History Meets Sci-Fi at AnachroCon
Steampunk is a big part of the mix as the convention celebrates its 10th anniversary
Steampunk makers Thomas Dean Willeford and James Neathery will be among the guests at AnachroCon, a celebration of “history both real and imagined” that takes place Feb. 15-17 at the Hilton Airport Atlanta. The event will include panels, vendors, entertainment, a costume contest, and other activities encompassing alternate history, historical reenacting, time travel, and related interests.
“AnachroCon strives to be as fun as it is educational,” says co-chair Amber Anglin. “No matter what kind of fandom you love, be it steampunk, history, science, costuming or cosplay, you will feel welcomed and at home.”
This year’s theme is “The Time Travelers’ Ball,” in recognition of the event’s 10th anniversary. The guest of honor is Stephanie Osborn, a former space scientist who is now best known as an author. Her books include the Displaced Detective science-fiction series starring Sherlock Holmes. The special musical guest is Tuatha Dea, an Appalachian/Celtic band from Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Other guests include author and editor Lee Martindale; Civil War re-enactor Jeremiah Mitchell; actor/filmmaker Jevocas “Java” Green; and authors R. Kyle Hannah, Jaimie Engle, Cecilia Dominic, and Mandy and G.D. Burkhead.
Multiple tracks of programming
New this year is a Kids’ Track with games, magic, readings, cosplayers, balloon tricks, and educational presentations.
AnachroCon will also have tracks on Costuming, History, and Science. The organizers have released a tentative schedule that includes panels on the “History of Victorian Fashion,” “Sewing for Beginners,” “The History of Hypnosis,” “Hysteria and the Occult in Victorian Times,” “Lovecraft and the History of American Horror,” “The Salem Witch Trials,” “Corpse Medicine,” “Researching the Old West,” “When Asteroids Attack,” and many other topics.
Outdoor activities include medieval dancing and combat demonstrations, the latter from members of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
For the first time at AnachroCon, this year’s vendor room will feature an artist’s alley. This “has been an ongoing request from our attendees for 10 years,” Anglin says. Vendors of steampunk gear will also be on hand.
An outdoor car show will serve as a fundraiser for this year’s designated charity, the Wounded Warrior Project. Each vehicle will have a cash donation bucket. The entry raising the most money wins.
The costume contest will also raise funds for the organization. Attendees will use their cash donations to vote for contestants in five categories: Kids, Couple/Group, Handmade, Male Characters, and Female Characters. The contestant earning the most cash wins. Judges will also present an “Overall Best Costume” award not based on donations. The contest is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Photos are from AnachroCon 2017. They are used by permission of the event organizers.
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