Programming & Entertainment

Puff & Chill

Cigars on the Porch will be hosting a Cigar Social this year at GKE, come join us for a delightful evening smoke, we will have the fire pit going, and some Turkish Coffee or bring a drink of your choice and come to hang with other lovers of the leaf in the courtyard. Come as you are, stay as you wish, you may bring your own smokes, or can trade smokes or for a small donation, and enjoy one of ours.

Stoopzkitty

Stoopzkitty has been causing mayhem across the region for over 3 years. Make them laugh, make them weep, always be full of surprises is her motto. She is indeed a real Aqua Zumba instructor, and believes in both fitness and laughter.


Aqua Zumba
Come, get some fun exercise and watch me bounce my booty for you in a safe environment. All levels welcome, and don’t worry, nobody will be making a bigger fool of themselves than me! Silly kitty!

Emma_Spanko/Sparkdog

A shy and happy introvert, Emma has been active in the kink community scene for three years but a Spanko all of her life. She lives in Delaware with her three loud dogs and two crazy cats.

Sparkdog is a lifelong spanko and equal opportunity sadist. He is a Pro-Dom in the kink world and a comedian in the vanilla one.

Spanko Meetup
Do you love spanking? There are many levels of spanking enthusiasm ranging from the novice to the die-hard Spanko. Wherever your interest lies, we would like to invite all to mix and mingle, set up play dates, and just generally hang out with other lovers of spankings.

Dubious

Dubious is a rigger and rope educator from the NY area.

Somerville Variations and Applications (Beginner)
The starting point for many elements of rope bondage is the basic one column tie, but which basic one column should we use? Popularized by the rigger Topologist in Somerville Massachusetts in 2009, the Somerville Bowline is a secure and attractive choice. We will discuss advantages over the other competitors and go through several different methods of tying the somerville. We’ll also teach the Slipped Somerville, Reverse Somerville, and Two-Column Somerville and talk about the uses for each. Participants should bring one rope of anywhere between six to ten meters in length.

Woven Harnesses (Beginner)
Want to restrain people but don’t like knots? No problem! Here we discuss harnesses that require little to no knots or frictions at all. We begin with a simple hip harness called the woven gunslinger, then use the variations of the same technique to tie both a more involved hip harness and an ankle tie. Participants should bring two eight to ten meter ropes.

PhotoDragon

PhotoDragon is a musician, kinkster, and educator.

Aural stimulation / Geeky Kinky Music Jam
Can sounds set you off? PhotoDragon will lead a discussion about sounds and their effects and how they can be integrated into kink play. Following the discussion, he will lead the group in an open music jam, participants are encouraged to bring their own instruments. Guitars, drums, flutes, violins, bagpipes, whatever you have, whatever you play, join in the jam. Class is open to active participants and to those who just want to listen and enjoy the talents of your fellow GKE attendees.

Pleasant Nightmare Burlesque

Pleasant Nightmare Entertainment, spearheaded by veteran convention attendee and costume-maker Ivy Leaves, is a group of magnificently mischievous nerdfolk that joined forces to create one of the greatest live programming troupes on the East Coast convention circuit!

They began as an educational, body-positive burlesque variety show troupe, but have since expanded their artillery and provide panels, workshops, gameshows and more! Whether your tastes are debaucherous and deviant, low key or somewhere in between, we have something to tickle your fancy.

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Pleasant Nightmare Burlesque Show
Pleasant Nightmare Entertainment presents their namesake variety show. Some of the acts that may be shown include comedy and slapstick, musical numbers, striptease (down to thongs/merkins & pasties), circus sideshow, Umfundalai (African) dance, tap dance, ballet, drag and gender impersonation, lip sync, and more!

Make & Take Crafts With Pleasant Nightmare Entertainment: Cage Bra
“In this pay-to play, hands-on workshop, Ivy Leaves will walk everybody through how to make your very own customized cage bra! Step by step instructions and individual assistance will be provided to each person. At the end of the workshop, everybody will get to keep (and hopefully model!) their sexy new garment!

There is a $10 per person materials cost that can be paid via cash at the class. Please click here to reserve your spot for this class. ”

Geekyrotic: Toys For the Naughty Nerd
OMG, is that a Pikachu tail-plug next to a Predator-mouth Fleshlight?! As we know, Geek is the new Chic and we are in an era where novelty means everything, and when our Nerd culture permeates the adult toy industry, let’s just say that a plethora of delectable depravity comes out of it! Join Ivy Leaves as she tells you how to choose body-safe toys, avoid the ones linked with severe health issues, and learn about some amazingly nerdy toys you didn’t even know you needed!

Hillary Laughing Coyote

Hillary Laughing Coyote is what happens when a young Jersey girl moves to the Southwest desert with a wide-open head full of trickster potential. They are a combination of guide, teacher, and pot-stirrer, which together add up to shamanic practitioner. They have been speaking about spooky spirit matter to groups of interested people since 2008 and facilitating shamanic healing since 2012.

