There is something important to know about western PA (and keep in mind, this is a generalization of the majority of the population)- western PA is not exactly avant-garde regarding subcultures and alternative lifestyles, especially outside the city of Pittsburgh. In an area where the local sports teams (the Steelers, the Penguins) are worshiped by most of the fanbase and sports jerseys and jeans are considered a fashion statement. There are no goth/alternative culture clubs, few alternative clothing stores other than Hot Topic, and this city's underground music scene is virtually nonexistent.
So if you're looking for an active alternative scene, it is going to be difficult to find. There is a lot of digging for information about local stores that cater to goth and alternative cultures as well as those actively trying to socialize together, and a lot of begging of local venues to host a goth or alternative night.
"Alternative" also includes steampunk, industrial, and other strange interests.
|image source: Airship Pirate Days|
That's why I am rather in disbelief to discover that there is, in fact, a Pittsburgh Area Steampunk Pirate Convention in Washington, PA on November 24-25. What's more remarkable is, as far as I can tell, no one from the Steel City Steam Society, our Pittsburgh steampunk group, seems to be a part of it or know anything about it.
So the site for this event looks worse than the worst that Geocities had to offer. The important thing is some soul out these is organizing an Airship Pirate event just miles away from our Steel City, for only $8 for an adult ticket.
At worst it's the most boring, directionless convention in the history of the world that still provides me with the opportunity to meet other steampunkers. At least it only cost me $8 and gas to go. At best it's a pleasant surprise of a promising convention where I don't have to travel extensively to visit.
And hey, I'll be in the Pittsburgh area this Thanksgiving, so it can't hurt.
Crappy website aside, if you're in the area please check it out. If not, I'll provide a report afterwards. Who knows? If it seems promising enough, mayhaps the SCSS can help out next year!