A Wee Scottish Shindig

We’re so pleased Edinburgh is returning to Can’t Stop the Serenity for the first time since 2007!

They’re warming up with a traditional pub quiz on Friday 5th June before their screening event in August. Entry to the pub quiz is a mere £2 and the grand prize is 2 tickets to the main shindig. There will also be some shiny merch for sale so don’t forget to bring some cash.

So brush up on your sci fi trivia, grab some mates and head down to the Southsider this Friday at 7.30pm for a night of fun and meet some fellow Browncoats.

Keep an eye on the Edinburgh Browncoats Facebook page and website for all event info and updates.

If these events aren’t local to you, have you checked our Find an Event page? And it’s not too late to register an event, you can find all the essential info here.

Up next week, Portland and Toronto!

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Memories of Your First Can’t Stop the Serenity

In celebrating our tenth year, we’ll be looking back at some of our history. And what better to follow our facts post than talking about people’s first Can’t Stop the Serenity, whether it was in 2006 or just last year.

Our Global Event Coordinator Sheilah reminisces about her first one: "In 2006, I decided that Toronto would be part of the new Serenity Now/Equality Now events that were going to happen in June. The previous August we had run a Fan table at a local con promoting Serenity and I knew that there were lots of local Toronto Browncoats who would be glad to help out and to show up at the screening. My co-organizer, Heather, kept me grounded as I kept coming up with ever wilder ideas of what we could do!

We rented a big old theatre and got a great deal because it was about to close for renovations. And then we started promoting! Other organizers came up with great ideas which we used, and the local Browncoats were generous as they donated a lot of Official swag which they had won from the Serenity movie site. We had Serenity cards, window clings, posters, & the Serenity Baseball cap to put in the auction. Dragon Weave Jewellery donated pendants – something she has done every year since then.

It was all very exciting and very very stressful. Would it be a success? Would the money I paid out for the theatre, the Tshirts, the movie rental, be repaid?

In the end, 220 people showed up and we raised over $2,000.00 Canadian.

Toronto has had an event every year since that first time."

We also put the question out as part of #SerenitySunday on social media and here are some of your first CSTS experiences.

Martin Beaumont-Pike: I have been to three CSTSs- from 2010 to 2012 at the Guild Hall, Gloucester. What made it memorable was bidding for goodies and meeting fellow Browncoats.

Amelise Snider: my first csts event was last year, i can't believe I got outbid on every bit of merchandise i went for. Need a bigger wad of cash this yr.

Craig Nogosek: all three so far at the Naro Theater in Norfolk, VA. memorable because that first one introduced me to a whole new world of fellow browncoats

Matt Goodwin: My first was our first as Beeston Browncoats. And my Wedding, so it was memorable. The bouncy castle was fun too.

Janelle M Benoit: It was 5 years ago at The Loft in Tucson Arizona. What made it even more special was I binge watched Firefly for the first time and finished and got in my car and drove to the theater.

Erin Williams: My first was 2013 at Central Cinema in Seattle. It was also the day that my little brother had his wedding celebration so we had to do the afternoon showing, but it was a very happy day.

Jesse Victor Lee Collins: Personally, I've been to a couple prior. My fiance, now, on the other hand, just got to do her first one in September. After the contests and raffles, I had organized a special treat on stage, in front of everyone, where I proposed. It will definitely be my most memorable CSTS from now on, as well as hers.

C.G. Seaman: My first CSTS event was organising the Vancouver CSTS event in 2006 and every year since (except last year). We will be doing a 10th anniversary event this year. It's always so wonderful to know there are people in the crowd that will become fans/Browncoats.

@falconandfinch: Only one - did my first last year in OC. But my friends and I loved it - we're planning costumes for this year!

@NYPinTA: Palace Theatre, it was mine, it was so damn HOT that day, & just the one.

@theonetruebi:x First? June 2006, Portland. Memorable? I almost spoke on stage with my fly open. How many? 12.

@sendingawave: 1st event was my one - the 1st London one in '07. Being mid-morning in central London it was a case of screen film & then pub. Since then attended 8 in the UK.

@sara_mussen: first screening was Denver total seven screenings, 4 cities! best? Hollywood with @josswhedon and @NathanFillion!

