Steampunk through the Looking Glass

Members of the Circle City Aerodrome, who put it all together. Photo by Gabe Duval Media.

 

I spent Valentine’s Day Weekend with members of the Circle City Aerodrome, hosting our big Steampunk immersion weekend. Held at the Columbia Club (which offers the perfect blend of Victorian architecture and great staff), we hosted Steampunks from all over, including Gandersnitch the Goblin and our favorite pirate, Thee Bluebeard.

With fellow entertainer Maria Meschi, who played an alien anthropologist. Photo by Karmen Fink.

With fellow entertainer Maria Meschi, who played an alien anthropologist. Photo by Karmen Fink.

I was in character as Madame Belle, hostess and entertainer, all weekend. I purely love in-character improv, because it allows me to interact with people in a role. I’m an introvert. Don’t get me wrong, I can small-talk up a storm if I have to, but Madame Belle’s character is SO BIG that she makes it easy to connect with new people.

Including the 4 non-Steampunk men she met in the elevator. I threw myself against the wall, exclaimed, “I just LOVE an elevator full of good-looking men!,” flirted with every blessed one of them, and invited them to the Cabaret. “Music! Dancing! Naked ladies! You should come!” I assure you, AMY would not do that. Well, not without a couple of cocktails, anyway.

One of the best parts of the weekend is that it’s an immersion experience. That means that a storyline runs through it, and many people stay in character the whole time. So if you want to be Col. Anastasia Rutherford or Lord Pipsnell Abernathy, people will play along. You don’t have to explain your love of dressing up and playing pretend to your fellow Steampunks, because we get it.

Members of the Circle City Aerodrome, who put it all together. Photo by Gabe Duval Media.

Members of the Circle City Aerodrome, who put it all together. Photo by Gabe Duval Media.

If you’re here in Indy and would like to learn more about Steampunk, check out the Circle City Aerodrome. Join us for a drink on second Sundays at the Red Lion Grog House, and wear your finest attire. We’ll be the ones in the bustles and top hats.

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