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5 Months of Steampunk in Attleboro
Monthly events are preludes to the Jewelry City Steampunk Festival in Massachusetts
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
The organizers of the Jewelry City Steampunk Festival have announced “Five Months of Steampunk,” a series of free monthly events leading up to the October 26 festival in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
It begins Saturday, May 25, at 2 p.m., with a panel discussion at the Attleboro Public Library focusing on steampunk literature. Participants will include author Jessica Lucci, library Readers Services Coordinator Elise LaForge, and members of The Ladies of Comicazi and Citizens of Antiford. Festival director Heather Rockwood will serve as moderator.
Lucci is author of Watch City: Waltham Watch, a steampunk novel set in the Massachusetts city that now hosts the Watch City Steampunk Festival.
The Ladies of Comicazi describes itself as “an inclusive community devoted to consuming, critiquing, and creating comics and pop culture.” The volunteer-run organization produces LadiesCon, a free, one-day pop culture event scheduled for Sept. 21 in Somerville, Massachusetts.
The Citizens of Antiford is a steampunk-focused writing collective based in New Hampshire. Members are also involved in cosplay, prop-making and video. They’ll be hosting the Machen Bachen Steampunk Festival, Oct. 5 at the YMCA Camp Lincoln in Kingston, New Hampshire.
The panel will take place in the library’s Marble Lobby on the second floor. It’s located at 74 N. Main Street, Attleboro, MA 02703.
June: Robert Megerdichian will discuss his father’s work creating miniature sculptures from machine parts. It’s scheduled for Thursday, June 27, 6 p.m., at the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum, 42 Union Street, Attleboro, MA 02703. It’s part of the “Thursday Nights at the Museum” series.
July: Red Fork Empire and Park Street Ale House will co-sponsor “Drink ‘N Draw,” on Wednesday, July 24, at 7 p.m. People are invited to “bring your drawing supplies or craft project and drink, relax and make friends.” Open to all ages, it takes place at the Ale House, 55 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703.
August: Steampunk Picnic at Capron Park. This is a BYOP (Bring Your Own Picnic) event with cosplay and Victorian lawn games. The date is still to be determined. The park is located at 201 County Street, Attleboro, MA 02703.
September: A “Fauxligraphy” Class at the Attleboro Public Library, Thursday, Sept. 26, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. “Fauxligraphy” refers to the use of modern tools to simulate traditional calligraphy. Participants will create fauxligraphy using works by the Citizens of Antiford as inspiration. It’s open to kids and adults.
Festival director Heather Rockwood accepts the key to the city from Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux. Photo by Lindsay Davignon.
Two days before the festival, the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum will host a “TinkerBots” make-and-take event. Participants will use provided “bits and bobs” to create robots or other contraptions. It’s scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The festival itself takes place Saturday, Oct. 26 at multiple locations in downtown Attleboro. Venues include the Attleboro Public Library, Park Street Ale House, Attleboro Area Industrial Museum, Ezekiel Bates A.F. & A.M. Masonic Lodge, and Centenary United Methodist Church.
This will be the third year for the event. Past festivals have included a costume contest, art show, live music, vendors, educational presentations, and kids’ activities. The name was inspired by Attleboro’s history as a center of jewelry manufacturing. The city is about 10 miles northeast of Providence and 40 miles south of Boston.
Related coverage: Steampunk in the Jewelry City.
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