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Browncoats, Slayers and Dolls unite: WhedonFest '09 kicks off Friday

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 5th 2009 6:00PM
buffy whedonfest 2009Hundreds of Joss Whedon fans are expected to take over the small town of LaVergne, TN this weekend for WhedonFest 2009, a celebration of all things Joss Whedon. A fan group called Whedonites United is holding the three-day event in the Tennessee Valley woods. Yes, it's a camping trip (and no, the irony is not lost on us).

The first-ever Whedonfest will offer a number of nerdy activities for Whedon devotees, including role-playing hours, an improv show, and a number of panel discussions, like "The Nature of Identity in Dollhouse," inspired by Whedon's work.
Sadly, no Whedonverse stars are scheduled to attend (not even Buffy's James Marsters?!), but the fest will feature a talk by David Lavery, a rock star in the Whedon fan world. Lavery, a professor at Middle Tennessee State University, co-founded the Slayage Conference on the Whedonverse, one of the first scholarly conferences about Whedon's work.

The weekend of fandom comes pretty cheap: $75 will get you a cabin, food and a pass to all the events. All the proceeds will go to charity, including Kids Need to Read, founded by Firefly alum Nathan Fillion.

We TV Squadders are contractually required to sit on the couch all day, so we won't be able to attend what sounds like a fun bash for passionate fans. If you're heading to WhedonFest this weekend, feel free to send us some photos and don't forget to tell us all about it.

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