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 **
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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…
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.
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 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 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 little under-awning bar as well.
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.
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!
Here’s all that is going on at Holly Kai Park between Sunday, September 17th and Friday September 22nd 2017.
Sunday, September 17th: Pirate Sunday!
A special event to mark International Talk Like a Pirate Day, 2017.
13:00: Pirate Tales
Take the teleport up to Seanchai Library’s pirate cove, where Kayden Oconnell, Aoife Lorefield, and Caledonia Skytower will regale you with tales of the skull and crossbones, cutlasses, treasure and more from the wild days of yore on the high seas!
Those enjoying the tales are invited to teleport down to The Pavilion at Holly Kai Park, which has been specially transformed into the Pirate Docks, where the music will flow for two hours and everyone (and their friends! Invite the all!) can dance the time away, quaff the grog, walk the decks (or plank!), shiver their timbers – and even fire off a cannon or two!
And if have a boat, why not sail over and enjoy the fun!
Pirate Sunday benefits Feed a Smile, supporting a school in Kenya founded and run by Brique Topaz 16 years ago through her German-based Live and Learn in Kenya charity. 100 Lindens equals approximately 30 cents in real world currency, which pays for one child’s meal. One third of all money raised for each month’s food budget is collected through donations made in Second Life – so, that’s another reason to come along!
** Pirate fancy dress to both these events strongly encouraged! **
Monday, September 18th 7:00pm: A Wizard of Earthsea
Gyro Muggins reads Ursula K. Le Guin’s first Earthsea Cycle.
Second Life – They are dusting off their cutlasses, refreshing their command of “The Code” and getting ready to celebrate an event that marks the beginning of the “High Story Season” for one of Second Life’s oldest spoken word programs – now in its tenth year. Seanchai Library will celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day with Pirate Sunday on September 17th beginning at 1pm at Holly Kai Park, followed by music and dancing across the region at the Holly Kai Park Pavilion.
“Anytime of year is a good time for a story,” said Chief Storyteller, Shandon Loring, ” but Talk Like a Pirate Day really kicks things off. It will be one special theme after another, with a lot of extra demand for stories, from now until a few weeks after St Patrick’s Day.”
Seanchai Library is launching the season in style this week: presenting a schedule littered with swashbuckling tales, and offering its second annual Pirate Sunday featuring 90 minutes of salty adventures live in voice with Kayden Oconnell, Aoife Lorefield, and Caledonia Skytower. At 2:30pm festivities will shift over to the Holly Kai Park Pavilion (just a teleport away by the on-island system) for music and dancing. The Pavilion is easily accessible to vessels enjoying the Blake Sea, and residents are invited to sail by and drop in to shake their swashbuckling money-maker.
Pirate Sunday benefits Feed a Smile, supporting a school in Kenya founded and run by Brique Topaz 16 years ago through her German-based Live and Learn in Kenya charity. 100 Lindens equals approximately 30 cents in real world currency, which pays for one child’s meal. One third of all money raised for each month’s food budget is collected through donations in SL at The Lavender Fields where musicians perform in support of the children.
Seanchai Library will follow-up Sunday’s festivities on Tuesday, September 19th (the day itself!) with two back to back story sessions featuring the piratical works of writers active in Second Life. At 7pm “Pirate George Night” will feature selections from R. Crap Mariner’s canon of 100 word stories – known as “drabble.” Just over a year ago Mariner began writing pieces which began with the line “George was a pirate, but he wasn’t a very good pirate…” and the rest is history. Members of the Seanchai staff will bravely share George’s various pirate adventures, selected randomly from the “George stories,” and read “cold” – with no advanced preparation.
At 8:30pm, author Matthew Howard will share an episode from his own canon of works featuring an interstellar female pirate in 2029 – Meteor Mags. In “Hang My Body on the Pier”, the heroine recalls the exploits of her great-grandmother, who rose from a disguised ship’s boy to a Pirate Queen, connected to the legends by a song. Author Howard will present the story himself, live in voice.
About International Talk Like a Pirate Day
International Talk Like a Pirate Day is a parodic holiday created in 1995 by John Bauer (“Ol’ Chumbucket”) and Mark Summers (“Cap’n Slappy”), of Albany, Oregon, U.S., who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate. The holiday, and its observance, springs from a romanticized, and comic view of the Golden Age of Piracy. According to Summers, the day is the only known holiday to come into being as a result of a sports injury. During a racquetball game between Summers and Bauer, one of them reacted to the pain with an outburst of “Aaarrr!”, and the idea was born.
About Seanchai Library
Seanchai Library (Shawn-a-key, which means “Storyteller” in Irish.) was founded in March of 2008 in Second Life. Thousands of stories, and hundreds of authors later, the program remains dedicated to promoting the power of stories to transform and inspire through live voice presentations: “We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life.” Learn more about the program at Seanchai Library’s website – seanchailibrary.com