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The largest Outlander fan convention in the Central United States
December 2 & 3, 2016 in Bettendorf, IA
Classes, workshops, and speakers will present on Saturday morning December 3. Subject material will be related to the Outlander series of books.

Classes included in the Convention Ticket Price 
You will choose which classes you wish to attend

#1 - Historic European Swordsmanship The Highlands are a wild and dangerous place for a Sassenach! This class will briefly address the history of European Swordsmanship. Then you will practice some of the skills used by Rupert MacKenzie and the rest of the Highlanders in this hands-on class using foam swords as your weapon of choice! Tùlach Àrd!

#2 - Scottish Genealogy Research  Interested in learning more about your Scottish ancestry? This class will help you open the door to resources, things to know, and some historical background into Scottish genealogy. Learn tips and strategies for beginning the process of constructing your family tree.

#3 - Old World Broom Making  Jenny and the family at Lallybroch had to make most of their own household utensils including brooms. In this class you will make your very own whisk broom the old fashioned way – by hand! Jenny would be so proud! 

#4 - Let’s Discuss Outlander Does your love of the Outlander books and television series cause you to talk about the world of Jamie and Claire to anyone who will listen and some of those who don’t? This group will talk about nothing but Outlander as we delve into the first two books in the series and the first two seasons of Outlander. Join our very own Outlander discussion group!

#5 - Outlander Comedy  So you thought Rupert and Angus were pretty funny? Be ready to laugh your socks off at our Outlander-themed comedy hour! This group of comedy professionals will poke fun at our beloved characters and stories with a few of the most wonderful/awful Scottish accents you ever heard! Ladies, be sure to use the restroom before coming to this class! LOL

#6 - Edible and Medicinal Plants  Channel your inner Claire and learn about the plants she would have kept in her medicine box. Some of those plants you try so hard to eradicate from your yard are actually edible – learn which ones! Your knowing which plants are helpful will come in handy if you are ever stranded in the wilderness! Oh, and helpful in your everyday suburban lives too!

#7 - Papercutting This hands-on papercutting class is taught by a true wizard with paper and scissors! You will create your very own cutting featuring the Outlander themes of the Scottish Thistle, the Fleur-de-lis, and the dragonfly. Don’t worry, a complete pattern and scissors will be provided. This project will be such a nice memento of the weekend!

#8 - Scottish Storytelling  The Highlands are full of stories, legends, and lore. Come ready to relax and be entertained with stories that Jamie would have told around the campfire to his traveling companions or to his grandchildren as they sit upon their grandda’s knee. Some of the legends from the Outlander books that were mentioned, will be expanded upon in this storytelling presentation.

The final three alcohol classes are offered with an upcharge on the ticket page:

#9 - Mead History and Tasting This class is full and closed.

#10 - Wine & Port Tasting  This class is full and closed.

#11 – Whisky/Rum/Brandy Tasting  This class is full and closed. 




Thru The Stones Convention Schedule

Friday, December 2, 2016
4 pm - Check-In, badge and gift bag pickup
6:30 pm - Opening Ceremonies 
7 pm - Outlander books Trivia Contest and fellowship
           Trivia winners sit with Terry for dinner on Saturday!

Saturday, December 3, 2016
8:00 am - Check-In continues
8:30 - 11:30 am - Various Classes and Programs
Noon - Lunch - Scottish-themed
1 pm - Scottish Sword Dance performance
2:00 - 4:00?? pm - Terry Dresbach
4:00 - 5:30 pm - Break
5:30 - Dinner - Parisian-themed
          You are invited to dress in costume from the 
          mid 18th Century or any other time period you choose
6:30   Entertainment 
7:00 - A few words from Terry
7:15 - Grant O'Rourke speech, Q&A, Autographs, & Photos
Thank you to Terry Dresbach and Grant O'Rourke for joining us in Iowa on December 3rd!