This weekend I enjoyed my first steampunk picnic. Loads of fun and much good food was had by all. I love having the opportunity to put on pretty clothes, break out the silver-plate and lace tablecloths, while my spouse, a wonderful cook, had fun poring through Victorian cookbooks to complete our menu. Our contributions included a jellied cucumber salad (gelatin with cucumbers and cream cheese, served with arugula in place of the hard-to-find watercress and tomatoes). We also had a pork and apple pie, Welsh rarebit and cucumber tea sandwiches, petit fours, cheese, crackers, strawberries, and chocolate chip cookie bars. The green bottle on the table is holding homemade fig-infused lemonade which was amazing.
One thing you might note is that of the two gentlemen with me in this photo, only one is in steampunk garb. The other, a dear friend, is in what he determined was comfortable clothing. Something I’ve discovered, to my delight, is that the steampunk community here in Detroit is welcoming, whether you choose to garb all the way, just a little, or not at all. Clothing ranges from jeans to full period uniforms to purely Victorian, to weird west, and anything else one might imagine. No matter how much time or money you have to put into your outfit, you’re still welcome to come along. I like that. It makes me willing to bring along friends who aren’t into costuming and introduce them to other cool nerds. So kudos to all. I’m proud to be part of that. Earlier that week, we’d participated in a silent auction and bake sale, to raise money for one of our community who has large medical bills and no insurance. That entire event made me even prouder to be part of such a caring, generous community.
Following our lovely idyll beside the Detroit River, we strolled through the conservatory on Detroit’s Belle Isle. I was particularly fond of the Lacy Palm, which reminded me very much of tentacles. 🙂 It was hotter than blazes outside, so the conservatory was more than steamy in every sense of the word. Nonetheless, I wanted to share this great shot of me and my husband. Off-kilter, just like us. 🙂
A wonderful kick-off to a steampunk summer. Hope yours is lovely as well.
(My corset is by Ties That Bynde, a marvelous Detroit based artisan. Skirt is by Holy Clothing, an inexpensive source for basic, monochrome pieces. My blouse is from another on-line retailer, Pyramid Company. Parasol is a thrift store umbrella and the purse is from a booth at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. My watch is a family heirloom, as is my husband’s pocket watch. Glenn’s suit, shirt and tie are from his everyday wardrobe. The waistcoat is from Gentlemen’s Emporium.