I have at my disposal one of the best minds on Edgar Allen Poe that I know of. He owes me since he got cold feet about going to the Steampunk Festival in Columbia.
(The PA Ren Faire down the turnpike does the Dickens thing so instantly we lose a good number of potential customers just by being the same.) He has a radio play and a stage plays on the subject which are all quite good. Not only that but he's also an amazing photographer/editor/restorer. One look at his Victrola collection throughout his house and his dieselpunk radio room (he doesn't call it that, but it is what it is
) and you'd know this guy belongs. If I can find a building in the area of the "Victorian Autumn Heritage Event" (it rolls off the tongue nicely, but it feels too long...HELP) I know he'd love to have a temporary museum set up which has always been his goal with his collection. He could also do a workshop on photographic restoration OR turning new pictures old. (he makes the bulk of us look like amateurs) Another friend of mine http://www.elainebradysmith.com/
does collage work and was actually the one who accused me of being Steampunk the first time.
She does a lot of workshops on the topic. I am also pretty sure I can also track down a few jewelry artists. One of the hubs of the event needs to be the art gallery of yet another friend. I will of course need to talk to her, but either it could be a single artist exhibit, a "Middletown Showcase," or a "Steampunk Showcase." Plus she just informed me the other day that she is starting to go Steampunk. Considering 3 of her friends are already there, it was a matter of time.
She also teaches/paints/photographs/writes as well and has a great series of abandoned mine and factory related pictures.
Enough of the culture, let's talk about the fun stuff: ALCOHOL!
Believe it or not small town Middletown always encorporates a German beer hall tent at even the Catholic church's carnival. I will need to see who runs it because that would be great to encorporate. For those of us of the green persuasion, I will need to get in touch with the Philadelphia Distilling Company and see if they want to have an Absinthe stand.
There are two large banquet halls in the downtown to supliment the 2 restaraunts, art gallery, and the theater. One at this time is an art gallery, but that's another story.
They could be great places to have music, vendor space, and even displays.
I'm thinking I may have to set up a committee and get things organized with the borough before New Years...more like November. I will definitely need to bite the bullet and get team. I keep forgetting, I'm a human being and eventually I will break down without food and rest.