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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Branwen Arts Presents “Bilbo Baggin’s Birthday” to Benefit Creations for Parkinson’s in SL

Bran, Second Life – The famous literary journeys The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy both began with the character Bilbo Baggins, and parties: one an unexpected dinner party with dwarves, and the second an intentional birthday bash to punctuate Bilbo’s dramatic exit from the Shire.  Virtual Storyteller’s Dubhna Rhiadra and Caledonia Skytower have organized a celebration of “special magnificence” by Shire standards, and invited some of their storytelling friends to join them in raising funds and awareness for the work of Creations for Parkinson’s in Second Life.

The party starts at 11:30 am SLT this Saturday, September 20th at Rhiadra’s Hobbit Home on Bran, and will feature selections from the adventures of J.R.R. Tolkien’s hobbit hero, presented live in voice. (

Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the
classic high fantasy works The HobbitThe Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. After Tolkien's death, his son Christopher published a series of works based on his father's extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion. These, together with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings form a connected body of tales, poems, fictional histories, invented languages, and literary essays about a fantasy world called Arda, and Middle-earth within it. 

While the recent Peter Jackson film epics have added to the enduring popularity of Tolkien’s works, they have always been popular with lovers of fantasy fiction and other creative media minds. In 2008, The Times in London ranked him sixth on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945", Forbes magazine ranked him the 5th top-earning "dead celebrity" in 2009. 

The author’s characters and works are well represented in Second Life and other virtual worlds. Rhiadra and Skytower will be joined by Kayden Oconnell, Corwyn Allen, Luna Branwen, and Aoife Lorefield – all well known actors, poets, writers, and storytellers in the virtual world.

Bilbo Baggin’s Birthday Party at The Hobbit Home on Bran
(Please note that scheduled times are estimates, and the subject to change without notice, because that’s life in the virtual world)

~~ 11:30am - Caledonia SkytowerIntroduction & Dinner with Dwarves
(from “An Unexpected  Party” – THE HOBBIT)
~~ Noon - Kayden OconnellMeet the Trolls
(from “Roast Mutton” – THE HOBBIT)
~~ 12:30pm - Corwyn AllenRiddles in the Dark
(from the Chapter by the same name – THE HOBBIT)
~~ 1:00pm - Kayden OconnellThe House of Beorn
(from “Queer Lodgings” – THE HOBBIT)
~~ 1:30pm - Luna BranwenBilbo Meets Smaug
(from “Inside Information” – THE HOBBIT)
~~ 2:15pm -  Caledonia Skytower A 111th Birthday Party
(from “A Long Expected Party” – THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING)
~~ 3:00pm - Dubhna RhiadraBilbo & Frodo in Rivendell
(from “Many Meetings” ~ THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING)
~~ 3:30pm - AoifeLeaving Middle Earth
(from “The Grey Havens” ~ RETURN OF THE KING)

Creations for Parkinson’s was founded several years ago by Barbie Alchemi and her brother, pursuing a desire to give meaning and purpose to the hours they spent in-world. Their father had died with Parkinson's and their mother, Fran Seranade, was diagnosed shortly there after. To quote Ms. Serenade "I may have Parkinson's, but it does not have me." At 85 years young, she has entered Second Life and is thrilled to see herself running and dancing again. New World Notes featured and article about the benefits Fran has received from being in SL and the medical research she has inspired.

To learn more about Creations for Parkinson’s, visit and view the video featuring their work in Second Life that was part of Draxtor Despres The Drax Files: World Makers series.

All selections will be presented live in voice.  All the performers are volunteers and the sessions are free to all Second Life residents. 

Branwen Arts Cooperative is a group of artists who work singly or together with other artists.  Their home base on Bran provides a stage for performance and a gallery for exhibitions.  Branwen Arts is always looking for artists, visual and performing, who want their work to be seen and appreciated: writers, storytellers, dramatists, visual artists, dancers, musiciansContact Dubhna Rhiadra, Fae Varriale or Safi Farspire



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