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Monday, June 17, 2024

Spotlight Feature on Blue Ridge Country- This Place is a Country Song waiting to Happen- Lanai jarrico Reporting...

 


“Hillbilly” music originated in the Southern regions of the United States in the 1920’s and focused on story telling in ballads and dance tunes. In the 40’s this genre gained popularity the term Country Music was adopted; also known as Honky-Tonk, Bluegrass, folk and gospel and crossing over into. The musical instruments commonly played are fiddles, banjos and various types of guitar coupled with line dancing.

 


 In Second Life, Blue Ridge Country is a venue dedicated to Country music and rock.  It is a place where friends and good times are what it’s all about.  Visitors can Rock the Dock on Saturdays with a whole day of rock.  For those that like playing games, there is a Game room, Water horse rezzers and trails to ride on. There are also boat rezzers and an open water area to enjoy as well as Stores to shop.  The SL Enquirer met up with owner Hannock Evergarden to learn more about Blue Ridge Country and what it has to offer Country Fans gridwide.



Interview with Hannock Evergarden


SLE: Hi Hannock, before we get down to the nitty gritty, can you tell us how you discovered Second life and what inspired you to create Blue Ridge Country?


Hannock: I encountered SL almost 11 years ago. It was just a curiosity, and I had no intention of staying long term, but I discovered friends and fun destinations that intrigued me. I found a few fun clubs and from the start I had a fascination with some day starting my own. I had left Sl for a while and found many of the clubs and friends had disappeared. It was during Covid that I found my way back in and looked for a club I could call home. At the time I was not all that familiar with country music but found a love for it along with many new friends. After about a year I became interested in becoming a DJ and absorbed all I could from my favorites.  It was through the help of many close friends that happened to be DJ’s that I learned the ropes and as of 5/22 I performed my first set as a DJ and the rest is history.  I learned a lot about how a club works and eventually became part owner of a well-established country club. After about a year I started toying with the idea of starting my own club.  Lola and myself started from scratch and built a country club based on the Appalachian Mountains on a ¼ region. On September 1 2023, Blue Ridge Country opened with only 3 sets per day for 5 days. We only had 7 DJ’s and 7 Hosts.  Within 2 months we grew to 27 DJ’s and 27 Hosts and with 4 sets per day 7 days per week.  

  On 3/1/24 Blue Ridge Country moved to a whole region with an adjoining sim wide open water area. Blue Ridge continues to grow with hopes of expanding sets from 6AM – 10PM. 



Lanai: Your backstory is impressive. It shows with hard work and the right people in your circle to really manifest your vision into virtual reality!  Every successful venue has a solid team, can you share who makes up your team and what their roles are?


Hannock:  Hannock and Lola Evergarden – owners

                 Ange Blackwell – General Manager

                 Myth Blackwell   - General Manager

                 Rayn Vortex – Day Manager

                 Jessie Demure – Schedule Manager



Lanai: It looks like you have management covered! Country music is gaining popularity amongst the millennials and Gen Z as new talents hit the recording studios and popular singers Like Beyonce coming out with a whole Country Album. What does Country Music mean to you and how do you feel about other artists crossing over to the genre? 


Hannock:  I came from a rock background and knew very little about country music before I became a DJ. I learned quickly from other DJ’s and binged all the popular country songs on my music app and listened to them every day and downloaded everything that appealed to me. I never play a song that I do not like.  Country music has now become my favorite music genre and I get excited finding new songs every day.



Lanai: I like how motivated you are to try new things and really get involved in Country music so quickly. What type of events do you host at BRC?


Hannock: We have future RFL events in the planning stage. We have a racetrack skybox that we will soon be having competitions. Live singers are being approached and we hope to host a live event in the near future. 


SLE: That sounds like fun! Are you currently hiring? If so, what positions are you offering?


Hannock: We are always looking for good energetic DJ’s and Hosts. Many of our sets are covered but we always need cover DJ’s and Hosts as well as hoping to expand our sets in the mornings. 



SLE: Aside from live shows and DJ events, what other activities do you offer at Blue Ridge Country?


