WORKSHOPS


Absinthe Tasting Workshop
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  "Tales of Victorian Spiritualism:
Tarot Cards and Conmen" (Victorian Mysticism)

From it's rise accredited to the Fox sisters,
to its inevitable decline thanks to Harry
Houdini's feud with infamous medium/
con artist Margery Crandon, the history
of Victorian spiritualism is rife with 
accounts of nefarious individuals
seeking to fool the public with stories
of the supernatural. Dr. J.R. Whitcomb
and Gypsy invite you to sit and listen as
they relate many a tale of those that made
a living or even national headlines using
only their wit and the public's ignorance.
Numerology & Steampunk Yoga

We are pleased to announce the addition of
Numerology and Steampunk Yoga hosted by Brit,
owner of The Steampunk Yoga out of Saratoga, NY!
Join Brit at two different times Saturday as she teaches you all
about numerology and how your personal numbers affect your life!
Enjoy micro yoga sessions as you delve into your personal number
and discover how vital it is to your personal life path!
These are FREE classes offered Saturday!

   
Check out her WEBSITE, follow her on Facebook,
and make sure not to miss her at the 3rd Annual Springfield, VT Steampunk Festival!
"Freakshow" (Darker Side of the Sideshow)  
 
Sinister stories and hellish historical accounts
of freaks, fakirs, illusionists, snake oil salesmen
and all matters odd. Modern day practitioners
of the art of the circus sideshow Dr. J.R. and Gypsy of "Karnevil" will guide you through the crowded
tents of yesteryear, full of mummies, spinsters, six legged men and other circus freaks! Not for the
faint of heart or weak of stomach.
  "The Murder Castle of the World's Fair"
(The Man Who Murdered the Worlds Fair) 


Three miles west of the 1893 Chicago World's
Fair stood a building, known to locals as
"The Castle", and advertised as The
World's Fair Hotel. The man who owned,
as well as designed it, built it for one
purpose, to draw in women traveling
to the bustling city of Chicago for the
fair, and murder them all. Join professional
ladykiller Dr. J.R. Whitcomb in a dissection of Herman Mudgett a.k.a. Dr. H.H. Holmes, his
methods, his madness, and his Murder Castle.
IronBlood Armory

What is more Steampunk
than a real live bladesmith?
We truly don't know...
New England native Smithy J Ritchie, owner of Iron Blood Armory,
will be on site this year with ongoing blacksmithing demonstrations!
Utilizing traditional and modern techniques,
watch him transform random steel items
into works of art, tools, blades, and more!
 
Fans of the reality series Forged in Fire
should recognize this talented young man
as a Season 4 competitor. 

Don't miss your chance to see
a true smith in action!
He might even take requests! 
"Wunderkammern"

Wunderkammern, commonly called
cabinets of curiosities were encyclopedic
collections of objects including natural
specimens (often faked), relics, works of
art, and antiquities. Though existing in
many forms in many eras, the Wunderkammern
as we know it today came into vogue among
the wealthy elite of the Victorian era as a
display of artifacts from their "adventures".
Join Dr. J.R. Whitcomb and Gypsy for
a discussion on the history of the
Wunderkammern, a display of a few pieces 
from their own cabinet, and tips on how to
begin your own Wunderkammern on a budget.
  "Superhuman: Stories of Houdini"

The name Harry Houdini is legendary,
as one of the great magicians, and as
the greatest escape artist to have ever
lived. The tales of his life sound more
like myth than history, yet many of
them truly happened. Houdini aficionado,
Dr. J.R. Whitcomb will take you on a
whirlwind tour of the life of Houdini,
from his humble beginnings as a
traveling magician, to his rise to fame,
to his battles with false mediums,
and lastly, his untimely demise.
These tales will be supplemented with demonstrations of some of the effects
that made Houdini's early career,
along with explanations of the
methods behind them.
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