This years All-Con event was a smashing success!
SF, Fantasy, Renaissance, Anime, Comic and of course Steampunk came together in a meeting of fabulous inner nerd and freak this past weekend.
Many Steampunks came down from the aether this weekend. It was a wonderful parade of parasols, top hats, ray guns and bustles.
Airship Nocturne, and The Steampunk Illumination Society were out in force.
The crew was in full Steampunk regalia. Talking canes (true story), fluttery feathers, jet packs and bandoliers replete with tea cups were to be found at the Nocturne booth.
Another group that spearheads many local events, the Circus Freaks, were also there. They offered several workshops on learning Poi, and Flagging. They are the rock stars of the Freak, showing moves that you only thought could be CGI generated.
(The Circus Freaks were also at this years earlier event Clockwork Wonderland.)
Vendors set up selling wares of all kinds. Buttons, pins, t-shirts, bustles, corsets, top hats, canes, and Renaissance Faire tickets to name some. Intricate Steampunk gadgets, goggles and other random gizmo’s were also ready for purchase.
The Steampunk Ball was the highlight for many. For those many, they all needed a good dose of caffeine, because this ball did not end at the stroke of mid-night. Oh no! It started at mid-night.
One of the opening acts for the ball included Bones Jangle. Bones, never fails
to satisfy his listeners. For all those who love a good toe tapping, dancing shanty tune, this is the performer for you. His raspy voice crows above the crowds taking them from the dance floor and to the aether of their favorite airship.
Before All-Con was barely underway there were rumors that the lauded main act of the Steampunk Ball, The Marquis of Vaudeville would not be in attendance.
Due to an unbecoming lack of communication on the part of All-Con planners, many fans and friends of All-Con and The Marquis were upset that the ball would perhaps not go on.
The Marquis did in fact perform. This was only because they were able to overcome the terrible lack of communication on the part of the convention. To their credit The Marquis went above and beyond what is generally thought of as the responsibility for performers. The Marquis of Vaudeville went on to play and satisfy their fans who were still awake to hear them at 2am.
The Marquis is superbly adept at creating otherworldly music. It takes the listener into another realm, like Lewis Carrol took his readers to Wonderland, the Marquis take their fans beyond the here and now.
After the ball ended, at nearly 3 am, the attendees moved to various after parties that were being thrown around the hotel. That being said, nerds and freaks know how to throw great parties.
If you would like more information about any of the events or groups please see the following links.
Thank you Mallory Lorene for your wonderful photographs.