Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fifth Annual Victorian Steampunk Ball Weekend - All the Details!

So, what's going on in Virginia City, I mean, it is a bit of a jaunt for just the Ball...
Funny you should ask.  We think you should have more than just a Ball too.  Not that the Ball isn’t fabulous, because it is.  However, it is only 4 hours.  You need a whole weekend of Steampunk Fun!  I’m here to lay it out for you. Let’s start with just a list. If you want more details, scroll down to the thing you are interested in.  All ticketing details are included in the detailed descriptions.

Friday:
v  Group Dinner at the Mustang Ranch Steakhouse at 5:30 pm
v  Ghost Tour starts from The Silver Queen Saloon at 8:00 pm
v  Ambiance Rooms and Will Call are also open on Friday

Saturday:
v  Group Breakfast at the Mustang Ranch Steakhouse at 8:00 am
v  Steampunk Ball Parade at noon (line-up to start at 11:30 am)
v  Scavenger Hunt (details coming)
v  Sip and Paint with Toppy at the Silver Queen Saloon from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
v  Saturday Afternoon Dinner at Canvas Café from 4:00 to 6:00 pm
v  Asha World Dancers Presents the 3rd Annual Dr. Belladonna's Swashbuckling Soirée - A Vaudeville Variety Show! Doors open at 5:30 pm, show starts at 6:00 pm
v  High Desert Steam Fifth Annual Victorian Steampunk Ball 2015 8:00 pm to Midnight
v  Activities in the Silver Queen Hotel and Saloon:
Ø  Live Music in the Saloon from 7 pm to 1 am
Ø  The Portrait Studio from 7 pm to 1 am
Ø  Ambiance Rooms at various times
Ø  Extra Secret Things and Sustaining Member Perks

Friday:
Group Dinner at the Mustang Ranch Steakhouse at 5:30 pm: Noelle Lask of Sacramento has arranged this group dinner for us. In order to participate, you need to buy a ticket in advance and choose your dinner. Noelle is happy to field any food allergy questions. For those of you in town to set-up and/or to experience the old town Steampunk ambiance for the weekend, join us Friday night for dinner at 5:30pmish at the Mustang Ranch Steakhouse in Virginia City - not the other notorious one.  The chef is cooking up something extra special for us. Space is LIMITED to 40 tickets so get yours soon. Price, including tax and tip is just $32.50 each.  
v  Brown Paper Ticket Event: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2002394
v  Dinner includes:
Ø  Mixed green salad with assorted dressings
Ø  Choice of:
§  Lemon pepper chicken;
§  Rosemary rubbed Tri tip; or
§  Pasta Fresca - pasta, cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, garlic and an herb olive oil sauce.
Ø  All meals are served with garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and include a brownie sundae for dessert.  
Ø  You also get all you can drink sodas, tea, and coffee.

Ghost Tour starts from The Silver Queen Saloon at 8:00 pm: Noelle Lask of Sacramento has also coordinated this event for us. Virginia City has been named one of the top three most haunted towns in America. In fact, some say the DEAD far outnumber the living. The tour is about an hour and a half walking tour talking about history, legends and ghostly activity. We even try to make contact with the spirit world. We encourage everyone to dress warmly, wear comfortable shoes, bring a camera and take lots of pictures.  The first tour has sold out and Noelle has engaged a second docent for us. Tickets are $12 each and are LIMITED to the first 25 people so grab them up before they are gone!!
v  Brown Paper Ticket Event: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2002280

Saturday:
Group Breakfast at the Mustang Ranch Steakhouse at 8:00 am: Another thing Noelle has arranged for us! Whether you are recovering from a great Friday night, excited for the train ride, or just focused on tonight's Ball, join us for a fantastic breakfast to warm your insides and take you through a festive day. Join us across the street from the Silver Queen Hotel and Saloon at the Mustang Ranch Steakhouse. $10 gets it all inclusive of tax and tip.
v  Brown Paper Ticket Event: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2002433
v  Selections include:
Ø  Scrumptious Breakfast Burritos, with your choice of fillings or
Ø  Delightful French toast.  
Ø  Coffee, tea and soda included.  

