By Laura LaVoie
I just got back from Dragon*Con, the largest fan-run Scifi/Fantasy convention in the US, which is held in Atlanta every Labor Day Weekend. The convention is split between five hotels in downtown and there is always something interesting going on while you’re there. I’ve been attending for the last 6 years and even though I’m not a fan of large crowds most of the time, Dragon*Con is the one event I find myself breaking out of my shell and getting into it.
I’m sure by this point of the post you’re wondering why I am writing about this on Tiny House Talk. What does Dragon*Con have to do with anything? I got to thinking about it while I was there and realized that the tiny house community could use a large scale event – or two – to celebrate our culture and accomplishments.
Now, I don’t imagine there would ever be 55,000 people descending on Atlanta to discuss all aspects of tiny living. There won’t be tiny house costumes (I plan to dress as Laura Ingalls Wilder if that is the case – someone else should really do Thoreau!). But what there can be is a place for tiny house builders to meet and to share with the interested public about the tiny house movement and what we’ve done with tiny houses in our lives.
The tiny house community is pretty scattered. Some tiny houses are mobile and some are not. Every time I talk to non-tiny house people they are very curious about our lives and homes and I think there is a market for a much smaller scale Tiny House Convention.
Dragon*Con didn’t start out at 55,000 people. When it was a tiny convention in Atlanta 26 years ago it was held in one small spot and was primarily geared toward table top gaming. It has since grown to encompass anything you can imagine. Celebrities come to discuss their contributions to science fiction and fantasy whether it is television or movies or books. The tiny house movement is, well, tiny for now but as more and more people become involved in it even those who don’t want to live in tiny spaces will be interested in programming that can range from floor plans to solar power systems.
Maybe it is time to start thinking about small scale, regional meet ups for tiny house folks. It is great that we have built communities on line, but taking the relationships and our experience into the real world is another way to share all the reasons we love tiny spaces. What is your vision for a Tiny House Convention? Where would you want it to be held? What kind of programming would you want to see? The possibilities are endless.