The New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, CT is hosting the “Brass Ring Academy and Cabaret,” a steampunk festival to raise funds for the museum, on January 4th, 2014. There will be panel discussions, performances, and vendors:
On Jan. 4, 2014, some of the best-known authors, performers and presenters in the rapidly growing Steampunk genre will gather at the Carousel Museum for an all-ages day of classes, a High Tea and an evening of performances for ages 18 and up. The regular museum exhibits will also be open, plus a variety of vendors to delight and tempt you with their creations. In addition to offering education and fun, the day will raise funds help repair the Museum’s roof.
Steampunk is a new trend with old roots. What if modern technology had been invented in the Victorian age and was powered by steam? What if the works of Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells, and Jules Verne were fact instead of fiction? Like Steampunk itself, this event combines Victoriana, fantasy, brass gadgetry, and fun.
Presenters include author Mark P. Donnelly, recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his teaching of bartitsu, the martial art mentioned in Sherlock Holmes stories. Also appearing will be author Thomas Willeford, creator of the brass and leather gadgetry seen in TV shows like Castle and Oddities, “The Victorian Lady” Kandie Carle, magician Daniel Greenwolf, and many others. Classes include everything from flower language, etiquette and dance to bartitsu, DIY gadgetry, and spiritualism. The High Tea at 4 p.m. will feature delicacies from around the Victorian world, teas and other beverages and period parlor games. The evening show features: White Elephant Burlesque Society; Daniel Greenwolf; Desert Moon Dancers; bands Frenchy and the Punk and Them Damn Hamiltons; and a special surprise group.
Period dress or costumes are not required but are highly encouraged.
Learn more at http://www.brassringct.com/.
Author Max Gladstone will be signing his new novel Two Serpents Rise at three upcoming events in New England:
October 29th, 7:00pm: Launch party at Pandemonium Books and Games, Cambridge MA
November 19th, 7:00pm: Signing at Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA
December 6-8: Anonycon in Stamford, CT
Learn more at http://www.maxgladstone.com/
The gaming convention AnonyCon returns to Stamford, CT the weekend of December 6th-8th. Gamers of all types will gather to enjoy a wide variety of tabletop, live-action, board and card games. Note that some games require advance registration. Get more information at http://anonycon.com/.
The Barnes and Noble store in Waterbury, CT is hosting “Teen Reads Local Author Night” which includes genre authors Kate Cross (Clockwork Agents), Kate Locke (Immortal Empire), Joey Marsocci and Alison DeBlasio (How to Draw Steampunk; 1,000 Incredible Costume and Cosplay Ideas), Dave Wolverton (Editor, Writers of the Future Volume 29), and Kady Cross (Steampunk Chronicles). See http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4473419 for full details.
This year’s Furfright convention will be held in Cromwell, CT the weekend of October 25-27. The guests of honor will be artists Wallaby and Tygurstar.
FurFright is a Halloween-themed Anthropomorphic convention in Cromwell, Connecticut that has been entertaining attendees and raising money for animal/environmental charities since 2003. The 3-day event hosts people from all over the world who share a common interest in anthropomorphics.
Convention-goers watch and participate in discussion groups, classes, games, dances, and many other activities throughout the course of the weekend. Anthropomorphic conventions are identical to Science Fiction, Fantasy, Star Wars, or Star Trek conventions, except the focus of interest is the realm of animal stories and characters.
The costumes, animal mascot suits, and events make FurFright (and all anthropomorphic conventions) fun and entertaining for attendees and public alike.
Note that the convention has a strict attendance limit of 1500, so pre-registration is highly recommended. See http://www.furfright.org/ to learn more.
Go enjoy some fresh air and sunshine with fellow anime fans! CampAnime will entertain you with indoor and outdoor events the weekend of September 20-22 at the Camp Woodstock Conference and Retreat facility in Woodstock Valley, CT. Like a regular convention there will be guests, panels, contests, dances, etc., plus outdoor activities; you can attend just during the day or you can also pay for lodging and food at the campsite. Visit http://campanime.com/ to learn more, and be sure to pack your sunscreen.