The Catsbury Park Cat Convention will be hosting a multitude of meet and greet opportunities, events, workshops and presentations over the course of the weekend. As details are announced you will find them here. General admission tickets are required for entry into all our ticketed events.
Lil’ Bub – VIP Meet & Greet Ticket
The Asbury Hall, Asbury Hotel / Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am – $100
Finally, a very rare opportunity to meet and pet Lil BUB while making a very generous donation to homeless pets! This event is limited to 100 tickets. Saturday is SOLD OUT.
Here’s what you get with your M & G ticket:
Meet Bub! • Pet Bub! • Get a photo with Bub! • Receive an Exclusive Limited Edition 12″ x 12″ Signed BUB Photo Print • Get free admission to The Story of Lil BUB: A Multimedia Experience
ALL Proceeds benefit Lil BUB’s Big FUND & Catsbury Park Inc.
The Story of Lil’ Bub
The Paramount Theatre / Saturday at 4pm – $15
“The Story of Lil’ Bub”, Lil’ Bub and her “dude” Mike Bridavsky offer a personal and intimate account of their story together which is at times both touching and hilarious. The presentation is accompanied by rare photos and video, to be followed by a Q&A with Mike and Lil’ Bub herself.
Klaus – VIP Meet & Greet Ticket
The Asbury Hall, Asbury Hotel / Sunday at 2:15pm – $50
We know many of you were looking forward to meeting Oskar, but his sudden passing in early February changed the plan. Although Oskar’s wonder (Mick) considered cancelling his travel plans there is simply too much about Oskar’s life that’s worth sharing with other cat lovers! In the adventurous and brave spirit of Oskar, his best friend Klaus will take his place! We hope that many of you will join Mick to learn about Oskar’s amazing life, his work with blind children and adults, and get a ticket to meet Klaus too! Klaus’ meet-and-greet will officially be the launch of the Oskar & Klaus Foundation! This event is limited to 100 tickets. Additional details are coming soon! P.S. You do not have to wear a tie to meet Klaus.
Here’s what you get with your M & G ticket:
Meet Klaus! • Pet Klaus! • Get a photo with Klaus! • Get free admission to The Story of Oskar the Blind Cat
ALL Proceeds benefit The Oskar & Klaus Foundation & Catsbury Park Inc.
Nala – VIP Meet & Greet Ticket
The Asbury Hall, Asbury Hotel / Saturday & Sunday at 5pm – $75
Finally, a very rare opportunity to meet and pet Nala while making a very generous donation to homeless pets! This event is limited to 100 tickets.
Here’s what you get with your M & G ticket:
Meet Nala! • Pet Nala! • Get a photo with Nala!
Nala and her owners (Pookie & Shannon) will also be doing a presentation on Saturday at 11:30am. The presentation will include a talk and Q&A about Nala and social media. This presentation is INCLUDED in your General Admission ticket, so everyone can come and see Nala and hear her story.
Pudge – VIP Meet & Greet Ticket
The Asbury Hall, Asbury Hotel / Saturday 2:15pm– $50
Finally a very rare chance to meet Pudge at the Jersey Shore!! Pudge is a girl with a fabulous mustache who is conquering the world of social media. One of her many talents include crafting on her YouTube channel, where she shows you how to make cat-centric DIY projects from toys for your cat, to cat accessories for yourself.
Saving Kittens’ Lives
Paramount Theatre / Saturday at 1:15pm – $20
Covering the essential knowledge needed to raise kittens, with a special focus on neonatal kitten care:
• Basic care for orphan neonatal kittens
• Feeding, bathroom and medical care
• How to set up your home for kittens
• Self care and compassion fatigue
Community Cats 101
Paramount Theatre / Sunday at 1:15pm – $20
Covering effective practices for humanely managing and caring for community cats, including trap-neuter return, feral kitten socialization, and colony care:
• How and why TNR saves cats’ lives
• How to practice TNR in a safe, fun, and effective manner
• Contingency planning for sick cats, nursing moms, feral kittens, etc.
Hobbikats – VIP Meet & Greet Ticket
The Asbury Hall, Asbury Hotel / Sunday at 2:15pm – $35
Finally, a very rare opportunity to meet and pet 2 of New Jersey’s most famous cats!
