A Hot Steampunk Festival in Dexter, Maine

On Saturday, Clif and I took our awning and our books to the Steampunk Festival in Dexter, Maine. The word hot is in the title of this post, and I mean it quite literally. By mid-afternoon, the temperature was 87Β°F, and not to put too fine a point on it, but we were all a little on the warm side, especially as the humidity was in the same range.

No matter! We sold a good number of books, met some creative people, and even had a couple of dog buddies visit us.

Here are some scenes from the festival.

Visitors were greeted by this fellow. (Is it me, or is he just a teeny-weensy bit scary? As in, don’t get on his bad side.)

In kilt and costume is Darin Beaulieu, one of the organizers of the festival.

Then there were the pirates, an important part of any event.

But best of all were the two dog buddies, Arlo and Cedar, who belonged to the family of the vendors right next to us. When we were asked if the dogs could rest in the shade of our awning, what do you think we said?

Arlo, part Bernese Mountain Dog and part St. Bernard


Cedar, dressed for the event

Not surprisingly, Clif’s The Wave of Time and my Maya and the Book of Everything are a good fit for this kind of festival. While our books don’t belong in the Steampunk genre, they are fantasies that feature time travel, and people who are drawn to Steampunk are also drawn to our books.

So when we caught wind of another Steampunk Festival in Kennebunk in August, Clif said, “Let’s go!”

And so we will.



30 thoughts on “A Hot Steampunk Festival in Dexter, Maine”

  1. I’m much more goth and not at all steampunk, but many of the same folks show up at the same conventions. they are usually a very fun crowd. I’m glad you got a chance to meet some nice folks and nice animals, and to help the hot dogs. And yes, that white creature looks pretty tough, even if made from polyester or similar–

  2. It sounds like a fun event Laurie and so lovely you could offer a bit of shade to these sweet dogs under the awning πŸ˜ŽπŸ•πŸ’– xxx

    1. It was one of the highlights of the day to have two dog buddies beside me.

  3. We would vacation in Maine when i was growing up & I always thought it was funny how your “hot” is our “warm.” 100 degrees here today AND humid is a given. : )

  4. Glad it was a success and another is on the horizon. That greeter dog does look a bit menacing. I like your shade buddies better! πŸ˜‰

  5. We will enjoying following you around the country-side going to festivals…and selling books. This is a good mix (and a great distraction after losing your beloved Liam.)

    1. Sure is! I even miss his doggy smell, even though it was sometimes a little stinky. πŸ˜‰

  6. I’m glad you sold well, given how hot and steamy it was–I keep thinking we live in this northeast region to *avoid* this kind for weather and yet it found us anyway!

  7. It sounds like a fun festival and selling the books and having such wonderful company could almost make you forget about the hot weather (for a minute).πŸ™‚ The cold front still hasn’t arrived and I hope the weatherman did not get it wrong again.πŸ™‚

  8. Thank you for your review of our Steam Punk festival this year we had to reschedule do the fact of my wife having a stroke but we have set the date for Labor Day weekend 2019 as she said full steam ahead but hopefully not so hot. lol

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