Sunday, February 24, 2013

See the St. Clair Aeronauts at the 2013 Bay Area Maker Faire!

You too can meet Capt. St. Clair and his crew! Be a Part of History....Alternate History!

We will have a area in the San Mateo Maker Faire for the StClair Aeronauts Steampunk Airmail Delivery Service.

We'll have parchment paper and pen and ink. We'll have Airmail stamps circa 1883. We'll have envelope paper and envelope patterns (we'll even have a little glue!). And, of course, we will have our fearless crew of Delivery persons in Uniform to deliver your precious messages!

So come by, and write a letter to someone at the event. You can pen a criptic message, or start a short story in the middle of the action. Make your envelope, address it and add a stamp and we'll make every effort to deliver it that day.

You'll hear our crew wandering Maker Faire exclaiming. "Airmail, Airmail Delivery for...." Just imagine your own name there and take home a memento of the 2013 Maker Faire.

Or, if you don't care to write a letter, come sit in the parlor and watch the busy world go by and bustling airmail delivery persons go about their business... and be sure to bring your camera to snap some action shots with a few useful steampunk props and members of the crew!

See Pictures of the St. Clair Aeronauts in action HERE.

See Video of First Mate, Mrs. St.Clair HERE, HERE and HERE (about 2 minutes in)

Want to see some letters from our first event? Check out Letters written for the Sunnyvale Steampunk Convention, 2008 HERE.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Steampunks at Stitches, 2013

Ah... Stitches! Four Football Fields of Yarn, String, Wool, Needles, Hooks, Spacers, Beads, Books, Ribbon, Patterns, Buttons, Jewelry and... Vinegar (we don't know why).

Join your fellow South Bay Steampunks at the Premier Knitting, Crochet, and Fiber Arts Expo.

The Convention Center is pretty enormous, and we won't want to stick together much with so much to see and do, but let us at least meet for tea and cookies at 2pm.

When: Saturday, February 23th at 2:00pm.

Where: Santa Clara Convention Center: 5001 Great America Pkwy. Santa Clara, CA 95054
Inside the Market Hall, to the right of the stage, near the Cafe and the restrooms, next to booth 1437: Birch Street Clothing.  Map Here.

What to Bring:

$5 to get in plus the $5 off on line coupon (otherwise, bring $10 to get in.)
Your wallet (some people may want to call their credit card company and impose a spending limit... I mean you CT!)
A recycled bag or tote to carry all the yarn you are going to buy
A camera to capture all the ideas you are going to want to make later
A notebook to write down all the contact information for all the amazing vendors who will have handed out all their bezillion buisiness cards already
A thermous of tea (unless you want to pay their exorbidant cafe prices)
A cup or mug to drink out of
Cookies to share

Anyone needing a ride from the San Jose area or public transit stops need only contact me at or by phone 925 787 2591 to make plans. We have plenty of carpool room!

Once inside we won't hear our cell phones in the din, but we will check them and you can always look for the goggles!

See you there! As Always, Everyone is Welcome!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Dashiell Hammett Day in SF

Hey all you Literary, Noir and 40's Enthusiasts!
Join us for a day to celebrate Dashiell Hammett, famous author of the Maltese Falcon and other books. We'll dress in our Noir/1940's best, take the walking tour described in The Dashiell Hammett Tour by Don Herron (, and end up at the famous John's Grill ( for fancy retro drinks and maybe an early dinner.
Here are some links to inspire your fashion choices for the day. All the info you need below. Please RSVP so we know to expect you.
Dashiell Hammett Day
When: February 16th, 1pm-5pm.
Where: Meet n.w. corner of the new main library at 100 Larkin in San Francisco’s Civic Center (n.w. corner is closest to the intersection of Fulton & Larkin, marked with a giant revolving “L” sculpture) — if this corner is blocked off for some huge event (it happens, it happens), the n.w. corner of McAllister & Larkin a block north is the backup.
The plan: Look Fabulous, Learn about Dashiell Hammett and his several fantastic literary contributions to the Noir genre, wander around San Francisco, end up at John's Grill the better to enjoy fancy beverages and an early dinner (around 3pm when they are less busy).
What to Bring:
  • Wayward Friends and Family
  • Enthusiasm for Noir literature
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Your best Retro duds
  • Money for food and beverages
  • A camera to capture the moment