Monday, February 17, 2020

FrannyDJ's Mardi Gras Parade

by Gemma Cleanslate

The Krewes of New Orleans are getting ready for all the parades that go from now until Fat Tuesday. That day, Mardi Gras, in French will be the last day of celebration before Lent and the biggest parade takes place that day in many cities in the world. New Orleans is the site of the special Mardi Gras in the USA. There is nothing like it . Frannydj brings that parade into Second Life every year. One of her invites says:


"Grab your Krewe and head on down to the Mardi where FrannyDJ Dean brings the French Quarter to life.

"Be the star of the parade as you glide gown New Orleans famous Bourbon Street on any of the 103 interactive floats with the best of SL's animations and including props to wear in this spectacular parade.

"Visit the Hot Clubs and restaurants on Bourbon Street. Don't miss the thrilling carnival rides. The party never stops here."

Her floats and decorations on the region are outstanding. This year is the 6th year to see and interact with the ground and the flying floats and there are 103! I put on my new outfit , grabbed my crown , my umbrella and put on all  my beads and hurried over. The first thing I did was get a piece of King Cake, a delicious part of the festivities, and then  danced down Bourbon street to hop on the various floats and become part of the parade.

Next I stopped in a shop get a pink daiquiri and danced my way into some of the clubs lining the street. I found some couples dancing in a few of them but most were just dancing in the street so I joined in there.

Hoodoo Voodoo Man (Karmic Aeon) was standing on the street looking like the real voodoo people you pass in the city.

The side streets behind the parade route are lined with builds that might be found on the streets of New Orleans. Take a short walk through the alley. They are charming and peaceful and some are open to walk in. Stop into the Voodoo shop near the theater for freebies!

The Carnival is open and there are loads of games and rides to enjoy so walk through to other side of the lovely park and have some fun there too.

Parties take place on the steamboat during the days leading up to Mardi Gras which falls this year on February 25. Frannydj was up on the deck getting ready. You have until then to visit , party and check out the fun! Join the Fame Group for more information.

Gemma Cleanslate

Friday, February 14, 2020

One Billion Rising

By Gemma Cleanslate

Valentine Day, the day of love I suggest you save a lot of time to visit a much needed event being held all over the world in real-life and here in Second Life again for the 8th year, One Billion Rising

“ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.

Every February, we rise – in hundreds of countries across the world – to show our local communities and the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face.  We rise through dance to express joy and community and and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence. We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.

And we here in Second Life can be part of this global movement.SOLIDARITY! RISE FOR REVOLUTION!

This year, One Billion Rising Revolution is giving sharper focus and visibility to the exploitation of women, and to harnessing even stronger global solidarity to demand an end to violence in all forms.”

The four regions are filled with elegant and thought provoking builds by artists of SL  with that focus on exploitation visible in their visions . The dirt path around the perimeter will take you to all of them. Step inside and  experience the messages in the creations. There will be poetry and prose events during the day , and it will be open and active for  24 hours, beginning at 12am slt this morning . It will continue until 11:59 tonight. I believe the builds will be there for a second look for a day or so more. 2LEI has an extensive build filled with the art of many pieces to view and is always busy .

I took a tour of all the wonderful sites and stopped in at one of the entrances where I found two of the leads, Saffia Widdershins and Kess Crystal still preparing . I passed some of the artists also feverishly at work on their projects. The picture above is the installation of Daark Gothly called Raise the Vibration where you can become part of it by hopping on a dance pad and joining in.

The open areas surrounding the Mainstage are adorned with builds for roaming and exploring the peaceful quiet or listening to poetry and prose events. Take a walk to see all that the leads have put in place for your enjoyment. Check out the new dance that was prepared for this year, 2020. This is the first one that I am not participating in to my chagrin. 

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Thanks to the sponsors of the regions : PrimPerfect, etham,, Lusch Audio, Eclipse Magazine, Sway, Glam Affair, Instituto Espanol, Tableau Vivant, Music Speaks Management, COCO, Ghee, Xi Delta Psi Sorority, Sisters of Mayhem MC.

And many thanks to all the leads and staff that put it all together again..! you can learn much more here on the website  and begin your tour here at an entrance

Gemma Cleanslate

Friday, February 7, 2020

Scenes From Burn2

By Bixyl Shuftan
(contributions from Gemma Cleanslate)

From Friday January 31 to Sunday February 2, the "Winter Burn" took place. A spinoff event of Burn2 that takes place in October, the event is the scene of artistic displays and music events, held in the Burning Man - Deep Hole sim.

 This years theme for the Winter Burn was "Magic."

"Hear ye, hear ye! We welcome our magical friends. For every being who entereth herein shall be seen as magic. There are no bystanders, no mere observers! Ye shall be part of the spectacle on the Playa."

 Between the entrance and the rest of the event was a tunnel with a few crystals.

Most times  there would be a greeter, "Welcome home," who would be near a chest full of freebie gifts.

 Among the items in the freebie package were wearable burn animations, and a mask, which reminded me of the most visible symbol of the Coronavirus outbreak this winter.

There was a display that when clicked would lead to the Burn2 website and social media.

