The Saturday of Labour Weekend is time for the annual Family Fête at Cobblestones Museum and historic village in Greytown.
The fête starts at 11am and finishes at 3pm. We’re all likely to turn up at different times, but we never seem to have any trouble finding each other (now, why might that be?). We don’t have any events planned – just show up, enjoy the displays and food and have a jolly good promenade about in your finery.
Every two years the Wairarapa Vintage Machinery Club organises this popular event, with working vintage machinery, lots of other displays, markets, food and more. Our friends at Wai Steam are going, and Capital! Steampunk members are welcome too.
The event runs over both days of the weekend from 9am to 4pm at the Clareville Showgrounds – just north of Carterton on Chester Road, if you’re coming from Wellington. One of the highlights will be the harvesting of a specially planted wheat field. The harvesting, threshing and milling will all be done by vintage machinery. Draft horses will harvest a wheat crop with a binder and a Clayton Shuttleworth mill will be working.
We may be able to do a gentle teapot racing demonstration, so bring your pot along – you have got your teapot ready for CubaDupa, haven’t you? Otherwise, we’ll enjoy the opportunity to promenade, have photos with the marvellous machines and catch up with Wai Steam.
The best bit? If you come along in steampunk costume, you’ll get in free!
Time to oil the time machine and polish your finery, or vice versa. The Time Travellers’ Ball is coming to the ANZAC Hall in Featherston on Saturday 24 June, starting at 7pm and finishing … later.
The entry price of $30 includes a glass of mead on entry plus supper and entertainment. Come dressed in your most splendid outfit from the past, future or alternate timeline and join us for a fun night. We already know some of our friends from the Wairarapa and Whanganui steampunk groups will be there – we can pick up where we left off in Oamaru!
Book your tickets here and, while you’re on the site, have a look at the concept art for the venue – it should be amazing. (A steampunk-themed bar? What are they trying to say … ?)