Friday morning and early afternoon were spent packing for the weekend. A load of laundry, making sure I have all my accessories (probably more than I would need), cleaned the pets' cages, picked up some booze and food, and off to the fair I went!
Shortly after arriving at the hotel I ran into cohorts such as my boyfriend, DenDen Muushi, and my former college friends Skittles and Krista.
After settling in and getting dressed, we started to explore the Steampunk World's Fair!
There were vendors of all varieties, although unfortunately half left before the event got a chance to start! This wasn't their fault though. It's been common-place at Wicked-related events to have the vendors sell out of the hotel rooms on the first floor or so of the convention hotel, where the merchants transform their hotel rooms into beautiful storefronts for their wares, transmuting the floor into a merchants bazaar. According to rumor, somewhere along the line; either the convention, or the hotel, didn't apply for the proper permits, or didn't get the right paperwork, or were plain never supposed to have vending int those types of rooms. Either way, when the Fire Marshall came to visit, he shut down vending. It's been a big mess, but the vendors whom stayed adapted. Imagine the delight to find little shops of wonder tucked into every nook and cranny of the hotel, just more charm added to the spontaneity of the SPWF.
There was lot's of Doctor Who love at the SPWF. Parked right in one of the main rooms was a steampunked TARDIS!
Skittles trying on top hats.
A TARDIS room! Denny doesn't quite appreciate the allure of Doctor Who... yet...
Inside we found a doctor!
I couldn't even list the countless ammount of friends and friends-to-be-made were at this convention. If you love meeting new people, SPWF is for you. Every turn and coner I saw someone wonderful who I recognize. We enjoyed the musical shennanigans of the rag-tag Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band. ENSMB is a musical group out of Boston with what seems like a conitunous and endless rotation of talented musicians playing every instrument from cowbell to trumbone. It is a delight and incredibly hard not to dance to.
The rest of Friday night went on with lots of fun, drinking, shopping, and dancing. I fell asleep some time around 1:30am in the pikachu suit, which hadn't even left the room. I was super dissapointed to have woken up, realizing I slepted the night away. Another lesson in rationing my alocohol intake carefully as to not ruin an evening!
Stay tuned for posts about Saturday and Sunday at the Steampunk World's Fair!