Teddy defines cuteness overload! The 2-year Oriental Shorthair, is a native of the Jersey Shore and has captivated his social media audience with his unique honk for a meow and uncanny resemblance to the actor Adam Driver (think Kylo Ren / Star Wars!) and Dobby from the Harry Potter franchise. Teddy also enjoys showing off his very long legs and agility in pictures and videos which have now toppled the 10 million mark.
Dexter is new to the social media scene but has taken it by storm with his black cat attitude and adorable smile that includes some serious fang action! The one-year- old Oriental Shorthair is the cutest Jersey Shore house panther you will ever lay your eyes on and his antics in front of the camera and on video has made him a vampurr to cuddle and adore. When not showing off for the world to see, he can be found in a pile with his brothers Teddy, Stache and Bindi..
Here’s what you get with your ticket:
Meet Teddy! • Meet Dexter! • Get a pictures with these one of a kind cats! • Pet them both!
Yoga With Cats!
Asbury Hall, Asbury Hotel / Saturday & Sunday 10am
Come bend and stretch with adoptable cats from the MCSPCA & Jersey Shore Animal Foundation and Catsbury Parks own Yoga instructors Stef, Michele & Jon. Classes will be designed to include everyone with no level of experience needed. Think of it more as a relaxing way to start your day, surrounded by cats, doesn’t get any better really, does it?
General Admission Tickets are NOT required to participate in Yoga with Cats!
MORE MEET & GREET AND PRESENTATIONS STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED...
EVENTS INCLUDED WITH YOUR GA TICKET
Paul The Cat Guy
Upstairs at Convention Hall / Saturday at 11:30am
Catsbury Park Cat Convention is extremely happy to welcome Paul to our very first convention here in Asbury Park and look forward to hearing all about his life as “Paul the Cat Guy”. This presentation is INCLUDED in your General Admission ticket, his inspirational story is not to be missed, and you will also be able to participate in a Q&A session.
The Paramount Theatre / Saturday at 11:30am
Nala and her owners (Pookie & Shannon) are excited to share with us the story of Nala. The presentation will include a talk and Q&A about Nala and social media. Entry is INCLUDED with your General Admission Ticket.
Convention Hall / Sunday at 2:30pm
Amanda Brennan is a internet librarian who specializes in researching tag data to better understand the inner workings of online communities. She has also done extensive work on meme culture, focusing on the historical trends within meme history and famous internet cats. In her current role as Tumblr’s Senior Content Insights Manager, she runs The Fandometrics, which ranks fandoms in nine different entertainment categories. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Drew University and a Masters of Library & Information Science, specializing in social media, from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She blogs at memelibrarian.com and is found everywhere else as @continuants.
Catsbury Park Cat Convention
Juried Art Show
Parlor Gallery and Catsbury Park presents: “Making Muffins”
Submissions from around the country are welcomed in all 2D and 3D mediums (excluding video and performance art). We encourage artists from all backgrounds and styles to submit work. Up to 25 finalists will be selected for inclusion in our group show at Catsbury Park Cat Convention, from April 7th and 8th. Winners will be announced at the opening. Enter for your chance to win a cash prize and to have your art featured at Catsbury Park in Asbury Park, NJ.
+ 1 image for each 2D work submitted, 2 images for each 3D work submitted
• Work details (title, year, medium, dimensions, price)
• Pricing: $30 for 3 submissions ($5 for each additional submission). Payment can be made via PayPal using email@example.com. Please include “Juried Art Show Submission” in the special instructions section.
+ All entries ate to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
+ All entries must be submitted by March 22, 2018
+ Size limit: Paintings – 2×2 feet; Sculptures – 5 x 4 feet
All submitted artworks must be for sale (priced at a reasonable market rate) and available to be exhibited from April 7th-May 31st 2018.
When an artwork is sold, a percentage of the sale will go towards Catsbury Park and Parlor Gallery and 50% goes to the artist.
