In 2004, the Chicagoland Browncoats decided to hold a one-night banquet that was planned as a formal Sino-Western ball like the one in the Firefly episode “Shindig.” The event was such a hit that Browncoats decided not only that they would do it annually, but also that they would host it in a different city every year. This unique shindig, officially dubbed the “Browncoat Ball,” has moved from location to location, year after year, and has gradually evolved into a full weekend of social activities, sightseeing at local tourist attractions and celebrating all aspects of the Firefly and Serenity ‘verse.
Previous Browncoat Balls have been held in Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Austin, Portland, Charlotte, Warwick (RI), Albuquerque, Phoenix, Greenville (SC), Virginia Beach, Salt Lake City, and most recently Gettysburg, PA. This year’s Browncoat Ball will be held August 17-19 in Washington, DC.
I attended my first (but hopefully not only) Browncoat Ball last year, and after my weekend at the Gettysburg shindig, I am convinced that every serious fan of Firefly and Serenity should make it a point to attend this event at least once. While every ball is different, I hope that the following account of my time at last year’s ball might give you some idea of what to expect if you decide to go.
We here at Take Back the Sky are all manner of excited to announce that we will be a part of Can’t Stop the Serenity Pittsburgh again this year.
CSTS Pittsburgh has graciously allowed Take Back the Sky to have a table in the lobby of the Hollywood Theater during their event, at which those in attendance will be able to sign our petition to SpaceX and Elon Musk asking them to name their first manned Dragon V2 spacecraft Serenity.
Over the years, Browncoats the world over have found a variety of creative ways to express their love of Firefly and Serenity. One of the most unique has been through song, and Firefly-friendly artists like the Bedlam Bards and Marian Call are quite well known in the Browncoat community.
Another musician with whom more and more Browncoats are becoming well acquainted is Sean Faust. Faust, who lives in Bergen County, New Jersey, has become a regular fixture at CSTS events in the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia area in recent years. His new song “Signal,” which was inspired by the movie Serenity, was released on May 20, and Faust will be donating a portion of the proceeds from its sales to Equality Now through Can’t Stop the Serenity.
Take Back the Sky recently interviewed Sean Faust about the new single, as well as his love of music and the Firefly ‘verse.