Capital! Steampunk posted a week or two ago about our forthcoming day at Cobblestones Early Settlers’ Museum in Greytown. Well, it’s grown!
It’s now being billed as a proper steampunk festival, and is part of the wider Greytown Arts Festival. So we’ve had to add a few activities to our day. Here’s how it’s looking at the moment – this is still subject to change, based on weather, attacks by air krakens, &c.
10am – gates open (remember you’ll get in free if you’re dressed steampunk/Victorian/colonial).
11 am – The Hunting of the Snark. Capital! Steampunk’s famous ambulatory reading of Lewis Carroll’s wonderful nonsense epic, this time in the setting of Cobblestones’ historic buildings and grounds.
12 noon – Tea duelling. Watch a demonstration of how steampunks settle arguments or matters of honour, or try it yourself. Presided over by Capital! Steampunk’s official Tiffin Master, Colonel Hawthorne (he has a special hat).
12.30pm – Teapot racing. A brand new sport, first seen at the Oamaru steampunk festival last year and about to take over the world. We’ll have at least two Capital! Steampunk teapots present; if yours is ready to go, bring it along – it’s good practice for CubaDupa.
1pm – Costume competition. You’ve already got in free; maybe you can go home with a prize as well!
2pm – The Hunting of the Snark. A repeat performance for enthusiasts, or those who missed it in the morning.
3pm – Tea duelling. Another demonstration or opportunity to try it.
This is going to be a great way to spend St. Valentine’s day (he was a steampunk too. Didn’t you know?). Grab your best parasol or pith helmet (or both) and join us.