Steampunk Comes to East Texas

Steampunk Comes to East Texas

Jefferson- Organized by the Steampunk Illumination Society, and hosted by Marquis of Vaudeville, this three day event is set to take place from March 30, 2012 – April 1, 2012 in Jefferson, Texas. We will be delving into the world of paranormal and Steampunk together in one hauntingly spectacular event. Join us for journeys through ghostly lands as we ride steam trains, steam boats, horse drawn carriages, venture through museums, visit historical sites, patron antique shops, dance to fantastical music and so much more! We invite everyone, young and old, to join us in this one-of-a-kind convention that doesn’t aim to take over a single building, but an entire city that is known for it’s ghostly inhabitants and spectacular haunts.

Guests will include Marquis of Vaudeville, My Wooden Leg, Darwin Prophet, Sarasvati Bodhisattva, Amanda Terese, BB Blackdog, Airship Isabella, The Cast of The Mechanical Grave, Fencing Institute of Texas Fencing Instructors, S.S. Kali’s Hourglass, North Texas Dieselpunks, The Steam Engine Intrepid, and many more!

We have several fantastic panels and workshops as well for all ages. No two panels are alike, but all are connected to the theme of this event. We have everything from ghost tours, spooky readings by some excellent authors, Table top style games ,street performances, scavenger hunts, and quite a few other little surprises here and there. This event will be teeming with things to do, see, hear, and photograph!

Tickets are $50 for Adults and $25 for children 12 & under.

At this time, we have a limit of 200 seats available on the Steamboat for the weekend of our event. No additional cost to you. (as a bit of a thank you for getting your tickets early). We also have museums, train rides, concerts, all part of your regular admission. We’re not charging anything extra for anything, so save your money for the amazing vendors, and local antiques, and a bit of food if you’re hungry. Grab your hotels early as they are already booking up.

The Steampunk Illumination Society is a non-profit organization founded in 2010, focusing on bring the Steampunk culture to the general public. Steampunk encompasses a wide variety of input from a highly creative and artistic community. It includes writers, musicians, dancers, sculptors, model makers, costume makers and a host of other disciplines and skills. It has been summed up as “Well can you imagine what things would be like if the Great Exhibition had never finished?” Steampunks try to take some of the very best parts of the past and make them part of a bright future. We value good manners and polite conduct and try to encourage this by setting an example for others. We think things should be made to a high quality and to last thus helping the environment. We value and encourage creativity and have been asked to collaborate in educational and arts projects across the country. Whilst things are set in a pseudo historical world which harks back to our Victorian heritage we do not promote any of the inequalities of that past. Indeed ours is deliberately an all inclusive community. You will find Steampunks of all ages, genders and ethnic backgrounds. We also come from all walks of life from students to academics and from comedians to solicitors.

Whilst Steampunk started as a science fiction genre it is now a community and has its own fashions, music and tastes. We are a community that enjoys socializing, often dressing up in Steampunk clothes. We visit historical sites as well as enjoying music gigs and performances. Steampunks often make or modify everyday objects to fit the neovictorian aesthetic. This could be making a wood and brass cabinet for your PC or a mock raygun suitable for an adventure with Jules Verne.

Can you still call it steam-PUNK? Punk in the seventies was a rebellion against contemporary society. We are most definitely rebelling but we are making a stand against: throwaway society, poor manners and antisocial behaviour, homogenization and commercialism. We are punks who are polite, friendly, care about the environment and the past and encourage creativity. We encourage a DIY ethic and individual expression. There is still a lot of punk in steampunk.

Definition provided by the Victorian Steampunk Society.

Come find out more at the website. The Nightmare Machine Web address:

Contact information to schedule interviews or for more information: Stephanie AKA Static Nomad

P.O. Box 202664

Arlington, Tx 76006

Cell: 817-449-8414


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