Important announcement: online sales are down

Okay gang, that PayPal upgrade seems to be rolling out a few days early, and affecting us after all; no one has successfully been able to place an order since late last night. Our integration looks good from both the store end and the server side, so not sure what’s going on but we don’t have time to mess with it now, and I’m shutting down pre-sales on the site. We have a lot of work to do in the next couple of days, so I’m going to ask you all to be patient while I halt all merchandise pre-orders – we’ll have merch available Sunday.

However, I know a lot of people would rather have a guaranteed reservation before making the drive. If you’d like to reserve tickets only, please email us at northtexasbrowncoats@gmail.com with your name and quantity needed (don’t forget to specify child tickets – 12 and under) and we’ll continue making manual reservations for payment at the door until 10:00 pm on Saturday. After that, tickets will be available at the door Sunday, and we’ll do our best to keep you updated via Twitter (@CSTSNTX) if we’re approaching sellout capacity.

If you’ve attempted to place an order and have not been successful, I have records of what you tried to order and will be contacting you with confirmation shortly.

Sorry for the inconvenience everyone! See you Sunday!

Warming up the engines!

It is almost here! CSTS is just 4 days away and we couldn’t be more excited. This will probably be the last you hear from us before the big event, but we wanted to let you know a few things before Sunday:

  • At this time, we have about 70 seats still available for the main event, however there’s always a rush on ticket sales in the last few days. We’ll have difficulty answering emails while we’re getting set up, but we’ll try to keep you updated on Twitter if we’re approaching sellout. Follow @CSTSNTX for live updates, but don’t risk it – pre-order your tickets while you still have the chance!
  • The date of the Quote-Along has changed. For anyone planning to attend the Alamo’s Serenity Quote-Along, it is now scheduled for Thursday, October 1st. We only just found out about the schedule change and apologize for any inconvenience caused by it. This is a separate event planned by the Alamo Draft House and we are not in charge of its scheduling, however we understand that these things happen and remain very grateful for the Alamo’s generous support. While the Quote-Along is not officially a fundraising event as the ticket proceeds don’t go to Equality Now, we’ll be there for fun, donations, and we may even have a few prizes left over!
  • The Son of Asgard Helmet signed by Chris Hemsworth and Stan Lee is up for auction on Ebay. There is a small problem with the listing: the original intent was to have the ebay auction timed to end just after the Serenity screening on the day of the event, however, Annie* neglected to notice that auction times are listed in Pacific Time by default. After some consideration and discussion of re-listing as a 3 day auction, we have decided to leave it as it is since it’s already generated a fair amount of interest – we don’t have any bids yet, but we have several watchers. This means that the ebay auction will end at 8:00 PM on the day of the event, instead of 6:00. A winning bidder present at the event may need to stay a little later than planned if they wish to pick up the helmet in person, however it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch since the regular auction usually ends sometime after 7:00. Alternatively, free shipping is available to our lucky winner, wherever they may be from. Don’t miss out on bidding for this extremely rare item to add to your collection!
  • Our CSTS affiliate painting class is scheduled for October 25, at 1:00 pm. We are pleased to be able to offer such a fun and unique fund raising opportunity. Join us at Texas U Can Paint to create your own piece of fan art! Can’t wait to see you there!
  • We want to make you aware that Paypal is rolling out a payment software integration. The rollout is scheduled for September 30th, but we have been warned it could come early. We don’t think we will be effected but wanted to forewarn in case you have any issues making purchases on the website. Anyone having difficulty, please let us know at northtexasbrowncoats@gmail.com. In any case, tickets and merchandise will be taken offline this Friday at midnight, and available again at the door the day of the event. The integration issue does not affect our mobile PayPal processing, and we will be able to take credit card payments at the door.

We have all kinds of fun and games in store! The Matthew Show will be providing us with live entertainment during the breaks between activities, and this year we’ll be testing out a fun new pub-style variation on trivia along with all our other scheduled shenanigans. You don’t want to miss out. Invite your friends! Let’s sell out the house and have the best Shindig ever!

We can’t wait to see all of you on Sunday!

 

*Totally mea culpa, sorry.  – Annie

 

CSTS is two weeks away!

It’s been a really long year, and this blog hasn’t been updated in far too long, as much of my energy has been consumed until now by my CSTS global duties and hectic personal life. But silence doesn’t mean surrender, and our behind the scenes work is nearly done!

