FFF® #52 Flea Feedback Meeting

When: March 6, 2019 7:10 PM (BE IN THE BUILDING PRIOR TO 7:00PM)
Where: Video Conference Room | NonProfit Center | 89 South Street, Boston, MA 02111

Can’t attend in person? Join remotely via
Phone: 857-226-4343

Remote Meeting Etiquette Reminders

1. Anyone dialing in will be asked to introduce themselves and their preferred pronouns.
2. When not speaking, please put your device on mute to minimize background noise/distractions.
3. All callers should listen respectfully when others are speaking
4. Everyone is expected to follow these and general meeting etiquette.

FFF® #52 – Follow Up: Meet & Greet with NELA’s Board

In an effort to increase transparency and accountability, we held our scheduled “Meet & Greet with the NELA Board” Saturday morning from 9-10:30am in the Rotunda.  We took this opportunity to answer questions about the arrangements for medical and emotional care support at this year’s Fetish Fair Fleamarket ®.  We were able to explain that, this year, we had an attorney review the contracts with organizations that we had worked previously worked with and were planning on working with again this year.   

We explained that our decision not to ultimately hire Operation Hammond, was in no way a reflection on the services that they have provided to NELA and its attendees in the past.  We also shared that this decision was made after several months of contract negotiations and attempts to revise the contract to meet NELA’s needs, but time constraints prevented further attempts.  The largest factor in this decision was the fact that paying Operation Hammond for their services puts NELA, a 501(c) 3 corporation, at significant potential for legal liability.

With regards to an emotional care and support response team: an issue was identified several weeks ago regarding last year’s team which led us to decide that we were not able to utilize the same team.  Until the week prior to the Flea, we fought to find alternative, appropriate solutions. Our goal for the future is to promptly notify the community of these kinds of issues and related decisions. 

FFF® #52 – Important Flea Information – The Details!

We’re down to five days away from the Flea and we’re getting a lot of questions with regards to some logistical information about the event.  Here is some helpful information:

Hotel Check-In/Check-Out:

All hotels have a check-in time of 3PM.  Unless you have made arrangements with the hotel for late departure, check-out is 11AM for the Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Express and Noon for the Hilton Garden Inn

Hotel Shuttles/Valet Parking:

We’re waiting for the final shuttle schedule and will publish it here as soon as it is available, which we expect to be no later than Tuesday (2/12) evening.

United Parking will provide valet services at the Crowne.  Cost for valet parking is $10/vehicle paid upon each arrival or $30 for a weekend pass (unlimited drop off/retrieval).

Valet parking hours will be:
Friday, February 15, 2019 from 4PM to 3AM
Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 8AM to 3AM
Sunday, February 16, 2019 from 8AM to 4PM

Event Registration:

Event registration for both on-site ticket purchases and the pick-up of pre-registration tickets will take place in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza as follows:

Friday, February 15, 2019 from 3PM-10PM
Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 8AM-9PM
Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 9AM-3PM

Programming/Classes/Evening Events:

Our amazing class line-up begins at 6PM on Friday evening and the last class ends at 3:30PM on Sunday. 

Details can be found here – https://fetishflea.com/programming/

Tickets to the performance by the Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (BPSI) will be available at the door. You can also buy advance tickets, including a limited number of VIP tickets, to the BPSI event here – https://fetishflea.com/fff52-sat-events/

Cocktails, Boots & Chocolate event tickets are $5 at the door only (no online ticket sales).


You asked, we listened!! In addition to Vendor’s Row being open on Friday evening, so will the Grand Ballroom vendors!

Grand Ballroom Vending Hours will be:
Friday, February 15, 2019 from 6PM-10PM
Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 10:30AM-6PM
Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 10:30AM-4PM

NELA Associates gain EARLY entry to the Grand Ballroom vendors from 10AM-10:30AM on both Saturday and Sunday!

Note: There may be some vendors in the Ballroom who have chosen not to open on Friday evening.

As always, Vendor’s Row is open at the discretion of each individual vendor.

If there are any details that we’ve missed or you have any other questions, either comment below or submit an inquiry through our website, here – https://fetishflea.com/contact/

Thank you and SEE YOU VERY SOON!!

FFF® #52 – 2/6 – LAST Flea Planning Meeting!

Remotely attend via
Phone: 720-835-5603 | PIN: 87096
Computer: https://www.uberconference.com/nelaonline

Agenda for tonight’s meeting as follows:

7:15-7:20PM   Introductions

7:20-8:50PM   Topics for Discussions as follows:

  • FFF52 Hotel status
    • Room Allocations
    • BEOs
    • Construction Update
    • Pre-Con Meetings
      • Awareness Meeting w/Hotel
        • Wed, Feb 13 @ 3:30pm
        • Attendees – Board, Scott,
      • Pre-Con (BEO Review)
        • Follows Awareness Meeting
        • Attendees – Anyone w/BEOs
    • **Reminder: Open Board Meeting – Wed, Feb 13 @ 7pm
  • Programming
    • Classes/Evening events
    • Status: Volunteer call
  • General Volunteers
    • Status: Volunteer call
  • Vendors
    • Status of permits & payments
  • Operations
    • Protocol status
    • Radio protocol status
    • Dispatch position/schedule
  • Police Detail
  • Non-Hotel Contracts
  • IRT/ERT Status
  • Accessibility
  • Program Book
    • Done!
  • Advertising/Publicity
    • Possible radio spots?
    •  ‘Goody bags’
      • The Society – Bags
      • Bag stuffing contents
  • Other items/Open

8:50PM-8:55PM         Break

8:55PM-9:40PM         Executive Session