Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Teapot Tuesday, Featured Teapot Racer: Potions in Motion

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This week's featured teapot racer is Potions in Motion, a racer built by Stephanie Dunnam and run by Tracy Dunnam.

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Potions in Motion won the ribbon for best design at Renninger Steampunk Industrial Show on Oct. 15, 2016. The judges had some disagreement about the winner of this award, but two factors led to this racer being chosen the winner.
1. Two out of three games of "Rock, Paper, Scissors" and
2. One judge's love of purple.

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The Dunnams also took home the medal for fastest course completion and no other racer even came close to their time of 1 minute, 5 seconds.

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The bribing of the judges:

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Preparing to race:

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Stephanie and Tracy did not receive a single deduction and were given extra points for showmanship.


Sunday, October 23, 2016


Tonight, Blaze and I attended a show called, Nightfire. It was ethnic dances, live music, and fire dancing at Lake Anita. I have driven past Lake Anita many times without realizing it was there, but it turns out to be a nice performance space with terraced walls for seating.

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Before the show began: Blaze entertaining himself with dry pieces of ornamental grass, trying to get me to choose the short straw.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Renninger's Steampunk Industrial Show

This past weekend was Renninger's Steampunk Industrial Show (Oct. 15 and 16).
This is a free event that happens twice a year.
Here are some of the things we saw:
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The steampunk ice cream truck:
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Each serving of ice cream was made-to-order using liquid nitrogen.

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This was the "Steampunk Special", chocolate ice cream, brandy soaked cherries, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream:
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Eating ice cream while watching Clockwork Knotwork.

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Lots of vendors:
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Amazing costumes:
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A couple vintage cars on display, including this:
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Pouring rain on Saturday afternoon:
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Talented, live performers:

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The Cog is Dead lured the crowds back to the stage between rain showers.

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And, of course, Splendid Teapot Racing:

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Crafty Crow