Steampunk Ball Parade at noon (line-up to start at 11:30 am): High Desert Steam will once again hold its parade down the main street of Virginia City. Note we will be switching directions this year and be marching northward from the 4th Ward School to the Virginia City Fire Dept. We will begin staging at 11:30 a.m. If you wish to have your group or art car included in the parade, contact Margaret Collins. Her email is [ hikerski @ gmail . com ]
v  Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1527955830760180/

Sip and Paint with Toppy at the Silver Queen Saloon from 2:00 to 4:00 pm: Join Toppy, insane and precognitive pilot of the Timeship Simultaneous, for an upbeat and possibly informative paint along in the Silver Queen Saloon in Virginia City. Toppy is secretly a bit of an artist, and would like to share her passions with you, IF she can keep from causing too much mischief and blowing up the canvas.  All supplies are included in the price.  Please purchase your choice of "sipping" beverage at the bar. $8 for Sustaining Members, $10 for General Public.
v  Brown Paper Ticket Event: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2245719

Saturday Afternoon Dinner at Canvas Café from 4:00 to 6:00 pm: Do you get the feeling that Noelle wants to make sure she gets to eat with everybody and that she wants to be sure she isn’t waiting on food?  Me too!  Noelle arranged one more meal for us that should get you fed in time to get to the next thing without delay. Join us in all of your Steampunk finery for a Victorian family style dinner. $30 price includes tax and tip!!  
v  Brown Paper Ticket Event:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2126954
v  Dinner to include: salad, soup if it's cold, steak, salmon, shrimp, pasta, bread, vegetarian options.
v  Because Chef Richard is opening especially for us and cooking only for our group the ingredients and sauces will depend on what is available fresh and he will talk with us before cooking.
v  Since this is family style and your opinion counts, please be prompt. Food allergies can be accommodated.
v  Seating is limited so get your tickets early on this one so you do not miss out!!

Asha World Dancers Presents the 3rd Annual Dr. Belladonna's Swashbuckling Soirée - A Vaudeville Variety Show! Doors open at 5:30 pm, show starts at 6:00 pm: For the third year, Dr. Belladonna and Asha World Dancers have traveled to and from faraway lands to bring you the dancers, singers and entertainers from across the globe for ONE night only! Come hear the harrowing adventures of Asha World Dancers and the Airship Pirates! We will be showcasing our talents before the Victorian Steampunk Ball at the historical Piper's Opera House in Virginia City, Nevada.  Ladies and gentlemen, come feast your eyes and ears on the show of the year! A Swashbuckling Soiree of a grand old time! Tickets are $20 now, $25 at the door.
v  Brown Paper Ticket Event: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1462844
v  Tickets are also available locally at The Melting Pot World Emporium.

High Desert Steam Fifth Annual Victorian Steampunk Ball 2015 Doors open at 7:45, Ball starts at 8:00 pm, Doors close at Midnight: Help us repel the pirate invasion of Virginia City and join us for another year in the illustrious Piper's Opera House for dancing and merriment at the 5th Annual Steampunk Ball! Tickets are now $50. Tickets at the door are $75, if they are available (They probably won’t be available. We’ve been selling out).
v  Brown Paper Ticket Event: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1423335
v  Tickets are also available locally at the Buy Nevada First Store. Sustaining Members need to bring their membership cards for special pricing.
v  Now with Air Conditioning!
v  The Stage Line-Up is an exciting one! We’ve chosen all the bands this year based on how much we love their music and how easy they are to dance to:
Ø  The first musical act to take the stage in Piper's Opera House will be the regional favorite bluegrass group Strange on the Range, which will be accompanied by Contra Dance Caller extraordinaire Barbara Smith of Houston,
Ø  Next up is the Annual Costume Contest – see the Aether Brigade at any point up until 9:00 pm to enter. Entry forms will also be available at Will Call, and
Ø  Last, the stage will be turned over to our headliner band: the Nathaniel Johnstone Band out of Seattle, Washington. They’ve promised a thrilling, non-stop 90 minute set, followed by an audience meet and greet to wind down the night.
§  Check out the band and their music at: http://nathanieljohnstone.com/
v  Refreshments and treats will once again be supplied by Edible Alchemy.  Their wondrous creations are not to be missed!
v  Portrait Studio: Every Ball ticket comes with a Photo Booth Ticket. You will be given your Photo Booth Ticket along with your wristband when you sign in at Will Call. FoxxFoto will be operating the Portrait Studio in the Silver Queen Saloon from 7:00 pm to 1:00 am.
v  Will Call can be found in Room 7 of the Silver Queen Hotel, straight across the street from the Opera House. Will Call is available Friday Evening and Saturday until 7:00 pm. If you do not make it to Will Call before 7:00 pm, you can check in at the Ticket Booth in the Opera House starting at 7:45 pm.

