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Thursday, October 23, 2014

More Winter Ball News

Greetings Steamfreaks!

Tuesday afternoon a small group of us toured the Grand Gateway Hotel to see if it would be right for our event, and BOY HOWDY WAS IT EVER! I hesitate to talk about it, though, as we still have yet to negotiate pricing. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we can afford it (and you can help us afford it by buying your membership.... just sayin')

The ballroom decor is perfect, there is a dance floor, plenty of seating and room for vendors. There is a bar just downstairs from the ballroom for those who wish to drink, meaning we don't *need* to serve alcohol in the ballroom, thus possibly avoiding any need to make this a 21+ event. Also, there is a large outdoor balcony that will be handy for accommodating both smokers and overheating dancers.

The ballroom itself is situated overlooking the pool & waterslide of the hotel, which has inspired us to possibly hold an old-timey-swimsuit competition in the afternoon. (Both men and women will be allowed to enter... we may be sexy but we aren't sexist.) There are also dinosaurs in the pool area, and dinosaurs are cool.

We did also examine the high-end suites with adjoining lounge, which some of the officers intend to rent on that evening for members-only portions of the events that are being planned. The foremost of those being a whiskey/scotch tasting and perhaps a late night bout of Munchkin or Red Dragon Inn.

I have been in contact with one author about appearing as a guest, and though of course I can't/won't mention names until things are finalized, or at least nearly finalized, it looks very promising. If anyone knows an author, historian, or some other such delightful eccentric who might want to be a part of the festivities, please put them in touch with me. (lordcommissar@bhsteampunk.org)

Also lining up nicely for the event is a dance instructor who will be giving the group as a whole lessons on how to do the charleston!


The musical act(s) for the Ball are still yet to be determined, though there will be Electroswing/Steampunk dance music through the end of the night. Again, if you know an appropriate musical act who may be interested in performing, please put them in contact with me.

Its important to note, as well, that any news in this blog doesn't gurantee that any feature, speaker or act will be at the ball... this is just so you have an idea of what we are working on and towards. In my experience, we will actually cram about 1/3 of the things we want to into the day, and it will seem like 2x too much. Not always a bad thing.

Finally, I'd like to close with the thought that  our ball doesn't have a catchy name.... its just the Black Hills Steampunk Society Winter Ball....and that really doesn't seem to reflect the scope of what we are trying to do here. If you have any suggestions for a better one, we are all ears.

Lord Commissar
Otto Von Giftmacher

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