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2017: Fires of Inspiration

Event Dates: May 5-7, 2017

Tickets for SPWF 2017 are now available!
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The Steampunk World’s Fair is the world’s largest Steampunk event!  Join us to meet internationally-acclaimed Steampunk author Gail Carriger; see one of the world’s most beloved Steampunk Bands, Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band; and for literally hundreds of hours of vendors, programming, shows, entertainment, and things to see, hear, do, and experience!

Want to find out about our other adventures?
Check out the Jeff Mach Events website.
Love Faeries and Fantasy?  Check out our Glimmerdark event!

The Radisson Hotel Piscataway-Somerset
21 Kingsbridge Road, Piscataway NJ 08854
732-980-0400
SOLD OUT of hotel rooms
Embassy Suites Piscataway
121 Centennial Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854
732-980-0500
SOLD OUT of hotel rooms

Some rooms are likely to open up closer to SPWF, so keep checking back.
An official overerflow hotel is available. We are actively looking for more official overflow hotels.


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Glimmerdark: A peculiar fairy festival for peculiar people

February 3-5, 2017
Hyatt Regency, Princeton, New Jersey

Don’t miss out! Ticket prices increase on December 10.
Find out more at Glimmerdark.com

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  • What is the worst thing about being a time traveler who is also magnetic?

    Coffee!  I mean, tea.

    Oh, good heavens. Magnetic! Why, of all things, must I be magnetic?

    “He was turned to steel
    In the great magnetic field
    When he traveled time
    For the future of Mankind.”
    ~Gilbert & Sullivan

    The very worst of it all is that I’m not some sort of ordinary figure of magnetism, attracting various metallic substances. I could see that being quite useful; I would seldom drop my shillings when hailing a cab, ironmongers would pay me protection money to avoid their shops, and I should never lose a game of jacks.

    But no!  I had to be a freak magnet.  

    Here I am, visiting the future.  “Thank goodness!”, I thought to myself, “I’ll be amongst sane, rational people of a wiser age.  The world shall make sense.  No doubt we’ll finally have figured out how to harness the moon for its natural cheese resources, and we’ll end barbaric practices like drinking, or dancing in public.”

    But no.  No!  I appear to have appeared within a crowd of Steampunks.

    I haven’t any idea what a STEAMPUNK is, and yet, they take me for one of their own!  Their top-hats are peculiarly large or small; they all have the most dubious pocketwatches I have ever seen; and I am distinctly aware that not all of them might be adult, male, and subjects of the Queen.  Who knows what horrors await?

    Still, until my time machine can be re-fueled, I’m stuck.  Fortunately, it runs entirely on phlogiston, so that oughtn’t be hard to find.  Until then, some of these “Steampunks” have promised to introduce me to something called “Absinthe”.  They say it contains herbs and, as such, I am certain it will have healthful medicinal properties – so what could possibly go wrong?

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  • Sometimes Steampunk events die

    Blond Woman In Steampunk Clothes Is Pulling A Retro Train.Friends, with the death of beloved Steampunk festival Steampunk Unlimited, I’m reminded of a sad fact:

    Steampunk’s strength is the fact that it comes from the people, that anyone can make Steampunk, that all of us can help create what Steampunk is and can be.

    And Steampunk’s weakness is that if you devote a business to it, if you devote a large chunk of your life to it, you might not succeed.  Steampunk’s not Disneyland or Action Park or the California Renaissance Faire or some other major attraction, with million-dollar budgets and international fame.  It’s this ever-expanding, but still small and fragile, universe, and we are building it piece by piece, step by step.

    And sometimes, the steps are too high.

    We remember Steamcon, the world’s second-largest Steampunk festival.  It was an event beloved by all – and it ended $41,000 in debt (see the article for details).  We remember events you might or might not have seen – The Greater New England Steampunk Festival, for example.  Frozen In Time.  Steampunk Gettysburg.

    If you love Steampunk, remember: you need to support it to keep it alive.  You don’t necessarily need to support our event; that’s not why we’re writing this.  We’re writing this to remind you that you need to support SOME kind of Steampunk if you want Steampunk to continue to survive.

    Goodbye, Steampunk Unlimited.  We will miss you.

     

     

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  • Come to the Dark Side: We have cookies, imagination, and absinthe

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    Were you around for all the years people kept saying “Steampunk is when Goths discover brown”?  It’s not true.  But I see where they get that from.

    It seems clear that, whether or not Goth lead to Steampunk, Steampunk wouldn’t exist as it does without Goth.  Goth was one of the first cultures to say, “We’re creating this world of imagination, and we want others to share it with us”.  When I went to Goth clubs in the 80s and 90s, it was clear that they were trying to make an atmosphere, a world, which was shared by all the inhabitants.  Sure, we knew we weren’t vampires, we knew we weren’t 19th-century poets, and we knew that clove cigarettes  tasted terrible.

    I’m pretty excited to take all of the knowledge from The Steampunk World’s Fair and our Wicked Faire and put it towards Dark Side Of The Con, an event collaboration between Jeff Mach Events and VampireFreaks.  It’s going to be an amazing event.  You should go.

    Find the Dark Side on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/199366893801128.

     

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  • What the Heck is a BJD?

    bjdWhat is a BJD (Ball-jointed Doll)?Where do they come from? How did they start? Where are they going? What is the great appeal of these sometimes-considered-creepy dolls? Are they really that expensive? The answers to all these questions and more! Plus an awesome display of BJDs showing the variety & range of BJDs.


    Presented by Candy Chanoux of Winged Wolf Caravan. A collector of Ball-jointed dolls for over 10 years, living vicariously through them as well as creating with them. Spreading the joy and addictiveness of the hobby where ever I go!

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  • Go to conventions or Zombies will eat you!

     

    Zombies attack!

    “OMG YOU GUYS it has come to my attention that SOMEONE on the internet is saying that my fictional 19th century zombies are NOT SCIENTIFICALLY SOUND. Naturally, I am crushed. To think, IF ONLY I’d consulted with a zombologist or two before sitting down to write, I could’ve avoided ALL THIS EMBARRASSMENT.”
    Cherie Priest

    Why go to conventions? Because they’re your highest percentage move for surviving the Zombie Apocalypse!

    I mean, “fun”?  Who believes in “fun”?  Friendship, companionship, being with people like you, having a chance to be yourself?  Nahhh.  Those aren’t real reasons.  The real reasons are strategic: to spend as much time as possible somewhere relatively immune to attacks by the living dead.
    Military bases don’t count, since our brave military will be fully engaged tackling the first lines of the combat, and we salute them for it. Secret government installations? Hell no. Where do you think the Zombie plague came from in the first place?
    Shopping malls? Not anymore. Too many people saw “Dawn of the Dead” before their surcease and untimely resurrection. They’ll know to swarm in via the Hot Topic entrance that employees propped open so they could smoke cloves.

    No way, Jim.  I want to be at a convention: a place where they’re potentially selling swords, chainmail, and handbooks for surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.  I want to be surrounded by gamers and other tactical thinkers.  And, hell, I remember my last office job much too well.  If I the Zombie Apocalypse happened in that dead, boring little space, I’m not sure anyone would even notice.

    ~Jeff Mach

    Jeff Mach Events

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  • Steampunk and the responsibility of whimsy

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    The world is still a weird place, despite my efforts to make clear and perfect sense of it.

    ~Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    People from all sides of the political spectrum have, as late, asked us to take ourselves a little more seriously.  And these are what Dr. Thompson would call Serious Times.

    But to some extent, I know this: We are Steampunks, and we are dedicated to the power of frivolity.

    The world needs big things.  It needs Solutions.  It needs Health and Prosperity and Safety and Freedom.

    But the world needs this thing, too: The world needs Frivolity.

    The world needs the ridiculous.  The world needs the ability to laugh, to imagine, to take flights of fancy from here to the hottest night spots of Neverland.

    We don’t recommend escapism.  Imagination, humor, and laughter are not ways of hiding from the Real World; they are ways of altering how you deal with The Real World, and how it deals with you.  That is a power as great as any known to Science or Magic, and by Thunder, we WILL use the power of the eccentric, the unusual, the bizarre, and the peculiar to create a little joy wherever and whenever we can!

    So mote it be!

    ~Jeff Mach

    Jeff Mach Events

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  • Eat, Drink, And Be Merry, For Tomorrow, You May Get Teleported Back To 1847

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    “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.”
    ~Oscar Wilde

    We’ll be expounding on this in later missives, but for now, we try to be guided by that primary rule:

    What would Oscar Wilde do?