Activities in the Silver Queen Hotel and Saloon: We will once again open the Silver Queen Hotel and Saloon to our guests with ambiance rooms, music and merriment.  
v  Live Music in the Saloon will include:
Ø  Going on at 7:00 pm, the 1940's swing Let's Dance Band
Ø  Next up at 9:45 is local ragtime pianist Squeek Steele and
Ø  Finishing out the night is Strange on the Range, entering the stage at 11:15.  
v  The Portrait Studio will operate in the Silver Queen Saloon from 7 pm to 1 am,
v  Ambiance Rooms are on the Second Floor of the Silver Queen. All Ambiance Rooms are on the Second floor (first floor of rooms, street level with Piper’s, above the Saloon).  Not all rooms on the Second Floor are Ambiance Rooms.  Please respect our guests’ privacy and only attempt to enter rooms with an open door.  All Ambiance Rooms will have their hours of operation posted on the wall outside their door. A sampling of the rooms available for your interaction pleasures are:
Ø  The Prohibition Room – think Bath Tub Gin and Homemade Bitters – also the home of Will Call. Your Hosts are Shelly (Chair of High Desert Steam and Mistress of the Silver Queen) and David Jackson,
Ø  The Gaming Parlor – hosted by one of our younger members, Isa Jackson will be providing a place for kids to go and play a game or two with each other.  Not a babysitting service.  Isa may be mature, but she is only 9,
Ø  The Mad Hatter Tea Party – Nichole and her daughter will  provide a place to go do a little primping, make a doodad, have a cuppa tea, have a roaring good time,
Ø  Northern Lights – kick back with Willie Puchert, one of our founding members, and talk about the thrilling light displays,
Ø  Tea Dueling – Have a disagreement?  Want to test your mad dueling skillz? Stop by the room of Mary Crawley, another founding member, and she and her companions will demonstrate the art of tea dueling and coach you through your tea duel,
Ø  High Desert SteamCon – Want to know what is up for next year? Wondering if you want to enter the next Art Contest? Stop by the room of Barbara and James Wiley, Co-Chairs of the upcoming High Desert SteamCon to get the news first,
Ø  Spirits, Psychics and Magick– Scott and Misty insist that every Steampunk Event needs a little Magick. Want to have a tarot reading done?  Think you spotted a ghost? Want the services of a medium?  Stop by the Magick Parlor for all kinds of fun and edification,
Ø  Boutique – Forgot your hat? Need a new accessory or three?  Stop by the room at the end of the hall and say “Hi!” to Noelle (I think I’ve mentioned her before).


Organized events start as early as Friday evening, so book your rooms now!  

Sustaining Member Ball Tickets are at a special price. Please contact highdesertsteam@gmail.com to receive your Sustaining Member coupon code.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Be a Part of the Dream! Create An Ambiance Room in the Silver Queen.

Would you like to get involved in this year's Victorian Steampunk Ball September 19, 2015 - buy tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1423335 -  in a fun way while getting a great place to stay in one of Virginia City's historic hotels?  We have a great opportunity for you in the form of seven available Ambiance Rooms in the Silver Queen Hotel, Even better, the entrance to the rooms is right across the street from Piper's Opera House!  You'll have the closest rooms to everything that is happening.

High Desert Steam is looking for people who would like to stylize their rooms and welcome guests throughout the day as they join us in Virginia City.  Some examples of rooms already committed to are a 1920's Prohibition Room, a kid friendly Gaming Parlor, and a Boutique where there will be Steamy Vending.

You will be able to sleep in your room, so this is good news for those looking for a place to stay in a town where rooms are hard to find!

Keep in mind when planning your space that rooms are not large, that furniture is fragile, and that you may not damage walls or do any permanent changes to the space.  We are taking applications, so not everyone applying will automatically be approved.  We are looking for creativity, Steamy themes, special perks for HDS Sustaining Members, and that little something that makes us say wow!

Do not delay in submitting your ideas!  The Ball is approaching faster than you think, and we need to nail down all the loose ends.  For additional information, see the application.

Find the application here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ball Tickets On Sale Now!

Tickets to the High Desert Steam Fifth Annual Victorial Steam Punk Ball: Pirates Invade! are now available for purchase to the general public!  Join us September 19 on the Comstock for our annual costumed dance and to repel the pirates (or to talk like one)!


