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2016 Home and Garden Expo opens

The 8th Home and Garden Expo (HGE) in support of Relay for Life of Second Life and the American Cancer Society, opened its doors to the public on Sunday, February 14th, 2016, and promises to be another hugely popular event.

Taking place across 10 regions, all called Hope and a number (1 through 10), the event will run through until Sunday March 6th, 2016, offering some of the finest in home, garden, and furnishing designs available across the grid.

With over 100 exhibitors taking part, including those participating in the breedables exhibition, which forms a part of the HGE activities this year, the event offers something for anyone who is looking for a new home, ideas for furnishing and decor, wishing to improve their building (or other) skills, or who just wishes to keep abreast of the latest building / home trends in Second Life.

Home and Garden Expo 2016 - the fun fair

Home and Garden Expo 2016– the fun fair

As well as providing the opportunity to discover the best in housing designs ans itself, there will be a wide range of events going on through the two weeks of HGE, including talks, classes, entertainment, the Expo hunt, a fun fair with bumper cars and a rollercoaster, gachas and more. For details on everything that is going on, please refer to the HGE website’s events schedule.

This year also sees artists exhibit at HGE, and I’ll be taking a look at who is exhibiting during the course of the exhibition.

Home and Garden Expo 2016 - the Prim Perfect auditorium, once again home for this year's featured HGE talks

Home and Garden Expo 2016 – the Prim Perfect auditorium, once again home for this year’s featured HGE talks

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All HGE regions are rated moderate.

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Second Life Home and Garden Expo 2016 announced

A Maven Home featured at the 2014 Home and Garden Expo

A Maven Home featured at the 2014 Home and Garden Expo

The 2016 Second Life Home and Garden Expo  has been announced and will run from 14th February through to 6th March 2016.

Spanning nine regions, the Expo will feature the very beside in home and garden design, furnishing and decor, all to help raise money for Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL). In particular, 2016 will see the Expo under new management and featuring a fresh new experience: The Festival of Hope, together with an art exhibition and gachas, as well as the Expo hunt.

Registrations have now opened for interested exhibitors and artists, with the following point of note:

  • Those willing to be exhibitors at the expo are asked to offer two items for sale with 100% of proceeds being donated directly to RFL of SL. These must new items, and offered exclusively to visitors to the Expo for the duration of the event.
  • The art exhibition will be split into 3 groups, with artists in each group exhibiting for a period of one week. During this time, they must offer one item for sale with 100% of proceeds of sales donated directly to RFL of SL.

Gachas are a new opportunity to the Expo this year, and 50% of the proceeds from these will be paid to RFL. One gacha machine is included in all exhibitor packs. A limited number of non-exhibitor gachas will also be available.

Those wishing to apply to be either an exhibitor or artist at the 2016 should complete the application form. Full details of exhibitor pricing is available, and all applicant should ensure they have read the notes on intellectual property and the rules and requirements for the Expo.

Further details on the event can be obtained through the Home and Garden Expo 2016 website,  where blogger registrations will be opening in the near future. In the meantime, press enquiries can be made in-world to Kaerri Rae and /or Reven Rosca.

2014 Home and Garden Expo opens

One of HGE's Platinium Sponsor Cain Maven's superb houses

One of HGE’s Platinum Sponsor Cain Maven’s superb houses – click any image for full size

Having been put back from its usual May time slot due to unavoidable circumstances, the 7th  Home and Garden Expo (HGE) in support of Relay for Life of Second Life and the American Cancer Society, opened its doors to the public on Tuesday September 16th, and promises to be another hugely popular event.

Running through until Sunday September 28th, 2014, HGE comprises nine regions adjacent to the American Cancer Society region, and offers some of the finest in home, garden, and furnishing designs available across the grid. With around 90 exhibitors taking part, the event offers something for anyone who is looking for a new home, ideas for furnishing and decor, wishing to improve their building (or other) skills, or who just wishes to keep abreast of the latest building / home trends in Second Life.

The Prim Perfect Castle, and grounds, designed by Aisling Sinclair using elements from a numebr of SL designers, provides a magnificent venue for the magazine's talks and presentations

The Prim Perfect Castle and grounds, designed by Aisling Sinclair using elements from a number of SL designers, provides a magnificent venue for the magazine’s talks and presentations

As well as providing the opportunity to discover the best in housing designs ans itself, there will be a wide range of events going on through the two weeks of HGE, including talks, classes, hunts and more taking place around the Expo spaces, as well as a special gacha, a raffle, the silent auction … detail of which will all be made available through the HGE website’s programme pages.

