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The Brass Screw Confederacy

I am quite happy to have been invited to be the Guest of Honor at this year’s Brass Screw ConfederacyBSC is a very different kind of steampunk event.  It’s held in the city of Port Townsend just fifty six miles from Seattle, although the trip does include a couple of ferry rides as well.  The carefree feeling of the trip by ferry insures that by the time you arrive in the tranquil waterfront town, you will be ready for the more leisurely pace of the past that never was.  The event takes place along the historic main street of Port Townsend, in its Victorian era buildings and also out at the old army base, Fort Worden built in 1897.  Drawing on its rich heritage, BSC utilizes the backdrop of authentic architecture to give us a wonderful setting for our steampukery.  And of course the local steampunks bring that in spades.  Our host Nathan Barnett, innkeeper and dapper gentleman is always ready with a smile and a tale.

Festivities begin Friday at 1:00 and include a lecture entitled Our Octopus is Smarter Than Your Labradoodle, a photo shoot, larping with the Rise of Aester crew, the Bazaar of the Bizarre (4-7) and various drinking opportunities.

Saturday’s events entails many talks, including a State of the Steampunk Address by yours truly, games including some very unorthodox croquet, the Bazaar, and much more.  A Grand Promenade will be held at 3 PM to show of all the amazing fashions.  Myself and several other judges will be pronouncing the best thus and such and so forth, so be sure and make us proud.  And if you’ve any strength left, there are more shenanigans on Sunday as well!  You may see the full schedule here.

The BSC looks to be a grand excuse to dress up in your best finery, and have fun in a very immersive atmosphere.  I am quite looking forward to seeing all the creativity and octopi.  Did I mention that their theme is “Octopi Port Townsend” and I for one am rising to the challenge!  You will just have to join us and see.  It should be a unique experience.  I am even staying in a B & B for the very first time!


Return of the Time Travelers’ Rummage Sale!

With several northwest steampunk events coming up, including the Brass Screw Confederacy where yours truly has been invited to be Guest of Honor, our next TTRS is perfectly timed!  It is the ideal place to acquire new and gently used items to prepare for all the upcoming steampunkery!  Past TTRSales have been treasure troves of steampunkishness and this one will be no exception!  Clothing, jewelry, gears, parasols and so much more will be on offer for your shopping enjoyment.  Merchants include Mac McGowan whose wonderful handmade goggles have appeared on television as well as the hats of many esteemed steampunk enthusiasts and the amazing Tony Hicks aka Shamus Tinplate. Check out all our wonderful artisans and merchants:

Ann Wendell – Wonderful old jewelry and other bits and bobs

Clint Harris – GEARS!  Clock parts and more!

Clockwork Beetle – Steampunk medals and brooches

Designs by Victoria – Jewelry and parasols

Diana’s Closet/Steamporium – Clothing, jewelry and Steampunk art

Larsen Geekery – Clothing, art, and much more

Sepiachord – Music!

SewCherie – Clothing and assorted accessories

Steam Baby– Goggles and handmade leather accessories

Tinplate Studios – Brass weaponry and oddiments

Tormented Artifacts – Custom leatherwork and steampunk obscura

Twisted Root Studios – Handmade books

Velvet Mechanism – Hand-crafted, steampunk jewelry from an era that never was.


About The Author

Diana Vick

I am an illustrator, writer, costumer and steampunk enthusiast.
I have done illustration for comic books, animation and collectible card games such as Magic the Gathering and Legend of the Five Rings. Currently, I do art for my own line of cards and gifts in my Zazzle shop.