Stealing Spotlight: Tricksters in Geek Culture
Tricksters pop up everywhere in our culture, from the unmissable blockbuster sensation of Loki to the buffoonish sidekick stock character. All tricksters, fools, jesters, and clowns carry their own crazy wisdom, as un-obvious as it might seem. Come discuss your favorite tricksters (and related characters) as we geek out for an our on who they are, what their purpose is, and whether they can be categorized into the Crazy Wisdom archetypes of trickster, fool, jester, and/or clown. Archetypes borrowed gratefully from “The Essential Crazy Wisdom” by Wes “Scoop” Nisker (no relation).

Bher (@SirLadyBear)

SirLadyBear, also known as the happy sadist, is a queer geek of color who specializes in creative sadism and impact.

Playing with Bigger Bodies
People come in many shapes and sizes, but for some reason many people are hesitant when it comes to playing with those of us with larger bodies. This presentation focuses on different tricks and tips on the many ways play can be altered for plus size people.

-sparkles- / Ivy

Much like Alice in Wonderland, Ivy fell down the rabbit hole and has been tumbling ever since. After her start in Michigan Ivy began exploring the wonderful world of kink and has chased it around the world. As a fine arts and culinary school graduate, Ivy has been frolicking around deepening her understanding of kink, cats, and baked goods.

Love and Kink and Spoons
Based on Spoon Theory this class delves into how to develop rich and fulfilling kink lives without using up what precious little energy you have left at the end of the day. It also discusses how to get the most out of your self care.

Babybeaver

Babybeaver is dedicated to building a community and making people feel accepted within it. They can mostly be seen talking to newbies and putting them at ease and facilitating hookups for friends.

Niche! Speed Dating
Ever wanted to meet someone in a structured environment and just get a few things out in the open? Well that’s what speed dating is for! Everyone will meet everyone, questions will be provided! Meet a friend, a playdate and maybe even a partner.

ShimmeringShadow

Fox (they/them) is a gleefully geeky queer multiracial non-binary switch, making the most of life despite being described as “Medically Interesting” by their doctors. Polyamorous and kinky for around 20 years, they have an insatiable thirst for knowledge, a rampant sensual streak, an occasionally dangerous addiction to puns, and a laugh that carries in playspaces.

Chronically Kinky – Disability & Kink Roundtable
Kinksters with health troubles are far from uncommon – the US Census Bureau reported in 2010 that nearly 1 in 5 people in the US had a disability – but many of us feel so alone. This is a space for people with disabilities, chronic illness or other health issues to gather and discuss our experiences with kink in a laid-back and welcoming environment. Join us for a roundtable discussion to share stories and exchange thoughts on how to better meet our desires while accommodating our needs. Bring questions, experiences, ideas or simply open ears.

Ferrett Steinmetz / theferrett

Ferrett Steinmetz is, for purposes of this convention, one of the most popular writers on FetLife, routinely racking up thousands of “loves” for his essays on polyamory. He’s been married to his wife for eighteen years, dating his girlfriend for nine, and been in stable relationships with four other people for over two years, so at least he knows how to run a Google Calendar.
For purposes of more literary aspirations, Ferrett Steinmetz is also a Nebula-nominated science fiction writer, with four books out. His latest, THE UPLOADED, is now available at all respectable bookstores, and is about the political revolution that happens 500 years after we develop a digital heaven. He blogs on FetLife as theferrett, on Twitter as @Ferretthimself, and has a website at www.theferrett.com. He lives in Cleveland with his wife, a small dog, and a quiet ghost.

Jealousy Is Not A Crime: Troubleshooting Broken Polyamory
If you’re dating multiple people, bumps will occur, sure as death and taxes. The question is, how do you figure out what’s wrong… and how do you repair the faults so that you emerge stronger and saner? Kinktastic writer Ferrett Steinmetz will lead a discussion about how to fight fairly, how to be respectful to all the people in your poly web, and how to create a solid set of dealbreakers.

Effective Long-Distance Relationships
Your lover’s in another town, and you miss them. But how do you work to schedule things effectively? How do you endure the periods of longing? How do you resolve conflicts effectively when you might not see each other for months? Let Ferrett Steinmetz share all the ways he’s blown it, and guide you to better paths.

Ferrett Steinmetz Book Signing/Excuse To Meet Ferrett
Ferrett has a new book out – THE UPLOADED, about uploaded brains and broken families – and he wants to give you cookies and sign your books! But even if you don’t have a book (which you can buy from him), he’ll be standing in an area for an hour and happy to talk to you. If you’ve wanted to say “hello,” well, here’s your chance to chat!

How To Fight Fairly
It’d be lovely if every problem could be worked out with a calm, reasonable discussion – but this is the real world, and tempers rise. Relationship expert Ferrett Steinmetz discusses what separates a productive argument from a destructive argument, and will argue that good fights are not only necessary, but can actually bring you closer together.

Raven Kaldera

Raven Kaldera is a queer polyamorous FTM transgendered intersexual Northern Tradition shaman. He is the author of 39 books and innumerable articles on sexuality, spirituality, polyamory, BDSM, power exchange, and transgender issues. He is the 2014 Northeast Master titleholder, the managing editor of Alfred Press, a minister in the First Kingdom Church of Asphodel, the Evil Overlord of the Transsexual Empire, and a general troublemaker. He homesteads with his poly family on a little farm in Massachusetts, and can be found online at www.ravenkaldera.org. ‘Tis an ill wind that blows no minds.

