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Steampunk Day Saturday at Cowtown

5/31/2012
Angela Cato, Arts & Cultural Services | ACato@wichita.gov | (316) 303-8639

Visitors to get taste of Victorian science fiction

Old Cowtown Museum’s award-winning Steampunk Day returns this Saturday, June 2. Activities for the entire family are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors will experience a re-imagined, fantasy Victorian world straight out of a Jules Verne or H.G. Wells novel. Admission is $7.75 for adults; $6 for youth; children under 4 and Museum members are free. Cowtown is located at 1865 W. Museum Blvd.

This year’s featured attraction is “Pretty Things Productions from the Mysterious Island of Coney” at 1 p.m. at the Train Depot. Pretty Things Productions is a national touring group from Coney Island, NY. Its four members put their own unique twists on sideshow acts such as juggling and sword swallowing.

Steampunk is a technically advanced, alternate history where steam power is widely used and anything can exist – airplanes to flying ships, computers to time machines – as long as they’re mechanically made with gears and cogs. Throughout the day, Steampunk fans will bring the genre to life through costuming and displays/activities that are reminiscent of turn-of-the century Barnum & Bailey carnivals.

Entertainment/activities include:

  • Performance by dancers from the Corry Academy of Irish Dance in Andover, Kan.
  • Beard and Mustache Pageant
  • Life-size airship display (get inside and have your photo taken)
  • Anti-airship gun demonstrations
  • Dr. Dillinger's Dime Museum
  • Victorian games, including "Steampunk Croquet" and penny-farthing races
  • Workshops on Victorian clothing and Steampunk costumes
  • Music by the Opium Western band
  • Victorian Science Fiction Reader's Theater
  • Steampunk make-it-and-take-it crafts

A complete listing of events is available at www.OldCowtown.org.

Cowtown began holding Steampunk events in 2010. Steampunk Day received international recognition this year when it was voted “Best Steampunk Expo” in True West magazine’s 2012 Best of the West list. For more information about Steampunk Day, call (316) 350-3323 or go to www.OldCowtown.org.

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