...as in "forks in the road" or "stick a fork in 'em, they're done," both of which apply to last Sunday's 28th and final Aether Salon under the aegis of founders Viv Trafalgar, Sera Puchkina, Jasper Kiergarten, and the day's principal speaker, Jed Dagger.
Mr. Jasper, Miss Jed, Miss Sera, and Miss Viv, one last time.
Miss Solace Fairlady, Miss Darlingmonster Ember.
Miss Jed talked about the formation of the Salon, some of the work that went on behind the scenes, and some of the not-ready-for-prime-time moments of Salons past
Master Jimmy Branagh, Mr. Vic Mornington, Miss Bookworm Hienrichs, Clockwinder Mosseveno Tenk, and Mr. Linus Lacombe.
Miss Gabrielle Riel, Baron Klaus Wulfenbach.
Although the talk was principally backward-looking, commemorating the more than two years of Salons, Miss Viv did let slip one gratifying tidbit: that Baron Wulfenbach would be playing a role in keeping the Salon going, though the Baron, ever tight-lipped, merely bowed. We all await the Salon's next incarnation.
Miss Ceejay Writer, Mr. Blackberry Harvey.
Mr. Sherlock Holmes, Mrs. Breezy Carver-Fabre, Mr. Simeon Beresford, and Miss Ceejay Writer.
Miss Kimika Ying, Dr. John Watson.
Your humble narrator.
Miss Jed, in full rhetorical flourish.
Dr. and Mrs. Rafael Fabre.
Miss Krystine Qwuinn and Winterfell's Senechelf, Miss Serra Anansi.
After one final craft box from Mr. Jasper - a lovely tea set commemorating the Salon - it was over. Mr. Mornington served as DJ for a post-Salon dance that, alas, I could not make.
I'd like to thank all the founders of the Salon for their hard work in providing the Steamlands with such wonderful speakers. I learned a great deal, and had fun in the process. Who could ask for more?