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Mayor, Cowford Florida 1889

« on: December 31, 2008, 12:11:05 am »

Recently we were approached by the Director of the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum about having our meetings and events at that location. Today an associate and I visited with the director, who completely understands science fiction, horror,  and steampunk.

The Karpeles is a magnificent building constructed in 1920, and currently has on display the original handwritten manuscripts from Arthur Conan Doyle, original notes of James Bond author Ian Fleming.

We toured the entire building from the boiler room to the rooftops and the place is majestic. Our host was not only in kind nothing short of sterling, but full intends to join our ranks, and has offered a host of ideas that are very steamy, and sound likes a lot of fun. We have been offered a room in the museum to set up as our meeting space.

When I go back I will take pictures and post them in this thread. You will find the place delicious.

For my part a gesture of this magnitude, only deserves something in kind so I offered my service to the museum twice a month to do maintenance on the aged facility.

With that I after the January meeting we will be informing the Jacksonville Library thank you but we will no longer be needing their facilities, and will be holding our meetings at the Karpeles.

The only other change there will be, it is more convenient for the museum for us to hold the meetings on the third Saturday of every month instead of the second. I did not see this as a problem so I agreed.

Here is the schedule as it stands.

January 10, 2009 – Meeting at the Pablo Creek Library from Noon-2:00 pm, with an adjournment to a local eatery.

February 21, 2009 – Meeting at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Noon- 2:00 pm.

March 21, 2009 – Meeting at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, the time may vary because this will be the day that we in conjunction with the Jacksonville Photo Club Meet-up group will be meeting us at the museum to use us as subjects for their groups monthly theme. If you have multiple wardrobes bring them. Count on doing group and individual photos in various parts of the grounds. When more detail come available I will post them immediately!

April 11, 2009 – The 1st Annual Cowford Beach Beach Party! Get your bathing costumes stitched and your bathing engines to the shore because it is going to be a great day of retro fun in the sun! Right now I am calling for it to be held at the middle entrance to the Guana River State Park. Time to be determined. This is Florida as Florida has been for a thousand years and I love it. There are no facilities save for a port-o-pottie in the parking area. Bring a cabana, water whatever you wish to play with or eat.

April 18, 2009 – Meeting at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Noon – 2:00 pm. This is the regular meeting for the survivors of, and citizenry that couldn’t make it to the 1st Annual Cowford Beach Beach massacre! I realize the beach isn’t everyone’s favorite place to be thus it will not be disrupting our regularly scheduled meeting.

May 16, 2009 - Meeting at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Noon – 2:00 pm.

June 20th, 2009 - Meeting at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Noon – 2:00 pm.

That is just part of the events that we have going on in the next six months.

 As you know the Vice-Mayor has brought up on a couple different occasions paying a visit to the Green Cove Springs Train Museum that I want to fit into our agenda somewhere, and there are numerous SF conventions going on that I would like to see a presence at.

So there you have it citizens and friends, the news of Cowford.

In Your Service,

Buzz Ryan,

Mayor, Cowford Florida


Father of the Steamkini.

Founder of the Trans-Oceanic Benthic Exploration and Preservation League
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Mayor, Cowford Florida 1889

« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2009, 12:12:13 am »

The meeting at the new place and new regular weekend will be taking pace in just a couple of small weeks!

The agenda will include

- A tour of our new digs.

- Discussion of the upcoming photo shoot.

- Discussion of the add on events, such as the Steam Train Museum and Victoriana Festival in Green Cove Springs on March the 7th, and the Library gig on the 28th.

- And the Great Cowford Land Grab. I ahve the map and already got my chunks of it.


United States United States

Mayor, Cowford Florida 1889

« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2009, 04:40:34 pm »

Citizens and friends of Cowford,

I would like to thank the returning citizens of Cowford, Rick Minor- Director of the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, but most of all, all of the new gentles that attended what is by far our most successful meeting in our 1/3 of a year history.

For starters I as Hizzoner would like to apologize for any lewd, wild, bizarre, and /or in appropriate commentary I made while under the influence of cold medicines and fresh air. I really is unusual for me to be that sedate, and I promise next month I will be back to normal.

