Monday, August 28, 2017
There is a certain type of festivals that are scary or creepy. This festival is one of them. As I walk down the dark street, with only the street lamps as a source of lamp, I can't help but in awe because scary places, in my opinion, are awesome. I stopped by a few stores. I checked the items out. They are pretty good items. I didn't buy anything, and even if I want to buy something from this festival, it's too late. Yesterday was the festival's last day.
What am I talking about, you ask. I'm talking about the Lovecraft Festival. It's a big place with streets that look like they came from London or a city in England. It's remarkable by walking down the street with interesting stores. What made it scary is that the city is dark and the street is lighted up by the street lamps. The street lamps look like they were made in England. Another hint that maybe the Festival is in English taste. Even so, I love the English things, and that's another reason for me to love the Festival.
I continued down the street, stopping by each store. Each store is interesting. They have their items. It's like their items have their own stories to tell. One store had very interesting dresses. If it wasn't for the colors the designer had chosen, I'd say the dresses are Victorian. Now I'm not so sure. To come think of it, if I could, I would buy it. But now, it's too late.
There are so many different types of stores that one might be interested in. For an example, there's "Lilith's Den." I'm not sure what that is about, but it's still interesting, regardless of what's happening in the store. Another store caught my interest. The name of the store is "%" and it appears to be selling sea life. It looks like octopuses floating around in tall small boxes. It's very interesting. Another interesting store I stopped by would be Dark Passions. It's a store that has facial things like appliers. It is really interesting.
Down the street, at the end, is a theater. The name of the theater is, "The Regent Theatre". I didn't go in but now, I regret not doing it.
The place is so interesting that I could have bought something. I didn't and now, I regret it because this Festival just had the last day yesterday on August 26.
Yes, it's scary and creepy, but if Lovecraft Festival is still around, I would definitely have recommend it to anyone who is curious enough to check out the place.
Coral Moon (128/128/3001)
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From August 17 to 27, the annual Lovecraft Festival took place in Second Life. The event is set up to honor the classic horror novelist H.P. Lovecraft, best known for his "Cthulhu mythos" stories. He pioneered a style of horror in which life as we know it is a thin shell over a reality so strange and alien, dominated by monstrous deities indifferent or hostile to humanity, the human mind cannot contemplate it without going insane. Even if one hasn't read his works, they've probably heard of him or Cthulhu, or possibly read stories, listened to music, or played games inspired by his works.
I had heard of another sim to go to, Innsmouth, named for the fictional town in Massachusetts at least one of his stories takes place in. Dropping in, I found myself in a trail in the middle of some dark and spooky woods. One way led to a portal to a visitor's center high above the sim. The other way led into the woods. And the following message popped up:
Going further, I came across a sign warning that the town had been quarantined, "Region under Quarantine until further notice! The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health in cooperation with the United States Department of War have declared the town of Innsmouth and surrounding area a Quarantine Zone. ..." Up ahead was an abandoned town, obscured by the mist and the dim light.
Kingsport Campus: A marine research team recently returned from a remote ocean site, bringing live specimens and images taken by a dive team. You have opportunity to sign on for the second trip, to be equipped with diving gear and continue the exploration begun by the previous team. (Be sure to collect and 'wear/replace' the deep sea diving outfit to be found on-ship at the dive site. And search for collectible 'hunt items' hidden along the sea floor. We hope you enjoy this little oceanic adventure!)
While walking around, I found a few freebies. I never did find a way out of my situation other than teleporting out. I was unable to teleport back to the dock or the entrance to Coral Moon.
The festival is over, but when I last checked the two sims involved were still up. So if you're a Lovecraft fan, can't wait for Halloween, or looking for something out of the ordinary, go ahead and check out them out. Check out the event blog at https://lovefest.wordpress.com/ for more information.
Coral Moon (128/128/3001)
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
By Gemma Cleanslate
I spent another enchanted afternoon at one of my favorite theaters, The Royal Opera House. It is the Musical, Notre Dame de Paris, based on the novel of Victor Hugo. This show was directed by Ina Carpaccio. Just arriving at the theater makes me feel grand and I always choose a gown that will sit well at the theater.
The setting is the vastness of Notre Dame Cathedral entrance area. The old man, Clopin narrates the story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, or the bell ringer of Notre Dame as he is also known. He is made out to be an “idiot” and a very ugly man, Quasimodo.
The story was written by Hugo in 1881 as a way of getting more people interested in the gothic architecture which was being neglected. The story was made into a musical in several countries. in the early 1900‘s. There have been several movies depicting the story, including a Disney one in 1996. If you would like to review the whole story before you go to the theater to see this check wikipedia.
