Gale Storm Retreat in Second Life

Gale Storm Retreat, Aphrodisia Isle; Inara Pey, June 2017, on Flickr Gale Storm Retreat – click any image for full size

Gale Storm Retreat is a Homestead region designed by Chania Leuce (CheekiChica). It adjoins the full region of Aphrodisia, home to Chania’s store and which, at the time of writing, is listed as “under construction. The landing point sits at the northern end of Gale Storm Retreat, serving both regions; a gated path leads up to Aphrodisia, while wooden signs point the way to the more open areas of Gale Storm Retreat.

As the descriptions for the region found in the Destination Guide and in About Land state, this is a remote location, modelled after the US Pacific North-west, where a storm is brewing just off the coast. In fact, the rain has already made landfall – so you might want a brolly and raincoat when visiting!

Gale Storm Retreat, Aphrodisia Isle; Inara Pey, June 2017, on Flickr Gale Storm Retreat

Follow the signs east and south from the landing point, and you’ll pass under a great stone arch, watched over by a wooden windmill, and you’ll find yourself on a high plateau which quickly drops away to the south and west to a sandy coast, where the tide appears to be on the rise. To the east, the land falls sharply away as cliffs, their edge guarded by rocky walls and slender fences.

Walk beneath the line of these eastern rocky walls- avoiding a slim finger pointing inland  – and you’ll find your way southward past a large stone patio with pool and tiled roof, the latter protecting a fire offering warmth and respite from the rain,  and down to a  rocky headland where the revolving eye of a lighthouse watches over land and sea.

Gale Storm Retreat, Aphrodisia Isle; Inara Pey, June 2017, on Flickr Gale Storm Retreat

Below the lighthouse lay the beach and sandbars of the coast, straddled in part by wooden houses raised on stout wooden piles to avoid the ravages of a returning tide. Huts and tents sit further in from the sea, huddled on the sands above the high tide mark, but still looking vulnerable as rain lashes down and lightening forks and flashes its way across the sky.

Further to the west and north, above the lie of the beach, but lower than the main plateau, sits a grassy bluff, home to a stone and wood cottage with smoke rising invitingly from its tall chimney, suggesting another place where shelter from the rain can be found. The cottage sits close to another line of cliffs to the north and which march back eastwards, part of the divide between the coast and the town on the neighbouring region. And old shipping container, converted into a hideaway, sits within the shadow of the cliffs, watched over by the weeping willows lining their narrow tops.

Gale Storm Retreat, Aphrodisia Isle; Inara Pey, June 2017, on Flickr Gale Storm Retreat

This is an atmospheric region, designed for photography and which lovers of the sea and the rain will enjoy. There are plenty of places scattered across the landscape for couple to enjoy, indoors and out – including in at least one of the tree houses. A group joining fee of L$500 secures rezzing rights and the ability to claim the pose gifts on offer at the landing point. Chania also notes that it is a work-in-progress (as with the region to the north), so don’t be surprised if details have changed between reading this description and any visit you make.

And about that region to the north? Well, it may be the subject of a future article, once Chania and her friends have had the opportunity to finish building it. Time will tell on that!

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Wintergeist: Pieces of a Whole in Second Life

Wintergeist: Pieces of a Whole

Fuyuko Amano (Wintergeist) is perhaps best known for hosting exhibitions at her Club LA and Gallery, where she also displays her own images, which I’ve personally felt deserving a wider in-world audience. So it was with delight that I received an invitation to see the first public exhibition of her work hosted by another gallery – and hopped over ahead of the official preview to take a look.

Wintergeist: Pieces of a Whole opens at 13:00 SLT on Sunday, July 2nd and is a fascinating tour of Fuyuko’s art – digital world and physical world. Taking place at the InterstellART Artist in Residence Gallery, it presents eighteen primary images, together with a small collage of images in the gallery entrance space.

Wintergeist: Pieces of a Whole

The exhibition mixes images captured in Second Life with those from Fuyuko’s physical world photography, with all of them interspersed with quotes from artists and writers which serve to help illustrate the nature of inspiration in the artist’s life. This makes for a fascinating display, ranging from landscapes from within Second Life through to beautiful macro-level shots of water droplets on leaves and the stamen on flowers. Between them are images that may have you guessing – were they taken in Second Life, of in the physical world? Even abstract work is represented, adding to the mix.

What is also attractive in this exhibition is the range of formats presented, with images in colour and monochrome, or presented as a photograph or post-processed to resemble art, the considered us of filters – even the ratio of individual images.

