Wednesday, September 10, 2014

4th Annual Steampunk Ball Schedule of Events ( 2014 ) - BALL IS SOLD OUT

Print this out or do a screen capture on your phone and bring it with you to keep of track of When (& Where) everything will be happening!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Support From Additional Groups During The Steampunk Ball ( 2014 ) - BALL IS SOLD OUT

We here in the High Desert are fortunate to have maintained a strong alliance for years now with the mighty Sacramento Steampunk Society.  Once again this year, Sac Steam Soc will be partnering with High Desert Steam to enhance the Steampunk Ball.
“The Sacramento Steampunk Society will be hosting a historic train ride for those that will be in Virginia City early for the ball. This is a 35 minute round trip from Virginia City to Gold Hill and back. Riders will hear stories from the conductor about the local mines and the figures

Monday, September 1, 2014

Junk Parlor To Perform At 2014 Steampunk Ball - BALL IS SOLD OUT


High Desert Steam is proud to officially announce that Steampunk wunderkind band, Junk Parlor, is now the surprise headliner of this year’s 4th Annual Steampunk Ball September 13, at Piper's Opera House in Virginia City, NV!
“Junk Parlor, the gypsy funk pop band from Northern California, topped off one of the most incredible evenings I have spent at a club or listening room. Wild music and total fun only

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

This Year's Theme ~ Traveling To Futures Past (2014) - BALL IS SOLD OUT

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 ) - BALL IS SOLD OUT

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

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Steampunk Ball Tickets Now On Sale (2014) - BALL IS SOLD OUT

Tickets are still available on-line for Dr. Belladonna's Spirit's of the Wild, Wild West Revival at Piper's Opera House on Saturday September 13, 2014 in Virginia City, NV but are SOLD OUT for our 4th Annual Victorian Steampunk Ball

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
your shift the night of the Ball. 

SPECIAL NOTE: Steampunk Ball tickets are currently at their early-bird special price normal price.  This price will go went up to $35 on July 20th (ie the day after our Expo), then will go up to $40 when  we've sold 250 tickets, and will ultimately reach $45  be subject to availability the day of!  (Pro-tip: buy your tix now)

1) Steampunk Ball  ~ SOLD OUT ~ The Ball begins at 8pm (doors @ 7:45) and continues all the way until the clock strikes midnight.  With this option your actual name (ie the name on the account/credit-card used for payment) will be added to the will-call list for the 4th Annual Victorian Steampunk Ball "Traveling To Futures Past" only (ie does not include Medicine Show).  Child-12 & Under Tickets Also Available (use drop-down).

2) Medicine Show ~ $20 ~ The Medicine Show performance starts at 6pm (doors @ 5:30), Dr. Belladonna will bring to life, on-stage, the miracles of modern science.  With this option your actual name (ie the name on the account/credit-card used for payment) will be added to the will-call list for Dr. Belladonna's Spirits of the Wild Wild West Revival as choreographed & performed by Asha World Dancers.
*There is no volunteer option available through HDS for the medicine show portion, sorry.

Photo Credit: Phil Rooks

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.