    Regardless of your circumstances or convictions, it’s certain what Mr. Wilde would do, when confronted with a Thanksgiving feast, and the peculiar spectre of relatives:

    He would raise his spirits, raise a glass, and raise a little Hades. He would eat, drink, and be merry, and to Mercury with worry, fear, and regret!

    I don’t know about you, but this holiday season, I will follow his example, at least when at the table. Away from the table, there’s a whole world to conquer. But at the table, conquer as Oscar would: with wit, with charm, and, failing that, with an invariant eye towards making sure that the very best things on the table didn’t go to waste.

    Find out more of what we do!  Visit Jeff Mach Events and Jeff Mach’s Glimmerdark!

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  • Why would Steampunks make a Faerie festival?

    Hephaestus.

    When we created Glimmerdark, we were thinking about this:

    “What is magic?

    Then there is the witches’ explanation, which comes in two forms, depending on the age of the witch. Older witches hardly put words to it at all, but may suspect in their hearts that the universe really doesn’t know what the hell is going on and consists of a zillion trillion billion possibilities, and could become any one of them if a trained mind rigid with quantum certainty was inserted into the crack and twisted; that, if you really had to make someone’s hat explode, all you needed to do was twist into that universe where a large number of hat molecules all decide at the same time to bounce off in different directions.

    Younger witches, on the other hand, talk about it all the time and believe it involves crystals, mystic forces, and dancing about without yer drawers on.

    Everyone may be right, all at the same time. That’s the thing about quantum.”
    ― Terry Pratchett, “Lords and Ladies”

    What is it that we love about Steampunk?  You can take it anywhere you want; you can have a Steampunk House or you can just show up in a t-shirt, and what’s even better is that those two people are perfectly likely to step up to the bar at one of our events and share a beer.  It’s not a competition; it’s building a world, and you can go big or go small.  Nobody can tell you that your Steampunk is right or wrong; nobody owns Steampunk.

    And this is the secret:  Nobody owns magic, either.  Nobody owns Fairyland.  We can do with it what we want, we can make it what we want.

    I’d say that we’re only limited by our imagination, but that’s not true; we are far more limitless than any individual imagination.  Steampunk’s death has been predicted time and time again, and it’s never died, and that’s not because it has some message more enduring than Disco or pet rocks or Napster.  It’s because nobody can say, “That’s not Steampunk; stop it!”  People all over the world create more Steampunk things every day, and it just makes the Steampunk universe bigger.

    We wanted to play with another world that big.  And we honestly wanted one that had even fewer rules, so that if we wanted to, we could ABSOLUTELY wear our Steampunk gear – or our pirate stuff, our Gothic garb, our geek attire, our khakis.

    That was the birth of Glimmerdark.  If you’ve enjoyed The Steampunk World’s Fair or other Jeff Mach Events, come to Jeff Mach’s Glimmerdark.  We’ll bring the magic.  You bring the steam-cannons.

     

     

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  • SPWF tickets make great holiday gifts!

    Are you searching for a Steampunk holiday gift? If so, might we humbly suggest that Steampunk World’s Fair tickets are pretty darn splendid?

    There’s more! We’ll help your gift stand out! Just buy your tickets, and then print out one of these designs by Egregore – The Art and Design of Aristotle Pramagioulis. You’ll be able to give your friends and loved ones a really, really amazing  card to accompany your tickets. Just get your tickets at www.steampunkworldsfair.com/tickets, then print out the image of your choice, and voila! You’ve got a holiday gift fit for royalty!

    Click on the images to view a larger, full-size version.

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  • If Thanksgiving is hard for you, you are not alone

    Don't let Thanksgiving break you down

    I am a misfit born of misfits. And I don’t speak for all misfits…but I offer this Thanksgiving blessing to all who need it –

    To those whose families love but do not respect them: May you be able to return that love, but may your loving heart stop seeking an acceptance that is deserved, but doesn’t exist.

    For those who must hide essential parts of their lives from those who we were told would always love us, no matter what: May you recognize that blood is genetics, not an unconditional bond, and if parts of you are secret, you are not to blame.

    And for everyone about to sit around a table with kin who are sometimes far worse than strangers, may you know this:

    Your birth family is what you were given, for good or ill. But we, your chosen family, we love you and care about you for who and what you really are. If Thanksgiving is hard, then I hope you can remember that your real family is always with you. Be strong because we, all those of us who do not quite fit, need every jot of strength we can find today. And be comforted in the knowledge that we, in turn, know you are there for us. And we will get through this together.

    ~Jeff Mach
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  • The Night Before A Convention Or Festival

    The night before a convention is a specia, magical time.

    “I would hate to be taken seriously. Serious people are always so grim and uptight that they make me want to dance naked on the lawn playing a flute.”
    Robert Anton Wilson

    Have you ever been to an event the night before it starts, the night before registration’s set up, the night before everything in place?

    There was a time in my life when I only ran two events a year, instead of the seven or either I run now.  My events tend to start on Fridays, and I always wondered about the odd magic in the air on Thursday night, even when nothing was happening.

    The truth is, the night before a convention is a very special time. For one thing, it’s difficult to fully mask the sound of the power tools and the ionic phase shift generators, even behind the subtly-loudened lobby music and that suspicious clatter from the supposedly-empty kitchen. It takes the hotel crew hours of backbacking labor to bend, twist, and chop down the walls, and partitions which protect the hotel from reality. It’s necessary to unwarp-time, to let dimensional existence finally breathe out and release the other elsewhen dimensions, and then it can take hours to generate enough Tribbles to sop up the ether water from the bits of the Eighth Sea which manage to seep through.

    And hell, that’s nothing compared to what they have to do to put all the barriers back and pretend that the “normal” world is actually reality on Sunday evening. Pretending the world is normal is a terrible, awful, miserable job, and I’m glad I, for one, don’t have to do it.

    ~Jeff Mach
    Jeff Mach Events

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  • The Great Steampunk Talent Search

    We’d like to cordially invite you to

    THE GREAT STEAMPUNK TALENT SEARCH!

    TALENTSEARCHThe Steampunk World’s Fair, the world’s largest Steampunk festival, has helped some of the best-known performers in Steampunk get discovered. Now we’d like to share the Steampunk joy. We’re seeking the greatest undiscovered Steampunk talent in the world!

    THE DEAL:

    We’re looking for any sort of Steampunk performer, band, artist, or creators. We’ll transport you to the show, give you meals and hotel accommodations for the weekend, and give you top billing, right up with our show’s headliners, plus a thousand dollars!

    THE RULES:

    All you need to do are:

    1. Submit a programming application. Be sure to choose the “Great Steampunk Talent Search” option when you answer the application question “Is there a specific section of programming you’re interested in applying for?”

    2. Send us a video of your performance! It can be a professionally-produced video, or it can be a simple piece from your camera – as long as we can get a clear idea of who you are and what you do. Send the video to [email protected] with subject: SPWF Talent Search.

    3. There will be one winner. The winner will be announced on February 1, 2017.

    And hey! Do you know someone who should enter this talent search? Please pass this info along!

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  • How To Get Your Band Or Group Booked For Our Steampunk Festival

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    Photo of Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band by the inimitable Babs Who Takes Pictures.

    If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me “How do we get accepted to The Steampunk World’s Fair”, I’d also have a lot of people also asking me, “Hey, where did you get all those dollars from?”

    For us, the only way to get in is to go through the application process; we get hundreds of applications, from all over the world, and if we didn’t use a strict application process, we’d lose track.  There are just too many people applying for us to keep track of that information in email chains or phone conversations.  That’s why it still comes down to the application.  Here are some tips that work with us, and a bit of our point of view.  I hope you find this helpful!

