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2017 Entertainment includes:
Singer-Songwriter, Steampunk World’s Fair developer, & Your Host
“It’s a lovely day, a beautiful day, a wonderful day for an airboat race
A shining day, and I’m almost certain
None of us will be blasted into space.”
~’Absinthe Heroes’, by Jeff Mach
Hello! I’m Jeff, and I’ll be your Host, and I’ll be celebrating with you, performing for you, and helping make sure that everyone’s happy, that everyone gets their food (be sure to check mealtimes, and call the Resort about special food needs) – and generally making sure everyone’s having fun. I’ve been a singer-songwriter for 30 years, and I wrote the seminal Steampunk rock opera, “Absinthe Heroes”. I also run The Steampunk World’s Fair. This is possibly my favorite event of the year – it’s certainly the most fun event for me to run or perform at!
Madam Goodwin will also be Hosting Steampunk in the Catskills III W/ Jeff Mach & Friends along with Jeff Mach!
A favorite at Steampunk in the Catskills, Chelsea Goodwin hosts the radio show “In Goth We Trust”. She shows old horror films with comic commentary, introduces other acts and judges fashion shows, trivia contests, etc. She also plays piano/keyboard and sings funny songs as well as covers.
Cybernetic Musical Genius & Friendly Supervillain
Can’t help remembering,
T’was just the night before;
I dreamed you had me trapped in a strange machine.
Psyche Corporation is a fairytale cyber/steampunk band fronted by a former Ladies of Steampunk model and programmer who combines dance with a powerhouse vocal range. The band is named after a dream manufacture group from a future where neural implants allow people to download dreams from the Internet. Songs deal in dystopian themes as well as more lighthearted filk works, such as “Perl-Operated Boy”. The musical style spans genres of trip-hop, electro-rock, and world music.
“You wanna hear about it. You wanna know the latest craze! So I sat around and I thought about it for days. It’s the Hypothetical Twist–in your mind, it goes like this: Suppose you twist your body to the left and the right? If you think about it, you can go all night.”
~A Halo Called Fred, “The Hypothetical Twist”
A Halo Called Fred has spent the last 24 years making the geekiest sounds ever to spring from guitar, bass, violin, and Tupperware. Featuring songs about pirates, cavemen, and any body part or flying thing you can think of, the Halo has performed with King Missile, been produced by a member of Ween, and featured on The Doctor Demento Show. They have lent their talents to Burlesque shows, motion picture soundtracks, a rock opera, and served as the house band for the Steampunk World’s Fair. Specializing in counter-cultural and geeky conventions, the Halo is proud to bring musical joy to any gathering. From Setampunks to Fairies, Bikers to Furries, our message always rings true – “We Love You All!”
Prestidigatotor, Magician, Geek Sorceror, The Charming Trickster
Nelson Lugo, The Charming Trickster, is a magician, raconteur, former ringmaster, and burgeoning grifter. Known for heartfelt illusions and wry vaudevillian honesty he is a noted and celebrated performer in the underground NYC cabaret scene. Descended from a genuine Santeria, Nelson Lugo’s singular magical style showcases classic sleight of hand with a nod to the pop culture that has shaped him.
Susan de Guardiola
Friendly & Talented Dance Mistress
“Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!”
~William Butler Yeats
Susan de Guardiola is an independent dance history scholar and professional dance instructor. She has taught at workshops, dance events, festivals, and SF and Steampunk conventions across North America, and is wildly popular in Ukraine in Russia, from whence she has just returned from an eight-month stay! Her dance interests range from the court dances of the fifteenth century to 1970s disco and modern cross-step waltz, but her special focus is nineteenth-century dance, movement, and etiquette. She loves incorporating modern music and Steampunk-inspired choreography into nineteenth century ballroom dances and is an expert at teaching new dancers the joys of historical dance!
Professor Mark P. Donnelly has been studying armed combat in various incarnations since the age of thirteen. After years of research and training in the disparate disciplines of western martial arts, sport fencing, stage combat, tournament fighting and eastern martial disciplines, he moved from the US to England in 1996 to undertake a PhD in Medieval Archaeology through York and Oxford Universities.
Dust Bowl Faeries
“At once winsome and terrifying, charming and bold, Dust Bowl Faeries is fast becoming an East Coast phenomenon” Michael Eck
“A Dust Bowl Faeries concert is something like a deep, dark mystical-musical tragi-comedy, often centering around extinct and/or endangered members of the animal kingdom” Greg Haymes-Nippertown
Dust Bowl Faeries is an ethereal gothic folk ensemble with a dark cabaret twist. The unique compositions of Dust Bowl Faeries have roots in Gypsy, klezmer, and vaudeville music. Accordion, singing saw, ukulele, lap steel, electric guitar, bass & percussion combine to create the Dust Bowl Faeries’ otherworldly sound. The band was founded by Ryder Cooley in 2013. Ryder is accompanied by Karen Cole, Jen DuBois, JoAnn Stevelos and Aaron Martin. Hazel, a taxidermy sheep, performs with the Dust Bowl Fairies as mascot spirit animal.
