Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Duchess Liz Wilner Speaks on the Fourth Annual Royal Ascot and Races

By Bixyl Shuftan

On Saturday June 24, the fourth annual Royal Ascot Races will be taking place at Blackhawk Downs from 1 to 3PM SL time. The event will raise funds for the Relay for Life Team ACTS. Liz Wilner, known as the Duchess of Trikassi, talked about the event with the Newser. Of how it got started, "Lady Charik and I were thinkiing of a fine event to do for the RFL cause...we both are great fans of all that is Ascot. So four years ago, we decided to host a Second Life Royal Ascot, recreating the big Royal day at Ascot week. We enlisted the help of the extraordinary Countess Cassie Eldemar to recreate the proper enclosures, which she has done to perfection. Her husband, Lord Oldesoul Eldemar, has been of great assistance in handling all of the kiosks, advertising, and more.

"And in year three, I had the great pleasure of meeting Lady Zinda Blake, owner of Blackhawk Downs. She was very enthusiastic about allowing Ascot to be at her wonderful horse racing sim, and it has been such a joy to have Royal Ascot there. Each year, more and more attend, sponsor, race, and enjoy. Sir Gerrard Winstanley, G., has been our live MC and music director. And each year Royal Ascot is filmed and made to video for enjoyment. G calls all the races, makes commentary throughout, hosts the fabulous after party as well. It's a truly wonderful day of ladies in hats and in their best top hats and morning suits, races, surprises, great fun.

"And all starts with the Royal procession, then, 'Let the races begin!' Anyone can sign up to race their horse (nc to me or Olde by June 20th this year, more on that). Last year we had three main races, and then a bonus steeplechase race, followed by a tinies race, which, by the way, went over several laps because the tinies didn't want to stop going around the track (giggle).

"Each race has a kiosk, filled with prizes from sponsors, so people can see the race cards, and select 1st 2nd 3rd places...everyone wins something, the riders and horses are presented with trophies and ribbons in special ceremonies after each race completes. We love our sponsors, as well. They know each prize is a win for RFL, It is free to be a sponsor, should one wish to offer something for the races, a gift certificate, item, or service. Notecard either me or Olde. We have a special sponsor area. And all sponsors are announced live as well, where logos and LMs are displayed, We have a special sponsor area, and all sponsors are announced live as well...where logos and LMs are displayed. It is a signature event for Team ACTS RFL...and people from all over truly enjoy the dressing up, the racing, the great fun of the event. Each year we have more and more people. This year we have more new sponsors as well, in addition to previous sponsors, which is very exciting.

"This is a huge event, and we all work very hard to make it a special fun day,and different from the usual events."

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The Royal Ascot does have a dress code, of which different places have different codes. Although types of avatars don't count as clothing, some nonhuman appearances are going to have difficulty finding items for the Royal Enclosure.

Royal Enclosure:

Ladies are required to wear formal day clothing whilst within the Royal Enclosure as described:
• Dresses and skirts of a length just below the knee or longer
• Dresses and tops with straps of one inch or more
• If a jacket is worn, the dress or top must still comply with the above standard
• Trouser suits of full length and same colour are welcome
• Hats should be worn; alternatively a head piece with a 4 inch base or more is acceptable
Please note the following:
• Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps are not permitted in the Enclosure
• Midriffs must be covered

Gentlemen are required to wear either a black or grey morning suit which must include:
• A waistcoat
• A tie or cravat
• A black or grey top hat
• Black shoes
A gentlemen’s top hat may be removed within the refreshment tent, private box or private club.


Ladies with admission to the grandstand are encouraged to dress as if attending a formal occasion. Please take note of the following:
• A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times
• Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted
• Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that follows the above guideline.
• Jackets maybe worn, however the dress or top it covers should adhere to the above guideline.
• Midriffs must be covered
• Shorts are not permitted

Gentlemen are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie.

Silver Ring and Heath Enclosure:

Although no formal dress code applies in the Silver Ring Enclosure and Heath Enclosure, race goers are encouraged to wear smart clothes.

