There is a new Steampunk convention coming to the state, Vandalia-Con. It will be May 2-4 in Parkersburg at the Blennerhassett Hotel. The convention is to raise funds to provide for uninsured women with screening, diagnosis, and treatment for breast and cervical cancer.
The con will be having classes, workshops, panels, vendors, and special events all weekend long.
Some events include the Miner’s Lament Saloon on Friday, where you can gamble and bid on items in the Red-Eye Auction. On Saturday will be a screening of the locally filmed steampunk reimaging of the classic 1930’s horror movie White Zombie, afterwards will be a Q&A with the cast and crew, also the Rivergem Grande Ball, part promenade part shindig. On Sunday is the Heroes of Vandalia Educational Seminar and Brunch to learn about creating your own charity events with local groups. Some special events will cost an extra $10 event ticket, like the Haunted Parkersburg Tour with Susan Sheppard and Magic and the Hypnosis Show.
They have lined up several Guests of Honor for the weekend: gagetier Thomas Willeford (Lord Archibald “Feathers” Feathersone), entertainer Professor Bubblemaker’s Eclectic Entertainment, sideshow Karnevil (Gypsy, Arson, Snidley, and Lord Maxwell), olde time music from Battle Weary Band, alternative rock band The Dead Frets, bard of many styles Painless Parker, and authors Susan Sheppard (The Gallows Tree, A Mothman’s Tale), Geoffery Foster (Clockwork and Ghosts of West Virginia), and Cindy Lynn Speer (The Chocolatier’s Wife and Once Upon a Curse).
Tickers are on sale now. Weekend passes allow access to all classes and panels, concerts, Saloon Night, Pass to the Oil and Gas Museum, and Parkersburg Art Center Tour for $50. Silver Passes get all that plus free pass to the Blennerhassett Museum, Island Belle Sternwheeler on the Ohio River to Blennerhassett Island, free tour of the Maple Shade House on the island for $75. Gold Passes get that and all access pass to Blennerhassett Island including mansion tour and horse-drawn carriage ride and one special event ticket of your choice for $100. Day passes are $15 at the door.
Might be a bit steep, but totally looks worth it if you are a steampunk fan.