This is a FUNDRAISER for a wonderful local charity. 50% of all proceeds will go to ‘HEART TO HOME ADOPTION AGENCY’ and one of their reps will be present at the event, so make sure to check out their table!
Come join us at an amazing ‘Port of Call’ in Lexington Kentucky as we celebrate Valentines Day steampunk style! Safiya Seraphine Lovelace is opening her ‘digs’ for the evening to host an exciting Hootenanny, complete with steampunk inspired performances, music, vendors, tea leaf readings, open dancing with some fancy footwork instruction, a costume contest, and a photo booth to capture those memories worth keeping!
The event is being co-organized by Safiya Seraphine Lovelace, Captain Medea Asherah, she who walks above the sea. (Jennifer Noran), and Karen Pemberton; all members of the local Airship Caduceus.
Follow our posts on social media for up-to-date announcements at: The Victorian Valentine Affair on Facebook
We are located at:
451B Chair Ave.
Lexington, Ky. 40508
The Arabesque studio in downtown Lexington is part school for the serious dance student and teacher, and part show venue for the performance enthusiast. Its eastern edgy vibe complements the arts with a space that’s unique, warm and welcoming. Its ethnically inspired ambiance and decor reflects the diversity of dances and cultures that it represents creating a great space that fits almost any artistic need. The studio is available for CLASS & EVENT RENTAL.
Our evenings event will raise funds to help out a wonderful local nonprofit organization, Heart to Home Adoption Agency.
50% of event proceeds will go to Heart to Home. 🙂
Heart to Home Adoption Agency, LLC (HTH) is a licensed Kentucky adoption agency that provides home studies, post placement visits, adoptive and foster parent education and referrals to other professional agencies to prospective adoptive/foster parents in Kentucky seeking to adopt domestically. We offer face to face meetings to support our adoptive families and our placing parents.
HTH also provides birth parent services such as pregnancy counseling and resource, medical and legal referrals. Heart to Home does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
Schedule of Events
A lineup of the evenings events is in the works!
Safiya Seraphine Lovelace (Safiya Nawaar)
International teacher, performer and mentor Safiya Nawaar, is the owner and artistic director of Arabesque World Dance in Lexington, Kentucky. This beautiful dancer brings the emotions of music to life through creative movement with a powerful yet delicate style, both on the stage and in the classroom. Safiya’s specialties include the traditional and folkloric dances from Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and Persia. As well, she teaches and performs Theatrical, Interpretive, Lyrical, Tribaret, American Cabaret and ITS. Her cosplay and steampunk themed signature styles entertain audiences at Cosplay & Comic Cons and Movement & Music Festivals around the country. You can catch her performances at the Lexington Comic Con, Playthink Festival, Imaginarium, and Cincinnati Comic Con.
Menagerie is a dance and performance group made up of members with a very eclectic dance background ranging from Classical Ballet to Traditional Belly Dance and Jazz to Ballroom. All of the members began training together under the direction of Safiya Nawaar as the belly dance troupe, Hala Alimah. Eventually, their shared interest in Fantasy and Scifi made for an easy segue into a cosplay themed dance style that they perform under the troupe name, Menagerie.
Other performers to be listed soon!
Artist/Creator, Tara Modjeski will be joining us with her amazing collection of Reiki infused wire wrapped stone & feather body adornments and healing herbal body care products.
ReImagined by Luna
Melissa Oesch is an eco-friendly Kentucky artist and the owner/designer of Re-Imagined by Luna, which offers handcrafted, one-of-a-kind journals, sketchbooks and other unique creations from upcycled materials. She grew up on a wooded farm in Eastern Kentucky, spending half of her time playing among the trees and the other half devouring books and filling up journals. She has loved writing in beautiful books since she was young and that grew steadily along with her love for nature, ancient spirituality, and an awareness that writing and creativity can be healing. This is what initially prompted her discovery of bookbinding. She was taught Coptic binding by another student while getting her B.A. in English, and her adventure in bookmaking began. She has been creating books since 2005 and deeply appreciates the meditative quality it offers. She has a love for textures and beautiful and whimsical creations while making very functional and durable pieces. She enjoys the challenge of re-imagining her materials by incorporating reclaimed and recycled textiles. Because she creates with repurposed materials, each piece is unique. She is a member of KY Crafted and of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.
Goggles & Gears Photography
Capture those memories worth keeping with images by Shameless Seamus (aka Ken Farrell) of Goggles & Gears Photography! His Cosplay and Steampunk photography is gaining popularity in the Con circuit and many of his images are splashed all over the Victorian Valentine Affair Event Page. His work is even more well known under the trademark, Arabesque World Dance Photography where his distinct specialty is stage & performance photography. Seamus is the official photographer for The Victorian Valentine Affair.