Gemma Cleanslate was there, and took a few pictures of her own.

Gemma would also come across a party on the Main Stage.

My own journey would come across things like this tall giant in the middle of the sim.

"Ho! Ho! Ho!"

Some exhibits, such as "Lepus Welcome You," really were winter-themed.

 I would drop by the main stage myself, seeing a few familiar faces, including dark unicorn Avariel Falcon.

iSkye Silverweb, in a burning tiny avatar.

It was quite a party.

 I would drop by a couple times with friends.

Among the things we would see was a performance by the Lamplighters.

For those who missed the show, don't worry. The Burners will have another festival soon. And of course there's the main event in October.

Bixyl Shuftan

Friday, January 31, 2020

Reader Submitted: American Cancer Society Holds Open House and Ribbon Cutting

By Cynthia Farshore

On Sunday January 26 the Relay For Life of Second life held an Open House and Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the re-opening of the American Cancer Society Campus with a new and much improved sim that was later followed by a special live broadcast of Relay Rap"ACS Day" on T1 Radio. The event started at 12 noon SLT with the open house. The American Cancer Society Campus is a new full estate sim with Information Center, Hope Haven Support Group Building, Events Information building,Catt Gable Memorial Garden,and even an ACS Museum plus more.All is set out in a large open environment and in sections making it easy to go directly to what you are looking for.There is a lot on the sim and you will spend some time covering it all.For a relayer certainly worth it. There were volunteers around to answer questions and give tours.

One of the most touching parts of the campus is the Catt Gable Memorial Garden. It's simple but charming with pictures on easels placed in a square on square multi-layer platforms with just enough plants to add a garden environment. Touching the pictures will give you a note card telling you information about the person. A sign as you enter the memorial garden allows you to place a candle or flowers at the memorial of your choosing that will last for 30 days. If you wish to erect a memorial in honor of a person who has died from cancer contact Zander Greene, ACS Memorial Garden Curator.

 While walking through, I found the picture of Artistic Fimicloud, who was one of the Sunweaver community members we lost to cancer. I took a picture, and afterwards I realized it's like she's looking at me as if saying 'Don't forget me.' And seeing that the old team, the Passionate Redheads, has carried on to become the Sunbeamers. No Fimi, you are not forgotten, and we have not quit the fight.

At 3PM SLT people gathered on the roof of the Hope Haven Building and the Ribbon Cutting began with Stingray Raymaker, who is the American Cancer Society Staff Director for the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life of Second Life performing the ribbon cutting.

 After 30 minutes of small talk and more coming to take a seat the relay staff sat on a stage and T1 Radio personality Trader Whiplash opened the stream.

For around an hour and a half,they spoke about the things to be found in the various buildings including relay tools, banners, lots of info, and personal interaction with caregivers and survivors. They covered what the relay has done over the years in Second Life which has lead up to over one billion Lindens donated! Then the plans and schedule for this year was discussed. There was much to cover since this year everything is much earlier than prior years. Events included the Home and Garden Expo coming in February and the Fantasy Faire coming in April.

For more information concerning the Relay for Life of Second Life check out the web site at -

You listen to Relay Rap on Sundays at 3:30pm SLT during Relay season on these channels.
Inworld Second Life -
On TuneIn App:

Cynthia Farshore

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Wedding at Bellisseria

By Gemma Cleanslate

Bellisseria had its first wedding . It was quite an event. The festivities started at 11 am slt with music for those gathering early. By the start of the ceremony  at 12 at the lovely venue arranged for it there were 65 at the fairgrounds site.

The decor was lovely and arranged so well for such a special day.

The groom is Red Daidig. “True love is not measured in hugs and kisses, but in struggles and fears, and those who can work though those...they possess true love". , he says of his lovely Second Life wife, Ravyen Daidig (Ravyen Woodward). She says of him, ”What can I say."  

But from the Fire, 
Is  born anew. 
A creature beloved,
To stand by you.

They did not say that today but some years ago.  A storybook meeting on the day he decided to leave Second Life if nothing inspired him. However a newbie arrived needing help and so he did. And so it began. A relationship that lasted not only in Second Life, but they married in real life in August 2015. They wanted to be married here in Second Life for a while and finally it has come true for them. They are among their SL friends here and wanted them to be part of their happiness in witnessing their vows.

 Patch Linden officiated at the wedding, telling us their story and reading their vows.

“Do you Red , vow on this day to love and support Ravyen, to grow , to have and  to hold through trials and tribulations, together, forever?”

“Do you Ravyen, vow on this day to love and support Ravyen, to grow, to have and  to hold through trials and tribulations, together, forever?”

The answer was yes from both, of course, and Patch then told them  to seal it with a kiss and they did.
It was a short and sweet and lovely ceremony.

On to the Party! The party went on  for several hours after the ceremony was over.

Patch and Squeaky Mole danced and danced with us all and had a great time!

I am just afraid that Patch will now have to take the second job of officiating all bellisseria weddings. Look out Linden Lab.

To see flickr shots of the wedding check out ZZ Bottom’s page.

image credit: Rebellah Antoinette D'Arcy (Deloreen Resident)

Gemma Cleanslate