Sunday, January 9, 2011

Steampunk Travelers Guide for Winter Blues

Well you could take your lover here for a Valentine Treat, buy a box of chocolates, bumpy cake, or sip fountain soda from the same glass. Sure, sure you could, but unfortunately it is no longer there; if you don't have the correct devices, you won't be getting there anytime soon I'm afraid. Too bad too, because back in it's hey day, the glorious interior was a sight to behold!

Ah the Palace of Sweets

Fortunately for you and I, we have some options. Since Feb 14th, love it or hate it, is just around the corner you may have some obligations of the heart, eh, to fulfill. And since you have excellent taste you will be going to Off the Beaten Path Bookstore for their Sweetheart Bizarre Bazaar! I assure you that you will not be disappointed. From gear to tightly laced corsets, jewelry, books, bargains, brains, and tea you shall have it all.

Sweetheart Bizarre Bazaar
Saturday, February 12 · 10:00am - 5:00pm

Cherie Priest (bestselling author of "Boneshaker", "DreadNaught", and the soon to be released "Bloodshot". Cherie will be reading from her latest offering and we will have "Bloodshot" for purchase two weeks before anyone else. Do not miss this opportunity! Cherie is also the guest of honor at this year's ConFusion. Please check her out there as well.

Book Signing with Cherie Preist
Thursday, January 20th 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

- both events at -
Off the Beaten Path Books & Cafe
23023 Orchard ake Rd., Bldg. C
Farmington, MI

Fraudeville is the latest venture from JackKnife Productions. A dazzling collection of local and imported talent, bring you a nonstop romp of sideshow acts and classic vaudeville hilarity. Introducing the comedic adventures of the Lubberly brothers as they travel the globe discovering exotic burlesque in the jungle, stray jacket escapes from jail to contortion feats at the Chinese opera.

Jackknife productions is comprised of Jay Davis and Carine Jack Sergeant. The two write comedy for stage and screen and bring a unique mixed media production every time. Set designs conjure images of dreams that are keenly influenced by black and white films. The writing is 1930’s revisited with a hefty dose of urban decay where in all of this is brought to life by some of the most talented actors and acts that Detroit has to offer.

- Fraudeville presented on -
Saturday, Febuary 5th, 2011 8:00 pm - 2:00 am

Eagle Theater
15 S. Saginaw St.
Pontiac, MI

For those of you who know, you know what you've been missing if you haven't had the chance to get there in the past few months. Usually on the Second Friday of every month, the Phoenix Cafe in Hazel Park, MI features a Steampunk night. Here you shall be able to share your latest gadgets, contraptions, props, and costuming fantasies with a whole lot of friendly, talented, and like minded individuals. You'll also be able to make a round along the dance floor as your ears are flattered by the enchanting sounds of Dr. Toon. Coming events are as followed:

Friday, January 14th at 8: 00 pm - Don't Miss Out!
Friday, February 11th at 8:00 pm - Dr. Toons Mechanical Steam Hearts Band
Saturday, May 7th at 7:30 pm - The Very Merry Un-Birthday Party

The Phoenix Cafe
24918 John R
Hazel Park, MI


For those who like to travel back in time to really tiny worlds, I recommend the Chir-Town Union Station: A 5000 sq. ft. multilevel O Scale model railroad with a 12-track double-ending passenger station built to service four separate mainline railroads (DCC and sound). The three-track main is 565' long to run 200+ hopper car trains, and a double-track main runs up to 14 trains with full computer control. A second double-track main handles mountain operations over more than 1000' of track. A single track mainline interchanges with the other three lines.

Fri 12 noon to 8 pm, Sat & Sun 10 am to 6 pm
$4, kids $2 (age 5-18), free (age 4 & under).

Chi-Town Union Station
8275 Cooley Lake Road
Commerce Township, MI 48382


AND since Detroit is such a drag in the winter, go down to Toledo where the weather isn't much better! But the entertainment on Feb 19, 2011 will be. KayLouise & Mesmeric Fusion Present 219 TimeMachine where Steampunk meets Art meets Dance & Performance. Featuring a full day of workshops, vendors, and a fabulous evening show and after party! For more information visit:

Febuary 19, 2011
The Collingwood Arts Center
2413 Collingwood Ave. Toledo, OH 43620

As a perliminary to the picnic & large photoshoot in the summer or 2011, we will be doing a smaller shoot exclusively at The Whitcomb Conservatory at Belle Isle Park. So come dressed in all your Steampunk finery, with your notebooks, botany texts, sample kits, and portable tea sets to join us for some fun in the drudgery of winter at a real living breathing Detroit Gem.

Saturday, February 26 · 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Parking is at the Whitcomb Conservatory Parking Lot.
Locate on Belle Isle, Detroit, MI

The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, a landmark on Belle Isle, has been in operation on the island since its inception in 1904. Designed by Albert Kahn and modeled after Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, the Conservatory occupies a 13-acre parcel of land fronted by formal perennial gardens and lily pond garden tucked into its north side. A major renovation took place during the early 1950s when its wood frame was replaced with a skeleton of iron and aluminum. Mrs. Anna Scripps Whitcomb bequeathed her 600-plant orchid collection to the City of Detroit and the Conservatory and, in grateful appreciation for the Scripps family generosity, the Conservatory was named for her in 1955.

A 5-section Conservatory featuring a central Palm house, Tropical Wing, Fernery/Cacti wing, and show house. Large collection of Orchids. Exterior water garden, Heritage Rose garden, Perennial garden, and annual flower beds flank the Conservatory.


  1. This is a wonderful blog! At some point I will have to take my lady over to MI to see all of these wonderful steampunk happenings first-hand. *Sigh* If only they would do more here in Colorado! I continue to dream of the day when we have as much Steampunk goodness to share with you and your readers.

    Well since I'm now following your blog I can at least see what's happening in your neck of the woods. Take care & thanks for the post. :)

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