The Belle of the (Steampunk) Ball

We had a wonderful time at the Grand Victorian Masquerade Ball last night, hosted by Circle City Aerodrome. In character as Madame Belle (proprietress of Belle’s House, the last word in hospitality at the CCA), I was the mistress of ceremonies. And what a ball it was.

We had dignitaries, dancing, card tables, photo booths, and a face painter. And we had murder and mayhem as well!

Throughout the evening, I was—of course—the belle of the ball and the ho of the hoedown.

Preparing for the Ball. Photo by Matthew Mayer (taken at the Benjamin Harrsion Home).

Preparing for the Ball. Photo by Matthew Mayer (taken at the Morris Butler House).

Celeste leads the Steampunk dance lessons. Photo by Brenda Havens.

Celeste leads the Steampunk dance lessons. Photo by Brenda Havens.

Guests to the ball in their finest Steampunk attire. Photo by Paul F. P. Pogue of Stargrave Luminography.

Guests to the ball came in their finest Steampunk attire. Photo by Paul F. P. Pogue of Stargrave Luminography.

Madame Belle and Dr. Blacktongue, High Poobah of the Fraternal Order of the Clockwork Giraffe. Photo by Paul F. P. Pogue of Stargrave Luminography.

Madame Belle and Dr. Blacktongue, Grand High Poobah of the Fraternal Order of the Clockwork Giraffe. Photo by Brenda Havens.

The Widow Rosemary Millport, Chair of the Ball, and Cmdr. Sophia Blackburn cut a rug. Photo by Paul F. P. Pogue of Stargrave Luminography.

The Widow Rosemary Millport, Chair of the Ball, and Cmdr. Sophia Blackburn cut a rug. Photo by Paul F. P. Pogue of Stargrave Luminography.

Gentleman Jack and his valet max. Both of them are shady characters. Photo by Brenda Havens.

Gentleman Jack and his valet Max. Both of them are shady characters. Photo by Brenda Havens.

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Foxy Lady and Moth Woman in their best steampunk attire. Photo by Brenda Havens.

Dr. Hal Dane, Head of the CCA Boffin Corps (he goes through science interns at an alarming rate), and the lovely Mdme. Julie. Photo by Brenda Havens.

Dr. Hal Dane, Head of the CCA Boffin Corps (he goes through science interns at an alarming rate), and the lovely Mdme. Julie. Photo by Brenda Havens.

Katie Angel, Kat Alyst, and Madame Belle on the dance floor. Photo by Paul F. P. Pogue of Stargrave Luminography.

Katie Angel, Kat Alyst, and Madame Belle on the dance floor. Photo by Paul F. P. Pogue of Stargrave Luminography.

Our Mistress of the Turntables, DJ Empress Alyda. Photo by Paul F. P. Pogue of Stargrave Luminography.

Our Mistress of the Turntables, DJ Empress Alyda. Photo by Paul F. P. Pogue of Stargrave Luminography.

Murder! Gentleman Jack, Dr. Blacktongue, and Professor Ossicone attempt to revive poor Stuart. Photo by Brenda Havens.

Murder! Gentleman Jack, Dr. Blacktongue, and Professor Ossicone attempt to revive poor Stuart. Photo by Matthew Mayer.

The (Clockwork?) Slide. Photo by Brenda Havens.

The (Clockwork?) Slide. Photo by Brenda Havens.

Two of Belle's ladies, Ricki and Maggie, as well as poor, lost Eveline. Photo by Paul F. P. Pogue of Stargrave Luminography.

Two of Belle’s ladies, Ricki and Maggie, as well as poor, lost Eveline. Photo by Paul F. P. Pogue of Stargrave Luminography.

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The Inspector suspects valet Max based on their shared history. Prof. Ossicone and Dr. Blacktongue of the F.O.C.G. look on. Photo by Brenda Havens.

The Inspector leads away suspected murderer Layla Sedusciant. Photo by Paul F. P. Pogue of Stargrave Luminography.

The Inspector leads away suspected murderer Layla Sedusciant. Photo by Paul F. P. Pogue of Stargrave Luminography.

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2 thoughts on “The Belle of the (Steampunk) Ball

  1. Susan Masek

    It was an abosolutely DIVINE evening, thank you so very much! 🙂

  2. Erin Riddle

    Well we had to do something! No one was really dancing. Had a wonderful time! Thank you for sharing these pictures!!

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