Steampunk Festival + Pirate Ship!

After a long and busy weekend, I’m finally getting a chance to sit down and write some blog posts about pirate ships and steampunk throwing circus performers while applying copious amounts of aloe vera gel after getting a pretty gnarly sunburn.

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Early on Saturday morning, I went down to a perennial favourite park of most Bellinghamsters — Boulevard Park. Currently most of the park is closed off due to renovations and a plan to get it ready for the long boardwalk (all the way from the Bellingham waterfront to Fairhaven). After a few hours, my close and geeky friends, Elizabeth from Wild American Dream and her fiancee met up with me and tried to fly a kite. Tried is the optimum word here as we couldn’t get the darn thing to do anything but loop-de-loops. After a fun picnic, we headed done the boardwalk to the 2nd Annual Steampunk Festival at the Village Green.

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They had everything for your Steampunk needs, from antique metal gears (some over 100 years old) from clocks and watches; handmade vests, hats and corsets, and even your head/monster in a jar. One of my favorite parts of the festival was the entertainment.

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This is Chipp Allard, your typical fire-juggling steampunk-festival going yoga instructor (quite the norm here in Bellingham).

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He entertained the crowd by starting juggling  and moved on to crowd pleasing bowling pins on fire. He definitely caught our attention and I was even able to catch a quick video of his performance. Check it out below.

As with every festival, convention or gathering of nerds and geeks you will always find those that cosplay, and this year was no exception. I was only able to snap a few pictures this go around, but you can always check out my posts from last years Steampunk Festival (here and here) to see more of our local steampunk community.

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After walking around and checking out the vendors, we made our way back to the boardwalk where we saw…PIRATE SHIPS! The inner 5-year old in me came out and I started squealing like a little kid at Disneyland. There in Bellingham Bay was a pirate ship and I was darn near convinced that they were filming another Pirates of the Caribbean movie here in the Pacific Northwest.

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Is that not the coolest thing you’ve ever seen? They kept circling each other like they were in a true pirate-style battle and they even had fake cannon fire (which drew our attention in the first place). I later found out that this is a yearly event that you as a civilian can go and join them. I know what I’m asking for my birthday next year!

What did you do this weekend? Share in the comments below!


Ray-gun Pistols and Sci-fi, Part 2

As promised, part two of my visit to the Steampunk Festival is finally ready to go! It really was an absolute blast and I can’t wait for next year’s festival,  and perhaps I’ll even dress up next year.  Check out all these fabulous goodies and trinkets from the booths at the festival.
What a better place to write your travels and adventures than this fabulous Steampunk Journal!
These little lovely stash of kits and caboodle’s came was set out by Five Leaf Clover.
Steampunk Choker via Five Leaf Clover
Keys to my Steampunk Heart via Five Leaf Clover
TARDIS Scrabble Tile via The Paper Snail
Mr. Mustachio’s via The Paper Snail
Scrabble Heaven via the Paper Snail
Dictionary Prints via the Paper Snail
Release the Kraken!
Steampunk “Face” Plates
Mini Octipi
Dreds + Steampunk = Awesome
A dapper Gentlemen’s vest
Corsets to die for!
And I leave you with the creepiest (yet awesome) thing I saw, Specimen #423.
What was your favorite part of the festival?

Ray-gun Pistols and Sci-fi

As promised I finally have some pictures up from the fabulous Steampunk Festival that was held in Fairhaven on Saturday. It was a complete blast and I’m definitely going to be attending again next year! Check out these phenomenal attendees that I I got to snap a photograph of:
A lone heroine
Decked out to the nines.
A fashionable afternoon out.
A gorgeous beauty and two stellar gentleman.
Some undercover Whovians who soniced me. Squee!
Ms. Aviator
A wild and western gal!
Loved her costume!
The cutest little duo – you rocked it gals of Five Leaf Clover Costuming
Bellingham Steampunker’s
What a better way to hang out with your mom than go to a Steampunk Festival!
Like my gun?
A vendor.
A family that plays together, stays together.
A smilin’ beauty
Two happy steampunking couples!
A kilt and a cane, what could be better?
Mom and daughter posing for the camera.
What a dashing pair.
Parasols for a pretty day!
To be continued…