A welcome letter from the Con Chair:
- Greetings Fellow Kinkfolk,
- Welcome to the 42nd Fetish Fair Fleamarket®. It’s the Meaning of Life! The Board and volunteers of NELA are delighted that you can share in our adventure, and have a wonderful time. Thank you for being part of this across all these years.
- We sincerely want you to have a fun-filled and safe weekend. Please respect the hotel as if it were your home; playing and shopping responsibly goes a long way to achieving that. Our event has never allowed nudity and we ask that in public spaces, especially areas outside our check-points, you exercise good taste. All of us differ in our abilities and skills, please be mindful of those who might not be as agile, or facile. What we do is based on the cornerstone of consent. Please be sure that it is in everything that you do. If, at any time, you feel unsafe, uncomfortable, or unwell, please seek out a NELA officer, or a member of our Safety Staff, or, if neither is available, a member of the hotel staff.
- For the first time in a long time, we are in a different venue, so many things might be different (and we hope, better) than what has gone before. If you miss something, and want to see it return, or have ideas on how to make things better, there are always the feedback forms, so we might be able to continue to serve you. We have gone out of our way to make this FFF as accessible as possible, please take full advantage of it.
- Flea guests may purchase admission wristbands Friday night from 5pm-9pm, Saturday from 8am-8pm, and Sunday from 9am-3pm. NELA Associates have a chance to get a jump on the shopping for a half-hour before everyone has access to the vendors at 10:30am on Saturday and Sunday, so if you want that one-of-a-kind thing, or want to beat the crowds, you can start then! Classes and social activities run from a little after 6pm on Friday through 1am Saturday, 9am on Saturday through 1am Sunday, and 10am on Sunday through 3:15pm. Don’t forget, folks, that we do the Daylight Savings Time Dance Sunday morning at 2am-3am.
- Not a NELA Associate yet? Has your time expired? You can come by our table all weekend and get or update your NELA Associate Benefit Card (ABC) which entitles you to free or reduced-rate prices admission to NELA events through New England, discounts on merchandise from a number of vendors, and discounts to get into many other non-NELA events. NELA’s educational programming and SIG meetings continue year-round, so come out to see us, across the year. Our charitable giving and our support of special programs like the ‘Ayem Willing’ Volunteer Travel Fund and Educational Trav- el Fund aids not only dozens of kink and kink friendly organizations but helps educate those that might otherwise not be able to travel to bring back knowledge from afar. We hope NELA’s advocacy will continue to help the world become a safer place for those of us in our vast and varied community to express our sexuality day by day, year by year.
- Percy and Jack - Co-Con Chairs of FFF#42
A welcome letter from the Organization:
- If one had to pick a ‘theme’ for NELA leading into the new year, it would be one of transition. 2014 sees NELA relocating the Winter Flea to a different town and a new hotel (two of them, actually), with different classes and new vendors, and a new group of volunteers and attendees. Additionally, NELA has recently supported the formation of a new NELA SIG (special Interest Group), Trans* Spectrum Kinksters, which aims to provide education and community for trans*, gender non-conforming, and gender variant folks.
- This has also been a time of transition for the Board of NELA. Following our recent election, we welcome long-time volunteers Dyanne & Rob and Phyllis as new Board members – Rob & Dyanne as the incoming Co-holders of the Secre- tary position, and Phyllis, as our incoming Member-At-Large. In a similar vein we say goodbye to Kyle as he finishes his term as Secretary for the Board. And we’d like to take this time to recognize and thank Danny, our longest-serving Board member, for his lengthy and illustrious service to NELA and the community as he steps down from the Board after 15 years with the organization. We ask that attendees to stop by Danny’s booth, Leather By Danny, at some point during this weekend and offer their thanks as well (and maybe their cash, too – he’s got some neat stuff for sale!). Despite the many changes this last year has seen, there is one constant: NELA’s commitment to its mission of education, advocacy, and charitable giving. Your presence at the FFF helps support that mission. We’re glad to have you with us.
- Jack - Chair, New England Leather Alliance
The New England Leather Alliance would like you to be aware of the following Rules of Conduct for the FFF:
Violation of any of these rules may be reason for ejection from event areas without refund.
- Playing/scenes or any sexual activity in public is prohibited. Restrooms are considered public areas. Exposure of any bodily fluids or effluence, whether through sexual contact, piercing/cutting, soiled diaper changing, or other forms of play, is prohibited in all public areas.
- You may briefly try out items for sale on yourself if you have permission from the vendor, provided you do not violate the previous rule.
- Smoking is prohibited inside the hotel or event facilities. When smoking outside, please be courteous to others.
- Food/drink is prohibited in vending areas.
- Admission price is good for entry to all vending areas and classes for the day(s) that you purchased.
- You must keep your wristband on at all times. Broken wristbands are void and cannot be used for entry.
- Classes are first-come, first-serve to the limit of the room. Do Not enter a room that has a sign posted that it is full.
- This is an 18+ event. All minors will be refused entry, including infants.