This promises to be a splendiferous night of dancing and music at Piper's Opera House in Virginia City, Nevada coupled with a raucous party across the way at the Silver Queen Hotel and Saloon. Tickets Sell out every year, so do not delay your purchase if you wish to attend!  Also be sure to book hotel rooms immediately, as they fill far before the event.

Early Tickets are $40, Regular Tickets will be $45, and Late Tickets will be $50.  Children's 12 and under tickets are $25.  Sustaining Member Tickets are $35, but we are limited in our number of available spaces, so we cannot hold tickets even for members.

Follow This Link To Get Your Ball Tickets

We can't wait to see you in the Fall!  If you need a membership coupon code, please contact us.  If you would like to join HDS, please click on the Tab above!

Cheers!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

We are looking for Symposium and Workshop Leaders for the High Desert Steampunk Expo

2015 High Desert Steampunk Expo Symposia Information

If you have any questions about hosting a symposium or workshop at the High Desert Steampunk Expo that are not answered on this page, please drop an email to highdesertsteam@gmail.com .  The deadline to submit a panel for the High desert Steampunk Expo 2015 is April 5, 2015. The Panel Request form is available here, but please read ALL of the information on this page before submitting a request. The information on this page may be updated periodically. Stay tuned for updates to the information.

A symposium, you say?  What is that?  Indeed, some expansion is required. What follows is the entry for symposium as found on the free dictionary:
sym·po·si·um
(sĭm-pō′zē-əm)
n. pl. sym·po·si·ums or sym·po·si·a (-zē-ə)
1. meeting or conference for discussion of a topic, especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations.
2. collection of writings on a particular topic, as in a magazine.
3. convivial meeting for drinking, music, and intellectual discussion among the ancient Greeks.

Now, my favorite form of Symposium is that outlined in the third definition.  The Greeks really knew how to have an intellectual discussion.  Sadly, the first definition is what we are set up for at the High Desert Steampunk Expo. Feel free to add in some of the sprit of Number 3. Anything to engage and maintain the interest of the audience, right?  Now, on to the business of organization.  This year, we shall have three spaces for indoctrinating people into your way of doing things or thinking things:
  • The Symposium Emporium - a Space reserved in the front of the hall for pontificating and discussions,
  • The Central Stage - an elevated stage for performances, fashion shows, and the like, and
  • The Workshop Space - a Space along the back wall that will be set up with tables for both participants and teachers.


Symposium Emporium and Workshop Space Equipment

  • A table is provided at the front of the room for the symposia leaders, as are chairs.
  • Chairs for attendees are in the symposium emporium space.
  • Tables and chairs for attendees are provided in the workshop space.
  • The High Desert Steampunk Expo will not provide internet access in the Symposium Emporium nor in the workshop room. Panelists are advised to have prepared presentations and screenshots.
  • A microphone and sound system will be provided to each symposium/workshop space.
  • Given the nature of the venue, it will not be possible to dim lights and use overhead projectors, so plan accordingly.
  • The High Desert Steampunk Expo does not provide prizes to distribute for symposium games/participation. If symposium leaders want to have prizes to give out for games/quizzes/participation/etc., they should provide their own prizes.
  • Anything not listed above is not standard equipment for any of the spaces, and we may not be able to provide it. Please highlight special requests for equipment in the tech section of your panel request form, and be aware that your Symposium or Workshop will not be approved if we are not able to provide the equipment you request.

Program Guide Listing Character Limits:

  • Titles must be 30 characters or less.
  • Descriptions must be 300 characters or less.
  • Both of these limits include spaces.
  • Submissions that do not adhere to these limits will be edited by High Desert Steampunk Expo staff.

Symposium Lengths:

When considering how long you want your symposium to be consider the following:
  • Symposia can be scheduled for 1 or 2-hour blocks.
  • All symposia will start on the hour and end no later than 10 minutes before the hour. This allows for 10 minutes for set-up and breakdown between symposiums.
  • Ideally, symposia should run 50 or 110 minutes long. This allows for 10 minutes for set-up and breakdown between symposia.
  • A symposium should be 40 minutes long at a minimum.
  • If you will not need a full 1 or 2-hour time block please notify us in your symposium application so that we can schedule accordingly.
  • Symposia that are only 90 minutes long will be scheduled for a 2-hour block.
  • If you will require extra time for set-up and break-down of your panel please notify us in your panel application form.
  • Allow for set-up and breakdown when making your time estimates.

