Monday, May 13, 2013

Waltham Steampunk Festival

Sunday afternoon, The Gentlemen's Very (Very) High Art Society of South Waltham performed at Waltham's Steampunk Festival.  The GV(V)HAS is a made up of composers and musicologists at Brandeis University, and if you couldn't guess, their name reflects their silly nature.  :)

If you've been following along for long, you know Travis has an infatuation with the Steampunk movement.  Last fall we went to a Steampunk Fashion Day in Lowell, MA, which further peaked his interest.  The steampunk look is the blending of 19th century Victorian and what they might have imagined as "futuristic" - aka steam technology.  Think Victorian clothes, but with clocks, steam gadgets, corsets on the outside...anything goes really.  When Travis found out the Waltham Steampunk Festival was looking for bands to play this year, the group immediately signed up!

We got there a little early so we could explore some of the vendors and people watch (which is by far the most entertaining thing to do at a Steampunk event)!  There were SO many people dressed up - it was awesome!  Here are some shots from the day.

Even the dogs were dressed up!

There was an awesome blacksmith making roses, dragons and candle holders out of iron!


Because that's exactly what my mamma wants...   

Steampunk Little Mermaid
Then the rest of the 'gentlemen' arrived and they prepared to take the stage!

Emily & Jess

Christian going over some last minute directions with Jason, Randy, and Tina
Dan waiting for things to begin

Once their set was over, it was time for the closing ceremonies.  The ceremony started with a caravan of Steampunks who marched through the common and ended up at the gazebo, and included performances by most of the acts from earlier in the day (including the Gentlemen).

It was a perfect day to enjoy some local flare!  Go Gentlemen!

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  1. I have been seeing the word "Steampunk" for awhile now and always wondered what it was. Great pictures, Lauren!

    1. Thanks Elena! It was an interesting day! I was one of the only people NOT dressed up.

  2. This looks like a very interesting event! The outfits are pretty outrageous. What a fun day, thanks for sharing.

    1. It really was neat. I was one of the only ones not dressed up!

  3. Looks like it was a FUN day!!! Congrats to the Gentlemen et al.

  4. This looks like so much fun! And it looks like you (and the husband) had a blast!

    1. It was a fun time! I especially liked seeing all the pups decked out in their steampunk garb. :) Toby would NEVER wear goggles. hahaha

  5. Looks like you had fun. Nice to see Travis with a trumpet again.

  6. I've never heard of this before. Seems cool. I love the photograph of the child in the red coat. I imagine that this is how the people who survive the end of the world would dress, ha! Looks like it was a fun day.