Fur, Fangs, Feathers, Fetish: Primal Animal Play as Shamanic Totem Working
What’s the original meaning of the word “fetish”? It’s a magic charm carried to bestow strength and spiritual power. In shamanic cultures, those fetishes were often links to the spirits of totemic animals, to whom offerings were made. Today, some of us shapeshift into animal form in one way or another during sex in ways that are closer than we realize to those ancient practices. Raven the kinky shaman will discuss the hidden crossovers between shamanic totem work, Primal animal play, Furries, folkloric spirit-figures, and sexual mystery theater. (And, um, the beauty of tentacle porn. Maybe.)

Power, Surrender, and Safety: Negotiating Unequal Relationships When You’re Gender Transgressive
Power dynamic relationships – where one person has authority over the other, such as Leader/supportive, Dominant/submissive, or Master/slave – are sought out by transgender, genderqueer, and otherwise gender transgressive individuals as often as anyone else, for reasons both good and bad. However, we have special challenges when it comes to finding, negotiating, and maintaining our health and safety in these relationships. For transfolk, those who love them, and those who are just interested, this class will discuss the joys, problems, and dangers of trans power dynamics. Taught by the 2014 Northeast Master title holder, half of the first trans/trans couple to win that title, we’ll learn how to get what we need out of power exchange while staying safe and not settling for a less than optimal situation.

Andrew

Andrew Zorowitz has spent the last 6 years in the scene trying to perfect his personal style – a blend of goofiness, rough body play, rope and a joy of hurting others. He tries to focus on the fun of sadistic play and teaches that to others.

Predicament Bondage
This class will explore the use of bondage to create dynamic predicaments – situations where the bottom needs to decide which of multiple types of pain or stress is most endurable at any given point and balance between their options. We will present several situations and go over how to use these concepts in scenes of your own. Either rope and a knowledge of basic column ties or leather straps or cuffs will be helpful in replicating the scenarios from this class, as will a pair of nipple clamps.

GKE Tea

Experience a lovely Cream Tea with delicious scones and fine tea for your enjoyment. Get to know your fellow congoers while observing lavish kinky displays for your delight alongside gorgeous instrumental music.

Your tea hostess will be Spencer Holloway. Ms. Holloway has enjoyed many years in service to camellia sinesis, clotted cream and etiquette. She has hostessed teas and salons for over ten years now and loves nothing better than making the impossible possible. She is fluent in Regency and Victorian England, medieval women of note, occultism, White Wolf roleplaying games (OWoD preferred), feminism and flirtation. She is known to lead a merry chase and an even merrier tea party.

GKE Tea will be held 1-2pm Saturday

Suggested Dress Code: We all have an item of clothing in our closet that we love but! Le sigh! So much effort! Boots that need a lot of lacing and polishing, sky high heels that require careful balancing, bowties that need to be tied just so, corsets that require assistance to put on, your beloved latex catsuit that takes a half hour to put on. This tea is an excellent opportunity to show off your finery!

Help Wanted: We are looking for service-oriented people who are willing to attend a short meeting pre-tea to learn how to serve tea properly, serve tea and participate in a tableau. Required: availability at least one hour prior to tea service, ability to stand on your feet, desire to interact with tea-goers, basic memorization of the description of the tea you are serving, interest in a (pre-negotiated) group tableau/scene at the end of tea. Required dress: black clothing and white apron, both provided by you. Aprons start at $6 on Amazon.

Katalyste & I_dont_talk_much

Katalyste is a poly queer femme who practices chaos-Buddhism, relationship anarchy, and works for the continued growth of two polyamorous communities in Memphis, TN and Norfolk, VA. She teaches workshops on Non-Violent Communication and is deeply passionate about giving people the tools they need to communicate with an authentic, clear, and kind voice. She is interested in learning by doing and being in service to community.

I_dont_talk_much is poly and queer. They host events for Greater Richmond Poly. They are committed to quietly and powerfully holding space for queer and poly communities.

Queer Mixer hosted by Katalyste and I_dont_talk_much
For queers by queers. Share a safe space to talk about queer politics, activism, gender non-normativity, art, fish, and kink. Introvert friendly: please come to the hosts as a safe space for making introductions or just quietly sharing space. All LGBTQ+ people who respect and treat each other with awesomeness are welcome.

Katalyste

Katalyste is a poly queer femme who practices chaos-Buddhism, relationship anarchy, and works for the continued growth of two polyamorous communities in Memphis, TN and Norfolk, VA. She teaches workshops on Non-Violent Communication and is deeply passionate about giving people the tools they need to communicate with an authentic, clear, and kind voice. She is interested in learning by doing and being in service to community.

Kinesthetic Poly
Kinesthetic (or tactile) learning is a learning style in which students learn by physical activities, rather than listening to a lecture or watching demonstrations. Together we will explore how we engage with connection and endure stress in different poly configurations, learning through movement and learning to recognize emotions in our body. Students must be able to stand and walk. Consent will be negotiated for social touching (for example, holding hands, touching shoulders). Partners welcome but not necessary.