    1. Help us hear your best – and most appropriate –  music or performance.  It’s amazing to me how often someone’s application will say “You can just search for me on Youtube”.  Well, yes, and if we were looking at ten applications, that might make sense; we’d want to take time to go through your work, see what might seem to best represent you, play and measure those videos…but we don’t.  Please, please help us help you – direct us to the aspects of your work you would MOST like us to see, the parts you feel will best help a stranger understand your work quickly and appreciate its value, AND… Do make sure that we see why you’re a good fit for a Steampunk event.  Is your work clearly Steampunk?  Is it in some similar realm of imagination?  What makes you right for this show, and this show right for you?
    2. Have good social media.  When I was young, venues would ask, “Do you have a following?”, and they had to pretty much trust you if you said, “I sure do!”  (Of course, if you said you did, and then had a small turnout, you weren’t likely to be invited back.)  Social media is not the ONLY way we judge performers – lots of great performers just plain hate social media and/or aren’t good at it – but it’s definitely going to be some indicator of your ability to bring in an audience.  So if you can, it’s worth time making some of your social media presence as strong as you can.
    3. Make sure we’re a good fit for compensation on both sides.  Realistically, the goal is for every performer to be happy with compensation, and for the event to be equally happy.  We don’t expect each group to pay for itself in terms of sheer attendance – and, in fact, that’s rather rare, for us.  We’re a festival; people go for the combination of shows, not any one show, and people who DO attend just to see one performer are actually NOT our optimal guests.  Because our event is a great deal if you want to see a lot of Steampunk.  It’s not a great deal if you want to see just one hour worth of programming during the weekend.
    4. You don’t need to “look Steampunk”, but if you don’t, you need to give other reasons why you’ll fit well.  Billy Idol, in his song “100 Punks”, said, “If you don’t have the look, you’ll never be one”.  That is NOT true!  But we ARE looking for people who’ll connect with a Steampunk audience, and that audience often looks to see affirmation of their own look and style in yours.  If you don’t offer that direct connection, be sure you offer other kinds of connection.
    5. If you’re accepted – promote your appearance!  It’s part of our job to support your appearance by letting people know about you.  It’s part of your job to support our show by letting people know about it.  If you’re part of our event, know that we WILL tell the world about you!  Please do return the favor – that interaction is really important to having a longterm relationship with us.
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  • On eating properly at events

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    The Steampunk World’s Fair – “Wonders Untold”

    As people who run a lot of different events, we’ve acquired some valuable knowledge over the past 20 years. Today, we’d like to give you TERRIBLE advice on an important subject:

    Proper Nutrition While At Shows

    As many of you know, I’ve long been a proponent of healthy eating at events. I suggest vegetables, fruits, lean protein, and vitamins. Seriously, if you’re not running around hard enough that your body might collapse unless you fill it with rocket fuel, then you should give consideration to the possibility that you’re doing it wrong.

    Here for an opposing view, we have: French fries.

    Hi there. We’re French Fries. We’re crispy. We’re the carbohydrates your brain is craving. Seriously, we’re not sure why zombies hypothetically go after brain matter, whereas your head has millions of years of evolution directed towards the belief that carbo-loading maximizes longterm fitness and reproductive potential. Sure, your brain had no idea that we’d be delivering said theoretical fitness in the form of deep-fried salted slabs of calories emptier than a tinker’s wallet after a night in a Faerie cocktail lounge. It doesn’t matter. We’re French Fries, and whatever your ideas of appropriate nutrition might be, we’re getting up in your face and not leaving until you’ve feasted upon our deliciously crunchy, short-lived tuber bodies.

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    Munchausen – a storytelling competition. From The Steampunk World’s Fair 2015.

    “Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.”

    ~Oscar Wilde

    We originally wrote this for our Faerie Festival, Glimmerdark, but truly, it applies to just about every Steampunk event we’ve ever attended.  So ask yourself this, the most important of all questions:

    How ought one party at a Steampunk Festival?

    • Like it’s 1999 and you’re well aware there won’t be a 2000
    • Like it’s the Fall of Atlantis
    • Like it’s the Apocalypse
    • Like it’s the Post-Apocalypse
    • Like it’s Ragnarok and you’re on the side with the good mead
    • Like Fairyland is burning
    • Like “Real Life” isn’t really living
    • Like you’re coming home

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  • You do Steampunk. Why are you doing a Fairy event?

    Beautiful and Caucasian fairy holds a cigar

    There are the lovely faeries
    We are none of those
    We are the misfit faeries
    In our strange and motley clothes

    Some faeries fly in springtime
    Their wings gauzy and deft
    We’ve torn off our wings
    Only the stubs are left

    “Hey, now, you misfit Faeries
    (On Fairyland a blight)
    Why wear you not your proper clothes?
    Why forsake you flight?”

    “Hey, now, you lovely Faeries
    (Thou irritant, thou itch)
    Who speak alike, and look alike
    (We can’t tell which from which.)

    You, the bright, the heavenly
    The gorgeous and ethereal
    You to whom the soul and heart
    Are largely immaterial

    We’ll speak a thing that you forgot
    (Since you are inquiring)
    There’s more in this patch of earthly dirt
    Than all your sky’s entiring.

     

    We don’t build Steampunk worlds; we build imaginary worlds.  Steampunk’s what we’re known for, but really, our mission is:

    1. We’re a bunch of weird people.
    2.  We make events for other weird people.
    3. Our goal is simple: To create a safe place where everyone who has trouble belonging elsewhere…absolutely belongs here.

    See what we do:

    www.JeffMachEvents.com!

     

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  • Why Steampunk and not cyberpunk?

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    Inspiration is in the air all around us! Or maybe that’s smog. I can’t tell the difference.
    ~The Alternative Cyberpunk Future

    Back in the 90s, I genuinely thought that Cyberpunk was going to rule the science fiction world and, indeed, the entire world of imaginary creation.  There was certainly much more Cyberpunk being written than Steampunk, and most people didn’t even know the word “Steampunk”.  I’m never going to stop mentioning that K.W. Jeter’s “Infernal Devices” series is one of the great works in the entire genre of speculative fiction, but weigh that against the popularity of Gibson’s “Neuromancer”, Stephenson’s “Snowcrash”, and pretty much any piece of the film “Blade Runner”, and you’d figure Cyberpunk would do nothing but rise.

    I’ve heard people say that Cyberpunk was done in by the Internet and the speed of information growth – that the technology of 2001 far outstripped what the 1990s thought would be the technology of, say, 2065.  I do believe that was a part of it, yes.

    But I think that people got to choose their ‘punk.  And people decided they didn’t want a future dystopia; they wanted a whimsical past.

    Why is that?

    I think it’s because Cyberpunk was saying, “We’re heading into a dark future; get ready!”  And Steampunk says, “We have a peculiar past; I wonder what the future holds!”

    I love both genres very very dearly; if I could hold a Cyberpunk World’s Fair, I truly would.  But I love that we embraced the joy and optimism of Steampunk.  It gives me a lot of hope for the next generation of imagination-bearers.

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  • Our Steampunk historians have discovered Puck’s true parting words

    Photo by Babs Who Takes PicturesIf Fairyland, the Future, and the Alternative 19th Century were just fantasy instead of reality, why would we make our living selling you tickets to go there?

    No worlds we create are imaginary.  We offer weekend-long spaces which create true homes for the mad, the strange, the unusual, the peculiar, the different.

    On that them, we’ve been doing research for Glimmerdark, our peculiar Faerie festival, we’ve been looking into what Puck REALLY said.  You might have heard the end of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.  Shakespeare changed it, presumably under political pressure from Oberon.  Here’s what it really said:

    Puck’s Parting Words

    If we shadows have offended,
    Note my knee is yet unbended
    Think you have but slumber’d here?
    Let that illusion disappear
    That’s some weak and idle theme,
    Crushed by the force of unpent dream
    Gentles, do not reprehend:
    That’s breath you’d better elsewhere spend
    And, as I am an honest Puck,
    If you’re unscathed, know it was luck
    Now to ‘scape the serpent’s tongue,
    Behold a Fairyland unsprung
    Else the Puck a liar call:
    Magic rise and reason fall
    Give me your hands, if we be friends,
    For Faerie comes. Reality bends.

    ~as told to Jeff Mach

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  • The Steampunk Golem

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    Jeff Mach of Jeff Mach Events, our parent company

    What makes Steampunk tick?  Who creates Steampunk?

    It’s not about who is the most glamorous, or has the best outfits (though the best outfits are spectacular!)  It’s not about any one individual.  It’s about all the people who put work into making dreams come true for the rest of us!

    Not the Builder, full of craft
    Just the Golem, crank and shaft
    Not the Scoundrel, quietly gone
    Just the Golem, on and on
    Not the Sage, knowledge-rich
    Just the Golem, yew and pitch
    Not the hero, full of honor
    Just the Golem – the nail, and the hammer.

    ~Jeff Mach

    www.Patreon.com/JeffMach 

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  • We’re not a Convention, we’re a Festival!

    The Steampunk World's Fair - "Wonders Untold"

    The Steampunk World’s Fair – “Wonders Untold”

    We’re not a Steampunk Convention, we’re a rambunctious and irrepressible Steampunk Festival!

    What’s the difference between a festival and a convention? Well, we’d actually like to quote an interview that one of our founders did with Dieselpunks.org:

    I actually had this discussion, over at BrassGoggles, about the difference between a “Festival” (as we are) and a “Convention.” Obviously, we have a lot of convention elements, and Steampunk conventions have elements which are a lot like our festival. But we feel there’s this difference – and I’m quoting right from freedictionary.com – a Festival is:

    a day or period set aside for celebration or feasting, esp one of religious significance
    any occasion for celebration, esp one which commemorates an anniversary or other significant event
    an organized series of special events and performances, usually in one place a festival of drama
    Archaic: a time of revelry; merrymaking (modifier) relating to or characteristic of a festival

    If you would like to contrast it with “convention” – and we love conventions –

    formal meeting of members, representatives, or delegates, as of a political party, fraternal society, profession, or industry or The body of persons attending such an assembly.