Wintergeist: Pieces of a Whole

All of this further speaks to the art and craft of a gifted photographer and artist. Thus we have, through subject and presentation, individual images that come together as pieces of a whole – not only presenting us with insight into the artistry of a photographer, but the vision and thoughts of the photographer herself.

As noted, a special preview opening for Wintergeist: Pieces of a Whole will be held at 13:00 SLT on Sunday, July 2nd. Whether or not you can make that, however, this is an exhibition well worth visiting.

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Founding Fathers, journeys, magic and whales in Second Life

Seanchai Library, Holly Kai Park

It’s time to kick-off another week of storytelling in Voice by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s home at Holly Kai Park, unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, July 3rd

14:00: In the Words of John and Abigail Adams

At Homes for Our Troops.

[Independence Day] will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival … It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

John Adams

John Adams,  lawyer, diplomat, statesman, political theorist, and a leader of the movement for American independence, served as the country’s first Vice President (two terms) and second President. Regarded as “the father of the American Navy” due to his strong views on defence, his Presidency was dogged by internal conflicts with both Republicans and Federalists alike, despite being one of the foremost influences on early American political theory.

If we mean to have Heroes, Statesmen and Philosophers, we should have learned women. The world perhaps would laugh at me, and accuse me of vanity, but you I know have a mind too enlarged and liberal to disregard the Sentiment. If much depends as is allowed upon the early Education of youth and the first principals which are instill’d take the deepest root, great benefit must arise from literary accomplishments in women.

Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams, his wife, confidant and advisor, is sometimes considered to have been a Founder of the United States, such was her forward thinking and the level of trust her husband placed in her. While neither term existed at the time, she  is now designated as the first Second Lady and second First Lady of the United States – and in both roles is one of the most documented in history, due in part to the prolific letter  writing she shared with her husband.

In support of Kultivate Magazine’s Homes for Our Troops, Caledonia Skytower and Kayden Oconnell read selections from the couple’s letters from their courtship in 1762, through to July 3rd, 1776.

19:00: A Boy Ten Feet Tall

Originally published in 1961 under the title Sammy Going South, and then later Find the Boy, W.H. Canaway’s novel is often referred to a “The Huckleberry Finn of Africa.” It became the basis for a 1963 British film Sammy Going South, starring Edward G. Robinson, which was released in the United States as A Boy Ten Feet Tall – hence the revised title for the book.

Born in the Suez region of Egypt, where he is orphaned, Sammy learns he has an aunt living in Durban, South Africa, and is determined to travel south to be with her.

Already distrustful of adults – he was told immunisation shots he was given at a young age would not hurt, when of course they did – Sammy sets out on foot uncertain of how he will complete the journey, but determined that he will. Along the way his distrust of adults is reinforced thanks to encounters with those who seek to profit from him and due to his witnessing the cruelty humans can inflict upon one another.

But also along the way there are those who do seek nothing more than to help him. One of these is a poacher and diamond trader – the kind of person you’d believe only to willing to take advantage of a young boy alone in the world. But it is compassion that rules this man’s heart (played in the film by Edward G. Robinson), and he takes the boy under his wing, helping him to heal from his emotional wounds …

Tuesday, July 4th

No events as Seanchai staff and volunteers mark July 4th with their families and loved ones.

Wednesday, July 5th 19:00: The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Caledonia Skytower reads 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.

Also presented in Kitely (hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528).

Thursday, July 6th 19:00: Moby-Dick Part 2

“Call me Ishmael.” So begins one of the greatest works of imagination in literary history, Herman Melville’s magnificent Moby-Dick or, The Whale.

As Ishmael is drawn into Captain Ahab’s obsessive quest to slay the white whale Moby-Dick, he finds himself engaged in a metaphysical struggle between good and evil. More than just a novel of adventure, more than a paean to whaling lore and legend, this is a haunting social commentary populated by some of the most enduring characters in literature.

The crew of the Pequod, from stern, Quaker First Mate Starbuck, to the tattooed Polynesian harpooner Queequeg, are a vision of the world in microcosm, the pinnacle of Melville’s lifelong meditation on America.

Written with wonderfully redemptive humour, Moby-Dick is a profound, poetic inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception. Join Shandon Loring as he continues reading this magnificent tale.

Also presented in Kitely (hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528).

 


Please check with the Seanchai Library’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule.

The 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.