Treat yourself to the best Christmas gift in SL

Last week I paid a visit to the 2012 SL Christmas Expo, which features fund-raising efforts for Relay for Life. Proceeds from special vendors in the Expo stores as well as donation to the familiar RFL kiosks will be going directly to RFL SL.

One of the things you can get at the Expo is a CD containing 39 Christmas songs and bonus track. This is available from special vendors at the Expo, with all proceeds again going to RFL SL.

The RFL Xmas CD
The RFL Xmas CD

The album showcases some of the finest musicians and singers performing in Second Life, and is a veritable tour-de-force of the talent on offer through the medium of the platform. The songs, ordered by track / artist(s) are:

  1. Away in a Manger – Grace McDunnough
  2. Sleigh Ride – Voodoo Shilton
  3. Where are you Christmas – Shaye Dezno-Jonstone
  4. Christmas is the Heart – Jon and the Anonymous Virtual Orchestra
  5. Mr. Grinch – Damian Carbenell
  6. I Want Things – Sara Tiemogo (Saramarie Philly in SL)
  7. Jingle Bell Rock – Gina Stella
  8. Noche de Paz – Eliz Watanabe
  9. I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Kitty Zeddmore
  10. Christmas Waltz – Nad Gough
  11. White Christmas – Lyrica Acoustic and PT Beardmore
  12. Destiny Christmas – Quantamis Navarathna
  13. Silent Night – Amereth Popstar
  14. Happy Xmas – Clairede Dirval, Dixie Silverweb and Tristan Silverweb
  15. O Holy Night –  Laura Savio
  16. The Christmas Song – Jean Munro
  17. Little Drummer Boy-Peace on Earth – David Csiszer
  18. Joy to the World – Louis Landon
  19. All I Want For Christmas is You – TerryLynn Melody
  20. Ave Maria – Antonio Galloway
  21. Santa Baby – Sassy Nitely (Barbie Horsley)
  22. Deck the Funk – Gweeb
  23. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – AMForte Clarity
  24. Blue Christmas – Starrfish Ohmai
  25. The Perfect Gift – Anek Fuchs
  26. Jingle Bells – Tamra Hayden (Tamra Sands in SL) and Eugene Gwozdz
  27. Fairytale of New York – Maximillion Kleene and Stella Silvansky
  28. Who Put the Dick on the Snowman – Mandoaa Dragonash
  29. Please Come Home for Christmas – Hogan Baily
  30. Mary Did You Know – ScarlettLa Roux
  31. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Savannah Coronet
  32. Winter Wonderland – Carah Nitely
  33. Let it Snow – Joaquin Gustav
  34. Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Tamra Hayden (Tamra Sands in SL) and Handarido Optera
  35. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas –  Kristina Helene (Therese Nightfire in SL)
  36. Merry Christmas from the Family – Karter Stonecutter
  37. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Damian Carbenell
  38. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – AMForte Clarity
  39. Feliz Navidad – Jase Branner
  40. Winning – POL Arida (Bonus non-Christmas Song)

(And yes, you did read the title of track 28 correctly!)

The cost of the CD is L$500 – but you can donate more if you want.

The package includes an in-world media player and download system which ensures a very smooth playback of all tracks (if you use the media filter common to many TPVs, you might want to turn it off or ensure you trust the CD domain in order to enjoy uninterrupted playback). The player itself allows you to shuffle back and forth through the track and play tracks randomly rather than in order. There is also a link to a webpage where you can download the tracks outside of SL and take them with you wherever you go.

For those unfamiliar with RFL and RFL SL, there is also a short history of both included in the package, which highlights the fact that SL users have, over the years, raised in excess of $1 million for cancer research and treatment.

All of us have more than likely been touched by cancer in one way or another, either directly or through a family member or friend. As such, this CD provides a very special way of helping in the march towards finding a cure – so why not take a jump over to the Christmas Expo and treat yourself to a copy?

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SL Christmas Expo – supporting RFL SL

The 2012 SL Christmas Expo is underway. While the official Relay For Life Second Life 2012 events season is officially closed, the Expo is in support of RFL SL, and is being held on five sims adjacent to that of the American Cancer Society.

The Expo, which runs through until December 19th, brings together merchants and entertainers from across the grid to help us prepare for the holiday season and get in the mood for Christmas as the New Year, and features a number of special events and activities.

Race for the Bells - all proceeds to RFL
Race for the Bells – all proceeds to RFL

In terms of the latter, the Expo is the starting point for the 2012 Race for the Bells. This is a unique “marathon” “run” across 25 regions in Second Life. On offer is a first prize of L$10,000 for the person who can complete the course in the fastest time – and locate the 25 silver bells in the process. The marathon is open to all, and can be run as many times as you like. The is an entrance fee of L$100 per run – with all proceeds going to RFL. To start, use the teleport above and then click on the TOP sign at the start point and pay the entrance fee (click the BOTTOM sign if you are re-running!). The  hint for locating the first bell will be delivered, and you are off! Each bell you find will give you a hint as to where the next can be found. The race will be open through until December 19th.

