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This week at Holly Kai Park – Welcoming Seanchai Library

Seanchai Library at Holly Kai Park

This week at Holly Kai Park sees an expansion to our programme of events, thanks to the arrival of Seanchai Library, who commence the first of their through-the-week series of presentations from their new home at the park.

We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Seanchai Library to Holly Kai Park, and they’ll be presenting a weekly series of readings of books, poems, stories, and more every Sunday through Thursday, as well and running special celebratory and other events at their new location at the park, around the park grounds, out on the waters around the park – and even up in the air!

To mark Seanchai Library’s arrival, we’ll starting a new regular blog post This Week at Holly Kai Park to help keep folk up-to-date on what’s going on at the park. This will include a summary of all Seanchai Library session, information on a weekly music events and updates on anything else happening in the park.

In honour of Seanchai’s arrival, this first edition of This Week at Holly Kai Park offers an extended look at the Seanchai sessions, all of which are presented live in Voice.

Seanchai Library’s featured charity for May through July is Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, raising awareness of childhood cancer causes and funds for research into new treatments and cures.

Seanchai Library at Holly Kai Park

Sunday, June 25th, 1:30pm Tales of Ships, The Sea and Other Wetness

The Seanchai Staff presents an opening celebration of stories and poetry to christen their new Second Life home at Holly Kai Park.  (90 minutes).

Seanchai Library.

Monday, June 26th 700pm: The Book of Skulls

Gyro Muggins continues Robert Silverberg’s novel.

Four friends, college room-mates, go on a spring break trip to Arizona: Eli, the scholar, who found and translated the book; Timothy, scion of an American dynasty, born and bred to lead; Ned, poet and cynic; and Oliver, the brilliant farm boy obsessed with death.

Somewhere in the desert lies the House of Skulls, where a mystic brotherhood guards the secret of eternal life. There, the four aspirants will present themselves–and a horrific price will be demanded.

For immortality requires sacrifice. Two victims to balance two survivors. One by suicide, one by murder.

Now, beneath the gaze of grinning skulls, the terror begins. . . .

Seanchai Library.

Tuesday, June 27th 7:00pm: The Ordinary Princess

Faerie Maven-Pralou continues MM Kaye’s 2002 novel.

In true fairytale style, the seventh princess is blessed with gifts by a host of fairies, but as her father fears, it goes wrong and one slightly bitter fairy ‘blesses’ her with ordinariness.

So no golden curls, stunning beauty and sublime grace for Princess Amethyst Alexandra Augusta Araminta Adelaide Aurelia Anne. Her dark hair and freckles make Amy (no ordinary princess can be called anything else) stop every suitor from pursuing her. She decides to run away and make her own life, away from boring princes and a confined life.

A life in the forest is bliss, but eventually Amy realises she will need some money, and must find work. So it is that she becomes the fourteenth assistant kitchen maid at a neighbouring palace. And there  – much to everyone’s surprise – she meets a prince just as ordinary (and special) as she is!

Seanchai Library.

Wednesday, June 28th

4:00pm: G Winz at Caitinara Bar

Time to get over the mid-week hump with music, dancing and conversation down in Caitinara Bar, where DJ G Winz will be playing the tunes and Caitlyn and Inara will be greeting friends and newcomers to the mid-week gathering.

Wednesdays with G-Winz at Caitinara Bar

Caitinara Bar.

7:00pm: The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Caledonia Skytower continues Kelly Barnhill’s 2017 Newbery Medal winner.

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian.

Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own.

To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule–but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her–even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.

Seanchai Library.

Thursday, June 29th

7:00pm: Moby Dick (Part 1)

Shandon Loring Reads Herman Melville’s classic. Also presented in Kitely  (hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528).

Seanchai Library.

9:00pm: Seanchai Late Night

Contemporary science fiction with Finn Zeddmore.

Seanchai Library.

Friday, June 30th 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 Caitinara Bar!

Smooth Fridays with Joy Canadeo at Caitinara Bar

Caitinara Bar.

