Steampunks from all over the Midwest and beyond have been gathering at the Symposium for the Steampunk Olympiad since April 2012, and as this eccentric event evolves it has become more inclusive with the introduction of the Fleets, the Admirals, and the states that they represent. Each of the Admirals is recognized as a respected member of their state’s Steampunk Community, and have been invited to lead airships and attendees from their state in the friendly contests of the Olympiad. Which Fleet will win the most games and contests? Which Fleet will earn the glory of the Symposium?!
Kentucky Fleet – Admiral Asherah
Salubrious salutations from Caduceus Airship Captain Medea Asherah (aka Jennifer Noran), She Who Walks Above the Sea! Are you prepared to accompany me on daring exploits and adventures this coming year, my afternoonified adventurers?
Having been raised in the ranks to Admiral Asherah of the Kentucky fleet this year, I want to rally our ships to batty-fang our adversaries at next year’s International Steampunk Symposium 2020.
After being introduced to Steampunk in 2015 by my Co-Captain who suggested we attend the International Steampunk Symposium, and having seen all the fun and adventures to be had, I decided to create my own airship, The Caduceus. My crew has grown over the last few years and we hold monthly meetings where we learn, create, plot future adventures and revel in our friendships. This year we hosted our first event, The Victorian Valentine Affair, which was a fundraiser inspired by the good deeds of the Airship Ashanti.
As a Graphic Artist, I have been active in the Steampunk community designing logos for such projects as the Kentucky Steampunk Society, The Chicago Steampunk Exposition, The Traveling Revelers and my own graphics and projects for the Caduceus. The different themes that the ISS creates annually have inspired many a craft day and costuming project for my crew and me.
Check out the The Airship Caduceus, and The Kentucky Steampunk Society for more information. On these pages you will find how to prepare yourself for the games and events by looking in the files section on the Caduceus’ Facebook page and at past missives on the other pages.
So, gather your wits about you my bricky beau sabreurs and prepare for some nanty narking and mafficking! After three years of placing below first, I plan to have our fleet take the egg in 2020! I will also be making awards to present within in the fleet, so let’s work as a team AND make a jolly sport of it at the same time!!!
Yours in the spirit of adventure,
Admiral Medea Asherah, She Who Walks Above the Sea
Illinois Fleet – Admiral Dezoma
Many will recognize him from his prominent roles at other conventions and festivals, but this March the Symposium also recognizes him as the galvanizing leader to rally Steampunks from Illinois to compete and celebrate together in the 2020 Steampunk Olympiad!
Dezoma’s message to the Steampunks of Illinois is “Let us gather together and build a community for the future and celebrate our past. But we should do that now!”
Indiana Fleet – Admiral Nagle
Caelyn Nagle was a relative late bloomer to Steampunk, coming to it in 2010 after seeing a steampunk crafting video on Youtube, but he has done quite a lot for the community. He has been a volunteer and vendor at several steampunk conventions, has developed convention tracks, is an avid steampunk crafter, and has founded three steampunk communities in three different states. The last of these is the newly founded (2018) Fort Wayne Steampunk Society in the state of Indiana.
Caelyn has several different steampunk personas, conveyed solely by his garb and props, rather than by role playing. In this case, as Admiral of the state of Indiana’s competition in the Steampunk Olympiad, he vows to do as much as possible to rally the competitors of his state, so they can bring everything they’ve got to the competition.
So if you are from Indiana, no matter what city or town, get ready to bring fierce competition to the games, and by all means, practice, practice, practice. We may not know if there will be any new games in 2020, but it doesn’t hurt, in fact I KNOW it can help, to practice at all the different physical and mental games we know exist. And if you have the means, build a tricycle (Faux Penny Farthing Races), an RC Dirigible (Dirigible Races), RC teapot (Teapot Races), and/or a wicked cool foam dart dueling set (High Noon NERF Dual). Stay tuned to the Indiana Steampunk Society Facebook page for more information.
Michigan Fleet – Admiral Tannenbaum
This is Admiral B. Tannenbaum; AKA Lady Beatrice Tannenbaum Smythe, AKA Vicky Pontious. I am a member of the Monroe Steam Salon and Communications officer/Engineer of the Freetrader Libby Custer, out of Monroe, MI.
The Monroe Steam Salon was founded in 2016 although most of our members have been active in steampunk for much longer. We try to have activities for those members between the Detroit and Toledo areas, and take our airship, the Freetrader Libby Custer, to far away places. (Like Cleveland, Detroit, Cincinnati, Madison)
Some events in past years include – Steampunk Valentine events like a fashion show, tea dueling, teapot racing; we walk in the county fair parade and the holiday parade; we host monthly steampunk role playing games; we’ve had hat and jewelry making workshops; participated in various historical teas and even presented a mummy unwrapping; and of course, provide drinks and snacks for the tea stroll.
The Freetrader Libby Custer is a TOTALLY legitimate trading vessel – WE ARE NOT PIRATES! You want to ship cargo, we can do it! You need to get out of town in a hurry – I MEAN TRAVEL! we can get you there! Contact the Major (Stephen Mycroft Wayne)
So come on Michigan, join me at the Symposium, let’s show everyone what we can do!
Your Michigan Admiral – B. Tannenbaum
Ohio Fleet – Admiral Walsingham
Ahoy, Ahoy! Greetings all! Allow me a moment to introduce myself. I am Sir Matthias S. Walsingham (Maddie Smith) and I have the distinct pleasure of being the captain of the Red & White Star Line flagship, the HMA Queen Elizabeth XV — often referred to as the QEXV — the most luxurious and well-armed liner of the skies!
I, along with several other actors from the Ohio Renaissance Festival, decided to start our own airship back in 2015, although I have been interested in Steampunk for much longer. Back in the 1990s, I was making Steampunkesque creations before I even knew what Steampunk was. Now I am an avid maker, creating many things from historic to fantasy for Steampunk, Renaissance, and more.
The QEXV airship holds monthly get-togethers in Dayton, Ohio for gentile socializing and the exchange of ideas. Our first officer Zattana and I organize the Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret events which were bestowed upon us from the lovely and unforgettable Simerlinks. The QEXV is also planning a Steampunk Picnic, that we will be announcing soon, and a formal ball later this year. There is so much going on, so much to do! If you are interested in any of the above and more, just click one of the following links: HMA Queen Elizabeth XV, Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret, Gem City Steampunks.
And now, I have been bestowed the title and great honor of Admiral of Ohio. I call all of the Airships of Ohio to rise up and unite! Individually, we are already strong. But together, together as the Ohioan Fleet, we will truly be an impressive force to be reckoned with. I also call out to all individual Ohio Steampunks — those who are not affiliated with an airship — for you are all wanted and welcome! We are Ohioans, we are inventors, we are innovators, we are explorers, we are pioneers, and we shall be victors!
God save the Queen and long live the Ohioan Fleet!
Signed by my hand in good faith and intent,
Admiral M. S. Walsingham
Other Fleets . . .
Will Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, West Virginia, or any other neighboring states bring their fleets to the Steampunk Olympiad? Let’s find out this March!