• Jenn Hampton – Co-curator and Co-owner of Parlor Gallery, Curator of the Wooden Walls Project
• Porkchop – Local Asbury Artist
• Victoria Reis – Co-Founder, Executive & Artistic Director of Transformer
• Lil Brian – Catsbury Parks very own celebrity cat
• DJ Bornschein- Founder of Catsbury Park & Catsbury Park Cat Convention
• 1st Place – Cash Prize and featured artist at Catsbury Park
• 2nd Place – Cash Prize and featured artist at Catsbury Park
• 3rd Place – Cash Prize and featured artist at Catsbury Park
The wonderful folk over at Neptune Tattoo will have a booth inside the convention with a selection of specially designed cat tattoos (no custom tattoos). Make the convention memorable, forever! If you get the Catsbury Park logo tattoo, you will receive free entry into Catsbury Park Cafe for an entire year (Just sayin’)!! No appointments, first in first served.
Cuts for Cats
CPCC is pleased to welcome Larry Cadillac to our vendor floor with a special Cuts for Cats booth! They will be offering both men’s and women’s cuts, blowouts and orange hair extension at a discounted price. All profits from hair services will be donated to Catsbury Park. They will also have different hair products and some super cool Larry Cadillac merch available! No need to book in for a hair appointment BEFORE the convention, you can get one while you’re there and help raise money for the kitties at the same time.
Tarot Card Readings
Secret location / Saturday & Sunday from 2pm – 7pm
Catsbury Park’s local celebrity cat, Lil’ Brian will be offering cat related card readings along with The Tarot Trade (www.thetarottrade.com) Sign up for a reading with Lil’ Brian at the Catsbury Park merch booth.
Lil Brian will be appearing Saturday April 7 & Sunday April 8 2018 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. If interested in a read before Lil Brian arrives, limited space is available with The Tarot Trade at www.thetarottrade.com.
The readings offered are 20 minutes for 3 cards and a donation of $20, 30 minutes for a 5 card read for a $30 donation or for a $50 donation, receive a 60 minute 10 card consolation for you, or about your favorite feline. What is your cat really thinking—Lil Brian can tell you what the cards have to say about it!
Felt & Foam
Vendor Village / Saturday
Daimon Santa Maria and Jon Francis are afraid of puppets to be honest. It seems like they’ve always been there, covering their right hands, saying ridiculous things and waving thin arms around in the air with reckless abandon. There’s never a quiet moment to read a book or sip a reflective cup of tea. The goofy voices. The bad jokes. It’s all too much, really.
Rather than ignore them, the duo have decided to capitalize on this cruel twist of fate. Watch Daimon and Jon wrangle foam and felt among the throngs of cat lovers at the Catsbury Park Cat Convention, April 7th.
But don’t get too close. You may never see your right hand again…
Paramount Theater / Sunday at 4pm
“No Longer Under The Boardwalk: How the Seaside Heights Cats Ended Up In A Better Place,” a 45-minute short film and panel featuring a clip from the upcoming documentary Catnip Nation, and a discussion on what happened to the iconic Seaside Heights cats. Panel, moderated by director Tina Traster, includes Ken Salerno, cat hero, Sara Cameron, owner of Calling All Cats Rescues, and Pam Ward, an animal activist.The iconic Seaside Heights cats had been under the boardwalk forever. After Hurricane Sandy, Seaside Heights Animal Welfare Organization, a local animal welfare group, along with Alley Cat Allies, created an official TNR program. Although it was highly successful, it was dismantled in 2016 by Seaside Heights’ officials, and the fate of more than 60 cats remained uncertain after city officials said cats could no longer live under the boardwalk.
Come to our presentation to hear how things worked out for the Seaside Heights cats, and to talk about the universal issue of protecting colony cats and their caretakers.
If you’d like to let us know you’re planning on attending our presentation, drop us a line: email@example.com. Visit our website to learn more about our film: www.catnipnation.com.
Cat Chat – Ask the experts
Upstairs at Convention Hall / Saturday at 2pm
We have assembled a panel of cat experts from diverse backgrounds that are excited to share with us their wealth of informative and interesting cat facts. Join Daniel “DQ” Quagliozzi, Beth Adelman, Jane Ehrlich & moderator Sally Williams for an informative talk and Q&A session. They will be discussing some of the most frustrating cat behaviors such as the dreaded litterbox avoidance, aggression and furniture destruction aka scratching and much, much more. Information on how to submit questions coming soon. This presentation is INCLUDED in your General Admission ticket.
