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SOUTHERN TAILS
The official newsletter of Furry Weekend Atlanta
November 2005

In this issue...
- Meet Our Charity Organization
- Art Show
- Conbook Submissions
- Attention Dealers
- Reserve Your Room Online
- Volunteers Needed

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Meet Our Charity Organization: The Ellijay Wildlife Rehabilitation Sanctuary

The Ellijay Wildlife Rehabilitation Sanctuary is a 50-acre facility that medically cares for all species of orphaned and injured wildlife indigenous to Georgia and the southeast. It began 30 years ago when a young boy named Craig Cylke began rescuing and caring for injured animals that he found in the wild. It wasn’t long before the surrounding community learned that Craig would take care of any wild animals in need that were brought to him. Today, the sanctuary is a state and federally licensed facility that remains under the guidance of Craig and his wife, Debbie who are both certified in wildlife rehabilitation.

To date, the sanctuary’s dedicated staff has educated over 100,000 children and adults through on-site course offerings, summer camps, and mobile education programs. It is their hope that through environmental education, schools, churches, civic groups and families will come to learn about the “Circle of Life” –realizing that if we all help to take care of "mother nature,” she in turn will take care of us.

Furry Weekend Atlanta hosted Ellijay in 2005 and was proud to have them returning to visit us again in 2006! Furry Weekend attendees donated almost $3,000 to the Sanctuary in 2005 and we are looking forward to shattering that record again in 2006!

For more information, visit the official site.

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ART SHOW

The Art Show is still accepting submissions. The Art Show features an area for general artwork as well as a separate area for mature artwork not viewable by minors. Artwork is sold by written bid, with pieces receiving five or more bids automatically going to voice auction. The auction will take place on the Sunday of the convention, February 19, 2006.

Even if you cannot attend the con, we will still accept your mailed-in submissions. The deadline for submissions for the Furry Weekend Atlanta 2006 Art Show will be
February 3rd, 2006. Any pieces being mailed must be received by February 10th, 2006.

Furry Weekend Atlanta will take a 10% commission from the sale of your piece as it's fee for acting as sales agent. The artist will also have the option of retaining profits from the sale, donating the profits to charity, or donating the profits to Furry Weekend Atlanta.

For more information, visit www.furryweekend.com/artshow.

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CONBOOK SUBMISSIONS

The Furry Weekend Atlanta 2006 Convention Book still needs your submissions. Have something you want the whole con to see? Send it to us. The deadline is January 1st, 2006, but it's always better to send that work in early! You don't have to abide by the Valentine's Day theme, but you may if you'd like. We will not accept any work above a PG-13 rating, but there are no other restrictions on content. If you are one of the chosen ones, we'll let you know by January 14th.

Artists and Photographers:

Please send a high-resolution (300dpi or better) scan or the original for publication in the con book in TIFF or Photoshop to conbook@furryweekend.com. Please include pertinent information like your website, contact information and the like that we can print with the picture so members can find more. Optionally, you may also include a description.

Writers:

Please send your fiction, nonfiction, or poetry to conbook@furryweekend.com in Word, RTF, or raw text format. Also be sure to include your website, contact information, and the like.

Advertisers:

Furry Weekend Atlanta is accepting advertising into the convention book. Limited space available. The advertising rates for the Furry Weekend Atlanta 2005 Convention book are as follows:

Page Size Price
Full Page 7.5 x 10 no bleed $50.00
Half Page 7.5 x 5 no bleed $30.00
Quarter Page 3.75 x 5 no bleed $20.00
Inside Covers 7.5 x 10 no bleed $100.00
Back Cover 7.5 x 10 no bleed $140.00

Please send a high-resolution (300dpi or better) scan of the advertisement in TIFF or Photoshop format to conbook@furryweekend.com.

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DEALER'S DEN

Prices on tables will be $70 per table. The full-table price includes one Attending-level membership to the convention. Only one free membership will be given for each dealer registration. You may sub-divide your table however you choose.

First pick of tables for Furry Weekend Atlanta 2006 will be given to dealers that attended the 2005 convention. General dealer registration will begin September 15th, 2006. At that time, table reservations will be handled on a first come, first served basis. There is a limit of three tables per vendor unless special accommodations have been arranged with Furry Weekend Atlanta. After all available tables are gone, a waiting list will be established. Electricity, telephone, high-speed internet, and wall space are available in the Dealers' Den, however we will need to know in advance if you need these. If you have any questions, please contact dealersden@furryweekend.com.

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RESERVE YOUR ROOM ONLINE

Make sure you have a place to den for the con by booking your room early! Thanks to an arrangement with the Holiday Inn, you can book your room for FWA online, through our website. Just visit our hotel page and click on the "Book Online" link!

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Interested in lending a paw at Furry Weekend Atlanta? Let our volunteering director know! Contact him at volunteers@furryweekend.com.

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WANT MORE?

Have a question? THe answer is 42. And if you want to stay up to date on FWA news and events, you can check the message boards at our website, sign up for our open and unmoderated mailing list, or join the Furry Weekend Atlanta Livejournal Community.

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Furry Weekend Atlanta - Come South for the Winter
February 17-19, 2006 @ the Holiday Inn Atlanta Airport-North, Atlanta, GA, USA
www.furryweekend.com

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