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Seanchai Library presents The African Queen, May 27th

The African Queen at Ceiliúradh Glen

As World War I reaches the heart of the African jungle, Charlie Allnutt and Rose Sayer, a dishevelled trader and an English spinster missionary, find themselves thrown together by circumstance.

Fighting time, heat, malaria, and bullets, they make their escape on the rickety steamboat The African Queen…and hatch their own outrageous military plan.

Originally published in 1935, The African Queen is a tale replete with vintage Forester drama – unrelenting suspense, reckless heroism, impromptu military manoeuvres, near-death experiences – and a good old-fashioned love story to boot.

Most famously, perhaps it became a 1951 film directed by John Huston and produced by Sam Spiegel and John Woolf and starring Humphrey Bogart as Charlie Allnut and Katharine Hepburn as Rose Sayer. Unable to provide an English (or more specifically, a Cockney, accent, Bogart’s Charlie Allnut was re-cast as a Canadian, and Bogart went on to win his only Oscar in the role – picking up Best Actor in what he regarded as the best performance of his film career.

On Sunday, May 27th, 2018 at 13:30 SLT, join Corwyn Allen, Kayden OConnell, and Caledonia Skytower at Ceiliúradh Glen, which has been redressed as German East Africa as they present The African Queen, combining both novel and film script.

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Ceiliúradh Glen (Holly Kai Estates, rated: Moderate)

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Feed A Smile at Holly Kai Park, April 14th 2018

Feed a Nautical Smile, April 14th 2018 The Pavilion, Holly Kai Park

The Second Nautical Smile event in aid of Feed A Smile / Live and Learn Kenya takes place on Saturday, April 14th, 2018. Organised and hosted by Rossini Events.

The event will take place at The Pavilion, Holly Kai Park, and will feature seven hours of live music starting at 11:00 SLT, from some of Second Life’s top entertainers.

Event Schedule

The event schedule at the time of writing is as follows. For updates and the latest news, please follow the Rossini Events link above. All times SLT.

11:00 am
Thera Singer
12:00 Noon
Hedy Patrucci
1:00 pm
Neomaximus Brandenburg
2:00 pm
Viviana Houston
2:30 pm
MichaelJackson Follet
3:00 pm
Max Kleene
4:00 pm
Quartz
5:00 pm
Jacq Luik

All proceeds go directly to Feed A Smile via the donation kiosk.

About Feed A Smile

Feed A Smile is a programme run by Live and Learn Kenya (LLK) to provide nutritious warm lunches for over 400 children every day, paid for entirely from donations to the project. It is part of a broader programme managed by LLK, which includes finding sponsors to finance the education of children in Kenya, helping to provide them with everything they need: uniforms, shoes, text books, school supplies, etc., and even building a school in Nakuru, Kenya.

In addition, the organisation also provides medical and dental care for children, including check-ups and vaccinations. 100% of the donations received by LLK are transferred directly to Kenya to care for children, provide education, medicine, food, shelter and foster care. Nothing is lost to salaries, fees or administrative costs at LLK.

About Rossini Events

Rossini Events was established in July 2016, and is managed by MichaelJ Rossini. Organising private and public events in Second Life. Rossini Events especially prides itself on charity fund-raising, with monthly events supporting Feed a Smile, Relay for Life and Making Strides. Everyone involved in Rossini Events donates their time free of charge, and every penny raised goes directly to the charity concerned. For further information, please contact MichaelJ Rossini in-world, or email to michaeljrossini-at-gmail.com.

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The Great Boo Two in Second Life

The Great Boo: Haunted Holly Kai

It’s that time of year when ghosts and ghouls arise, when demons and vampires and more walk abroad; it’s a time for spooky stories and terrifying tales to be told by moonlight or in darkened rooms. And if you’re someone who enjoys spine-tingling yarns, we have just the thing for you at Holly Kai Park – The Great Boo!

Join us on Sunday, October 29th from 12:00 noon SLT, as Seanchai Library presents an afternoon of Halloween stories live in voice, followed by devilish music and dancing.

