There’s not much that can keep a steampunk away from an op shop, so here’s your chance for a fix.
On Friday 24 March (the day before CubaDupa) we’re exploring what Petone has to offer (hint: quite a lot). To allow our out-of-town visitors time to get off their planes and maybe even find some coffee, the tour will start at 1pm at the Te Omanga Hospice Shop at 41 Fitzherbert Street. After that, it’s up to you. All the shops below are within about a 20 minute stroll – we’ve put a couple of food/coffee possibilities in there, but Petone has no shortage of cafes.
Offers of and requests for rides to/from Petone are welcome. Let us know if you need or can offer one.
Te Omanga Hospice Shop
41 Fitzherbert Street
Open until 4:00 PM
30 Fitzherbert Street
Ontrays (gourmet food ingredients)
38 Fitzherbert Street
Village Beads (heaps of jewellery supplies)
129 Jackson Street
My French Larder (lovely savoury pancakes and very steampunk-friendly)
190 Jackson Street – there’s also a good second-hand shop a couple of doors back towards Wellington
Particles of Time (vintage clothing)
3/44 Nelson Street (off Jackson Street)
SPCA Op Shop
211 Jackson Street
Open until 4:30 PM
Red Cross Shop
239 Jackson Street
Open until 5:00 PM
Salvation Army Family Store
288 Jackson Street
Open until 5:00 PM
The Sewing Depot
47A Buick Street
St Vincent De Paul Op Shop
318 Jackson Street
Open until 4:20 PM
A couple of notes:
- Hills Hats now has a retail shop attached to the factory, and that’s what we’re visiting. This is NOT a factory tour, so please don’t try to head off behind the scenes
- Keep an eye on the time (and your ride, if applicable). We’ll need to be back in Welly by 5.30 for the open evening at Clockwork, and some of us will need to see about dinner before heading to The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Gryphon Theatre in Ghuznee Street
- We haven’t organised a dinner for Friday night. Wellington has a huge variety of cafes, restaurants and bars to suit every taste and dietary requirement. However, it’s likely you’ll find a steampunk or two enjoying cocktails at the Hawthorn Lounge, upstairs at 82 Tory Street.
We can now confirm the timings for what we’re doing at CubaDupa 2017.
Our main festival event will be Splendid Teapot Racing, and thanks to our Steampunk Taranaki friends who are bringing some of their obstacles down to combine with ours, we’ll have the biggest obstacle course ever. Yes, Teapot Sheepdog Trials are also planned.
We’ll be setting up the course in Dixon Street (outside the Dixon Street Deli) from 12.15 on Saturday 25 March. Bring your teapot along any time between 12.15 and 1.15 and set it up in our pits area (you have registered your teapot, haven’t you?). It will be well-guarded while you then head up to Marion Street for the beginning of our steampunk parade. Assemble on the intersection of Marion and Ghuznee Streets, and well head off at about 1.40. The route will be Marion Street > Ghuznee Street > Cuba Mall > Dixon Street, and we encourage you to bring along anything noisy – drums, bells, kazoos, you name it. We want people to know we’re coming! The teapot racing will start when we arrive, about 2pm, and will continue until 4pm. After which, perhaps a drink?
On Sunday 26 March we have a session of tea duelling booked on the small stage in Cuba Mall (the same place as last year, for those who were here then). The duelling will commence at 1pm, and we welcome moral support from our steampunk friends – rounding up new
victims duellists for us will be much appreciated.
When we’re not engaged in the above activities, we’re looking forward to taking in more of CubaDupa itself. Promenading will be very much the thing; be prepared for lots of photo opportunities with our adoring public.
Our friends at Clockwork Steampunk Emporium have organised a special treat for those who are in Wellington on Friday 24 March, the day before CubaDupa.
The shop will be open late, with drinks and nibbles from 5.30 until 8pm and lots of specials to round out your CubaDupa wardrobe.
Clockwork is in the Old Bank Arcade on the corner of Lambton Quay, Hunter Street and Customhouse Quay. Enter up the steps from Hunter Street or, if you come in through the (step-free) Lambton Quay entrance, turn left just past Starbucks. Options will be available for those who fancy dinner and/or a cocktail afterwards.