North Star Muse
Tabitha Dial wants everyone to create their fate. She is a tarot and tea leaf reader in Lexington, KY who reads in support of the Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center of the Bluegrass and as Prof Trelawney for the local Harry Potter Alliance. She is writing a cheese astrology oracle book. Dial is the author of the tea reading workbook called “Creative Divination: Read Tea Leaves and Develop your Personal Code”, useful for any divination tool or creative outlet.
Thomas J. Dudley is the founder and Proprietor of LGG- Laughing Goblin Games Fabrications- He does Custom Leather Work and Fabrication using various materials for costumes, cos-play and for everyday use. LGG uses only vegetable tanned leather for its leather products, which means that no toxins are used in the tanning process and therefore do not find their way into your skin like other forms of cheap industrial leathers can.
LGG does custom orders so if you do not see anything you like you can order something to your liking. LGG has done everything from specialized pouches or bags- to baldrics, gauntlets and shin guards. Some customers want to be outfitted with the complete accessories for an entire costume- this is available for any customer who wishes to place a custom order. LGG specializes in steam punk accessories and does custom hand made steampunk goggles and other accessories as well. You will love the attention to detail on every item- large or small.
Amorina Stone is an artist/belly dance instructor at Arabesque World Dance in Lexington, KY. She started her Etsy/Facebook shop, Amor Array as a way to share her love of creating unique jewelry, scents, and accessories with the public. Her products are eclectic, whimsical and historical in nature, using mostly natural products such as polymer clay, wire and stone, topped off with essential oil blends.
Renmeleon will be bringing her love of paper and Victoriana to our Affair with vintage-inspired, handmade paper goods and toys. Renmeleon is the work of illustrator, author, and designer, Ana Maria Selvaggio. If you are going to be attending the International Steampunk Symposium this year, Renmeleon also designs Victorian calling cards and will be taking pre-orders at our event.
Victorian-style fiction, Antique & Vintage items, and Steampunk & other handcrafted goods.
A number of nice hotels and restaurants are within easy access of the studio.
Here is my first recommended Hotel, very close to the class and show location. The Campbell House is a Four Star Hotel, the accommodations are great and they have very nice suites, so if you are traveling with a group of friends and want to share a room its great for you. (Checking out prices on booking.com they have lower than usual prices available for our weekend if you book ASAP! You can reserve a room and pay nothing now, and cancel later if you find something better, and they do not charge your credit card.
Now…if you are trying to pinch pennies, and/or do not want to share a room, I’d recommend you skip this hotel.
Here is my second recommendation, great reviews and close to both the class and show locations! A bit more affordable, a bit less fancy. Inn on Broadway is a three star hotel…
Check them out HERE
The Springhill Suites Lexington is our third recommendation, midway between the first and second in both cost and accommodations…more suites, so great for groups traveling together, and again….very close to both the class and show locations!
Fourth on our list is the Red Roof Inn, lower rates, less amenities, not as close to class and show locations. I have used this hotel before, for business and visiting friends. It is clean, fairly newly renovated and in a good location….lots of restaurants, shopping, etc close by and its about 10-15 minute drive to the studio.
Fifth recommendation is Guesthouse Inn and Suites Lexington, right off the interstate on the East side of Lexington, pretty much the same info as the Red Roof Inn…except it is within a group if hotels, restaurants and a strip club…lol….but the staff are friendly, the rooms clean, and the place comes well recommended, and is more affordable!
And last, but certainly not least, is the Baymont Inn Lexington…..cheapest on the list, just a few yards away from the Guesthouse Suites…..just a little less fancy, but good reviews and great for penny pinchers;)
About a 10-15 minute drive to downtown where both the classes and show take place.
