The annual Blake Sea raft-up will be taking place on Sunday, June 30th, and SL residents are invited to go along and help raise money for Relay for Life of Second Life.
Now in it is 7th year, the event will take place on a special floating stage at Blake Sea – Haggerty, beneath the iconic floating racing grandstand. It will run from 09:00 through until around 15:00 SLT, and feature a host of activities, including music, a demonstration and spectacular raffle prizes.
The full schedule of events is as follows – all times SLT.
09:00-11:00 – DJ Joy Canadeo
11:00-13:00 – DJ Luke Flywalker
13:00-14:00 – DJ Benny the Boozehound.
During his set, Luke Flywalker will narrate a special rescue demonstration by the Second Life Coast Guard (SLCG).
In addition, the event will feature raffles – all proceeds to RFL of SL – with a range of stunning prizes:
ANY bandit of the winners choosing.
ANY Mesh shop boat of the winners choosing.
1 Endeavour barracuda.
1 Endeavour Trident boat.
Paint of their choosing.
This is always a popular event, and the advice is for those wishing to join the fun is, “Come early!” You can catch a video of the 2018 event via Flickr.
The Relay For Life of Second Life Relay Weekend for 2019 is upon us, and will feature everything one would expect from the event – walks, celebrations, remembrances, the luminaria ceremony, interviews, music, dance, and more, all in aid of the American Cancer Society in its efforts to eradicate cancer.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have a couple of sneak peeks around the regions that make up this year’s walk, together with the activities regions, and to say they are extraordinary would be an understatement. Spanning 36 regions, including the core American Cancer Society region, the Second Life RFL Relay Weekend promises to be spectacular.
Activities will kick off at 10:00 SLT on Saturday, June 8th, and will feature 24 hours of themed laps, activities and entertainment. The weekend will wrap up 24 hours later, on Sunday, June 9th at 10:00 SLT. Featured events between those two times include:
Saturday, July 16th 2016
10:00 SLT Opening Ceremony: the weekend formally begins at the Ceremony Stage.
11:00 SLT Celebrate: The first lap of Relay weekend begins with the celebrate ceremony. A Survivor/Caregiver honour walk
21:00 SLT Remember – The Luminaria Ceremony: a solemn reflection with readings and inspirational music as the regions are darkened in remembrance of those and their loved ones who have lost their battles to cancer or are still battling it; all are invited to participate. Please walk the track in silence
Sunday, July 17th 2016:
06:00 SLT Fight Back: Collect your Fight Back Kits and Fight Back Flags available at the Relay Information Stations along the track, and pledge to save a life: your own, a friends, a family member, or someone you don’t even know yet
10:00 SLT Closing Ceremony: a closing tribute to al that RFL of SL has accomplished at the Ceremony Stage.
Track Themed Laps
From 11:00 SLT on Saturday, June 8th through until 09:00 SLT on Sunday June 9th, relayers will be able to join in laps around the relay track that winds through all of the event regions will commence, each with its own focus / theme. The times mean that no matter where you are, if you believe in supporting efforts to reduce / eliminate cancer in all its forms, there is likely a slot when you can spend time walking the track. You don’t have to go a whole hour – just hit the start line, walk – and make a donation!
All times below are SLT.
Saturday, June 8th
Sunday, June 9th
11:00: Survivor/Caregiver Lap sponsored by the Relay Rockers
00:00: Midnight Masquerade!
12:30: Teams Lap sponsored by Together We Are Mighty
01:00 Wear the Rainbow
14:00: Purple Hour
15:00: Halloween Hour sponsored by River Park Club
Sunday, June 9th: 00:00 Lia Vipera BrightFlame; 01:00 Madonna; 02:30 Elrik Merlin; 04:00 Luke Flywalker; 06:00 FIGHT BACK LAP with Nuala Maracas; 07:00 Madelyn Majestic; 08:30- 10:00 Trader Whiplash; 11:00 Nuala Maraca.
You can catch all the music both at the event or anywhere on the grid or on-line, by tuning into T1 Radio – including coverage of the ceremonies.
Where To Start
If you’re new to RFL of SL weekends, probably the best place to start is the ACS Welcome Area, or you can opt to drop in directly at main stage at RFL Unity. And don’t forget to visit the RFL Museum, and recall RFL events of the past!
It’s a weekend of Peace Love and Hope and great music as the 6th annual RelayStock continues over Saturday May 18th and Sunday May 19th, 2019.
Paying homage to Woodstock, hosted by the Relay Rockers and sponsored by X-City games, the event features live and DJ entertainment, dancing, vendors and the opportunity to help raise money for RFL of SL.
The event is focused on RFL team camp sites all located around a 60s style festival stage. The camp sites, mixed between iconic VW camper wagons and tents, are occupied by RFL Relay teams who present kiosks and fund-raising vendors, while the event stage plays hosts to the performers and the ever-popular Celebrate Remember Fight Back (CRFB) Top DJ Competition Top DJ Competition.