     

    We were then asked:

    What will set the Steampunk World’s Fair apart from other events?

    And responded:

    Flat-out insane devotion to providing a sensory overload of entertainment! Also, Legos.

    The Steampunk World’s Fair is thoroughly dedicated to fun, inside and outside! We see the exuberant creativity of Steampunk as a method of creating color, fascination and joy. …basically, we throw one hell of a party, with some of the finest entertainers, creators, authors, artists, designers, builders, and imagineers in the world. And we want you to come along and celebrate with us!

    * (They said “conventions”, but meant “events”. It was early enough that people didn’t really think of Steampunk in terms of “festivals” much, especially on this side of the pond.)

    Originally published December 7, 2011

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  • If you’re going to our Unconventional Faerie Festival…

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    Puck says: If you’re attending Glimmerdark, our Faerie Festival, do listen! You see, by November 15th, we’re going to require that everyone who’s in the Hyatt Regency either be a paid attendee, a volunteer, a vendor, a performer, or an attendee who emails [email protected] asking for special dispensation to buy tickets at a later date.

    You can get tickets AND information at Glimmerdark.com

    There’s 150 rooms out of 360 currently assigned to people who’ve had them for over half a year and haven’t bought tickets, and there are people who want to go who are making the decision to attend other events because they can’t get rooms in the main hotel.

    I don’t like doing this, but this is not fair and not okay. If you love Wicked and are worried this won’t be an event you enjoy: Please drop your room and let people who DO want to attend have that room, and if you later decide you like this event, you may be able to get a room in the main hotel.
    Thank you.

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  • Want to plan Steampunk or Faerie events? Here are some important tips

    Charlie Mahoney's Steampunk quickdraw

    It is important, in event planning, to try to pick an event date which does not conflict with other major events. This is often impossible; there are just too many events out there, and peoples’ definition of what a “local” event is can vary tremendously. If one person runs a Steampunk event in New Jersey, and another person runs a Steampunk event in a massive antigravity fortress circling Princeton in ominous, ever-widening circles, some might ask, “Are these events too close together?” Though, admittedly, most people are too busy with the whole fleeing in terror thing to ask too many questions. I forget my point. Has anyone seen my cannon?

    At any rate, try hard not to conflict with other major events. So try to avoid scheduling opposite:

    * The storming of the Bastille
    * The end of the world.
    * Free Comic Book Day.
    * Sea Monster Mardi Gras
    * The day the music died
    * The night of the living dead
    * The long dark tea-time of the soul
    * Arbor Day. Because, as Sarumon illustrates, you never, EVER want to piss off the Ents.

    With love from we folk of Jeff Mach Events, creators of The Steampunk World’s Fair and Glimmerdark Faerie Festival.

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  • Trick Your Friends Into Being Steampunks For Halloween

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    Sure, we think you should convince your friends to become Steampunk because of the limitless creativity and joy of the music, clothing, performers, art, literature, culture, and general magnificence of Steampunk itself! But if that fails…we recommend cheating.

    “Hey, do you know what would be fun for Halloween?” you can say, innocently. “Steampunk! Steampunk’s this genre where you dress up like Victorians, but with goggles and gadgets. It’ll let us wear really snappy Sherlock Holmes-style clothing, and other people will be really confused by all the gears, but they’ll think it’s amazing.”

    “But what if other people don’t understand what we’re doing?” This is what your friends will say. Trust me. I’ve met your friends. “Don’t worry!”, you can reply, confidence beaming out of every pore. “If they don’t understand Steampunk, we’ll just pretend we invented it. Then they’ll think we’re creative geniuses, and they may buy us drinks.”

    And what happens if you meet other Steampunks along the way? Instant bonding. You’ll make new friends, and considering that most Steampunks carry some sort of aetheric proton weapon, making friends with them is always a good idea.

    Besides, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is particularly Steampunk, and nobody knows where Willy Wonka really lives. There’s always the chance that, when trick-or-treating, you’ll knock on his door, and he’ll give you a lifetime supply of free chocolate.

    And if a lifetime supply of free chocolate doesn’t convince your friends to go be Steampunk with you, you need better friends.

    ~Jeff Mach
    www.patreon.com/jeffmach

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  • Steampunk: Constant reinvention

    Jake von Slatt, Steampunk creator

    Steampunk died about three years ago. Died deader than a gear-powered doornail, ended surely as the last page of a steamy Gothic novel. Steampunk died, and–

    That didn’t stop it even for a minute.

    Steampunk’s died more than a few times in the seven years I’ve been involved with it. And it never takes. We haul Steampunk back on the slab, open the laboratory ceiling, and a thousand bolts of lightning bring it back to life, supercharged and better than ever.

    Why is that?

    It’s because nobody owns Steampunk. Nobody gets to give it one single permanent definition. Who creates Steampunk? We all do. It’s a world we share. The Steampunk World’s Fair is the world’s largest Steampunk event; do we own Steampunk? Absolutely not! Does the biggest Facebook page own Steampunk? The biggest band? Not at all. The author who coined the term Steampunk, K.W. Jeter, has no bones at all in saying that he created the word, but creating the word doesn’t give him ownership.

    You own Steampunk. I own Steampunk. We all create Steampunk, all of us, together, every day.

    And Steampunk will never die, not until everyone stops creating. And we’re not going to do that, because Steampunk’s infinite worlds are our home.

    Steampunk is yours, my friend! Use it wisely! Use it with joy!

    ~Jeff Mach
    Jeff Mach Events

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  • Announcing the Jeff Mach Events Marketplace

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    We at JME want to do more than just run events. We want to build communities and support the businesses that make our communities strong. As I’m sure you’re aware, it can be difficult for shoppers looking to buy awesome steampunk wares to find reputable dealers for those wares outside of an event. If you are looking for a carpenter or a car dealership, there are all kinds of companies out there with ratings and directories, but trying to find a good leather worker? You’re on your own.

    Until now that is.

    We found one of those New York City tech start-ups that help average folks find roofers and party planners, and we used our aether-powered mind control ray to make them bend their system to do our bidding!

    We are proud to present the Jeff Mach Events Marketplace powered by EZBZ. It uses an artificial intelligence based algorithm named Zoey to connect customers to businesses starting from a customer request made in plain English. We’re planning on building a marketplace for high-quality steampunk, fantastical, and otherwise peculiar products!


    CUSTOMERS: 

    As JME, and JME friendly, vendors sign up to be included in the JME marketplace, you’ll be able to browse for them in the  Jeff Mach Events EZBZ Marketplace. You can also use the EZBZ concierge service to look for goods and services, both steampunk and mundane.  The concierge service uses plain English searches to connect you with businesses that meet your needs – referencing the entire EZBZ database.  As more As we grow the JME marketplace, the concierge service will get better and better at meeting your steampunk and other fantastical needs.


    VENDORS:

    Signing up as a vendor is absolutely free and no obligation. Just visit https://www.myezbz.com/marketplace/jeffmachevents/join and complete your information.  If you are a vendor at one of our events, we’ll give you a featured listing in the Jeff Mach Events EZBZ Marketplace! All submissions are curated; we do reserve the right to exclude a store that doesn’t fit into this Marketplace.

    If a lead comes in that Zoey thinks is good for you, you’ll be notified by email or text message. If you choose to reply to the potential customer, you will be charged a small fee ($1-$3), but you only pay for leads you want to reach out to. You can find out more about EZBZ on their website.

    Simply by signing up, you are helping us to educate Zoey as to what Steampunk is and how to best serve our community. The more vendors who join, the more useful the service will be!

     

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  • What is Steampunk music?

    We work with more Steampunk musicians than almost anyone else in the world. But that doesn’t give us the right to tell everyone else what is or isn’t Steampunk music. It DOES, however, give us a bit of perspective.

    Rather than trying to figure out who is and isn’t allowed to come and play with us, how about this –

    If it’s music that creates, promotes, or inspires Steampunk, then it can damn well be called Steampunk music.

    Does it matter if you dress Steampunk? If you have Steampunk lyrics? If you call yourself Steampunk? If you play Steampunk events? Sure! Any of those things adds meaning to Steampunk music.

    But at the end of the day:

    If what you play makes the Steampunk world a better place, it’s good enough for me.

    -Jeff Mach

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  • What Is Steampunk To You?