Please note that bare chests are not permitted at any time.

Blackhawk Heights, Katoteros (77, 180, 1098)

Bixyl Shuftan

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The SL Newser Anniversary Party

Saturday June 3 was the Second Life Newser's seventh anniversary party. The party took place at the Happy Vixen beach club in the Purrfection sim. For seven years, the Newser had made it's home in the Sunweaver/Angel community which the sim and club are part of, and now it was time to have a little fun for both the writers and their office's neighbors and other friends.

Bastian Endless was the DJ for the event, spinning the tunes with a little flash.

Gemma Cleansalte doing a dance on the beach club deck. Deaflegacy was also by for a short time before real life called her away from the computer.

One new visitor to the club, Rakucka, a pink landwalker sharkgirl, fit into the theme of a news publication's party with a video camera, which got cartooned later on.

The club had other new visitors as well.

 Gemma's friend Bejita was also there.

Rita Mariner, the leader of the Sunweaver community, also dropped by the party.

There was a "Come As You Are" contest with 1000L on the board. Valkyrie Ice and Skylark Lefavre tied and split the prize. Some money was also thrown into the 'sploder.

It was a fun time had by all. And the Newser is looking forward to it's eighth party.

Bixyl Shuftan

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The 2017 Mental Health Symposium at Sojourner Auditorium

By Gemma Cleanslate

The  2017 Mental Health Symposium at Sojourner Auditorium  on Saturday drew a large audience. The topics were related to “ways to promote mental health for themselves and their families, how diet affects mental health, and how first responders and medical clinicians can improve their own mental health.”  

I’m sorry to say I  missed some of the presentations however the ones I attended were most interesting and informative. Many people do not realize amount of support that is available in Second Life for mental or emotional issues and also other health issues.  

There were tours offered to three sites where people could find out information about the ways in which Second Life can help and support someone inworld. I have been to all three before but visited to see the the tours.

Our first visit was to Ethnographia Region .  “This installation is a sort of "build biography" -- a story of discovery of a new self as a result of being in a virtual world, after having become disabled. The build is set up like an immersive gallery exhibit that you can walk through and interact with. It includes signs with pictures and captions, as well as objects and demonstrations that show some of the things that the story is talking about.”  The notecards represent how Second Life can be helpful in itself in helping a person to manage and enhance their identity in real life and SL. Jadyn Firehawk greeted every one and explained how the exhibit worked. This  exhibit is not to be missed by anyone who is curious about help in Second Life and by those who are interested in the regions in Second Life that are mental health related in any way,.

The second visit was to Virtual Hallucinations. Eme Capalini greeted us at the entrance and explained the site .  Wearing a hud into this exhibit will put you in the mind of someone suffering from schizophrenia and help one understand what goes on in this disease. “  About 1% of the population will develop schizophrenia during their lifetimes. It usually strikes in the late teens or early twenties, and is very debilitating." Visitors are warned to watch out for triggers but I recommend it to anyone who wants to become more aware of the issues with which one can suffer.

My third stop was at Inspiration Island. Wisdomseeker (Lissena Resident) addressed us at this site and gave us an over view of the island.  This is the home of Whole Brain Health. Here you can learn how to use this virtual world to “train your brain to function optimally over the life span”. There is so much here to explore and absorb. I plan to go back to see how it  all works.

The day was certainly full, inspirational and rewarding. I am glad I was able to attend at least part of the symposium. It took a great deal of work to put something like this together and Virtual Ability does it every year. Here I am sitting next to Gentle Heron who as President of Virtual Ability is very active in all the activities held here.

Gemma Cleanslate 

Friday, May 26, 2017

The RFL Fourth Annual Farshore Field Air Show

By Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday May 20 was the day of one of the big events each year for the Sunweaver community and it's Relay for Life team the Sunbeamers: the fourth annual air show at Farshore Field in the Pacific Waters sim, owned by Cynthia Farshore.

