If you are a fantasy or science fiction fan you will want to drop everything else you planned to do tomorrow and head over to Fairhaven to check out this exciting and FREE event. The Fairhaven Steampunk Festival aka The Fantastical Mr. Flip’s Carnival of Wonders and Curiosities will give you a day to remember!
This is the third year of the festival and you will be entertained, amazed, and hopelessly in love with the creative and unique community, the Bellingham Steampunk Society and others, who come together each year to pull this off. The event will be split between the Village Green in Fairhaven, the Village Inn, and the Village Books; running from 11am to 5pm.
Outside, under the cover of canopies (just in case), you will find booths and merchants selling everything from the ordinary to the extraordinary–beautiful baubles to otherworldly oddities. You will be entertained with music and acrobatics from buskers and performers–perhaps even the Ladies of the Evening o.O! There will be fencing demos. Everything Steampunk will be on display–costumes, gadgets, bric-a-brac, even bicycles. There will be food and plenty of merchants selling their wares, so be sure to bring your appetite, your mad money, and your laughter.
If you have a costume, wear it for the costume contest–or just to get in the spirit. And don’t forget to enter the raffle. Many local businesses have donated some pretty spectacular prizes. The kids raffle is free if they “learn something” which there will be plenty of opportunity with booths from places like the Spark Museum, and the Bureau of Historical Investigations.
Inside Steampunk, Historical and Author Events:
The Reading Gallery of Village Books – At 11am, the kick off reading will be two WWP members, Amanda June Hagarty and Robert L. Slater, reading from their Memories of Light story, which ran in the Bellingham Herald last year. The story is set in post-apocalyptic Bellingham 100 years from now, after all the oil runs out. After Amanda and Rob’s reading will come Taimi Gordon: Haunted Fairhaven at noon. Followed by a discussion at 1:30pm “Bringing History to Life” by folks from the Whatcom Museum, the Spark Museum, and the Good Time Girls. At 3pm check out Steampunk story time for kids and families. Then at 4pm learn “How Clothing of the Victorian Era inspires Steampunk” with the owner of Bellingham’s Black Market Boutique and a designer for Lastwear, a Seattle company that makes clothes for misfits, steampunk, goth and more.
The Northwest corner of Village Books 1-3 pm – Authors Karl Kleeman and William Rink will be there to talk to the public about the Bellingham Railway Museum’s Rail Trail Walking Guide.
The conference room of the Village Inn – At 1pm Katrina Cooper: St. Croix Chronicles reads from her fifth foggy, London set, steampunk novel in her series following the adventures of heroine Cherry St. Croix (a must see!) At 3:30pm a cross section of local authors will be on a panel discussing writing life in the genres of Steampunk and Speculative Fiction–including WWP members Amanda and Rob! We hope to see some freindly and familiar faces in the audience!
See full details of the scheduled events on the Village Books website.
Go to the Steampunk Festival Facebook page to see some great pictures of the raffle items donated to the event.