And our Communications Director didn't actually make it to her first one: “I discovered we had a local Browncoat group in early 2010 and signed up to be part of their CSTS crew. After working hard for months on our CSTS 5 event, I came down sick the day before and missed not only the screening event but had to give up my front row tickets to see Joss speak live the night before!

I did however make it to CSTS 6 the next year. I was manning the raffle table, I remember the influx of people when the doors opened, the buzz of excitement, seeing Dr Horrible on the big screen (which may be my favourite thing about CSTS events), chilling out with the crew after Serenity started and walking back into the movie just before THAT bit.”

We’d love to hear about your first CSTS experience and memories! Share yours in the comment section below or on our Facebook or Twitter.

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A Trivia Night Far, Far Away

This week we break atmo on the other side of the world in Perth, Australia with a Sci Fi Quiz Night Affiliate event on 21st May.

Gather your favourite sci fi fans and form a team or be assigned to a team and meet new Browncoats. Don’t forget to dress up as prizes are being awarded best costume and quiz winners! Thanks to local sponsors White Dwarf Books, Comiczone, Game City and PokéPerth there’ll also be lots of shiny up for grabs in raffles and an auction.

Tickets are just $18 and are available here. All proceeds go to Equality Now and Living Proud LGBTI Community Services of WA.

This event sold out last year so get your tickets before they’re gone!

And not to fret if you can’t make it, Perth has some cunning plans for more events this year.

If these events aren’t local to you, have you checked our Find an Event page? And it’s not too late to register an event, you can find all the essential info here.

Up next, CSTS returns to Edinburgh!

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So It Begins

The start of the 10th Can’t Stop the Serenity season is here, and what a way to kick it off!

The honour of the first event of 2015 goes to Salt Lake City, this Saturday 16th May which is already sold out! The event at Brewvies Cinema Pub (brilliant concept, why are there not more cinema pubs??) features a screening of Serenity, trivia, a costume contest and auction.

With plenty of shiny including patches, stickers & more from Firefly Cargo Bay, James Hance prints, a whole pile of Malcolm Reynolds' dog tags, comics, signed Frank Beddor books and Salt Lake Comic Con passes up for grabs, not to mention CSTS merch for sale, make sure you bring plenty of cashy money.

If you missed out getting a ticket this time, don’t forget to buy one early next year! And keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter for event updates.

Not in Utah? Have you checked our Find an Event page? And it’s not too late to register an event, you can find all the essential info here.

Up next week, Perth’s first event of the year!

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Big Damn Sponsors!

Our global sponsors are awesome.

They make events shinier by providing prizes, help us raise more money by donating amazing items for our end of season auction and keep us online.

We’re so pleased to welcome back some long time sponsors and excited some new ones have come on board. The one thing they all have in common? Their love for Firefly and desire to do good works.

This year’s sponsors have been very generous, check them out because your support thanks them for sponsoring us.

Sponsor packs One way our events increase their fundraising is through raffles and auctions of some awesome shiny. Every event has access to a sponsor pack which often forms the base of prizes.

Browncoat’s Patch Packet – The Browncoats of NYC, the Utah Browncoats, and artisans pennausamike and Yellowjacket have donated their group and expanded Verse patches to the sponsor packs.

Dark Horse Comics - is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and has been supporting CSTS for many years. This year they have donated a wide assortment of items to the Sponsor Pack.

Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity has once again generously donated DVDs of this story of the rise, fall & rebirth of Firefly, featuring interviews with Joss Whedon, the cast, crew, and the fans themselves. Every event city will find one in their sponsors pack.

Dragonweave Jewelry – Since 2008 Dragonweave has been handcasting sterling silver Serenity pendants especially for our event cities’ sponsor packs. Based in Pennsylvania, this online store offers a wide variety of jewelry ranging from Celtic to Steampunk.

The Fallen Stars is an Americana Rock band from Southern California who are fervent Browncoats. They have donated CDs of their current project “Leaves on the Wind”, songs inspired by episodes of Firefly, for the sponsor packs. A portion of the proceeds from all Leaves on the Wind sales goes to support Equality Now

Harmsway Press - Whedon fan & Author J. Merideth Harmon has donated 2 of his books for each sponsor pack, the Snyper novel and the prequel novella, Murderous Row (both autographed), about Cupid as an assassin.

