Thank you to the entire community for a wonderful PortConMaine 2014! We had a blast and celebrated with 2,634 people over the weekend! Join us next year for Operation: PortCon! (Enjoy the new site!)
Here are the 2014 feedback links!
Event Specific Feedback: If you'd like to leave feedback for panelists and staff regarding specific events you attended, visit this link. The feedback you leave will be shared anonymously with panelists and considered by programming staff for future event applications and decisions.
Attendee Feedback Form: If you attended the convention and would like to leave feedback for the con as a whole, visit this link! This feedback is pivotal towards making sure the convention continues to be what the community is looking for. Please let us know how we're doing, what you liked, your suggestions, and more!
Staff Feedback Form: Staffers: leave feedback here! This is your time to let chairs know what went well and what could be improved upon!
Thank you to everyone who takes the time to leave feedback for the convention! It really helps us prepare and plan. We had a great time and everyone was amazing- thanks again and we'll see you for 2015!
Staff applications and information will go live later in the summer.
Think you’ve got the moves? Come prove it at Microsoft Maine Mall’s first ever PortConMaine Dance-off! The game- Just Dance 2014. We’re setting up our Xbox Ones and extending an open invitation to everyone at PortCon to come over for a fun and casual group dance competition, complete with a prize for the best dancer (to be determined). Costumes welcomed and encouraged! Come on over Saturday evening and show us what you’ve got!
Place: The Microsoft Store (Located in the Garden Court of the Maine Mall between Macy’s and Sears)
Time: Saturday, June 21st, 5:30 PM
Pre-registration ended June 1st but there are still tickets available at the event! Join us next weekend as we celebrate all the hobbies that bring us together: it's going to be in-tents! (ha ha, tech pun for our second tent!)
Registration information and badge cost can be found here.
Our schedule can be found here.
Our guest listing can be found here!
Finally, our vendor list can be found here. Phew! See you soon!
(Convention staff will begin prep and set up Wednesday June 18th. Emails send Wednesday or later may not be responded to until after the event.)
Local guests Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon will be unable to make PortConMaine 2014 due to personal matters. They have sent their deepest regrets at being unable to make the weekend and will attempt to reschedule another year.
Meanwhile, Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet has also sent over the official information for all the performers!
Abby Swidler (violin) is a violinist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist born in Missoula, MT. Abby has deep roots in Classical music and enjoys playing many kinds of music from around the world, blurring genre lines through improvisation and composition. Abby attended Eastman School of Music, receiving a Bachelors degree in violin performance from the studio of Charles Castleman, and a certificate in world music. She currently resides in Boston, MA and is starting her second year at New England Conservatory in the Contemporary Improvisation Masters program. (www.abbyswidler.com)
Anna Stromer (viola I) is a Boston-based violist who has performed with Yo Yo Ma, Richard Stoltzman, Mark Wood, Mark O'Connor, Issac Delgado, The Dear Hunter, Wyclef Jean, and Thirty Seconds to Mars. Anna has also been working with the Vitamin String Quartet as part of their live performance string quartet and with them has performed on MTV Unplugged with Thirty Seconds to Mars and on the 100th episode of Gossip Girl. Anna is currently enrolled at Berklee College of Music where she is majoring in music business, and is excited to perform as part of a string quartet with the Boston Ballet for "Cacti" in May of 2014.
Christopher McClain (viola II) is a vibrant and passionate violinist who has concertized in venues across the United States, including Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall. He has interest in a wide range of chamber music, from the early baroque works of Sainte-Colombe to contemporary string quartets by Glass and Reich. Christopher also finds time to practice the viola da gamba, his newest passion. Christopher received his Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. There, he gained a love for collaboration, working with choreographers, dancers, conductors, composers, singers, and actors, including Alonzo King and Lines Ballet.
Nick Dinnerstein (cello) works as a cellist in a wide variety of musical styles and settings. His performances range from recitals of romantic repertoire to concerts on period instruments, from work on new classical works to studio collaboration with songwriters and bands. Nick has twice participated as a guest solo artist at the Thailand Composition Festival and has had the pleasure of working with a number of award winning composers, including Chen Yi, Harry Stafylakis, Samuel Zyman, and Narong Prangcharoen. As a performer in popular music, Nick has appeared on MTV as part of the Vitamin String Quartet, and has performed or recorded with musicians and bands that include 30 Seconds to Mars, DJ Premier, and The Shills.