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Posted on: May 7, 2014

[ARCHIVED] ‘Steampunk: Visions of Futures Past’ Event returns during Blackbeard Festival Weekend

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Experience the work of artists and craftspeople whose vehicles, 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” taking place May 30-June 1at the Hampton History Museum.

According to Steampunk author and artisan author David Lee, "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."

On Friday, May 30, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., celebrate the opening of this fantastical exposition with the eclectic quirkadelic pop of the time-traveling band Uglyography and the alt-country indie rock of 2014 Veer magazine Album of the Year honorees, The Framers. In addition to great musical entertainment, thrill to the feats of Steampunk strongman Lord Paddington Aldwych and other side-show amusements. Aela Badiana and Wicked Hips will wow the crowd with exotic dances of the orient. Event admission is $5.00.

Throughout the weekend, attendees will be dazzled by the work of a variety of Steampunk artists, highlighted by the inventions of proprietor David Lee of Hatton Cross Steampunk, including a Gentleman's Armored Battle Carriage (Steampunk Tank), Captain Nemo’s dive suit, Steampunk Darth Vader, and a wide array of fanciful contraptions, conveyances, and devices. The weekend will boast three free panels focusing on such topics as “The art of the Dandy: Gentlemen’s Steampunk fashions” by award winning author Jarod D. Crews; “Creating your own Steampunk props of mass distraction” by David Lee; "Creating a Steampunk World" with writer and developer of Tephra the Steampunk roll playing game Charlie Stayton, among others.

The museum, Hampton History galleries, the temporary exhibit “Toward Freedom: Hampton and the Contraband” and Steampunk exhibit are all open free of charge during Blackbeard Festival weekend, Saturday, May 31, 10:00 a.m. -5.00 p.m., and Sunday, June 1, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Steampunk: Visions of Futures Past

Opening Event
Friday, May 30
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Exposition of Marvels
Saturday, May 31
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 1
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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