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Holly Kai Park: supporting Feed A Smile in Second Life

Brique Zeiner (Brique Topaz in SL), the driving force bethind Feed A Smile and some of the Kenya children from poor families for whom the programme provides daily warm meals

Brique Zeiner (Brique Topaz in SL), the driving force behind Feed A Smile and some of the Kenya children from poor families for whom the programme provides daily warm meals

We’ve made another small but important change at Holly Kai Park. Following discussions with Brique Topaz of Feed A Smile, we’re very pleased to announce that from February 2017 onwards, Holly Kai Park is an official supporter of Feed A Smile.

Feed A Smile is a programme run by Live and Learn Kenya (LLK) to provide nutritious warm lunches for over 400 children every day, paid for entirely from donations to the project – and over a third of the money comes from donations made by Second Life users. It is part of a broader programme managed by LLK, which includes finding sponsors to finance the education of children in Kenya, helping to provide them with everything they need: uniforms, shoes, text books, school supplies, etc., and even building a school in Nakuru, Kenya.

In addition, the organisation also provides medical and dental care for children, including check-ups and vaccinations. 100% of the donations received by LLK are transferred directly to Kenya to care for children, provide education, medicine, food, shelter and foster care. Nothing is lost to salaries, fees or administrative costs at LLK.

The Feed A Smile kiosk just inside the entrance to Caitinara Bar

The Feed A Smile kiosk just inside the entrance to Caitinara Bar

To mark this modest collaboration, we have located a number of Feed A Smile donation kiosks around the key venues and locations in the park: the landing point, at the stage area on the Art Hill, at the Pavilion live events venue and, of course, in Caitinara Bar. We very much hope that when visiting the park, should you enjoy your time, you will consider making a donation to Feed A Smile in lieu of the more usual venue tips (we prefer not to take venue tips at the park).

Also, as we do not charge for the use of our venue spaces, we also ask that anyone booking and using them to please consider a donation to Feed A Smile / advertising the boards during their event.


Celebrating the Oscars at Caitinara Bar, Second Life

The limos start to arrive at the spotlights roam the skies outside Caitinara Bar

The limos start to arrive at the spotlights roam the skies outside Caitinara Bar

On Wednesday, February 8th, we opened the new look Caitinara Bar with our monthly Music With Anthony theme night – an opportunity for friends and guests to dress up and come along to the bar and have a little extra fun and conversation.

As February is the month of the Academy Awards, we’d decided to have our own celebration of the music and songs from award-winning films over the decades, as well as music and songs from this year’s nominees. To help set the mood, we did a little decorating as well: spotlight swivelling across the skies outside, a red carpet extending from roadside into the bar, complete with photo backdrop for those wanting to grab a snap or two (we kept the paparazzi outside!), and Oscar himself adorning the walls.

Ylva, Patti and Kerena

Ylva, Patti and Kerena

As people began to arrive, so the music started to play – Anthony had selected some of the more recent hits from major award-winning films, and as more arrived so the requests came in as well. Of course, there were the classics, like Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), When You Wish Upon A Star (Pinocchio), Windmills of Your Mind (The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968), to the songs we perhaps grew up with, like Up Where We Belong (An Officer and a Gentleman), through to more recent ballads, such as Adele’s Skyfall – and many, many more.

Everyone took to the evening in style, the gents looking dapper and dashing, the ladies glittering in frocks and gowns, and the conversation flowed around the music. sadly, we didn’t get the red carpet photos we’d hoped, but the sekrit camera was floating around the dance floor, allowing me to capture the odd shot or two :). If you’re not included in the pictures here, my apologies – I’ll make sure to catch you at the next event!

Bou, Anthony, Sam and Sister

Bou, Anthony, Sam and Sister

If you couldn’t make it to this month’s special event, our next is on Wednesday, March 1st, when we’ll be featuring the music of the New Romantics.  BUT! Don’t forget we have music and dancing at the bar every Wednesday and Friday, from 4:00pm through 6:00pm SLT on each evening, with Anthony Westburn providing the tunes on Wednesdays and Joy Canadeo playing them on Fridays.

