On March 11th, the State of Arkansas was declared by the Governor to be in a state of emergency due to the Coronavirus pandemic. At that time we decided to abide by the advice of the state and city and reschedule our event for May.
We have been monitoring the situation as closely as possible since then. Last week, the State of Arkansas decided to keep students from returning to physical school buildings the rest of the year. It is estimated that peak amounts of cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas will be at the end of this month. The federal government is advising the public to stay at home as much as possible and not gather in groups larger than 10 until at least the end of April. Due to the seriousness of this virus, it is very probable that this advice to ‘stay at home’ will be extended until June. When we consider all of the things that we’ve listed, we feel that continuing to have our event in mid-May would not be a good decision if we want to hold the health and safety of all our wizard friends, family and the community in the highest regard.
That said, Wizard Way of the Ozarks 2020 will be postponed one more time and rescheduled once again and will now be held the weekend of August 1st and 2nd. We deeply apologize for having to move it again, but we feel that it is the most responsible decision we can make, given the circumstances.
All tickets that have already been purchased are being transferred to these new dates once again. Your ticket type and day will remain the same and we will update our schedule of events if any further changes are made. If there is a conflict with these new dates, please email us so that we can assist you.
The light at the end of this tunnel is that July 31st 2020 is a certain boy who lived’s 40th birthday, so our festival and wizard dance party will be a themed around his 40th HAPPEE BIRTHDAE Weekend! You know we’ll have cake, butterscotch beer, and frogs of chocolate ready for you.
Thank you for hanging in there with us - we know it will be worth it.
Your friends in magic,
Staci, Roland, Summer, Katy & the rest of the Wizard Way of the Ozark Prefects
Yesterday, Mayor Jordan declared a State of Emergency for the City of Fayetteville. We have been in communication with the City and they have asked for the cancellation of all large public and private gatherings until at least March 30th. The health and safety of our wizard friends, family and the community is our top priority and, after consulting the Town Center, we have decided to reschedule.
Our small group of prefects, just some regular folks with day jobs, have been working diligently for months to host this magical event. Countless hours have gone into making props, advertising, programming, logistics, and so much more… so we are definitely crestfallen but remain hopeful that our event will be even better once this public health emergency is over. Wizard Way of the Ozarks 2020 will now be held the weekend of May 16th and 17th. We are truly sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
All tickets are being transferred to these new dates. Your ticket type and day will remain the same and we will update our schedule of events if any changes are made. If there is a conflict with these new dates, please email us so that we can assist you. For anyone that wanted to come and does not have tickets, you can still purchase those at http://bit.ly/wizardway2020
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this chaos as we were so looking forward to this light of happiness in dark times. We assure you that what is to come will still be ‘bloody brilliant’!
We will see you in May. Chins and Wands up!
Your friends in magic,
Staci, Roland, Summer, Katy & the rest of the Wizard Way of the Ozark Prefects
Greetings Wizards and Witches!
(CURRENT Update 3/13/20 - We are working with the Town Center as well as the City of Fayetteville to find a solution on the status of our event. We will update everyone as we know more.)
(Update 3/12/20 - Click here to go to the Arkansas Department of Health Website to see the most recent updates on presumed and confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas.)
In light of recent events, we would like to address concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19).
While attending the convention, we ask that everyone use good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze and washing your hands often with soap and water. Hand sanitizers will also be made available throughout the convention for your convenience when handwashing is not immediately available.
Additionally, you can avoid handshakes by exchanging greetings with a curtsy and a bow or coming up with a secret no-contact hand shake.
If you have any medical complications that would make you more vulnerable to illness, please consult with your medical provider before deciding whether or not to attend. We also ask that guests who are showing signs of illness consult with their health care provider before attending the convention. We would love to have you, but your safety and that of others is our top priority.
For additional information concerning COVID-19 you can visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov .
We will continue to monitor the situation and give updates if there are any changes.
Signed in utmost sincerity,
Head Prefects on behalf of Wizard Way of the Ozarks
Greeting wizards and mugborns!
Our Headstudents have been busy planning for Wizard Way 2019 and we are so excited to let you know that tickets will go on sale for our upcoming event on January 20th at 2:30pm here!
