The Galleria Ballroom, on the lower level of the Westin, is the hub of the convention. To find the Galleria, take a left past the City Bar, near M. J. O'Connor's Irish pub on the left side of the lobby and take the escalator to the lower level. Free Wifi will be available in the Galleria Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The hotel is making some changes to the Galleria which makes it slightly smaller. If you've been to Boskones in recent years, you'll see that the items Boskone runs in the Galleria have been moved around, and that Gaming has been moved upstairs to the second floor to the Harbor Ballroom prefunction area.
Events in the Galleria during Boskone typically include:
Information will be inside the door of the Galleria. Information is your place to find answers to your questions. We don't know the ultimate meaning of life, the universe and everything (unless it really is "42"), but we can help you find your way around Boston and Boskone. You'll also be able to drop off items for the convention newsletter, Helmuth. Find something? Drop it off at Information. Lose something? Check with Information first. Stop by the Information desk and see what we can do for you! We also offer sardonic wit, and if we don't know the answer, we'll help you find someone who does!
Con Suite is our hospitality area. Take a right once you're in the Galleria and you'll see it. Stop by for some soda and munchies, to meet new and old friends and have fun!
DragonsLair is a place for kids activities and programming. Any child between the ages of 7 and 12 with a membership may attend. Story-telling, sing-a-long, crafts and reading are among our activities. Note that DragonsLair does not take responsibility for keeping kids from wandering off, so we aim it at somewhat older/presumably more "free range" kids. A younger child (ages 5 and 6) could probably be in DragonsLair on his own. If not, a parent could stay with the child and do Dragonslair together with him.
Newsletter The convention newsletter, Helmuth, Speaking for Boskone features updates and changes to the program as well as lists of parties and other news. Copies of Helmuth will be distributed around the hotel: Art Show, Hucksters Room, Con Suite, et al. Helmuth is always looking for line art—bring contributions to Information at-con, or E-mail news or photos to Helmuth.
The Boskone Restaurant Guide will be available online before Boskone. We've got great seafood restaurants in the neighborhood of the hotel and Chinatown is about a mile away.
The Party Board lists open parties and other scheduled gatherings that invite Boskone members to come. To publicize your party, write it on the Party Board and also leave a note for the convention newsletter at Information in the Galleria.
Fan Tables are a great way for Boskone members to learn about your upcoming events and, perhaps, join up. Fan Tables will be just outside the door of the Galleria, beside the escalators. If you'd like to reserve a club table, write to Fan Tables.