Friday, May 16th - Sunday, May 18th, 2014
Piscataway, NJ

The Long Dark Teatime


A dark night of the soul isn’t so bad over a little Darjeeling.

Friday at 10pm. $20.

Purchase tickets here.

Tea and Absinthe is the Official Sponsor of The Long Dark Teatime. Find them online and Room Vending at the Radisson during SPWF!

Victorian Secrets for Today’s Seamstresses

The Black Baroness - Victorian Secrets for Today's Seamstresses

Generations of seamstresses have passed down sewing secrets, many of which are no longer in common usage today . . . but boy, are they clever! Some of the most useful can be found in this presentation, which covers everything from the basics of stitching, boning, and hemming to the more esoteric concepts of design to hide figure faults and seam placement to distract the eye and flatter form. We’ll even throw in the Scotch Tape zipper trick (which isn’t actually Victorian, but is dead useful anyway!) for free!

Musical Saw for Beginners


Join the luminous and talented Crystal Bright, of Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands, for an interactive demonstration where any level of musician or non-musician will learn the basics of how to play the musical saw.

A limited number of saws and bows will be provided for students to learn, hands-on, how to make this tool an unexpectedly haunting and ethereal instrument.

Be sure to catch Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands’ musical performance at the World’s Fair, as well!

Grandmaster Baron Munchausen Competition


Wikipedia tells us, “Hieronymus Carl Friedrich Baron von Münchhausen was a German nobleman and a famous recounter of tall tales. He joined the Russian military and took part in two campaigns against the Ottoman Turks. Upon returning home, Münchhausen is said to have told a number of outrageously farfetched stories about his adventures…Münchhausen’s reputation as a storyteller has been exaggerated by writers, giving birth to a fully fictionalized literary character usually called simply Baron Munchausen.”

Munchausen is a beautifully-crafted storytelling game which provides a surprisingly sturdy framework for the creation of incredibly tall tales. We take some of our most talented wordcrafters, talespinners, exaggerators, and other fabricators, thrust them together into a burning cage, toss in a few sabretooth tigers, and, eventually, we let the wittiest speakers leave.

We are, of course, lying. We wouldn’t treat sabretooth tigers that way.

[Baron Munchausen image by Varla Art.]

Galia’s Slightly Perilous Children’s Wonderland

galia - space girl

“Don’t eat the food that is sitting on your plate
But smear it in your ear and smush it in your face,
Mash you mashed potatoes and stuff ‘em down your pants,
Wiggle ‘em around a bit and do a little dance.”
-Barry Louis Polisar

We have all manner of arts and crafts and games and neat things for kids to do, and a children’s concert, and lots and lots of fun! And we promise not to be a terrible influence on your children. Probably!