Mikey Mason reached the pinnacle of Browncoat fame with his hit “She don’t like Firefly”. He’s played at many CSTS events and this year has donated his CD Barbarian Jetpack including the song, Please bring Firefly back.

Papryusaurus is an online store run by Ashley Coyle. She does all sorts of cool things with paper and donated Serenity inspired art prints for our sponsor packs.

The PDX Browncoats have been raising money through CSTS for all 10 years of our existence. This year they increased their generosity by donating lanyards and wristbands to the sponsors packs.

The ‘Verse – a Firefly/Serenity costume club. The ‘Verse is a costuming club for Firefly/Serenity fandom worldwide, and this year have provided cunning handknit orange and yellow toques for event cities.

Phillip Kendall came to his first CSTS event in 2008 and knew it was something he wanted to be a part of. He believes strongly in the work Equality Now does and is proud to be a part of something that has real meaning and helps make a difference in people’s lives. Phillip is donating a variety of Whedonverse autographs.

Auction Sponsors Our online auction has become the traditional end of season event. It’s a great way for those who can’t get to an event to get something shiny while increasing our donation tally. It’s also a great way to pick up some signed and exclusive items. None of which we could do without items being donated.

Anne Thuong is a huge fan of Firefly/Serenity and Joss Whedon’s work at large. She admires what he does as a writer, director and activist with Equality Now. She happily contributed her handmade dolls to this season’s auction.

Dallas Comic Con has donated 3 items to our global e-bay auction, including a photo signed by most of the Serenity cast.

Dave Catoe, 2013’s Global Coordinator, has donated an autographed graphic novel for our auction.

We're also grateful to the companies who generously allow our events to show some of their content at no charge: Geek & Sundry features indie geek culture and the internet’s foremost geek voices. Started by Felicia Day and Kim Evey, it is now part of Legendary Entertainment.

Time Science Blood Club, LLC granted us the rights to screen Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog at our events this year.

Finally but by no means least, we'd like to thank former Global Organisers, Anne Barringer and Devon Pike for among other things, covering the website hosting and domain name fees.

For more information about our current and past sponsors, check out our sponsors page.

Don’t forget to check your local event’s website and support your local sponsors too!

And if you’d like to become a sponsor you can find out how here.

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A Short History of Can’t Stop the Serenity

Keeping flying for 10 years is no mean feat for any event, but it is a real achievement when every single person involved volunteers their time and resources for free.

To celebrate our tenth season we want to highlight some of our history. While many of you have known about us for a while now, one of the greatest things about Firefly is new Browncoats are discovering the series, and in turn us, all the time.

Here are a few things you may or may not know about Can’t Stop the Serenity.

It all began with one man’s idea. The One True b!X wanted to celebrate Joss’ birthday with a charity screening of Serenity, realizing it was a great idea he mentioned it on the message boards.

Browncoats worldwide responded. Called Serenity Now Equality Now, b!x handled the Tshirt sales and helped to co-ordinate all of the events. 46 cities in 5 countries held events between 17th and 31st June 2006, raising $65,900 for Equality Now.

The One True b!X chose Equality Now as the charity because it was close to Joss Whedon’s heart. His mother, Lee Stearns, had inspired the organisation’s founders.

Did you know the original website still exists, listing all participating cities and reports?

The enthusiasm and excitement after the first events led to ideas about how things could be done bigger and better the next year. Suddenly Can’t Stop the Serenity became an annual event.

108 individual cities across 9 countries have hosted events since CSTS began.

15 cities have participated in every CSTS, 8 have already registered events for 2015:

  • Arlington
  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Dallas Fort Worth
  • Denver
  • Melbourne
  • Minneapolis
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Portland
  • Raleigh
  • Seattle
  • Toronto
  • Tucson

Adam Levermore, better known as Lexigeek in the Browncoat community, designed the 2007 and 2008 logos and returned to create our 10th one.

In 2009 the Art Contest was introduced and Don McMillan, Melanie Fischer, Steve Jeyes and Jake Thompson have produced the winning logos, Don and Melanie each won two years in a row.

At the end of our 9th year we had raised over a million dollars for charity.

You can read more about our history including participating cities, donation totals and past logos on our website here and in our archived forums here.

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