Internerd Returns!

A while ago Pure Spec helped host and organize a BBQ in Hawrelak Park for various nerd groups around Edmonton. It was a potluck, casual affair, where the many flavours of Edmonton geekdom could get together, maybe toss around a Frisbee, play some games, eat BBQ, and hang out in the fresh air for a while. A few years back, however, we stopped organizing it because we just didn’t have the organizer bandwidth to carry it out any more.

So I am delighted to report that the Internerd BBQ will return at the 2018 Pure Speculation Festival! Saturday night, starting at 6pm, we’ll move the festivities to the Alberta Avenue Hall’s back garden. Everyone at the festival is invited: attendees, volunteers, panelists, vendors, everyone. This is your chance to relax with your fellow nerds after an already great weekend of nerdery. And if you couldn’t make it to anything else, arguably this is an event not to miss.

We’ll supply the hot dogs (and veggie dogs) for free, condiments, paper plates, and napkins, and our concession and bar will be open for business. The rest of the food will be potluck, in the spirit of our past Internerds, so if you want to contribute feel free to bring a dish to share for about 8-10 people. We encourage you to sign-up with what you’re bringing, so we can avoid having twenty bags of the same chips, or one bag of chips and nineteen different dips.

We’ll also have some entertainment for you, and the Second Annual Pure Speculation Ultimate SF&F Quiz (this year with a trophy for the winner and prizes for the top three finishers). If you took part in last year’s SF&F Quiz you know it’s going to be a tough one, so start brushing up on your lore now.

Seating is extremely limited in the garden, as no indoor chairs can be used on the lawn. We’ll have a space indoors to sit and eat, but if you’d rather sit outside in the fresh air please bring a lawnchair or blanket for sitting.

As always, if you have any questions about our events, shoot us a message. We’d love to hear from you!

Spring has Sprung and So Have We!

In case you missed any of the posts on Facebook, we are back, Edmonton! We’re busy gearing up for June as we speak, and this year is going to be a huge celebration of Edmonton’s science fiction and fantasy nerdery! We have new events coupled with the return of some old favourites (Internerd BBQ, anyone?), all packed together in the Alberta Avenue Community Hall. And attendance is still free.

We are still looking for folks to take part and help us put on a great celebration. There are many ways to get involved:

Volunteer: Our volunteers are the backbone of the festival, and we couldn’t do what we do without them. If you’d like to help out, even for just a few hours, consider filling out the volunteer form and joining our team!

Panelist or Presenter: Have a nerdy topic you want to talk about? Are you an author looking to show off your work to an appreciative crowd? Have a geeky talent you’d like to demonstrate or teach? We want you! Fill out the event proposal form and let us know something about yourself and your event idea, and become part of the celebration!

Artist or Vendor: Do you make or sell something local nerds will love? We want to hear from you! Fill out the vendor application form and secure your spot in our Merchant Hall. (Hurry! Of the 25 available spots, only 8 are currently left, and that number may drop very soon!)

And of course the last, and arguably the best, way to be part of the festival is to attend! Grab some friends and come on down, have lunch, take in a panel or two, play a game, see some demos, get your face painted, pick up some nerdy swag and books…there is so much to do, packed into a day-and-a-half.

In the meantime, keep checking the website for updates. And look for our posters, popping up all over Edmonton.