When I was in high school, I was quite fortunate in having been given a role in a musical I will likely never be given again in my life. But if by chance I ever do get this role again, I will be old, gray and bald before it happens. Well … I guess I’m a third of the way there, at this point.
The role I’m talking about is “Tevye” from the musical Fiddler on the Roof. In a one-sentence synopsis, Fiddler is the story of the residents of a Jewish Village in Czarist Russia and how they came to terms with the changing times – particularly a milkman, his wife and his five daughters.
One of the overlying themes of in Fiddler is “tradition”. That also happens to be the name of the opening song at the top of the first act. And what we see in our lives as tradition may not have been the same as what our parents saw as tradition or of what future generations will see as tradition. The reason why may likely be that tradition has a habit of defying its own definition.
1. a long-established action or pattern of behavior in a community or group of people, often one that has been handed down from generation to generation.
2. the handing down of patterns of behavior, practices, and beliefs that are valued by a culture.
Certainly, there are plenty of other definitions for this word. But the point is made that traditions tend to stick around and are often acquired. Yet instinct wouldn’t make us think of anything recent when we think of the traditional.
And that might be a bit of instinct we need to re-evaluate.
Like everything in life, all traditions have a beginning. And when they first begin, we may not view them as traditions – because what they lack is the one thing we’re looking for … establishment.
Maybe I’ll coin my own term and call it “new traditions”. And the first new traditions I will label as such are two trips I take every year. One is a lengthy one and the other is really short. One is in the spring and one is in the fall. The one takes me to Chicago and the other takes me to Allentown, PA. But despite their differences, they are quite similar. And they both take me to the same place … new traditions.
I’m referencing “The Cons” – CAPCon in Chicago in the spring and TeddyCon in Allentown, PA in the fall. (Yes, I’m talking about ABDL conventions. What did you think I’d talk about on a fetish website? LOL)
Quite similar in appeal and purpose, both conventions are unique unto their own. They offer similar atmospheres and structures while making their content a bit different. But the personal similarities I see in them are that I want to be at both and that they already feel like traditions. Yet, generations before me didn’t have them. Yes, they had their own – from fests to ski lodge retreats. But the greatest truth is that some traditions have an end while some keep going.
And TeddyCon will once again offer what made its inceptive start so memorable:
Activities, Classes, a Movie Night, a Pageant & Talent Show, a Pizza Party, After-hours Room Parties, that feeling of family, of openness, of acceptance.
And all of this was available in a space that welcomed age players of all ages, all preferences and all kinds of characters – regardless of what groups you were a member of online, of what websites you frequented, of what cliques you associated with or avoided, of what experiences you’ve had and of what other events you’ve attended.
None of the differences really mattered. All that mattered was that we were there and we were making our tradition … together. There was no me, no you, no them. There was simply … us. And we made it exactly what we wanted it to be.
TeddyCon 2015 keeps the tradition going, but also keeps it growing:
- There will be a higher capacity of attendees, allowing more age players to catch the ‘Con Fever.
- The Convention Space will open on Thursday night of TeddyCon weekend (October 8th – 11th, 2015), allowing another day of memories to be had by all.
- There will be 19 classes offered this year, allowing themes of Faith & Spirituality, ABDL fashion, Adult Nursing, Sissy Make-Up, ConDrop, a Padded Panel on Diapers, Relationship Building, Power Exchange, a Bigs Class and more. (Click here for more information.)
- There will be a raffle table, allowing you to win various prizes of Age play nature, to win some books, a night’s stay in a lifestyle bed-n-breakfast, diapers, an enormous stuffed teddy bear, clothing and more.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Nursery & Play Space. Complete with a play kitchen area, a lego section, a stuffie corner, Little Philly’s Ball Pit, foam number-n-letter mats everywhere, matchbox cars everywhere, a high chair, huge lawn chairs, an enormous-n-amazing crib, a walker and a tricycle, there are new surprises in store this year … some that are so secretive that I have sworn my silence to their identities and descriptions.
And to ensure that the good times at TeddyCon remain that way, security is taken very seriously. No one enters the con space who is not a registered, vetted and approved attendee of the convention. Wristbands and Con ID must be worn to enter. There are no exceptions. There is security on either side of the only entrance-n-exit to the room to make this promise a constant and unyielding fact.
We’ve all heard the grumblings about having to remain vanilla in appearance and behavior when outside the con space. At TeddyCon, you will always feel the security around you and you will know that the security is there to protect you. In reciprocation, when outside of the con space – we act vanilla. And everyone is happy.
While the fun can presumably have no limits, there are rules at TeddyCon and these rules exist to ensure that the weekend remains under control and fun for everyone, not just fun for a few.
If you don’t register for TeddyCon and if you don’t have a ticket, you will not enter the con space.
If you don’t follow the rules, you will be leaving TeddyCon. And believe me when I tell you that the rules are merely common sense. They ask you to stay non-vanilla when you must and they ask you to be respectful of others. They’re not hard to follow, but they are at the heart of what makes traditions last.
I will be there to host the pageant, to strum songs on my guitar, to fold paper frogs, to stuff handfuls of popcorn in my mouth during the movie, to collect one more email address from the person who wins the lifetime ebook subscription, to greet friends already made, to make new friends, to get Chinese food and to make TeddyCon a tradition.
TeddyCon 2015 tickets are on sale now. And a fun, safe and secure weekend of memories awaits you.
I truly hope to see you there. And remember: Always Dream Big About Being Little.
p.s. To see what all the fun was about last year, click here.
TeddyCon 2015 – Laugh. Learn. Play. Connect.
Dates: Thursday, October 8th – Sunday, October 11th, 2015