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Springfield To Hold Second Annual 'Steampunk Festival' This Weekend

"Steampunk" combines the style of the Victorian era with the futuristic ideas of writers like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Beginning on Friday, Springfield will be hosting its second annual Steampunk Festival.

Sabrina Smith, the festival's organizer, spoke to Vermont Edition Wednesday about steampunk and particularly the upcoming festivities in Springfield.

Smith says Springfield's industrial history makes the town a good match for this kind of festival. She also spoke about the Hartness House Inn in Springfield, which is where the festival will take place.

"Last year when people came in, they were like, 'This is the perfect place to have a steampunk festival,' because you feel like you're going back in time when you walk into the Hartness House," Smith says.

A few of the festival highlights that Smith mentioned are a fashion show, various workshops and "Splendid Teapot Racing," which she describes involves cars with teapots affixed to the top that race through obstacles. Smith also discussed some of the costumes people might be seen wearing at the event.

The Springfield Vermont Steampunk Festival runs Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25.

Listen to the full interview above.

Steve has been with VPR since 1994, first serving as host of VPR’s public affairs program and then as a reporter, based in Central Vermont. Many VPR listeners recognize Steve for his special reports from Iran, providing a glimpse of this country that is usually hidden from the rest of the world. Prior to working with VPR, Steve served as program director for WNCS for 17 years, and also worked as news director for WCVR in Randolph. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Steve also worked for stations in Phoenix and Tucson before moving to Vermont in 1972. Steve has been honored multiple times with national and regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for his VPR reporting, including a 2011 win for best documentary for his report, Afghanistan's Other War.
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