Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Steampunk Picnic: Cogs and Roses 3

June 22nd was the third "Cogs and Roses" picnic at the Mequon residence of Chuck Tritt and Julie Ann Hunter. This year's theme was "The Orient Express," noting the 100th anniversary of that fabled train service. The house was decorated with signage appropriate for a station, and Henry Osier, in agent's garb, was manning a ticket window in one of the outbuildings.

Rainy weather held off and it ended up being a lovely day. There was a large turnout of many imaginatively garbed people that made fascinating watching.

Georgie produced a lovely cake, based on an authentic Orient Express promotional poster design.

Steampunk croquet was again a feature, with a significant twist this year. Instead of the past "steeplechase" or obstacle course pattern winding around the grounds, this year's course was laid out in a flat field, with all the wickets in sight of one another. The trick was in figuring out the order in which to play the wickets. Players were given the following instructions:

"Croquet Adventures III: A Journey Through Techno-History

In this course, each of the eighteen wickets is associated with an individual who has made a significant contribution to the technology or culture of the Victorian Era. The various items placed at these wickets are clues to the identity of those individuals--it is thus incumbent upon the participants to correctly associate these items such that the course may be played in the proper order as indicated on the list below.

"To assist in this identification, the year in which the contribution was made is listed after each name. Should a player require further clues, consultation with others is allowed--or in circumstances of dire puzzlement, contact the course master for the disbursement of helpful hints."

The list:

1 Louis Daguerre 1827
2 Dr. George Gatling 1861
3 Nichola Tesla 1886
4 Alfred Nobel 1867
5 Thomas Crapper 1861
6 Louis Pasteur 1886
7 John Erickson 1862
8 George Henry Corliss 1849
9 Elisha Otis 1853
10 John Ambrose Fleming 1901
11 Thomas Alva Edison 1889
12 Moritz Jacobi 1868
13 Robert Heinrich Koch 1892
14 Samuel Colt 1836
15 Guilemo Narconi
16 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1887
17 Dr. Alexander Wood 1853
18 Samuel Morse 1837

The wickets were decorated with (in random order here):

1 high-voltage coil
2 motion picture camera
3 flask labeled in German "bacteria culture in medium"
4 vacuum tube
5 toilet seat
6 hypodermic needle
7 revolving pistol
8 (faux) bundle of dynamite
9 floating naval mine
10 telegraph key
11 spark-gap radio set
12 steam valve and governor
13 (model)Gatling gun
14 model of the USS Monitor
15 magnifying glass and bottle of "7% Solution"
16 lab glassware labeled in French
17 still camera
18 elevator

Can you match them (without recourse to Google)? Some are obvious, but others are quite obscure.

We played croquet, socialized, had cake and sparkling wine, and stayed for a tasty dinner that Chuck and Julie Ann had catered by Scheherazade restaurant, in keeping with the theme.

Everyone seemed to be having a good time--I know we did.

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