    Photo of Mansara by Babs Who Takes Pictures

    Photo of Mansara at SPWF 2015 by Babs Who Takes Pictures

    Listen, my friend. If you take something that’s got something to do with the 19th century, or thereabouts, and do something with it, I’m going to be comfortable calling it Steampunk.

    Obviously, using a big, broad definition can give people an excuse to do cookie-cutter same-as-everybody-else stuff. I’ll totally admit that. You can buy a few plastic gears at a hardware store, throw ’em at a hat, and call it Steampunk.

    But it also means that we have a massive wealth of styles, ideas, locales, concepts, and geography to play with. We’re not limited to Europe. We’re not limited to H.G. Wells. We’re not limited to EARTH. We’ve got Tesla to Curie to Jack the Ripper to Lovelace to Challenger to Elizabeth Howlett.

    If we let Steampunk be defined big and far and wide, we’ll get imitation, we’ll get some mass-produced stuff, we’ll get some people who just don’t put any thought or effort into it, and yeah, that’s a shame. But we’ll also OPEN STEAMPUNK UP to the entire planet and let anyone creative, whimsical, and strange come play in our playground. Steampunk will either be mind-batteringly boring or world-challengingly enthralling BASED ON WHAT WE DO WITH IT! It’s up to US!

    So tell me, mate. For you, what IS Steampunk?

    ~ Jeff Mach

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  • Hate Is Not A Steampunk Value

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    Steampunk is fairly new, especially in its current incarnation.  While K.W. Jeter invented the term in 1987, and some people have been doing Steampunk things for a long time, the Steampunk world we know – the profusion of art, culture, music, conversation, literature, and delights we now enjoy – has taken off within, at most, the last eight or ten years (edited to be a bit more accurate).

    Steampunk is still NEW.  That means that everyone has a voice.  We get to DECIDE what Steampunk will be.  And those of us who are doing Steampunk have made it clear:

    We want to try to embrace everyone who wants to participate in our strange and wonderful world!  We want to enjoy everyone’s imaginary Steampunk universes!  We welcome people of every race, creed, gender, background, and orientation.  We want you to be a part of it!

    The actual era included sexism, racism, and homophobia.  The imaginary 19th century would like to remind you to keep those things out of the 21st century, please.  Hate is not a Steampunk value!

    -Jeff Mach

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  • Seven Things You Learn Running Steampunk Events

    1. Steampunks are some of the friendliest, most welcoming people ever.

    2. The Universe runs on tea. Sugar and cream are optional, but just barely.

    3. Steampunks come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages!

    4. Scones are a vegetable.

    5. Sherlock Holmes would totally have been besties with Oscar Wilde.

    6. There are more top hats in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

    7. The imagination truly has no limits. Personal creativity is limitless. Give people a place to express themselves, and they will delight you.

    ~Jeff Mach


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  • Want to know a bit about what our show looks like? Try this music video by Beat Down Boogie!

    Is SPWF too far away? Want to come to our next event? It’s an unconventional party thrown by Faeries for all the weird, wonderful people of the world! Glimmerdark.com.

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  • Gail Carriger returns to SPWF in 2017!

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    Headshot by Vanessa Applegate

    The Steampunk World’s Fair is pleased as punch to announce the return of Gail Carriger to the Fair in 2017 as the Literary Guest of Honor!

    New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in higher learning, a fondness for cephalopods, and a chronic tea habit. She then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.

    Continue reading

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  • Raymond’s Quiet Press

    raymond20151Fine steampunk jewelry made in the old style. Strength meets whimsy. Get it.

    Raymond’s Quiet Press has been making fine bronze jewelry for over 30 years. Until recently, the focus has been on historically inspired pieces for the Society for Creative Anachronism. Now, we branch out into the steampunk world with a new line of whimsical and impressive pieces. It’s pretty awesome.

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  • The Museum of Interesting Things

    interestingThe Museum of Interesting Things is a traveling interactive demonstration/exhibition of antiques and inventions that goes to schools and events and inspires kids and adults to be curious. We bring back tinkering. I like to say it shows kids and adults that their ipods did not pop out of thin air! Like a circus…just no elephants.

    “Eureka!” – The Invention Show
    Exploring the industrial revolution and mechanical era, with interactive demonstrations of such items as the steam engine, Thomas Edison cylinder phonograph, windup toys, mechanical door bells and mechanical/gear based household items such as butter churns and apple peelers.
    Coinciding with the NY/NJ/PA Core Content Curriculum Standards for Science, Social Studies, Technology and STEM/STEAM

    The Windup Circus – “The History of Toys Show!”
    Explore the evolution of fun from cymbal carrying monkeys to spinning tops that whistle, from board games to computer games, explore interesting inventions involving mechanical & windup toys and more! You might even experience some music, and do not be surprised if you get to actually play the whole time because audience members ARE allowed to touch!
    We are a traveling show -Like a circus…just no elephants!

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  • Green Carnation Mixer (GLBT&F)

    green-carnationGreen carnations have a historical significance as a symbol for “the love that dare not speak its name.” This is a meet-up for the LGBTF*.* members at the Steam Punk World Fair. Come join your fellow Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Friends at an informal mixer to get to know each other better and share a few drink if that is your thing.

    Hosted by Chaplain Basil Longfellow at the Radisson Courtyard Patio near Pool. Look for the pride flag.

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  • Halloween in the Catskills/RedZone Preview

    halloweenYou may have seen Halloween in The Catskills kicking around on facebook and thought to yourself; “what is this Halloween event all about?” You may have seen the exhibit of a person being dragged from a tent in the goblin market, handed a flyer for the RedZone and thought; ” what the heck is this!?” Come on down to our panel and learn some more about the Newest addition to the Jeff Mach World has to offer!

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  • Costume Contest and Parade

    Sponsored by the talented seamstresses of Barnum 1404!

    Friday, 6:00-7:00 PM
    Embassy, Centennial Room
    Costume Contest: Maker Division Pre-judging

    Saturday, 4:30-5:00PM (please gather by 4:15PM)
    Midway Stage (Table next to Midway Stage)
    Costume Contest Parade

    Saturday, 6:00-6:30PM
    Midway Stage (Table next to Midway Stage)
    Costume Contest Awards Ceremony

    Costume Parade:fashionprize Saturday, 4:30-5PM
    The Costume Parade is open to everyone! Come enjoy a leisurely walk around the Steampunk World’s Fair while showing off your great costume! You do not need to enter the contest to enter the parade.
    The Judges table will be located in the Midway next to the Midway Stage. Curator Division entrants and Parade participants should be by the table at 4:15 PM. To give enough time for the parade and onsite judging, prizes will be awarded at the next break in Midway Stage entertainment (6:00-6:30PM). You must be present to win.

    Costume Contest:
    This year’s costume contest will have two main categories-Makers and Curators. Makers are defined as someone who has made or modified most of their own costume and props. A Curator is someone who has who put together cosplays/costumes by assembling or “curating” a collection of Makers’ and store-bought pieces. Contestants will self-select the category they feel best defines the work they have done in their own costume.

    Makers:
    Pre-judging, Friday, 6:00-7:00PM, Embassy Centennial Room
    Makers are defined as someone who has made or modified most of their own costume and props. As Makers ourselves, we know how much work goes into a good costume and we would like the opportunity to fairly judge that work. There will be pre-judging for Makers only. It will occur Friday night from 6:00-7:00 PM the Centennial Room at the Embassy Suites hotel. We recommend entrants be prompt. The judges will judge on a first come first served basis and will judge as many entrants as possible in the one hour time frame. Winners will be announced at the end of the Costume Parade on Saturday. Entrants must be present to win.
    Makers will be broken into two categories-Experienced and Novice as designated by the contestant. Entrants self-select the category they feel best defines their level of skill. Pre-registration is not required.
    The judges will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes at the end of the Costume Parade on Saturday. Entrants must be present to win. While you must be present during the award ceremonies held at the judges table at the end of the Costume Parade, you do not need to participate in the parade.
    We apologize for timing but the great folks at the Steampunk World’s Faire have a jam-packed schedule of fun things for you to do so space is at a premium. Please do not worry! If you can’t make the pre-judging, you can still participate in the contest on the day of the parade under the Curator category!

