Springfield, VT >> Come immerse yourself
in the dazzling world of vintage circus as The Steampunk Society of Vermont
returns with their 3rd Annual Steampunk Festival.
The New England Center for Circus Arts, along
with Circus Karnevil, provide a Jekyll and Hyde fantasy of old world
entertainment as each troupe takes on the light and dark side of traditional
circus. Festival goers can expect to see acrobats, stilt walkers, unicyclists,
jugglers, and clowns, as well as a variety of “freak show” style entertainment,
including the famous glass walkers, bed of nails, Blockhead, flame eaters, and
so much more. A variety of musical acts from across New England, including
buskers, local musicians, and a vaudeville review will keep patrons on their
toes. The Calliope Steam Fashion Show returns this year on Saturday, offering
the costumed patrons an opportunity to take center stage and show off their outfits.
The free children’s carnival and open air trader’s bazaar featuring games,
crafts, and dozens of vendors, will help to transform the lush grounds of the
Victorian Inn, which provides the perfect backdrop for the retro futuristic,
steam powered fantasy the organizers hope to bring to life.
This year’s music headliner, world renowned
alternative cellists Rasputina, take the stage at 8:30 pm Saturday evening.
Rasputina, fronted by cellist/vocalist Melora
Creager who played cello for Nirvana on the European leg of the In Utero world
tour (including that band’s final show in Munich), has been a huge influence on
the steampunk movement. The bands other members include Luis Mojica on keys and
beatboxing, and Polly Panic on cello and voice.
Employing elaborate costuming spanning all
periods of human history, Rasputina brings marginalized historical female
figures and stories to light in the pop form, using archetypal characters such
as Indian princesses, Hawaiian handmaidens and Medieval queens.
Over the years, Rasputina has played with
notable rock favorites such as Marilyn Manson, Porno For Pyros, Cheap Trick,
Goo Goo Dolls and many others.
In their final performance of 2017, Rasputina
brings the intimate duo of Creager and Mojica to The Hartness House Inn in
Springfield, VT for the 3rd Annual Steampunk Festival with a special
Victorian cello and keys performance, enhanced through machinery. Does it get
any more Steampunk than that?
For the more cerebral, be sure to catch one of
the many workshops and panels held in The Wedding Tent and Victorian Ballroom
daily. Learn about the infamous Harry Houdini and H.H. Holmes, or take part in
their stagecraft or Steampunk 101 workshops. For the paranormal lover, don’t
miss out on tarot readings performed by Madame Le Duke. You can also take part
in Victorian Mysticism or Divinations workshop. And of course, we can’t forget
to mention the mysterious wonder of the French liquor, Absinthe. This famous
green alcohol is imported from France. Join S.B. MacDonald for a 90 minute
tasting and interactive panel as he guides patrons through the fascinating
history of the very risqué and forbidden liquor. Onsite as well is Forged in
Fire Alum Smithie J. Richie with blacksmithing demos for the weekend, and The
Granite State Saber Academy offering stagecraft and sword fighting demos.
All of this and more can be experienced at the
3rd Annual Springfield Vermont Steampunk Festival, hosted by The
Steampunk Society of Vermont at The Hartness House Inn, in Springfield. For
more information visit www.springfieldvtsteampunkfest.com for a comprehensive listing of activities, entertainment,
workshops, and more. Tickets are available online via the website and all
social media. For questions please call festival director Jennifer Ucci at