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!

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.

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!

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.

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