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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Comments like these...

We're getting a lot of new comments like this...


My wife and I would like to thank HotR, deeply, and honestly, for one of the most memorable events of our lives. I didn't know until I asked that this is the first late-evening events, indeed the first event like this EVER at HotR, you folks were professional, patient, dotted I and crossed T, with little unexpected touches glittered about HotR for the Gaiman-specific fans... as a geek convention professional, I was VERY impressed with the organization and execution of plan, and oh, by the way, it's at HotR. PLEASE, beg Mr. Gaiman to come back for another round in a year or two; failing that, PLEASE, consider Halloween costumed events. (Granted, geeks tend to be pretty harmelss convention goers...). Thank you for having the wolf carousel figure for us to pose on. Thank you for staying up so late! Thank you for having MORE than enough food, enough libations, for the magician, for the special red Esmerelda tickets, for having Tom at the afternoon lectures, and for utterly mesmerizing my wife on her first trip. Quality, execution of a plan, patience, and making a special weekend we will both cherish. Thank you, thank you, thank you. -Mr.Fortune (I'll come help clean up all the bills Sunday...)

--CatDoc


Thank you all for coming--the smiles on your faces tell the whole story, and we were pleased to sponsor The Gathering of American Gods at The House on the Rock.

Keep tuned to the blog; an event recap will be coming soon along with links to photographs of Carousel riders, and other information including ideas for future events.

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 25, 2010

A Recent Comment...

This event seems totally odd to me. How can you sell out the panels first? I was really excited about actually seeing Mr. Gaiman, but with the way you have set up this event I don't think you are really all that open to fans having a good time. I really don't understand why you would put a cap on the panels, but not on the event. I suppose greed would be a good explanation.

The panels at The House on the Rock Resort that are included in the tickets with panels are sponsored not by The House on the Rock but by an ad hoc committee know as the Low Key Gathering. The meeting rooms at the Resort are of limited capacity and the decision to stop selling tickets for these panels was made because of fire and safety regulations (we will not exceed room capacities). If you explore the blog further, you will find that The House on the Rock is sponsoring additional panels at the Attraction; these panels are open to all ticket holders. We are sponsoring these additional panels so that everyone attending will have a chance to go to a panel if they wish. See the event schedule to learn more about panels at The House on the Rock Attraction.

In terms of seeing Neil Gaiman--this is unrelated to the panels; he is not scheduled to attend any panels. He will be at the Attraction Friday and Saturday speaking, signing books, judging the costume contest, and celebrating with his fans. There are plenty of opportunities to see Neil. Again, consult the schedule to find out more about events where Neil will be present. The overwhelming sentiment among the fans is that they are really excited that The Gathering of American Gods is finally here.

--HOTR

Deadline for Questions for Neil is Thursday!

Just a reminder that questions to be addressed to Neil during the Q & A part of the evening must be submitted by e-mail by this Thursday (10/28). Steve Paulson of Wisconsin Public Radio, the moderator for the evening, will be selecting and asking the questions. Send your questions to: marketing@thehouseontherock.com


Friday, October 22, 2010

Full Event Program Now Available!

Full event program

Costume Guidelines

Scavenger Hunt Rules

Information about Low Key panels

Performing Band Information


Little Red Wolf to Entertain:
Bringing together the hard-working, multi-instrumental talents of four women, Little Red Wolf is a band that crosses musical boundaries and has fun doing it. A combination of indie rock and alternative country, with doses of the harmonies of a 40s-era girl group and nods to jazz, bluegrass, and even punk, the band brings to the table something entirely new and unique without forgetting their roots.

T-minus seven days to the Gathering of the American Gods!

--The House on the Rock

Friday, October 15, 2010

Event Schedule and Information

The Gathering of American Gods at The House on the Rock
Event Schedule

Friday, October 29, 2010


7:00p.m. .............................................Doors open, cash bar available


8:30p.m. – 10:00p.m. .....................An Evening with Neil Gaiman

Saturday, October 30, 2010


9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. .......................The House on the Rock Attraction opens for touring


10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. .....................Scavenger Hunt


10:00a.m. – 5:30p.m. .....................Low Key Gathering Panels at The House on the Rock Resort


10:30a.m. – 11:30a.m. ....................Panel Discussion at The House on the Rock Attraction: “Wednesday’s Smile:” An exploration of the History and Creation of The House on the Rock and Neil Gaiman’s use of the Attraction in American Gods including his view of the House as a “Zen Creation”

1:30p.m. – 2:30p.m. .......................Panel Discussion at The House on the Rock Attraction: “The Feng Shui of Fear and Mystery,” Novelist Christopher Ransom

6:00p.m. – 7:30p.m. .......................Costume Contest – Welcome Center – The House on the Rock Attraction


7:00p.m. – 12:00a.m. .....................Costume Party – The House on the Rock Attraction

