Calling all Golden Girls fans! There’s a convention planned for 2022


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Gather up your friends, pals and confidants and make plans to head to Chicago next April: The first-ever Golden Girls convention, formally named “Golden Con: Thank You For Being a Fan,” will take place from April 22-24, 2022, in Chicago’s historically LGBTQ Northalsted neighborhood.

The weekend-long event will be held at various venues throughout Chicago. Most official convention events will occur at the Center on Halsted, an LGBTQ community center. Some will be held at the famous video bar Sidetrack, a multi-level entertainment complex, and other nightlife venues within Chicago’s Northalsted and Lakeview neighborhoods.

Events planned for the convention include:

  • A “Greatest Gift” vendor’s market
  • A costume parade titled “Chicago: You’ve Got Style”
  • A weekend-long “Grab! That! Trivia! Dough!” battle
  • Specially themed nightlife events.

If you need even more incentive to pack your bags, convention planners report that they will announce more events, performers and special guest appearances in the months and weeks leading up to the convention.

This tweet from the official Golden-Con Twitter account mentioned that Chicago’s Hell in a Handbag Theater Company will perform live “Lost Episodes” parody shows.

“You’ll see Chicago’s own Hell In A Handbag Productions on stage at Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan April 22-24, 2022,” tweeted @GoldenConPals. “We’ve got lots more special guests to announce. Stay tuned.”

The sitcom ran from 1985 to 1992 but has since gained a cult following and remained a staple on television. Although they were taboo in the ’80s and early ’90s, the show featured many LGBT-themed episodes. The pilot included a gay male character, although Coco, the girls’ chef, played by Charles Levin, was written out of the series.

If you are interested in attending, stay tuned as tickets to access convention events inside the Center on Halsted for a specified day or days will go on sale in early 2022. Other events outside the center will not require tickets for entry unless otherwise specified by the event coordinators at that venue.

Ready for a trip to Chicago with your best girl friends?


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With such staying power comes the potential for multiple income streams, and everything from “Golden Girls” hot sauce to “Golden Girls” wallpaper (the type you put on your walls, not your phone screen) has made “Golden Girls” merchandise the perfect solution for kitsch gifts and quirky keepsakes. Just when we thought it had covered all bases, a new range of ceramic mugs has caught our attention.


The brand-new Cupful of Cute collection by by Jerrod Maruyama launched on July 30 and features features Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur), Rose Nylund (Betty White), Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan) and Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty). Each lady has her own ceramic mug that deserves pride of place on any home bar.


Everything from the clothes to the facial expressions is perfect, and of course, there are some Easter eggs — like Rose’s beloved teddy bear Fernando (yes, the one Blanche accidentally gave away) and Sophia’s iconic straw purse.


The set of four costs $89.99 at Toynk, or you can buy them separately if you want to choose your favorite character. Each mug holds up to 19 ounces of your favorite hot or cold beverages.


Unlike some of the ladies in question – they’re super low-maintenance. Because they’re made of ceramic, they’re microwave and top-shelf dishwasher safe. They’d go perfectly with that “Golden Girls” tiki mug set you treated yourself to last summer, right?


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