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The Brass Screw Chautauqua

 

Erudition and entertainment intermingle in a heady mix of what you want and what you need to know.  Chautauqua gatherings, according to Teddy Roosevelt, are the "most American thing in America". No quackery here! Check back for any last minute changes to the schedule.

Magic Lantern Shows

On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the Magic Lantern will present a short film showcase with the theme, "Femme Fatale", where the following films will be featured:

"Dead Man's Party", by League of Steam Synopsis: A calavera catastrophe averted. http://leagueofsteam.com

"Tea Time", directed by J. Derek Howard, Synopsis: A woman inventor seeking recognition. http://nobleknightmedia.com

"The Wheel", directed by John Roberts Synopsis: Dr. Suess meets Steampunk in this dark yet whimsical tale. http://www.poorjohnny.com

Showtimes for the Magic Lantern are: 11pm, 1pm and 3pm both days. The Magic Lantern is located in the Jefferson County Historical Society Museum. Admission is only $1 and includes all Museum exhibits. While you're there, be sure to investigate the Labritorium, where local makers will display inventions in progress.Who know what wonders may await...

Maker space at the Labratorium will be open 11am to 5pm Saturday and 11am to 3pm Sunday. The Labratorium will feature interactive exhibits and devices by local and perhaps, visiting enthusiasts.

Saturday Lectures

Saturday | Sunday

Introduction to Steampunk  (Top)

Location: Pope Marine Building
Time: 10:00 Saturday
Presenter:Lindsay Schopfer

Straight Razor Shaving   (Top)

Location: KCPT
Time: 10:00 Saturday
Presenter:Robert Odekirk

Ever wondered how those spiffy Victorians managed to look so good with only a cut-throat razor to artistically arrange their whiskers without risking their tonsils? Come find out!

 

 

Drinking from the Font of Ideas  (Top)

Location: Bishop Hotel Lower Level
Time: 11:00 Saturday Presenter:Scott Perkins

Readings from Steampunk Literature   (Top)

Location: Bishop Hotel Lower Level
Time: 12:00 Saturday
Presenter: JR Boyett

Arms of Sherlock Holmes   (Top)

Location: KCPT
Time: 11:00 Saturday
Presenter: James Romnes

A discussion of weapons in the milieu of Sherlock Holmes and some of his more interesting adventures, with emphasis on some of the specific items and techniques used by Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson in the course of their investigations.

Victorian Manly Arts   (Top)

Location: Pope Marine Building
Time: 12:00 Saturday
Presenter: Nathan Barnett

Readings from Steampunk Literature   (Top)

Location: Bishop Hotel Lower Level
Time: 12:00 Saturday
Presenter: Lindsay Schopfer

Rise of Aester: Steampunk 101   (Top)

Location: Pope Marine Building
Time: 1:00 Saturday Presenter:Rise of Aester

Using the Rise of Aester world as a format, we'll journey through the basics of Steampunk, some history surrounding it, the Maker/Upcycling culture and some interpretations of common themes and components in it as a movement, art culture and literary format.

Steampunk Writer's Panel   (Top)

Location: Pope Marine Building
Time: 1:00 Saturday
Presenter: JR Boyett, Lindsay Schopfer, Scott Perkins, Nikki McCormack, Jordan Taylor

Victorian Machine Guns   (Top)

Location: KCPT
Time: 1:00 Saturday
Presenter: Stewart Marshall, Jason Sloate, Steve Bailey

Display and discussion of the development of various types of "Machine Guns" in the Victorian and Edwardian age, with special emphasis on the Gatling Gun and the evolution into the later water-cooled heavy machine guns of WWI.


 

 

 

Steampunk Robots   (Top)

Location: Pope Marine Building
Time: 1:00 Saturday
Presenter: Austin Henry

Basics of Game Design   (Top)

Location: Pope Marine Building
Time: 1:00 Saturday
Presenter: James Ernest

How does an idea turn into a board game? James Ernest from Cheapass Games will discuss the basic process of inventing a tabletop game, from initial concept through prototyping and testing, all the way to publication, in this entertaining and informative talk.

