Update 3/14/18 – Don’t panic! Read on:
It’s just not possible to repair SPWF to the grandeur that the community justly expects in 6 weeks. That said, we have found someone who has stepped forward to run a smaller-scale event on those days so that the Steampunk community has an entertaining, fun, and casual event to attend. We, SPS, are in the midst of planning a new large-scale event for a future date that will be able to be held up to the lofty standards of SPWF. Communication has been spotty and we apologize for that. Here is the TL;DR:
- There will be a smaller-scale event held on May 4 – 6, 2018. It will be smaller scale and details are being fleshed out – expect a plan to be announced within 72 hours.
- SPS is planning a new event for the future, tentatively the fall, that will be better organized and better planned than what we could have done in 6 weeks or less.
- We would love your help, advice, and input on both of these events to make sure that you, the community, are happy with them. We admit that SPWF was too much for us to take on this quickly – and we are asking for your help to bring it back as much as we can for the future.
New and don’t know where to start?
No problem! First, we recommend reading about Steampunk in general, and then also about what the Steampunk World’s Fair is. Then, take a look at our Entertainment line-up and our Merchant roster to get an idea of the things you can expect to enjoy at our event. Our VIP & Add-on event listings are a good way to see all the extra, premium content we have to offer, too! Then, when you’re ready, take a look at our Buy Tickets page to join us at the next SPWF.
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Unused Vintage cellulose flowers and glass buttons, with my special settings and carvings in jewelry, and prints of my paintings.
At Butterflies by LYN you will find several intriguing unique pieces, along with entomology items. You can find the rarest of insects including gigantic butterflies and beetles, to the not so common gigantic walking stick and walking leaves. She also creates pieces of jewelry using real wings. Each one is handmade as LYN is also a jeweler. Each one of her insects are attained from ethical sources, and she professionally and artistically prepares them to ensure they will last for generations to come. LYN’s passion extends to all things from nature. In her shop you will also find miniature aquariums and terrariums along with stones, and other unique gifts. Collectors and spectators are more than welcome to come and see LYN’s creations.
It’s June 2008 and I’m a college student. The semester is coming to a close and to celebrate the occasion I decide to throw a party with all of my closest friends. But what kind of party? At that time (and currently) I was enamored with the concepts and aesthetic of Steampunk. I was fascinated by the costumes and the alternate history of a world powered by steam, where airships covered the skies and adventure awaited at the margins of Jules Vernes’ imagination. I planned a party, invited my best friends and planned to indulge in some finger food and play some steampunky games. A full month before the party I created a Facebook group to organize the proceedings and, more importantly, make a steampunk based group. (Groups were all the rage on Facebook back in 2008.) Finally, after a month of dreaming of Springheeled Jacks and steam powered monowheels, the day of the party arrived. Unfortunately, no one could make it that day so we moved it back. Then we had finals so we had to reschedule and finally, on June 14th 2008, we were all able to meet and have our steampunk party. And with no pomp or circumstance, we become the first people to enjoy International Steampunk Day. It was very low key and we watched Firefly because we couldn’t find a suitable steampunk film. I still lament that we didn’t have a copy of Studio Ghibli’s Castle in the Sky. But, that was all. That was the unceremonious beginning of International Steampunk Day.
The following year, in 2009, a year and over 200 followers later, I decided I wanted to go bigger than than year before. It was a low bar but I was determined to steamjack my way over it. As the date come steadily closer I took it upon myself to buy my own pair of goggles, paint them brass and find then myself an appropriate costume. I made do with suspenders and some khaki cargo pants. When the night finally arrived we all gathered at my friend Jon’s home and dubbed ourselves, The Crew of the Brass Moth. We drank strawberry lemonade and played board games.
This June 14th, will mark the 10th year Anniversary of International Steampunk Day and I honestly never imagined when I asked if we could have a Steampunk Party at my friend’s house, that it would ever become an actual International Day of Steampunk recognition. In some ways, this is how I feel all truly good things begin. They begin as something benign, supported by like minded individuals who share an interest and become friends. That interest and friendship inspires more people until you have something that matters to people. I feel that International Steampunk Day is no different.
I’m personally astounded at the response that this day has garnered. I remember several years into our celebrations of it, I was on the internet and found a German website offering a sale in celebration of International Steampunk Day. I was shocked! Something had shifted. This was no longer a minor holiday but something that people everywhere were actively enjoying! Today, International Steampunk Day is celebrated around the world, (although true love of steampunk is a year round affair). Googling images shows people in handmade costumes, YouTube videos in Spanish talking about what the day means to them, blog posts on how people celebrate and lists of gatherings and meet ups. It’s incredible.
In my opinion, I feel that International Steampunk Day has become so successful due to its International tagline. Steampunk is not only about British Victorians but about all people everywhere. It’s an aesthetic that transcends borders and nations. Every culture and creed fits into its alternate history, often times imagining a world that was better than the one history gave us. We all deserve to be the hero of our stories, no matter where we come from, what we look like, how we feel or what we believe in. Steampunk is one framework that allows that to happen.
I personally hope that International Steampunk Day will continue on for many more years. Even now, as the cutting edge popularity of steampunk begins to wane, my most earnest wish is that the holiday will still see even more people gather to celebrate it. I hope we all take a moment on June 14th and revel in some fun escapism and see a world through fresh eyes with people we care about. For to me that is the true spirit of International Steampunk Day. At its core it is about friends and having a good time with something we unabashedly loved, just like on that first evening in 2008.
So, thank you Jon, Brandon, Mari, Mark, Caroline, Carolyn, and Erika for a great party. Here’s to the many that came after it, and to the many more to come.
May you have a smashing good International Steampunk Day on June 14th 2018!
Drew Mierzejewski is an Actor, Writer and Creative based in Orlando, Florida. He is the Artifice of “Whimsy and Artifice” (https://www.patreon.com/WhimsyArtifice/posts) whose most current project, Warda (An Actual Play RP Podcast) currently drops new episodes every Wednesday. Learn more and find the podcast at www.welcometowarda.com
The Eternal Frontier are a Steampunk, acoustical, musical duo, consisting of the good Baron Von Zipple & Professor Adam Smasher. Armed with only their guitars, soaring voices and signature kazoos, these two seasoned chrononaut minstrels, perform Steampunk themed songs original, classic and sometimes bombastic!
Hand crafted steampunk inspired jewelry made from vintage parts. We also sell vintage pocket watches and wrist watches, hand crafted steampunk style blue tooth stereos, and leather goods.