I propose, (i.e. I am going to do things this way until the citizen of Cowford actually have an election for a new Mayor.) that when ever we get invited to an event, those inviting us have to come to our meeting to propose their ideas.

This is why.

March 7th is the Green Cove Springs Historical Society Steam Train and Victorian Festival. From 10:00 am til 4:00 pm. IT IS FREE ADMITTENCE.  The event is being held at the Historic Triangle at Green Cove Springs located at Ferris Street (Highway 16), and Walnut Street. There will of course be trains, but Civil War Re-enactors, craft displays and tours of the Victorian jail and courthouse. It just doesn’t get anymore old school than this Ladies and Gentlemen.

A citizen of Cowford is actually the director of this festival and her insights into exactly what we could provide, and immediate response to our own questions proved to be invaluable to the planning and approval process. We are fully going to support the festival, and hope that all who read this would be able to adjoin us. Victorian wear is not a requirement. Just an interest in history.

March 21st is thee big photo day. At our meeting we had representatives from all participating parties to hammer out the final details. Due to the number of participants, Photographers, their assistants, and the CONFIRMED models, I made the decision to cap off any further requests to join in the fun. This is to prevent any further bedlam that may arise with the shear number of people we will have running to and fro.

The Photogs will be arriving at 9:00 am to begin setting up cameras and scouting locations. Shooting will begin shortly thereafter. Bring props, bring costumes. Bring anything extra you have that you may wish to share. Most important bring ideas and concept. You Mayor has already been informed that he will be the subject of insidious designs fro both Doctor Fate, and the Shankhill Butchers. LET US MAKE GREAT ART!

Fear not. I have been told this is not the last time this shoot will happen and look forward to future collaborations between The Cowford Steampunk Society, the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, and the Jax Photo Meet-Up Group.

Pictures and links will be posted as soon as they are available.

March 28th  in conjunction with the Mandarin  Public Library we will be showing our softer side in a collaboration with their teen anime cub.  More details will be announce But I thank Don for interrupting his family, and one, day off to chat with us about what they would like us to do fro them. I also wish to welcome him and one of the other teen directors Mike as our newest citizens.

The details will be made available as they unfold, but this is guaranteed to be a high exposure event and a great chance to interact with the community. All details will be posted on the forums at .

Other business discussed, between pauses for impromptu role play, were;

-   Volunteering at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. Our benifactor is a non-profit organization and the facilities he has offered is a most magnanimous offer that we have already with much success taken advantage of. I personally, before the photo shoot will be showing up to help clean up some of the areas that need a little attention and do some maintenance because I have thing for power tools. I encourage everyone when they have a chance to contact the museum and ask them for something to do.

-   A visit to the St. Mary’s Submarine Museum.

-    An interaction with Jacksonville’s chapter of the Single Action Shooter Society, the Cowford Regulators

-   April 11 is the First Annual Cowford Beach Beach Party at the Guana River State Park Middle Beach Entrance from 10:00 am ‘til whenever. The only semi-modern facility is a port-a-potty in the parking lot. Bring water, drinks, food, sunscreen, cabañas, and whatever else you are going to need or want. The event will be transitioning the hottest part of the day so come and be safe. Victorian bathing costumes and steampunky inspired swimwear encouraged.

-   April 18 will be our regular meeting at the Karpeles for those that could not make the beach party and those that survived it.

-   Our May 16th meeting will be a croquet and tea party on the greens next to the museum, weather permitting. Wardrobe is encouraged!

-   The Mayor for got the official map for the Great Cowford Land Grab, so this will be postponed until the April meeting.  Rest assured, said map, I now in the official mayoral briefcase for safe keeping. Speaking of safe-keeping I would like to thank Brian profusely for noticing that I left said briefcase behind on a picnic bench and rescued it, stored it securely until I came to my senses and realized I left it behind. THANK BRIAN!!!

With that fair ladies and gentle men I conclude this State of the City report.

With my fondest regards,

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