The Rockers have been fortunate to have participants from many teams in our CRFB Event. RelayStock is our way of saying thank you for the huge support across the grid for our event. It affords every team the opportunity to share in a super fund raising event.
– Relay Rockers Co-Captain Arizona Ballinger
The event is open to all residents of Second Life. In addition,, when visiting, you’ll also be able to Bid a Linden Bald, which this year see five teams for Linden Lab participating – see 2019 Bid a Linden Bald for RFL of SL for more.
The event’s activities line up as follows all times SLT):
Saturday May 18th:
10:30: DJ Ray02 Little Inspired Dream Walkers.
12:00 noon: DJ Dolleyes Barbosa Too Tough To Die.
15:00: Todd Rumsford – LIVE – Cure Chasers.
16:00: Keeba & The Tiny Maniacs – LIVE – Relay Rockers.
17:00: The Core Four – Cancer Gets Stung.
18:30pm: DJ Heath Harmony Of Hope.
20:00pm: DJ Kayla Roos With A Dream.
Sunday May 19th:
11:00: Holocluck Henly ACTS.
12:30: DJ Escape.
14:00: CRFB FINALIST #2.
15:30: CRFB FINALIST #1.
17:00: CRFB AWARD CEREMONY.
17:15: Trader Whiplash – Cure Chasers, The River Of Life & Roos With A Dream Teams.
So, let the age of Aquarius enter your life this weekend, don your kaftan (and galoshes!), put flowers in your hair and head on over to RelayStock for get music, great dancing, great fun – and all in a good cause!
A traditional event during the RFL season is the Bid Me Bald challenge organised by the Relay Rockers. As the name suggests, people are invited to bid (make donations to RFL) to see a well-known Second Life resident go bald for a period of time in-world. First held in 2007, Bid Me Bald is presented as a means to honour those who have lost their hair as a result of their cancer treatment, with those volunteering to participate going bald for one day for each L$5000 raised through donations.
In 2017, to mark the 10th anniversary of Bid Me bald, a new twist was added to the mix when three teams from Linden Lab put themselves up for bidding / donations in Bid A Linden Bald. In 2018, the Lab again put forward three teams for Bid Me Bald, with the team raising the least amount of money will once again go bald for the amount of days equal to the total of the team raising the most, with the time shared among the losing team members.
Those two events between them raised more than L$3.5 million for Relay for Life. For 2019, the Lab is participating with five teams:
Customer Account Operations: Dakota Linden, Theresa Linden and Vanessa Linden.
Support Management: Ami Linden, Derrick Linden, Kristin Linden and Maggie Linden.
Bidding officially opened on Wednesday, May 15th and will run through until May 22nd, when the losing team will be up for a haircut at a special event!
Should you wish to place a bid, drop in to the Relay Rockers’ home region. You may be redirected to the main landing point, so just follow the signs to the bidding kiosks. You can make your donation based on the team you’d like to see win – or against the team you’d like to see lose!
The official events of Fantasy Faire are over. The DJs have played, the artists have performed, stories have been written and told. Memories have been born, friendships renewed or made. As it is with every year, Fantasy Faire 2019 will leave its mark on all who attended it, whether for their first time, their fifth or as someone who has been a part of the magic since its inception.
But while the formal events have now ended, The Fairelands remain for one more weekend; so if you’ve not yet had the time to visit this year’s realms, now is the time to do so.
Already this year has been a landmark for Fantasy Faire. In 2018, the event raised some US $50,000, all of which was put towards cancer care at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) in Nairobi, Kenya, and the American Cancer Society’s plans to build a new Hope Hostel for cancer sufferers and their families and carers at the hospital. The success of the 2018 Faire served as a hallmark event for the Hope Hostel efforts within the ACS, as Kristen Solt, Managing Director of the American Cancer Society’s Global Health Initiatives Programme indicated in an open letter to all Fairelanders.
This year, it had been hoped that 2019 could come close to matching that total, further strengthening the work at KNH, with a target of US $40,000 being set. But then came an anonymous business donor, who offered US $20,000 to Fantasy Faire if the event achieved their target.
US $40,000 is L$10 million – that’s a lot by anyone’s count. But on Thursday, May 2nd, as Fairelanders were informed via group note cards, that target was achieved, and the anonymous benefactor indeed stepped up and presented the Faire with a further US $20,000, bringing the total raised to date for the 2019 event to over US $60,000.
