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
publication, we post Cactus Needles to this web site for all
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).
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/
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).
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/
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
November 9-11, 2018 - TusCon 45 at Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites, 5151 E. Grant Road, Tucson AZ. Arizona's longest-running annual science fiction convention. https://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).
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).
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.
2019 - Gila Valley Comic Con in Safford,
April 18-21, 2019 - LepreCon 45 att 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/
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 Paula Lary
Vice President and Webmaster
Treasurer and Newsletter
Editor Tasha Cady
Secretary Melissa Weathersby
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 September 15, 2018 by Randall Whitlock.