What is ‘Salon’? According to Dictionary.com it is:
salon [suh-lon; Fr. sa-lawn]
1. a drawing room or reception room in a large house.
2. an assembly of guests in such a room, especially an assembly, common during the 17th and 18th centuries, consisting of the leaders in society, art, politics, etc.
3. a hall or place used for the exhibition of works of art.
4. a shop, business, or department of a store offering a specific product or service, especially one catering to a fashionable clientele: a dress salon; a hair salon.
5. ( initial capital letter ) (in France) a. the Salon, an annual exhibition of works of art by living artists, originally held at the Salon d’Apollon: it became, during the 19th century, the focal point of artistic controversy and was identified with academicism and official hostility to progress in art. b. a national exhibition of works of art by living artists: Salon des Refusés; Salon des Indépendants.
A Salon gathering, photo by Mr PJ Trenton
We may extract bits and pieces of those definitions to answer an even more burning question: What is ‘the Aether Salon’?
The Aether Salon has, in its illustrious past, attracted speakers from all over the Steamlands to gather on the third Sunday of each month in its iconic building in the City/State of New Babbage. These interesting, talented, or sometimes simply lunatical speakers have enthralled and educated rapt audiences for an amazing 28 month run under the original ownership. The final ‘first edition’ Salon in August, 2011, ended with the unfortunate destruction of the building in a freak explosion, something quite rare in New Babbage.
Photo of the Salon’s explosion during ‘Forks!’ by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs
But the Aether Salon is returning, now under new management, but quite respectful of the reputation and history of the Aether Salon. Soon, you shall again be able to soak up the knowledge and wisdom of a fresh crop of Salon speakers.
Photo of the Salon’s original management by Miss Bookworm Heinrichs
Or – shall you be amongst the speakers? Think upon it. What is your passion in life? What knowledge do you have to impart? Might your topic be suitable for the Salon? If you are able to put your passion into words, please contact Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander inworld) and describe your chosen topic.
Photo from Lady Eva Bellambi’s presentation of ‘Romance!’ by Mr PJ Trenton
The first ‘second edition’ Salon shall be Sunday, October 16th at 2 pm SLT as is usual; it will be celebrating the Anniversary of the Salon as a whole. All former speakers are requested and urged to attend (please wear your sashes if possible). The unveiling of the model of the new Salon building will also take place, so the first regular speaker of the new season will present in an eyecatching venue on November 20th.
Please join the Aether Salon group, free of charge, for notices of upcoming sittings.
Klaus Wulfenbach, Baron
Manager, Æther Salon
Photo of Frau Annechen Lowey and Baron Klaus Wulfenbach by Mr PJ Trenton
A postscript from Ceejay Writer,the Deputy Editor of The Primgraph and Prim Perfect magazines.
We are very proud that many of the past Salon speakers have been our own writers, photographers, and staff.
Amongst our Prim Perfect team, we have been represented by Miss Jedburgh30 Dagger, Miss Beq Janus, Miss Ceejay Writer, Miss Saffia Widdershins, Mr PJ Trenton, Miss Rowan Derryth, Mr Linus Lacombe, and Lady Eva Bellambi.
Additionally, from The Primgraph, speakers have included Miss Bookworm Heinrichs, Mr JJ Drinkwater, Miss Riven Homewood and Miss Elegia Underwood.
Photo of Miss Bookworm Heinrichs and Doctor Obolensky during ‘Heroines!’ by Mr PJ Trenton