SHareCon 2022 (Que Sera, Sera)

We reviewed our post from March 9, 2019, which talked about why we were having SHareCon two years in a row. We were trying to coordinate SHareCon with BistoCon, a gathering for the Professionals fandom that some of our members also attend. Coordinating the two cons so they weren’t in the same year seemed smart.

This was a year before Covid hit. A year before lockdowns, a year before the entire world changed right from under our feet. And here we are, two years later. Fortunately, life is completely back to normal!

The good news is we had a very successful virtual SHareCon. While we didn’t put out a zine, we had three days of fun with panels, vid parties, premieres, episodes, games, Baaaaad SH Theater, and the usual SHareCon shenanigans. It was fun. Not the same kind of fun that we have in person, but still a lot of fun. We missed the hugs, and getting to see people up close and personal, and communal meals, but we certainly didn’t miss sharing Con Crud — the traditional passing around of whatever virus is currently circulating — especially in the era of Covid. A lot of us also didn’t miss expensive plane trips, or expensive hotel stays, restaurant food, etc. It was, hands down, the most inexpensive con we’ve ever thrown.

Borrowing from dear Rosemary’s Pollyanna-style optimism, we have reserved space in our hotel for an in-person SHareCon near BWI airport in Maryland from October, 14 – 17, 2022. However, after two years or remaining Covid free, we’re just recovering from the Omicron variant. Hospitals are overflowing; the system is once again bogged down, and we’re wondering what the hell the future holds. We just don’t know.

October is a long ways away. We can only hope for the best…and plan for the worst. Will we have an in-person SHareCon this year… or another virtual one? Or a combination? All we can say is:

SHareCon’s Que Sera Sera
With apologies to Jay Livingston, Ray Evans, and especially Doris Day

When I was just a lockdown fan
I asked my concom when SHareCon will be
Will there be parties?
Will there be games?
Here’s what they said to me.

Que Sera Sera
Whatever will be will be
Covid’s future’s not ours to see
Que Sera Sera
What will be will be

When lockdown stopped and we had vaccines
I asked my concomm what lies ahead
Can we have panels?
Can we have meals out?
Here’s what my concomm said to me.

Que Sera Sera
Whatever will be will be
Covid’s future’s not ours to see?
Que Sera Sera
What will be will be

Two years later we’ve learned to zoom
Can this mean our
old SHareCon is doomed?
Can’t we be indoors?
Can’t we be maskless?
Or must we cancel the rooms?

Que Sera Sera
Whatever will be will be?
Covid’s future’s not ours to see,
Que Sera Sera
What will be will be
Que Sera Sera