Proceeds from the Expo raffle, featuring some unique prizes, will similarly be donated directly to RFL. Tickets cost L$100 or three for L$250. Keep an eye on the Expo’s blog as well, for details of upcoming silent auctions.

SL Christmas Expo 2012: come shop 'til you drop!
SL Christmas Expo 2012: come shop ’til you drop!

The Expo will also play host to the 2012 Avi Choice awards at a black tie formal event to be held at the Expo’s auditorium on December 14th. The event commences at 18:00 SLT on the 14th, and will be fronted by Traderi Whiplash and Nuala Maracas and feature Saffia Widdershins, Elrik Merlin, Zander Greene and Aisling Sinclair with a host of entertainers.

The Expo park
The Expo park

Entertainment at the event will take place daily, and feature some of SL’s top musicians, dancers and DJs. The full schedule is available on the Expo website.

The five regions of the Expo feature an urban layout of broad streets lined either side with stores which encourages a feeling of being out Christmas shopping. Christmas trees stand at many street intersections, snow lies piled about, and there are a number of open areas where the foot-weary can sit and take to load off for a few minutes, including the central park area.

Each Xmas Expo shopkeeper has donated two items and set them for sale in a special Relay for Life vendor. Proceeds of all sales from these vendors will go directly to RFL – so look out for them as you wander, explore and shop.

The RFL Xmas CD

On offer at the Expo, and available in-world only through until the New Year, is the Christmas Holiday CD, which features some of Second Life’s best performers, who have donated their time and their voices to a very special recording.

The RFL Xmas CD
The Christmas Holiday CD

Coordinated and arranged by Liz Harley and produced by Joe Silverstar, the CD is available for L$500 which goes directly to RFL. It can be purchased from a number of special RFL vendors located at the Holiday Park and in the Auditorium on sims: Xmas Expo 1, Xmas Expo 2, Xmas Expo 3,  and Xmas Expo 4. Each copy includes an in-world CD and a link for downloading track MP3s outside of SL.

SL Christmas Expo 2012, giving support a worthy cause
SL Christmas Expo 2012, giving support a worthy cause

RFL 2012: Underway!

RFL of SL’s 2012 Relay Weekend has commenced. The sims are open, and the survivor / caregiver walk has set the stage for 24 hours of lapped themes around the track. The weekend kicked-off with a grand opening ceremony – which I have to confess to having to miss as I couldn’t get into the 4 regions where the ceremony was taking place – and will now run through until 10:00 SLT on Sunday 15th July, with track laps taking place at the start of almost every hour, and a host of events and activities taking place across the track regions.

From the visitor’s guide

If you are planning to walk the track, donate, and joy in events – and of course, you are planning to do just that! – make sure your first port-of-call is the welcome centre, where you can collect your pedometer and walk-and-talk attachments, as I mentioned last time around. Here to you can also get your RFL of 2012 Visitor’s Guide, which you can also view on-line.

Welcome centre

From here you can use the teleport system to randomly TP you to a point on the grid, or jump directly to one of the points of interest – the RFL blog has a list of events taking place at the various stages throughout today and tomorrow.

A look along the track

The weekend is liable to be popular, so please try to be as low-lag during your visit as possible and detach any / all unneeded attachments. Gift bags line the track itself, allowing you to drop your Lindens into them at any time, and you can of course opt to swing off the track at any time and enjoy any of the fabulous builds along the route before continuing on your way – the themed walks last an hour, which should provide a decent amount of time for admiring builds as well as for putting in your laps!

Given this year’s theme is Time for a Cure, many of the builds feature time and clocks within them – often in the most imaginative of ways. All the builds offer something special and are worth a visit in their own right, and really are worth visiting and exploring – and give you ample time to join in for a lap or two!

I’m hoping to join-in for at least two of the themed laps over the course of the weekend – I have my costumes at the ready – and look forward to see you there as well :).

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RFL: 2012 The Relay Weekend is upon us

Tomorrow, Saturday 14th July, sees the start oF RFL of SL Relay Weekend. Events will commence  at 10:00 SLT with the Opening Ceremony, after which the laps of the track will begin.

When visiting the RFL track, make sure you head for the Welcome Center when you first arrive. Here you can obtain the Pedometer and the Walk and Talk attachments by touching the Track Tools sign. These will measure your progress around the track and allow you to socialize while automatically walking around the track.

The RFL 2012 track

While at the Welcome Centre make sure you also click on the Luminaria sign and receive a reference to the colors of the Luminari and the Themed Laps sign for anotecard on the themed laps for the weekend.

Track Tools -credit: photo by Lyr Lobo

As well as the track walks, there will be a lot going on across all of the track regions. There are three music stages and there will be a wide range of activities throughout the weekend, including: an art show, flea market, silent auction, snail races, a breedables auction and water activities.

RFL 2012 Relay Weekend SLurls