Sunday the 16th was the third anniversary of the Aether Salon, and the first under the direction of Baron Klaus Wulfenbach.
The former Salon structure was destroyed in a mysterious explosion (in the Steamlands, are there any other kinds?), so the site was surrounded by fencing and scaffolding.
A number of past Salon speakers came to share some memories of past events, and all brainstormed about possible topics and speakers.
Miss Ceejay Writer (foreground), Miss Zaida Gearbox and Miss Junie Ginsburg.
Mr. Vic Mornington
Your humble diarist
Master Jimmy Branagh (foreground), with, L-R, Adm. Wildstar Beaumont, Prof. Bodhisatva Paperclip, Mrs. Breezy Carver Fabre, and Lady Stargirl MacBain
Mr. Blackberry Harvey, Miss Solace Fairlady, Miss Darlingmonster Ember, Prof. Paperclip
L-R: Miss Kimika Ying, Miss Jed Dagger, Miss Sera Puchkina, Mr. Jasper Kiergarten, Capt. Red Llewellyn
Sir JJ Drinkwater, Capt. Stereo Nacht
Baron Wulfenbach then announced that the winner of the design contest for the Salon was none other than Mr. Blackberry Harvey, who had developed a model of the site.
Baron Wulfenbach unveils the model of the new Salon design
The new Salon design
Mr. Harvey's design evokes the Globe theater, and contains a fold-down stage and, in a technological marvel, the entire structure rotates. Most amazing! Some discussion was held involving the proper way to light such a venue - gas lamps, Tesla coils, and even mysterious glowing rocks that caused mutations in humans were all considered. The final design decision should be quite interesting.
The next Salon will be Victuals!, with Miss Ceejay Writer, and will be held on Nov. 20.