A Weekend in the Country (US)

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See also A Weekend in the Country (UK).

Name: A Weekend in the Country (US)
Dates: 1987-1995?
Frequency: annual, April
Location: Maryland, USA
Type: fan convention
Focus: multiple fandoms
Founder: Laura Peck
Founding Date: 1987
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A Weekend in the Country was a fan-run convention held in or near Baltimore, Maryland. It was subtitled "A Media Partners Convention" and/or "A Partners Convention."

The first convention was held April 10–13, 1987. The cons ran to at least 1995.

The convention capped membership at 150.

It had a heavy Professionals fan base attendance.

1987 (1)

1988 (2)

1989 (3)

  • According to one attendee it was held in April 1989 [1] A flyer in the back of the Gambit convention program guide gives the date as March 10–12, 1989.
  • Fan Writer Guest of Honor: Lezlie Shell
  • Fan Artist Guest of Honor: Robin Belyea

1991 (4)

It was rumored to have been skipped,[2] but the numerations of the ones after it suggest otherwise.

1992 (5)

In the editorial for Chalk and Cheese I#11 n April 1992, Mysti Frank mentions buying a Suzan Lovett print there for her zine.

A blurb in Artistic Endeavors #6:
[Contact Carol Swoboda]. Media con with a very relaxed attitude toward "/" themes, and with a wide variety of interests. Most attendees are SF/F fans.

1994 (6)

  • April 22–24, 1994 (the flyer for that year listed "workshops, art show, dealers, panels, videos, video dubbing, video repairs, PARTY!" as activities)

1995 (7)

  • April 7–9, 1995

From the flyer: "Dealers Room, Panels, Videos, Art Show and other convention activities including a Friday Night Ice Cream Social and a Saturday Night 'Pre-Art Auction' Party."


  1. ^ mentioned by Judy Chien in a 2012 interview
  2. ^ "I think that Weekend in the Country is also no longer in operation; it was cancelled for this year (1991) at least." -- Cold Fish and Stale Chips #10