Average dinner per person:
$ $14 and under
$$ $15 to $30
$$$ $31 to $50
$$$$ More than $50
Alfalfa – 141 East Main Street – 859.253.0014
Brick-walled, art-filled cafe serving Southern & global fare made with local ingredients. ($-$$)
Banana Leaf – 102 West High Street (upstairs in Bombay Bar and Grill) – (859) 252-9595
South Indian staples like dosa, a savory pancake, & Malaysian dishes are served in simple surroundings. ($-$$)
Bourbon n’ Toulouse – 829 Euclid Ave – 859.335.0300
Cajun & Creole specialties (including many vegetarian and gluten-free options) in simple, colorful surroundings. ($-$$)
Charlie Brown’s Restaurant & Lounge – 816 Euclid Ave – 859.269.5701
American. Rustic spot for sandwiches, appetizers & beer in a cozy setting with books, a fireplace & a patio. ($-$$)
Common Grounds Coffee House – 343 East High Street – 859.233.9761
Coffees, specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, chais/teas, International breakfast, sandwhiches, wraps, salads. Vegetarian offerings. ($)
Dudley’s on Short – 259 West Short Street, Suite, 125 – 859.252.1010
American: Along with the cozy dining room, it boasts an outdoor patio, and a great bar. The restaurant serves dinner quite late, a boon to folks with busy schedules. ($-$$)
The Grey Goose – 170 Jefferson Street – 859.233.1500
American: Brunch and dinner. ($-$$)
Gumbo Ya Ya – 1080 South Broadway, #107 – 859.252.9292
Creole. Gumbo, crawfish Creole, jambalaya & beer are dished out at this counter-serve Cajun-Creole spot. Vegetarian friendly. ($)
Joe Bologna’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, Inc – 120 West Maxwell St. – 859.252.4933
Italian: Longtime pizza parlor with a casual vibe housed in a former synagogue with stained-glass windows. ($-$$)
Lexington Diner – 841 Lane Allen Rd – (859) 303-5573
All-American breakfast and lunch made with locally grown ingredients. ($)
The Local Taco – 315 South Limestone – 859.523.3700
An eclectic and unique restaurant serving up Tex-Mex cuisine, the traditions and character of Southern food culture, and distinct flavors of the communities in which it resides. ($-$$)
Magee’s Bakery/Deli – 726 East Main Street – 859.255.9481
Cozy bakery and deli offering breakfast and brunch. ($)
McAlister’s Deli – 836 Euclid Avenue – 859.368.9880
American. Easygoing counter-service chain known for its sandwiches, stuffed baked potatoes & sweet tea. ($)
Mellow Mushroom – 503 South Upper Street – 859.281.6111
American: Funky, art-filled chain pizzeria featuring craft beer, calzones & creative stone-baked pizzas. ($-$$)
Nick Ryan’s Saloon – 157 Jefferson Street – 859.233.7900
American: Lunch and dinner fare from locally sourced ingredients served in an renovated Victorian house with an interesting history.
Oasis Mediterranean Restaurant – 837 Chevy Chase Place – 859.269.6440
Mediterranean. Comfortable go-to plating classic eats, including baba ghanoush & shawarma, with a lunch buffet too. ($$)
Saul Good Restaurant & Pub – 123 North Broadway – 859.252.4663
American cuisine served in a casual setting. ($-$$)
Sav’s West African Grille – 304 S. Limestone Street – 859.369.7287
West-African stews, platters, salads, sides. ($)
Sawyer’s Downtown – 325 West Main Street – 859.281.6022
American: Chili, burger bar & other American classics served in a bright, casual space with neon decorations. ($-$$)
Shakespeare & Co. – 67 West Short Street- 859.367.0413
U.S. outpost of a Dubai-based cafe chain serving an all-day global menu amid Victorian-themed decor. ($-$$)
Stella’s Kentucky Deli – 143 Jefferson Street – 859-255-3354
Local food-oriented brunch & lunch deli, plus end-of-the-week dinner & cocktails, set in a historic house. ($-$$)
Third Street Stuff – 257 North Limestone #1 – 859.255.5301
American. Funky coffeehouse & retail shop offering hot drinks, sandwiches, desserts & a unique gift selection. ($)
Tolly-Ho Restaurants – 606 South Broadway – 859.253.2007
Classic American burgers, sandwiches, breakfast all day . Open 24 hours. ($)
Tomo – 848 East High Street – 859.269.9291
Japanese. Sushi specialist also offers traditional Japanese dishes & cocktails in contemporary quarters. ($$)
The Village Idiot – 307 West Short Street – 859.252.0099
Lexington’s first upscale gastropub serving Local and high-end beer and locally sourced food in an renovated post office from 1825. Dinner and Brunch served. ($$-$$$)
Safiya Seraphine Lovelace
Captain Medea Asherah, she who walks above the sea
The Caduceus is a Medical Frigate operating out of Lexington, Kentucky – crewed by an eclectic collection of steampunk enthusiasts given to flights of fancy, fantasy and fun!
We look forward to expanding our crew – both for the good of the ship and in the interest of meeting new people and making new friends – and will welcome newcomers to our monthly meetings where we discuss all aspects of the steampunk world, have classes on how to make steampunk themed items, and make plans for the annual Symposium in Cincinnati, Ohio where we compete in the Steampunk Olympics! If you like competitions be prepared for some fun games in the Olympics. There will also be live bands, a variety of classes with great presenters, and parties that go throughout the night.
As a member of our crew, you’ll be encouraged to develop a “crew persona” of your very own, and remember, no matter how large the crew may grow, there’s always room for one more!
Check out our Airship link below and join our group if you’d like to learn more! Our group meets monthly as well as attending social events and outings!
Check us out at the AIRSHIP CADUCEUS on Facebook!
*Space IS limited so RSVP by purchasing your tickets !