Piscataway welcomes steampunk fans

May 12, 2017 by  

The weekend of May 6 and 7 saw one of the largest Steampunk festivals in the world—certainly the biggest on the East Coast—take place in Piscataway, at the Embassy Suites and Radisson hotels. Hundreds of people got together to celebrate the Steampunk culture.

Steampunk enthusiasts enjoy basing costumes and props on the aesthetics of 19th century, steam-powered industrial machinery, and adding twists of their own. Typical items often include flying goggles, scarves, futuristic weapons, clocks, and gears.

Steampunk is a fusion of the cultures of the Wild West and Victorian England, which fans infuse with heavy industry and today’s technology to express themselves artistically. Science fiction authors H.G. Wells and Jules Verne would likely be thought of today as Steampunk writers.

Attendees at the festival watched and listened to demonstrations, performers, panels, lectures, and even music provided by Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, a group whose website says they “honk, wail, blow, beat, bounce, scream and serenade their way into your hearts.” Vendors were on hand for those who wanted to add to their collection of steampunk gear.

For many attendees, the festival gave them a chance to meet with others in the steampunk community, and express themselves in a friendly atmosphere which also inspired them creatively.

Events like this can benefit if organizers work with a postcard printing company, which can create cards announcing the festival for mailing to residents of the area, including Edison, which is about five miles away.