    Curators:
    A Curator is someone who has who put together cosplays/costumes by assembling or “curating” a collection of Makers’ and store-bought pieces. Judging will occur as entrants parade past the judge’s table during the Costume Parade. This will occur at the start of the parade so if you cannot or do not desire to participate in the parade, you can still enter the costume contest. Pre-registration is not required.
    The Judges table will be located next to the Midway Stage. Curator Division entrants as well as parade participants should be by the table at 4:15 PM. The parade will start promptly at 4:30 PM.
    Winners will receive a prize ribbon donated by Barnum 1404. There will be six winners. Participants will self-select that category they wish to compete in. The categories are:

    • Adventurers, individual contestant
    • Adventurers, group contestant (2 or more entrants judged together)
    • Airship Pirates, Captain or Crew, individual contestant
    • Airship Pirates, group contestant (2 or more entrants judged together)
    • Cosplay (defined as you are recreating a Steampunk Version of an existing character from a TV, movie, book or video game), individual contestant
    • Cosplay (defined as you are recreating a Steampunk Version of an existing character from a TV, movie, book or video game), group contestant (2 or more entrants judged together)

    Winners will be announced at the Saturday 6:00-6:30 break in Midway Stage Entertainment in front of the judges table (next to the Midway Stage). You must be present to win.

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  • Adventures in Palmistry

    ns_palmistryYour destiny is in your hands… and you can have a hand in your destiny! In the ancient art of palmistry, the signs in your hands show the key points of past, present and future, revealing love, adventure, adversity, opportunity, your talents and needs. As you change the direction of your life, your palm shifts to reflect that new path. Reading palms can empower and enlighten you, giving you the knowledge you need to chose the best path for your life and help other people to chose their best lives as well. And it can be a lot of fun. This class is easy and fun, is designed for all levels of experience, and will give you practical skills you can use immediately.

    Presented by Catherine Kane of Foresight

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  • Quickdraw Competition!

    quickdrawReturning for a second year at the Steampunk Worlds Fair is the nerf-style single action pistol quickdraw competition. Competitors will face off 1 on 1 in a single elimination battle to the death (also known as 3 hits to the torso or head with a nerf-style dart). Nerf-style pistols with single action (i.e. cock to fire) may be used. No electric, fly-wheel or clip systems allowed. Guns must be holstered or otherwise affixed to the body prior to the command of “draw.” Maximum of 20 darts in no more than 3 guns per competitor. In the event of neither competitor achieving the number of needed hits, a bystander can throw a single dart to either competitor, in which case a sudden death round is started and only one hit is needed to win. In the event that all rounds are exhausted and neither competitor has eliminated the other, both competitors will be gunned down, as this competition is not for amateurs.

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  • Dark Continent

    ns_darkcontIt is a verifiable fact that everyone of us contains a limited fountain of knowledge. What we believe to be the ultimate understanding can in one day become the stale understanding of a lazy mind. The Dark Continent is a series that explores African traditions founded in religious and mystical belief of the continent itself and beyond. We start in West Africa, expand into Western Civilization via the Slave Trade that continued well into the Victorian Era. It continues to express itself into the media world and has seen an expansion beyond the peoples of African descent into the mainstream. There is a lot to cover, and little time to do it, but Doyaun “El Corsario Negro” Evans will endeavor to enlighten and entertain you at the same time. What is a Zombie really? How did the West react to African religions? How has this inspired our fiction? How can inspire yours? Are there differences from other traditions around the world? When you leave we hope to shed a little light into the darkness of a world that has caused fear, and incited a hunger for exploration and discovery, that at one time took the world by storm.

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  • Alice Through the Looking Glass at SPWF!

    aliceCatch trailers and clips of Disney’s upcoming film “Alice: Through The Looking Glass,” snag some promotional swag, and maybe win a ticket to an advance screening! Look for the table in the Midway Tent on Saturday!


    Disney’s ALICE: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS – In Theaters May 27

    Cast: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen

    Synopsis: In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings his own unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in 2010 with “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.

     

     

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  • Isabella Bunny Bennett

    bunnyIsabella Bunny Bennett is a transgender pantomime performer, actress, artist, and musician currently living in San Diego, CA.

    Take a look at her artwork here!

    She currently portrays Rabbit in the robot pantomime act Steam Powered Giraffe, and produces numerous artwork and comic creations both for the act and for her own devices.

    You can follow Isabella on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/TheBunnyBennett

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  • The Long Losts

    longlostsThe Long Losts are proud to be part of The Goblin Market.

    Presenting The Long Losts a goth, punk and rock & roll celebration of Halloween, Autumn, romance and things that go bump in the night! Anka haunts and Pat rocks, playing tunes from their debut album, “Scary Songs To Play In the Dark.”

    The Long Losts are a goth, punk and rock & roll band made up of Anka on vocals and Pat on guitar. Their music is a diverse combination of haunting vocals, spooky keyboards, horror sound effects, over rock, metal and punk guitar, bass and drum rhythms with lyrics celebrating romance, autumn, Halloween and things that haunt you.

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  • Fashion Show at SPWF

    While many Subcultures are mostly based in music, we all know (and love) one that is based on a look, aka Steampunks. Come and discover other styles, ideas, and interact with other fashion obsessed people like yourself. Join Redfield Design as we host amazing designers like As They Sew in France, Midnight Orchid Designs, and Voltaire Design Studio, and remember to wear your best to the show, since we’ll also be having an Attendee Fashion Show, hand-picked to show off your style and skill!

    Saturday, May 14 at 1:00 PM
    Embassy Stage

     

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  • Wyrd Science

     

    ns_wyrdBuilding and using Metaphysical and Psychic energy tools. Orgone generators, Raidionics boxes, Psychic shields and more.

    Foresight provides Palm, Tarot, I-Ching and Rune readings by Catherine and Sean Kane, readers of over 40 years experience each. They also offer metaphysical books and fiction authored by Catherine Kane. The information you need for the adventure of Life.

    Presented by Starwolf of Foresight

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  • Sales Skills for Makers and Artists

    cashregYou can glue the gears and make the goods, but do you know how to turn the gears of commerce to sell your fine works? Michael Whitehouse, professional salesman, trainer, and host of Michael Whitehouse Live, will walk you through the basics of the oldest profession. Sales, that is. We’ll discuss understanding customer motivation, finding customers, presenting, closing the deal, and a bit about networking and marketing. This workshop is interactive, so bring your questions!

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  • The Devil’s Carnival 1: Film Screening

    devils carnivalThe Devil’s Carnival was created by our guests Terrance Zdunich and Saar Hendleman.

    A conniving kleptomaniac, a gullible teenager, and an obsessed father come face to face with their moral failings and a wicked band of carnies, eager to get a piece of the action. With a shot at redemption on the table, do the three sinners have what it takes to overcome their transgressions?

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  • Bringing Positive and Proactive People Into Your Life

    thumbEver lend someone tools or some money and then not get it back? Have that friend who keeps talking about their “Big Plans” and yet always seems to have some “Bad Luck?” Sometimes it’s possible to be “Too Nice.” We are going to talk about learning some of the skills to learn to let positive and proactive people in your life, and hopefully keep the problematic people at a distance. Healthy boundaries, limit setting, and manipulation will be discussed. As this class is only allocated an hour, there will be a discussion session following after in an outside space of the attendees choosing. Robert Gearhardt is a Nurse Practitioner working in Psychiatry.

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  • The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam: Film Screening

    snakeoilA desert steampunk fantasy film inspired by (and featuring) the music of West Indian Girl. Shot on location in the desert wilderness of Joshua Tree and Pioneertown, CA, the film is a cinematic homage to spaghetti westerns and is a love letter to dance culture. The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam debuted at the prestigious Cannes Short Film Corner and continues its festival journey. (13 min)

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  • Steambones Workshop

    steambonesSaturday, 8PM
    Hosted by Bent Nail Studio

    The workshop will involve the use of mink skulls embellished with clock parts and gears. Steampunk reliquaries made from pocket watch skeletons, skulls, gears, and bones. Design kits available as a broach, magnet, or pendant. Kits set up with everything each person needs and will have add ons for a minimal fee.

    This class is limited to 20 people and costs $15 per person. This price is to cover the materials cost for the piece you will be making. We will contact you within 72 hours of your submission to either let you know the class is full or with Paypal information to make your payment after we receive your completed submission.

    Tickets are limited for the first seating although another session may be added.
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    The workshop will involve the use of mink skulls embellished with clock parts and gears. Steampunk reliquaries made from pocket watch skeletons, skulls, gears, and bones. Design kits available as a broach, magnet, or pendant. Kits set up with everything each person needs and will have add ons for a minimal fee.

    This class is limited to 20 people and costs $15 per person. We will contact you within 72 hours of your submission to either let you know the class is full or with Paypal information to make your payment after we receive your completed submission.

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  • Mad Hatter Aerials Tea-Ster Class

    azk_demoEver wanted to try what The Mad Hattress does, or maybe you want to try something new? Maybe it’s a friends birthday and you don’t know what to get them while at SPWF?!? Whatever the reason why not try a Tea-Ster Class with the Mad Hattress herself. Demos will be 30 minutes in length and are 100% interactive. Participants must be 18 or over, or 16 and over with parental supervision. Please wear comfy yoga like clothes you are comfortable going upside down in. Class with take place at ground level but we will play with some basic skills in the fabric and of course some spinning about and flipping upside down.

