The second annual Willits Kinetic Carnivale promises to deliver “a full weekend of activities combining the old and new in a way that is uniquely Mendocino and totally 21st century,” according to publicist Roberta Werdinger. The two-day fair, produced by the Mendocino County Museum, will offer unique crafts, wares, exhibits, activities and entertainment inspired by historical transportation and machinery.
On both days of the fair, there will be handcar races around mid-day (1:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday) at the Skunk Train Depot. On Sunday, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., the Willits Airport will be displaying antique, vintage and contemporary aircraft and will be offering plane and helicopter rides for purchase. At the Roots of Motive Power, there will be a showcase of steam and diesel-powered logging equipment.
Costumes to be worn by the entertainers as well as attendees will definitely be Steampunk. The event website has information about costuming for the fair for both ladies and gentlemen and explains the two types of Steampunk: historical Steampunk (i.e., Victorian and Wild West) and alternate future/present Steampunk (e.g., a world where machinery and gadgets use clockwork and steam power instead of electricity). Of course, these two styles can be combined and personalized and often are.
The Carnivale Grand Ball at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday is a chance for guests to step out in their Steampunk finery. There will be a fashion show featuring Steampunk fashion from around the world designed by local artists. Other entertainments at the ball include a world fusion band, a Steampunk musician, DJ dance music, a fire troupe and bellydancers.
For information on tickets to the fair, which includes entry to the museum and the handcar races, as well as the grand ball, go to: http://www.kineticcarnivale.com/times-tickets-and-schedule.html.
Copyright 2013, Jean Martin.
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