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Experience the work of artists and craftspeople whose attire, weaponry, and
gadgets conjure up a time when airships were commonplace and steam power ruled
the world; an alternative Victorian era and an imagined Wild West frontier as
presented in “Steampunk: Visions of Futures Past” at the Hampton History Museum
during Blackbeard Festival Weekend, with an opening event on Friday, June 2,
and exhibit Saturday, June 3 & Sunday, June 4, 2017.
Steampunk is a
sub-genre of science fiction that focuses on a romanticized notion of futurism,
typically taking place either during the Victorian era (1851-1901) or
maintaining similar fashion and aesthetic of the era but set in an alternate
time, place, or even world. Machinery abounds and one's imagination is fueled
by fantastic steam engines and limitless possibilities. For the 5th
incarnation of this popular event and exhibit, artists and entertainers are
emphasizing the frontier style and sensibilities of the American West.
On Friday, June 2, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., celebrate the opening of
this fantastical exposition with the “Grunge Grass” music of alt-country band
Tornado Bait and the steampunk bluegrass sound of the Magic Holler Boys, thrill
to the feats of strength and daring-do of PM Richard Knowles and enjoy other
side-show amusements, as well as
the steampunk-western themed dance performance by Aela Badiana and Wicked Hips.
Event admission is $5.00. Beer and wine will be available for purchase from La
Bodega Hampton. Museum doors open at 5:30 pm. Event begins at 6:00 p.m. This is
not a seated event. Capacity is limited.
Throughout the weekend, be dazzled by the work of a variety of Steampunk
artists highlighted by the inventions and vehicles of award-winning artisan
David Lee of Hatton Cross Steampunk; a steampunk TARDIS and R2D2 by Alexander
the Grand (Alexander Phillip Baker) creator and leader of the Steampunk
Alliance of Eastern Virginia, as well as other creators of fanciful
contraptions, conveyances and devices. A Steampunked Life will be purveying their
original jewelry, handbags, watches, accessories and other retro-futurist
In addition to the display of marvels and Steampunk creations to peruse and
purchase, on Saturday there will be live music from the School Board Quartet
and their barbershop quartet stylings of contemporary pop hits and other
unexpected songs, and the indie acoustic folk of Gypsea Horselords.
Spectators can involve themselves in the competitive spirit of Splendid
Teapot Racing. Splendid Teapot Racing involves radio-controlled teapots
negotiating an obstacle course within a set time.
Visitors can also watch and join in demonstrations of Tephra and other
role-playing games created by Charlie Stayton developer for Cracked Monocle
Gaming, as well as try their hand at the strategy game Karo.
Also planned are reading of steampunk literature by authors including
Travis Sivart, JM Lee, Charlie Stayton, David Lee and others.
Weekend hours are Saturday, June 3, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday,
June 4, 1:00 p.m. –
5:00 p.m. Admission to the museum and steampunk display are free and open
to the public.
The Hampton History Museum and Steampunk exhibit are open free of charge
during Blackbeard Festival Weekend, Saturday, June 3, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.,
and Sunday, June 4, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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