Archive for January, 2013

Teahorse B&B/Hostel just confirmed. This was a pretty hot spot last year – I’m looking forward to what they have planned for 2013!

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Mary Adams and Scoops were among, if not the first businesses to express interest in the Second Annual Art Walk.

This will the second year that both businesses have participated.

Thank you!

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Trains! It’s almost a year away – but worth getting excited about now!  The “Steampunk unLimited” event is going to be held in November this year.

A juxtaposition of art and invention, creativity and technology while paying homage to the Victorian Era and Industrial Revolution, an unprecedented weekend at the Strasburg Rail Road is announced.  Train rides behind a massive steam locomotive, delicious eats and treats, steampunk handiwork, photo opportunities galore, an insider’s look through a shop tour, music reflective of days gone by, and so much more are just a snippet of the weekend’s events. 

From the Strasburg Rail Road website!

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Busy week!

Additional participants in alphabetical order:

The Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library, The Village Shop and The Vintage Lady, participated last year. New additions for this year now include The Gilded Flea and True Treats. Welcome!

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The first three participants for the 2nd Annual Bolivar-Harper’s Ferry Community Art Walk are (in alphabetical order):

Both Tenfold Fair Trade and Westwind Potters were 2012 participants. The Harpers Ferry National Park Bookshop, is a welcome addition. 

As I learn about which artist (or artists!) they are featuring, I’ll post that information here!

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I’m always learnin’ somethin” here …

  1. The Strasburg Rail Road Company was responsible for restoring the William Mason for the movie, “Wild, Wild West” AND there may be a steampunk-related event in the near future!!!
  2. There is a place called The Kitchen Kettle Village in Pennsylvania

  3. That steampunk computer mod enthusiasts are alive and well, and

  4. Taking photographs of Harper’s Ferry enveloped in fog is hard.

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On this day, December 31, 1862, Lincoln signed at least two documents, the most significant of which was the Emancipation Proclamation, which went into effect on January 1, 1863. In addition, he signed the West Virginia statehood bill, which lead to West Virginia becoming the 35th state on June 20, 1863.

Unfortunately, the public viewing of the Emancipation Proclamation at the National Archives ended on January 1, 2013, but there are programs scheduled for the rest of the year. In addition, PBS premiered the three-part documentaryThe Abolitionists on January .”

West Virginia’s Division of Culture and History put together a useful website featuring sesquicentennial events is worth checking out.

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by Teresa Barth

Sapphire Blue, by Kerstin Gier, published by Henry Holt & Co (English), 2012

Categories:  Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Time Travel

I enjoyed Sapphire Blue much more than Ruby Red, the first book of the series by Kerstin Gier. Sapphire Blue goes into more detail about Gwen (the main character), Lesley, her best friend, and Gideon, her time travel partner (or enemy?) as well as Xemerius the ghost Gargoyle. I like the character, Xemerius, and how he helps Gwen. I could not put this book down! Now I need to find a copy of Emerald Green, the next book in the series.

(This is one of a review series of those books either available for sale at Steam at Harper’s Ferry, or steampunk or Victorian Themed books, in general. Want to submit a review? Send an email to info@steamatharpersferry.com with the book title and proposed review (not to exceed 250 words) for consideration.)


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Winter Themes and Best of Steam – through January 27!

This is the last month for the “Winter Themes and Best of Steam” exhibit. Steam debuted several new prints and brought back the most commented upon 3D banners for this exhibit. In addition, Pith Helmet Provisions lovely traveling bar cabinets, steampunk’d i-device chargers and players, as well as the catapults and cross-bows, continue to grace (or rather guard?) the premises.

Big Top Steam – Call to Artists – Deadline February 1

Big Top Steam is coming to the Gallery! We have posted a call to artists for this next exhibit. The deadline is February 1. The first day of the exhibit is February 23. Please check the website for further information.

Artists Josh Aterovis , Mark Schumaker, Kasey Hendricks and Phil Berneberg

Steam at Harper’s Ferry continues to show the work of four artists new to the Gallery, Josh Aterovis , Mark Schumaker, Kasey Hendricks and Phil Berneberg.

Olde Tyme Christmas

Harpers Ferry 42nd Annual Olde Tyme Christmas was well attended. Jonah Knight played a wonderful set (a few of his “Another Creepy Christmas” CDs are still available for purchase at Steam). The Steampunk Stroll, organized by The Steampunk Family was a great success.

Shameless Steam – March

The next Shameless Steam arts-related business series will be held in March. If you are interested in promoting your arts-related business or your own work, please see the website under the post “Call for Presentations!” or follow the links under the “Events” tab.

Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Art Walk –April 27 and 28, 2013

Mark your calendars! The Bolivar-Harper’s Ferry Art Walk is going forward this April 27 and 28, 2013. As interested participants and artists get involved and commit to participating, that information will be posted to the Steam website. If you are interested to have work shown at your business or if you are an artist who wants to have work shown at a business establishment along the walking tour route, please contact Steam at Harper’s Ferry.

Steam at Harper’s Ferry
180 High Street, 1-B,
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1292
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

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