Enjoy one of your final chances to visit the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA by joining them for “Middle-Earth Day” on September 28th from 10:00am to 4:00pm. (In 2014, the collection will be transferred to the Worcester Art Museum.)
Join us for the last stand of men and elves at Higgins on our final Middle-earth Day.
So dust off your traveling cloaks and study up on your runes, or just comb your feet and join us for a day of fun and fellowship.
- Pretend our Great Hall is a fortress against the Necromancer; build a shield and learn how to fight like the men of Gondor!
- Are you more Shire-minded? Then you’ll love our Hobbit Sing-a-long.
- There’s something for everyone – even the orcs!
See http://www.higgins.org/middle-earth-day-1 for details.
Another Anime Convention is, as you might expect, an anime convention being held in Manchester, NH the weekend of October 19-21. There will be panels, contests, gaming, costuming, dancing, video screenings, vendors, artists, and a variety of special guests. Visit http://www.anotheranimecon.com/ to get all the details.
The Studios at Porter Mill in Beverly, MA is hosting “Zombiebombed,” a gallery show of “seventy original pieces of artwork published in and inspired by the renowned ZombieBomb! Comic Anthology.” This runs April 1st through the 29th. On April 28th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm there will be a meet-and-greet reception with several of the artists. Learn more at http://studiosatportermill.blogspot.com/2012/04/zombiebombed.html.
It’s going to be Halloween throughout the month of October in Salem, MA, and you can find out about all the spooky events at http://hauntedhappenings.org/. There will be all kinds of tours, theatrical presentations, contests, dances, costume parties, and ghostly visitations. A few items of note:
October 6, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Haunted Happenings Grand Parade. Wizards from the local Harry Potter group, http://hp-ma.com/, will be participating.
Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery has several celebrity appearances lined up:
October 10, 2:00pm-6:00pm, Kane Hodder from Friday the 13th
October 14 and 15, 1:00pm-6:00pm, Bill Johnson from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
October 21-23, 1:00pm-6:00pm, Doug Bradley from Hellraiser
The Omen Psychic Parlor and Witchcraft Emporium will have some author signings:
October 22, 11:00am-4:00pm, authors Lesley Bannatyne (Halloween Nation) and Rosemary Ellen Guiley (Haunted Salem)
October 31, 12:00pm-3:00pm, Rosemary Ellen Guiley (Haunted Salem)
[Thanks to James of The Greater Boston Area Harry Potter Social Group for reminding me]
The third annual Steampunk Bizarre Exhibit will be on display at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT, starting with the opening reception on October 1st, 2011 and running through January 15th, 2012.
Dr. Grymm Laboratories presents the third annual 2011 Steampunk Bizarre Exhibit, featuring the works of 21 national and internaitonal artists that explore the unknown alternative world of Steampunk and Mark Twain. A complete Steampunk experience like no other, featuring special events, performances and interactive oddities! Opening reception will be on October 1, 2011. Funded by Hartford Steam Boiler and Foresite Technologies.
Learn more at http://www.marktwainhouse.org/museum/upcoming_exhibits.php and http://www.drgrymmlaboratories.net.
[Tip from Kristin]
“Nemo’s Steampunk Art & Invention Gallery Gala Celebration” will take place at the new “20,000 LEAGUES” attraction presented by 5 Wits-Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA.
Steampuffin (www.steampuffin.com) and 5 Wits-Patriot Place (www.5-wits.com) have come to together to show you what kind of technology and art could have been on the Nautilus if Nemo was piloting his famous submarine today. Think of Steampunk as an alternate reality where the Victorian period happened at the same time as the computer or information age – what would have been produced in modern innovations, inventions and gadgetry. In fact, many believe that Jules Verne was really one of first Steampunk thinkers and writers to popularize the genre.
Come join us as we showcase Steampunk artists, vendors, and live entertainment alongside 5-Wits’ new 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea interactive walk-through attraction.
The 1000-square-foot Nemo’s Steampunk Art & Invention Gallery will feature museum quality 2D & 3D artwork and inventions from 20 Steampunk artists from across the country and the world. The artwork will be for sale and can also be customized for client’s homes and businesses. A full list of artists can be seen at www.steampuffin.com.
As a part of the exhibit and Gala Celebrations – attendees that dress the part will also be able to participate for FREE in 20,000 LEAGUES, a fully immersive interactive walk-through adventure that combines elements of video games, museum exhibits and theme park rides. In 20,000 LEAGUES guests become undersea explorers as they discover and then ultimately race to escape the Nautilus! (Those who do not come in costume will have the opportunity to participate in this attraction for a discounted price.)
The party will take place Saturday, February 12th, from 6:00-11:00pm. (This is a date change from February 5th.) Learn more at http://www.steampuffin.com/Home/Nemos-Steampunk-Gallery.aspx.
The Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge, MA has a Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt running through November 28th. Visitors can pick up a “Marauder’s Map” and explore the museum’s specimens of owls, snakes, wolfsbane, and other real-world elements that also appear in the books. Visit http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu/family_programs/index.php#harry for details.
[Tip via The Greater Boston Area Harry Potter Social Group]
The Charles River Museum of Industry in Waltham, MA is celebrating its recovery from this spring’s flooding with a new exhibit, “Steampunk: Form and Function.”
Inspired by the works of authors like Jules Verne and H.G Wells, and grown out of the world of science fiction, steampunk has become a cultural phenomenon like that of the punk rock movement of the 1980’s or the goth movement of the 1990’s. Supporters of the movement describe steampunk as an alternate history where modern technology and Victorian life meet…
The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation is the first museum in the country to feature an exhibit solely dedicated to the steampunk movement. Steampunk, Form & Function offers an informational and interactive look into the world of steampunk and all that it encompasses including, fashion, literature, entertainment and much more. On display visitors will find modern Victorian clocks, a spinning wheel that generates power, GPS and iPods devices with gears and gages, and a computerized carriage. They can play a game of interactive pinball and use Victorian computer stations to discover the origins of this technological Victorian world.
Encompassed in the exhibit are over thirty works of art from some of the world finest steampunk artists and amateurs. The artwork was submitted earlier this fall to the Museum’s Steampuffin Steampunk Form & Design Completion sponsored by Steampuffin and ModVic Home Design each submission uses authentic Victorian Era antiques and incorporates modern technology into them to create a new functional steampunk work of art.
The exhibit’s opening reception and awards ceremony will be held October 22nd from 5:00pm to 11:00pm. The exhibit itself will run through May 10th of next year. Learn more about the exhibit and the museum at http://www.crmi.org.
P.S. Keep an eye out for an airship named “Camille.” It was made by yours truly.
UPDATE: This event has moved to February 12th.
Remember the Nemo’s Steampunk Art & Invention Gallery party, associated with the new “20,000 Leagues” interactive game at Patriot Place, which was originally scheduled for September and then got moved to November? Well, now it’s moved again, this time to February
5 12, 2011. However, this is not to say that the “20,000 Leagues” game has been delayed — it is still opening in November. It’s just the art gallery party that’s had to change dates. See http://www.steampuffin.com/Home/Nemos-Steampunk-Gallery.aspx for details and keep your fingers crossed that the date will stick this time.
The previously announced Nemo’s Steampunk Art & Invention Gallery opening night party for the 20,000 Leagues attraction at Patriot Place has been moved to a new date,
November 6 February 5 February 12, 2011. See the latest description at http://www.steampuffin.com/Home/Nemos-Steampunk-Gallery.aspx.