NOSFA Fan Quet
Proposals have been made dating back to the New Orleans Science Fiction Association era for things to do when out of town Pros / fen stopped in to visit New Orleans. One such was the NOSFA Fan-quet. A pro-active outreach and fund-raiser held between the 2nd Vul-Con and NO-Con in 1975. By this time New Orleans Fandom had split up into several fiefdoms ranging from the Sons of the Sand (mainly interested in fanzines, Apas and fannish cons ), the Vul-Con group (mainly interested in producing their own multi-media event) and NOSFA (that still held on to the idea that there should be a unified group that could embrace all of the aspects that Fandom offered.)
As proposed the Fan Quet was to be an irregular event held whenever a visiting Pro or Fan turned up in the city. To throw a party / picnic / BBQ or some such in the visitor's honor. Food was bought by the club and cooked on site or the night before by NOSFA members with an admission fee paid ($1.00 food was cheap then) by all that attended save the guest(s).
At the time many members had large back yards or should there be a large gathering one of the City Park shelters (with grills, picnic tables and rest-rooms handy) could be pressed into service. Members that provided food-stuffs not provided by the club were to have their admission waved.
It's a shame that it didn't take hold. It could have been a bridge building function of the club in local and general fandom a large.
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