Monday, September 1, 2014

Junk Parlor To Perform At 2014 Steampunk Ball


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)

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

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

Monday, November 25, 2013

YuleSteam Ahead!

For the fourth year in a row, on Friday December 13, 2013 we are all very pleased to be presenting our most charitable event: YuleSteam! 1864.  This year our magnanimous co-hosts will be the good bar-keeps at 1864 Tavern on California Ave in Reno.

The YuleSteams of years past have been among our most intimate affairs.  We've always attracted a large crowd with a playful spirit focused on gifting.  It's the perfect opportunity to all get together and raise a glass in celebration of the many successes during the previous year.

And what a year this has been for High Desert Steam!  Our 2nd Annual Exposition grew to fill most of Victorian Square, the 3rd Annual Ball sold out, we were a Reno News & Reviews cover story, and we gained several new organizers who made all of this possible :)

Our goal for this year's YuleSteam is to fill 4 large donation barrels with toys.  Our charity coordinator has already placed bins at the following locations where you can donate new and gently used toys in advance in exchange for raffle ticket vouchers (no special wrapping necessary)
  • Melting Pot World Emporium(1049 S. Virginia St, Reno ) 
  • Polyesters Costume Boutique (655. S Virginia St., Reno) 
  • Prism Magic Clothing and Imports (2161 Pyramid Rd, Sparks)
*Make sure when you donate that you receive a voucher that looks like this: 

This year's exceptional YuleSteam poster was designed by Kernul Killbuck of Kostoom Arts.  He will be the only vendor at the event so make sure to compliment his artwork ;)