A Seasonal Visit to the Harry Potter themed Gingerbread Village…

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This year’s (24th) Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Seattle, is a most magical one. This new theme is all in on the world of Harry Potter.

Last year’s Gingerbread Village theme was all about the Star Wars. Now, it’s gone full Hogwarts with displayed exteriors made mostly out of reinforced gingerbread, frosting, candy bits, lots of jellybeans and other sugary snacks best used for such display. Each display developed from the work of an architecture firm and lead “chef.” Also involved were children (aka “Elves”) dealing with Type 1 Diabetes, promoting the cause of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for treatments and research.

For those who wish to visit, the Sheraton is located near the Washington State Convention Center in Downtown Seattle, in their lobby. The Gingerbread Village is now free to the public until January 1, 2017. You are encouraged to also give a monetary amount to the JDRF Northwest Chapter. For more site and event information including info on the chefs and elves who created these masterpieces (and to donate directly), click here.

Below are my pics of each display, based on the first six books by J.K Rowling, and the movies based upon such. Click on each for the impressive details…

“Book 1” (The Sorcerer’s Stone)

“Book 2” (Chamber of Secrets)

“Book 3” (Prisoner of Azkeban)

“Book 4” (Goblet of Fire)

“Book 5” (Order of the Phoenix)

“Book 6” (Half-Blood Prince)

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Photo credits: Orion Tippens, December 2017

DragonCon Parade & Cosplay Photo Frenzy

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On Labor Day weekend, 70,000 cosplayers, comic fans, sci-fi enthusiasts, and gamers descended upon downtown Atlanta for Dragon*Con.

Celebrating it’s 29th year, it truly is nerd Mardi Gras. Boasting a 24-hour convention schedule with hosted panels, parties, and gaming, the con never really ends. Even the main bar area is at its livliest at 3a. This is Dragon*Con!

Dragon*Con is also the only convention widely known to have a parade. It spans .9mi and enables anyone to come check out the amazingly creative costuming that happens during the convention. An estimated 85,000 people will watch the parade in person, but Dragon*Con also streams the show to a closed-circuit channel in all of the hotel rooms.

Dragon*Con Parade 

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The cosplay here was some of the best I’ve ever seen. Cosplayers bring their A-game, and it shows. There are multiple areas that elaborate shoots happen in, and at the DC shoots, the legendary George Perez came by to ham it up.

Dragon*Con is about celebrating fandom and is very inclusive. First-year con-goers are welcomed with open arms, and southern hospitality is a very real thing. Charity is also a pretty big deal- the proceeds of the auctions and donations go to support the Lymphoma Research Foundation. They have so far raised $100,000.

We hope you enjoy these photos!

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