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2011 Columbia Heritage Festival

September 17, 2011 – The Luftsturm invaded the Columbia, Missouri Heritage Festival. We wandered the grassy lanes, admired the pioneer-era furs and jewelry, petted the goats, snacked on chicken, schlorped through mud, and generally did our thing.

L-R: Unknown, Sophie, Pippin, Lady Jade

And the Captain was pleased.


2011 Kansas City Steampunk Social

JULY 16, 2011 – We landed the Airship Luftsturm at a tavern in Kansas City, called Davies Uptown Ramblers. There we met many individuals across the multiverse. We then found ourselves sharing drinks and tales from all sorts of interesting individuals, from gentlemen and gentleladys, Clockwork Cyborgs, and inventors of many levels of madness. We made new alliances with a few fledgling airships and other individuals of various character. They had live acts, from musicians to burlesque dancers.

Kansas City Steampunk Social

Steelman, Unknown, Z, Judge, Pippin, Gunny

Near the end of the evening they wanted to contest the best-dressed traveler at the event. Z, Judge, and myself entered with many others, and in the end the crowd decided that Judge was indeed the best-dressed gentleman of the evening. Judge grumbled about being paraded around on display, but his attitude changed when they presented him a cash reward. We successfully returned to home dock, and now we rest and prepare for the next adventure for the crew of the might Airship Luftsturm.

On a further note, I wish to thank G.E. Bailey for being a most gracious host, and hope to join together in other social events in Kansas City, as well with the rest of the Show-me Squadron territory.

–Captain von Steelman

2011 Worldwide Steampunk Day

July 10, 2011 – Airship Luftsturm, based out of Columbia MO, celebrated the Worldwide Steampunk “strut your stuff” Day by engaging in several festivities to help spread awareness of the genre and purpose of this holiday.

L-R: Back row: Z, Mad Alchemist, Steelman, Lady Jade. / Front row: Unknown, Sally Asher

Donning their best steampunk gear (that could be worn on a 100ºF day), the crew set out in the downtown area of Columbia, walking down the streets strutting their stuff. The crew also attended a performance of “The Complete Works of Shakespeare – Abridged” put on by 5th Wall Productions. Thereafter, the crew invaded the local Golden Corral, a buffet style restaurant.

The crew met many friendly members of the public, introducing them to what Steampunk is, and information on the local airship crew.

For more photos of our adventure, check out our
Facebook album.

2011 Steampunk/Pirate Fest

June 10, 2011 – The Mighty Airship Luftsturm made its debut at the Steampunk/Pirate Festival at Boster Castle in Kingdom City, MO. The airship was made a time machine, and the crew of the Luftsturm landed amidst a festival of pirates.

The crew greeted travelers and wanderers, warning them of the pirates lurking about and making an oath to protect the visitors from any pirate mayhem. They openly invited anyone interested to inspect the crash-landed time machine.

Captain Ludwig von Steelmann continuously invented new and strange devices in his sleep, while the broken Navigator tried to put the ship back on course. First Officer Judge and Gunnery Master McManus were the hired gun-hands, making sure there was no plundering of the ship.

L-R: Aura, Judge, Gunny, Steelman, Layla