Join the Springfield Steampunk Festival planning team

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Steampunk Festival Planning Committee. Photo provided.

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – The Steampunk Society of Vermont, a federally recognized, Springfield-based nonprofit organization, wants to add to its festival planning team. The nonprofit has coordinated the Springfield Vermont Steampunk Festival since 2015. Planning the festival is an adventure since the society rotates the theme each year to keep things new and exciting. Festival proceeds generate educational scholarships for Springfield High School students. The 2019 festival planning process has begun and this year’s festival coordinator, Madison Moreau, is looking to add enthusiastic board members and volunteers to bring her 2019 management team to full strength.

Those interested in getting involved could be Steampunk experts, passionate about melding the Victorian era with more modern or futuristic elements, or simply creative, community-minded individuals. This year, the festival crew is looking for help with managing the following areas: volunteer recruitment and scheduling, security, parking, facility operations, workshop coordination, and vendor management. Beyond these key managerial roles, volunteers are needed to work four-hour shifts during the actual weekend of the festival, which earns them a weekend pass.

The 2019 Springfield Vermont Steampunk Festival will once again take place at the Hartness House, a historic Springfield, Vt. Victorian inn. The festival will take place Sept. 21, 2019. The theme is “The Kraken,” which will inspire amazing activities, workshops, entertainment, and of course Steampunk costumes and props made by creative festivalgoers and volunteer staff.

On April 6, 2019, the Steampunk Society is hosting an exciting fundraiser to prepare for the fall festival. The group will host an ’80s and ’90s cartoon-themed cosplay ball, called “Cartoon Cosplay Rewind,” at the Hartness House Inn in Springfield. This event will feature dancing, themed activities and games, amazing costumes, a cash bar, and fun overnight packages for those electing to stay at the Hartness House. For more information, search for the event on www.eventbrite.com.

To learn more about the festival, the nonprofit organization, or other events like the cosplay ball, follow the Springfield VT Steampunk Festival on Facebook. Those interested in volunteering to become a manager or to join the board of directors or the festival planning team, may contact the group at vtsteampunksociety@gmail.com or send a message through Facebook.

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