Of Kris Kringle, snowbound towns and a Dickens of a tale

It’s time to kick-off another week of fabulous story-telling in voice, brought to Second Life and Kitely by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library.

As always, all times SLT / PDT, and unless otherwise stated, events will be held on the Seanchai Library’s home on Imagination Island, or at their Kitely Homeworld.

Monday December 8th, 19:00: Witches, Magic and Other Strange Things

Gyro Muggins returns to conclude One Foot in the Grave. “Something’s wrong with his foot.  Something’s wrong with her foot.  There might be something wrong with the doctor and there is definitely something wrong with The Camel’s grave.”

Tuesday December 9th,19:00: A Christmas Story

With Kayden Oconnell

Wednesday December 10th, 19:00: Miracle on 34th Street

Caledonia Skytower commences an adaptation of the George Seaton / Valentine Davies Christmas classic film of the same name, which first appeared in 1947 starring Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn, and which has been subject to a number of remakes and updates, including the 1994 version starring Sir Richard Attenborough.

A novella based on the film, also penned by Davies, was published simultaneously with the film’s release, and was itself turned into a stage play in about 2006 by Will Severin, Patricia Di Benedetto Snyder and John Vreeke.

Join Caledonia as she retells the story of how Kris Kringle is hired by Macy’s to become their “Santa Claus” in what is regarded as a classic tale for Christmas.

Thursday December 11th

19:00 Christmasville

christmasvilleThe first volume in Michael Dutton’s trilogy of the same name, Christmasville, published in 2012, introduces us the to Mary Jane Higgins and a cast of characters in the little town of Christmasville.

It’s a strange place, is Christmasville. Trains may come and go, but no-one gets on or off them – no-one actually knows where they go or from whence they came. What lies beyond the forest and the hills surrounding the town is utterly unknown to the inhabitants. The town itself is a place where grass has never been seen, and seasons are unknown; where elephants, giraffes and camels and more are all creatures of myth – and where everyone accepts things just as they are.

Except Mary Jane Higgins. To her, something in not quite right; she has an odd feeling, one that causes her to take the forbidden route across the train tracks. Leaving Christmasville, forever snow-covered and white, with its year of only two months – December and January – behind, Mary Jane sets out to find the truth. Along the way she encounters  shepherd boy with his lamb, and three men riding camels! And ultimately, she discovers the truth about Christmasville and its strange ways and appearance…

Join Shandon Loring as he opens the pages of this delightful story for young adults.

21:00 Seanchai Late Night

With Finn Zeddmore.

Saturday December 13th, Seanchai Kitely

09:00: A Christmas Carol

Caledonia Skytower and Shandon Loring commence a reading of Charles Dickens’ seasonal classic. Dare you say “bah, humbug!” or will you go in, so that Shandon may know you better?! Will you let Cale reveal to you all things present, shaped by the past, or will you try to avoid her showing you those things yet to come? Step into the Seanchai Library and settle into one of the traditions of Christmas!


Please check with the Seanchai Library SL’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule. The featured charity for November – December is Heifer International, which is working with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.

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