Denver finally scored its own Salute to Supernatural convention. It had been a celebration last past due. Creation Entertainment brought the fun to the Denver Marriott Tech Center Nov 6-8, 2015 and Colorado Supernatural fans finally had their wish granted. Most of the shows hottest stars made their way to the Mile High City such as show favorites Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard, Richard Speight, Jr. Matt Cohen, Rob Benedict Sebastian Roche, Tahmoh Penikett, Gil McKinney, Osric Chau, and Mark Pellegrino. The obvious omission from the guest line up were the very popular female actresses of the show. Despite that, Creation Entertainment put on a fabulous and very well organized convention. It was a bit of a challenge considering this particular Marriott was in the middle of a major renovation and half the hotel was closed off. Although the hotel staff went out of their way to take care of its guests, I doubt Creation Entertainment will ever return to this establishment.
Now in its 11th season, CW’s hottest show Supernatural brings at least two generations of fans to the convention. There are the die hards who started watching from day one, then the fans that caught the obsession along the way, and then there is this spectacular new group of young fans who discovered the Winchester Brothers and their hunt to save the world thanks to Netflix. No matter what juncture of the road trip fans joined the Supernatural family, make no mistake, this fandom is like no other. Attendees came together to help their fellow con-goers in need from everything from a little spending money to tape to hang up posters on a balcony. It truly is a family born of complete strangers who share a common passion.
The schedule was packed full of programming epicness such as fabulous celebrity panels for the Friday early arrivals, a well known highlight called the Friday Night BIG DICK -n- MATTOWSKI Cult Classic Karaoke featuring Rob Benedict. It was then that brave karaoke singers belted out their favorite songs, and were loved whether they could sing or not. Richard Speight, Jr. and Matt Cohen, Osric Chau were also on hand to keep the energy going. The hands down highlight of the evening was a rendition of “Sweet Caroline” with a memorable lyric change consisting of “Sweet Caroline…Osric Chau. Good times never seemed so good. OSRIC…OSRIC…OSRIC!” This could be heard throughout the hotel hallways the rest of the weekend. Saturday night was the famous concert event called Louden Swain’s “SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL” featuring Supernatural’s own God –Rob Benedict with Mark Sheppard on drums, Sebastian Roche, Gil McKinney, Tahmoh Penikett, Osric Chau, Richard Speight, Jr and Matt Cohen. The special surprise guest was none other than Lucifer himself, Mark Pellegrino. It was a rocking good time.
The vendor’s area was wonderful as Creation allowed outside vendors in and that brought a nice selection of creative goods. Pretty much from the time it opened until it closed, it was packed. There was a brave young soul who asked Tahmoh Penikett to assist him in proposing to his girlfriend. There was not a dry eye in the house. Some fans shared their favorite memories from the convention. Nicole Garver shared her memory of Jared Padalecki and Mark Sheppard chasing each other around the auditorium because Jared had apparently stolen and defiled what he thought was Mark Sheppard’s phone. It turned out that it is actually Mark’s wife’s phone. Nielle McCammon commented that her favorite part of the con was the chance to meet so many beautiful people, and being able to hug a total stranger after an emotional photo op. Sasha San Andres, mother, was thrilled when her daughter was chosen to ask the final question for the Jared and Jensen panel Jen Lindner-Green loved participating in the “Always Keep Fighting” photo put together for Jared. There were countless more tales of pure joy from the weekend.
Creation will not be able to return to the Denver area until 2017 and they are searching for more spectacular venues and no doubt, Colorado will welcome the Salute to Supernatural convention with open arms in 2017.