Brass Screw Confederacy steampunk festival kicks off today in Port Townsend
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World's End owner Joyce Janetski shows off a Steampunk dress carried in her store.
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Daily Bird Pottery owner Darby Huffman of Port Townsend shows off the steampunk teapot and mugs made for this weekend’s festival.
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World’s End owner Joyce Janetski shows off a steampunk dress carried in her Port Townsend store. Photo by Charlie Bermant/Peninsula Daily News.

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PORT TOWNSEND — The three-day Brass Screw Confederacy, Port Townsend's steampunk take on the Victorian era, will offer everything from magic to dancing, from fashion to history and from vendors to zombies.

A Victorian boudoir saloon and a masquerade are highlighted today, while Saturday will offer a fashion show and a nighttime hootenanny.

Zombie hunt, dancing

Sunday will be the day for a zombie hunt, followed by traditional English Morris dancing to celebrate vanquishing the zombies.

Tickets of $45 will get ticket-holders into tonight's saloon, Saturday's hootenanny, Saturday's Fashion Show and the Steam Academy lectures at the Pope Marine Building.

Trainee memberships are available for $15 for those ages 13 to 20. This ticket excludes the saloon and hootenanny.

All those younger than 13 are admitted free.

Here is the schedule for the second annual Brass Screw Confederacy:

Today

■ Victorian Boudoir Saloon — 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Cotton Building, 607 Water St.

The saloon features steampunk beverages and live music by the Blue Crows.

Admission for non-ticket-holders is $10.

■ Photo from the Hoosegow — 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Jefferson County Courthouse and Jefferson County Museum of Art & History, 540 Water St.

Free tours are available of Port Townsend's historical courthouse and museum.

■ Magic and Mayhem — 8 p.m., followed by Movie Madness at 9 p.m., Pope Marine Building, 603 Water St.

Steampunk sorcerer Master Payne will be featured. Also included will be a silent auction.

Admission for non-ticket-holders is $5.

■ Masquerade Soiree — 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Cellar Door, 940 Water St., which includes a costume contest.

Admission is free, though it is restricted to those 21 and older.

Saturday

■ Brass Screw Confederacy High Command is at the Cotton Building, with tickets, schedule updates, answers to questions and help available.

■ The Victorian Boudoir Saloon — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cotton Building, offered as a respite for those 21 and older.

■ Bazaar of the Bizarre — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., American Legion Hall, 209 Water St.

Admission is free to the vendors and artists fair.

■ Fashion Show — 11:30 a.m., Uptown Theatre, 1120 Lawrence St.

Chrononauts, time travelers and modern steamers will strut their styles.

Admission for non-ticket-holders is $5.

■ Artists in Action — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., outside the Cotton Building.

Admission is free to the gathering of crafts folk and artisans.

■ Brass Screw Chautauqua — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Pope Marine Building.

This includes a reading from featured author Neal Stephenson (Diamond Age and Snow Crash) plus stranger-than-fiction lectures such as “Submersibles in History” and “Airships Among Us.”

Other entertainment includes movies, along with Master Payne and his Flea Circus.

Admission for non-ticket-holders is $5.

■ Photo from the Hoosegow — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jefferson County Courthouse and Jefferson County Museum of Art & History, 540 Water St.

Free tours are available of Port Townsend's historical courthouse and museum.

■ Official Brass Screw Post Exchange and Commissary — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Pope Marine Building.

Items such as Steam Gal T-shirts, Brass Screw Air Crew Grog Cups and Steam Gal decals will be available. Also, there will be a continuing silent auction.

■ Conclave and Hootenanny — 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., American Legion, 209 Monroe St.

The evening's mistress of ceremonies will be Jezebel Vandersnatch, who will present a burlesque show.

Also on tap is a musical performance by the Low Ones, as well as Sister Piston and the Circus of Industry, billed as “all the clowns' chaos and calamity a marching band with death rays can handle.”

Admission to the 21-and-older event for non-ticket-holders is $25, cash or check, at the door.

At the same time, the Pope Marine Building will feature steampunk movies and live entertainment.

Sunday

■ Zombie Hunt — 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., beginning at the Pope Marine Building.

“Junior Steampunks! Only you can save the city from this scourge of the Living Dead,” the website says.

Admission for non-ticket-holders is $5.

■ Airship Apprentice — 11:30 a.m., Whistle Stop Toy Shop, 1005 Water St.

In this card game competition, special playing cards were gathered from sponsoring vendors Saturday and brought to the Whistle Stop Toy Shop on Sunday.

Admission for non-ticket-holders is $5 plus $5 for a deck of apprentice cards.

■ Sound and Fury Morris Dancing — 1 p.m., Pope Marine Building.

The final event is intended to celebrate the vanquished zombies with traditional English Morris dancing.

Such festivities were performed for Queen Victoria to ensure her continued stability, “and Port Townsend could use a bit of that blessing, too,” according to the festival program.

For more information, visit www.brass-screw.org.

Last modified: June 06. 2013 6:06PM
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