I was talking with some friends about the impending lack of pony conventions in the east. We kind of joked around about starting a new event and that's as far as it went because none of us have any experience in the convention business (though one guy will tell the story of how he was once on staff at a convention where the official attendance was 1 if asked.) We did have a name and a mascot and that's it. The site as we imagined it would be somewhere between PA and VA, possibly near DC or Baltimore.
After the conversation, I started thinking that maybe with the right help and connections, it might be possible to make happen. Such an event would be nowhere near the scale of Bronycon, we would be targeting a few hundred people at most the first time. I personally am not the right person to make this happen, but as we had some good ideas I feel preliminary discussion could begin towards the possibility of such an event. Putting this together from nothing would take a long time, so even as we prepare for Bronycon 2019 I think brainstorming should begin. The first step once the idea is more solid would probably be a fundraiser in 2019 which if successful we could probably choose a site and date! Keep in mind this is a pipe dream right now and may but probably not actually lead to an event so don't plan around it at this time.
The name MAREcon comes from "Mid-Atlantic Regional Equestrians" and we have a design concept for a mascot named Safe Harbor. Only one image exists of her at this time but if the discussion gains traction she will make an appearance!
Now let the preliminary brainstorming begin