Friday, February 18, 2022

"Hug a Linden" And Other Valentine's Day Happenings

By Bixyl Shuftan

Valentines weekend had numerous events, too many to list, but here are a few.

Friday February 11, the Happy Vixen had it's Valentine's party, with the theme being Red and White. But pink certainly didn't hurt.

 DJ Scratch Musikat's rendition of Cupid had him with something resembling a bazooka instead of a bow. Guess sometimes with love and romance, it's time to break out the heavy artillery.

Saturday had the "Love Boat" cruise at Bellisseria, further details and pictures in the article here


Also that day was Frolic Mills' "Where Is My Damn Valentine."

The event was part stage play, and part fashion show.

That night, Club Cutlass had it's Valentine's Day dance.

DJ Cynthia really put her heart into the party. Shockwave was one of a few cupids in the event. 

There were quite a few V-Day looks in the party.

On Sunday Feb 13, I heard the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy had set up a "Valentines Cards BBB Post Office."

There are FREE Valentine Cards for you to send via the BBB Postal Service. It's simple to use.
Ideally you have the BBB mailbox at home. However if your loved one doesn't have a mailbox it still works (but you'll have to hint to tell them to visit the post office:) )

The mail system works all over SL, not just Bellisseria.

The location was at Oh Cay (159/135/2300)

Sunday night had a couple events with Valentine-like themes. First was a formal party, with DJ Jazzy playing the tunes.

The event was won by Dusk Griswold (above), Miyuki Naidoo, and Maliit Shiriki-Elysian (MaliitCoyote Resident). Unlike most parties at "The Vix," staff could enter this one. 

The following event was "Sheer and Sexy," of which there are no pictures available, that can be shown.

Monday was February 14, Valentines Day. And thus was the Linden event, the "Hug a Linden/Dunk a Linden" at the Isle of View.

There were a few dozen in the two locations apiece, and the lag upon getting there was bad.

But slowly improved.

And the people around the hugging and dunking booths, Lindens, Moles, and regular residents, came into view.

A few took a lot longer to rezz.

Avatars of many kinds, and outfits, were there.

Obi Linden had a rose.

Hobbes Linden had a box on his head at one point, for some reason.

Peter Linden was dressed spiffy. 

Garfield Linden got my attention. Yes, he was an orangish cat, but also a tiny. Not many tiny Lindens around.

Gemma Cleanslate was over at one point, taking a break from greeter duty at the One Billion Rising.

At the hugging booths, Patch was among those giving them out.

 So was the popular Strawberry Linden.

Well, Strawberry's not afraid of mice, at least when they're five feet tall, sentient, and have opposable thumbs.

But not all the Lindens were being hugged. At the dunking booths, one could take a baseball and give them a free bath.

Grumpity Linden volunteered at one point.

Gemma's turn to toss a few baseballs.

Her target was Signal Linden, whom was having a "last meal" of an ice cream sandwich.

Star Mole, in a gryphon avie, also took a try.

Dion Mole was hamming it up, going about wearing a small kissing booth. 

Dreaming Mole, with Vanessa Linden in the background.

Tommy Linden.

Hobbes Linden at the hugging booth.

The furry Linden had one fan encouraging people.

Grumpity Linden tries out the hugging booth.

Derrick Linden at the dunking booth. 

Itsa Mole.

And Cosmic Mole.

It was an interesting time at the Isle of View.

Also that day was a Valentines Day party, for merfolk, underwater at Union Passage.

Chickaboo, one of the senior officers of the Safe Waters Foundation, was there. 

At the Happy Vixen that night was a Red and While party.

Gil Ottared would be the winner that night.

Eventually, it was time to go home. It was nice to relax. But it was nice to have fun at all those events. 

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, February 13, 2022

One Billion Rising

By Gemma Cleanslate

One Billion Rising in Second Life is back. ”For the tenth year, on February 14, 2022, men and women in Second Life will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and people across the world to Rise, Resist and Unite as a show of unity, individual strength, and the need for change. “ To learn more read , “ “ 

In Second Life, it is a day of celebration of what can be. There are wonderful installations by many sl artists to visit and parties going on 24/7 for this one day only. As there is every year there was a video made last week. I did get to be in the dance team this year again. It is marvelous as usual thanks to great choreography by Guerilla Burlesque and friends.

Since I am a greeter I attended a meeting Friday to review the best way to make the visitors comfortable and help them find their way around the regions and how to get to the parties on the stage. I took a look at the stage which is the center of the four regions giving everyone lots of room to dance .

I checked out the poetry area which looks very comfortable and ready for attendees. That is a popular spot during the event for poetry readings and open mic. There is another stage for live performances and also a dj stage . The schedule looks pretty full!  On this page there is access to all the other videos from past years .

I came across ilyra chardin (Ilyra Chardin).. at her installation and asked if I could take a picture of her working.

The four corners have parks created by Briony Writer . Be sure to visit each one that is individual in character and lovely.

The staff for this event has so much work to do for one day . I find it amazing . The regions will be there longer so that you can get to visit all the artists’ installations and experience the messages of each.
When you arrive touch the kiosk for more information and enjoy the day.  If that is too busy try

Gemma Cleanslate