Who are the cat experts?
Sally Williams is a Cat Behavior Consultant and owner of The Contented Cat based in Central New Jersey. With years of experience in the shelter and rescue community Sally’s experience is not only in behavior, but also adoption counseling and animal Reiki. She is a member is the Pet Professional Guild, IAABC and the Shelter Animal Reiki Association. As a volunteer at the Monmouth County SPCA Sally was a driving force behind the current Animal Reiki Program and the Backyard Buddy and Barn Cat Program. Currently Sally is volunteering her time at Catsbury Park in Asbury Park New Jersey and is also the Founding Director of The Brodie Fund.
Jane Ehrlich has been a cat behaviorist for over 30 years, with an academic (student/researcher with internationally -renowned ethologist/bioethicist Dr. Michael Fox) shelter and clinical (18 years with the RSPCA in North London) background. In her Phoenix business, CATTITUDE FELINE BEHAVIOR, Ehrlich gives consultations worldwide, and has contributed to press, radio and TV, as well as given talks at conferences, universities, vet clinics and shelters. Website: CattitudeBehavior.com. Facebook: Cattitude Feline Behavior. She is owned by three adored little stinkers: Bouvier, Lottie and Iz.
Beth Adelman has been a cat behavior consultant with an active practice in New York for more than a decade. She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild Cat Committee and was a founding member of the IAABC Cat Division. She has taught the Cat Behavior segment of Kutztown University’s Canine Training and Management certificate program and has given seminars at IAABC conferences, and at professional conferences and public events sponsored by Meow Parlour, Cat Camp, Pet Sitters International, the Garden State Cat Club, the Cat Writers Association, Meet the Breeds (a cat and dog breed showcase in New York City co-sponsored by TICA and AKC), and the Winn Feline Foundation, among others. Beth is also the 2011 recipient of the Winn Feline Foundation Media Appreciation award.
Daniel “DQ” Quagliozzi is the Behavior Consultant behind Go, Cat, Go – San Francisco’s leading in-home resource for individually tailored cat behavior advice and guidance. With over a decade of experience working for the San Francisco SPCA as a specialist in cat behavior, intake and adoption and six years working privately with cat guardians in their homes and via SKYPE, Daniel brings a breadth of knowledge and a compassionate approach to his clients, combining what he has learned on the front lines of animal welfare with his own unique perspective and spiritual practice. DQ also teaches behavior classes and hosts support groups for cat guardians that want to surrender themselves, not their cats, and “Live in the Meow”.
DQ has been featured in Wired Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, SF WEEKLY, The San Francisco Chronicle and recently appeared on ABC’s “To Tell the Truth”.
Cat Trivia & Cat Bingo
CPCC will have 2 Cat Bingo sessions & 2 Cat Trivia sessions daily. Take a break from the presentations and vendors & test your skills for your chance to win prizes supplied from our vendors and celebrity guests!
• Saturday, 1:30pm Catsbury Feud – Family Feud-style game hosted by Jim
• Saturday, 4:15pm – A freewheeling, game show style trivia game hosted by Jim
• Sunday, 1:30pm HQ trivia – Elimination trivia game hosted by Pete.
• Sunday, 4:15pm Cat-themed – Pub style trivia hosted by Pete.
• Saturday & Sunday 3pm & 6pm – Full Card Cat bingo. One game per session, bonus prizes.
Cat Games Lounge
Upstairs at Convention Hall will feature the Catsbury Games Lounge which will feature a myriad of Cat themed games, puzzles activities and more!
Cat Costume Competition
Get creative, get involved. Major prizes for the best cat costume each day. Sign up upon arrival, the winner will be announced on the main stage in Convention Hall at 3:30 pm daily. We can’t wait to see all the cats strutting the boards of Asbury Park. PLEASE NOTE!!! This competition is for HUMANS, please leave your feline friends at home…
Catsbury Park Cat Convention is pleased to host some of Asbury Park and surrounds finest DJs who will provide the musical backdrop at the convention.