Symposium Content:

  • All symposia are assumed to contain material that is suitable for all ages unless the panelist specifically states that the panel will contain mature content.
  • If the symposium contains content that may be classified as "adult material" symposium leaders must inform the staff PRIOR to the convention, on the panel application form.

Workshop Information:

  • Workshops are expected to be a hands-on experience where the attendees are able to work on and/or make the project that is being showcased.
  • Workshops are allowed to charge attendees a materials fee. Kits containing the materials needed to build the workshop project may also be sold through a permitted vendor booth.
  • All workshops will be open to all attendees of the High Desert Steampunk Expo whether or not they have purchased the workshop kit, though in the event of a capacity audience preference will be given to those who have purchased workshop kit.
  • Workshops may not feature the following:
    • Open flames
    • Soldering
    • Spray painting
    • Hazardous materials
    • Power tools
  • Workshop kits must be prepared to the extent that none of the above will need to be used at the High Desert Steampunk Expo.
  • Workshop presenters are encouraged to submit a materials list that will be published on the High Desert Steampunk Expo webpage so that attendees may bring their own materials if they wish.

Symposium and Workshop Room Assignment:

Spaces are assigned based on several factors:
  • When the Symposium/Workshop was submitted (This is a big determining factor, so sign up early!)
  • Who is giving the Symposium/Workshop (Guest leaders are always given priority for prime time slots, for instance.)
  • Whether the Symposium/Workshop has been given before, and how much of an audience it previously drew
  • What Symposium/Workshop times the applicant specifically requested

When will I get a response? What can I expect?

Due to the high volume of submissions that we receive, we cannot guarantee swift responses to submissions.
  • If your Symposium/Workshop is approved, you will get an email that explicitly states that your Symposium/Workshop has been preliminarily approved for a time slot. If there is a problem with this time slot, notify highdesertsteam@gmail.com as soon as possible. An alternate time slot may or may not be available. Any preliminarily assigned time slot is subject to change before the final schedule is published. Please check the final schedule and the schedule handed to you at Registration for your final times.
  • If your Symposium/Workshop is ‘rejected’ you will receive a communication to this effect, with an explanation of why as soon as the Symposium/Workshop Team has determined that your Symposium/Workshop is not eligible for our schedule. In some cases the applicant will be given the opportunity to revise the original submission. Since our time as volunteers is limited, and we receive more and more submissions each year, we cannot guarantee the option to revise a submission that is initially rejected.
  • Symposiums/Workshops which are not rejected but which we are unable to fit into the Symposium/Workshop schedule will receive an invitation to the waiting list. Waiting list invitations will be sent out within two weeks after the Schedule is finalized.
Once a Symposium/Workshop has been placed onto the schedule, and a time slot has been accepted, it is considered ‘confirmed’ and locked in. If a panelist makes a later request to change the time of the Symposium/Workshop, the ‘approved’ status will be revoked until an acceptable time slot can be found, if what is requested is available. If an acceptable time slot cannot be found, the Symposium/Workshop will be considered to be canceled by the leader.


At Expo Check-in - Very Important

Please check in with the Symposium/Workshop Monitor at the space for your Symposium/Workshop 20 minutes prior to your panel. If you have not checked in, Symposium/Workshop Staff will call or text you at your at-expo phone number approximately 15–20 minutes prior to your panel. Please respond immediately so that we know that you’re coming or, better yet, are already at your space. Remember that Symposiums and Workshops end 10 minutes before the hour to give each panelist time to set up and be ready when their Symposium/Workshop starts on the hour. If, at 10 minutes prior to your Symposium/Workshop start time, we have been unable to contact you and no one has checked-in, your Symposium/Workshop will be canceled. Once a cancellation has been communicated to the rest of the convention via social media, Info Desk, etc., the Symposium/Workshop cannot be un-canceled. Please show up on time! We don’t like cancelling Symposiums or Workshops! If you have Symposiums/Workshops scheduled one after the other, you may check in for both of them when you check in for the first of them.

During Your Symposium/Workshop

If you have any issues during your Symposium/Workshop, please speak to one of the Symposium/Workshop Staff located near the Symposium/Workshop space.

Have a question that was not addressed here? Please contact Symposiums and Workshops at highdesertsteam@gmail.com .