Art at the Park

The July Art at the Park exhibition continues throughout the week, featuring the art of:

  • Melusina Parkin – 2D Art
  • Graham Collinson – 2D art
  • Dulcis Taurog – 2D and 3D art
  • Fingers Scintilla – 2D art
  • Panteleimon Aeon – 2D art

Art at The Park.

Art at the Park

 

July Art at Holly Kai Park

Poster by Caitlyn Pey

The new season of Art at the Park will be kicking-off on Saturday, June 24th, 2017, and will run through until Sunday, July 23rd.

Our featured artists for this exhibition are:

  • Melusina Parkin – 2D Art
  • Graham Collinson – 2D art
  • Dulcis Taurog – 2D and 3D art
  • Fingers Scintilla – 2D art
  • Panteleimon Aeon – 2D art

The event will kick-off at 12:00 noon SLT, on Saturday June 24th with an opening concert featuring our good friend Winston Ackland, who will bring us an hour of music to dance to – formal or smart attire is kindly requested. After the concert, we hope you’ll stay and view the art in the display tents and decks around the Art Hill and perhaps explore the updated park – we have some new features to show off!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday June 24th, from 12:00 noon!

Stories at the Park

Sunday 16th July will see this exhibition’s Stories at the Park take place. From 3:00pm, Seanchai Library will be once again be reading 100-word short stories and poems inspired by the art on display at the park, and you are also warmly invited to join us for that event as well – so please do mark your diaries!

Seanchai at Holly Kai Park

This weekend also marks the launch of Seanchai Library’s official presence at Holly Kai Park – so when visiting the art exhibition do be sure to follow the path down from the hill and across the river from the boat moorings to their new headquarters. We’ll have more on Seanchai’s arrival under a separate update!

Holly Kai welcomes Seanchai Library

Seanchai Library at Holly Kai Park

We are pleased to announce that Seanchai Library, one of Second Life’s oldest spoken word programmes and which is now in its tenth year, is joining the Holly Kai Park family.

A partnership between Seanchai Library and Holly Kai Park started  in 2016 with the launch of Stories at the Park, a companion series of Holly Kai Park’s Art at the Park, which sees members of Seanchai Library and friends write short stories and poems about the art featured in each Art at the Park exhibition, with the stories presented in Voice during a special reading session held amidst the art displayed at the park.

Seanchai Library at Holly Kai Park

The new arrangement means that Seanchai Library will be operating from a new headquarters, located in the south-east corner of Holly Kai Park (formerly the Storyteller’s Circle), which is a short walk from the park’s Welcome Area. From their new headquarters in Second Life, which is currently being  furnished and landscaped, Seanchai will continue their weekly series of story telling and reading in Voice, with the first events in their calendar set to take place from mid-June 2017, alongside the resumption of Art at the Park.

Seanchai Library, founded in March of 2008, has been based at Bradley University, hosted by the Community Virtual Library (CVL), since 2010. However both Seanchai and CVL are both facing crossroads in their organisational lives; for Seanchai Library, this means taking the turn to establish a new home in Second Life. However, the move does not in any way signal the end of the relationship shared by Seanchai and CVL, as Caledonia Skytower, representing Seanchai Library, noted in  the official press release marking the move to Holly Kai.

Seanchai Library at Holly Kai Park

This is not a ‘good bye and good luck’ move,” she stated. “One of the great strengths of virtual worlds is the ability for it to break down barriers, including those of proximity. While the move to Holly Kai provides Seanchai Library with some new opportunities, it does not do so to the exclusion of other relationships. We believe that all of our cooperative relationships, including with the CVL, will benefit by this change.”

To this end, Seanchai Library has already made a handshake agreement with CVL regarding the 2017 edition of The Dickens Project, with the CVL contributing background resources on Charles Dickens and Victorian England that will be available to all visitors.