Making magic for the good of our community is one of our greatest joys and without
you it wouldn't be possible! We've expanded to two days this year to accommodate demand - March 23rd and 24th 2019. Wizard Way 2019 will benefit Arkansas Support Network ‘s summer transition program for youth with developmental disabilities . Each day we will have the same vendors and most of the same entertainment available. Any differences will be outlined on our ticketing page.
General admission tickets will be $16 per person ages 5 and up. Kids under 4 get in for free.
Our activities and entertainment will be spread between the Fayetteville Town Center and the Chancellor Hotel this year. Outside of that, another addition is a separately ticketed Pub Crawl of Wizardry happening on Saturday Night Only on Dickson Street starting at Infusion - you will be able to purchase tickets to the pub crawl online ONLY at the same time as the con. The pub crawl ticket will include a brilliant t-shirt that you will receive at the end so you can proudly proclaim your astuteness at potions of a more alcoholic inclination!
As always, we're so excited about the opportunity to bring people with similar interests together - last year was a testament that many friendships were forged with fellow nerds that are worthy of any golden trios’ unbreakable bond!
If you have any questions, please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is plenty to do in Eureka Springs when you take a break from exploring the Crescent College of Magical Matriculation. This town has one of the most famous magical shop thoroughfares in North America (comparable to those in London) - to non magical folk it’s simply known as “Main Street” but to those in the arcane arts it’s known as “Wizard Way” (which may sound familiar) — if you stand there and look a bit deeper, open yourself up to the mischief and magic around you, you may notice the strange light in the alley ways... you may enter a shop and get a knowing nod from a wizened shopkeeper... meander beyond the curtains in a dusty old shop of curiosities.. you might be lucky enough to glimpse at the items of enchantment ordinarily hidden away from mugborns. The buildings are grand and old, their own magic undeniably emanates from the stones, wood, and iron used to build them. Join us at our winter ball but don’t forget to experience all the magic this little Ozarkian community has to offer!
Attention Wizards of the Ozarks (students and professors - pure, mugborn, or in between!) - the prestigious Crescent College of Magical Matriculation invites you to gather your finest dress robes, your best hat, and of course your wand to join us in a night of enchanting entertainment, a delectable feast, wizard rock, dancing, and more all in a town filled with curious shops and places. Professors and students from around the world are welcome to attend our winters ball for a ray of merriment in the cold weather. Come inside to ward off the frost by the fireplace, hang up your cloak, and get ready to have a magical time.
((We will be spending our evening partaking in these festivities at the bewitching and historic Crescent Hotel (We have it on good authority that famous wizards have studied here!) in beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas only 45 minutes from Fayetteville.))
There will be several different ticket options available that we will have details on as far as pricing and packages very soon. As an example, you might choose to only to attend the event itself, or you might want to also reserve one of the VIMF (Very Important Magic Folk) packages that includes at a discounted price to stay one or two nights in the dormatories (rooms) at this historic & beautiful place! The Crescent is graciously working with us to try to provide several opportunities to make a weekend of it - more details to come on all of that soon. You will have plenty of time to plan and decide :)
We regretfully must inform our underage friends that this event is only intended for Wizards and Witches above the age of 21. Formal / Magical dress is required - whatever you perceive that to be. Responsible spell casting will be allowed.
This event is being orchestrated by Wizard Way of the Ozarks and in the spirit of what we stand for it will be partially benefiting The Merlin Foundation as well as helping provide funding our next event so that we can make it bigger and better!
Sign up to receive more information as it becomes available via the Ozark Magic Post here: http://www.wizardwayoftheozarks.com/ozark-magic-post.html
The Crescent College of Magical Metriculation takes the higher education of our witches and wizards VERY seriously. Headmistress Eldrina Quillberry and the professors at our school feel as if the balance of the future depends (in large part) on their careful instruction... but they DO like to let loose every once in a while. What better opportunity than the yearly winter ball? However, this year... it's a little more special. For the first time we will be opening the doors to outside and international students of the arcane arts, in a quest to build a stronger wizarding community, in our region especially... in the beautiful Ozarks... We feel we can gain much from each other and trade knowledge and perhaps friendships. While the lore of the college is shrouded in mystery to mugborns, it's secrets will be revealed in short to all witchards open to discovering them as the time for this unique event draws closer.