Myla

Omyla suburban homemaker and MILF, is the creator of Bellydance – Secrets from Behind the Veil. An eternal explorer and curious mind, Omyla weaves together a diverse set of interests and professional experience including, bellydance performer & instructor, sex, birth and relationship educator, herbalist and professional artist model and poly activist to create workshops, classes and retreats that support people in connecting authentically to themselves and others in sexy and socially sustainable ways. She is a bit of a Yenta and enjoys matchmaking, experimenting with vegan and gluten free dessert recipes and trying out new dance moves with her partners.

Those Hips Don’t Lie: Bellydance Secrets for Flirting and Power Exchange
“Dancing is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire.” Robert Frost

Flirting is more than just the words you use. Tempt and tease an entire room or sizzle that certain someone. Together we step behind the veil to spice up your interactions. Using basic bellydance moves to improve your non-verbal communication in direct and easy-to-learn ways, you will gain a better understanding of how read and deliver a variety of non-verbal cues. Know how to read personal body space and how to play with it confidently. Practice and use body isolations to convey power and desire and learn how to entrain and synchronize with your playmates. This is an interactive class with opportunities for partner and small group exercises. 
This is a clothed, non-genital touching, open-to-all event.

Appropriate for all genders, ages, abilities and experience. No late entry once the doors close.

Princess Honeybee

Princess Honeybee is a kink writer sharing educational, heartfelt and funny words to help others achieve their kinky dreams. With 17+ years experience as an active kinkster, organizer and educator (kink and vanilla), she makes kink accessible, realistic, and above all, fun.

Feminization Social
A casual meetup for people of any gender who enjoy feminine presentation. Whether it’s for self-expression, kink, power exchange, just for fun, or all of the above, we’ll share our tips and tricks for dressing, makeup, feminizing bondage, and more.

The Exquisitely Kinky Corpse
The classic writing game, The Exquisite Corpse, is a form of shared storytelling with contributions taken hilariously out of context. Like Mad Libs, but with more sex and violence.

_Jakal

Greetings! Dr Blackwell Here! I love to teach and extend my knowledge onto others as well as learn new things myself. I pride myself on being approachable almost all of the time so please feel free to come chat. I Mainly teach about Fire, wax, and rope, but have started creating fun games for the kink community as well!

So You Want It Hot and Sweaty, Do You?!: Sadistic Fire Play
Dr Blackwell is back to walk you down the Dark Alleyway of fire play! In this class you will learn about a lot of the fucked up things you can do with fire and still be safe. I will be doing a brief demonstration of some sadistic fire play and will answer all of the questions ( or try to) that you have.

Can you kink it!?
Welcome to Can You Kink It!? I’m your host, Dr. Blackwell. In this game, we will have bags of randomly assorted items; (toasters, spoons, hockey pucks, old used sharpies, gummy worms.. Etc). It is your goal to work as a team quickly against fellow kinksters to make the best kinky item you can in just 60 minutes. Teams will be supplied with limited resources, so they better think smart! Come and build your hearts out on our First ever Can you kink it!?. Our winners will receive a special ribbon for their badges and bragging rights until next year!

Fire Wand Making
In this class, you will learn a few different ways to create your own fire play wands. Dr. Blackwell will be teaching you about the materials that work best, techniques for a long lasting fire wand, and teaching a hands-on demonstration for making a basic fire play torch. Every person that participates will walk away with a playable Fire wand and a basic safety sheet on how to use it. Space is limited, preregistration is recommended. Walk-ins will be admitted if open space remains.

There is a $10 per person materials cost that can be paid via cash at the class. Please click here to reserve your spot for this class. Seating is limited to 12 people.

Bookbishbunny

Bunny is a fan of bringing people together through fun, sometimes awkward, but usually good for you icebreakers, chit chats and laughter. She believes in friendships and bonds and relationships make in good time and with good people.

Shy People Meetup
A safe place to get to know others, share common interests, ask questions, and share concerns. A low-energy meet and greet for people who need to dip their toes in the water with other like-minded people before diving into the rest of the weekend. There will be interactive icebreakers, games, and introductions.

Briska

Briska has been in the scene and all over the spectrum for over 10 years. Having modeled for Insex, worked for a few vendors, and gone to her share of cons, she’s happy to finally be back in the scene after a few years off. Briska has experience helping improve communication efforts, as an RA at Rutgers University, a career bartender and scene educator.

But I’m a Girl!
This class seeks to embrace female tops (and gamers!); from riggers to sensualists. Whether you ID as a Dominatrix or a casual rope switch, this round table will bring together female-identified tops (and our bottoms!) for a small kvetch and look at the unique problems and privileges that come with being female in both the Geeky and Kink realms. The setting will be an intimate round-table discussion.

Brave_Dance

Brave_Dance is just a fun, loving geeky guy who loves getting people together to talk, laugh and learn new things whether it’s about real issues or other important issues, like ponies.

Kinky Geeks of Color and Allies Meetup
This will be a space where we can discuss not only current issues but feelings when it comes to being a kinkster of color. This will be less formal. We’ll sit and chat with each other about current events and other topics of the like.

