Wednesday, August 6, 2014

This Year's Theme ~ Traveling To Futures Past (2014)

What conveyances will assist you in Traveling to Futures Past?  This year’s 4th Annual Victorian Steampunk Ball theme thrives upon the imaginative inspiration that is Travel.

We are excited for you and the preparations we know you are already making for the journey ahead.  A journey that is to be undertaken both outward … and inward.  For traversing the 4 dimensions to arrive at the nationally registered historic landmark town of Virginia City is only the first wonder-filled half of the

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The 4th Annual Steampunk Ball ~ More Better Everything ( 2014 )

The 4th Annual Victorian Steampunk Ball at Piper's Opera House in Virginia City, Nevada will be held Saturday September 13 in conjunction with the Asha World Dancers' Spirits of the Wild West Revival.

Last year’s Ball was a significant expansion and this year will be no different as we’re featuring MORE BETTER EVERYTHING.  That’s right in 2014 we are featuring more musicians, more

Monday, May 12, 2014

Expo workshop to be hosted by Steamy Tech ( 2014 )

Steamy Tech Custom Coasters Workshop 

We are excited to announce the first of our limited attendance workshops for the Expo on July 19th at the Wilbur D. May Museum in San Raphael Park! For general details on the Expo, please keep your eyes on and more information will appear shortly. Check out their shop on Etsy: for examples of Steamy Tech’s work. They will also be one of our vendors at the Expo, so be sure to stop by and shop in person. Now, let’s move on to the workshop details.
What's better than a Kinetic Coaster from Steamy Tech? Why a Kinetic Steamy Tech Coaster with your own custom text of course!
Here’s the kit we will be using for the class (but don’t buy it – a kit is included in the course fee):

Monday, April 28, 2014

Hotel Rooms for the Biggest Little Steampunk Expo (2014)

Silver Legacy Resort Casino Reno is the Steamer’s home away from home for The Biggest Little Steampunk ExpoJuly 18, 2014.

High Desert Steam has reserved a block of rooms for Friday, July 18th and Saturday, July 19th for $99 a night (Tax and resort fees not included).  

The cut off for this rate it June 18, 2014.

Go on line or call 800-687-8733. Our group code is TTHDS

We only have a limited number of rooms. The cuff off date for the rooms are June18, 2014!!! Get your room now!!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Steampunk Ball Tickets Now On Sale (2014)

Tickets are now available on-line for our 4th Annual Victorian Steampunk Ball & Dr. Belladonna's Medicine Show at Piper's Opera House on Saturday September 13, 2014 in Virginia City, NV.  (Vending information will be posted soon!)

Because High Desert Steam has partnered with Asha World Dance who will be performing their choreographed, bon-a-fide, guaranteed-a-miracle, medicine show at Piper's Opera House immediately before the Ball, we are offering two different ticket options for your consideration.  AND if you would like your Ball ticket for Free become a Volunteer and you will be reimbursed for your Ball ticket upon completion of

Saturday, March 15, 2014

2014 Events Announced!

The High Desert Steam events calendar has been updated for 2014!!!  Below find a summary of the events we will be putting on or have been asked to lend our support to.  Check back here for detailed blog posts describing each of these events over the next few weeks.  
*Note: At all of these events, costumes will be greatly admired though they are never required!

4th Annual Victorian Steampunk Ball - Traveling To Futures Past
~September 13 (Saturday) at Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City~
Our flagship event will feature expanded capacity, additional venues adjacent to Piper’s Opera House, and a time-traveling theme full of backstories during this sesquicentennial celebration of the Silver State.  This event is again being held in conjunction with Dr. Belladonna’s Spirits of the Wild West Medicine Show performed by Asha World Dancers.