Thursday, March 5, 2015

High Desert Steampunk Expo
April 18 & 19, 2015
To be Held at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center – Exhibit Hall
1350 N. Wells Avenue, Reno, NV 89512
Lodging Options

You can now buy your tickets to the High Desert Steampunk Expo! Just follow this link to our event tickets:http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1364274 and, please, share it with your friends! If you have additional pictures you think we should add to the ticket page, please let me know. We are relying on these ticket sales to pay for all the fantastic things we are adding to this event, so buy early and often. We've kept the ticket price as low as we can manage. A full weekend of fun for less than the price of a 2 hour movie!

We have received several questions about where to stay for this event.  We have not reserved a block of rooms anywhere, but I did some research for you.  Most of the options listed were chosen because of their proximity to the site and their affordability. Options one, two, three, and six are all less than a mile from the site, should you wish to just walk to the site from your lodging.  Option five is a block of rooms arranged be Ed Adkins as part of the Steampunk Tavern Stroll, which is Saturday night and you should totally plan on going on this stroll.  Even if you do not drink alcohol, there will be amusements galore along the way.  The starting point, 1864 on California Street, serves made to order juices of excellent quality in addition to the more standard, alcohol laden fare. Yum!  Wait, where was I?  Right, I was talking about rooms.  The following is a rundown of a few options.  This list is by no means all encompassing.  Reno has many, many hotel rooms in a wide range of prices. If you do not see something that meets your needs, please leave a comment, and we will see what we can do to help out.

All Reno area hotels are subject to a 13.5% room tax and a $2 per night city tax.

Option One: Days Inn on Wells Avenue, across the street from a Denny's, less than a mile from the site, which is also on Wells Ave. Rooms start at $49.99 per night. The website says they still have rooms. https://m.daysinn.com/.../reno/days-inn-reno/rooms-rates...

Option Two (a): Motel 6 on Wells Ave. Internet rate is currently $39.99 per night. Call them on the phone and it is 45. It is marginally closer to the site, on the North side of the Freeway.  http://www.motel6.com/reservations/motel_detail.aspx...

Option Two (b):  another Motel 6 on Keystone AvenueThis one is an exit down on the freeway at Keystone and I-80, in a slightly nicer neighborhood. The internet rate as of today is $49.99 per night: http://www.motel6.com/reservations/motel_detail.aspx...

Option Three: America's Best Travel Inn, also on Wells, behind Denny's. The price is similar to the above motels, but there is no on line booking. http://americasbestravelinn.wix.com/americasbestravelinn  

Option Four: Ramada Inn on 6th Street. You would still use the Wells Avenue exit, but this place is on 6th street. Rooms cost $80 a night, so slightly more expensive. Also, it is on top of a casino. https://m.ramada.com/.../ramada-reno.../hotel-overview...

Option Five: Sands Regency Casino Hotel, 345 N. Arlington Avenue, Reno, NV 89501 775-348-2200 or 1-866-386-7829 Room rates are currently showing as $129 per night, but Ed Adkins of “Let’s Do Things” has arranged for a group rate of $55 for Friday night and $99 for Saturday night. In order to get the group rate, you must check in on Friday. Rooms are also subject to a $5.99 per day resort. The hotel also requires a $75 deposit on the room against possible damage.  The deposit can be either a hold on your credit card or cash. They give you back the cash after checking the room on the morning of checkout. The credit card hold can take up to ten days to release.  Ed is hosting the Steampunk Tavern Stroll, so stop by his table at the front of the Exhibit Hall and thank him for the rate while you’re buying a mug.  In order to get the rate, call the reservation desk and give them the code CRAWL415 to get the discounted rate. http://www.sandsregency.com/

Option Six: Stay on Site in your own RV. You can call the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center and reserve an RV space.  There is a free, on site pumping station.  There is a charge for using a space.  Call or email our on-site event coordinator and tell her that you are attending the High Desert Steampunk Expo: Alesia Pinson, Event Coordinator, Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, 775-688-5758 (phone) or email: apinson@renotahoeusa.com Note: before booking the space, make sure you understand what access will be like outside the hours of the event.  The entire site is enclosed within a fence.  It is up to you to find out how to get in and out and to determine whether or not the access and site are acceptable to you.


With all these options, you are booking a room or space of your own choosing and High Desert Steam is in no way responsible for your choice.  We have no affiliation with these businesses and are only providing you with this information as a courtesy.  We do not extend any special endorsement to any of these places and do not accept any liability for anything that might happen to you or your property.  It is up to the individual consumer to decide where they are staying, and the individuals assume any and all risks associated with booking a room or space in these locations.