Let us dust off our robes and flourish our wands for a fresh beginning. :)
We had such a grand time at our event in March and we would LOVE to continue to bring wizard-y magic to NW Arkansas! Just days ago, it was brought to our attention that Warner Brothers feels our naming of the event as well as a few other aspects were a little TOO close to their intellectual property for their comfort, regardless of it being something that we do not profit from but rather try to enrich our community through choosing a good cause to donate to.
It is of no consequence however -- We have decided to take this opportunity to make something all our own that we can celebrate together while paying homage to the stories we love so much and develop relationships with each other in our community. DiaCON's spirit will continue as 'WIZARD WAY OF THE OZARKS'.
We do hope that you will continue to keep the magic going with us despite this change, and we can all move forward to make it bigger and better than before while continuing to do the most good in our community as we know good wizards and witches would.
Wizard Way of the Ozarks Head Elves
It's with great happiness that we write that DiaCON Alley of the Ozarks 2018 was a resounding SUCCESS! We are so pleased with how things turned out and most importantly we are hearing from YOU how much you enjoyed it, which makes us all feel warm and fuzzy inside. There are definitely things that we could improve upon but as a whole we are so happy we were able to provide a fun experience and a place to make friends that will last a life time! Also I feel like it's worth mentioning that HUFFLEPUFF won the 2018 DiaCON House Cup (woo!)
We have one set of photos our photographers took and we're hoping to get the other set very soon from our other photographer so we can put galleries up for you to peruse. Also, we will be making our nonprofit donations to the NWA Children's Shelter and Raptor Rehab of Central Arkansas in the coming week, we will document that on facebook as well!
We already have ideas bubbling in our cauldrons for fun things to come so if you'd like to stay updated on that, please subscribe to the Ozark Owl Post in the top right hand corner!
We also are collecting applications for a variety of reasons (volunteers, merchants, entertainment, & panel ideas) for future events so you can join our little House Elf family too!
We're holding our wands up, ready for the next adventure!!
The DiaCON Alley Head House Elves
Whew! Time Flew!
When we began planning this event, we could have barely dreamed of what it would become. We are SO excited and we hope that you are too - wands in hand!! We have a few notes for attendees to be aware of mixed in with some frequently asked questions:
1. Payment methods -- during the event, when you are purchasing an item or service not included in your ticket, it is up to the individual vendors whether they accept cash or credit. *MOST* of them will accept credit/debit cards, however we do recommend you keep a small amount of cash on you just in case.
2. PARKING -- You are welcome to use the Fayetteville Town Center Parking deck, as well as parking spaces around the square (metered parking here is free on the weekends -- numbered spaces closer to Block / Dickson Street are free until 2pm and require payment after that) and there are also a few surrounding city parking lots (behind the old court house, behind bank of Fayetteville, etc). There will be close to 2000 attendees, so keep that in mind when you choose what time to show up and what parking may be available. Here's a parking map of the city to help you out:https://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2327
3. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items, however we will do our best to work with the Town Center to help you find them should something happen. Please leave valuable things at home or somewhere secure instead.
4. We will have ADA Liasons, one for each shift during the day, to assist those that have special needs and try to help accommodate them. Find a volunteer or Head House Elf during the day of if you need something specific and we will be happy to get them for you.
5. Sign ups for costume contests, bertie botts bean challenge, SPELLing bee, trivia, and common room games are done at the front at the sign up / registration table and are on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis. You are welcome to watch without having to sign up, and we have staggerd sign up times (available on our website) to try to be as fair as possible, but just be aware that these spots will fill up quickly.
6. We understand there will be people coming in costumes WHICH IS GREAT and we definitely encourage that -- BUT explosives (pretend confringo only!), knives, guns, or other weapons or likeness of weapons (outside of wands) even if they are just pretend and part of your costume ARE NOT ALLOWED. We appreciate your compliance!
Finally, have fun! We are so proud of Fayetteville and how they've come around to support us and we can't wait to benefit the NWA Children's Shelter!