Additional Information
  • Be sure to dress for the weather; guests will be going in and out of buildings. The tent for The Evening with Neil Gaiman can be heated just 30 degrees above the ambient temperature. Currently the weather is predicted to be normal for this time of year, which is about 53F during the day and 30F overnight.
  • Registration for The Gathering is in the Welcome Center at the House on the Rock Attraction. Guests staying at Resort and Inn should register at the hotel prior to picking up their registration packets at The Attraction. We encourage you to register as soon as you arrive--the Welcome Center opens at 9:00a.m. every day.
  • Neil will be signing books during the weekend. Information about signing time assignments for fans will be included in your registration packet.
  • The Evening with Neil Gaiman, Friday 10/29, begins at 8:30p.m. The tent opens at 7:00p.m. and the event is open seating. There will be no food available at The House on the Rock before this event--guests should make sure to eat before arriving.
  • Questions to be addressed to Neil during the Q & A part of the evening must be submitted by e-mail in advance. We encourage you to get your questions in early. Steve Paulson of Wisconsin Public Radio, the moderator for the evening, will be selecting and asking the questions. Send your questions to: marketing@thehouseontherock.com
  • Fans interested in the Scavenger Hunt need to bring their copies of American Gods in order to solve the riddles.
  • There will be a shuttle service between the Inn, Resort, and The Attraction for the party on Saturday evening.

If you haven't purchased a ticket yet, you're in luck--event tickets are still available!


Event Only--$105 (includes sales tax):

Unlimited access to The House on the Rock Attraction Fri-Sun (normal 1 day admission $28.50)
1 ticket to Friday night Neil Gaiman Reading and Q&A
1 ticket to Saturday night event (includes food stations)
Scavenger Hunt Map and Discounts

Saturday Night Event Only--$75:

1 ticket to Saturday night event (includes food stations)
Admission to The House on the Rock Attraction

Call 800-334-5275 or 608-935-3639 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central Time. Tickets are only available over the phone. Limit 4 per transaction. Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Guests must show photo ID to pick up event ticket packets.


More information will follow, so keep watching the blog!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Recent Comments

Will Neil be doing a book signing? Or at least selling signed books?
We're still looking into the scheduling for this. More information will be available at the end of the week.

My wife and I have reservations at the Inn. Is it possible to transfer to the Resort?
It's possible. Call The House on the Rock at 800-822-7774 or 608-588-7000.

I am wondering if there has been any schedule posted yet as far as what time the different events will take place. I need to know so I know for my work schedule.
The schedule is currently being finalized. It will go to the printer next week and will be posted on the blog in the very near future.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Additional Room Packages Available for American Gods Gathering

A limited number of room packages for the previously sold-out Inn and Resort have become available. The currently available packages now include the following:


Resort--$539 (plus 5.5% sales tax) for two includes:

Fri/Sat night stay at The House on the Rock Resort for two
Breakfast Buffet for two on Sat/Sun
Unlimited access to The House on the Rock Attraction Fri-Sun (normal 1 day admission $28.50)
2 tickets to Friday night Neil Gaiman Reading and Q&A
2 tickets to Saturday night event (includes food stations and 2 raffle tickets)
Scavenger Hunt Map and Discounts
Call 800-822-7774 or 608-588-7000. A $200 deposit will be required at the time of reservation, $100 of which is nonrefundable at the time of reservation and $100 of which will be nonrefundable after October 26, 2010.

Inn--Packages starting at $439 (plus 5.5% sales tax) for two includes:

Fri/Sat night stay at Inn in a standard king or double queen room (continental breakfast included in room rate)
Unlimited access to The House on the Rock Attraction Fri-Sun (normal 1 day admission $28.50)
2 tickets to Friday night Neil Gaiman Reading and Q&A
2 tickets to Saturday night event (includes food stations and 2 raffle tickets)
Scavenger Hunt Map and Discounts
Call 888-935-3960, 800-822-7774 or 608-935.3639. A $200 deposit will be required at the time of reservation, $100 of which is nonrefundable at the time of reservation and $100 of which will be nonrefundable after October 26, 2010


Event Only--$105 (includes sales tax):


Unlimited access to The House on the Rock Attraction Fri-Sun (normal 1 day admission $28.50)
1 ticket to Friday night Neil Gaiman Reading and Q&A
1 ticket to Saturday night event (includes food stations)
Scavenger Hunt Map and Discounts

Saturday Night Event Only--$75:

1 ticket to Saturday night event (includes food stations)
Admission to The House on the Rock Attraction

Call 800-334-5275 or 608-935-3639 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central Time. Tickets are only available over the phone. Limit 4 per transaction. Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Guests must show photo ID to pick up event ticket packets.

Many recent comments have been posted about the availability of tickets--many event tickets are still available for purchase! Remember, the best way to ensure that you will get a ticket is to buy one today.

Important blog updates are coming soon, so be sure to stay tuned.
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