One of the most exciting things I’ve been seeing is the mainstreaming of Geek Culture. From high schools putting on conventions to other high profile community locations including geek themes, there is no question that being “geeky” is becoming the new cool.
The St. Louis Science Center is the most recent place I’ve found that is supporting geek culture. Every First Friday of the month the Science Center hosts a huge event with different themes.
As I was walking into the event I met a violinist and steampunk enthusiast, Christine. I was thrilled that she recognized my cosplay and we bonded quickly and ended up exploring the event together.
As we began exploring, Christine was filling me in about all things steampunk. She told me about a particular group that she was a big fan of, and sure enough, there they were, standing at a table. We stopped and played a card game with Brass Engine Games (Facebook) it was a lot of fun!
The next thing we did was hit up a vendor’s room. I say “A” vendors room because they were vendors all over the Science Center.
We saw some AMAZING vendors. I loved the intricacies of the boxes made by Chris’s Fine Wood & Laser Engraving (Esty) also, the joke in his Lord of the Rings box is not to be missed.
SteampunkCorsets (Pinterest Instagram Facebook) had some gorgeous work and we chatted for a bit. They are actually producing a swimsuit soon. Alexandra Geektique (Facebook Esty) had some amazing handmade items for incredibly affordable prices. I especially loved all their Doctor Who items.
The Harry Potter fan in be loved the wands and wand pens of Jabberwock Emporium. (Insta Facebook Etsy Twitter Pinterest) It is an Upcycled Vintage Geek Boutique, meaning she makes really cool stuff out of old stuff.
Next we went by the Archon booth to sign up for the Mini Masquerade. But more on that later.
Our next stop was by the Antiquarian Couture table. Upon seeing my Steampunk River Song he pulled out a drawer of Gallifreyan (the language of the Time Lords) jewelry and I immediately fell in love with a piece that translates to “Hello Sweetie”. It was beautiful and fit my costume perfectly. If you follow any of my social media accounts, you can vouch for my enthusiasm.
Christine and I wandered for a while and ended up on the wrong floor. While waiting for the elevator, Christine and I debated who was coming around the corner, the Cybermen or the Daleks. The elevator took so long I finally had to fix it with my sonic.
Last but not least, there was the Mini Masquerade, presented by Archon and MCed by Cosplay Sewing School‘s Ariana (Twitter Instagram YouTube). It was fabulous with a great turnout. One of the cutest little things won the children’s competition. She was very serious and professional, in addition to being absolutely adorable.
Overall, I would say my first First Friday experience was a blast! If you haven’t check it out, you should!
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