is a loose and informal educational society of persons interested in all facets of historical, cultural, science fiction, fantasy, and humor costume. Members are often seen on stage and behind the scenes at Science Fiction Convention masquerades, historical reenactment events, and theatre. SWCG is central Arizona's chapter of the International Costume Guild.
Southwest Costumers Guild has a
"Yahoo Groups" e-mail discussion forum. Contact the
webmaster for information on how to join.
SWCG members in good
standing receive Cactus Needles, our
monthly newsletter, by mail or e-mail.
Regular contributors and newsletter editors from ICG chapters and allied organizations also receive Cactus Needles.
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A few weeks after its initial
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Usually, the Southwest Costumers Guild meets on the first Sunday of each month at a different member's home in the greater Phoenix area. This rule of thumb is often changed to avoid schedule conflict with other events. Guild business is followed by a demonstration or workshop by a guild member or an invited guest. Sometimes we cooperate on a costume project. Sometimes we just socialize. Special SWCG gatherings are sometimes held at science fiction conventions, street fairs, and other public events. E-mail the Webmaster for directions to meetings and events.
Here are some upcoming guild meetings and costume-related public events. E-mail the Webmaster if you know an event that should be on the calendar. A more detailed calendar is included in Cactus Needles.* Red Text and an asterisk indicate an SWCG activity. Unless otherwise noted, SWCG Meetings begin at 1:00 PM.
15, 2019, 7 PM - CASFS
Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030
N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and
January 19, 2019, 12 PM - Superhero Saturday at 2200 North Central Avenue, Phoenix.Come celebrate Arizona's heroes at Superhero Saturday - a Superhero September signature event! We will have an auction, food, exhibitors, a car show, VIP guests, costumers, cosplayers and a masquerade! Proceeds from the event will benefit the Childhelp Superhero Fund and the PPSLA charities.Come in your favorite costume and cosplay and meet your local heroes in uniform and in costume. This is a kid and family friendly event. We look forward to seeing you all there!
January 26, 2019 10 AM.-4 PM. Library FanCon at Tempe Public Library, Rural & Southern in Tempe, Arizona. SWCG will have a meet & greet table and participate in the cosplay panel discussions. They have an awesome costume parade.
31-February 2, 2019 - Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival
at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, (19th Avenue & McDowell).
Discount admissino coupon available. https://quiltcraftsew.com/phoenix.html
February 3, 2019, 1PM - Elective Action* SWCG meeting and social at Tasha's place in Glendale (e-mail the webmaster for directions). Officer elections and planning of upcoming guild activities. What would you like to do this year? Great chance for suggestions from new members. Oh, we may talk about Viking shoes.
February 9-10, 2019 - Civil War Days at Old Tucson. Sponsored by Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation. http://oldtucson.com/events/civil-war-days-3/
February 9-March 31, 2019 (weekends plus Presidents' Day) - Arizona Renaissance Festival near Gold Canyon, Arizona. http://arizona.renfestinfo.com/
17-25, 2019 - Estrella War at Schnepf Farm in
Queen Creek, Arizona. The Society for Creative Anachronism
Kingdom of Atenveldt's annual festival of armored combat, arts
and sciences. http://estrellawar.org/
February 18-24, 2019 - Winter Range at the Ben Avery shooting facility, NWC Interstate 17 and Carefree Highway, north of Phoenix. This is the Single-Action Shooting Society's annual tournament of cowboy action shooting. Excellent "Sutler's Row" to stock up on your wild west/victorian/steampunk costume basics. http://www.winterrange.com/
February 19, 2019, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
February 23-24, 10-5, Arizona
Matsuri Festival at
March 2-3, 2019 - Phoenix Scottish Games at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. http://www.arizonascots.com/05games.shtml
March 2-4, 2019 - Kikori Con anime convention in Flagstaff, Arizona. http://www.kikoricon.com/
8-10, 2019 - Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention
at Old Tucson Studios. https://www.wildwestcon.com/
March 8-10, 2019 - Chandler Ostrich Festival at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler, Arizona https://ostrichfestival.com/
March 17, 2019, 1PM - Potluck of the Irish* SWCG social at Tasha's place in Glendale (e-mail the webmaster for directions). Irish-themed costume encouraged.
March 19, 2019, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
March 22-25, 2019 - Costume-Con 37 at the Doubletree Boston North Shore hotel in Danvers, Massachussetts.
2019 - Gila Valley Comic Con in Safford,
March 30, 2019, 12-11PM - Tucson Time Travelers' Masquerade at 160 S. Scott Avenue, Tucson (Scottish Rite building) Theme is "Heaven and Hell." (21 and over, please) https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3194731
April 16, 2019, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
April 18-21, 2019 - LepreCon 45 at Doubletree by Hilton Phoenix North at 10220 N Metro Parkway East, Phoenix, AZ. http://leprecon.org/
May 21, 2019, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
2019 - Con-Nichiwa anime convention in
Tucson, Arizona. http://www.con-nichiwa.com/
2019 - Medieval Mayhem Renaissance
Faire at Mountain Meadow
July 20, 2019 - Itty Bitty Fur Con at Mesa Convention Center. http://www.ittybittyfurcon.com/
August 30 - September 2, 2019 - CoKoCon at Doubletree by Hilton Phoenix North at 10220 N Metro Parkway East, Phoenix, AZ . http://cokocon.org/
October 25-27, 2019 - Arizona Fur Con Music "Furstival" at Delta Hotels Phoenix Mesa - Mesa Convention Center. http://www.arizonafurcon.com/
SWCG hosted Costume-Con
30 on May 11-14, 2012 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel.
Click the link to see some pictures from the "Sick Pups"
At the Arizona Renaissance Festival, February 2008.
Walking about the Glendale Glitters street fair in December, 2007.
A Duct Tape Mannequin is a
useful tool for patterning custom-fitted garments.
Mucking about in Victorian attire at CopperCon 25. A little image magic by Mike Cassidy shifts us to a more appropriate setting - a table setting.
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President Paula Lary
Vice President and Webmaster
Treasurer and Newsletter
Editor Tasha Cady
Secretary Melissa Weathersby
Member Anna Caggiano
shows how she built her Galadriel gown at www.fivemilecreek.net/anna/anna.htm.
Check out member Nola Yergen's
theatrical and film costumes at http://designbynola.com/
on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Design-By-Nola/128444573852616
Check out Nola's YouTube channel, "CostumeTrek." https://www.youtube.com/results?q=costumetrek+channel&sp=UBQ%253D
Last updated January 13, 2018 by Randall Whitlock.