Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay Clubs, The Fallout Shelter, and Furry Fashion Lounge


Here's what's going on at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay clubs, The Fallout Shelter, and the Furry Fashion Lounge.

Club Cutlass: Best in 'O and P,' Mellow Yellow, On the Spot

Happy Vixen: Critters of the World, Oceans Away, Long Tails and Short Ears, Wolves, Spots and Stripes, Aliens, Naked Dance, Cats and Dogs

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Bouncing Bunny Beach Club: TBA

Montecito Bay: CAYA, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge:  Hybrids, Fantasy, Ferals, Videogames, Rainbows, Late Night, Black and White

Deathlands Fallout Shelter: DJ Shapes, DJ Wolfy

Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'

"All Things End" - Goodbye From The Fantasy Faire

It is time to let the Fairelands return to the Mysts. We send them off with love and with the knowledge they will return to us next April.

Each year they come, welcoming us home. For a brief window they are with us and we are rejuvenated. Our love makes them manifest and their magic prepares us to return to a world without them. The Fairelands may have their secret place, but they always live in our hearts, through our memories and the friendships we have made.

We are sad, as we always are, to see them go, yet even in that sadness there is the seed of hope, knowing that next April they will return to us once more.

For those of you that may be experiencing this passing for the first time, you may wonder when the feelings of sadness for what has passed will turn to feelings of anticipation for what is to come. The answer is different for everyone, but for myself knowing that even though the Fairelands themselves have faded, the Fairelands community remains is a great comfort. Sadness that is shared cannot last so long. The Fairelands are not only a place, they are a family, and we choose now whether we stay together or not.

Together, we raised an astonishing amount of money. Almost 24 Million Lindens, or over $95,000 US Dollars for Relay For Life. To me that is still unfathomable really. I find myself looking for some quantifiable answer as to how we did that. I realize that the answer is a single word. Fairelanders.

Together, we watched dance performances and we danced ourselves. We saw and heard wonderful stories, and we found ourselves playing parts in wonderful stories. We learned about heroic quests, and we answered the call to be heroes in an epic Quest. The Faire is what we see and do, and it is about what we find the chance to ourselves become.

The Faire is what you discover, and the Faire is what you bring to it. Both of these are essential to making it the magical experience that it is each year. Both are part of the magic that brings it back.

All things end; however, life is cyclical and even as things go, so they come back again. For now we say good bye to the Fairelands, but Junction will call them back again next April. they will be different, but they will still be home. Until then, keep the light of the Fairelands alive in your heart.

From the Fantasy Faire blog, by Elizabeth Tinsley

Announcement: This Week at the Seanchai Libraries


THIS WEEK: Teatime returns with the whimsy of an American Master, plus new series beginning this week, and an award-winner concluding. Join us for stories all week long, presented LIVE in Second Life, on Seanchai Library's properties in Second Life.

All events at Nowhereville (203/43/26) , unless otherwise noted.

Stories told in open voice unless otherwise noted. All times SL/PT

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**TUESDAY, May 18th:
     ~ at Noon: RUSSELL EPONYM, Live! with music, and poetry in Ceiluradh Glen, live on stream. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhereville/194/131/21

     ~ at 7pm: Arthur Ransome's OLD PETER'S RUSSIAN TALES with Willow Moonfire

**WEDNESDAY, May 19th at 7pm: Tae Keller's WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER. This year's Newbery Medal-winner concludes with Caledonia Skytower

**THURSDAY, May 20th:

   ~ at 7pm: H. Beam Piper's LITTLE FUZZY, begins with Ktadhn Vesuvino.

   ~ at 9pm: SEANCHI LATE NIGHT, contemporary Sci-Fi-Fantasy with Finn Zeddmore, from such source as Escape Pod, Light Speed, and Clarkesworld 'zines, and more!


Monday, May 17, 2021

Reader Submitted: Review of the Legacy Mesh Body


For quite some time, the Newser has gone without a new article in the Fashion section. Recently, reader Valkyrie Ice (Valkyrie McGill) sent over a review of the Legacy mesh body (classic version). So what did she have to say? A number of things.
Read Valkyrie's article in Fashion.

