Dear Steampunk Companions of Minnesota!
Is there any regular meeting of Minnesota Steampunks? If not, I wish to
coordinate one. It is good weather to be togged up in lots of layers of clothes. I will suggest a promenade around Lake Harriet in South Minneapolis as our inaugural event.
Other locations that might be fun for meetings:
- TheDepot, downtown, if we could get the big room (that I remember as the waiting room back when we had trains in Minneapolis), and could perhaps take tea together at the Renaissance Restaurant there.
- The James J. Hill house in St. Paul, which is a beautiful period house open for tours. If you haven't toured it, you are missing a lot of fun. Railway Baron, James J. Hill built this house for his family overlooking the railways he built, and is now under the care of the Minnesota Historical Society.
- Loring Park and the Walker's sculpture garden.
- Summit Ave. in St. Paul near the Cathedral. Stately Homes!
- The American Swedish Institute, another fantastic old mansion.
Please feel free to recommend other locations of a suitably Victorian ambience!
I will throw out a date for the Lake Harriet Promenade (and picnic): Sunday, October 23rd from two o'clock p.m. to five.
I hope this is far enough out to be possible for many of you. I suggest
we meet at the Lake Harriet Bandshell concession stand (next to the
bandshell itself). Meet at 2 p.m. and then start the promenade around
the lake as soon thereafter as we are all assembled.
Please RSVP here or on the Minnesota thread on Brass Goggles if you are coming. Walking sticks recommended. Picnic baskets may be left in cars for the tea after the promenade. If it is running that day, we could even ride on the old trolley that operates between Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun.
The parking lot by the bandshell is, I believe, now only for people with
permits to use it. There is parking on the parkway and on nearby
streets in the neighborhood of West 42nd Street which runs up a steep
hill from the concession stand, more or less. Google map it.