Archive for the ‘Old-Timey’ Category

A Pox on Tom Dooley


Hang down your head, Tom Dooley

Hang down your head and cry

Hang down your head, Tom Dooley

Poor boy, you’re bound to die

In the American murder ballad “Tom Dooley,” Tom’s hanging head takes on a different connotation when …

Build a Diddley Bow


It’s not difficult to build a diddley bow, or one-stringed guitar. I saw a video of Jack Black making and playing one and thought, “I want to do that!”

Here are the materials, most of which I picked up at …

Lockport’s Great Midwestern Ballyhoo



Lockport’s Great Midwestern Ballyhoo, their Summer Art Series, wraps up their third annual Steampunk Weekend on September 24th and 25th, 2016. There will be a music fest, high tea, popup shopping and a scavenger hunt.

The music fest features …

A Weekend to Remember!



The dance card for the weekend segueing July into August 2015 is booking up quickly! Just look at the itinerary of things to do.

Eli August

Thursday July 30: Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings play Martyr’s with Spears & Gears and …

Mid-July Mirth



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Heavens to Betsy! Have I failed to mention the games and activities that are available at the July Steampunk Tea Party?

The Geek Bar offers game rentals. There are $1 dice games, $1 card games and $2 board …

African Steam Safari via Luxury Train


141106161010-rovos-rail-steam-safari-horizontal-galleryThere’s hardly anything more old-timey than booking a cabin and enjoying the journey of an old steam train. All aboard to Africa for Rovos Rail’s luxury steam excursions! Traverse throughout the continent on your own personal safari, but leave your …

A Victorian Mansion Christmas



Silver and gold means so much more when I see silver and gold decorations in 19th century Gilded Age mansions. Fortunately, the Chicago area has several of these architectural representations with holiday events.

Downtown, the Dreihaus Museum (40 E …

Q Brothers for the Gentleman’s Face


Beard chart

A gentleman’s face requires maintenance. The clean-shaven have a daily razor regimen. The mustachioed man who follows the Chap Manifesto dictum, “Thou shalt always cultivate interesting facial hair,” needs waxes. The contemporary “lumbersexual” keeps up appearances with beard oil. Chicago …

Steampunk Day at the Field Museum


fb-banner-01 Steampunk Chicago is pleased to present in partnership with Chicago’s Field Museum Magic of the Midway, celebrating their 1893 World’s Fair exhibit!

Calling all steampunks in, around, and beyond Chicago! Come to the The Field Museum for a one

Mecca Flat Blues


MeccaGot the Mecca flat blues and somebody’s goin’ to pay.

Harper’s Magazine called Bronzeville’s Mecca Flats building “The Strangest Place in Chicago.” With a history stretching back to the 1893 World’s Fair, it inspired a 1920s blues classic and poet …