And there is still time to increase that amount. the regions of the Fairelands will remain open until the end of day, Sunday May 5th. The stores all remain open for business, and there is still time to join this year’s Fairelands Quest – the Lair of Lantoris:
The Bard Queen’s grandson has been stolen … his parents, the Princess Flora and Garius the Winter King are determined to rescue him. But Oswain has been carried to the lair of Lantoris, a disgraced mage and follower of the Unweaver. His skill at protective spells is so advanced — can you penetrate his barriers? It all depends on you, apprentice of magic, to gather the ingredients to create the spells that Flora is researching. And then to venture into Lantoris’ realm, where Garius is desperately seeking his son.
As with past Faire Quests, the Lair of Lantoris is HUD-driven, with the HUD available from all landing points within the Fairelands at L$250 for the basic edition and L$350 for the Deluxe edition with a custom outfit for your avatar. It is, again, like previous quests, in two parts, with the second chapter, now open – so, if you haven’t started it as yet, there is still time to catch up over the weekend!
The first part of the Quest offers a great way to discover the Fairelands: you must travel through each one, starting with the Fairelands Junction, where the Bard Queen will set you on your way. Then you must find a series of ingredients (with the aid of a NPC “helper” in the form of The Professor), one per Faireland region (with the exception of Thornfast, which is reserved for chapter 2 of the Quest). The ingredients could by anywhere in each region (except within the store themselves), so you’ll get to find out a lot about each one.
The second part of the quest takes place exclusively within Thornfast – make sure you follow the additional instructions for this part of the Quest carefully! Should you need help with anything, refer to the Quest FAQ, and if your curious about the rewards you’re be granted on completion, check out the Quest prize catalogue!
So, with three days left, be sure to head over to the Fairelands and enjoy Fantasy Faire 2019 before the regions fade into the west for another year. There’s a lot to be found within the stores, and plenty of kiosks in which to offer a donation, and you can also dontate via the Fantasy Faire ACS team page.
As a part of the Fantasy Faire LitFest, one day at Fantasy Faire is set aside to mark the life and works of popular writers of fantasy and science fiction. The roll call for this event so far reads:
2015: Terry Pratchett.
2016: William Shakespeare (marking the 400th anniversary since his death).
2017: J.R.R. Tolkien.
2018: G.R.R. Martin.
On Wednesday, April 24th 2019, the Fantasy Faire LitFest is celebrating the life and work of American speculative fiction icon, Ursula K. Le Guin, who sadly passed away in January 2018.
Regarded as one of America’s foremost writers of speculative fiction, including science fiction works set in her Hainish Universe, and her Earthsea fantasy series, Le Guin’s career spanned 60 years. During that time, she produced more than twenty novels, over a hundred short stories and many volumes of poetry, literary criticism, translations, and children’s books.
Her first published novel came in 1966, with Rocannon’s World, after she had faced around a decade of having her work rejected by publishers. This novel formed the founding volume of her Hainish Cycle, the fourth volume of which, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969), propelled her in the mainstream of science fiction, garnering her a Hugo and a Nebula award in the process – the first of many awards she was to receive throughout her writing career.
The Left Hand of Darkness laid down many of the defining traits found within Le Guin’s works, which often include themes of cultural anthropology, Jungian archetypes, philosophical Taoism, gender and sexuality, moral development, political development and systems, and general sociology, psychology, or philosophy.
Today, Le Guin is rightly regarded as a writer who did much to bring fantasy and science fiction forward as accepted literary genres, and her work, ides and style influencing many authors in both fields who followed her.
Ursula K. Le Guin day will be marked by a series of special events, comprising:
09:00-10:00 SLT: Exploring Le Guin: A Brief Tour and Discussion: a “tour” of Le Guin’s lands, via favourite passages from her books – suggestions invited. Moderated by Aoife Lorefield.
10:00-11:00 SLT: Aoife Lorefield Shares Readings from Ursula K. Le Guin.
15:00-17:00 SLT: A Wizard in Earthsea Party: The LitFest Ball.
And while discussing matters literary, don’t forget to cast your vote for this year’s King, Queen and Chancellor for Fantasy Faire 2019!
This fun (and fund-raising) activity lets Fantasy Faire visitors vote for the fictional characters (human in the case of King and Queen, strictly non-human in the case of Chancellor) they’d liked to see “crowned” at this year’s Faire. Voting is via donations to L$ Fantasy Faire, and this year’s nominees (selected by popular demand) are:
To vote for your favourite in each category, visit the voting board on The Celestial Plain. Here you can cast your vote via a donation to RFL of SL. Just right-click on the donation boards beneath the nominee(s) for whom you’d like to vote, and enter an amount of your choice to donate.
You can pay as much or as little as you want but the more you pay, the more chance your candidate has of becoming King, Queen or Chancellor, as the winners will be based on the highest amounts raised for the nominees in each group. You can also vote as often as you like, as this is a fun activity to help raise funds for Fantasy Faire and the KNH Hope Hostel.
Voting will close at 16:00 SLT on Sunday April 29th, and the results will be announced at the end of the Live Auction.