Hyper Awesome Fantastic Anime Trivia Vol. 2
Prove your meddle. Teams of 4 will compete. After 5 grueling rounds, one team will rise as the Hyper Awesome Fantastic champions of Anime trivia. There will be prizes

My Little Pony Meetup
Let’s talk about ponies and stuff!

BDSLR

During BDSLR’s two year rope journey, his bondage style has grown into what he calls “”Baltimore-style rope:”” intense, mean, and technically proficient. He views himself as a sponge, and prefers tying sadistically. He aims to evoke intense emotion from his bottoms, but values the intimacy of tying, and most enjoys the connection it creates between people.

While official presenting is still a newer frontier, he has been teaching his own ties to many in Baltimore and other local rope circles. He prefers a “”show and tell”” method, where he performs the tie once at full speed, and then goes through it a second time step by step, including the safety requirements. He’ll then explain the how and the why of the tie, supported by scene anecdotes of how he’s used it, how things have went wrong, how he fixed them and now prevents issues to use the tie successfully.

Face, Fingers, Feet, and Toes…That’s Where All the Torture Rope Goes!
BDSLR will walk participants step by step through four specific torture ties: a face mask tie, a microbondage fingers tie, a microbondage toe tie, and a futo based on a really sucky foot cuff. These are all fairly strenuous ties, but ones that can easily be tailored to the bottom’s endurance and pain tolerance. He will demo each tie, and then participants will get a chance to torture their bottoms or themselves with them. He will continue the class by showing how the ties can be used in a partial predicament scene. And just as a fun bonus, BDSLR will show his in-line hair tie; it really doesn’t slip!

Dreamsleeper

A bringer of fun, a presenter of games, and a teller of fantastic stories. Step inside his dream and awaken.

Strip Twister
As has become a GKE tradition, the fun and friendly game of right foot blue, left hand green has gotten an adult upgrade.

What’s Your Kink/Fetish?
Let’s get together and talk organically about the things we’re into. We’ll discuss how we learned that we are into what we are into and what we like about them.

For the newer members, this is a good way to discuss and get out into the open what you like and find others to connect with so that you can explore.”

Naughty Whose Line is it Anyway?
Imagine some of your favorite games and skits from Whose Line? and give them a GKE twist.

Strip Simon Says
Ah, the classic game of Simon Says. The moderator says, you do, but only if he says “Simon Says!” If you mess up, you lose clothes. Who will be the last person standing?

Rubyquill

Rubyquill is a full time blerd and part time switch. They are the designated Mama Bear of Serenity Space and has roamed the halls of GKE since the first one. You’ll usually find them stanning kpop groups, fawning over food porn on Instagram, or pondering kink rules for various role-playing games.


Women of Color in Kink
Sometimes you wanna go where everybody has a sense of solidarity with you. This is a space for all women (cis, trans, genderfluid. etc) of color to gather and discuss how we can shape the kink community to better suit our needs.

CleverDuck222

Duck is a submissive kinkster / BDSM bottom. Avid reader and generally creative. Active in the lifestyle for 5 years and on reflection of her kinks, she discovered a growing passion for a few less widespread kinks and dove in to learn more and spread the word!

BDSM Beauty Mark Pageant
You had an AMAZEBALLS time at GKE! You played! Got new toys! Marks, bruises, scratches, tattoos, scars! Come show off your marks at the pageant. Come see the creative end to those amazing Scenes!

Akabi & BlueLikeMorning

Akabi is a kinky queer geek. They have been called “”an encyclopedia of all things queer and poly.”” When not thinking about, reading about and discussing such things, they enjoy playing with circus toys, fire spinning, writing poetry, engaging in general geekery (especially superheroes) and weirdness.

Blue is a small, soft, gay dragon who has been working with JME for several years. They are transgenderqueer, asexual, and hopelessly romantic. They have a passion for brightly-colored socks, rough body play, and cats.

Trans and Non Binary panel
Bring your silly (and not so silly) questions because here is a forum to actually ask them. We’ve gathered a panel of people with non traditional gender identities to share their experiences and answer your curiosities. We’ll give you a quick intro to the trans and non binary spectrum and then we’ll open the floor to questions from the audience.

Asexuality and Aromanticism panel
Bring your silly (and not so silly) questions because here is a forum to actually ask them. We’ve gathered a panel of people on the asexual and aromantic spectrum to share their experiences and answer your curiosities. We’ll give you a quick intro to asexuality and aromanticism and then we’ll open the floor to questions from the audience.

Serenity Space

The Serenity Space is a safe space to cuddle, come down, and perform aftercare.
Click here for the Serenity Space Rules.
The Serenity Space will be open throughout the con, providing aftercare, pre-care, and everything in between to those who need it. Please come take advantage of our Aftercare Engineers, who are designated to provide and assist in all the comforts, wind downs, reassurances, etc that you may need!
There will also be some fun, low-key activities in the Serenity Space each day. See below for more details!

Newbie Stomp! (Friday)- The Serenity Space opens up as con opens, and provides space for newbies, and people who are looking for connection and answers. Whether you’re new to GKE or even conventions in general, we’re here to help you dip your toes in the water and discuss any questions that may be asked and have some fun. Designed around getting people acclimated, giving people a place to find new friends, and really feel that they are a part of our community.

