Schedule of Events

Registration Desk

Gettysburg Hotel, Lobby

Pick up your passports and other registration supplies for your Browncoat Ball weekend activities. Please bring any prop weapons you intend to wear for inspection and peace-tying per Browncoat Ball policy.

Friday

3:00pm-10:00pm

Saturday

9:00am-6:00pm

Hospitality Suite

Gettysburg Hotel, Room 206

Modeled after a companion’s sanctuary, enjoy our private space on the rim of our core activities. Light snacks and refreshments will be supplied. Knit like Ma Cobb, do origami, color, enjoy a fine selection of teas, or just socialize with other Browncoats in a low key environment. Peruse the shiny raffle and auction items. Bring your passport to get your Sihnon stamp.

Friday

5:00pm-7:00pm

closed for Welcome Reception

10:00pm-2:00am

Saturday

9:00am-5:00pm

closed for The Ball

11:00pm-2:00am

Sunday 9:00am-6:00pm

Friday

Welcome Reception

Historic Train Station, 7:00pm-10:00pm

Built in 1859 to serve as the western terminus of the Gettysburg Railroad line to Hanover, Pennsylvania; the station served as a field hospital, a departure point for thousands of soldiers, and a place of greeting for President Lincoln when he came to deliver his Gettysburg Address. Just a short walk from the Gettysburg Hotel.

Join us for our festive Friday night reception. There will be light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. There will be live entertainment, games, and socializing with your fellow Browncoats. Peruse the shiny raffle and auction items. No dress code required, but dress for the weather. Bring your passport to collect Guilds of the ’Verse stickers.

Candlelit Ghost Tour

leaves from hotel lobby, 10:00pm-11:30pm

Any historic town has its fair share of ghosts and ghost stories, but Gettysburg was also the site of one of the major battles of the Civil War. Professional guides will take you on a candlelit walking tour of the local haunts. The tours leave from the Gettysburg Hotel lobby at 10:00pm sharp, don’t be late… like the ghosts of Gettysburg.

Saturday

Big Damn Breakfast

Ballroom, 7:30am-9:30am

Breakfast Saturday morning is included in Weekend and Saturday Only passes. Break bread with your fellow Browncoats before a day of historic adventure.

TRACK PERIOD I

9:30am-12:00pm

Balls & Bayonets Brigade Track

Battlefield Bus Tour leaves from lobby, 9:30am-12:00pm

What were you in the war? That big war you failed to win? You were a Sergeant, yeah? Sergeant Malcolm Reynolds… balls and bayonets brigade. Big, tough veteran. — Badger, “Serenity”, Firefly

Board a classic 1936 Yellowstone Bus (weather permitting) for a guided tour of the historic Gettysburg Battlefield. It is much larger than most people expect, more than 10,000 acres, and it is criss-crossed by more than 40 miles of battlefield avenues. There are more than 1,450 monuments, markers and plaques on the field. This tour will give you a clear understanding of what happened here, why it happened here and why Gettysburg is so important in American history.

Earth That Was Track

Downtown Walking Tour leaves from Lobby, 10:00am-12:00pm

Earth that was could no longer sustain our numbers, we were so many. — Teacher, Serenity

The “Earth That Was” track will focus on civilian life before, during and after the war with a walking tour in town.

Management Not Responsible Track

Gaming in Stevens Room, 10:00am-12:00pm

Management Not Responsible for Ball Failure — Sign, “Shindig”, Firefly

Stay back at the hotel, play games, and socialize with other Browncoats in the Stevens room at the Gettysburg Hotel.

Those Left Behind Track

Downtime/Vendors/Shopping, 10:00am-12:00pm

Take this time for yourself. Relax in your room. Visit the Hospitality Suite in room 206. Peruse the vendors in the Stevens Room. Explore downtown Gettysburg on your own. Shop for souvenirs.

Lunch on your own

Downtown, 12:00pm-1:00pm

There are many dining options for you to enjoy in downtown Gettysburg.

TRACK PERIOD II

1:00pm-3:00pm

Shuttle Track

Visitors’ Center and Museum, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Oh my god, he’s grotesque! Oh, and there’s something in a jar. — Hoban “Wash” Washburne, “The Message”, Firefly

Hop a complimentary shuttle that leaves the hotel every hour. The Visitor Center features activities that provide an excellent introduction to the Battle of Gettysburg. The Film and Cyclorama includes A New Birth of Freedom, a film narrated by Morgan Freeman and sponsored by The History Channel, and the Cyclorama, the nation’s largest painting that places visitors in the fury of Pickett’s Charge on the third day of the battle. The Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War has 11 exhibit galleries featuring Gettysburg National Military Park artifacts and interactive displays and the Gilder Lehrman Institute Special Exhibits Gallery.

