Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Patch Linden's Jail and Bail

 By Bixyl Shuftan
A lot happened this weekend at the Fantasy Faire. While a number of Jail and Bail events take place at the Faire, they started out with the biggest. On Friday April 21 at 1PM SL time came "The Jailing of Patch Linden."

We’re always on edge when their prey is one of the Grid Guardians, the Speakers of the Verba Caeruleum, the few, the proud, the bold, the…..Lindens!

Fortunately for us, the Constables know a good sport when they see one, and that’s why one of their favorite targets is none other than Patch Linden. And, fortunately for you, Patch knows just the kind of goodies to bring along to buy his way out of the dog house (nope) madhouse (nope) puppy pen (yup).

This is a Faire event that has to be seen to be believed!

Our tiny informants report that Patch has prepared for his bail with plenty of offerings to inspire the goodwill of Fairelanders, including but not limited to, your very own event exclusive Patch cutout to take home and cherish forever, and a completely new Patch Linden Faire Event Bear!

The event was quickly packed. Even showing up early, the sim was full and I couldn't get in. While a few avatars rezzed, most remained shapes for a while. Patch Linden himself didn't even show up as a nametag until well after I was there for a half hour, and then appeared fully in just a few minutes. Various types of avatars would appear around him. For once, normal humans were the minority, with multitudes of elves, fairies, gryphons, tinies (notably the Pawlice) and dragons, some flapping nearby the balloon gondola Patch was in, the airbag looking like the double-F Faire logo. 
People could just donate into the kiosk near Patch, but various items were also put up for bid in informal auctions. Patch Linden would offer, "Who wants to spend an hour with me, to go on a secret behind the scenes tour to see some things the team is working on, and you can bring 1 friend!    You never know what you might see!" "An hour with Patch with a Fantasy Faire Photo Op! what do you say folks, who wants to bid on this?? ... We got a 15K bid folks!! Do I hear 16K?!! 20K!!" The top bid for that would be 30,000 Linden dollars. Then came the opportunity to name a region. That went for 20,000 Linden dollars. Then came the chance to rename one's account. That went for 67,000 Lindens. 

Then came "Auctioning off a slice of Ancient Mole to build.... yes...  THE WOOTBERRY FOUNTAIN for all to enjoy and get!" It ended up sold at 26,000L "for tha pawlice to be drunk off wootberry juice for the entire faire."Then came "An hour with Patch to go on a secret behind the scenes tour to see some things the team is working on, and you can bring 1 friend!" Wildstar Beaumont got it for 65,000 Lindens "YAY!! WILDSTAR!!!!" Someone else also paid 100,000 Lindens for a "house," possibly a Linden Home.

There was some funnery,  Patch Linden at one point shouting, "I declare, Waffle are hereby banned forevermore!" That brought quite a reaction, "Blasphemy! HERESY!" When getting to name a region was up for auction, there were jokes about naming one "Soggy Waffle," or "Regiony McRegionface."

Around 3:20 PM, it was announced, "OMG we just blew 3 MILLION LINDENS out of the water!!! WTG Patch! WTG Warwick! WTG FAIRELANDERS!! And THAT is how we launch opening weekend!" Someone near me went, "That's some crazy numbers!" "Pretty sure it's a safe bet we'll beat last year's numbers." FantasyFaire Resident would shout, "Thank you Patch! Thank you Fairelanders! What an amazing time we just had!! And this is only day 2! (big grin) ... Thank you Patch! Thank you for coming and being with us all! We <3 you at the Faire!"

It was quite an event at the Fantasy Faire, with many days to come.

Bixyl Shuftan 

Thursday, April 20, 2023

The Bellisseria Anniversary, PBC Autism Awareness Show, And Other Happenings On April 15 & 16

 By Bixyl Shuftan

April 15 was a very busy day in Second Life. The main event was the Fourth Anniversary of Bellisseria party. For about six hours from just after 10AM to 4PM SL time at Bellisseria Fairgrounds, both locals and their friends from other areas in Second Life partied it up to celebrate the creation of this continent in Second Life.

