Beltane, barnstormers, music and a golden key in Second Life

It’s time to highlight 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 unless otherwise indicated. Note that the schedule below may be subject to change during the week, please refer to the Seanchai Library website for the latest information through the week.

Sunday, May 3rd: 14:00: Celtic That Was Meant To Be

Ktadhn Vesuvino, spins the music selected for the Seanchai Library celebration in March, foiled by technical difficulties. But no more!  Come dance in The Glen and celebrate the joy of Beltane and our accomplishments together.

Monday, May 4th 19:00: Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Gyro Muggins reads Richard Bach’s 1977 novel.

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.

Donald William Shimoda styles himself a latter-day messiah. He quit his job as a mechanic to offer people the miracle of  flying through the cloud-washed air between the cornfields of Illinois and blue infinity of the skies overhead. But the people want the thrill of the the flight more than they want to understand the miracle of flight or the truth of Donald’s words.

Donald first comes to the attention of fellow barnstormer and disillusioned writer Richard when the latter witnesses Shimoda dealing with a grandfather / granddaughter pair who arrive at the the makeshift farm airstrip where both men are due to fly their biplanes. Normally, it is the younger people who are keen to fly with the barnstormers, but here it is the grandfather who wants to soar in Shimoda’s biplane whilst the granddaughter is terrified by the idea. 

Richard watches as Shimoda talks to the granddaughter, gently uncovering the cause of her fear, calming her to the point where she is ready to fly. Drawing close to the older man, Richard becomes friends with him, and together the two men become brother aviators, Shimoda teaching Richard to become – reluctantly – a messiah and miracle-worker in his own right. 

Tuesday, May 5th, 12:00 Noon: Russell Eponym, Live in the Glen

Music, poetry, and stories in a popular weekly session at Ceiluradh Glen.

Wednesday, May 6th, 19:00: The Golden Key

Faerie Maven-Pralou concludes George MacDonald’s Victorian fairy tale, first published in 1867, the fist par of which was presented on April 29th, as a replacement for A Nun in the Closet, which could not be presented as scheduled.

A young boy listens to his Great-aunt’s stories about a magical golden key found at the end of a rainbow.

One day, he sees an immense rainbow and sets out to find its end in an enchanted forest. As the forest is in Fairyland where everything has an opposite effect, the rainbow only glows brighter when the sun sets. He finds the key, then it dawns on him that he does not know where the lock is.

It is particularly noted for the intensity of the suggestive imagery, which implies a spiritual meaning to the story without providing a transparent allegory for the events in it.

Thursday, May 7th

19:00: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story

With Shandon Loring and Caledonia Skytower. Also in Kitely –

21:00: Seanchai Late Night

Finn Zeddmore presents contemporary Sci-Fi-Fantasy works from on-line ‘zines like Light Speed, Escape Pod, and Clarkeworld, and other sources.

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