Seanchai Library at Holly Kai Park

Accessible via teleport and via water – mooring facilites for boats will be officially open soon – Seanchai Library’s location sits on the Park Walks which circle Holly Kai Park, and can easily be reached from our Welcome Area. It is also part of the park’s teleport network, and visitor to Holly Kai Park are welcome to explore the facilities as the explore the rest of Holly Kai Park.

Given all of this, I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Seanchai Library to the park. We have a strong, open dynamic in our relationship,which has seen Seanchai not only support Art at the Park through the Stories at the Park series, but also offer support for the recent Filling the Cauldron event at Holly Kai Park, with an afternoon of storytelling. As such, I’m looking forward to Holly Kai Park hosting Seanchai’s weekly programmes from late June onwards, and in working with Cale, Shandon and the rest of the Seanchai team on other collaborative ventures and activities.

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Bumper Boats at Holly Kai Park

We’ve added a new attraction at Holly Kai Park: Bumper Boats!

A new Bumper Boat pool can be found next to the Pavilion, our live events floating stage, and visitors are invited to have fun rezzing a boat each and motoring around on the water playing a kind of floating bumper cars – or, if you want, there is also the chance to play Bumper Buoy.

The rainbow rezzer (right) for those wanting to have a little fun on the water and the Bumper Buoy scoreboard and boat rezzers for team games!

Those wishing to just putter about on the water can rezz a boat each from the Bumper Boat rainbow rezzer. This will assign a random colour and number to each boat. Simply jump into the boat, select your seating size (adult, child or TD for Tiny), and off you go!

The controls are simple:

  • UP arrow / W to move forward
  • LEFT arrow / A to rotate or turn left
  • RIGHT arrow / D to rotate or turn right
  • DOWN arrow / S to reverse
Caitlyn bumps Inara while playing Bumper Boats

(Use of letter keys requires you have the viewer set to recognise these keys as movement keys.)

If you have group of friends, you can play Bumper Buoy using the scoreboard and blue and red bumper boat rezzers.

Bumper Buoy is a goal-scoring rugby-type game played on the water, the aim being to score a number of goal (five by default) before your opponents. Teams can be any size, but give the size of our play area, we recommend no more than 4 or 5 per team.

Holly and Inara 1-on-1 with Bumper Buoy!

Instructions on game play and using the scoreboard options are provided  via the How To Ply touch panel on the scoreboard.

The Bumper Boat pool can be reached via any of the park’s Teleport Mirrors (and has its own Mirror for jumping to other places in the park), so fining it from the Holly Kai Park Welcome Area is easy: touch the mirror, select the correct destination from the dialogue box, and touch the beam!

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Back to the 80’s at Caitinara Bar

We’re having an 80’s evening at Caitinara Bar this Friday, May 19th, from 4:00pm through 600pm!

DJ Joy Canadeo will be spinning out the tunes and taking requests, and we’re inviting everyone to come along dressed for the occasion.

The 80s were a decade of changes for music – disco lost its popularity while dance music, new wave, soft rock, hard rock and glam metal took to the airwaves.

MTV arrived, and the brightest stars of the decade included Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Duran Duran, Prince, Culture Club, and of course their were the perennial greats like David Bowie.

It was the decade in which music exploded in so many directions, it’s nigh-on impossible to list all of the names that rose to prominence, and in which so many of us gained our first lasting exposure to a rich cross-section of musical genres.

This was also the decade of mixed fashion styles, from the muted tones of the early 80s, when dressing like a tennis player was popular, through to the wild fashions younger people took too as a result of the growing influence of MTV – notably in the USA. Thanks to Dallas and Dynasty (and MTV!) shoulder pads became a thing, while velour, spandex and silk were popular, while mini shorts made a comeback and parachute pants made a début. This was the era of skinhead and big hair, perms, ponytails and mullets, power suits and brand names.

So, why not arm yourself with a few requests, pull out your best danceacise outfit, leggings and fanny pack, or grab your ripped jeans, printed t-shirt, down vest and ran bans and head on over? Or maybe the Miami Vice look is more your style, or a little bit of an Adams And The Ants inspired New Wave look is more to your liking?