The theme for this year’s event is Story Time, and many of the exhibit areas reflect this, often in quite imaginative ways, so it’s worth taking your time when exploring, as there are some gems of exhibit pieces to be found.

Communities and groups have also had the opportunity to represent themselves at the Expo by means of info boards which have been available for lease throughout the Expo regions. Roleplay groups, bloggers, music venues, galleries, and so on, have been able to advertise themselves through these boards and extend their reach, with all proceeds from the leasing of the boards  going directly to RFL of SL.

As well as offering full-size display homes and furnishing / decor displays, several exhibitors are also showing beautiful miniatures of their works, like this detailed model from Meshworx

As well as offering full-size display homes and furnishing / decor displays, several exhibitors are also showing beautiful miniatures of their works, like this detailed model from HGE Gold Sponsor, Meshworx

Visitors to the Expo areas can also participate in Letters From Expo. The HGE blog describes this as:

Working to give the folks battling this deadly disease reason to hope.  To give their caregivers and loved ones hope and encouragement. Because the battle is lonely, and so is the caregiving.  Both can leave a person with feelings of isolation and hopelessness.

This year, we want to spread the hope as far and as wide as we can.  We want to show our love, offer our courage, give our thanks, and remember those who are no longer with us in a new and immediate way. Moreover, in a way that can be seen across the globe, even by non-SLers.

Plato Novo's exhibit for %Percent Furniture & Lighting imaginatively builds on the HGE's Story Time theme

Plato Novo’s exhibit for %Percent Furniture & Lighting imaginatively builds on the HGE’s Story Time theme

To this end, visitors are invited to write a letter of hope to cancer sufferers and caregivers on one of five subjects (Love, Hope, Thanks, Courage. Remembrance), and for a suggested donation of L$50, post them in the corresponding mailbox at the Expo’s Post Office, where they will be sorted and later appear on the HGE blog. Visitors may of course submit letters on more than one of the themes, but all letters should meet the requirements set-out in the Letters From Expo page linked-to above.

With some L$415,000 raised during the core RFL of SL season, the Home and Garden Expo offers an opportunity to further build on this year’s total for RFL, while offering SL users a lot to see and do. Be sure, as well, not to miss the event interviews featured on the HGE website.

?? offers a fabulous exhibit which perfectly captures the Story Time theme to this year's event

A Disastrous Beauty offers a fabulous exhibit which perfectly captures the Story Time theme to this year’s event

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2014 SL Home and Garden Expo registrations open and bloggers sought

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Having been put back from its usual May time slot due to unavoidable circumstances, the 2014 Home and Garden Expo in support of Relay for Life of Second Life and the American Cancer Society, is now accepting registrations from exhibitors and are seeking bloggers to help cover the event.

The Expo will open its doors to the public on Tuesday September 16th and run through until Sunday September 28th, 2014. The press preview days will be held on Sunday 14th and Monday 15th September 2014.

The Home and Garden Expo is the SL event where users can see homes, gardens and furnishing from creators across SL, enjoy talks and presentations by designers, enjoy entertainment throughout the week and – most importantly, help raise funds for RFL of SL. The 2014 event will now take place between September 16th and 28th, with press days on the 14th and 16th September

The Home and Garden Expo is the SL event where users can see homes, gardens and furnishing from creators across SL, attend talks and presentations by designers, enjoy entertainment throughout the week and – most importantly, help raise funds for RFL of SL. The 2014 event will take place between September 16th and 28th, with press days on the 14th and 16th September  (image: 5th HGE, 2012)

Exhibitors

Those wishing to participate in the event as exhibitors should check out the following links:

The application form for exhibitors is available on Google Docs.

When applying, do make sure that you follow the instructions in the application form for making your payment at the HGE Office in-world, and that you supply the requested note card alongside of your payment.

Bloggers

Those wishing to register as official bloggers should note that there are new requirements on blogging this year, and the organising team are looking for two groups of bloggers:

  • Online Shopping Guide (OSG) Staff (12 sought), who will be instrumental in promoting the donation items raising funds for RFL of SL and the other new releases and prizes being offered by our extraordinary exhibitors and program contributors
  • Third-party bloggers who are willing to blog about home and garden items, as well as in promoting the Second Life Home and Garden Expo and our fundraising efforts.

Those wishing to apply as either OSG staff or third-party bloggers are requested to read the official HGE post on blogging opportunities, which includes links to the relevant application forms.

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