A Victorian Steampunk Ball & Oktoberfest Celebration

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.

Bangers & 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 not required.

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 welcome).

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