Greetings, Kitten Academicians!
We’ve got some great new photos of the Wiggles but before that, we need to take a minute to talk to you about KA-Con! We’ve got a lot to say and it’s all really important so I hope you bear with us and don’t just scroll down to the adorable photos!
We had a ton of fun meeting so many people at last year’s KA-Con, and all of the fun stuff the planning committee put together for it - I think our favorite part was the KA Jeopardy hosted by JimmyD; that’ll be back this year! There were questions even we couldn’t answer! And then there was the Q&A panel… where there were also questions we couldn’t answer!
This year we’re aiming to be bigger and better and pack in even more fun - even if the real draw is meeting each other. We’ve got a raffle (and you can get raffle tickets in advance!) that includes all kinds of fabulous prizes for cats and their humans, including the grand prize of a visit to the new Kitten Academy in CT to meet the Faculty and the current students! And perhaps best of all, the amazingly talented local(ish) kitten foster Sarah Donner will be there, and she will be putting on a concert for the KA-Con attendees!
This is the first year we’ve opened KA-Con to the public, and that makes the planning process a lot trickier than what we’ve been through in previous years. The planning committee guesstimated about 200-300 attendees and has set up the contracts with the venue to reflect that. So far, roughly 100 of you have bought your tickets and confirmed you’ll be there. Thank you!
We need to ask the rest of you for some help. It’s super helpful for the planning committee if you buy your tickets soon. In fact, a lot of the committee’s ability to plan absolutely depends on you doing just that. So if you’re pretty certain you’d like to go - and you should! - it would be a great idea to head over to the KA-Con website and get signed up now. In order to encourage folks to get in early and not at the last minute, the ticket prices are going to go up quite a bit in a couple of weeks. We’d certainly prefer not to have it that way, but we hope you can understand the necessity. And the venue has required that we stop selling tickets completely by Sept 1 so they have final numbers for the lunch on Saturday that’s included for all attendees. So if you plan on waiting until the last minute - it will be too late!
We also know a few folks have expressed some “sticker shock” at the current price, even before it goes up. We can understand that. Last year we were able to go cheaper due to many factors, such as a generous anonymous sponsor, and a venue that was way off the beaten path. Even so, we fell short of breaking even on the event costs. This year we’re looking at a much larger deficit, even with the new ticket prices. We’ll end up covering that difference ourselves, and it’s worth it to have a chance to meet so many of you - but obviously, the more of you we meet, the more favorably that math works out!
TL;DR: We really want to meet you at KA-Con and it would help us (and you!) a lot if you got your tickets now! Now here’s the cute kittens we promised!
As usual - here’s the rest of the photoshoot!