2018 Freddy the Pig Convention

Mark Your Calendars for Freddyfest 2018!

Columbus Day Weekend (Sunday 10/7 — Tuesday 10/9)

with a special presentation by Michael Cart, biographer of Walter R. Brooks, on Saturday 10/6 in Rochester, NY

The Gould Hotel, Seneca Falls, NY

Seneca Falls is a Centerboro-ish small town in the Finger Lakes region, less than an hour from the airports in Syracuse or Rochester. Seneca Falls offers plenty of sites for those who might want to arrive early (or stay late) and explore — including the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the Seneca Museum of Waterways, the Erie Canal, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, among others. As a bonus, the leaves should be spectacular!


Our own Michael Cart – who literally wrote the book about Walter R. Brooks: Talking Animals and Others (The Overlook Press, 2009) – will share his wit and wisdom about Freddy’s creator at 1 pm on Saturday, October 6.

The event will be in the second floor conference room in the Rundel Memorial Building (the “old library”) at 115 South Avenue in Rochester, NY. (The room is directly off the lobby on that floor, next to the main stairs and across from an elevator.)

Our convention begins the next day in Seneca Falls, about an hour’s drive away, so this Rochester Public Library event might be a perfect beginning to a wonderful Columbus Day weekend!

Brooks lived in Rochester for several years early in his life and attended University of Rochester. Of course, the city is mentioned a number of times in the Freddy books. Michael will pay special attention to Walter’s Rochester connections, and a Q&A will follow the talk.

Thanks to member John Rhoades for getting the ball rolling on this by planting the seed with Rochester’s Office of the City Historian!


Preliminary Program plans include:

  • Women’s Rights, The Beecher Sisters, and Mrs.Bean
  • An appreciation of Jinx, the Cat
  • What Sorts of Kids Like Freddy books?
  • An Investigation into the Treatment of Canadians in the Freddy Books (and perhaps even a Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner!)
  • A spirited debate concerning the literary merits of Freddy and the Dragon on the 60th anniversary of its publication
  • and much, much more (especially if YOU do a presentation!)

We will hold our business meeting — open to all members who would like to attend — on Tuesday morning, 10/9. (Note: Columbus Day is celebrated on Monday — although not all schools and businesses are closed.)

Hotel Reservations and Convention Registration 

The Gould Hotel is holding a block of rooms for Friends of Freddy members at a rate of $99/night (including breakfast) for the Sunday and Monday nights. What’s more, if you want to arrive on Saturday, they have a limited number of rooms available (first come, first serve, they’ll be hosting a wedding group that night that’s taken most of the rooms) for $159.

The hotel itself is a “boutique” establishment featuring 48 very comfortable rooms on four floors (served by an elevator) with an excellent restaurant.  Take a peek at http://www.thegouldhotel.com/

Hotel Reservation Info:

Reserve now by calling 877-788-4010 and specifying the Friends of Freddy rate. (Note: The online reservations tab doesn’t provide access to the special rate, and our block for the rooms expires three months before the event. We’ll remind you early and often!)

Please note: You must register for the hotel and the convention separately.  

Convention Registration

Attendance is free, but we ask that you register as knowing how many people to expect will aid us in our planning. The convention registration form is available below or on the pull down menu on the tab labeled 2018 Freddy the Pig Convention. We are a casual bunch, so if you have any problems with the registration form, or have questions, please just reach out to us via email:  friendsoffreddy@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you in October!