The West Wing Weekend is the first event of its kind dedicated to the celebration of the West Wing television show. The weekend is designed to be a weekend long celebration and exploration of the show, with the program styled after the successful fan conventions based around other dedicated fan bases and properties. (Such as Star Trek!) Attendees at The West Wing Weekend will have a diverse selection of programming to experience.
Some of the fun things we’re planning include:
Special Event Programming
Throughout the weekend there will be special programs and creative shows created for your enjoyment by our talented cast and crew. These performances and special events themed around the West Wing will be guaranteed to get you talking!
On Friday evening we will have a “Rock the Vote” themed comedy show and concert hosted by our own Communications Department heads, Ben and Jerri (Lawrence Neals and Tina Barrow) and featuring: An entire set of West Wing themed songs written and performed by renowned fan works musician Stephanie Anderson with her band. A set of fantastic, fan friendly Ukulele songs by our own Creative Director, Miss Nerdstiles, Cat Smith. AND The World Premiere of the very first West Wing Parody Musical, “Big Block of Cheese Day!”
On Saturday evening we will be hosting a State Dinner (tickets to the dinner are sold separately and are available now, we will announce the finalized menu soon!). The State Dinner will include a special performance from a talented cellist. (Just don’t expect Mr. Ma!) This will be followed immediately by our Presidential Ball. (The Ball will be open to everyone with a West Wing Weekend ticket) Come in your white tie attire (or come as you are!) and join us for an evening of music, dancing, and international intrigue.
On Sunday afternoon we will offer a Keynote Luncheon and Presentation with an esteemed guest speaker. (Tickets to the Keynote are available, the speaker and menu will be announced shortly.)
Special Guest Panels, Interviews, Q&A Sessions, Autographs & Photo Sessions
In our main events room we will feature all of our special guest program sessions, both solo and group panels, with a few demos and special events thrown in for good measure. Our guests will only appear once or twice during the weekend, so please be sure to check the schedule so you don't miss the opportunity to see them!
Our Special Guests will be signing autographs at their tables in our Vendor Room; meet your favorite guests, spend a moment chatting with them and get items autographed for a nominal fee (to be announced). Some guests may offer selfies at their tables as well. If you want a professional photograph with a guest, join us in our Photo Studio where you can have your photo taken by our professional photographers with a unique backdrop. (fees to be announced).
Formal, Academic & Fandom Programming
Running in multiple conference rooms from approximately 9am-5pm each day in 50 minute blocks we will present panels and discussions about the show itself and its impact on our lives. These panels and presentations will be your chance to explore the incredible depth of material in the West Wing. These varied programs will touch on academic topics, non-profit and political engagement, stories, themes and characters, from the show, the life of the fandom, and much more!
And Much More
And throughout the weekend there will be lots of drinks with little umbrellas. Late night poker games, Nerf basketball, chess matches, West Wing trivial pursuit, Gilbert & Sullivan sing alongs and all sorts of other fun surprises!