The event has been called an air show and fly-in as people have been encouraged to bring in their own aircraft to fly, in addition to using the plane-rezzer at the place given by Jessicabelle Dayafter. Cynthia had put up most of the items up just for the show, along with Shockwave Yareach.

The event started at 8AM SL time. There were only a few people around at the start, but before long more came in. Some went to try the air cannon, seen on the left of this picture.

When fired, the cannon would launch whoever was inside into the air, such as this high-flying vixen.

But what goes up must come down. Cynthia demonstrates the limited edition parachute with the 2017 RFL in SL logo, which residents were recommended to take and wear before going up.

Nydia Tungsten was one of the pilots at the show.

 Giving the Focke-Wulf 190 a spin. While this WW@ fighter was not as common as the Messerschmidt 109, it was better armed, with options to carry bombs and rockets.

 Inside the FW-190 cockpit.

 Going up.

 And away

Zeroing on one of the target planes Cynthia had going in the air. After taking a number of hits, they would explode and plummet, only to be re-rezzed moments later.

While the airborne targets couldn't fire back, there was an anti-aircraft gun on the ground that could, which Shockwave tried out.

Cynthia had set up another gun, but not for firing into the air.

It was for firing shells at the dunk tank instead of lobbing tennis balls, with hits sending volunteers into the drink. But getting shots to hit the target could be a little tricky.

 Trying the planes myself, I ended up lagging and crashing. But there was something more my speed: an obstacle course set up by Cynthia and Shockwave.

 The course went into the next sim and back.

There was a contest for the best time made in the course, but to qualify one had to use these bicycle blimps. I guess I didn't do too bad on mine, but not the best.

 Wildstar Beaumont came by and took some pictures while yours truly had to take a break for lunch and errands.

Wildstar was able to get some great pictures of the clouds and contrails. More pictures of his can be seen on his Flickr album of the event.

 Some people preferred less conventional aircraft.

The event raised close to 22,500 Linden dollars. A good amount. There were a few whom had been hoping for a higher turnout, but a few people told me they had been preoccupied by real life matters that day. Otherwise they would have shown up. Plus several other Relay events that day cut down on those from other teams dropping by. Rita Mariner made an announcement soon after the event.

Beamers:  The 4th Annual Air Show, at Pacific Waters, we held SAT, May 20th, went off pretty good.  While there wasn't a huge turnout, we still did good regarding donations and Cynthia's and Shocky's efforts netted us a little over 22K Lindens.  Not shabby.  There were just too many RFL events going on to expect a huge turnout I am afraid.  Those of us that did show up had fun, mostly getting shot into the air, by the cannon! Others just enjoyed flying around.

Cynthia certainly kept the ball rolling. After the air show, more money continued to come in, as of the writing of this article over 40,000 Linden dollars since the event. There is some talk about making other teams part of future air shows, such as Fly for Life. But for now, the Relay season continues, with the Sunbeamers having their tributes to the late Artistic Fimicloud this week, on May 23 at the Happy Vixen and Friday May 23 at Club Cutlass.

Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Bay City Anniversary Celebration

By Gemma Cleanslate

One of the activities I love  at this time of year is visit the Bay City Anniversary event.

Since 2008 Bay City has grown and flourished and the citizens have formed bonds . There are several fun activities during the year and many residents and friends contribute to the festivities.

The Parade is a favorite of mine. I took some pictures of the parade participants for you .

Before the parade, Marianne McCann getting ready to walk out.

To me this was the cutest entry in the parade, and I wanted some food from it!

RacerX was there with a huge entry in the parade .

And there was much more. 

Daniel Voyager watches the parade with a local.

The party after with dj Marx Dudek was full and almost shut the sim down!! Many residents and friends of Bay City were celebrating 9 years.

Christov Kohnke took the stage with his guitar and live songs.
It was a fun day as usual. Wonders what the 10th anniversary will be like!!!
Gemma Cleanslate 
(with contributions from Bixyl Shuftan)

Editors Note: Check out these photographs from Wildstar Beaumont and  "Kit" LadyKittyKid on their Flickr pages. And the youtube from RacerX Gullwing below.