Saturday, December 31, 2022

Christmas Scenes

By Bixyl Shuftan

Christmas is a big time in Second Life, and much of it we already covered. But some things didn't quite make it yet. At the Wedcot area, Zada Bury and I watched a Disney-style Christmas parade. 

It would be a reoccurring theme at the Sunweaver clubs, such as Cutlass.

 And the Happy Vixen.

 I had some fun at the Christmas Expo. I just wish I had spent a little more time there.

The fun included the ball at the end. 

The sims would remain up for a while. I came across Gil Ottared skating.

At Bay City, there was a boat parade in the middle of the month, followed by a party at the Fairgrounds in North Channel. At one point, people were asked to pose for a picture. 

Sunaswami's party, which I was invited to.

Dancerina invited me over at a party in the PBC skating pond. I showed up as a Christmas mouse, a favorite look of mine in the holiday.

Caledon would have it's own parties.

Nearby Wooburn had one as well.

And Europa Wuffenbach

A week before Christmas on December 18, the Happy Vixen would hold a yearly tradition, the "Twisted Christmas" party with club owner Nydia Tungsten playing a selection of Xmas parody songs from mild to wild to oh-em-gee!

Caledon's Christmas parties would continue that week.

I would take part in the Linden Snowball Fight on the 19th

But took more pictures than my short article would allow.

Throwing whales in a snowball fight?

Dion Mole, trying to get everyone to put down their snowballs and warm up with some hot coco. 

Tuesday the 20th, a party with tines at Caledon.

 Shockwave and Cynthia at the playing of the Caledonian anthem at the end.

Club Zero Gravity would have it's Christmas event on Wednesday the 21st.

Thursday the 22nd might have been "Cute and Fluffy" at the Happy Vixen, but DJ Snowy was sporting an obvious Christmas look.

Thanks to a real-life grinch, the Christmas party at Club Cutlass on Friday the 23rd turned in to a six-hour fundraiser.

On Christmas Eve, Saturday Dec 24, I spent a little time at Safra Nitely's Christmas party.

 Saffra had quite a winter scene around the dance area.

Christmas Day would have a party at Furry Fashion.

And would end the holiday at a party at the Deathlands. While perhaps a post-apocalyptic area isn't exactly what one thinks of as a place to celebrate Christmas, it can happen.

 And so, it was the passing of the Christmas season in Second Life. It was a time for shopping, but also to meet up with friends and have fun. And of course to take a moment for the reason of the season.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, December 24, 2022

A Tour of The Dickens Project

 By Gemma Cleanslate

It is not often I am here to get to a Nonprofit Commons meeting but I had that chance on Friday and was able to attend and also take a field trip for a tour of the Dickens Project. I was thrilled to learn that the much loved project would return this year It is always a thrilling experience to return to Victorian times and dress for that era.

This year there is a change in the entrance. Accept the experience and envelope it all. Victorian dress is not required to visit but is fun to wear if you have some. Just exploring the two regions will give you a feel for the Victorian times if you cannot get to one of the events.

Valibrarian Gregg led the tour explaining how people were able to discern clothing habits of Victorians from careful research. We visited the research center that is located in town when you visit. You can enter the area from the welcome center .

Another day I attended an event in the Opera House where members did a reading of A Christmas Carol.

I tried to get to a tour where A Christmas Carol staves ( chapters) were being read as people moved along to the various shops in town but had a crashing event. There will be more events held at the locations around the Dickens project regions until January 3. I hope to get to some of them. 
This is the calendar of planned events at this time :

I made a stopover to my camp on Yosemite to enjoy the falling snow there. The whole region is full of snow and ice. All the waters have been frozen so skating everywhere is a pleasure. The horses don’t mind the snow so you can take a horseback ride to see everyone’s decorations.

Last week we had a gathering at the visitor’s center to enjoy a rocking chair party with delicious Irish coffee and chat with neighbors. Jadin Emerald hosted and supplied the food.

Stop by the visitor center and collect a visitor tp hud to visit all the locations offering activities and views to enjoy alone or with a friend. Skate around but watch the ducks who still hang out .

Gemma Cleanslate