My first summer in the steampunk world has been, in a word, busy. Just this weekend, for example, I attended the Steampunk Invasion of the Michigan Renaissance Festival (left) and the Invasion of the Motor Muster (antique car show) at The Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village. (below) Friday night was an 80’s dance, but at a steampunk bookstore (Off the Beaten Path, in Farmington, MI, and with a bunch of steampunk friends. Thursday was a Victorian (reproductions and antique) clothing sale in Northville, MI. Couldn’t miss that. Needless to say, today I’m tired and sore, but I had a great time with great people.
Yeah, pretty much my whole summer was like that, and fall isn’t shaping up to be much different. This weekend is the first meet-up of the Lansing-area Captial Steam group and another trip, (this time in traditional Ren garb) to the Renaissance Festival. (I’ve mentioned in previous posts that there’s a LOT of overlap between the two groups!
One of my favorite parts of the weekend was that a friend who’s a college professor brought his freshman experience class with him to Greenfield. Talking to so many bright young people about how and why to get into steampunk was a real treat.
As autumn approaches, I’m excited about all the activities ahead. Of particular note is PandoraCon, in Cincinnati, where I’ll be in attendance as well as speaking and signing. I’ve heard wonderful things about this con, and am busily preparing my wardrobe in my head. Look for an all-new airship uniform and some familiar favorites. (Particularly my leather, since Shoptroll will be vending and I love sending folks his way when they ask about my outfit.) More about that, and my other adventures, as they unfold. Happy autumn, everyone!