There has been much discussion over on http://www.ourdollcommunity.com about the meet and so far we have an outstanding attendance list! We're REALLY excited. For people who are seriously considering attendance, please begin a dialog with Bronwen at Bronwen@Sinthetics.com to get more information and talk about what you'd like to see. People who are definitely attending will be added to a private conversation thread where specifics are discussed. This is an open event in that doll enthusiasts and their dolls are welcome, but it is not open to the general public to simply spectate. This is definitely a participation driven event! Actual names of attendees, and specific addresses and times will be kept private because everyone's privacy and comfort is of paramount importance.
So far the dates are set from Friday July 29 - Monday August 1. When we have a clearer head count we will contact a local hotel to get a bulk discount. Many people are flying or driving in on July 28th to get settled and all activities will begin on Friday morning. So far, the tentative itinerary looks like this (subject to plenty of change):
Thursday evening: Doll and doll owner meet-n-greet and meal at the Sinthetics studio. Bring your dolls to see everyone! The more the merrier, no brand restrictions.
Friday morning may get split into two groups. Group 1 will drive down to San Marcos (+/- 2.5 hours each way to visit the RealDoll factory). Group 2 will get breakfast then spend the morning in the Fashion district in LA doing some dolly clothes shopping. May also do a quick walk through China Town on the way back to the studio. Lunch at Philippe's in China Town or Urth Caffe in the Arts District.
Friday afternoon is in the air still - possibly a group trip to visit the Ruby13 factory about an hour from LA or maybe an afternoon of discussion and classes at the Sinthetics studio/ visit to Adultcon. Some discussion options: How to do basic doll make up, fix eyelashes, moving and storing your dolls.
Friday night: Dinner with one of the owners of Sinthetics and some company employees followed by movie night (maybe French film Monique or Lars and The Real Girl) or other entertainment if everyone is still awake!
Saturday all day: Photography classes and discussions - studio photography led by Perry and/or Incrediwagon; possible demo on making a doll support track system and using Incred's stance modifier; outdoor site photography led by Matt. Part of the outdoor class will help teach doll owners how to interact with curious passers-by and not come off as uncomfortable or "weird".
Saturday evening: Classes on basic repair techniques and possibly a doll stand building tutorial led by Camp. Bring damaged dolls and we'll help with repairs/instructions
Sunday: Brunch of fabulous Dim Sum in China Town followed by a day trip to Adultcon.
Afternoon class on methods of dressing, undressing, wig care etc or possible visit to some LA attractions like Grauman's Chinese Theatre or a viewing of the Hollywood sign from Griffith Park Observatory.
Sunday night: Final dinner together - perhaps a beach location like Santa Monica or Malibu, or some hip sushi in Hollywood if that's more interesting.
Monday: If anyone is leaving late on Monday night or on Tuesday, perhaps a few tourist attractions in the morning might be in order.