So, why not make a note in your diaries and come along and join us? And don’t forget as well, Holly Kai Park is always open for visits, complete with our regular art exhibitions and displays.

Caitlyn and I pause for photos on the red carpet!

Caitlyn and I pause for photos on the red carpet!

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Changes at Holly Kai Park in Second Life

Holly Kai Park - with the new north-east design to the right

Holly Kai Park – with the new north-east design to the right

As many readers of this blog know, I both curate the Art at the Park exhibitions at Holly Kai Park, and help to look after the park itself, taking care of landscaping, layout etc. In addition, Caitlyn and I run a small music venue there – Caitinara Bar.

Earlier in the year, Nber Medici, the region’s owner, asked me if a part of the park could be altered to provide room for some of her collection of 2D and 3D art which she has put together over the years, making it something of a Second Life art archive. After some discussion, we decided to re-work the north-east corner of the park, which has been home a quiet art garden and the beach with Caitinara Bar.

The steps up from the Art Park to the new plateau

The steps up from the Art Park to the new plateau

Unfortunately, I can’t really do “small” changes … so what started out as the intent to keep things much as they were quickly became a major brainstorming session, which in turn culminated in an extensive rebuild of that corner of the park. Hence why, for a time recently, my blogging activities dropped off for several days!

Anyway, the larger part of the work is now done, and the new build is in place. If you’ve visited Holly Kai Park in the past, or if you’re a regular to the park or Caitinara Bar, the changes are pretty obvious, being marked by an extension to the Park’s rocky plateau.

This new rocky outcrop, higher than the main elevation in the park and linked to it by stone steps, will eventually be home to the Medici Collection, featuring both indoor and outdoor displays of 2D and 3D art from Nber’s collection. Right now, the footpaths and buildings are in place, but we’re still sorting through the art, so it will be a little while longer before things are in place and the landscaping is finished.

Going underground: the entrance to the new Caitinara Bar

Going underground: the entrance to the new Caitinara Bar, with steps up to the level above

Directly below this, and accessed via a cave-like opening, is the new Caitinara Bar, which grew out of a suggestion from Caitlyn that we try going underground. It’s a little large than the old beach side bar, with arched brick ceilings and walls, new seating  – it even has an actual bar at one end!

We’ll continue to host our Wednesday and Friday night music events at the bar with our DJs Anthony Westburn and Joy Canadeo. In fact, we’ll be christening the new bar on Wednesday, February 8th with a special event celebrating the Academy Awards, so there’s an excuse to don gowns and evening suits and come on over and see the place for yourself!

The north end of the area, reached via an extended Park Walk, will now offer interactive 3D art displays, including Reflections at Midnight, donated by Frankx Lefarve.

The Holly Kai River now sports a new set of falls

The Holly Kai River now sports a new set of falls

We’ll be re-starting the Art at the Park series very soon. But in the meantime, if you fancy visiting the park, you are more than welcome to do so, and Caitinara Bar offers a warm, friendly greeting and great musics every Wednesday and Friday, between 16:00 and 18:00 SLT. Hope to see you there one evening!

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It’s Christmas at Caitinara Bar, Second Life

On Wednesday December 14th, between 16:00 and 18:00 SLT, we’ll be celebrating the best of the Christmas and seasonal songs with a special holiday Music with Anthony at Caitinara Bar.

It will be a great way to start your holiday celebrations – despite the bar being on a beach, we’ve ordered in some special seasons looks and even arranged some snow and a turkey dinner for anyone feeling peckish!

Anthony will be playing all the famous hits, old and new and will be taking requests from our guests. And if you feel like it – why not come dressed for the occasion – formal or fun, naughty or nice, all those with the festive spirit are welcome! So, we’ll hope you’ll join us in celebrating the season, and just maybe looking back over the year and forward to 2017 as we dance under the snow and the stars.

We look forward to seeing you! And please set your viewer to midnight on arriving, if it doesn’t take the parcel settings automatically.

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