Family wins Best in Show at Costume Competition

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Thursday February 02, 2012

One South Burlington family recently took top awards at New England’s largest and most diverse science fiction and fantasy convention.  Skip and Wendy Farrell, with their daughters Tracy Farrell and Rebecca Janney, took Best in Show at the Arisia Convention 2012 masquerade. The event is the premier costuming competition in the northeast recognized by the International Costumers Guild. The quartet entered in the Novice category and are now Journeyman Costumers because of their award of Best in Show.

The Masquerade is a staged presentation of costumes. Presentations are usually about a minute long. Their presentation was about three girls who were “asked to leave” the Temporal Police Academy despite each having special skill sets. All were “taken away from all that” by Lord Charles Townsend (played by Skip) to become, “Charlie’s Fallen Angels.” As the trio struck the iconic freeze in silhouette at the end of their presentation, the theater erupted into applause and cheers.

Wendy is a member of the South Burlington Rotary Club, president of the College Street Congregational Church, and a resident of South Burlington. This was her third appearance in the Arisia Masquerade. Wendy sewed the costumes.

Skip is the owner of Farrell Vending Services and a South Burlington resident.  This was his second appearance in the Arisia masquerade. Skip collaborated in the creation of the costume presentation.

Rebecca is a Junior at South Burlington High School where she participates in speech club, drama club, band, chorus, and chamber singers. She recently played the title role in the SBHS drama production of “The Giver.” She is also a member of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Chorus.  This was Becca’s third appearance as a novice in the masquerade. Becca created props for the presentation.

Tracy is currently taking a break from her college studies. She works for Farrell Vending Services. She is a SBHS graduate and lives in South Burlington. This was her first appearance in the masquerade.  Tracy collaborated in creating the presentation and worked on props.

Another daughter, Arisia Huff, (yes, she was named after the convention) competed in the Young Fan category. She entered as “Golden Age Green Lantern” and won Best Comic Book Character for her presentation. The costume was also made by Wendy Farrell. Arisia attends fourth grade at Orchard School, where she played a policeman in their recent production of Annie.

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SOURCE: Wendy Farrell