Whiplash Tribal Fusion Dancers at Central Venue
Members of the Whiplash Tribal Fusion Dancers pose for a portrait at Central Venue during the 2014 Steampunk Masquerade Ball. (Brooke Herbert Hayes/WOUB)

Full Steam Ahead: Athens to Host Month-Long Costume Extravaganza

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For the second year running, ARTS/West will host the opening event for the month-long Athens Steampunk Spectacle, a collaboration of the Athens Public Library, The Athens County Historical Society and Museum, ARTS/West and Airship Athena.

Scheduled for Friday, Sept. 4, the free event will include dance performances by both the Steampunk Ballet and the Whiplash Tribal Fusion Dancers, plus a singing performance by Devin Sudman, a senior vocal major at Ohio University. Performances begin at 7 p.m.

In addition to the performances, there will be Steampunk-themed vendors selling their art and accessories. Uptown Costumes will have Steampunk costume pieces and accessories, and The Henna Faeries will provide Steampunk-themed body art. Vending and art exhibits will take place from 5-10 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.

The event will be rounded out by the presence of Athens’ own Steampunk group, Airship Athena, who will also host a costume workshop on Sunday, Sept. 20 at ARTS/West.

Other events scheduled for September include a Steampunk Train Ride on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway (Sept. 19), the Athens Public Library Steampunk Spectacle and the Steampunk Masquerade Ball at Central Venue (both on Sept. 26).

For more information, visit the Athens Steampunk Spectacle page on Facebook or the Athens Public Library website.