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a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Springfield Vermont
Steampunk Capital of Vermont

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We would like to acknowledge
past members of the Board:

Sarah Machtey
Daniel Moran
Kimberly Plourde
Robyn Priebe
Matthew Rockwell
Brandy Salo
Jenn Ucci
Bonita Walker
Sarah Machtey

MELODY REED, President & Co-Founder
Melody Reed became board president summer 2018. She first became interested in the steampunk genre while she was Executive Director at Gallery at the VAULT (a VT state craft center in Springfield), and after attending a steampunk exhibit at the Charles River Museum in Waltham, MA in 2010. “I saw so many possibilities for artists; from writers and jewelry artists to sculptors and fashion designers, and of course tinkerers of all sorts, steampunk offered a creative outlet for anyone and everyone. When I met Sabrina Smith, she and I shared a love for all things steampunk. We were encouraged by, then town selectman George McNaughton, to create a festival in Springfield. Once Sabrina agreed to organize it, I jumped in to help and I’m proud to say I was part of the founding of the festival. The rest is history.
After leaving the VAULT I began a modest jewelry business and sell my earrings all over Vermont. I’m on the board at First Universalist Parish of Chester and sing in the choir. I spend my spare time with my husband, children and grandchildren, putter in the garden and pursue other creative endeavors of all kinds at my home at the end of the lane off-the-grid in Chester.   

A native of Springfield, Darlyn has a keen desire to see change for the good taking place in a town she grew up in. After having lived out West for 32 years she returned in 2009 to be with family and friends she grew up with. Art was always in her blood. Having taught art for three years in Claremont, NH and then pursuing a career as a potter, jeweler, gemologist, feathersmith and jewelry sales associate, Steampunk caught her eye while visiting her cousin in Payson Arizona in 2014. Her cousin, also an artist, had a mannequin in her bedroom with a whole Steampunk outfit she had made herself including accessories and Darlyn immediately became enthralled with Steampunk. She immediately saw Springfield as a base for Steampunk. After all, her Dad had been a
traveling engineer for the Fellows Gear Shaper and this was a Gear town, what better setting for Steampunk. Upon seeing the Steampunk sign in a downtown window she was excited to volunteer and somehow become a part of this movement to help bring interesting and creative people to Springfield to help this community grow and change. By the third year of involvement seeing the need to help with sponsorship she became dedicated to letting people know our goal was to become the Steampunk Capital of Vermont and help where she could. When the S.T.E.A.M. scholarship was instituted I think her motto became "keep those gears moving."


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