Progress Report 2
Amazing, here we are, fewer than nine months from MidAmeriCon II. We are so excited about welcoming all of you to Kansas City and the 74th Worldcon! Our entire committee is busy planning many amazing activities for everybody of all ages to enjoy. The tri-chairs of MidAmeriCon II are looking forward to sharing with you our favorite things about Kansas City. However, we must confess we’re having some real trouble keeping such a list short as there are so many fabulous things to enjoy here. We all know that KC is famous for its barbecue and lamb ribs at Fiorelli’s Jack Stack are not to be missed. But there is so much more than BBQ to Kansas City’s restaurant scene. Just one example is The American, an outstanding restaurant a short cab ride away whose pastry chef was a semifinalist for the James Beard award. Michael Smith and the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, both a five-minute drive away, were named as two of the top 10 KC restaurants by USA Today, and are well worth the trip.
There are so many more wonderful places to dine all over the city, and many within easy distance of the convention. History buff? Then the National World War I Museum and Memorial, offering a comprehensive look at the entire war, is for you. The top of the Memorial offers an amazing view of downtown Kansas City. You’re also going to want to check out the Steamboat Arabia, a private family-owned museum which features the largest collection of pre-Civil War artifacts ever found, all remarkably well preserved. And it’s located in the City Market, an historic area which features a year-roundfarmers market and dozens of small unique shops. Got kids? Science City is a fun interactive experience for both kids and adults, and is located in Union Station, right next to Crown Center, which features the Legoland Discovery Center and other family-oriented fun, plus shopping and restaurants. Order a burger at Fritz’s in CrownCenter and have it delivered to your table by model train! What about art, you ask? The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has one of the largest collections in the country, including an extensive collection of Asian art, and was ranked by Time magazine as one of the 10 best architectural marvels around the globe. And don’t forget the nearby Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art while you’re here. Thre is no charge for admission to the collection, which contains more than 700 works from 1913 to present day. Of course, you don’t have to travel far to see great art in Kansas City. Through the One Percent for Art Program, builders are required to set aside one percent of each building construction project’s budget for the creation of original art. Kansas City was the first city in Missouri, and one of the first in the nation, to pass such an ordinance. As a result the city is full of spectacular fountains, murals, and sculptures.
In this progress report you will find your nominating ballot for the 2016 Hugos and also for the 1941 Retro Hugos, as the Hugos were not awarded at Denvention 1, the third World Science Fiction Convention. Coincidentally, the first Denvention shared Guest of Honor Robert A. Heinlein with the first MidAmeriCon. You will also find information about our hotels and hotel bookings in mid-January. We’ve also relaunched our sparkly new website, thanks to our superb marketing team, where you’ll find a lot more information.
See you again in PR 3, where we’ll have lots more to tell you. And see you all in Kansas City in August for MidAmeriCon II.
Diane Lacey, Jeff Orth, Ruth LichtwardtTeam LOLTri-chairs – MidAmeriCon II