Springfield Steampunk Festival

This is something that we hadn’t known about before: Springfield, Vermont has its own Steampunk Festival! The event will be held later this year, but it’s worth putting on the calendar.

Here’s what the website says about how it came to be:

The Springfield Vermont Steampunk Festival started as a Facebook group of like-minded Steampunk fans just sharing Steampunk photos and thoughts. The talk turned to the possibility of a Steampunk Festival and that talk turned into the real thing – The Springfield Vermont Steampunk Festival. Steampunk takes its inspiration from science fiction writers of the Victorian age, namely Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. The fantasy worlds created by these authors combined with our present day knowledge of science and technology drives Steampunk imagination. A futuristic Victorian Age where technology is powered by steam rather than electricity.

The event will be held later this year on September 11th through the 13th: admission will run you $65 at the door, $50 in advance, with a bazaar, and a number of other events that will be announced in the near future.

This is pretty cool, and it fits nicely into the legacy of the region: as the website notes, the Precision Valley was once an industrial powerhouse in the young United States:

Springfield Vermont is in an area called Precision Valley. Once a bustling industrial age town, Springfield was known far and wide for its gear shaper, tool, spindle and grinder factories. Springfield and the Precision Valley have a rich history of industry and innovation. That’s why we are turning Springfield into the Steampunk Capital of Vermont!

For more information, visit their website. You can also ‘like’ the event on Facebook.

International Steampunk City!

Free Comic Book day not your thing? Fear not! Waltham, MA is hosting the International Steampunk City event on May 7th and May 8th:

On May 7th and 8th, 2011, citizens and visitors to the beautiful and historic city of Waltham, Massachusetts may attend a festival like no other. International Steampunk City, presented by the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, is a sort of Ringling Brothers meets the Industrial Revolution event that encompasses the entire downtown area. A small “museum that could,” the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation is working with the City of Waltham, the Waltham West Suburban Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Waltham Business Partnership, the Waltham Tourism Council, Steampuffin, and the New England Steampunk Community to create an event that blends historic Victorian sensibility with the whimsical Steampunk movement.

Full information at their website.

Geek Things for May 6th

  • ECHO Expansion Breakfast, 8:30–9:30AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Free. (Science)
  • ‘Name That Movie!’, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Raptor Encounter, 11AM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • Talk to the Trainer, 2PM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • ‘Draw Comics!’, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Science & Stories – Eggs. 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • Kathryn Weller – “Heavy Lifting: Slate Mining in New York Since 1840.” 2PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $5. (Slate)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive, 12-5pm, Rochester Federated Church, Rochester. (Blood Drive)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic, The Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Huzzah! 2011, http://www.huzzahcon.com/, May 13 – 15, 2011, Portland, ME (Conventions)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • CLiF Donation, 1pm, Jones Memorial Library, Orleans. (Books)
  • Electronic Music by Middlebury Students, 10:10am – 12pm, MaHaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Middlebury. (Music)
  • International Steampunk City, May 6 – 8, 2011, Waltham, MA (Steampunk)
  • Robin Hood Springtime Festival, May 6 – 8, 2011, Guilford, CT (Renfaire)
  • Author Appearance: Rick Riordan, 5pm – 5pm, The Book Cellar, Brattleboro. (Authors)

Waltham Goes Steampunk


This isn’t Vermont related, but it’s in the general region, so it’s good to point out: Waltham is going Steampunk. According to Gizmodo, the self-proclaimed home of the US Industrial Revolution, Waltham, MA, is celebrating their roots:

Waltham, also known as the Watch City, “Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution,” and “a place where I’ve lived” is getting a steampunk makeover. Like, the whole city!

Here’s the deal:

From May 6-8, Waltham will play host to the International Steampunk City festival, which will serve as an ambitious city-wide fundraiser for the Charles River Museum of Industry. Scheduled events include special offers at local restaurants (there are quite a few), steampunk cinema screenings at the Embassy Theater off the locally famous Moody Street, and steamy performances that will no doubt be conducted in the city’s lush public park. Fingers cross for an ornithopter sighting!

The current info site is a placeholder, with more information (including food, screening schedule and more) arriving closer to steampunk touchdown in May. Sadly for me, I’ll be on a flying machine making my way to Chicago at the time and won’t be able to see what these zany steampunks have planned for my fair city.

Might be worth checking out come May!

Steampunk Cons

via Tor.com, here’s a list of upcoming Steampunk-specific conventions in our area:

Feb 4-6, Warwick, RI
The Sixth Annual New England Retro-Futurist Convention”
TempleCon hosts a variety of casual and competitive games and retro-futurist science-fiction themed events in a luxurious social setting. A non-stop weekend of music, retro-futurist science-fiction themed live performances, table-top hobby games, panel discussions, creative workshops, plus a wide variety of other events. Featuring guests Leanna Renee Heiber, G.D. Falksen and The Wandering Legion of the Thomas Tew.

Steampunk Industrial Revolution
March 25-27, Nashua, NH
“Revolutionizing the way we steampunk”
Steampunk Industrial Revolution aims to bring together fans of steampunk from throughout New England in camaraderie. From maker to literary scholar, cosplayer to cabaret band, there is a place for everyone. Brought to you by The Wandering Legion of the Thomas Tew and staff from the well-known New England event Another Anime Convention. Special guests include maker Jake von Slatt and musical guests This Way to the Egress and Platform One.

International Steampunk City
May 6-8, Waltham, MA
“Steampunks of the Globe, We Seek You!”
The Charles River Museum of Industry, in conjunction with Jeff Mach, is offering you something hitherto unknown in the history of our humble movement: A steampunk weekend spanning an entire town. Enjoy special events all throughout the town, dine in restaurants offering specials to all chrono-adventurers, watch steampunk films at the local cinema, see steampunk theatre, explore amusement everywhere. Unlike an ordinary event, many of our attractions are free or available for a suggested donation.

The Great New England Steampunk Exhibition
Sept 16-18, Fitchburg, MA
Several of us had been complaining that there was no major Steampunk convention in New England. As you might expect, someone eventually said, “Why don’t you stop complaining and do it yourself.” The rest, as they say, is history. Featuredguests include Jake von Slatt, Abney Park, and Phil and Kaja Foglio.

Grab your goggles and top hats! Here’s the full list.