Edited once again to show location of new website 9-2010:http://steampunkis.org/
All current information is updated there. Please drop by and sign up. We'll keep you updated on all gatherings in the dfw area, no cost.
Edited to add times and locations:
The Crow Fashion show on Friday July 16th, starting at 6pm, with the fashion show starting at 9pm, just happens to be the night before our meeting, but has generated quite an interest:
So far we have
Radha Narasimhan +3
Pennie Nevan -might
ganghiss +1 might
The Squire Might
Wells45 +1 crow possible
of course I'll try to make it out there
Current total 8 and another 7+ interested
For the first official meetup on Saturday July 17th , 2010 3pm at The Generator in Garland:
Hopefully I'll be there +3
RaasAlHayya -possibly a bit under the weather
Roderick Tremaine -not on the weekend but possibly the weekday meet
Rbm121273 -out of state, but might come down anyway
Wells45 +1- arriving fashionably late
Prof. Jericho Wahl
Looks like we've had 20 express interest in attending. Some who have conflicts. And of course we'll have the usual lurkers who are a bit too shy to say hello, but will be sitting within earshot. ::Waves to lurkers:: Feel free to drop in even if you don't pipe up here. We really want nothing more than to enjoy the pleasure of your company.
Original post: I was going to post this as a response in another thread, but after typing it out, the ideas had fleshed themselves out enough for a thread of it's own.
What's bad is I'm contemplating bugging out early one day from work and driving down from DFW to the Austin meet just because I'd like to see how your meetings go. I'd really love to find a friendly place locally, but am still searching for something with the right feel. Perhaps a few pointers as to how you found a decent place? The more I thought about it, the more I realized that wasn't going to help the others who think they're stranded in this area like I am. So, Lets kick this off with a few thoughts for a place to meet-up.
1. Food is always nice, but of course not mandatory. If food is not sold, most places have no issue with you bringing your own as it's not costing them profit. I've no issue with businesses making a profit. Just rarely find really good quality food for a decent price. I prefer to bring my own wonderful foods and be able to cater to the dietary needs of others. Potluck
2. Children being tolerated would be nice( I'd say kid friendly, but what I expose my children to might be way off from what you think is appropriate) just some place they are not physically barred from attending.
3. Cost of entry. I don't mind paying a few dollars to sip on a cup of coffee and chat with what I'm sure will become lose friends. but I don't' want anyone to be left out because they've lost their jobs or are low on funds that week. Alcohol allowed/sold is fine. Up to the barkeep to make the age call.
4. Bars/clubs It would be good to know of one for a secondary meeting location for just the adults. I'd not be there often, but I'm sure others would enjoy some kid free time.
5. Someplace when someone walks in with their latest galvanic discombobulation ray gun, that the police aren't instantly called. Steampunk gadget friendly, even if a room reservation is required.
If the meetings get a large enough/regular group, It might even be worth renting our own building space, and allowing workshops to create our gadgets. Which brings up my second thought.
As a second thought, Have any of you considered setting up a place for workshops to occur? many other groups/clubs have this, but I've never heard of one for Steampunk. A building space,with the equipment purchased by membership dues, with a small fee for their use just to keep up with what wears out. I'm talking 2 of 3 dollars an hour for the use of a grinder. Covers the cost of replacing the stone and the electric. Just so that those who use it are the ones mainly paying for it. Not everyone is on the tinker side and that's fine. But everyone enjoys what we tend to make. Equipment can be donated, or just brought to meetings for a while.
There would be some hurdles along the way, but nothing a groups of Steampunks can't prevail over.
Basically my thought process is this.
1. Get together and enjoy the company of other Steampunks in person making a growing community.
2. Get a workshop set-up for those of us who want to actually create new items. Even if we have to start in someone's backyard or garage/shop it would be nice for this to happen soon.
3. Get enough interest in the area to host our own convention at a hotel. The costs can be managed as well as the rest of the details. I've run shows before (running an unrelated show this weekend actually) they take time, money and effort. All of which aren't too hard to come by.
And yes I know shows like Akon are here(next weekend as a matter of fact) and having Abney Park on Saturday. But nothing about this place or their website makes me think Steampunk. It make me think "major convention corporation latching onto the latest trend in order to make more money. " I' like it to be by Steampunks, for Steampunks. With the money going back into the Steampunk community. Helping to build our workshop/meeting area. Setting up scholarships for education, or art project, hosting contests for Steampunk art.
If anyone here is already doing this. let me know. IF not, lets get this done.
As a central area to dfw, I'd suggest somewhere around six flags in Arlington. That's dead center of the metroplex.
So there it is in a nutshell. Let's make this work! Tell me what you think.