoKoCon at
Doubletree by Hilton Phoenix North at 10220 N Metro Parkway East, Phoenix, AZ . http://cokocon.org/

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Guild Activities

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" archive.

At Tempe Library ComiCon in

Randall, Tasha and Paula
at Tempe Library ComiCon in 2018

SWCG at Steampunk:
          An Exquisite Adventure
At Steampunk: An Exquisite Adventure in November, 2013.

Jean & Randall at Steampunk Street
Randall & Jean at Steampunk Street II in downtown Mesa, April, 2011.

We had a fine turnout for our Barbecue Mixer in April, 2009, with folks from SWCG, Sunacosu,
Arizona Ghostbusters and The Rebel Legion. Photo by Mike Contos.

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.

Meet the Guildsters - Mail Links and Web Pages

Click on the highlighted text to send an e-mail message or visit a personal web page.

President Paula Lary
(president@southwestcostumersguild.org) .

Vice President and Webmaster Randall Whitlock

Treasurer and Newsletter Editor Tasha Cady

Secretary Melissa Weathersby

Webmaster Randall Whitlock runs MoiRandall's featuring his "Randwulf's" line of sewing patterns.

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/  or 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 September 15, 2018 by Randall Whitlock.

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