The story becomes very convoluted as it progresses, with many misunderstandings. The main issue is everyone is in love with the gypsy Esmerelda. That is the crux of the problem. Deception is everywhere along with misunderstandings that change the course of history in the story.
The presentation of the story here flows from musical pieces and dances one into the other and is most enjoyable. The staging is simple and remains as it is until near the ending. Esmeralda is portrayed by Ina Carpaccio. Andy Loon plays Quasimodo .They both die at the ending of this tragic tale along with Frollo. the Church official who has the decreed the death of Esmeralda.
The show will be presented again but dates are not set yet. Keep an eye out for advertisement. Visit the theater to see the grandeur of not only the building, inside and out, but the surroundings. You will find posters of upcoming shows and dates and view the steps and doors to the Opera House and a map of the building.
Friday, August 4, 2017
By Bixyl Shuftan
On the afternoon of Wednesday July 26, there was a fun event at the Castle, Home, and Garden contest. There would be a "Meet and Greet" with the Lindens. They wouldn't be answering anyone's questions. They would just be there to have a little fun.
Get all your friends, family and join us for an afternoon with The Lindens!
?·2PM to 4PM SLT
?·Dunk Tank 50L a ball to dunk a Linden!
?·Hugg a Linden
Come and spend the afternoon with the Lindens and contribute to fighting back to find that cure for Cancer!
There were a number of Lindens there, such as Tommy Linden in the picture above. "Hmmmm, Tomas is in a cowboy outfit," I observed, "Can we expect a mechanical bull?"
Sid the sugar glider spoke out, "Step closer my friends! Don't be shy. These Lindens have been fed so they wont bite, but they are for you !" Dee commented, "I make no promises of not biting." Someone responded, "Oooh can we bites a Linden?" Keira Linden responded, "You mean I had my teeth sharpened for nothing?" Tommy Linden asked, "Wait, the other Lindens got fed?" Sid then conceeded, "Okay, no promises of no biting, but I have band-aids."
"Invite your Friends, Family, Enemies and all those who would LOVE the opportunity to dunk a Linden! Take on a Linden in the Arena! and or even hug one!"
Dee Linden got in the wrestling ring, which was not made for actual wrestling, but had still poseballs for poses. The lady Linden tried to encourage people to get into fight scenes with her, "Come on gang, I'm wimpy, y'all can take me." But when tiny Sid got in the ring, she didn't seem to know what to do.
"Get your photo taken beating up a Linden! Now you can frame that and put it in your SL Home as proof!!" The poses could make you look like you were beating up a Linden, or getting beaten up by one. I imagine after certain articles I wrote, this is how some Lindens felt like responding.
And there were a couple kissing booths, "Bianca is ready for kisses!!!!!!" But when a certain stinker hopped in, she didn't seem to know what to do, even though skunks and kissing booths are nothing new.
Of the dunking booth, "Let's celebrate our precious Lindens! By drowning them!" when Keira Linden was sitting there, no one could thrown any balls. By the time the sim's permissions had been adjusted, Tommy Linden had taken the seat, and found himself unable to stay on the seat for more than two seconds for a while as he was constantly being knocked into the water. "Does it work now?" Sid asked of the booth. Tommy Linden answered, "Oh it's working all right." "Is Tommy clean enough now?" iSkye Silverweb asked, "maybe needs another dunking or two?"
Tommy Linden then decided to dry off in the wrestling ring, but he was still getting piled on.
Tommy then decided to give the kissing booth a try, " Alright, if this booth ain't safe, I am blaming Sid." Then Sunweaver chieftess Rita Mariner stepped up, "Who's manning the Kissing Booth, I am here to plunder some booty."
But she settled for a few ear rubs.
Mikati Slade, the "baker" of the Second Life Birthday's "Cake Stage" was also there. Here, she prepares to lob a baseball at the dunk tank with Kristen Linden on the seat.
Kikas Babenco, half of the "Kikas and Marmaduke" comedy act, was there too.
Kona Linden was also there.
As was Shanian Linden.
"The Strange Wolf," just being strange around Tommy Linden.
Tommy Linden fiddles with the kissing booth. His efforts would get him cartooned.
Catfight! Rasberrykiss shows a few moves she picked up from the Roman RP.
A hungry dino looks at Kristen Linden's bony avatar.
Not sure what Mikati was doing here.
It was a fun time that afternoon when the Relayers and friends got to have a little fun with the Lindens.