Hannock: Blue Ridge country has several stores with owners that would be happy to create something personal for you. We have an open water area with boat rezzers, bumper boats, kayaks, canoes and jet skis. Islands to explore, a huge tree house with several levels, cuddle spots and plenty of scenic photo opportunities. We have a trail that surrounds the region and horse rezzers to take a casual stroll around to see the mountainous sites. There is a beach area where occasional music sets are located. The huge club can accommodate over 100 vips with a massive game room upstairs. 



SLE: it sounds like a little something for everyone.  What group can guests join to stay up to date with your events?


Hannock: Blue Ridge Country, we also have subscribers if you are out of group space. 



SLE:  Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers about BRC?


Hannock: We are a family friendly club where our number one goal is having fun and making friends. Blue Ridge Country will never have a sploder or linden chasers, we prefer genuine folks that enjoy good country music, good friends and a good time. Blue Ridge Country wants to be your club and a place anyone can call home. 



Additional Links:


SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/lohana/113/112/29


Discord: https://discord.com/channels/1132415568000065608/1132415569124130938

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

THE SL ENQUIRER'S EASTER EGG DECORATING CONTEST BEGINS! MARCH 20TH!


 Instructions For the SLE Easter Egg Contest!

1.    Choose from the mesh or prim template in your decorating kit and rename the floating text with your name.  (Edit egg, go to contents, open script, apply name in “ Your Name here”)

2.    Begin decorating your egg. You may add prims to your design. Up to 10 linked prims maximum.


3.    When you are done decorating your egg. Rename your Egg “ SLE Easter Egg- “Your Name”  and Submit to Lanai Jarrico for placement in the contest by March 30th and ask all your friends to come vote for you!


PRIZES:

·       1st Place- A  Spotlight Feature and one month of advertising on The SL Enquirer website or cash prize of 1000L.


·       2nd Place-1 Month Advertising With The SL Enquirer! or 500L cash Prize 


·       3rd Place- Press Release Post (a L$300 value Redeemable for cash for L$ 100)


RULES

Use one of the Easter egg template provided only- Permissions: YES modify,  NO copy,  YES transfer

 

•    No Mega prims/Mesh ok

•    10  prim limit 

•    1 entry per person/couple

•    Must be PG as per Community Standard Guidelines

•    No changing original egg template size

YOU CAN ADD:

   logo advertising

  landmarks

   note cards

  gifts

  touch/ giver script


You can See Previous Contest Entries at the media Center for reference!


All entries will be displayed at the media Center with a voting board.  Teleport your friends to vote for you! Voting will be open to the public once entries are in!

GET YOUR FREE EGG DECORATING KIT HERE:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akamai/212/39/22


Contest Ends April 20th 2024.



Good Luck and Happy Easter!





Saturday, March 16, 2024

HOLIDAY MASCOT SERIES: Interview with a Female Leprechaun 2024- Lanai Jarrico Reporting

 



Before we get into this extra peculiar interview with this year’s St Patrick’s day mascot, I wanted to remind St Patrick’s Day fans what the holiday is really about since it seems to be associated with drinking….heavily.



  St Patricks Day was first officially observed in 1631 when the church put together a feast day honoring St Patrick; the Patron Saint of Ireland.


 Back story time… Did you know St Patrick was kidnapped from Britain and sold into slavery in Ireland when he was 16 years old.  He escaped six years later and vowed to convert Ireland into Christianity and vanquished all snakes from Ireland not that there were any there to begin with. I think it's a metaphor for banishing evil.


 He wasn’t Irish nor was Patrick his real name. It was derived from the word “Patricus' ' in Latin; meaning nobleman or father figure. His real name was Maewyn Succat and he claimed that he deserved being kidnapped because of his lack of faith in God. He also claimed to hear voices and have visions too. Kinda like Joan of Arc. That’s pretty deep ya’ll.




Besides that, green wasn’t his favorite color either. It was blue. But be careful though…. rumor has it, If you don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, you might get pinched by a Leprechaun! 


Let me not even get started on the history of those holiday mascots...they are shoemakers that have some sort of fetish for gold that they hide at the end of a rainbow. If the gold is found, the little imp will grant three wishes.  Shrugs  I don’t know about you but I think it got a bit too Disney for me.


As far as the shamrock is concerned, there’s no evidence St Patrick was a gardener or ever wore a clover...It's a metaphor, a symbol for the holy trinity with the 3 leaves presenting the Father, the son and the holy spirit.


If we wanna throw it out there and keep it real. This holiday was really derived from Pagans,  there was a lot of that witchery going on back then. March 17th was originally Ostara; the spring equinox, celebrating rebirth and the balance of the universe but it got hijacked by another religion. Now it seems to hold no religious value at all.


I’m no historian or religious freak but I know a little somethin’.  I frankly don’t know what is being celebrated today though. It turned into a universal day of  heavy drinking, pub crawls, lots of green and a hangover the next day.


In Second life, the holiday is about venue hopping,music and dancing while double fisting virtual beverages. Our avatar is not responsible for our real person's consumption habits on this day or any other day for that matter.


 I think I like this version of holiday observation best because I can actually interview a leprechaun and not even feel weird about it.


 With that said…


St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner so off I ventured the grid in search of this year’s  little green dude to snatch up and interrogate errrr…. Interview. I went to my old haunt for holiday mascots and didn’t find any leprechauns at an AA meeting…oddly enough.


 I even tried looking for the end of a rainbow and it led me to an LGBTQIA club. I hung out there a bit with great music and friendly peeps,  then decided to go to the next best place…. The Blarney Stone -Irish Pub.



I was a bit hesitant to go inside at first because of past history that I do not care to discuss. Let’s just say it was so worth the SLE police report at the time lol.


Anyway, while ordering up a nice cold Guiness and scanning the place, I noticed what looked like a giant Leprechaun.  She seemed a bit intoxicated while dancing around and somewhat singing the lyrics to a song like a drunken karaoke superstar.


 I dropped my tab and tip on the bar and walked over to her. The first question I wanted to ask was where she shops when she voluntarily slurred out that she was a Leprechaun lookin for a good time. I found it a bit strange being that she was the height of an average avatar and that she was…. what appeared to be a woman…



Thinking to myself, this holiday cannot get any stranger with its constant evolution but decided I’ll interview her. What do I have to lose, except for readers who aren't into this crazy kinda shit.



INTERVIEW WITH JEZEBEL THE LEPRECHAUN


Lanai: Excuse me, I couldn't help but notice you from across the room. I wanted to ask…


Jezebel: Hey beautiful. Come dance with me.


Lanai: Oh thank you for the offer but I wasn’t hitting on you. I just wanted to know where you shop. That is a creative outfit you have on.


Jezebel: Ohh my bad. I’m a Leprechaun.. Well half. My dad is… my mom…she’s an elf. I get my ears from my momma.


Lanai: Who’d you get the height from?


Jezebel: My mother told me to never ask her those types of questions... She was a drunk when I was conceived and barely remembers my dad.


Lanai: Sorry I didn't mean to get all personal.


Jezebel: Not at all. I’ve been trying to get him to take a paternity test but he refused to give up gold in child support.


Lanai: Dang, Sorry to hear all that.  I must say you are the first female leprechaun I’ve met or even heard of.


Jezebel: I get that all the time lol. I wasn’t born this way. With the abundance of acceptance in the SL community, my love of Lady Gaga and excessive amounts of makeup and lashes I am living my true self and loving it. 


Lanai: Well you go girl! Live your best Slife. There is nothing wrong with that!



Jezebel: Thank you! So you're a journalist huh?


Lanai: I’ve been called worse lol. Yes and was out looking for a Leprechaun to interview for St Patrick's day


Jezebel: Well you came to the right place honey. I’ll answer your questions since I’m technically one.


Lanai: *looks at her with a long contemplating stare*


Jezebel: What?



Lanai: This is the first time I'm lost for words. I don’t even know what to ask you.


Jezebel: I understand all that glitters is not gold and all those tacky sayings but you did hit the jackpot lady luck. I’ll be your best interview ever!


Lanai: Ok… So what are your plans for St. Patrick’s Day?


Jezebel: I really didn’t have any plans, I was hoping you could give me some ideas.


Lanai: What’s the point if a leprechaun doesn’t even have plans? I think most avies nowadays just treat it like another day in SL. Others, I suppose visit St. Patty’s Day themed events to take advantage of any contests or sales happening. Other than that, I’m as stumped as you are.



Jezebel: As a leprechaun and unofficial St. Patrick’s Day representative I propose that everyone visit The Blarney Stone Irish Pub. It’s as Irish as it gets in SL. *shrugs* Besides that, name dropping their venue in The SL Enquirer might get me some popularity points with management. I’ve been looking for a job.



Lanai: FFS… Would you happen to know where the Easter Bunny likes to hang out?



Jezebel: Umm. Why am I suddenly feeling used for your next interview project?



Lanai:  Well yeah, thank you for the inspiration. I  wish you luck with your new job if you get it.




Jezebel: Thanks. Sorry gotta run!  my wife just pulled into the driveway, I was supposed to take chicken out of the freezer a couple hours ago to defrost. 


*oops* I’m so embarrassed. I didn’t mean to type that in open chat.



Lanai: *stares in disbelief*






Sometimes you have to admit defeat, even in the writing game. Not all interviews come easy and this one just baffled the hell out of me.


*Cheers* 


 Happy St Patrick's day!




Thursday, March 14, 2024

MARCH 15TH, another batch of UNOFFICIAL HOLIDAYS- Lanai jarrico Reporting...

 


As if I don’t have enough fluff to contribute this week in the news. Today; March 15th, is yet another Unofficial holiday of sorts! Not as many holidays as yesterday but there’s a few I wanted to observe. I have no clue where peeps come up with this shit but here goes…





International Every Girl Wins Day!


Ok Ladies, if you are a working mom then you had your moment yesterday but nowhere on the internet says you can’t observe today too! Go buy a lotto ticket, pick a fight with your significant other, buy new shoes, get a manicure and live your best Life! You are a winner in whatever you decide to do today! I decided to hit Bad Vegas and maybe take my chances at this diner.


Bad Vegas: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ekota/250/197/83




FILL OUR STAPLER DAY


I wish I knew some fun facts about this outrageous unofficial holiday. I picture some office worker all upset because it's the end of the day and they just have to finish up some final paperwork for a meeting in the morning. As they reach for their handy stapler, it’s empty. Everyone else went home for the day and the supply cabinet was locked. They were banned from touching other colleagues' stuff due to a missing lunch from the fridge caught on camera. One more infraction and they will get fired. WELL WTF!!!! would be my choice of words. The organizer of this unofficial holiday must have been pissed.




K-9 VETERANS DAY


Ok now, I can muster up a level of decorum and not make a joke about everything. This day is deserved for all the K-9’s that had a hand in busting a bunch of peeps in the drug game, in particular when weed was illegal, now I’m sure those same peeps don’t care much for this furry officer after serving some time.  Anyways, Congrats and thank you to the K-9 Vets for your service. Spend the day gnawing on your favorite bone, it’s deserved!

Good thing mine is retired!




L. Ron Hubbard Day


OK this guy was a famous science fiction and fantasy writer and today is his birthday. He’s responsible for Scientology. Either you believe in it or you don’t but the dude caught Tom Cruise’s attention and a plethora of other celebrities some of which left the church over some shady shit. Let me stop talking before I have peeps following me around town.



National Coconut Torte Day


What in the actual  EFF is this? The origin of this day is unknown but if I took a stab at the reasoning, it must have been because someone really loved it so much they made it an official holiday or it really sucks and it was a way to keep unannounced visitors away. *shrugs*








National Earmuff Day


How embarrassing! What are we in the third grade or something? Who does this anymore and if parents still strap these things to their kid’s heads and send them off to school, shame on them!  They are contributing to bullying. Just stop. I’m unofficially canceling this unofficial holiday once and for all!




National Good Samaritan Day


I thought long and hard about this one. I celebrate this unofficial holiday every day with the exception of  Friday nights…. It just so happens that today is Friday and I’m about to pick up a bottle of wine after work to ring in the weekend of unadulting and a big fat hangover the next day. I promise I’ll be good on Monday!




National Jewel Day


I’m not sure if I should splurge on a nice piece of jewelry today or just put on every ring in my inventory and walk around SL like I have on a Mr. T start up kit. Some of these holidays make no dang sense…




National No Smoking Day


Ok hold on a second now.. It’s good samaritan day too on a Friday and now we are encouraged to not smoke today… I get it.  Nicotine is bad so this day is to help folks lay off the cigarettes. Noone said anything about weed though… It’s legal in Jersey so right after I hit up the liquor store I’m stopping by the dispensary.



National Open an Umbrella indoors day


Yea EFF that, My grandmother always told me it was bad luck.


Registered Dietician Nutritionist Day


Have an apple and drink plenty of water.




Ken Day


Yes we are talking about Barbie’s on and off again sweet, supportive and loyal boyfriend. Today is his day. I really don’t have anything to say about this. I would find a boyfriend like that to be annoying AF, especially on a Friday night…



Happy March 15th Everyone. Spend the day doing whatever it is you want to do, Tomorrow is another holiday…


Monday, March 11, 2024

Let's celebrate march 12th- Lanai Jarrico Reporting...

 


Today is a reason to Celebrate! Not just because waking up everyday is a reason but did you know there are unofficial holidays today? Some weird and some wacky but hey there’s something for everyone. I got up bright and early to get ready for the long day of festivities.



World against Cyber Censorship Day


Let’s begin with today being the unofficial World against Cyber Censorship Day. It was first observed on March 12, 2008 by reporters without Borders and Amnesty International. 

 Lemme draw some attention to this day and just mention how some governments around the world like to deter and censor free speech online. Shame on them!  If you ain’t out here giving hate speeches and just being a random stupid blogger about nonsense to stir up the masses,  this day is one to observe. If you like to voice opinions and share information in a peaceful and informative manner without all the ugly have a great day and fight for freedom of expression online! Send The SL Enquirer a press release. It's free today!


Submit your press release here! 



Girl Scout Week Kicks off today!


For those of you who were once a Girl Scout or have daughters in the business of sellin those delicious cookies outside of Walmart and Petco, then cheers to you. Celebrate this day if you are a fan of Girl Scouts and buy some cookies and help support their cause!






Plant a Flower Day!


With the weather starting to warm up and Spring just around the corner, now is the time to plant a seed for national Plant a flower day! If you got a medical marijuana card, plant the other kinda flower. 4/20 is Next Month…Just sayin.


Green Society: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Girotte/36/81/39





Lanai workin the pole with no shame



National Working Moms Day


Hey ladies, if you got kids, chores and errands to run, Celebrate today for being a Super mom and throwing a job into your daily routine. Being just a housewife is kinda outdated if you ask me. Handling your business like a boss is something to celebrate!




Equal Pay Day


Pffft. I’m a woman, I’m still waiting on that big fat raise. I’ll celebrate when I get it…






Alfred Hitchcock Day


Ok now this one I’m not too sure about. If you are a fan of vintage nerve-wracking suspense and twisted endings, then bust out your VHS tapes and slap an old Hitchcock movie in your VCR (if you even own one). I mean.. How else would you celebrate this day? Go to an SL movie theater and add popcorn to the mix?


SYC Movie Theater: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Coral%20Yellow/176/138/23




World Glaucoma Day


Ok peeps if you have been putting off eye exams and need new glasses, or you can’t see for shit without them (like me) why not make an appointment? Ask your ophthalmologist if they are giving discounts for Glaucoma Day… Worth given it a shot *shrugs*


Deep Static Eyewear: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SeraphimSL/126/203/22




National Organize your office day


If you been meaning to clear your desk of random paper stacks, used post it notes and an assortment of other messes like a 4 day old coffee mug with a sip left in it, take the time today to do one clean swipe into the trash bin nearby and get it done and over with.


The Office: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Surreale/169/223/3003




Brain Injury Awareness Month.


 If you have ever been asked by a parent or friend “What the hell is wrong with you?”, you may be a candidate to celebrate this day, otherwise call someone who has or had brain trauma and just let them know you are thinking about them. I know when I got out of a coma it made me feel good when peeps asked how I was doing.  There’s a cool educational sim in Second life you can also visit to learn more about Brain health. 


WBH ( Whole brain health) Check it out here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Inspiration%20Island/133/31/26






Adopt-a-rescued-Guinea Pig Month


 March is the unofficial  Adopt-a-rescued-Guinea Pig Month.  FFS...Nuff said.


Aeon Pets: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fama/42/78/1001


So there you have it, a fun filled day of shit to do for March 12th!


 
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