In a rustic roadside saloon in the sleepy town of Madrid, science fiction and steam-powered machinery aficionados gathered for the 5th Annual Steampunk Spectacular. The event was hosted at The Mine Shaft Tavern where individuals enjoyed beer, music and food. The event attracted individuals from all around New Mexico and featured events such as, a murder mystery, parasol dueling demos, fire shows and scavenger hunt. This year’s theme was “The Emerald City.” Participants were encouraged, but not limited to, dressing up as Wizard of Oz characters with a steampunk twist.
This past weekend I ventured off to the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair, and it was as whimsical as I imagined it. I also had to attend an event to take photos for my multimedia class that is why there’s captions on the photos. Anyhow, I honestly felt like I was in a different time and space, the setting at Los Ranchos de Las Golendrinas was perfect for this magical theme with creeks, meadows and trees all around. From fairies blowing bubbles, belly dancing, jousting and horses… it was truly something else.