The Victorian Steampunk Ball ... (If You're In The Reno Area)

Apr 7, 2011 10 comments
If you happen to be in the Northern California or Northern Nevada areas, check out this event.  It's going to be *awesome,* and I know that, because I'm part of the club putting it on :-)

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Come join The Great Basin Costume Society, High Desert Steam, the Reno Steampunk Club, and the Sacramento Steampunk Society at our first annual "Victorian Steampunk Ball," an evening of dancing and entertainments at the historic Piper's Opera House in Virginia City, Nevada.

The ball will feature Victorian ballroom music, to include waltzes, polkas, mazurkas, and the Congress of Vienna. All manner of fantastical costume is admired (but not required) - Steampunks, Victorian ladies and gentlemen, soldiers and cavalrymen, Neo-Victorians, explorers, miners, and "doves."

Don't miss the other Steam events throughout the weekend! Ride the fully restored steam train from Carson City to Virginia City (or from Virginia City to Gold Hill and back), tour mines and haunted saloons, go ghost hunting in the Virginia City Graveyard, have a sarsparilla at the Bucket of Blood Saloon, even stay overnight in one of the many haunted (or not haunted) historic hotels and B&Bs.

The Steam Ball starts at 7:00 pm at Piper's Opera House
Tickets are $20 when you pre-pay (using Paypal), or $25 at the door

All proceeds from this event go to benefit the restoration of Piper's, and to support the Great Basin Costume Society.

Please help us raise money by telling your friends, and attending any of the fundraising tea parties, costume shows, and other events put on by the Great Basin Costume Society between April and September.

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  1. no fair no fair no fair! I wanna go to the ball, too!

    (what's a dove?)

  2. I am glad I wasn't the only one wondering about the "dove."

    This looks so fun though!

  3. Oh how I wish I didn't live in Ohio...

    And I'm guessing "dove" refers to a "soiled dove" aka a prostitute.

  4. Yep, a "dove" is a soiled dove, aka a prostitute, or maybe should call them seamstresses? :-)

  5. OMG I am incredibly jealous! That sounds like so much fun!

  6. My in-laws live in California...but unfortunately, I don't live anywhere near them (or this Ball). I'm in Kentucky. This is the first time I've wished I lived near my in-laws! Ha! :P Have fun, and take a lot of pictures to share with us!

  7. We'll take lots of pictures! Piper's Opera House is pretty amazing. It's old, and by old I mean it hasn't been fully restored, so the walls are all tilty, and you're not allowed in certain parts for safety. Original 1870s fixtures and curtains in the box, burn marks on the ceiling...OLD, and haunted. Perfect place for a Steampunk ball!

  8. will be constructing an "original" 1870's Stemapunk Seamstress costume, ja? (Is that sort of like a can-can dancer gone pins and needles?)

  9. WANT WANT WANT!! I am planning and building a steampunk outfit from the tophot and goggles down nd need an excuse and a deadline. But the US is just a wee bitty far to come :(

  10. It's been years since I've been to Virginia City (like, circa 1975), but if memory serves, RHINESTONE JEWELRY OUT THE WAZOO! Everything a bedecked Saloon girl could want.

    Oh, and you do know the Bucket of Blood is a vampire hangout, right?


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