The Biggest Little Steampunk Expo
~July 19 (Saturday) at Wilbur D. May Museum in Reno~
Now entering it’s 3rd Year!  We are excited to be utilizing a new venue on Reno’s most stately grounds and to have as our neighbor & host Edwardian playboy Wilbur D. May’s museum which has on display countless artifacts from his travels around the world.  This years exposition will feature more vendors, fashion, and dinosaur safari-style hunting than ever before!!!

Great Basin Costume Society presents the Tweed Ride
~May 24 (Saturday) Starting point TBA on Facebook event page~
Dress in tweed, shine up your vintage safety or penny farthing bicycle, pack yourself a picnic lunch, and join us as we accompany the Great Basin Costume Society on their inaugural Tweed Ride through Reno.  (Note that instead of dressing in tweed and riding a vintage bicycle you could just show up dressed however on any kind of bicycle conveyance and still be welcome to join in the fun.)  We’ll all stop for a picnic in the historic quad at University of Nevada (Reno) and then be treated to a guided tour through the wondrous Mackay Mines mineral museum.  
*Note this is not technically an HDS event but the founder of HDS is organizing it and we’ll all be there ;)

Steam Gathering
~May 10 (Saturday) at Sparks Branch Library, Sparks~
Steam Gatherings are recurring general membership events where all may come, meet other local steampunks, and teach one another about various steampunk topics.  This May Steam Gathering will host Kostoom Arts as the featured vendor & it’s proprietor Killbuck will share his knowledge regarding costuming from thrift stores.

Great Basin Costume Society presents Wearing History: 100 Years of Fashion in Nevada
~July 20 (Sunday) at A an Art Gallery on 4th & Center, Reno~
This exhibit will be an unparalleled display of historic Northern Nevada fashions spanning from 1864 through 1964 all created and curated by local costume enthusiasts.  High Desert Steam has been invited to appear en masse Sunday July 20th and all are welcome to return on other days during the two weeks this exhibit will be up.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

YuleSteam-1864 Update!

Raffle Prizes ~ Donation Locations ~ Updated Event Details ~ Meet your HDS Organizers

This Friday evening at 1864 Tavern in Reno we'll be hosting the steam-themed occasion of this yule-tide.  In our opinion there is no better way to celebrate our most successful year yet than by raising a glass with all of you and giving away all the presents under our tree for a most charitable cause.

 Among the raffle prizes already collected are glorious hand-made steampunk accessories from Kostoom Arts, Clockwork Monster, and HDS's matriarch herself Auntie Magpie!  1864 Tavern has gifted a generous bar-tab, the Lady B. Hooper has bound together a steampunk book of her own devising for the night before christmas.  Oragami ornaments by Cindy Joy, an Absinthe gift set, and this year's official 3rd Annual Steampunk Ball DVD!  (And even more prizes TBA)

Remember you can donate toys and other items (see last week's blog post here for details) and receive vouchers for raffle tickets.  At the following locations:

Our hosts 1864 will be pouring a variety of specials not normally offered on their extensive drink list of fancy cocktails and local craft brews.  These specials include their famous champagne punch and, just for the steampunks: Absinthe!  They'll also have some delicious food for sale to keep your bellies warm and full.

We are most pleased to be welcoming back Kostoom Arts who will be displaying their fine steampunk clothing items at cheery prices.  If you want to participate in parlour games do make a point of arriving earlier in the evening.  Also, consider staying late as we'll be the fortunate recipients of the most surprising & exceptional ... 'carolers'  ;)
~RSVP for YuleSteam! 1864 Here~

Please do share your good cheer for what has been a successful and merry year with all of the High Desert Steam Organizers that will be in attendance.  These are the volunteers that plan and execute the steamiest events that our community gets to enjoy throughout the year.  You'll be able to identify them from the pictures below (some of which you may remember from the recent Reno News & Review's feature/cover story on steampunk here).  If you'd like to join in the fun of partying errr ... I mean planning steampunk events in the high desert do mention your interest to them.

All Photos By Eric Marks & BackwardsME Photography