Steampunk House Tour

For those of you that live out on the East Coast, you are being given the rare opportunity to view Bruce and Melanie Rosebaum’s Steampunk house next month, on the 25th of September. This is all part of the Sharon Historical Society’s tour of six “architecturally significant homes” in the area.

Here’s a breif synopsis of the expanded tour from the Sharon Historical Society’s website:

This year’s tour will feature six architecturally significant homes, including an encore performance of Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum’s amazing “Steampunk House” on Pleasant St. The self-guided tour of these charming private homes affords the opportunity to explore their decorations as well as their wonderful architecture.

Guides will be available to discuss the significant features of each.

This years tour includes a beautiful turn of the century “Newport Bungalow”,
a very early home that is believed to have been on the Underground Railway,
a recently updated 1980s passive solar (“green”) home and two gorgeous lakefront properties.

This tour is an important fund-raiser to benefit The Historical Society so please purchase your tickets early. All funds that are raised will benefit the Society and it’s important programs. We receive no funding from the town or the state.

Tickets are 20 dollars can can be purchased in advance from the Historical Society Museumat  16 high Street, or from Coldwell Banker Real Estate at 3 North Main St. in Post Office Square. On the day of, tickets may be purchased at any of the six homes that will be on the tour. You can learn more about each home by clicking here.

Steampunk in Seattle: Updates from the Wayward Cafe

In November of 2010, I made my first trip up to Seattle from Dallas to decide if I liked the city enough to consider moving there. Needless to say, I was positively enchanted by everything I experienced. So now I live here.

During my week long venture, I managed to meet up with the local Steeampunk meet-up group, the Steam Rats, for their weekly get-together at Wayward Cafe. I met so many awesome people there that I would later run into at the con and beyond once I settled here as a resident. Getting to meet so many interesting people in such a short span of time really gave me a profound understanding for the immense amount of creativity and originality that springs from the Seattle Steampunk scene. Meeting all of them was everything I could have ever hoped for.

That next Monday, the Wayward burned down, and meetings there came to a grinding, screeching halt. Every since then, the Steam Rats have been more or less displaced, trying out various locations throughout the greater Seattle area but never really finding what amounted to a replacement for the Wayward.

Fortunately, though, the Wayward has finally found a new home, this time in the Ravenna neighborhood. They expect to reopen sometime in mid-October. Read all the great news for the Seattle Steampunk scene at large here on the Steamrat’s Google Group.

Steampunk in Seattle: The Seattle Steampunk Soiree

Attention all Seattle Steampunks, the time is nearly here for your favorite airship pirates to perform in your hometown. Abney Park is performing tomorrow at Studio Seven in Sodo and it goes without saying that the show is going to be awesome. It’s been a few months since their last local show, and their sheer draw and popularity within the Steampunk community makes this a must attend for Steampunks within driving distance.

Making this performance particularly unique is the presence of guest artists: Josh Goering, the guitar player from the album From Dreams Or Angels:

There’s even a brass section for this show!

In addition to all that, Seattle Arial Arts will be doing stunts above the crowd, and opening for Abney Park is a Great Depression era swing band. If you’re very lucky, the band may play some new material tomorrow, too.

Tickets are 15 dollars for anyone over the age of 18. The specially priced tickets for anyone under 18 have sold out, but there should be some left at the door for 5 dollars. If you happen to need tickets for people over 18 you can pick up your tickets here. I highly recommend that you do so, as Abney Park’s  performances often sells out, and you’d hate to miss out on this show.

To RSVP for this event on Facebook, click here. I’ll be at this show myself, and hope to see many of you there!

Steampunk in Seattle: Afternoon Railway Excursion

Attention all Seattle area Steampunks! Tomorrow morning, the Steam Rats are planning an excursion and social by train at the Snoqualmie Depot, located at 38625 SE King Street in Snoqualmie.

Tomorrow at 11:30, come dressed in your Steampunk best to mingle with the community. The cost for a 75 minute round trip, complete with a stop to view magnificent Snoqualmie falls, is $12.00 for adults. Come early and bring cash if you’d like to get in on the group discount.

For all the details of this community event and to RSVP, visit the event page on Facebook. And to stay tapped into the Steampunk community here in Seattle, be sure to join the Steamrat’s Facebook group and/or their Google group.

Steampunk in Seattle: Petticoat Workshop

Attention all Seattle Steampunks! For those of you wishing to learn how to craft the perfect petticoat to go with your steamy wardrobe, you do not want to miss this upcoming workshop. Somewhere in Time, Unlimited (SITU) is presenting a Petticoat (1890-1910) Workshop as a two part series, on Sunday, July 17, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm at a branch of Seattle Public Library.

If you are interested in participating, the supplies fee is $10, which will cover the handouts and a full size pattern.  All you need to bring is pencil and paper for taking notes. Because SITU needs to gather the supplies, pre-registration for this Part 1 of the workshop is required.  You can send a check for $10 payable to Bobbie Kalben (SITU is not a legal entity for banking purposes), put “SITU Petticoat Workshop” in the memo line of the check and mail your check to:

PO Box 28117
Seattle, WA 98118

Or, in a few days, SITU will have a PayPal button for this workshop on the SITU website that you can use to register for this workshop.

Somewhere in Time, Unlimited sponsors historic costumed social events in the Seattle vicinity which reflect the most enjoyable aspects of past eras, so there’s a lot of cross-over in interests between the Steampunk community and Somewhere in Time. Be sure to check out their website for all sorts of articles and information on upcoming workshops and events.

The Difference Engine: A Steampunk Event in Dallas

The “Difference Engine” is an event that will immerse you in the creative world of the retro-futuristic imagination. This will be an interactive “Steampunk Adventure” from the 19th century blending science fiction and old world charm, elegance, and adventure.

This one-day event will feature a Steampunk Murder Mystery Play, musicians, comedy acts, a variety of “Topic Panels”, a vendors area, a gaming room, photography in Steampunk Attire, and a “Steampunk DIY Fashion Show”. Following all the events of the day there will be a formal waltz followed by a Darkwave dance to finish off the evening.

Particularly of note are a few of my very dear friends who will be contributing to the convention. The Marquis of Vaudeville will be performing at the event, and Larry Amyett, the Captain of my former Airship, La Marianne, will be presenting a panel on Dieselpunk that is absolutely not to be missed.

The “Difference Engine” will take place on June 4th, 2011, at the Radisson Fort Worth North, located at Meechum and I35 W. Doors open at 10am and the final event closes at 2 am. The cost is $20.00 and tickets are available at If you would like more information on this topic, to request press passes, or to schedule an interview, please contact the convention coordinators at

Steampunk in Seattle: Flux Capacitor

After a successful Kickstarter campaign to get this show off the ground, Flux Capacitor, a Steampunk art show here in Seattle finally got off the ground this month. Located right in the heart of downtown Seattle at  Westlake Center, this art show is packed full of awesome Steampunk art and is worth a visit for anyone interested in seeing the metalwork of seven Steampunk artists across the US.

The show will continue until the end of May, giving you ample opportunity to head downtown and see the jewelry and sculpture for yourself. The event coincides with a host of metals exhibitions held in collaboration with the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) as part of their annual conference. On Friday, May 27th, SNAG will hold their gala, making it an especially good day to drop by, but any time before the end of May will permit you the opportunity to see these fine pieces.

To find the show, head to the third floor of Westlake Center near the monorail terminal. To learn more about the development of the show from doomed project to Kickstarter success, please visit Flux Capacitor’s blog.