Relay Rockers Reach Purple Level


The Relay for Life of Second Life has gotten it's first Purple-ranked team this season. Yesterday, the Relay Rockers passed the 3,750,000 Linden dollar level, or $15,000 USD, or Purple level fundraising.

The Relay Rockers were the organizers of the recent Relaystock and "Bid the Lindens Bald," as well as the CRFB DJ competition.

Other teams have also made progress, such as Meli's Maniacs reaching Gold Level. Team Sunbeamers passed the 600K mark, and as of the writing of this article is at 644,000 Linden dollars, closing in on Sapphire level.  

Go Relay!

Update on The Coronavirus Survival Store


Last year, Gemma Cleanslate reported on the Coronavirus Survival Store. Recently, it's owner Jadin Emerald contacted the Newser, "I tallied up the number of freebies that the store gave away in the past 14 months. ... 11,000 items given away for free!" 

Some items were more popular than others. The " Anzen Bonsai Tree in Mossy Soil" was the most popular one with 788 copies given out. Other popular items included a "Soundly HUD", a set of eight Crystals, various artwork, Crystal-Infused Water Bottles, and others.

Jadin commented, the "emphasis of the store has been relaxation and stress reduction. When I opened it, we really had no clue what was happening. People were so freaked out." As for the place's future, it will soon be gone, "I'm in the process of closing down my Coronavirus Survival Store." Dropping by there, there was a sign saying, "Items are being moved to the Jadin Emerald Design Studio stores." So if you want to stop by, do so soon.

Bixyl Shuftan

Weekend At A Glance


Quite a bit happened this weekend. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday was the Relaystock. Sunday was the day of Bay City's 13th Anniversary event (above). There was a Giant Snail Cross-Country race through the sims of the Rosehaven estate. The Sci-fi con in Secind Life was taking place. And more.
Stay tuned for more on some of these events.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Cartoon of the Day: Speed Dating

 Taken at Panda Jenn's Pad. I forget what the Sonic avie was doing, but it got me thinking of possible reasons.

By Bixyl Shuftan


Sunbeamer Fundraiser Update


While the recent air show by the Sunbeamers and the Relaystock in which they took part have made news, there have been a couple other fundraisers of theirs. Earlier this month, DJ Snowbuns' (Skylark Lefavre) "Bid Me" event concluded. It ended at her event at the BBBC. Among the six choices, all had gotten at least some money. But the most popular for the bidders was the Red Panda avatar, known by some as the "Wah." The total raised was almost 17,600 Linden dollars.
And the bids are in for Snowbuns' six-choice "Bid Me" event. And the results are:

Stay White Bunny : 2,350 L
Go Cheetah       : 1,087 L
Go Equine        :   250 L
Go Lilac Bunny   :   250 L
Go Pink Fox      :   250 L
Go Red Panda     :13,400 L

           Total :17,587 L

Snowy goes Red Panda for five weeks. More than a month of "Panda-modium"

"Wah, wah, waaaaahhhhhh ..."

A few days ago, the Sunbeamer's second date auction came to a close. This time, Snowbuns was on the other end of things as she had the winning bid for the volunteer, Matt Carlton. The winning bid was 1200 Linden dollars. This fundraiser was also at the BBBC.

And the date auction with Matt Carlton at the BBBC club is over. The winner is Snowy Brandy Lefavre (Skylark Lefavre).

The Sunbeamers have recently passed the 600,000 L mark, and as of the writing of this article have raised a total of 635,958 Linden dollars.

