Shore Leave, A fan run Science Fiction Convention
Also joining us this year are: Paul Abell, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Rigel Ailur, Lorraine Anderson, T Eric Bakutis, Christopher L. Bennett, Joseph F Berenato, Kirsten Beyer, Wayne Bird, Charles Blue, Kirk Borne, Diana Botsford, Tye Bourdony, A G Case, Rob Caswell, T.A. Chafin, Russ Colchamiro, Daniel Patrick Corcoran, Greg Cox, Kathleen David, Peter A. David, Mary Louise Davie, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Kevin Dilmore, Kelly Fast, Jerry Feldman, Michael Jan Friedman, Dave Galanter, Andrew E.C. Gaska, Phil Giunta, Jo Graham, Robert Greenberger, Amy Griswold, Glenn Hauman, Amanda Headlee, Jim Johnson, Lindley Johnson, The Boogie Knights, Yoji Kondo, Rob Landis, Jeffrey Lang, William Leisner, Luna-C, David Mack, Patricia Lee Macomber, Amy Mainzer, Sally Malcolm, Andrew McDonald, Ari McKay, Mike McPhail, Kelly Meding, Susan Olesen, Marco Palmieri, Patricia Papineau, Emmett Plant, Susanna Reilly, Aaron Rosenberg, Stuart S. Roth, Don Sakers, Melissa Scott, Stephanie J. Slater, Timothy F. Slater, Kevin G Summers, Michael R Underwood, Dayton Ward, Howard Weinstein, Margaret A Weitekamp, Richard C. White, David Niall Wilson, Katie Mary Wilson, Steven H. Wilson, Leona Wisoker and Lance Woods
Shore Leave 36 will include:
Writing Workshops: Learn how to improve your writing from some of your favorite writers. Past panels have included writing about the non-fictional part of Trek; How to express point of view in your story; The trials and tribulations of being a writer and more.
Stargazing: View the planets, stars and galaxies that are visible from the Baltimore area.
Meet the Pros Party: Join our author guests for Shore Leave's autograph party. Be sure to meet the authors of the latest Pocket Book Trek or SF release.
Game Room: The Shore Leave game room offers many actitivies including Role Playing Games, Collectible Card Games, Miniature War Games, and more!
Photo Ops: Get your photo taken with your favorite stars and get the photos back in time to get them signed without the need to leave the hotel!
Fan Panels: We're always looking for ideas for fan-led panels and people to lead them. If you have suggestions for a panel, please Let us Know.
If you would like to be on our mailing list (specify email, snail mail or both), please contact us.
The Shore Leave Committee and the Star Trek Association of Towson are saddened by the passing of our friend and fellow club member, Mary K. Satterthwaite.
In the mid 1980s Mary K found herself in line at Shore Leave next to Cullen Satterthwaite. Not only did they both love Shore Leave but over time they discovered that they also loved each other. They married in 1991 and always held Shore Leave in their hearts because it had literally changed the course of both of their lives.
Over time they volunteered to work Guest Relations at Shore Leave, which they did for more than ten years. In 2010 Mary K became Co-Chair of Guest Relations for Shore Leave 32, a position that she held through Shore Leave 35. Mary K had a way of making people feel comfortable in her company and many of the actors that she worked with over the years wrote back afterwards to thank us for letting them work with her because she made their time so enjoyable.
Mary K lost her battle with cancer on October 30, 2013. She is survived by her husband Cullen and their two children, Samuel and Leira Satterthwaite. Her friends here at Shore Leave will miss her smile, laugh, and her warmth. It won't be the same without her.
The Shore Leave Committee and the Star Trek Association of Towson are saddened by the passing of our friend and fellow convention worker, Jill Bratcher.
Many years ago at a convention I met a beautiful, spirited woman named Jill. She had an infectious laugh, sparkling eyes and gave the best hugs! She called me Lovey. I think a lot of us were blessed with that moniker. It is sweet and beautiful and very Jill.
Over the years Jill became a friend. She talked to me about spirituality and joy and also about her fears. She was honest and thoughtful and always ready to laugh. She could light up a room just by walking into it. I often thought that I'd like to be more like her. The last time I saw Jill was at Shore Leave last year. I was able to spend a lot of time with her. I didn't know that would be our last meeting, but I did know she was sick. She soldiered on through that weekend with her trademark smile and her sense of silliness.
I was able to talk with Jill a number of times after that, even when she was in hospice. Special thanks goes to her wonderful friend Carrie who kept us all connected to Jill's journey. On the phone she kept me laughing with her trademark sayings. "Awesome Sauce" and "Okey Dokey Artichokey" come to mind. Through prayer circles and a collective spiritual awakening she connected us all. I will miss her laugh and her smile and her hugs and her grace. Her wonderful, luminous grace. She was a beautiful human being and she embodied all that we should strive to be. I miss her deeply as do so many of you. But I have no doubt that our angel is up in heaven watching over all of us.
Thank you Sweetpea for shining your light.
- Amanda Tapping
The Shore Leave Committee and the Star Trek Association of Towson are saddened by the passing of author Ann C. Crispin. Ann was a guest at Shore Leave for decades, and her workshops and contributions to panels were always well attended and greatly appreciated. She has been a valuable mentor to writers at all levels and was a co-founder of Writer Beware.
Ann C. Crispin passed away on September 6, 2013 at the age of 63.
The Shore Leave Committee and the Star Trek Association of Towson are saddened by the passing of our friend and long-time convention attendee, Mark Marmor.
Mark was a photo and autograph dealer from the early days of Shore Leave and in addition to other area conventions, was a regular at shows across the United States and Canada. In addition to setting up at shows, Mark also owned a store, Omega Zone, specializing in fannish merchandise. He will be missed by his fellow dealers and the fans as well.
The Shore Leave Committee and the Star Trek Association of Towson are saddened by the passing of long-time attendee, Margaret DeLorenzo.
Margaret DeLorenzo passed away on August 5, 2013. She was a frequent presence at East Coast conventions in the late 70s, part of "The Contact Crowd" around the Contact fanzine, and one of Shore Leave's earliest supporters. In addition to holding badge #1 to the very first Shore Leave (and many of the subsequent ones as well), she also worked in the Shore Leave art show. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.
The Shore Leave Committee and the Star Trek Association of Towson are saddened by the passing of our friend, Page Lewis.
Page Eileen Lewis passed away on March 1, 2014. She was one of Shore Leave's first supporters, and she continued to attend Shore Leave, even after events took her away from her home base in Wilmington, DE, to Atlanta, GA. She was an ardent Star Trek fan, a collector of memorabilia and autographs, and she ran the George Takei and Grace Lee Whitney fan clubs through the 1970s and '80s. Page edited and published fanzines, attended Star Trek conventions all over the US and the UK, and she was a constant presence at Shore Leave and Farpoint. She never let her limitations prevent her from doing anything she wanted to do. She will be missed. (Roberta Rogow, March 2014)