Saturday Morning Cartoon Snuggle
Serenity Space staff will be holding a carton marathon, where we will be perched in front of a T.V, watching cartoons, in our pajamas! Bring your own stuffies, or borrow ours-wear your cutest pajamas!

Pillow Fort (Sunday) –
Sunday morning in the Serenity Space is time for the “Why Am I Awake Pillow Fort Building”. We use blankets, chairs, pillows, whatever we can grab and make everything from cozy nests to palatial pillow fortresses.

XavierDOM

XavierDom is a dominant and sadist from Philadelphia, PA. A recognized master of the Violet Wand, he is skilled in use and safety of the Violet Wand. A side from the Violet Wand, he enjoys many kinds play including, Impact, Fire, Fire Cupping and Wax. If not teaching a class, sharing knowledge or in the dungeon, he can be found outside relaxing with one of the cigar groups.

A Players Guide to the Dungeon
Is this your first event? First time in a Play Space? Wondering what each piece of equipment is use for, how to do it safely? Did you read 50 shades of Grey? If you answered yes at all then you are probably feeling overwhelmed. Welcome! In this class we will discuss the equipment that you will often see and how to use it, safely. We will also discuss Safe Space, Aftercare and how to navigate the dungeon without being a non-consenting target. We will also review basic Etiquette.

Intro to Fire Play
Most of us have been in a play space and seen the telltale flicker of Fire play or smelled the burning alcohol. Have you wondered how is that done, is it safe? In the class I will talk about the safety the materials and most importantly I will teach you how to play with fire in a safe and erotic manner.

Old Medicine as a New Art (Fire Cupping)
Fire Cupping is an advanced fire technique, while not difficult to do, it does require some practice. We will look at the equipment needed and we will talk about the placement of cups, the moving of them and the over aesthetic to be achieve. Mostly we will see how it can be fun and enjoyable for both parties involved.

Puff & Chill
Cigars on the Porch will be hosting a Cigar Social this year at GKE, come join us for a delightful evening smoke, we will have the fire pit going, and some Turkish Coffee or bring a drink of your choice and come to hang with other lovers of the leaf in the courtyard. Come as you are, stay as you wish, you may bring your own smokes, or can trade smokes or for a small donation, and enjoy one of ours.

Meet and Greet Dinner

Meet & Greet Dinner

Meet new people, try out new stuff, and partake of a delicious dinner!
New to the event and curious what all the hoopla is about? Or are you a seasoned con veteran looking to try new things and meet new people?
This add-on event was created with all of you in mind!

Buffet Menu

  • Salad Bar
  • Grilled Vegetable Platter
  • Cheese & Fruit Display
  • Bread Display
  • A Taste of Rome Station
    • Linguine Primavera
    • Penne Sweet Basil & Prosciutto
    • Angel Hair Pasta with Baby Shrimp
  • Santa Fe Fajita Station
    • Chicken & Beef Fajitas
    • Chicken Quesadillas
  • Shanghai Stir Fry Station
    • Steamed Snapper with Scallions
    • Mongolian Beef & Oriental Vegetables
    • Stir Fry
    • Chicken Snow Peas & Pine Nuts
  • Confection Station
    • Assorted Mini Cakes & Pastries
    • Assorted Cookies
  • Beverages
    • Coffee
    • Decaffeinated Coffee
    • Iced Tea
    • Regular & Herbal Teas

MrPerson

Mr Person has been performing and teaching with whips for over 15 years. 10 of those years have been in the scene teaching single tail play for events all over the north east. In this time he has developed a system for play that anyone can learn and use.

Single Tail Whip Demo
This class will be centered on basic and some advanced whip play. There will be a demo and plenty of time for questions, as well as some time for class attendees to try the feel of a whip should they be curious.

Single Tail workshop
This workshop is for people who have had difficulty learning to throw a whip or for anyone who would like to learn a bit more. It will include basic throws as well as some advanced techniques for the more experienced. If you have a whip please bring it. There will be a limited number of whips for loan.

BigMeatyClaws

Alex is a professional Web Developer who sometimes likes to write about things. A lover of technology, video games, film, and TV he has inoculated himself with pop culture. Also an avid internet user and meme looker-atter.

A Kinky Wind Blows
A Kinky Wind Blows is based on the icebreaker activity “A Cold Wind Blows”.

Steven Universe meet-up
“Steven Universe is a wonderful cartoon about love, acceptance and hot dogs. The show features the subversion of tropes as well as an amazing representation of LGBT values. Let’s get together and discuss the show; we’ll talk about our favorite episodes, characters, and moments. Come in cosplay, or your favorite t-shirt; come if you’ve never seen the show before and you’ll find out why you should! Let’s talk about Steven Universe, YOU CLODS!

The meet up is structured in segments so if you do not want to be spoiled please come early!”

Discord meet-up
“Are you a member of the GKE discord server? Do you like video games? Are you a huge giant nerd? Come on over and meet some cool people! Even if you aren’t a huge video game fan you will totally have fun. Let’s have some fun, talk about games, and maybe even play a few.

