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Reading about the Google Glass winners (see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/27/google-glass-winners-ifihadglass_n_2958755.html?utm_hp_ref=technology) ? You might like this story,”The Acme Corporation.”

Steam at Harper's Ferry

Steam was hoping to participate in the Small Press Expo this year, but was an  unsuccessful would-be registrant. The tables are sold out already! But, since the plan was to publish online first, and then put out a print version in time for the event, all is not lost! There will be four SciFi stories released through Steam at Harper’s Ferry Press this year. The first story, while not exactly Steampunk, well, not steampunk at all, is hopefully entertaining to you. It is Monday afterall.

Here is the abstract for The Acme Corporation, a political science fiction fantasy, by V. Edwards Clarke:

“By 2020, the Libertarian Party was renamed the Capitalist Party. The ACME
Corporation dominated the health care, communications and entertainment
industries. ACME’s revolutionary product VisuaClear was invented to manage
perceived mental health costs, and was supported directly by the Capitalist
Party. But when a powerhouse like ACME finances campaigns…

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Beyond the Lens Photography has agreed to participate again this year!

 

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The Jefferson County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau has agreed to be an Second Annual Art Walk participant!

If you haven’t stopped by there recently, you should check it out.

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Steam was hoping to participate in the Small Press Expo this year, but was an  unsuccessful would-be registrant. The tables are sold out already! But, since the plan was to publish online first, and then put out a print version in time for the event, all is not lost! There will be four SciFi stories released through Steam at Harper’s Ferry Press this year. The first story, while not exactly Steampunk, well, not steampunk at all, is hopefully entertaining to you. It is Monday afterall.

Here is the abstract for The Acme Corporation, a political science fiction fantasy, by V. Edwards Clarke:

“By 2020, the Libertarian Party was renamed the Capitalist Party. The ACME
Corporation dominated the health care, communications and entertainment
industries. ACME’s revolutionary product VisuaClear was invented to manage
perceived mental health costs, and was supported directly by the Capitalist
Party. But when a powerhouse like ACME finances campaigns and sells products
that exploit thought, what remains of a citizen’s free will?”

Thanks to Bot Studios for putting the story in Kindle format and designing the cover.

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Our next story, “Of Steam and Spring” illustrated by Kasey Hendricks (whose print “Sleep in Heavenly Timepiece” you may have seen in the gallery) will be out next month.

Enjoy!

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Two more second-timer’s – The Town’s Inn and The Woman’s Club! Wonderful!

Just a reminder to anyone who wants to participate, there is a March 31 deadline for venue participants.

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Big Top Steam – Exhibit February 23 through April 28

Steam at Harper’s Ferry held an Artists’ Reception on opening day, February 23. The featured Big Top Steam artists are Leigh Anne Cassell (Charles Town, illustration) and Lindsey Donaldson (Ranson, illustration). In addition, there are two special installations by Eric Holstine (Charleston, metalwork/stained glass) and Phil Berneburg (Bolivar studio, ceramics). Steam’s Resident Artist, Jason Edwards, has worked his 3D magic once again with two circus-themed banners. The response to the exhibit has been great! Thank you everyone who has come by!

Shameless Steam – Rescheduled for April

The next Shameless Steam arts-related business series will be held in April. We’re working out the details for a very engaging speaker, so we’ve postponed the event to early April. 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.

What’s New at Steam

In addition to the Big Top Steam and special installation artists, Steam at Harper’s Ferry has exclusive Harper’s Ferry themed postcards for sale. The first postcard design is based on a photo of the Harpers Ferry Tunnel. Two more will be available shortly. We also have copies of the recently released Alan Moore League of Extraordinary Gentlemen hard cover graphic novel, “Nemo: Heart of Ice.” Finally, for your Easter baskets, we have Wilbur Chocolate!

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

Good news! Steam at Harper’s Ferry was awarded a grant from aha! (Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County)  to support the Art Walk, which is sincerely appreciated. Thank you, Aha! As of March 6, there are fifteen participating venues for the Art Walk, which are (from Bolivar to Lower Town): Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library, Teahorse B&B/Hostel, The Gilded Flea, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Hill Top House, The Woman’s Club, The Vintage Lady, The Village Shop, Steam at Harper’s Ferry, Tenfold Fair Trade, Mary Adams, Scoops, Westwind Potters, True Treats, and the Harpers Ferry National Park Bookshop. If you are interested in having 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. March 31 is the deadline for venue participants.

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News from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. This was a lot of fun last year.

Harpers Ferry, WV (February 15, 2013) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is hosting a cake baking contest in honor of its 88th birthday on Saturday March 2, 2013 from 12 – 5 p.m. at the ATC Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Last year over 100 local residents and business owners were in attendance. This event is free and open to the public.

This year’s contest will be judged in three categories: best Appalachian Trail (A.T.) design, best tasting and most creative cake. The entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges and the most creative cake will be judged by the public. Prizes, including ATC gear and apparel, will be awarded to the top submissions.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to host this event in celebration of our 88th birthday,” said Javier Folgar, Director of Marketing and Communications of the ATC. “Not only will this celebration bring the local community together, but it will also raise awareness of the Appalachian Trail and the importance of having this vital resource for all to enjoy, right in our backyard”.

Cakes will be on display from 12 – 1 p.m. and will be served to the public from 1 – 5 p.m. Judging will begin at 1 p.m. and the winners of the contest will be announced at 2 p.m.

To enter a cake for this contest, email Claire Hobbs by February 28 at chobbs@appalachiantrail.org with your name, type of cake and cake dimensions, as well as any relevant information such as possible allergens.

Event Summary

Event: Cake Baking Contest for Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s 88thBirthday

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 12 – 5 p.m.
Location:  The ATC’s Visitor Center at 799 Washington St., Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Schedule:

– 12 – 1 p.m. – Visitors view cakes and vote for “most creative” cake.
– 1 – 5 p.m. – Cakes will be served for visitors to enjoy.
– 1 p.m. – Judges will vote on “best tasting” and “best A.T. design”    cakes.
– 2 p.m. – Winners of each of the three categories will be announced and prizes awarded.

The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains.  The A.T. is a unit of the National Park System, stretching from Georgia to Maine, at approximately 2,180 miles in length. It is one of the longest, continuously marked footpaths in the world.  Volunteers typically donate more than 220,000 hours of their time doing trail-related work each year, and about 2 to 3 million visitors walk a portion of the A.T. each year.

For more information about the event visit http://www.appalachian trail.org/events.

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