- Live animals and non-human pets are prohibited, with the exception of service animals.
- Please respect the privacy of others. What you see here, stays here.
Cell Phone Policy
- Cell phone use in public areas (anywhere outside of private hotel rooms) is discouraged, cell phones with uncovered camera lenses are strictly prohibited.
- Classroom, lounges, socials, events: No visible or audible cell phones permitted.
- Play Party: No cell phones, period.
- Cell phones may be used in public spaces, including vending areas, specifically hallways, restaurants, lobby, elevator, etc - provided that the lens for any camera on the device is visibly covered and blocked from use. Absolutely no photography is permitted, unless you are an authorized and badged event photographer.
- Any one observed using a cell phone in a public space will be subject to having staff and/or security checks to be sure cameras are covered and that no photos have been taken. Violation of our No Photography Policy and Covered Lens on Cell Phones can result in being removed from the event, and possibly banned from all future NELA events, as well as legal action being taken against the violator.
The Fetish Fair Fleamarket® does not allow nudity. We have always stressed courtesy and appropriate dress in public areas. "Sidewalk Friendly" attire is required, which is not the same as "street legal." "Legal" means a thong and pasties - we have always required a bit more to insure the comfort of all attendees. In all public areas, no bare butt cheeks, and no bare breasts or breasts covered only in Liquid Latex, this includes having your breast/butt covered by something sheer or see-through and nothing else under it.
FFF Private Event and Party Policy
- Private events (any event, party or other activity not specifically sanctioned by NELA or the FFF) shall be kept inside the guest rooms with doors leading to the hall kept closed, and shall not impede/ block any hallway, fire escape or flow of foot traffic.
- Locations of private events within the host or overflow hotel may not be publicly advertised by any means. This includes online, at tables of vendors/organizations or elsewhere on hotel property.
- Please invite people to your event by direct invitation only. Violation of this policy may be reason for terminating the party or ejection from event areas without refund.
- Attendees and Vendors are prohibited from taking pictures or video in any public area of the venue. Public areas are "Any area in the hotel that is not a private hotel room".
- The FFF respects your privacy. However, recall that you are at a public event and you are your own best protection. FFF Productions, NELA, our host hotels, and our partner sponsoring groups and producers will not be liable in the event that your picture is taken.
- Please note that there will be some authorized photographers present at this event. You should be aware of them if you do not want to appear in any picture. All authorized photographers will have a badge that they will display at all times, and they are instructed to obtain your explicit permission before taking any photograph (even if your face is obscured). These are the only photographers allowed.
- Camera phones and video phones are everywhere but we’re asking you not to use them or any other camera in public space. Reports of your unauthorized photography or recording of any kind will result in your being removed from the event without refund.
- It is proper procedure for authorized photographers to ask first before taking a photo. Harassing attendees for photos is forbidden. If someone pressures you for a photo, or takes an unauthorized photo “on the sly” please report it to us immediately. If you think you have been photographed without your consent, you have the right to demand the film from the photographer or to check their digital files and delete the ones you are in.
- If a photographer asks you to pose for a photo and you agree, be sure to sign a photo release form.
- Attendees entering into agreements to be photographed privately are strongly encouraged to check the references of the person they are dealing with, to have someone they know and trust with them during any private photo shoot, and to resolve all issues of compensation and the rights to the images before beginning a private photo shoot.
- Members of the media are welcome at our event, but we ask that you obtain a press pass from us and that you follow certain rules as pertain to our attendees privacy and comfort.
- The Fetish Fair Fleamarket has been making headlines since 1992. Among the newspapers and periodicals that have featured us: Houston Press, Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Tip Out Magazine, Boston Phoenix, Stuff @ Night, Creative Loafing, The Improper Bostonian, The Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, and Bay Windows. Almost every newspaper in the northeast carried an Associated Press Wire story about the event in 2000. Event creator and director Cecilia Tan has spoken about the fleamarket with WEEI radio’s Dennis and Callahan, on WFXT TV, and WFNX radio, among others.
- To get on the press list/guest list for an upcoming event, Contact Us to make your request. Include what publication or media organization you represent, and we will follow up by email. We can discuss if you have any needs. We can help you find interview subjects, explain jargon, and much more.
- When you arrive, check in at our main desk to get a press/photo pass (which you must wear) and sign a release of liability. You can also pick up the class schedule and other important information there.
- No Video Cameras in Public Space - Because of privacy concerns, no video cameras are allowed in event areas. We have had videographers on site in private rooms before, taping interview subjects in private. You may make these kinds of arrangements with us in advance.
- Signed Releases Are Required - You must provide your own release forms to your models.
- You must display your media badge at all times.
- Still-photography is allowed only of individuals who have consented to being photographed and who have signed a release. No crowd shots, no bystanders in the shot. If anyone thinks you took their picture (even if their face was not in it) without their consent, the image must be deleted or destroyed.
- No Blocking Traffic or Interference - Photographers, please be considerate when stopping to take photos in hallways where you might be blocking the flow of traffic or in vendor booths where you may be interfering with people’s business.