My meetups are always structured so that everyone will enjoy, please don’t be afraid to come on over!”

Adventure Zone meet-up
“The Adventure Zone started out as a podcast about three brothers (and their dad) playing Dungeons and Dragons; but it has evolved to so much more than that. The McElroys have taken the podcast medium and brought it to a whole new level. If you are a fan of podcasts, dungeons and dragons, or super great stories then you belong at this meet up!

The meet up will be structured in segments so if you do not want to be spoiled please come early!”

Fievel

Fievel is a tinkerer, a maker, and an event organizer. He has been hosting organized Nerf events for over 15 years, including one of the largest and longest running annual Nerf wars in North America

Nerf Wars
PEW PEW PEW! We will start with a free-for-all of foam based carnage. After a demo of some fun nerf games and scenarios from an experienced Nerf-herder, we will break into teams for several rounds of organized play. Bring your own Nerf blaster or borrow one of ours (supplies limited).

SpencerHolloway

Courtesan, writer of (smutty) (published) fictions, Queen o’ th’ May, artisan, agent provocateur and Amazon.

My gingerbread condo is full of books, spinning wheels, perfumery, shrines to heathen goddesses, cats, homemade cordials, delicious things for me to feed you and expensive shoes.

Kink Favorites: Wax pouring, being suspended, co-topping, violet wands, energy exchange and getting shy people to interact.

Style for Kink Events for D-types, s-types and Everyone Else (an all gender inclusive workshop)
New to D/s? Never know what to wear to a public event? Don’t know how to read a certain way to others? On a tight budget? Get frustrated with your fabulous body that doesn’t fit into most off the rack styles? Style can be so stressful and frustrating without guidance! Come get guided by your fellow con attendees and workshop leader and leave feeling delicious!

What’s In Your Bag?
A fun Tupperware party-style ice breaker event where everyone gets a chance to show off their favorite toy. Don’t have a toy bag? You have the option to volunteer as tribute for a very brief demo!

Queer Femme & Non Binary Spin the Bottle
Get to know your fellow queer femme/non binary con mates in a fun game of spin the bottle! We’ll share a little about ourselves and what kind of play we are looking for. If the bottle lands on you, chose where you want to be kissed – cheek, hand, mouth, wrist, neck, it’s your choice!

Dominance While Shy
Just because you’re shy doesn’t automatically make you a submissive! Do you feel dominant tendencies that you would like to explore but have trouble getting it out due to your shyness? Learn how to work with your shyness when working with potential submissives, public play and in private scenes.

Poly Meet Up
Whether you identify as solo poly, a poly anarchist, a closed triad, an ethical slut, a polycule, monogamish, a hot bi babe, an intentional community, kitchen table poly, mono/poly, a metamour or some delightful combination of above (or none of the above), come to the poly mixer to discuss, flirt, debate and get to know your fellow poly conmates. Open to all genders and the whole QUILTBAG!

Ode2Joy

Ode2Joy is a submissive, poly, masochistic lion cub (not kitten!). In a 24/7 D/s dynamic for two years, she thrives on detailed protocol, open communication, and attempting to walk on the wild side (bratting to her Daddy). She’s an advocate by trade and has a passion for sharing knowledge and experiences, especially when it comes to rope bottoming, D/s relationships, and facilitating healthy, honest discussions. She has presented at events like Dark Odyssey WinterFire/Fusion, TesFEST and performed at Montreal’s Nuit de Cordes. Her love language is planning things, and she can often be found excitedly planning her next adventure.

Concept Art: Exploring How to Produce Rope-Based Photography
As one of the owners of Belle Bondage, an ongoing and successful kinky cosplay art project, Ode2Joy has been producing rope-based photo shoots for almost two years, and has multiple years of theater experience as a director. This workshop-based class takes advantage of her experiences producing shoots and directing theater to show the process of rope shoots from concept to creation. She will discuss each step of the way, from the starting point of an idea, to the non-rope “stuff” to prepare for the shoot, the shoot itself, and the post-process that leads to the final photograph. This class aims to prepare attendees with the knowledge of what it takes to have an idea for a rope-based photo shoot and how to make that idea a reality, with all the accompanying excitement and challenges.

I Suck At Poly (And Ten Ways to Suck Less)
This class is a discussion-based class focused on the lessons that come with being in polyamorous relationships. Poly can be hard for everyone involved, and while it can come with a lot of joy (no pun indeed) and happiness, the learning attached to it can come with pain as well. In this class, Ode2Joy will share some of her learned lessons through her poly experiences and engage the class in order to facilitate sharing of their own learned lessons for the benefit of all attending.

This Doesn’t Feel Right: Tensions, Placements, and Other Ropey Things in Foundational Ties
This class for rope bottoms will focus on when things don’t feel right in foundational ties. Subjects like tension, placements, and the very technical “other ropey things” will be discussed as they apply to rope bottom knowledge, safety, and risk reduction in regards to nerve damage and other injuries. Development of bottom preference for where foundational ties such as arm bands, chest harnesses (including a conceptual TK), single column cuffs, and futomomos should lie on the body will also be addressed. Rope tops are welcome and encouraged to attend both with their tying partner or solo.