Head House Elves of DiaCON Alley of the Ozarks
The birth of this event started with a regular nerdling reaching out to her group of friends and acquaintances that wanted to throw a cool party for our town (for adults and kiddos alike) where 'cool' meant nerding out about one of our favorite things in the universe - Harry Potter. There's only 6 of us on the core planning team (though we have had close to 50 people sign up to be volunteers to help make this happen! Wow -- THANK YOU!) - we're composed of teachers, parents, accountants, techies, nonprofit-ers, artists, just ordinary people with slightly fantastical dreaming wanting to believe there's magic in the world around us. We decided that we wanted to try to do this out of our own pockets and if it went well, maybe next year we'd have time to look for outside help. We're not wealthy benefactors, but we had big dreams about bringing the community together and supporting a local nonprofit in the process. We don't see this as a job (we have full time jobs outside of this, although it'd be pretty cool being a professional event wizard) and we're not looking to make money from it -- our goal is to provide this simply because we think Fayetteville is the perfect home for it.
We initially thought it would be a small event - we thought "Hey, it'd be cool if we had about 200 people show up." We haven't boosted posts, we haven't really done much marketing at all, because interest has gathered faster than we could say 'Expelliarmus!'. We had no idea. NOW it's like someone cast geminio - the event on Facebook currently has over close to 600 saying they would like to come and close to 5,000 interested! That is more than we ever anticipated!
Since we've had such an overwhelming response, we are realizing our venue will be smaller than the amount of people we can allow in that would like to participate (duly noted for next time!) and will be limited in how many tickets we can offer for sale while still keeping everyone comfortable space wise in the venue with everything going on.
We want to let you know what the admission pays for so you'll know what to your expectations should be for our day of fun!
Tickets will be $12 for general admission, $9 for kids ages 5 - 12, and kids under 4 will be free. Note: Brown Paper Tickets does charge a service fee of 99 cents plus 3.5% of the ticket price which comes out to about $1.50 for a general ticket), but tax is already included in the $12 price.
What your ticket to DiaCON Alley of the Ozarks will include:
- Entry to the town center for the entirety of the event (you can come and go). We do hope you'll come enjoy the event in costume but it's not required.
- Photo opportunities with props, backdrops, and costumed characters all throughout.
- First 100 people to enter will receive a tote with a few little goodies.
- Access to shop amongst the 37 vendors included in our own version of a wizarding shopping alley. Examples of the types of vendors: 6 themed sweets and drink vendors (yes to butterbeer and pumpkin juice!), some wizardy inspired artisans (jewelry, bath products, wands, plushies, knit goods, art, and more!), some merchants with HP items, a professor of divination (I bet she knows Professor Trelawny!), face painting vendor, fake tattoo vendor (get your dark mark!), and a professional photo booth.
- Free entry into a costume contest (if you choose to sign up and participate!) and Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans challenge, maybe even a wizarding SPELLing bee.
- Access to "The Common Room" - tables will be set up for a game area where we will have some themed table top games available to play.
- Activities such as a sorting hat area (where you will be sorted and get your own house bracelet), an event wide magical scavenger hunt, table top quidditch, and more.
- Our "Room of Requirement" - panels happening every hour or so- we will have Raptor Rehab here (owls!), the U of A Quidditch Team, the Mad Scientist (wizard?) Potions Science Show, Harry Potter Trivia, Advanced Potions Class (21+ only please!), and a few more we're nailing down as well as things on stage such as our two Costume Contests. Schedule will be released a couple weeks before the event.
- House Point Raffles throughout the day - vendors and volunteers will be handing out "house points" based on what house you're in! You will return any won points to the house point area that will enter you in raffles for awesome items donated to us by our vendors as well as a few additional items we will have (more about prizes later!). The house that wins the 'house cup' at the end of the day will enter them into a raffle to win something special!
Your ticket is also going to do good on top of all of the above things you will experience-- A large percentage of the profits from this event will go to the Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter (they will have representatives there as well, doing their own activity). If this event goes well, as we think and hope it will, anything left over will be contributed toward making next time even bigger and better.
Thank you for hanging in there with us, thank you for your support. We're looking forward to sharing this day with you and hope that you'll have a wonderful time if you're able to come. We're working our hardest and know what we see in the Mirror of Erised :)
- DiaCON Alley of the Ozarks Head House Elves
“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”
– Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince