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Showing posts with label festivities. Show all posts
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Monday, June 29, 2015

SL12B Closes Its Week of Scheduled Events – Moonshade Pastorelli Reporting


SecondLife’s 12th Birthday celebration, SL12B, was a grand tribute to the creativity, passions, perseverance, and strong sense of community of the virtual world’s residents over the years. What’s more, it reflected a positive look to Second Life’s future through its theme:  “What Dreams May Come.”

SL12B’s final day of events, for me, brought back childhood memories of the close of the local county fair—the lights, sounds, and excitement crescendo, then diminish into silence. But for SL12B, the party isn’t truly over. Although the schedule of performances and talks has concluded, residents can visit the 15 regions of 200 exhibits through July 4.
One of the highlights of SL12B on June 28 was the ChangHigh Fireshow of Light, Life, and Love, featuring Melvin Starbrook, Yman Juran, and Jennylinn Capalini. The audience was treated to a stunning combination light show and circus performance—twirling rings, highwire act, balancing balls, elephant riding, all against fire, particles, and a soothing soundtrack.

ChangHigh Fireshow of Light, Life, and Love

Melvin Starbrook walks the highwire

Jennylinn Capalini dances on elevated rings

The resident volunteers, clearly, worked hard to create a spectacular event in celebration of SL’s 12th birthday. So, I decided to turn the tables on them and ask what their favorite events and exhibits were. Two volunteers chose the Welcome Center/train station.  “Walton F. Wainwright (Faust Steamer) did a great job of creating a mood with the dark night and dreamlike quality of his train station,” said Pybar Bu, who served on the SL12B land team and took care of infrastructure. 

According to Wainwright, “The Station is a scene from a personal graphic novel concept about an unnamed journalist seeking out answers to explain the disappearance of a long missing colleague by following the advice from various bar dwellers speaking of an urban legend surrounding an abandoned train station in an alternate roaring ‘20s. Arriving there at midnight as instructed, the journalist encounters the Ghost Train, along with passengers seemingly appearing out of nowhere for boarding. He leaves his bench and follows them to find the conductor for more answers to curb his curiosity.

“The Ghost Train is an entity that transports souls to the world beyond. Upon leaving the old railway hotel hill, patrons will first notice the face of the train, accompanied by orbs of light flowing along the station. These orbs are the spirits ready to board the the Ghost Train:  a machine used to take souls to the unknown...or so the journalist has seen. The overall feeling of the station would be dark, yet, still holds the essence of magic and wonder with the mysterious souls that walk endlessly through the station, the dimly lit lanterns that light the area, and the machine grinning widely -- whose intentions can only be assumed from those who face it.”

“When I was given the theme of the event "What Dreams May Come," I made a project proposal that eventually lead my thoughts to this early story. It held significant personal meaning as a benchmark to pursue my dreams in my youth, as well as conveniently holding a similar theme with what the [Shakespeare] quotation originally meant:  the afterlife.”

The Welcome Center/Train Station
“The other place that really wowed me was ADudeNamed Anthony’s auditorium, which he named the Dreamitarium,” Bu said. “The details throughout the building are plentiful, and the build itself is a marvel of efficiency and style. It even has restrooms!” According to displays, Anthony’s vision was a building “where dreams and ideas are shared.” It was created as an inverted planetarium in which the outside is looking in, such as in a dream. It became a venue for performers and speakers.

The Dreamitarium
The Cake Stage confection for performances and the Pod Tour to shuttle residents around the sims were also noted by volunteers. But Treacle Darlandes, an SL12B hostess, remarked, “Most of all, what strikes me about SL12B is the happy mood, the hard work, and how much people love it and get excited for it.”

Bu further commended the staff of SL12B volunteers. “[They] are the most amazing people in SL. Dedicating their time and talent to inviting the entire Grid over for a huge weeklong birthday party and keeping everyone happy and cheerful is a huge undertaking. I'm hugely grateful for each one of them, and look forward to working with many of them next year too. They built excitement for any event we had this week, at whatever time it occurred, and made sure that all time slots were full.”

So, what’s in store for next year?

“We do always have a different theme each year,” Bu said. “Some of what we plan has a lot to do with what [Linden Lab] has updated or added to our world. For instance, this year we took advantage of materials rendering being more widely used. We also rely heavily on what the exhibitor applications are offering, though this was the first year we proactively asked exhibitors ‘make sure your exhibit is new stuff.’ I think that challenge helped make this year's exhibits as amazing as they are.”

Friday, December 19, 2014

Celebrating the Holiday Season Around the World ~ December

Who says, Christmas and New Year are the only holidays observed this season?
 There are many festivals celebrated widely around the world this December. And Second Life isn’t behind in celebrating them. The following are the list of festivals:

  • ·         Christmas
  • ·         New Year’s Eve
  • ·         Burning the Devil
  • ·         Hogmanay Festival
  • ·         Hot Air Balloon Festival
  • ·         Junkanoo Festival
  • ·         Winterfest Boat Parade
  • ·         Whirling Dervishes Festival
  • ·         Sunburn Festival Goa
  • ·         Hannukah
  • ·         Kwanzaa
  • ·         Klausjagen
  • ·         L’escalade
  • ·         Reveillon

       And many others.

. Well, now that we know a few, I would mention only those few in detail, which have also found its place in Second Life.

It is one of the most popular Christian celebrations in the Western Church as well as in Second Life. This holiday commemorates the birth of Jesus on December 25th. For observers, it is the season of gift giving and sharing a feast with family and friends. Traditions include putting up a Christmas tree, decorating with lights, garland, wreaths and wearing ugly Christmas sweaters. 

There are even classic Christmas Carols and stories shared including the iconic Santa Clause who comes to town giving all the good children gifts while leaving lumps of coal for the naughty.

Be sure to check the SL search for Christmas parties and events happening now until Christmas day. There are too many to name here!

New Year’s Eve
 New Year celebrations begin on December 31st as people around the prepare for a new year as it begins in each time zone. In New York City, the traditional ball is dropped in Times Square witnessed by thousands in the street as  well on television. Many have New Year resolutions to break bad habits from the year prior or to begin a new phase in their lives with the ones they love. At the stroke of midnight, you will normally see parties happening, tons of confetti and music playing as well as many dropping to one knee to ask for their lover’s hand in marriage. This celebration marks a new beginning for all as the New Year begins.
In Second Life, festivities and events will happen all day as the clock strikes midnight across the time zones. If you are observing New Years in Second Life, don’t do it alone. Find a party and ring in 2015 with new and old friends. Looking to do a ball drop at your locations. I find a place where you can buy one along with a firework display!

DeCuir Creations Fireworks

It is a week-long celebration held in the United States and also celebrated in the Western African Diaspora in other nations of the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. According to Karenga, the name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning "first fruits of the harvest". It celebrates the principles, each day dedicated to one principle.

1.    Umoja or Unity is celebrated on the first day to strive for and maintain the unity in the family, community, nation and race.
2.    Kujichagulia or Self Determination is celebrated on the second day to define, name, create for and speak for ourselves.
3.     Ujima or Collective work and Responsibility is celebrated on the third day to build our community together; make our brother’ and sister’ problems our problems and to solve them together.
4.    Ujamaa or Cooperative Economics is celebrated on the fourth day to build and main our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together
5.    Nia or Purpose is celebrated on the fifth to make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
6.    Kuumba or Creativity on the sixth to do as always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited
7.    Imani or Faith on the seventh day to believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
In Second Life: A party at the Gallery, on Friday, December 26th, 2014. Dj Voodoo and Dj Pike would be playing. This is a 4 hour event sponsored by Love Cats. Theme of the event is to wear best African inspired Outfit. The board would be set at L$ 300 plus a L$ 500 gift card for the winner and a L$ 150 gift card for everyone who stops by.

It is also known as Chanukah, the festival of lights is a Jewish holiday. It celebrates and commemorates events that took place over 2300 years ago in the land of Judea, Israel. Antiochus, the Syrian king commanded Jews to worship the Greek Gods, prohibiting them from the practise of their own religious beliefs. One man, Judah Maccabee defied the imperial dictator. He fought against the king along with his brothers for 3 years. The Syrians were driven out of Judea and the Holy Temple in Jerusalem reclaimed. The temple was cleaned and lit. It was dedicated to the N’er Tamid. There was barely enough oil to last a day, however, as if a miracle, the light burnt for 8 days. Since then, Hannukah is commemorated in triumph of faith by lighting candles in the menorah, one candle for each night, the centre one to begin with. It begins on 25th day of Hebrew month of Kislev.

In Second Life: The Grim's Domain Family Realm is presenting an off season Hanukkah special event for Relay for Life at the Chapel of Yeshua. They will be having 8 days of live music, DJ's and open mic for your entertainment to raise funds for Relay For Life. The singers are Emma Maria Bellisim, Gem Sunkiller, Hitomi Rosewood James and others.

Photograph Credits: Group picture

In Second Life:  Olde Lapara Town celebrating Hannukah and Winterfest.

In Second Life: On 19th December, 2014 Dj Cherridwyn would play Christmas tunes, Blues, Hannukah and Yule tunes at Wharf Rat Blues


No matter how you celebrate the holiday season, share it with family and friends while spreading love and peace.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Celebrating Independence Day in Second Life

Pool parties, endless sunshine and fireworks is what Independence Day in the modern day is all about. However, at its original inception and the times prior, Independence Day holds a deeper significance on the timeline of American represents the day that America declared its emancipation from the reign and taxation of the British Isle.

The original thirteen colonies grew weary of having to pay taxes to King George III as a voiceless entity in the British parliament. The colonies convened on June the 11th forming a committee that would pen a document declaring independence from the reign of the British monarchy’s tyranny.

Jefferson and his colleagues drafted numerous copies of the declaration of independence until it was perfect. On July 4th, 1776, the final draft was accepted, declaring the thirteen colonies free of the British monarchy. On the 8th of the same year and month, the declaration was announced to the public at Philadelphia Independence Square. On July 4th of the following year, the day was celebrated with bonfires, music, and reveling. In 1870, July 4th was proclaimed a national holiday in observation of the thirteen colonies gaining their independence.
The tradition of celebration continues to this day with grand scale firework displays in lieu of the bonfires, and the continued reveling with barbecues and picnics.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day in America and in Second Life - Lanai Jarrico Reporting...

Memorial day originated after the American civil war to honor the fallen union soldiers. Since the early 1900’s it has been observed on the last Monday of May in the United States. This is a day of honor and remembrance of all the courageous men and women that have since died in the United States Armed forces. It also marks the beginning of Summer and vacation season. Observers visit cemeteries to deliver flowers and flags, others celebrate with cookouts including fireworks and family reunions.