I Hate You!: And Other Things You (Should/Shouldn’t) Say to Your Rope Top
This class for rope bottoms will address communication in rope, rather than negotiation or aftercare. Things you should say to your top, like endurance warnings or numbness issues, things you perhaps shouldn’t say, like “I hate you!” or (in response to “how’re things?) a very unspecific “fine,” and how different interpersonal dynamics affect these things will all be explored. The class will also discuss different rope scenarios such as play, lab, and photography rope and how they affect rope communication.

+2 Comedy

+2 Comedy is the premiere geek stand-up comedy group on the East Coast. They’re five-year veterans of Otakon, with the Beyond the Tentacle series proving one of the most popular panels of the show. +2 Comedy has appeared at over sixty conventions on the East Coast.

Game the Gamer (After Dark Edition)
+2 Comedy is delighted to present a video game game show that isn’t just for kids. Four audience members will compete for video game dominance. Sabotage is for sale, though, and this time, the obstacles are definitely a lot more fun.

Beyond the Tentacle Chronicles
An exciting new addition to the Beyond the Tentacle family. Explore the weird, wild world of Japanese fetishes with +2 Comedy. Live demonstrations and exciting games promise a great story later for everyone involved, or an embarrassing memory you’ll never want to speak of again! Either way, everyone wins!

+2 Comedy Stand-Up Comedy
Exactly what it says on the tin. Adult Geek stand-up, with a Q&A afterwards to answer your most burning questions and settle your least amicable debates. What would the rest of the Justice League do with Wonder Woman’s lasso? What’s Mario’s safe word? Are the Unforgivable Curses unforgivable if you consent to it? The sky’s the limit- the Cobra Kai of geek comedy will tackle any query your heart desires.

+2 Comedy Podcast Live
A live talk show with a game show element. A surprise convention guest will be interviewed, and the audience will be able to play Host vs Guest vs Audience

Fireheart

Fireheart (Michael) has worked in the fields of sales and marketing for almost two decades, but sales and marketing is really just understanding what people want and finding ways to align their wants to your wants.

Making the connection
Why is it so hard to meet people? Whether you are looking for a play partner for the evening or a partner for life, it can be difficult to make a connection. Why can some people play as much as they want at an event like GKE, while others watch from the sidelines? It’s not about how you look. It’s about what you do. In this workshop, we will discuss techniques, strategies and mindsets to find a partner and create a connection, but we will do so with a constant awareness that our potential partners are *people* to be treated with respect and honesty at all times. This is not a workshop for pickup artists. It is for good, honest people looking to have a safe, sane, consensual time with other good people.

After the workshop, we’ll be doing a short speed-dating event so you can put what you learn to work.

KinkCardia Tournament
When the rubber hits the road and the cards hit the table, join us for the ConCardia/Kinkcardia tournament. This will be one of the only events all year where you can play with the more risque Kinkardia cards in an actual tournament.

MrsWhitehouse

MrsWhitehouse can usually be found behind the Infodesk/Merch/Concardia table at many of the Jeff Mach Events! She enjoys coffee, microbrews, gummy bears, and impersonating Lois Griffin. She can do it on command. Just ask her!

Lois Griffin Reads the Classics
Whether your greatest dream was to hear Lois Griffin read the side of a cereal box or your favorite erotic novel, MrsWhitehouse plans on making that dream come true! Bring your own pieces of literature, no matter how obscure, and hear Lois turn those words into beautiful art!

Mark Wiseman (Wiseguy)

The unofficial dean of erotic hypnosis education, Mark Wiseman (Wiseguy) brings his brand of humor and fun into classes that teach anyone how to use erotic hypnosis in a way that is safe, ethical, responsible, and hot.

In mundane life Wiseguy is a professional hypnotist, a teacher of professional hypnotists, and author of the books Mind Play: A Guide to Erotic Hypnosis and The Mind Play Study Guide, the first hypnosis books written expressly for the kink community.

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Erotic Hypnosis 101

Just getting started with erotic hypnosis? This overview gives you a broad view of what erotic hypnosis is about: what it is, how it’s used, and how an erotic hypnosis scene is structured and executed. Geared toward both the hypnotist and the hypnotee (subject).
Includes a demonstration scene with an audience volunteer. (Lecture/demo, 60-90 minutes, absolute beginner and up)

Kinky Human Tricks

This presentation is designed to answer the question, “They’re in trance; now what?” with demonstrations of some of the most popular erotic hypnosis techniques. Wiseguy covers things such as generating arousal, sensation play, hypnotic bondage/impact play, memory play, and hypnotically-induced orgasms.
Each demo includes explanation of the technique, some ideas for variations, and safety tips. (Demo with lecture; 60-90-120 minutes; for anyone)

The Art of Teaching

This community is all about sharing knowledge.
In this class, Wiseguy shares techniques and skills that can help you be more effective as a teacher or presenter, whether you teach kink at an event or just need to give presentations at your day job.
Learn how to organize your material to be easier to absorb, build rapport with your audience, psych yourself up before you start, and more.
(Lecture, but the whole class is actually a demo of the techniques discussed; 60 minutes; beginner and up, no hypnosis knowledge needed)

 

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