Patch gave an opening speech at 10AM. Unfortunately, I was a bit late and missed it, and I have yet to come across a recording of it. I dropped in to see many residents dancing, human and otherwise, to a DJ's music. I didn't get a picture of him as he remained one of the handful of people my viewer just wouldn't rez.

This included the "Bell Hammies," who earlier this month set up their "Hamraiders" event at the Fairgrounds. 

 At 12 Noon was the Autism Awareness event at the Premier Business Center in the PBC sim.  

Please join PBC and the Baptiste Family Foundation this Saturday at 12:00 PM SLT at the PBC Performance Hall for Dancing with Donny and The Panda Dance Crew for Autism Awareness!
 This was a family-friendly event, with numerous child avatars as performers on stage. PBC owner Jarden Alexis was there, welcoming people as they came in, "Thank you all for support of Autism Awareness. We want to personally thank each one of you for being here!" There were no donations being taken as the goal of the event was to raise awareness of the condition, which has been diagnosed more frequently in recent years, "So please make donations to the autism charities of your choice."

"✯What is Autism?
"Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. Some people with ASD have a known difference, such as a genetic condition. Other causes are not yet known. Scientists believe there are multiple causes of ASD that act together to change the most common ways people develop. We still have much to learn about these causes and how they impact people with ASD."

There were free t-shirts for those who wanted them. Dancerina Starlight was there and got one.

 Once the event was over, there was much applause, Jarden saying, "I want to thank the Panda Dance Crew for volunteering for this event. Panda Dance Crew, you are appreciated." Then there was a "met and greet" dance, with a DJ playing music. Several people and publications were thanked for publicizing the event, including the Newser.

At 1PM, I headed over to a live music event at Music Island in the Sorbet sim.

Merryjest (Kain Scalia) was returning to singing in Second Life after having to take a hiatus for a while, demonstrating his skill as an opera tenor. Some longtime readers may remember him for his reader submission "My Psychotic Little Friend," which still gets laughter to this day.

 From 4 to 8 PM was the Affiliated Ministries' annual Easter dance in the Eternal Life sim. The event took place outside Club United's Chapel. The event was attended by multiple Christian groups. 

"I still love looking around and seeing all these various Christian groups all united together and it makes me smile to see our unity in Christ!" "Its always good we come together and worship and thank our Jesus for what He has done for us!!"

 On Sunday April 16 at Noon SL time, there was the Grand Opening of the Digital Dream Studios Gallery in FairChang Quebrada.

 DJ Maliit opened the event from Noon to 2PM, followed by DJ Snowbuns who played until 3PM. At 4 was DJ Whisky followed by 5 with DJ Anni. The gallery itself offers both PG art, as well as adult-rated.

It was an eventful weekend with plenty of events.

Bixyl Shuftan

Friday, April 14, 2023

"Hamraiders" at Bellisseria Fairgrounds

By Gemma Cleanslate

The Hammies of Bellisseria have installed their Zoopalooza4 .”Hamraiders The Carrot of Life” at the fairground . Arrive at the Portal and be whisked into the green wilderness for a visit. The whole build is based oh the film , Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom..


A few things to note okeeee. On your first visit to the event, please enter via the tunnel and make sure yew say YUSH to the experience at the end, to get up dere. After that you can make a LM if you don't want to keep using the tunnel.

Also please use the LM we have provided here. If you "map" the FG's you will end up at the back end, that is how it's mapped so don't do dat haha.

Grand Opening Perteeeh today @ 12:00 pm slt!! Dat is all ♥♥

The Belli Hammi

The Grand Opening was back on April 1 and featured The Bellisseria Hamster (JessycaJayne Resident)as the dj with her hammie partner ,Varistentia Varriale, dancing along. The two Hammies were dressed elegantly as usual and all danced away the afternoon.

