FEST: The Springfield Steampunk Festival Steamrolls into Vermont This Weekend [Berkshire on Stage]

September 8th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara

Portrait of a beautiful steampunk woman over vintage background.

Springfield, Vermont is calling all Steampunk aficionados and those curious to participate in the first ever Springfield Steampunk Festival. Presented by the Steampunk Society of Vermont and the Hartness House Inn, the festival is slated for Friday-Sunday (September 11-13) with proceeds to benefit the Springfield Community Center.

For those not in the know, Steampunk has been described as an imaginative mix of artisanship, Victorian-era fantasy and reality, the science fiction of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. Science fiction writer George Mann describes Steampunk as “a joyous fantasy of the past, allowing us to revel in a nostalgia for what never was. It is a literary playground for adventure, spectacle, drama, escapism and exploration. But most of all it is fun!”

“This is not your typical ‘vegetable’ festival so popular in Vermont, says Sabrina Smith, festival coordinator and founder of the Steampunk Society of Vermont. This festival embraces what Springfield is all about – a virile, vigorous bustling Yankee industrial mill town — a town seeking a new identity — with a rich history of industry and innovation. Springfield and the Precision Valley are “famous” for their gear shaper, tool, spindle and grinder factories. The turret telescope was invented here as well as the clothespin, jointed dolls, toy carts, and guitar and violin cases, among many other inventions. That’s why we are turning Springfield into the Steampunk Capital of Vermont,” she says.

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