From noon  Seanchai Library and Friends gather round the autumnal fire to share ghostly adventures –  tales of the weird and unexplained.

Then at 2:00pm SLT DJ Joy Canadeo rocks the terrestrial plain, and the “beyond” with great tunes among the spirits.  Grab a ghostly friend and join in the dance!

The event is in support of Feed A Smile, Holly Kai Park’s adopted charity, and will take place at Haunted Holly Kai, a suitably spooky setting courtesy of Pandemonium.

** Fancy dress strongly encouraged for this event **

The Great Boo: Haunted Holly Kai

About Feed A Smile

Feed A Smile is a programme run by Live and Learn Kenya (LLK) to provide nutritious warm lunches for over 400 children every day, paid for entirely from donations to the project. It is part of a broader programme managed by LLK, which includes finding sponsors to finance the education of children in Kenya, helping to provide them with everything they need: uniforms, shoes, text books, school supplies, etc., and the building of the Nakuru school, Kenya.

In addition, the organisation also provides medical and dental care for children, including check-ups and vaccinations. 100% of the donations received by LLK are transferred directly to Kenya to care for children, provide education, medicine, food, shelter and foster care. Nothing is lost to salaries, fees or administrative costs at LLK.

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  • Haunted Holly Kai (Holly Kai Estates, rated: Moderate) – or use any of the teleport mirrors to by found at the landing points across the park.

A few more changes at the Park

A view of the updated Medici Collection gallery and garden space, sitting above Caitinara Bar

I recently wrote about the updates to the park – notably Caitinara Bar and the waterfront area. Well, since then, work has continued as we’ve sought to revise some of the park’s layout and make it a little easier to get around and find places.

In particular, the plateau above Caitinara Bar and the 3D art area to the north of it has been revised. Ice Castle by Giovanna Cerise, and a part of the Medici collection, has been moved up onto the plateau, its place taken by a new rocky promontory.

The new steps and gazebo connecting the Art Hill more easily with the Pavilion events area

To encourage traffic up to the gallery space from the bar, a new set of steps has been added to the back of the bar, which led up to the gallery garden, emerging alongside both the gallery house and the covered patio. Finally, New steps lead up to the plateau from the waterfront a short distance from the main entrance to the bar, with a second set of steps winding up the new promontory.

The other major piece of 3D art on display at the Park, Reflections at Midnight by Frankx Lefrave, has been moved to the end of the waterfront walk, where it can be more easily be seen and experienced – those who haven’t spent time sitting in it and watching the play of lights and shapes really should drop by 🙂 . The piece is set within its own parcel with music (optional); all that’s need is to set your time of day to midnight (which will happen automatically with some TPVs on entering the parcel).

Reflections at Midnight is use in its new waterfront home

Elsewhere, the Park Walk has been simplified, with much of the path around the base of the Art Hill removed. The cliffs form the edge of the hill have also in part been replaced, with green slopes now running down to Holly Kai River. We’ve also installed a new gazebo and steps to make finding the way down from the Art Hill to the river crossing and the Pavilion much easier – and for people to find their way from the Pavilion up to the Art Hill.

No landmarks have changed as a result of these alterations, but we hope they give the park more of a natural look and feel – and that you’ll consider dropping by soon ans exploring. All things being equal, art exhibitions at the park will (again) resume in November.

A view along Holly Kai River from the Art Hill falls

Main Landing Point

The week at Holly Kai Park: October 1st-6th 2017

Seanchai Library at Holly Kai Park

Here’s all that is going on at Holly Kai Park between Sunday, October 1st  Friday, October 6th.

Sunday, October 1st  1:30pm: Tea Time at Baker Street

The pages of The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, the final set of twelve Sherlock Holmes short stories first published in the Strand Magazine between October 1921 and April 1927, are once again opened for another tale from the diaries of Dr. John Watson…

This week: The Adventure of the Lions’s Mane.

Seanchai Library.

Monday, October 2nd 7:00pm: Reckoning Infinity

Gyro Muggins reads John E. Stith’s alien first contact story, once described as “Rendezvous with Rama meets James and the Giant Peach“!

Seanchai Library.