I took a walk on a quiet day to see the variety of animals on the ground and in the air. I rode the zip line over the build and got a good look at everything.

There is charming camp area where one can rest and enjoy the snacks set out. Sitting by the campfire I was able to spy the colorful birds over head and enjoy the solitude for a bit. As you walk you will see the statues of frightening looking creatures adorn the area near the temple. Fortunately I found no
doom but did not look hard.

Here is a list of some of the events still taking place with music and dancing.

DJ Gata - Zoo Palooza 4
Thursday, 20 April⋅5:00 – 7:00 pm
DJ DULCINEA - Zoo Palooza 4
Saturday, 22 April⋅1:00 – 3:00 pm
DJ MATTI - Zoo Palooza 4
Sunday, 23 April⋅2:00 – 4:00 pm
DJ KRYS - Zoo Palooza 4
Thursday, 27 April⋅12:00 – 2:00 pm
DJ ALEX - Zoo Palooza 4
Saturday, 29 April⋅2:00 – 4:00 pm
♩ ♭ ♪♩ ♭ ♪♩ ♭ ♪♩ ♭ ♪♩ ♭ ♪♩ ♭ ♪

Take a trip over to wander and discover more for yourself. It will be there until April 30. There are some events taking place on days before it disappears with a Closing Party - DJ Fuyuko -
Sunday, 30 April⋅12:00 – 2:00 pm
Gemma Cleanslate

Friday, April 7, 2023

FrannyDJ's Memorial Parade

 By Gemma Cleanslate

It was a busy Sunday for me attending two gathering but ending with a shock. For the VWBPE and the Burn2 events I turned off all my notifications from groups. I started to restore some during the week but evidently got distracted and forgot to finish. Sunday afternoon while over at the Bellisseria Hammie’s party I had an im from my friend, Melvin Starbrook, ”Come to the parade.” My answer,” what parade? .
I was shocked when she answered “the memorial for Frannydj” and passed a notecard.

“It is with great sadness to inform everyone that FrannyDj Dean transitioned from this world on February 21st. 2023. She contracted covid while in the hospital.”

You recall I always covered Frannydj’s marvelous parades and Woodstock. I did cover the 22 Macy’s parade and the Christmas on tour. We talked at the Christmas parade and I tried to reach her at the end of January to ask about Mardi Gras but had no answer and now I know why.

I missed most of the Celebration of Life but did get over to the parade as soon as I heard from Melvin.
Thanks to her dear friends who held the memorial for her. They are hoping to continue the parades into the future.

In real life she was an artist and musician. In her profile she says,
“I am Every woman… My world is filled with love, passion and friendship. Life is not about skirting around the storms, it is about learning to dance in the rain..If you can not love and forgive me at my worst then you don't deserve me at my best..…” and “SOMETIMES....we need to stop analyzing the past, stop planning the future, stop figuring out how we feel, stop deciding with our minds what we want our hearts to feel, and just go with "whatever happens, happens". Just enjoy the ride and count your blessings ♥♥ ”
and she did.

She and her parades and parties on the steamship will be sorely missed. I actually changed to the outfit I wore at the first Woodstock I attended back in 2018 to end the evening on the steamship after the parade.

There are many who will hold you in their rl and sl memories. I will remember hopping on those wonderful floats and dancing down 5th avenue by Macy’s and running in to see Santa , or arriving on Bourbon St in New Orleans. I hopped on many of the 100 floats or balloons or stopped by the circus nearby or walked the quiet streets of stately homes and enjoyed it all every year.

Here's the video of FrannyDJ's service (click here if it does not play)

I would also find this video of when FrannyDJ was interviewed on Feb 11 2016, seven years ago.

Rest in that knowledge Franny. We won’t forget. You can see her Memorial here for the next two weeks. 
Gemma Cleanslate