Shore Leave, A fan run Science Fiction Convention
Dear Fellow Fans,
While we are heartened by the progress being made in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, for the health, safety, and comfort of our attendees, guests, volunteers, and staff, the Shore Leave organizing committee has decided it is best that Shore Leave run in a virtual mode again this year.
We had hoped that COVID-19 concerns might lessen by summer. However, given the additional issues of emerging viral strains and challenges with vaccine distribution, it is clear that holding a crowded social event like ours would not be the responsible thing to do at this time. A virtual event will allow all of us to maintain those connections so essential to our daily lives while making sure everyone is as safe and healthy as possible when we meet in real life as we plan to do in July of 2022.
Planning is in progress to move much of the programming to a virtual setting on the Shore Leave weekend (July 9 - 11, 2021) using Zoom, Gathertown, and Discord. Please watch for communications regarding this year’s programming, and maybe a few special surprises!
Anticipating some common questions:
While we are very disappointed to not be able to meet in person, we are looking forward to seeing everybody happy, healthy, and vaccinated in Hunt Valley the weekend of July 15 - 17, 2022.
Stay safe and healthy,
Don and Inge,
Co-chairs, Shore Leave 42
Shore Leave takes place every summer at the Delta Hotels Baltimore, located at 245 Shawan Rd., Hunt Valley, MD 21031
Shore Leave 42 will include:
Writing Workshops: Learn how to improve your writing from some of your favorite writers. Past panels have included writing about the non-fictional part of Trek; How to express point of view in your story; The trials and tribulations of being a writer and more.
Stargazing: View the planets, stars and galaxies that are visible from the Baltimore area.
Meet the Pros Party: Join our author guests for Shore Leave's autograph party. Be sure to meet the authors of the latest Pocket Book Trek or SF release.
Game Room: The Shore Leave game room offers many actitivies including Role Playing Games, Collectible Card Games, Miniature War Games, and more!
Photo Ops: Get your photo taken with your favorite stars and get the photos back in time to get them signed without the need to leave the hotel!
Fan Panels: We're always looking for ideas for fan-led panels and people to lead them. If you have suggestions for a panel, please Let us Know.
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We are saddened by the passing of long time Shore Leave participant Bob Ahrens.
Bob was part of Shore Leave from the early days, a founding member of the Boogie Knights, a participant in the Shore Leave Showcase, a member of the tech crew, and a valued behind-the-scenes volunteer.
Bob Ahrens passed away on December 31, 2020. He is survived by his wife and daughter.
We are saddened by the passing of long time Shore Leave guest Dave Galanter.
A fixture at Baltimore-area cons, Dave is remembered not only for his writing, but also as a friend, who no matter how busy he might be, always had time to chat with friends and fans alike.
Dave was also a fan; if not on a panel, he could often be found in the audience, enjoying the event with everyone else.
Dave Galanter passed away on December 12, 2020 at the age of 51. He is survived by his wife and family.
We are saddened by the passing of Richard Herd. A prolific actor, Herd's numerous credits include both Star Trek the Next Generation's Klingon L'Kor and ST:Voyager's Admiral Paris, V's Supreme Commander, and Seinfeld's Mr. Wilhelm among others. He was a guest at Shore Leave 22 in 2000 and again at Shore Leave 24 in 2002.
Richard Herd passed away on May 26, 2020 at the age of 87.
We're saddened by the passing of René Auberjoinois. Auberjoinois was a prolific actor with more than 200 credits to his name, but was perhaps best known as Benson's Clayton Endicott III and Deep Space Nine's Constable Odo. In 1993 he was a guest at Shore Leave 15 and again in 1996 at Shore Leave 18.
René Auberjoinois passed away on December 8 at the age of 79.
We are saddened by the passing of actor Aron Eisenberg. Eisenberg was known to his fans for roles in The Liars' Club, Playroom, appearances on The Secret World of Alex Mack, Wonder Years, and of course, as Nog from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. In 2018, he was a guest at Shore Leave 40.
Aron Eisenberg passed away on September 21, 2019 at the age of 50.
We are saddened by the passing of actress Barbara March. March was best known by her fans for her portrayal of Lursa in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and the movie Generations. In 1999, she was a guest at Shore Leave 21.
Barbara March passed away on August 11, 2019 at the age of 65.