Welcome to the 2nd annual New York City 19th Century Extravaganza! A celebration geared toward people of all ages and interests, the Extravaganza is a three-day expo of historically-oriented events, demonstrations, and performances, all of which highlight aspects of nineteenth-century life in America, with a focus on New York City.
Presented by the New York Nineteenth Century Society (nyncs.org), the goal of the Extravaganza is to create an immersive educational experience. A hand-picked group of renowned historians and passionate artists will share their love of nineteenth-century New York. Featuring historical venues, fashion, photography, arts and entertainment, the Extravaganza will delight both the casual history enthusiast and the most ardent of scholars!
All free or affordably priced events during the three-day weekend are open to the public, either by RSVP or on a first-come, first-served basis. By picking and choosing from our carefully-curated program, you will create a unique historical journey that is tailored to your own personal interests. Please join us in exploring the past of our great metropolis!
You can also choose to join us in dressing up to fit the theme! There are events that welcome you in your finest nineteenth-century attire, whether it’s a historically accurate reproduction wardrobe from the Civil War era, the latest Steampunk-influenced attire, or a unique Victorian-inspired artistic creation of your own design!
On Sunday, April 28th, The Extravaganza culminates in a full-day of picnicking on the lawn of Brooklyn’s Old Stone House & Washington Park. With exhibitions, fashion shows, demonstrations, 19th century martial arts, and music all at your fingertips, it’s a perfect time to bring your friends and a picnic basket, and prepare to have some old-fashioned fun!
Most of the Extravaganza events are free and tickets are not required, but a few require tickets and/or RSVPs in order to keep the participants to a reasonable number so that everyone can fully enjoy the experience.
Please take a moment and check to see if the event(s) you wish to attend have these requirements. If not, just come on by! We do however recommend you show up at least 15 minutes early to any of the lectures, tours, or participatory classes.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND A COMPLETE SCHEDULE GO TO: http://nyncs.wordpress.com/
Here is a sampling of the scheduled events (click on the ones that interest you):
Friday, April 26th
8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. 1880′s Fancy Dress (Masquerade) Ball and Dance Lesson with Susan de Guardiola.
Saturday, April 27th
12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Women’s Fashion at the End of the 19th Century with costume historian Christine Evans.
2:00 p.m.- 3:15 p.m. The History of 3D Photography with director of photography William Klayer (ICG, DGA).
3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. “A Scene At Long Beach: Oscar Wilde and Friends on Vacation, 1882″ with Oscar Wilde historian
and scholar John Cooper.
6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity: A Guided Tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with
fashion historian Katy Werlin.
Sunday, April 28th
12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. - Open Air Figure Drawing
12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. - Old Time Photo Booth presented by R.A. Friedman
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. - Bartitsu: The Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes
1:30 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. - Home brew sampling with the Underground Brewery
1: 45 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. - Model Flying Machine Competition
3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m. - Steampunk, Neo-Victorian, and Lolita Fashion Show
4:15 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.- The Daring Deeds of Tristan!
4:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.- Music of the Working Class with Painless Parker and special guests.
This is an E.O.I. (Event of Interest) meet up. As such it is not planned, organized, or hosted by NY Steampunk-Artists and Enthusiasts who assume no responsibility for its content. (However we really think you would have a great time at it!)