As I’ve mentioned before, I went to FaerieWorld’s Winter Celebration this January. It was held in Eugene OR, which is a loooong drive from where I live. So long, in fact, that we decided to take the train. Amtrak was late arriving (as bloody usual) making us about two hours late getting in to Eugene. It was 7:30 when our hotel shuttle picked us up at the station, and guess what? The Good Faeries Ball began at 7:30. Not good. The shuttle guy offered to drop us at the theater and take our luggage back to the hotel, but we were starved, exhausted, and not in costume. So since none of the performers at the Good Faeries Ball were especially exciting to us (we were mostly going for the Bad Faeries Ball), we decided to skip it.
The next day, we hit the daytime Faeriewords events, which were slightly underwhelming, but I did have the whole ‘celebrity experience’ – everyone gathering around me like I was famous and wanting to take my picture, so it wasn’t a total loss! 🙂 This steampunk outfit I put together is definitely one of my most popular ever – and people adored the wings.
I call it the “Mistress of Time” aka the Time Faerie, because it has all sorts of time-y details: watches, bottles of the ‘sands of time’ and all sorts of other awesome things. For more pictures, and a making-of, you can check out my other blog: Dragonfly Designs by Alisa. This costume is on the page called “Black and White Steampunk”.
My brother Jon, who came with me, also had his costume. I made the half mask and the goggles. The goggles are ‘Captain Robert’ approved; when I met him after the show, he complimented Jon on the goggles! I’ll be putting the half mask up for sale; if anyone who’s reading this is interested, leave me a comment!
The second evening went much better; in fact it was pure fabulous fun! The ‘Bad Faeries Ball’ was the real reason we’d gone to Eugene in the first place. There were two bands that performed. The second, Beats Antique, was awesome. I didn’t take this video (Jon forgot to bring his video camera!) but here’s the sound:
Dancing to their music was Tribal Belly Dancer, Zoe Jakes, who was awesome. I love the tribal style, and Zoe was as good as any of the big names, like Sharon Kihara or Rachel Brice. And since I was right up against the stage (I could not have gotten any closer) she was right there. When she danced with a huge pair of feather fans, she touched my face! Again, this is not my video, but here she is dancing:
But before Beats Antique, there was….Abney Park. I could not love this band any more than I do. Their sound is so unusual, and the member themselves are so creative. The lead singer, “Captain Robert” not only makes all the band’s awesome steampunk’d instruments, but he also made his own striped pants with tape and spray paint! What costumer couldn’t love a guy like that??? 🙂
I met Daniel’s daughter, Lilli, before the show. She’s so cute, and she loved my wings. During the song where the guitarist/violinist Nathaniel needs someone to hold his violin (he trades back and forth rapidly between the two instruments) Robert pulled Lilli up onto the stage.
She (not surprisingly) was more interested in watching her dad than in watching for Nathaniel’s cues!
Afterward, she danced with Robert’s wife (keyboardist Kristina) while Robert looked on and smiled.
Then the two guitarists had a battle (Nathaniel and Daniel)….
And I think Nathaniel thinks he won….
Robert became jealous of Nathaniel’s coolness and tried a bit of air/mike guitar:
This was the first show I’d seen since their fabulous dancer/backup singer quit, so I was slightly nervous about how I’d like the new girl, Jody Ellen. I shouldn’t have worried. She was perfect for them, so full of energy and fun.
Robert and his family had only just returned from several weeks’ vacation, and I think he still had a bit of ‘vacation brain’ happening, because he brought along a cheat sheet of lyrics for ‘Aether Shanty’ – which has, in his words, “really long words”! Really long words didn’t explain why he also forgot the lyrics to “Airship Pirates”. He stopped midsong, laughing, and asked for a volunteer from the audience to help him out. Turns out, that the volunteer (though very excited to be on stage) didn’t know the lyrics either! Not my video, but here’s the song as it turned out:
After the show, I met the band, got a CD signed for my friend Bonnie, and introduced myself to Robert as the fan who sculpted him in miniature. His “action figure” as he called it! He remembered me, said he LOVED it, and grabbed the rest of the band to tell them that “This is her! She’s the one who made it!”
So I got a picture with him (which unfortunately didn’t turn out well – but hey, that’s only an excuse to snuggle up with him next time, right???)
All-in-all, it was a perfect night!
This is amazing! I’ve never heard of it before. Is it always in OR? Looks like a lot of fun.
FaerieWorlds has always been in Oregon, though I believe they are trying to set up a “sister event” somewhere on the East Coast. For more info check out their website:
There’s also a summer event, also in Oregon, and it sounds like it will be amazing. Several days of 24 hour balls, concerts, and entertainment!
I’ve never been to FaerieWorlds before; I was drawn by Abney Park’s presence, and just their shows are incredible, with acrobats, dancers, and fire-dancers! You should definitely check them out; they do shows all over, even though they are local to Seattle.
While it has always been a Western US event, it actually didn’t move to Oregon until 2004. The first few years were further south. FaerieWorlds actually started as a CD release party for Woodland, in LA, I believe. After that, it was a one day event in Prescot, Az in 2002, in 2003, it moved to Sedona, Az. In 2004, it was at Hornings Hideout in Northplains, Or and became a weekend event for the first time. From 2005 until 2008 they were at Secret House Winery in Veneta, Or and as of 2009, the new site is Mt Pisgah in Eugene, Or. They began their winter event in 2008, in Eugene, Or.
For the East Coasters, the founders offer FaerieCon, which started in 2007 and was held in both 2007 and 2008 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.In 2009, it was held at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn in Hunt Valley, Maryland. This year, they have a brand new event, also for East Coasters, called RenCon, which I believe they plan to hold at the same event.
Thank you again! I’ve listened to the whole thing twice already and love love love it! 🙂
FYI: Zoe Jakes actually writes most of the music she dances to – Beats Antique are like a platform for her to create awesome music AND dance..shes equally as big in the bellydance world as Rachel Brice – they dance together often.
I LOVE your costume, which I just discovered via YouTube. Fantastic job!
Thanks! And yes, that was my first introduction to Beats Antique and Zoe, so I was not sure who she/they are. I’ve since become a fan, and got a second chance to see them perform when they recently came to Seattle. Zoe is now one of my favorites, and I own all the Beats Antique CDs!