Tuesday, October 3rd 7:00pm: Monsters of the Midwest

Join Kayden Oconnell for tales of bigfoot, werewolves and other legendary creatures! They are all absolutely true … except the ones that aren’t …

Seanchai Library.

Wednesday, October 4th

4:00pm: Wednesday with G Winz

Get over the mid-way hump with 90 minutes of music, dance and conversation as Caitinara Bar hosts our regular mid-week session with Gerrard Winstanley.

Caitinara Bar.

7:00pm The Water Mirror

Faerie Maven-Pralou reads Kei Meyer’s tale of magic.

Seanchai Library.

Thursday, October 5th

7:00pm: From the Shadows

Shandon Loring  reads selctions Shadows is a series of eleven horror anthologies edited by Charles L. Grant and published by Doubleday between 1978 and 1991. This week:  Mrs Clendon’s Place by  Joseph Payne Brennan, and The Haunting by Susan Casper, both of which appeared in Shadows 7 in 1984.

Seanchai Library.

9:00pm: Seanchai Late Night

Contemporary science fiction with Finn Zeddmore.

Seanchai Library.

Friday, October 6th 4:00pm: Smooth Fridays with DJ Joy

Get your weekend of to a good start in the company of DJ Joy Canadeo, the Joyriders, and 2 hours of music, fun and conversation at the *new look* Caitinara Bar!

Caitinara Bar.

A few changes at Holly Kai Park

Holly Kai Park: new quayside footpath on the east side of the island, with improvements at the foot of the stairways leading up to the Art Hill and the Welcome Area

We’re always tweaking things at the Park to try to improve the overall experience. As a part of this work, I thought it time we updated visitors on the more recent changes. None of this work alters any SLurls / LMs to the Park,  but they will hopefully give a little more enjoyment to visits.

Caitinara Bar

Caitinara Bar has undergone a complete update, which you can read about here. It’s still “underground”, within the surrounding rocks of the Park’s plateau, but has a new, more visible façade and the interior design has been completely revamped, with a new dance floor, bar and art display area. The plateau itself has also been revised to break-up the cliffs a little more and offer some rocky slopes to it. More work of this nature is likely to be occurring elsewhere in the Park as well in the future.

Outside of the bar is a new terrace area with parasol shaded seating for those wishing to enjoy a little sunshine. To accommodate this, the steps leading up to the top of the plateau and the Medici Gallery have been relocated further around the north side of the plateau, where they can be found facing the 3D art installations by Giovanna Cerise and Frankx LeFavre.

The new façade and front terrace at Caitinara Bar

waterfront

The waterfront area on the east side of the island serving the boat moorings has been rebuilt to provide a paved quayside walk. We’ll be adding a few more little bits along this to welcome visitors, but for now (and in the interests of safety!) we’ve only got as far as installing the life buoys. This paved waterfront is now linked to Caitainara Bar by a new (and matching) path which follows the line of the north-side plateau slopes and cliffs.

Art Hill Events Area

The large lawned area on the east side of the Art Hill which we use for opening events, etc., has been altered a little. Most noticeably, a new open-air seating area has been added, which incorporates a bar area as well.

The new outdoor bar and seating area on Art Hill. Behind it can be seen the steps up to the Medici Gallery

Behind this, the ground climbing up to the north plateau has been improved and a new set of steps leading up the to Medici Gallery buildings has been installed. Space for the art displays has been improved as well, giving us a new multi-purpose exhibition space on the west side of the at hill, where steps down to the river provide a more direct route to the Pavilion from the Art Hill.

As well as this, work has started on further trimming back on the remaining render-heavy shrubbery in the Park. This will take some time, but is seeing the last of the really render-intensive bushes with a weight of anything between 39k and 76k per grouping of shrubs replaced with bushes with a more reasonable render cost (9k-16k per grouping). The new bushes also exhibit less in the way of alpha issues with other planets and shrubs.

The steps leading up to the Medici Gallery on the north side of the gallery plateau

We hope you’ll enjoy these changes at the Park, and look forward to seeing you at a art exhibition or music event in the near future!