My Pretty Floral Bonnet

Costuming & Props in Eisenhower Room, 1:00pm-3:00pm

You’ve been birddoggin’ this township a while now. They wouldn’t mind a corpse of you. Now you can luxuriate in a nice jail cell, but if your hand touches metal, I swear by my pretty floral bonnet I will end you. — Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds, “Our Mrs. Reynolds”, Firefly

“My Pretty Floral Bonnet” track will stay back at the hotel for presentations by Kara Bocek and Karin Bohleke about the historical fashions and uniforms that inspired costumes in Firefly and Serenity. Mike McGuirk will discuss the props of Firefly and Serenity, and selections of his collection will be on display.

Management Not Responsible Track

Gaming in Stevens Room, 1:00:pm-3:00pm

Management Not Responsible for Ball Failure — Sign, “Shindig”, Firefly

Stay back at the hotel, play games, and socialize with other Browncoats in the Stevens room at the Gettysburg Hotel.

Those Left Behind Track

Downtime/Vendors/Shopping, 1:00:pm-3:00pm

Take this time for yourself. Relax in your room. Visit the Hospitality Suite in room 206. Peruse the vendors in the Stevens Room. Explore downtown Gettysburg on your own. Shop for souvenirs.

TRACK PERIOD III

3:00pm-5:00pm

Management Not Responsible Track

Gaming in Stevens Room, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Management Not Responsible for Ball Failure — Sign, “Shindig”, Firefly

Stay back at the hotel, play games, and socialize with other Browncoats in the Stevens room at the Gettysburg Hotel.

Those Left Behind Track

Downtime/Vendors/Shopping, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Take this time for yourself. Relax in your room. Visit the Hospitality Suite in room 206. Patronize the vendors in the Stevens Room. Explore downtown Gettysburg on your own. Shop for souvenirs.

The Killer Angels Book Discussion

Eisenhower Room, 3:30pm-4:30pm

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara inspired Joss Whedon to create Firefly. It tells the story of the four days of the Battle of Gettysburg. We recommend you read it before coming to Gettysburg. If you’ve read it and would like to discuss it, come join us for a book discussion.

Dance Lessons

College Room, 3:30pm-4:30pm

Dance Master Briant Bohleke and Dance Mistress Karin Bohleke will teach you the basics of the dances they’ll be calling during the Ball later Saturday Evening. They have extensive experience with historic dance, including Civil War era dance, and have recently watched Firefly and Serenity!

Downtime to prepare for Ball

5:00pm-6:00pm

No official activities are scheduled during this time to allow everyone to prepare for the Ball.

The Ball

Cocktail Hour

The Atrium, 6:00pm-7:00pm

Mix and mingle with fellow Browncoats. Pose for photographs. Partake of the cash bar.

Banquet and Ball

Ballroom, 7:00pm-11:00pm

Join us in the Ballroom for the main event. Fill out cards and be announced in grand fashion. Interrogate the buffet. Enjoy music by the Smash the Windows band. Dance to the calls of Dance Mistress Karin Bohleke and Dance Master Briant Bohleke. Bring your passports to collect stamps of the planets of the verse. Raffles will be drawn and silent auctions will go to final auction, so bring cashy money or major credit cards. The D’Arbanville’s may not be there, but many Browncoats, friends old and new, will be.

Sunday

Breakfast on your own

7:00am-9:00am

While there are many dining options for you to enjoy in downtown Gettysburg we highly recommend the Lincoln Dinner.

Lunch on your own

12:00pm-1:00pm

There are many dining options for you to enjoy in downtown Gettysburg.

Serenity Valley Track

Premium Track: $50

The Alliance said they were gonna waltz through Serenity Valley, and we choked ’em with those words. We’ve done the impossible, and that makes us mighty. — Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds, “Serenity”, Firefly

We can’t visit Serenity Valley on Hera for at least another 500 years, but we can visit with some U.S. Civil War reenactors and discuss their uniforms, kits, and weapons. This includes black powder firing of rifles and a Civil War-style cannon. This track will leave from the hotel lobby at 9:30am and travel by bus to the reenactment area. The bus will return track participants back to the hotel by 12:00pm. This is a premium track with a cost of $50, limited to 30 participants. Sign up during registration. First come, first served.