Joss Whedon read a book. It inspired a TV series… a movie… and a fandom. Firefly, Serenity, Browncoats. The book was The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. It tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War during 1863. The Pennsylvania Browncoats invite you to Gettysburg, PA for the Browncoat Ball in 2017, August 11-13.
The Browncoat Ball started back in 2004 in when the Chicagoland Browncoats held a one night banquet/ball like we see in the Firefly episode “Shindig”. It’s moved from location to location, year to year, and has happily evolved into a full weekend of social activities, visiting local tourist attractions, and celebrating Firefly/Serenity fandom. You can learn more in the History section of this site.
The Pennsylvania Browncoats hosted the Browncoat Ball in Philadelphia in 2007 and we had so much fun that we’ve decided to host it again in 2017, but this time in Gettysburg, PA. We recommend you read the book The Killer Angels before the Ball – there may be a quiz! Or you can watch the 1993 movie Gettysburg which was based on the book.
The weekend starts with a welcome event at the historic Gettysburg Train Station – where Lincoln arrived before giving his famous Gettysburg Address. And that’s just the beginning of the fun.
For history buffs, there’ll be the options of tours of the battlefield, the town of Gettysburg, and even a candlelit ghost walk. Or, if you’d rather, there will be panels about the costuming and props of Firefly and Serenity. There’ll even be the option of hanging out at the hotel, playing games, and just socializing with other Browncoats from around the world.
Hotel details and official programming will be announced when registration begins and the room block is opened.
Of course, Saturday night will feature the formal banquet/ball in the hotel’s majestic ballroom – costuming or fancy dress encouraged. There’ll be live music, dancing, raffles, and an auction. You’ll also be able to interrogate the buffet for yourself – maybe there’ll be strawberries or some sort of hot cheese. Mix and mingle with friends, old an new.
This website will be updated when programming is finalized and registration is open. You can subscribe to our “waves” in the sidebar to the right. We’ll send a “broadwave” when the website is updated. For the social media crowd, follow us on Facebook and RSVP at our Facebook Event. Please share the Facebook page and event with your fellow Browncoats.
The Browncoat Ball Gettysburg 2017 will be one for the history books!