Go Sunbeamers! Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Relaystock Stage Schedule


Saturday May 15

  • 9:00AM -Shay Dezno-Gary Jonstone-LIVE
  • 10:30AM- DJ Kayla
  • 12:00PM – DJ Corruptor 
  • 1:30PM – DJ Selene Jashan
  • 3:00PM – Todd Rumsford – LIVE 
  • 4;00PM – DJ Jennylynn Capalini
  • 5:30PM  – DJ Cynthia Farshore
  • 7:00PM  – DJ Toocool
  • 8:30PM – DJ Stephanie

Sunday May 16

  • 9:00AM – DJ Caesey Sawson
  • 10:30AM- DJ Rora
  • 12:00PM – Brisas Ar – LIVE
  • 1:30PM – Max Kleene – LIVE
  • 2:00PM – CRFB FINALIST – DJ Tanis
  • 3:30PM – CRFB FINALIST - DJ Stormy
  • 5:00PM – Trader Whiplash – Time Machine
  • 7:30PM  – DJ Mattie Carlson

Go Relay!

SL Video: "Fantasy Faire 2021 an Epic Walk"

Click here if the video fails to play

From Pryda Parx on April 25, "I walked through all 21 regions in Fantasy Faire 2021 in Second Life. I saw a huge dragon skeleton with an egg, a dodo, a phoenix nest, big statues, tiny fairies, memorial candles, a giants tomb, knitted grass and buildings, a surreal game of chess. I watches shooting stars in the snow, petted a dinosaur, listened to monkeys and fell in the water several times. So much fun!"

"The timeline: 0:00:00 - Valhalla, 0:00:52 - Fairelands Junction, 0:06:05 - The Seventh Valley, 0:19:23 - Fairelands Junction, 0:26:38 - The Cerulean Bombora, 0:34:31 - Tempest Bay, 0:47:17 - The Amethyst Rift, 0:54:52 - Mithlumen, 1:04:11 - Somniatoris Arx, 1:14:00 - Isles of Tarrin, 1:23:03 - Featherfall, 1:27:54 - The Wandering Woods, 1:32:11 - J’adoube, 1:39:05 - The Dark Awakening, 1:43:05 - A’Dracunas, 1:47:15 - Peaville Goes Nuts, 1:55:37 - Paer Thura, 2:03:16 - Líng Xiāo Lóng, 2:10:11 - Ostara, 2:18:35 - Khol Dracys, 2:26:52 - Scrimshaw Warrens, 2:31:45 - Yin Yang, 2:36:44 - Valhalla " 

Friday, May 14, 2021

Fanci's Deep Mer Mall


For Second Life residents interested in the more aquitic side of virtual life, one place aimed at them is the Fanci's Deep Mer Mall.

"When we opened the sim, there were to be three parts, all mermaid based - because the sim was built in honor of Fanci," Grace (GraceSWF Wrigglesworth), the head of the Safe Waters Foundation explained, "The three areas were  Residential Area, Mer Mall and the Safe Waters Foundation headquarters - sort of a full service concept. Our residential lands are always sold out. When a parcel becomes available - it rents within days. Safe Waters Foundation manages the area for the owners, and has grown to be quite a good resource. We've expanded into what we call aquatics because divers like our areas - as well as all sorts of creatures."

While the mall is made to look like "an old ruin," the build is "modern, high tech, great for fun and exploring." There's a teleport system that can take people to other places in the vicinity such as the "the Chat Pavilion, Cuddle Area, Free Merfolk tail, (and the) entrance to the mermall and residential areas."

Of the shops in the mall, "We have two of the top Mermaid AO makers at the mall already. Kami Hitoe is there,  and Tala AO. The aquatic clocks are one of my favorite shops. Tir Na Nog is there. They have lovely mer tails."

For a limited time offer, a special pricing offer is available for anyone interesting in getting a booth: two months for the price of one. The offer is valid until May 15, 2021 or until all the booths are rented (whichever happens first).


Bixyl Shuftan

The RFL Sunbeamer (And Roos) Air Show


Last weekend, the Eight Annual Sunbeamer Air Show took place. Much was happening from a performance by Roos With A Dream, whom partnered with the Sunbeamers, there were balloon rides, there was parachuting, there were aircraft on display, there were smaller attractions, and this being an air show, planes flying around.

See the pictures in Events.