    Space is limited so reserve your spot at [email protected]
    Cost is $20 per participant. CASH only.

    Friday, 4 PM
    Saturday, 12:30 PM & 5 PM
    Sunday, 11 AM

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  • Problematic People in Personal and Professional Life

    difficultpeopleEver lend someone tools or some money and then not get it back? Have that friend who keeps talking about their “Big Plans” and yet always seems to have some “Bad Luck?” We are going to talk about some of the patterns we have noticed both as people in fandom and our careers in Healthcare, Education, and Technology. Healthy boundaries, limit setting, and mindfulness will be discussed.

    Robert Gearhardt is a Nurse Practitioner working in Psychiatry.

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  • Self-Publishing: Is it for you?

    You’ve written your book, either fiction or nonfiction, and you want people to see it. Is it better to depend on the ever-shrinking print publishing industry, or should you strike out on your own? And if you do decide on publishing it yourself, what next? Most writers just want to write. That’s it — and in the old days, it was enough. But if you self-publish, you now are responsible for your own editing, book and cover design, and marketing. What does it take? And do you want to do it?

    Geri Jeter will walk you through your new responsibilities as a writer/publisher. Come on… It will be fun…


    Ex-dancer and NASCAR fan Geri Jeter is an editor, writer, and graduate gemologist. These days, she copyedits for various corporate clients and tell’s about her family’s adventures in Ecuador and other travel good times on her blog. Geri has contributed dance articles and book reviews for the California Literary Review and wrote for the Las Vegas Weekly news magazine on dance, theater, community issues, classical music/opera, and food and drink. She also was the editor and chief writer for Las Vegas La Voce News Magazine, an Italian-American lifestyle monthly, and Spectra, the quarterly magazine for the American Gem Society.
    Geri has been a freelance copy editor for over 15 years. Oh, and she’s married to K. W. Jeter.

     

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  • Everyday Teatime: Afternoon Tea for Busy People

    gerijetertea1What do you do if you want to have your friends over for tea, but are far too busy to pretend that you are a set dresser on Downton Abbey? The answer: Keep it simple. People in the U.K. drink tea all the time and generally don’t bother fussing too much about it. Just a few friends, a combo of easy homemade and store-bought accompaniments, mugs, and a teapot. After all, it really is all about getting together, isn’t it?

    Join the League of Extraordinary Gentlewomen and Geri Jeter for some tips and tricks so you can throw your own simply fabulous tea.


    Ex-dancer and NASCAR fan Geri Jeter is an editor, writer, and graduate gemologist. These days, she copyedits for various corporate clients and tell’s about her family’s adventures in Ecuador and other travel good times on her blog. Geri has contributed dance articles and book reviews for the California Literary Review and wrote for the Las Vegas Weekly news magazine on dance, theater, community issues, classical music/opera, and food and drink. She also was the editor and chief writer for Las Vegas La Voce News Magazine, an Italian-American lifestyle monthly, and Spectra, the quarterly magazine for the American Gem Society.
    Geri has been a freelance copy editor for over 15 years. Oh, and she’s married to K. W. Jeter.

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  • The Lord Bulwer-Lytton Anti-Defamation League

    jeter_portraitThe Lord Bulwer-Lytton Anti-Defamation League — Why Anybody Who Doesn’t Think Bulwer-Lytton Was a Great Writer Can [EXPLETIVE DELETED]

    Featured Guest K. W. Jeter (and friends!) will defend the honor of the much-maligned Lord Bulwer-Lytton. (Well, except for the poetry.) At the end, K. W. will tackle a hot issue for most new writers in his short presentation: Do you want to write and can’t find the time?

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  • Repo: the Genetic Opera shadowcast

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    “Repo: The Genetic Opera”, which was created by and stars our guest Terrance Zdunich, is a Rocky-Horror meets Bladerunner rock opera / movie musical with a dark ambiance and a Steampunk aesthetic.  Its compelling tale, enthralling characters and engaging plot have drawn in audiences for half a decade.  Now it comes to The Steampunk World’s Fair with one of its most famed shadowcasts, The Zen Room!


     

    zen2ZEN Productions is a theatrical production company based in Long Island, NY that produces shadowcasts as well as entirely live stage plays. The Zydrate Enthusiasts Network, ZEN Productions’ troupe of REPO!
    The Genetic Opera, has been performing since April, 2009 and is the only active REPO! cast in the tri-state area. Our other subsidiary, The ZEN Room, is Long Island’s Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast.
     
    The ZEN Room regularly performs throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties, including our annual Halloween show at the 1400-seat Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts. ZEN Productions has performed Rocky, REPO! The Genetic Opera and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog at a number of conventions including: Wicked Faire, I-CON, Lunacon, Macabre Faire, and the Alternative Living Expo.
     
    zen1ZEN is excited to be bringing to you their own interpretation of everyone’s favorite Goth Opera!
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  • Scott Helland

    scotthellandScott Helland creates melodic, euphoric acoustic guitar instrumentals rooted in the realms of folk, alternative and world. His eclectic musical past, keen melodic sense, live looping technique, energetic showmanship and tasteful use of guitar effects creates a compelling soundscape.

    Currently he is the guitarist and co-founder of the internationally touring New York based duo, Frenchy and the Punk, a popular attraction in the indie cabaret, steampunk and faerie festival scenes with singer Samantha Stephenson. In the eighties he was also a member of the infamous Western MA hardcore punk bands Deep Wound, (which included Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis and Lou Barlow,) and Outpatients. He has been writing, recording and performing music since his early teens. He has over 25 recordings out including 7 solo CDs. Helland also released his art book Feast, a collection of over 50 pen and ink drawings in 2015.

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  • The Narrows: Reading

    mcraigm. craig reads from her debut novel, The Narrows, a queer coming of age story that takes place in an urban steampunk dystopia. Merging elements of fantasy, bike culture, environmental collapse and self discovery, The Narrows has been lauded as a multi-genre work that’s accessible to a variety of readers. The first in its series, The Narrows is soon to be followed by its sequel.

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  • Learn Some Hooping with Whirlwind Hooping!

    whirlwindPerhaps you’ve seen some of the amazing performers at The Steampunk Worlds Fair or abroad and you would like to get a taste of the action? Well look no further, come on in to Whirlwind Hooping’s workshop. Hula hoops will be available!

    Skye Whirlwind promises to delight and amaze with her repertoire of circus tricks! You may see her gallivanting around on her stilts, mystifying with her levistick, or charming with her hula hoops. However, Skye loves to share. Come find her with her plethora of hula hoops to have some circus fun yourself!

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  • Build Your Own Steampunk Ray Gun

    shoestringThe fantastic will come to life in this unique workshop. Join Steampunk enthusiasts, cosplayers, creative tinkerers, and possibly a mad scientist or two as you learn how to make the ordinary extraordinary. With a few basic tools and a box of spare parts, you will assemble your very own ray gun that is yours to keep! This workshop is suitable for all age groups and skill levels, and can be enjoyed solo or cooperatively.

    Led by Showstring Scientists

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  • Heather Hutsell

    hutsell with weaselHeather E. Hutsell is back, and she has brought along her splendid, one-of-a-kind boutonnieres! With each colorful flower handcrafted from upcycled neckties (and never a repeated pattern!) you are guaranteed to have an original accessory that you can proudly display upon your favorite ensemble! Heather will be a busking vendor – so look for her around the Fair!

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  • Social Media for Steampunk Makers/Authors

    0061-eWomenNetworkOnce you write it or make it, how do you spread the word? What’s the best way to use social media to connect with the people who want to read what you’ve written, appreciate what you’ve created or buy what you’ve made? Which social media platforms are best, and how do you protect your privacy? Join authors Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin as they talk about how to make the most of sites like Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter to help you sell more and gain more fans and followers. In addition to writing epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and steampunk, Gail is the author of the bestselling book 30 Days to Social Media Success. She and Larry have a new book on social media marketing for authors and makers coming later this year.

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  • Iron & Blood Steampunk Party

    ironandbloodJoin us for the Iron & Blood Steampunk Party! Prizes, freebies, readings and a costume and photo contest. Join authors Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin for a fun and fabulous celebration party in the world of their Iron & Blood books and Storm and Fury steampunk adventures. Airships and assassins, clockwork zombies, secret agents and mad scientists—Iron & Blood has it all!

