My exciting schedule of events for Balticon this weekend, with official descriptions and my comments:
Friday 10:00pm-midnight, Valley (Ball) Room
Dancing in the Gears Steam Punk Ball
Susan de Guardiola with Irene Urban and Jeff Poretsky (floor managers)
Attention all aeronauts, aethernauts, lady and gentleman adventurers, mad scientists, inventors, and other Steampunks and neo-Victorians! Join us at 10 pm Friday night at for a time-traveling formal evening at the Steampunk Ball! Become part of the living clockwork of Victorian and Victorian-inspired set dances and spin madly with your partner to romantic waltzes and lively polkas. No previous experience is needed; all dances will be taught by dance mistress Susan de Guardiola. Music will be an eclectic mix of modern and nineteenth century. Steampunk, neo-Victorian, or Victorian costume encouraged and admired but not required. Airships and time machines should be parked outside the ballroom. No sabers, ray guns, or clanks permitted on the dance floor.
(I wrote this description, so it's accurate!)
Saturday night/Sunday morning midnight-1:30am, Salon A
Eye of Argon - the Play
Susan de Guardiola, Daniel Kimmel, Marty Gear, Walter H. Hunt, Hildy Silverman, Michael A. Ventrella
"One of the genre's most beloved pieces of appalling prose" presented in all its theatrical glory."
(Actually, we've sort of combined reading the play with a Survivor-style voting-off-the-island system that leaves the rejected readers acting out the story as we keep reading. Calling this a play is kind of a stretch. This is the third time out for Hildy, Michael, and I's roving Argon road show. Maybe we'll read the second half of the story this time!)
Sunday, 11:00am-12:00noon, Valley (Ball) Room
Martian Parlor Croquet: A Steampunk Diversion
Susan de Guardiola, Jeff Poretsky, Irene Urban
Victorian explorers, adventurers, chrononauts, and aethernauts! Join us in the fine sands of the remote Martian Canal Estates, where the well-dressed 19th-century tourist and all civilized alien entities may indulge in the genteel yet cutthroat Martian pastime of parlor croquet. Portable gravity generators encouraged to prevent loss of croquet balls into the aether. Tentacular assistance prohibited.
(I wrote this description too. We have tiny croquet mallets and we are not afraid to use them!)
Sunday, 3:00pm-4:50pm, Parlor 1041
Regency Tea and Games
Susan de Guardiola, Irene Urban, Jeff Poretsky
Come join us for afternoon High Tea and Regency era games.
(That's not what I sent them! Here's the longer version: Take a trip back in time to the society of early 19th century England and the games played during the era of Jane Austen, "Master and Commander", and the Napoleonic Wars! Enjoy the pleasures of whist, the intricacy of picquet, or a cutthroat session of spillikins. Games will be taught. Regency costume encouraged (but not required). Tea and light nibbles will be served!)