Announcement: Raglan Shire Artwalk Starts This Sunday May 16

Raglan Shire is hosting its 16th ArtWalk starting May 16, 2021. A 5-week long, multi-sim art festival, it is one of the art highlights of SL. Residents of Second Life show their artwork during this time.  Reproductions of RL original artwork (painting, drawing, art photography, printmaking, collage, and digital fine art that can be imported and put on a prim) are exhibited, along with SL artwork including virtual photography and sculpture. In past years, we have over 150 artist participants exhibiting in spaces over several sims. This year, we hope for a good turnout and have included space in Raglan Shire tree city, in Heron Shire forest, Morning Shire park and Athen Shire village. The 2D artwork will mostly be displayed along hedgerows around Raglan Shire, and sculptures in designated areas of Heron, Morning and Athen Shires. 

DATES: Sun May 16 - Sun June 20, 2021
LOCATION: Raglan Shire Sim Cluster


Relaystock Opens Today

A fun annual Relay event is starting today, promising three days of music, fun, and mud. The Relaystock. Organized by the Relay Rockers, this has become a multi-team event involving dozens of teams. There are numerous campsites for teams, some with kiosks with items to buy. In the northeast corner is the "Bid the Lindens Bald" area where people can donate to determine which Lindens keep their hair and which loose it. And of course there's the music at the main stage.

The music starts at 1PM SL time with the following schedule:

  • 1:00PM – DJ Zen Greywolf 
  • 2:30PM – DJ Melinia Firehawk
  • 4:00PM – Keeba & Maniacs – LIVE 
  • 5:00PM – Quartz – LIVE
  • 6:00PM  – DJ Sasha Fairywren
  • 7:30PM  – DJ Kewl

Go Relay! 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Sci-Fi Con Starts Today

The Sci-Fi con is going on. This Relay for Life spinoff event started today, May 13, and will go on until Monday May 24. There are nine sims with various exhibits: Lost Colony, Alien Star System, A Quiet Town, Floating First Contact, The Mainframe, Mjolnir, Alien Invasion, and Broken Promise. 

There will be a number of events over the next eleven days from music parties to discussions on various topics of science-fiction, to roleplay classes, and more. There are also shops, in which the proceeds will be going to the American Cancer Society.
For more information, check out the Sci-fi c
on blog: https://scificonventionsl.wordpress.com/ 
Bixyl Shuftan

SL18B Update

The Second Life 18th Birthday, or SL18B, is a little more than a month from now. So where are the sims? It looks like they're up, but most are still labeled SL17B from last year. Including the still unlabeled ones, there are a total of 22, though this could change.  There's another sim called "SLB Dev" a little to the north of these, though is likely just a place for building things and not to be part of the exhibit.

The celebration will be held from  Thursday June 17 to Thursday July 1, though the sims will probably be up for a few more days.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Crew Meeting

Saturday May 8 was the monthly crew meeting of the Second Life Newser. It took place at Noon SL time at it's main office in HV Community. Present (from right to left were Kayly Iali, Dancerina Starlight, Gemma Cleanslate, Bixyl Shuftan (myself), and Rosie (RougeRedHead01). We talked about some articles that had gotten attention, and hot topics at present and the near future.

We've been busy in both real life and Second Life, and because of this some of us haven't finished some articles we've been working on. But we'll finish those soon. We just need to tackle a few things on our side of the computer.
Bixyl Shuftan
SL Newser

Press Release: Bay City Thirteenth Anniversary


Mainland community turns thirteen this May

BAY CITY, SL (6 May, 2021) - It was thirteen years ago that the first project of the Linden Department of Public Works was opened on Second Life®. To celebrate, Bay City's Residents are once again hosting their annual parade down the city's Route 66, followed by a live music event in the Bay City Fairgrounds.

Bay City opened in May of 2008 to initial viewing, with auctions for land in the city beginning soon after. It has developed into the largest community-focused virtual urban area in Second Life.

Participants in the annual parade are asked to gather at noon SLT/PDT on Sunday, the 16th of May, to lineup at the band shell in Bay City - Harwich. The parade will wend its way down Route 66 beginning at 12:30 p.m. SLT/PDT, and will conclude at the Bay City Fairgrounds in the North Channel region.

