SWCG 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 Arizona's chapter of the International Costume Guild.

Upcoming Events
SWCG Activities
Meet the Guildsters - Mail Links and links to Member Web Pages
Links - Web Sites of Interest to the Costumer

Hints and other "How To" Articles

Join the Southwest Costumers Guild - Printable membership form

Recruiting and PR Materials:

"Victorian Ball" Foldover Flyer
"Science Fiction Convention" Foldover Flyer
"Renaissance Faire" Foldover Flyer
Quarter-Page Flyer
Color Bookmark

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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Click the links below to view issues of Cactus Needles, SWCG's monthly newsletter. You'll need the Adobe Acrobat reader, available free from www.adobe.com.

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Current Issue - September 2014

Back Issues
(All the way back to the Cactus Needles premiere in 1994)

Upcoming Activities

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.

September 27, 2014 – It’s In the Bag at the Phoenix Art Museum. The Women's Metropolitan Arts Council (WoMAC) is hosting its sixth annual fundraiser, “It's in the Bag”. You are invited you to express your "purseonality" at this ultimate girls' night out featuring signature cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment and both silent and live auctions offering everything from designer handbags to utility bags full of goodies. Think evening bag with theater tickets, backpack with hiking gear or diaper bag with baby must-haves. Please join us: 6:00-9:00 pm in the Great Hall, Phoenix Art Museum. https://tickets.phxart.org/public/default.asp

September 27, 2014 – Can’t Stop the Serenity (Tucson) annual charity screening of “Serenity” and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog” at the Fox Theater, Tucson. www.azbrowncoats.org

September 27, 2014, 10AM-NoonThe Science of Superheroes at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. How does Superman’s x-ray vision work?  Learn this and other superhero secrets at our fun filled science event. Join us for a superhero meet and greet and prize drawing for everyone who presents their library card. Don’t forget to wear your superhero costume!

September 28, 2014 –
Halloween Brainstorm* SWCG Meeting at Tasha’s place. Work out the details of your Halloween costume by bouncing them off your fellow Guildsters.

October 10-November 2, 2014 – Arizona State Fair at 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix https://azstatefair.com/

October 11, 2014 – Dining Among the Dead Victorian dinner party on the gazebo patio at Pioneer & Military Memorial Park, 14th Avenue & Jefferson, Phoenix. Tix $45 by reservation only. Contact nazan222@aol.com or see Dining Among the Dead on Facebook.

October 17-18, 2014 – Oktoberfest at St. Rose Parish Campus-Anthem
2825 W. Rose Canyon Circle Anthem Arizona 85086.
Casino Gaming Fundraiser, Puppet Show, Pumpkin Patch, German Band, German Food, German Beer, Delicious Homemade Desserts,  Fireworks, Beer Stein Race, Beer Barrel Rolling and numerous other games.  On October 18, from 11 AM-9 PM,  we will be having Live Music, Puppet Show, Pumpkin Patch,  Food, Beer and many other attractions throughout the day. http://www.stroseparishaz.org

October 17-19, 2014 – Helldorado Days in Tombstone, Arizona. http://www.helldoradodays.com/

OCTOBER 24-26 - FRIDAY - SUNDAY -Wild Western Festival , from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at  Sahuaro Ranch Park. --  Wild Western Festival - The tagline: "History Meets Hollywood" . What to watch: gun fights, stunt shows, Native American dancers, trick horses, magic shows, and the chance to meet Hollywood Celebrities. What to listen to: live music from Best in the West musicians. What to wear: something special if you want to enter the 1880’ Old West or Steampunk costume contest on Saturday, or if you want your dog to feel less self-conscious while taking part in the pet costume contest on Sunday. Where to rustle up some grub: sidle up to the food vendors, or enter the pie-eating contest, Habanero Holler contest, or Sunday's chili cook-off. Where to buy proof of your time-traveling adventure: from artisan vendors. Kids can ride: a fake bucking bull or a real standing pony. Kids can also: jump in the bounce house, compete against kin in wheelbarrow races and bean-bag tosses, easily avoid jury duty. More info: http://www.wildwesternfestival.com/

October 31-November 2, 2014 – TusCon SF convention at Hotel City Center, 475 North Granada Avenue, Tucson, Arizona http://tusconscificon.com/

October 31-November 2, 2014 – Tucson Celtic Festival at Rillito Park. http://tucsoncelticfestival.org/ (page not yet updated for 2014 festival.

November 1-2, 2014 – Phoenix FearCon at Courtyard by Marriott, 1650 North 95th Lane, Glendale AZ.  http://phoenixfearcon.com/

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Here is some of our events information in the form of a Google calendar created by Margie:

Guild Activities

SWCG hosted Costume-Con 30 on May 11-14, 2012 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. Check out professional photographer
Richard Man's images from the event at http://www.rfman.com/SF-and-Fantasy-Conventions/Costume-Con-30 .

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

Jean & Randall
        at Steampunk Street II
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 Jean Palmer
(president@southwestcostumersguild.org) .

Vice President Mahala Sweebe

Treasurer Tasha Cady

Secretary Randall Whitlock

Archivist Jean Palmer

Webmaster and Newsletter Editor 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

Last updated September 23, 2014 by Randall Whitlock.

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