THE STEAMPUNKTOBERFEST BALL
A Victorian Steampunk Ball &
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Masonic Lodge of San Mateo
Doors Open: 6:45p.m.
Dance Lesson: 7:00 p.m.
Dancing Begins: 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20.00 at the door
Please join us for another Steampunktoberfest Ball to celebrate both
Oktoberfest and the advance of Victorian Steampunk science with
waltzes and polkas, good cheer, and good food and drink. Special
guests this year include Professor Charles Babbage, inventor of the
Difference Engine and Analytical Engine, and his learned patroness
Ada, Countess of Lovelace.
Mash plays an evening of popular 19th century waltzes, mazurka
waltzes, polkas, schottisches, quadrilles, and Victorian Steampunk
set dances (Some rocking, some elegant. All set dances will be
briefly taught and called). For those wanting to brush up on their
19th century dancing, there will be a pre-ball workshop in Survival
Polka (including the Steam-Powered Polka Line Dance), the whirling
rotary waltz, and a couple of the fashionable new Victorian set
dances in the Steampunk style(easy but fun).
Suggested costume is traditional early Victorian evening dress,
traditional Oktoberfest (dirndls, peasant blouses and shirts,
lederhosen, etc.), or Victorian Steampunk attire ( Please feel free
to wear a combination of any the above!). As always, modern evening
dress is also perfectly appropriate and costumes are admired, but
What is Steampunk? Victorian science fiction! Imagine the Victorians
with High Technology - steam-powered airships and horseless
carriages, computers (analytical engines), and high-speed
communication. And, of course, fashions that glorify the corset, are
stylish but practical, and can be swiftly altered for action.
Goggles and tool belts are optional for both ladies and gentlemen.
There will be no-host (cash) bar offering the finest in both
alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and a light Bavarian-style
snack buffet (your potluck contributions to the buffet will be most
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