Steampunk Festival in Pine Hill

Pine Hill — The First Pine Hill Steampunk Festival will take place in Pine Hill this weekend, running from 6 p.m.-midnight on Friday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-midnight on Saturday Oct. 27 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Festival tickets, badges and the complete program schedule are available only at Pine Hill Books, 300 Main Street, Pine Hill (next to the post office). Telephone 845-254-3344, or e-mail The ticket for the entire festival is $20. Single day passes are $5 for Friday, $15 for Saturday, and $10 for Sunday.

Festival events feature a drum circle at the Firehouse and the Badra Bahiya Belly Dance Troupe on Friday evening in the Community Center, followed by the guitar music and performance art of Scott Nobody, at the Pine Hill Firehouse. Events on Saturday include magic by “The Amazing Great ” Brian Foley, the performance of a new mystery play in the Tavern Car by Cynthia Brian Kate on the Delaware and Ulster Railroad, and a Victorian High Tea and Steampunk Fashion Show in the Pine Hill Firehouse.

The Saturday musical headliner is steampunk musician Jonah Knight, coming in from Maryland. Also featured is the popular Catskill regional band, “Play, Mars, and Francisco.” Scott Nobody, formerly of Psychic TV, is also performing on Saturday and Sunday. The festival will close on Sunday with a jam session of all the participating musicians, including Catskill favorite Jeanne Palmer on the violin.

Attendees at the festival are encouraged to come in self created steam punk costumes, with a wide latitude to include costumes as airship pirates, gypsy cabaret dancers, vampires, zombies, fairies, witches, ghouls, ghosts and all otherkin. The festival has a “Wardrobe Department” which includes an extensive collection of Victorian Clothing that participants can rent to spice up their look.
Vendors will be offering jewelry, crafts, corsetry, metalwork, books, pottery, and artwork in the main room of the Pine Hill Community Center. Sculptor Dave Channon of Phoenicia will display a new piece entitle “Steampunk” as homage to the First Pine Hill Steampunk Festival.

Festival participants are be encouraged to tour the Nationally Designated Pine Hill Historic District (local guides available on request). The Shandaken Town Museum, in Pine Hill, with its fascinating exhibits on late 19th and early 20th Century living, will be open Saturday and Sunday from 11-4pm. Some steampunk seminars will take place at Pine Hill’s 1903 Morton Memorial Library. Seminars on topics such as “Ulster and Delaware RR 1900-2012,” “Henry Morton and Victorian Science,” “Real Magic and Steampunk” and “the Science Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft” are part of the festival.
A real magic séance taking advantage of the thin veil between the living and the dead at this time of year will be held late Saturday evening.