Prepare yourselves to gaze in wonderment at our eclectic collection of entertainers as they astound, amuse, confound and confuse with a plethora of pulse pounding acts ranging from modern to medieval. Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.
Karnevil was founded by Dr. J.R. Whitcomb in 2011. They have been featured in both Weird NJ magazine and The Star Ledger, Karnevil is considered to be New Jerseys premiere carnival sideshow experience as well as being touted globally as “The worlds most dangerous sideshow!” Whether bringing you death defying escapes, astounding acts of skill, classic sideshow fare, ridiculous games, or informative presentations on macabre Victorian subject matter, the Karnevil crew delivers above and beyond any mortal expectations!
The Long Losts are a Steamgoth duo from NY made up of vocalist Anka and her husband Patrick on guitar. They’ve been performing for half a decade and winning over audiences for years! Their music combines goth and punk rock with lyrics inspired by their love for each other and the things that they love; Autumn, Halloween, strangeness, nature, romance, ghosts and their memories all wrapped in a dark Victorian aesthetic.
Who will answer the call to duel? Who will be our first Tea Dueling Champion?
The noble sport of Tea Dueling is a popular game of skill, technique, and wits between two individuals armed only with tea and biscuits. It requires audience participation, honor, quick wit, steady hands, biscuits, and hot tea.
The goal of Tea Dueling is to get a clean “nom”, which is when you put the biscuit in your mouth and bite it without losing any pieces along the way. This sounds easy, but as the biscuit has been submerged in hot tea, it will want to immediately fall apart, presenting difficulty in achieving a clean “nom”.
It works best when the tea duelists are surrounded by the support of an audience, eager to cheer on the victor and point out any instances of cheating (wink wink).
All in good clean fun, Tea Dueling offers a level playing field for one and all so join us for our inaugural Tea Dueling competition. No experience necessary. We will guide you through the rules.
Join the fun. Come to duel! Come to cheer!! Nom Nom Nom!
Let the Tea Dueling commence.
Please join us for yet another amazing fun-filled three day Steampunk weekend! The Eternal will be performing several times throughout the weekend EG: High Tea.
They will also be hosting once again, their very special & yummy segment, “S’mores With The Eternal Frontier!“.
Have Sweet Tooth WILL TRAVEL!
Don’t miss, “The Eternal Frontier”, serving up FREE S’mores at Steampunk in the Catskills III W/ Jeff Mach & Friends!
Gomez of Venus Lense Cap
Venus Lens Cap is the musical duet of Gomez Richardson and Stacey Mendyka. Before Venus Lens Cap, Gomez performed a solo acoustic act before incorporating a computer and building a full recording studio.
Stacey Mendyka is a graduate of Roger Williams University and from a chance encounter, Gomez heard her sing and asked if she would like to team up with him and formed Perl Lake in 2011. They later decided to make more theatrical, dynamic music aimed directly at the Steampunk audience and so Venus Lens Cap was born, blending melodies of the classics with the beats and sounds of synthetic music.
Hypnosis, a Layman’s Guide
Regardless of how sold on it we are, we’ve all heard of hypnosis. For most of us it conjures up images of the classical mesmerist swinging is pocket watch and droning on about sleep. Hypnosis however, is far from the act of theatrical mind control that we’ve been exposed to. When studied well it can be a wonderful practical skill. That’s what we’ll be going over in this lecture, a skill that anyone attending can learn to use ethically and practically in their daily lives.
Matthew Paquette is a professional hypnotist living and working out of New York City. Since his interest was originally sparked in 2013, he’s made it a primary goal to explore the farthest reaches of the art and share that knowledge with anyone who’s willing to listen.
As well as:
and more to come!
2016 Entertainment included
- A Halo Called Fred
The hilarious Clown Princes of Steampunk
- Mark Donnelly
One of the most famed Steampunk scholars in the world!
- The Positronic Cats
Haunting music which will stay with you throughout the night
- Nicole Oliva
One of Steampunk’s most versatile chanteuses
- Joey Marsocci
Arguably the greatest Maker and creator in Steampunk!
- Robert H. Waugh,
Authors, guests, and witty companions!
- The Eternal Frontier
Steampunk’s premiere performers of classic songs
- Psyche Corporation
The mysterious singer-songwriter-dancer known as The Shadow Queen
- Jaime Wissner
Jaime’s just this guy, you know?
- Katrina Lovett
Arts and crafts!
- The Long Losts
- Redfield Design
- Absinthe Heroes
Steampunk’s first rock opera, playing a stripped-down version of their hit show!
- Jeff Mach Himself
Steampunk & multi-genre singer-songwriter
(and your host!)