A live concert will kick off at 1:30 p.m. SLT/PDT at the Fairgrounds with DJ GoSpeed Rasere of KONA Stream providing music leading into the event until 1:30 p.m.SLT/PDT , followed by Mimi Carpenter from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. SLT/PDT, Parker Static from 2:30-3:30 p.m. SLT/PDT, and Noma Falta from 3:30-4:30 p.m. SLT/PDT.

All Residents of the Second Life grid are welcomed to participate. Celebration goods, including parade float bases and ideas, are available at the Bay City Community Center, in the Daley Bay region for those who wish to be a part of the parade. Ample viewing areas are provided. The music event is also open to all who desire to attend -- not only Residents of Bay City

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab™ and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life® and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest Bay city group, and home to most Residents of Bay City.

For more information, contact: Marianne McCann

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Fantasy Faire Ends Tonight

After twenty fun-filled days, the Fantasy Faire is coming to a close. Starting on April 22, the Faire offered 21 sims with well-crafted scenery to explore and see, and numerous events.  But nothing lasts forever, and like so many of the flowers on the sims, the Faire blooms for a short time, then fades away. After Midnight tonight, the sims will close to all but the volunteer staff, and soon after will once again fade back into the virtual nether from whence they came.

So if you haven't before, come by and explore the sims. While the event might not be as publicized as much as the Second Life Birthday and Relay weekend, the beauty and design of the areas make it a should-see event. And there are fun interactive events, such as the Fairelands Quest, and a couple sims have some quests of their own.

Yours truly has been exploring them, which means a little less time to write. For now. Later I should have something more about the Faire.

For Relayers, there are many other events later this season, such as the Relaystock this weekend, and the Relay weekend next month. But the Fantasy Faire has gotten many fans over the years. So with the closing of the sims, there will be a few tears that it couldn't be longer, thanking of the designers for what they made this year, and looking forward to what the next Faire will bring in April next year.

Feel free to see the pictures others have taken on the Fantasy Faire Flickr page (or add a few of your own): https://www.flickr.com/groups/fantasyfairesl/pool/

Bixyl Shuftan

Cartoon of the Day: Fox In The Fridge

Taken at Sunweaver Space. If foxes ever got intelligent enough to the point of understanding money as a concept and how to make it, chicken coop raiding would mostly become a thing of the past. But it would probably be an old joke for quite some time.

By Bixyl Shuftan


Press Release: RelayStock And Bid The Lindens Bald Opens Friday May 14th


·         Multi-Team Relay For Life Event

·         Six Teams of Lindens & Moles Compete to Save Their Hair

·         Limited Edition Bid The Lindens Bald Linden Bear

·         Live and DJ Entertainment

·         CRFB Top DJ Finals

It’s Back! The 8th Annual RelayStock Multi-Team event opens this Friday, May 12th. Relay For Life teams will once again hoist their banners above Hippie Vans and Tents as they gather together for the annual festival in support of the American Cancer Society.  

The three day event also features the popular fundraiser Bid The Lindens Bald (BTLB).  In its 5th year, BTLB pits teams of Lindens and Moles who challenge each other to raise the most money to support Relay For Life.  ‘Bidding’ opens on Wednesday May 12th and concludes with a Haircut Party from Noon until 2pm on May 19th.  Governor Linden will oversee the haircuts, given to the team with the least amount in their kiosk.  That team will remain bald until SL18B in June.

A special commemorative, Limited Edition Linden Bear will be available for purchase during the weeklong event with all proceeds going to Relay For Life.

RelayStock and Bid The Lindens Bald is located at RelayStock 2021 adjacent to the American Cancer Society virtual office. Access to the Bidding area will open at 12 noon on Wednesday May 12 and RelayStock opens on Friday May 14th.

A limited number of tent and van sites are still available to Registered RFL of SL teams wishing to take part in RelayStock. Team Captains can visit relayrockers.org or more information and to apply for a site.


If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer, wish to learn more about cancer screening. survivor and cancer services or want information about cancer,  the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life please visit cancer.org, relayforlife.org/secondlife, call 800-227-2345 or visit the American Cancer Society region in Second Life.