This year’s North Texas CSTS event is just two weeks away, on Sunday September 27th at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson. Just a few days later, the North Texas Browncoats will be hosting the Alamo’s annual Serenity Quote-Along on the 30th – the actual 10th anniversary of the film’s release.

This year’s main event will include Serenity and Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,* as well as all of our traditional games and activities. We’ll again be holding costume contests and Evil Laugh competitions for both kids and adults, so break out your brown coats and parasols, and brush up on your best bone chilling cackles!

We will not be having a separate Can’t Stop the Music event this year. They’ve never been terribly popular and they take quite a lot of planning to put together, and this year we simply haven’t had the time to get it organized. We will however have the award winning songwriter and enthusiast of all things shiny, Matthew Broyles performing live during the break between movies, in acoustic duo form with the stunningly talented Beth Brown. The Matthew Show has been an integral part of CSTM for many years, and some of you may remember Matt from his accompaniment of our record setting Hero of Canton sing along back in 2013 as well.

Tickets and merchandise will remain on sale through this website until Friday, September 25th, and will be available again at the door provided we don’t sell out. At this time we still have plenty of room, but there’s always a rush on ticket sales during the last two weeks, so if you haven’t bought your tickets, now is the time to make sure you get them before they’re gone! T-shirts and merchandise are also in limited supply, and patches are already nearly sold out!

We’re still working out some tweaks to the schedule and to a few of our traditional entertainments, we may have a few surprises up our sleeve on the day of the event. We’re also working out details on an exciting new fundraising idea! We’re partnering with Texas U Can Paint on a Firefly/Serenity themed charity painting class sometime in October. As with all of our CSTS events, proceeds will of course benefit Equality Now. Watch this space for details on the class to be posted as soon as they’re finalized.

Here’s this year’s schedule as it currently stands. Keep in mind that the schedule is fluid and subject to change, and some things may run a bit longer than foreseen. The movies may start a few minutes late, but they will not start early. Registration will remain available for late arrivals in the lobby until Serenity begins.

12:00:  Doors Open
1:00:  Welcome, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along-Blog*
2:00:  Games, costume contest, Evil Laugh competition
2:30:  The Matthew Show
3:00:  Serenity
5:00:  Prize winners announced
6:00:  Live auction

Any major changes to the schedule will be posted here ahead of time, otherwise please allow 15 minutes of wiggle room on the start of Serenity.

We’re almost there! Anyone with donations to bring, please drop us a line at northtexasbrowncoats@gmail.com. In the meantime, we have one item in particular we’d like to go ahead and show you. This beautiful Son of Asgard replica helmet signed by Chris Hemsworth can be purchased on Amazon for $599.99. However, this one is even rarer and more unique; in addition to Mr. Hemsworth’s signature, this helmet has also been signed by Stan Lee. Our incredibly generous donors have spent a pretty penny acquiring the helmet for our auction, and there will be a reserve on it. We may choose to list it on ebay, and if we do, we’ll do our best to arrange the auction to conclude during our live event. If it’s listed on ebay, you’ll be the first to know.

Thor Helmet Chris Hemsworth Thor Helmet Stan Lee

Further announcements will be posted regularly over the next several days, as all arrangements are finalized. See you all in a couple of weeks!

*Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” screened by permission from Time Science Blood Club, LLC. ©Time Science Blood Club, LLC. All rights reserved.

 

100% of proceeds from North Texas Can’t Stop the Serenity events go to Equality Now, supporting the fight for human rights for women and girls all over the world.

 

CSTS 2015 Tickets and merchandise are now on sale!

We’re working hard to get ready for our 10th anniversary extravaganza celebration! This year’s festivities will be a bit later than usual, in order to fall more in line with the film’s actual anniversary. Along with our regular day long event, we’ll be hosting a second Serenity “Quote-Along” on the film’s 10th birthday, and we’re looking into something special for our annual music event.

Tickets, t-shirts, and patches are now on sale, along with our first ever child tickets, and something entirely new for this special year!

This year’s main event will take place on September 27th, at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson. The Quote Along event will follow hot on its heels on September 30th, the actual 10th anniversary of Serenity’s release. Our live music show date will be announced as soon as it’s nailed down.

 

Can’t Stop the Serenity
North Texas

Sunday, September 27th
Alamo Drafthouse
100 South Central Expressway #14
Richardson, TX 75080