Whatever you fancy, 80’s wise, we hope we’ll see you at Caitinara Bar!

Further small changes at the park

The updated watchtower / castle ruins

We’re gearing up from a resumption of Art at the Park at Holly Kai Park (finally!), but in the meantime there are still some changes in progress or on the horizon.

The most noticeable change for those who enjoy the park is on the south side of Holly Kai River, where the old watchtower ruins have been expanded into more of a set of castle ruins alongside the duck pond. The land has been reworked to offer more of a flat area which might be used for small outdoor events with the tower and walls acting as a backdrop.

The expanded ruins from the west side approach by the duck pond

Overlooking the river, the ruins are separated from the water by an old stone wall, while on the riverbank near the towers is a little picnic corner for people to enjoy, with single and couple poses.

An arch through the tower walls provides access to and from them from the Park Walk which runs along the boundary of the southern side of the park. This has also had a little bit of a makeover, with the paths being revamped to more close match the rest of the trails through the park.

The revised Park Walk on the south side of the park

There will be more changes coming over the next 2-3 weeks, some of which we’re very excited about. News on these as they happen. Once they are nicely bedded-in however, the art exhibitions will be resuming on Art Hill, and details on the first line-up will be appearing in these pages very soon.

In the meantime, don’t forget the park is open to everyone to enjoy, and we still have the Sky Gardens available to visitors. Just grab the teleport “mirror” from the Welcome gazebo at the park, and play them a visit. You can also read about them here.

Holly Kai Park Landing point.

Nips and tucks at the park

Holly Kai Park: Welcome Area (l) and art hill steps (centre). Click any image for full size

Following the end of filling the Cauldron – indeed, thanks in part to it – we’ve made a few minor changes at Holly Kai Park, which will hopefully make for a more enjoyable experience for both our visitors and our invited artists.

The most obvious change is the new landing point. This now coincides with the gazebo put up for Filling the Cauldron, and which has been turned into a little welcome centre. The banners display various parts of the park, there’s a greeter which will hand people it hasn’t previously recorded a note card and landmark. This might not be entirely foolproof, but it should hopefully not spam repeat visitors most of the time.

Teleport “mirror”

The steps up to the Art Hill from the moorings have also been replaced with steps to match the welcome area and also the new “gate” sitting at the front of the art events area. The gazebo, steps and gate all came from Elicio Ember, and were used with Filling the Cauldron as noted, but they seem to fit the look and feel of the park, so we decided to keep them on – another “gate” marks the new path and steps on the west side of the Art Hill providing more direct access down to the Pavilion.

As well as the giver, the welcome gazebo has some seating, various info kiosks, a board showcasing the park (and which will also advertise events), and, perhaps most importantly, the teleport “mirror”.

There are a number of these “mirrors” around the park – the gazebo, the Pavilion landing point, outside Caitinara Bar, for example. They sort-of look like a mirror (or window) through which you can “see” the other locations at the park. Just touch one for a dialogue box of available destinations, click the number corresponding to where you’d like to go, then click the white beam when it appears. Simples!

Another change – thanks to a seed planted by Saiyge Lotus – is a re-vamped”stage” area at the Art Hill events area (used for art exhibition openings, etc). This now uses Elicio’s basalt columns to give a more unusual focal-point for events held there.

 

The “stage” area for the Art Hill and the new art display tents in the background. 

The final major change – which may or may not remain – is that the open-topped  / sided art decks have been replaced with large tent-like stalls based on the ones used for the FTC Marketplace. Whether or not these remain in use will depend on the feedback from the first group of artists to try them out.

And lastly, a small tweak has been made to the Stories at the Park area in the centre of the Art Hill. Our storytellers now have somewhere to sit down! This gives them the choice of standing or sitting when telling their stories / reading poems.

Seats for our storytellers under the shade of the tree!

The next thing to do is to get the Art At The Park art series back up and running. That’s already in hand. We also have the Sky Gardens available for people to enjoy (see this post for more). In the meantime, we hope you’ll hop along to Holly Kai Park and have a wander around.