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 3, and exhibit Saturday, June 4 & Sunday, June 5, 2016.
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, June 3, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., celebrate the opening of this fantastical exposition with the “Quirkadelic” band Uglyography and the indie rock of Feral Conservatives, be amazed by the deft sleight of hand with William the Conjurer, thrill to the feats of strength and daring-do of PM Richard Knowles and enjoy other side-show amusements, as well as the exotic dances of the orient with the belly dancing troupe from Seven Cities Dance Studio. Event admission is $5.00. Beer and wine will be available for purchase from La Bodega Hampton.
Throughout the weekend, be dazzled by the work of a variety of Steampunk artists highlighted by the inventions of Alexander the Grand (Alexander Phillip Baker), creator and leader of the Steampunk Alliance of Eastern Virginia, including a Steampunk Tardis based the time and dimensional travel device on the popular BBC program “Dr. Who,” a Steampunk version R2D2 from Star Wars, as well as other fanciful contraptions, conveyances and devices.
Additional Steampunk creators include Charlie Stayton, developer for Cracked Monocle Gaming and writer for Tephra the Steampunk Role Playing Game and Steampunk wings maker; Travis I. Sivart, Steampunk author of books and short stories; A Steampunk Life, makers of Steampunk watches and accessories; and Kristine Grenda Pruitt, maker of fine Steampunk jewelry.
In addition to the display of marvels and Steampunk creations to peruse and purchase, 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.
The Hampton History Museum and Steampunk exhibit are open free of charge during Blackbeard Festival Weekend, Saturday, June 4, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 5, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane. For more information, dial 757/727-1610 or visit www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org or follow the museum on Facebook/HamptonHistoryMuseum and Twitter.com/HamptonHistoryM.