High Desert Steam, a Northern Nevada Steampunk organization based in Reno/Sparks, formed in 2010 to help promote a Steampunk Party and Toy Drive for the Washoe County Charitable event: “Christmas on the Corridor.”
High Desert Steam now produces three annual Steampunk events: a Spring Steampunk Expo; a fall Steampunk Victorian Ball located at the historic Piper’sOpera House in Virginia City; and the December Yule Steam party and charity gift drive, which continues their involvement with several local charities and plans to achieve non-profit status itself in 2015.
Throughout the year, High Desert Steam members also attend local costumed events, send delegations to events in other regions, and maker events. Additionally, their society-like Steam Gathering’s have become wonderful opportunities for outreach. They have also hosted movie nights and have participated in parades such as the “Sparks Hometowne Christmas” parade, where they won best costumed group!
Taking a cue from their sister group, “The Great Basin Costume Society”, costumed attendance at High Desert Steam events is “admired not required.” High Desert Steam encourages participation whether you’re a lifestyler, cosplayer, or any part of the realm in between. Please join us in enjoying a past that never was and a future that could have been!