Candlelit stories, Christmas memories, miracles and safaris

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.

Saturday December 13th, Sunday December 14th, 19:00 The Candlelight Processional

First performed in Disneyland in 1958 and duplicated at the Magic Kingdom in 1971, the Disney Candlelight Processional now resides at the Epcot Centre’s America Gardens Theatre. An annual event, the Processional, as the name suggests, features an evening procession followed by the retelling of the Biblical story of Christmas, complete with carols, songs,

At 19:00 SLT on Saturday, December 13th and Sunday December 14th, there will be tribute to this holiday tradition at Magicland Park, with Caledonia Skytower narrating the story of the nativity.

Monday December 15th, 19:00: Witches, Magic and Other Strange Things

Join Gyro Muggins on A Science-Fiction Argosy, as he embarks on  a journey through this collection of classic science-fiction short stories brought together by Damon Knight. The collection features the writings of, among many, Kate Wilhelm, Shirley Jackson, Frederik PohlJohn Wyndham, Larry Niven, Poul AndersonBrian W. AldissTheodore SturgeonFritz Leiber and Isaac Asimov.

Tuesday December 16th,19:00: A Christmas Memory

Capote2Faerie Maven-Pralou returns to Truman Capote’s semi-autobiographical stories of a childhood remembered, as she read A Christmas Memory. First published in December 1956 by  Mademoiselle magazine, A Christmas Memory was followed, in 1967 and 1982 respectively by The Thanksgiving Dinner and One Christmas.

As the first story in the trilogy, A Christmas Memory introduces us to Buddy (Capote),  a seven-year-old boy and his older cousin and best friend, “Sook” (Capote’s older cousin, Nanny Rumbley Faulk).  Set in the 1930s, it recalls a time of country living, the excitement and joy associated with Christmas, wrapped in a ribbon of friendship with just a gentle touch on the themes of loss and loneliness.

Wednesday December 17th

13:00 and 18:00: A Hypergrid Safari by Moonlight

Join Caledonia Skytower and Shandon Loring as they read selections from A Christmas Carol while folk from the Hypergrid Safari and the Moonlight Safari drop into the Seanchai Library homeworld on Kitely.

19:00: Miracle on 34th Street

Caledonia Skytower hops back to Seanchai Library’s HQ in Second Life to conclude her reading of this seasonal classic, an adaptation of the George Seaton / Valentine Davies Christmas classic film of the same name, telling the story of how Kris Kringle is hired by Macy’s to become their “Santa Claus”.

First appearing in 1947 and starring Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn, Miracle on 34th Street 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.

Thursday December 18th

19:00 The Scrooge – Another Christmas Carol 

With Shandon Loring.

21:00 Seanchai Late Night – Hannukah Tales of Light

With Caledonia Skytower.

Saturday December 20th, Seanchai Kitely, A Christmas Carol

Caledonia Skytower and Shandon Loring conclude their 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!

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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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