    Gail Z. Martin is the author of Iron and Blood, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and related short stories/novellas in the Storm & Fury Adventures in five steampunk anthologies, as well as over a dozen other epic and urban fantasy novels and more.

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  • Fashion in a Gaslit World

    gaslitfashionAn overview of men and women’s fashion in the Victorian age. The class includes plenty of visuals and extent Victorian garments to demonstrate both design and construction of garments of the period. The class is written by Astrida Schaeffer and taught with her permission. Ms. Schaeffer is a renowned expert in the preservation and display of Victorian garments. She is also the author of Embellishments, Constructing Victorian Detail and the curator of the exhibition by the same name.

    Presented by Melinda C. Haren

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  • The Mechanical Meow

    mechmeowThe Mechanical Meow is unique jewelry designs inspired by industrial chic, Neo-Victorian, Edwardian, and the steampunk ethos. A fashion that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Each handmade piece is a creation made from love,
    A portion of all proceeds go to help animals in need. Meow!

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  • HUMANWINE

    humanwineHUMANWINE makes music that dances between raindrops, sending up green shoots between the broken cobblestones of folk, punk, mythology and open revolt. It is a soundtrack to broken rules and mutant genres, evoking a world that skips over the Age of Oil and all its cruelties, stitching together a patchwork of past and future, a do-it-yourself apocalypse that is strangely utopian.

    SPWF 2k16, HUMANWINE is releasing their most recent creation, called æther – 4 albums (40 songs) inside a corked glass bottle!! The complete æther mega-ablum incudes ‘terra’, ‘aqua’, ‘ær’ & ‘ignis’ all 10 songs each.They’re also releasing c0dex: The Graphic Album Companion to go with æther – 60 pg full colour 11 x 8.5″ w/ original artwork and lyrics!! Luckily, HUMANWINE is playing 2 sets this year at SPWF – you do not want to miss this!

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  • RESCU: Booth of Epicness

    rescu1Another year has come for the Booth of Epicness to make it’s appearance known! For those that don’t know, we are a non-profit booth that donates the money raised to the RESCU Foundation which helps groups of people cover medical bills, advocate on their behalf, find doctors, and a whole lot more.

    With new and old shtick, gimmicks, epic hugs, raffles, hand made items, a loud voice, and a whole lot of heart, we will bring even more fun to the Midway this year! So stop on by and ask for a song played on a conch, get a one of a kind story told, challenge a pirate to a duel to the death (death scenes will not lead to actual death), or for our Batman fans, find out how to put Superman fans in their place or just come by to donate to the cause! No matter what, good times will be had by all!

    So come on down to the Midway and find the Booth of Epicness! Can’t find us? Just listen for the loud pirate. There’s no way you can miss that.

    This year, the Booth of Epicness will have your hydration needs! Stop by for your $.50 water bottle and get a free raffle ticket with every empty bottle brought back! Stay thirsty my friends!

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  • Mark Donnelly – Panels

    donnelly_IMan at Arms Part I: Ancient, Classical and Dark Age (5000 BCE– 11th century)
    Friday, 6PM-7PM
    Hoplology: On the History, Use and Evolution of Weapons and Armor – Part I -Ancient, Classical and Dark Age (5000 BCE – 11th century)
    Presented by Professor Mark P. Donnelly assisted by KADS scholar Alexander Stuart

    donnellyIIMan at Arms Part II: The Middle Ages (11th – 16th centuries)
    Saturday, 11:30AM-12:30PM
    Hoplology: On the History, Use and Evolution of Weapons and Armor – Part II – The Middle Ages (11th – 16th centuries)
    Presented by Professor Mark P. Donnelly assisted by KADS adept Robert Earhart

     

    donellyIIIMan at Arms Part III: The Renaissance (16th-18th centuries)
    Saturday, 2:30PM – 3:30PM
    Hoplology: On the History, Use and Evolution of Weapons and Armor – Part III – The Renaissance
    Presented by Professor Mark P. Donnelly assisted by KADS scholar Scott Mann

     

    Victoria Cross Gallery- Crimean WarMan at Arms Part IV: Regency and Victorian (18th-19th centuries)
    Sunday, 11:30AM – 12:30PM
    Hoplology: On the History, Use and Evolution of Weapons and Armor – Part IV – Regency and Victorian (18th-19th centuries)
    Presented by Professor Mark P. Donnelly assisted by KADS scholar Robert Sandusky

     

    Professor Donnelly and KADS (Keystone Academy of Dueling) will also be offering a series of Private Lessons at $20 a person/session. Pre-register!


    donnelly2016aProfessor Donnelly epitomizes the ideal of a true Gentleman Badass
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    Mark P. Donnelly is a multi-award winning Author, Historian, Screenwriter, and Television Producer as well as internationally renowned Duelist, Swashbuckler, and constant gentleman.

    Professionally, M. P. Donnelly has scripted and/or produced nearly 200 hours of historical documentary television for Discovery Channel, History Channel, BBC, PBS, National Geographic, and numerous European networks.

    He is also the author or co-author of twenty non-fiction books on a wide variety of historical subjects. He is also inordinately fond of Port and would be happy to recount anything he has learned if you happen to have a fine bottle to share.

     

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  • Mark Donnelly – Private Lessons

    Classes are limited as noted below people and cost $20 per person. We will contact you within 72 hours of your submission to either let you know the class is full or with Paypal information to make your payment after we receive your completed submission.
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    donnelly2016Professor Donnelly epitomizes the ideal of a true Gentleman Badass
    NEW YORK POST

    Mark P. Donnelly is a multi-award winning Author, Historian, Screenwriter, and Television Producer as well as internationally renowned Duelist, Swashbuckler, and constant gentleman.

    Professionally, M. P. Donnelly has scripted and/or produced nearly 200 hours of historical documentary television for Discovery Channel, History Channel, BBC, PBS, National Geographic, and numerous European networks.

    He is also the author or co-author of twenty non-fiction books on a wide variety of historical subjects. He is also inordinately fond of Port and would be happy to recount anything he has learned if you happen to have a fine bottle to share.


     

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  • The MysTEAry

    If you are looking to take a trek through the dark side of tea, this is where you want to be. Tea master Madison is sourcing teas that are uncommon and wild. We will have treats that incorporate the varied teas into their recipes, so like a fine pairing, everything here is dependent on tea to develop their full flavors.

    Tickets are $15 and space is limited.
    Sunday, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Buy tickets now

    Sponsored by Adagio TeasPrint

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  • A Halo Called Fred

    haloA Halo Called Fred provides the best geek rock ever played on guitar, bass, fiddle, and kitchenware. Their songs feature such topics as Pirates, Steampunks, Cavemen, and any body part or flying thing you can think of. Halo has performed with King Missile, been produced by a member of Ween, and featured on The Doctor Demento Show. Serving as the house band of Jeff Mach events, they have debuted songs such as “Drinking for Science’, “Cthulhu’s Head is a Great Big Squid” for the Celebrity Roast of Cthulhu, and “My Monocle” in honor of the SMBC single use monocle.

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  • Workshops with The Dance Mistress, Lady De L’Etoile

    dancemistressHave you ever wished you could cut an elegant swathe on the dance floor? Let the Dance Mistress help you tame your two left feet with some ballroom basics. Show off your smooth moves with the graceful waltz workshop or try something a little steamier with a spicy tango lesson.

    Learn to Waltz Workshop
    Dance was considered an important social skill in the Victorian Era. Considered scandalous when it was first introduced due to the close proximity of the partners, waltzing soon became de rigueur in ballrooms worldwide. Come alone or with a partner to learn some waltzing basics that will have you gliding and twirling before you know it!

    Tango Workshop
    While you might think of the tango as a more modern dance style, the tango originated in the 1890’s. From it’s beginnings in the lower class district of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, the tango spread to become popular at all levels of society. Come alone or with a partner to learn some spicy tango basics so you can really STEAM up the dance floor!

     

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  • Butterflies by LYN

    butterflyI create shadow boxes, displays, and jewelry using real butterflies and dragonflies. Our Butterflies Most of the butterflies I use die naturally and come from butterfly farms. The advantage of attaining them from butterfly farms is that these farms allow for individuals in poor areas around the world to be able to provide for their families. Purchasing from me allows me to assist these families in need.

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  • Riri’s Pottery Haus

    ririTea connoisseurs of highly discerning taste, take notice! Exquisite wheel-thrown stoneware teaware, etc., lovingly handcrafted to enhance your imbibing/dining experience! A timeless marriage of precious old-world aesthetic with modern practicality, sensuously draped in riri’s original designs and enrobed in sumptuous glazes. Dishwasher/microwave safe, and guaranteed to confer a 300% tasty bonus to all fine beverages or comestibles consumed therefrom.

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