Albacon 2011

Albacon 2011 would have been held October 21-13, 2011, at the Best Western Sovereign Hotel in Albany, NY, but it was cancelled. GoHs would have been Jackie Kessler, Stephen Hickman, Jan Howard Finder, Roberta Rogow, and Keith DeCandido.

It is not clear why it was cancelled, but there were two public statements on the cancellation. On the Albacon website, they said:
"For multiple reasons, the Albacon 2011 convention has been cancelled. The Albacon Committee and LASTSFA apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. A letter from the President of LASTSFA is available on the Albacon website. Paid registrations that we have in-hand will either be returned or transferred to 2012 as per the registrant's preference. Albacon 2012 is still on schedule and we hope you will join us for it."

The letter read:

"Hello Everyone,
"I need to inform you that, for multiple reasons, the Albacon 2011 convention has been cancelled. On behalf of the Albacon Committee and LASTSFA, i apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.
"Albacon is the primary activity for LASTSFA during the year and is in the hearts of many of us who work on it and as well as those who attend it. This decision was not made lightly, nor is it without consequences. We know that. Many people will take this personally and that is understandable.
"The LASTSFA Social Committee is considering a smaller event on that Thursday and Friday to include only a modified writers workshop and a fan gathering on Friday evening. No decisions have been made, but we will keep you posted via the website.
"Paid registrations that we have in-hand will either be returned or transferred to 2012 as per the registrant's preference. Fees collected from Dealers and Artists will be returned.
"If you have any questions at all, please let me know. You may send any feedback to me directly at the address below.
"Thank you for your time and consideration.

"Christopher J. Ford, President
"Latham-Albany-Schenectady-Troy Science Fiction Association, Inc. (LASTSFA)"

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