Wednesday, October 27, 2010

27th day of October, 2010

Salutations Faithful Readers,

Happily I can report to you that I have restored my communicator to working order and have contacted my brother. He was, understandably, concerned for my well-being, but was pleased to hear that I have met such wonderful people in this new time. He is avidly working on the time machine, but it seems that it will not be operational any time soon. He said that it was very fortunate I made it to 2010 unharmed, for there are a lot of “kinks” he has yet to work out of the machine. I told him that if only he were here, there would be ample technology, and many people knowledgeable about time machines, who could help him repair it.
However, I do have some very good news. I am delighted to tell you that this Saturday night, the 30th of October at 7:30 PM, the band Emerald Rose, a Celtic band with a flair for the mechanical, will be performing at the Academy Theatre. You can find tickets here: . Emerald Rose is quite a prestigious band in this area, I am told, so I am sure you will not want to miss this performance.
Additionally, Doctor Q will be holding his Mechanical Masquerade at the Academy Theatre on the 6th day of November at 7:00. There will be music, dancing, lectures, purveyors of steampunk goods, and steampunk revelry all around. You can learn more about the event as well as find out how to get tickets here:
I hope you will join the Academy Theatre at both of these events. I know they will be fantastic!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I do believe I need to figure out how to operate what my room mate calls a microwave. I am starving and all the icebox has to provide is a box of Chinese food. I do like this “Chinese food.”

Caroline Francesca DeFontaine

Monday, October 25, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Writing Contest

19th of October, 2010
Greetings Friends,
I hope this correspondence finds you well. I have been very busy this week putting together more details of STEAM Fest and I am pleased to announce that there will be a writing contest which all of you may enter. You may submit ten-page plays that will then be produced as stage readings at STEAM Fest!

Now, I must briefly tell you of the rules:
Firstly, because STEAM Fest is a theatre festival celebrating the alternate history and inventive science fiction of steampunk in both literary and visual aspects we do ask that all works be related thematically in some way. Here are some helpful websites that can inspire you. I have been introduced to Wikipedia and found that it is a wonderful starting point for research: This page provides introductory information and an overview of how the genre of steampunk came to be. I found it most enlightening. Another page which can provide you with interesting links and hints is: . And finally here is a list of common steampunk themes that can help you get started on a brilliant plot:

Don’t be discouraged if you have never heard of or worked with the steampunk genre, it is so much fun to learn about and because it has such a vast array of sub-genres there’s something for everyone. If you have any questions regarding content please email

Each work must be no longer than 10 pages [not including the title page]. Anything longer will automatically be disqualified.

Entrant may send up to 3 works. Accompanying each work will be a Title page which includes the following information:

Title of Work

Full Name
Mailing Address
Email Address
Phone Number

Paragraph Synopsis

Please mail hardcopy manuscripts to:

Lainey Welsch
536 Partin Road
Cleveland, GA 30528

Electronic copies will not be accepted.
If sending more than one work, please use one envelope.

All scripts must be postmarked no later than December 1st, 2010. The winners will be announced by December15th and a staged reading of the winners will be performed April 9th-10th as part of The Academy Theatre's Third Annual STEAM Fest.

For any questions regarding the contest please email

I do hope you will enter because it will be every so much fun, and imagine, you will get to see your play performed onstage!
At the moment, I have little to report on my brother. Sadly, my communicator was broken when I arrived here, but I hope to have it fixed soon. I wonder if it will work across time? I should greatly love to share my adventures with Peter. I will have more to report to you next week, until then, I must go and continue my repairs on my communicator.

Congenially Yours,

Caroline Francesca DeFontaine

PS-- Please join the Academy Theatre for the Performance of Emerald Rose on October 3oth!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Extraordinary Contraptions!

Please go check out a great steampunk band: The Extraordinary Contraptions! They are playing tonight at The Shelter with great UK group Bitter Ruin. Opening for them is our favorite Moldavian circus troupe Thimblerig!

Go HERE for more details!

Friday, October 15, 2010

In the Meantime...

While waiting for the fun theatrical hijinks that is STEAM Fest there are a lot of other great steampunk events happening around town! Currently going on at The Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville is a great show, Jekyll and Hyde by Jeffrey Sweet with great steampunk flairs to it. The acting is superb, the set and costume designs brilliant, and the action will keep you on the edge of your seat. Steampunk attire is welcome at the show! Runs through Halloween night! for more information!

Another great event is The Extraordinary Contraptions playing with Bitter Ruin at The Shelter next Tuesday October 19th! Go check out their page for details and come join us with some time traveling rockin' out! Please get your tickets sooner rather than later as space is limited!

November 6th The Artifice Club Presents, The Mechanical Masquerade at The Academy Theatre. Tickets are 15$ at the door and 10$ if properly masqueradedly attired! Lots of fun will be had! for more details!

Last but certainly not least is the AnachroCrawl: The First Annual AnachroCon Pub Crawl!! October 23rd!

First Entry in What Promises to be a "Web Log" Full of Thrilling Details

13th of October, 2010

My name is Caroline and I have been charged with the singular responsibility of reporting information about the Academy Theatre’s STEAM Fest which will take place April ninth and tenth of the coming year, as well as the Midwinter Fling on this coming January ninth. I have heard, and now believe, that both are simply the most anticipated events of the season and I do hope you will all attend.
I must, however, before I go on, tell you something about myself, for I feel that my experiences leading up to this “web log” entry are quite extraordinary. It was only a month ago that I arrived in this modern and industrious year. My brother and I had only just completed a time machine and we intended to travel into the future. However, on the test run, which by all accounts should not have worked, I was transported here alone. You must know that I was astounded and appreciative to see the reverence you “futures” have for my home time. God willing, my brother Peter will have the time machine up and running in time for STEAM Fest so that he too may join us there.
Oh, I must mention some of the exciting events that await you at the Midwinter Fling! The main event will be a Writing Slam which, I have recently learned, is an impromptu presentation of literary works of your own creation. There will be thirteen slots, and the time limit is seven minutes. In addition, there will be musicians playing in true 19th Century style, a short play, a dance troupe, a Steampunk costume contest, and many more diverting activities.
SteamFest is only six short months away, and the Midwinter Fling only three months away, so each week I will be updating you on information regarding the performances, presentations, and events of the Festival in hopes that you will join us.

With Devotion,

Caroline Francesca DeFontaine