BRASS Reading  (Top)

Location: KCPT
Time: 1:00 Saturday
Presenter: John Longenbaugh

BRASS is a comedy/drama adventure serial focusing on the adventures and misadventures of a family of Steampunk geniuses, Lord Benjamin and Lady Madelyn Brass, and their two grown children, Gwendolyn and Cyril. Produced as a podcast, a web series and a live stage show, the chronicles of the Brass family set them against a cabal of crime bosses and villains in an alternate 1885 London, where analytic engines, aetheric batteries, automatons and other unlikely marvels have created a very different British Empire. This special live event will feature readings from episodes of the radio play, a brief exhibit of some of the art and costumes from the show, and a Q and A with the creator and cast after that will reveal some of the adventures to come.

Readings from Steampunk Literature   (Top)

Location: Bishop Hotel Lower Level
Time: 2:00 Saturday
Presenter: Lindsay Schopfer

Loyal Order of Corsetted Ladies   (Top)

Location: KCPT
Time: 2:00 Saturday
Presenter: Cherries Jubilee

A Highly informational lecture by the eminent Miss Jubilee explores the why's and wherefore's of corseting for the stylish Steampunk lady (or gentleman!) Includes safety tips and specialty rigs for the adventurers and inventors alike, and delves into the depths of the secret world of corset addicts and the shapes they love. With lots of snappy dialogue and one timers, with a demo of the newest craze in Steampunk sports, the Corset Relay!

Airships, A History and a Future   (Top)

Location: Bishop Hotel Lower Level
Time: 3:00 Saturday
Presenter: JR Boyett

Jack the Ripper   (Top)

Location: KCPT
Time: 3:00 Saturday
Presenter: James Romnes

Come along for a precis of the Jack the Ripper case, the dead and the dead ends in a 120 year old murder investigation, as discussed by a tweed clad collector of Victoriana and physicians' assistant with forensic background who when not dabbling in ice cold cases from the 19th century writes articles about dedifferentiated liposarcomas.

Readings from Manly Poetry   (Top)

Location: KCPT
Time: 4:00 Saturday
Presenter:Robert Odekirk

Sunday Lectures

Hangover Panel   (Top)

Location: KCPT
Time: 11:00 Sunday
Presenter: Nathan Barnett and Bands

History for Writers   (Top)

Location: Bishop
Time: 10:30 Sunday
Presenter: Gordon Frye and Stewart Marshall

Skills for Shipwrecked Sailors   (Top)

Location: KCPT
Time: 12:00 Sunday
Presenter: Robert Odekirk

Through basest TREACHERY!!! I Tell You, Treachery!!! (weather, cowardly minions, base enemies who are just jealous of your obvious superiority, what have you). You find yourself marooned with only the barest remnants of your ship/airship to aid you. Your vengeance will be sweet, prolonged, and of course served cold. Before that sublime day you must see to shelter, warmth, and, of course, the beginnings of fortifications from which your next great deeds will be launched.

Steampunk for the Casual Fan   (Top)

Location: Bishop Hotel Lower Level
Time: 12:00 Sunday
Presenter: Lindsay Schopfer

Reading from Steampunk Literature   (Top)

Location: Bishop Hotel Lower Level
Time: 1:00 Sunday
Presenter:Jordan Taylor

Victorian High-Tech Firearms   (Top)

Location: KCPT
Time: 12:00 Sunday
Presenter: Steve Bailey, Michael Garvais, Stewart Marshall, Ted Gates

A display and discussion about some of the 'high-tech' weaponry being developed by the Victorians and Edwardians, which have led to the common forms in broad use today. The development of rapid-fire and long-range weapons is of particular focus.

Drinking from the Font of Ideas   (Top)

Location: Bishop Hotel Lower Level
Time: 1:00 Sunday
Presenter:Scott Perkins

Naval Landing Party  (Top)

Location: KCPT
Time: 2:00 Sunday
Presenter: Gordon Frye

With far-flung empires and the constant need to "defend the flag from insults" (as well as to protect the business interests of important people), the navies of the Victorian World were constantly sending "messages" to those less fortunate than themselves in order to project their power and influence. Such expeditionary forces commonly were composed of Marines, backed by sailors organized and equipped as infantry, and armed with the latest and best weapons in order to awe the local populations into submission. Sometimes it worked! Sometimes, disaster. We will discuss some of the more interesting events in this adventurous age.