After looking at all of the available information, as well as looking at other considerations, we have no other option than to cancel Steampunk Industrial Revolution 2013. Anyone who pre- registered will be refunded their pre-registration fee.
SIR was originally founded to bring people in the Steampunk Community together, especially those who were looking for a smaller, more intimate gathering of like-minded people. Since our founding in 2011 we have enjoyed watching our convention grow with wonderfully creative people and we are saddened by the decision to end that journey. We do not do this without a week of discussions, debates and deliberative research and we hope you will understand the need for our decision. Currently emotions are running high. We understand your positions, and hope you will respect ours. We found ourselves in the middle of events that were outside our perview and we are not equipped to handle, and never should have been asked to put ourselves into that situation.
SIR has always been a labor of love, not one of profit. Currently the community is splintered and fighting, and some of our most valuable staff and performers have turned on each other. There are deep wounds in the Steampunk community, and those wounds need to heal. We do not want to provide a space where those wounds, grudges, misunderstandings and differences in view can foster and further segment the community we love.
We would like to further extend our thanks to all those who have supported us and this convention over the past three years. We would also like to extend our appreciation to the Holiday Inn in Nashua for treating us kindly and having such a fantastic environment. We especially want to extend our deepest thanks to the performers, staff and vendors that have helped build our convention for the past two years. We will never forget what you have done and we wish you lots of love and luck in your future endeavors.
If you have any additional questions, please direct them to email@example.com. Additionally, if you have booked a hotel room on your own, whether it be a normal guest room or a vendor room you will need to call the hotel to cancel that reservation.