Fitchburg, MA, December 07, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- With the increase in popularity of steampunk in pop culture, a new breed of conventions is spreading through the country, with New England as its next target. James Von Hegner of TLA Productions announced today that The Great New England Steampunk Exhibition (TGNESE) will be held September 16 to 18, 2011. The Courtyard Fitchburg and Central Massachusetts Expo Center serve as the setting for the 3-day steampunk extravaganza.
James von Hegner of TLA Productions, the entertainment company producing the convention also announced Abney Park as the headlining Musical Guest of Honor. Abney Park, based in Seattle, comes from an era that never was, but one that many wish had been - an era where airships waged war in the skies, and corsets and cummerbunds were proper adventuring attire. They’ve picked up their bad musical habits, scoundrel-like musicians, and anachronistically hybridized instruments from dozens of locations and eras that they have visited in their travels and thrown them into one riotous dervish of a performance. The band is scheduled to perform two 45-minutes sets on Saturday evening, September 17, 2011. In addition to Abney Park, TGNESE plans to host a wide selection of bands and performers, sponsor a Maker’s Contest, conduct panels and workshops and showcase some of the most popular merchants and artists in the industry.
Courtyard Fitchburg is located on the Johnny Appleseed Trail, close to the Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Fitchburg MA. The hotel features dining options, a water park and a full expo center. A group rate for TGNESE will be available at a rate of $109 per night for a single and $119 a night for a double. Courtyard Fitchburg is also offering discount water park tickets at a rate of $40 for 4 people with hotel reservation that weekend only.
Registration for weekend admission to TGNESE will begin Monday, December 6, 2010. The early bird weekend rate will be $45 and the rate will be available until January 31, 2011. The weekend rate includes admission to the Abney Park concert on Saturday evening.
For more information as they become avilable or to register to attend The Great New England Steampunk Exhibition, visit http://www.thegreatnewenglandsteampunkexhibition.com/.
James von Hegner received his doctorate in Anthropology from Binghamton University in 1979. As a lecturer in Anthropology with a knowledge of computers, he quickly became established as an IT consultant in the human / computer interface, designing systems that were user friendly and intuitive to understand. Shortly after graduation he attended his first fan convention as part of a proposed research project. He was hooked. Since then he has volunteered to help run, and eventually plan, various fan conventions and events. Now that he is retired, he has begun to use his time and experience to produce fan events.