Honored Guests


Guests of Honor: Misbehavin’ Maidens

Misbehavin' Maidens

“Funny, filthy, feminist, fandom folk”

The Misbehavin’ Maidens are a bawdy nerd-folk comedy band comprised of four women from the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore area with a love of feminist, sex-positive music, LGBTQIA+ representation, parodies, drinking & fandom references for the 19+ geek crowd.

Their debut album, Busted, was released in 2015; their second album, Sloppy Seconds, was released in 2017; and their third album, Swearing is Caring, was released in July 2019.




Toastmaster: Via Bella

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Via Bella
is a songwriting and performing duo made up of Erin and Rand Bellavia.* If “Feminist Nerd Rock” sounds like something you’d like, you just found your new favorite band. Their debut album The Way of Beauty was released in 2018, and includes songs addressing many fandoms, including Agent Peggy Carter, Westworld, Orphan Black, A Wrinkle in Time, the October Daye books, and the Princess Bride. Their song “Cliffs of Insanity” has been thrice nominated for a Pegasus Award, and “Fight Like a Girl” was nominated for Best Filk song in 2018.

They both sing. Rand plays guitar. Erin’s been known to wear a costume or two. They smell nice. It’s a good time. You should check them out.

* You might know Rand from his other band Ookla the Mok.




Honored Listeners: Dennis, Sharon, & Kaitlin Palmer

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Dennis and Sharon Palmer have been involved with OVFF for a long time now. As attendees of the first OVFFs, then being involved with the concom. Their daughter, Kaitlin, attended OVFF when she was only a few months old. They now help behind the scene with the stage set-up.










Interfilk Guest: James Mahaffey

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James Mahaffey is a native Midwesterner who is now a transplanted “Texan-by-marriage”. His introduction to filk began with friends who convinced him to work the first FenCon convention. He spent the next ten years as ConOps before volunteering as “the sound guy” and co-ConChair. He also serves on the board of directors for the Dallas Future Society and was ConChair for the first two WhoFest conventions, organized by DFS.

Professionally, he works as an architectural services consultant. He is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and bassist. In 2017, he released his first CD, Transit, with his project band, The Scrap Merchants.










New Voices: Familiar

In 2011, a soprano who loved epic fantasy and role playing games found a composer who loved Star Trek and video games. As the pair got to know each other, the composer’s fascination with the intricacies of prog rock and metal wove its way into the soprano’s passion for Irish music and filk. The resultant duo in music (and eventually marriage!) has been playing together for the last ten years as Familiar, writing songs that range in topic from Ancient Egyptian mythology to Space Invaders. We have been grateful for the opportunity to previously perform at Pittsburgh’s Confluence both in-person and virtually, as well as Chessiecon in Baltimore, MD, and have released several albums through Bandcamp