The Cake Stage, at the center of it all
It’s that time of the year again. SL14B, the yearly community celebration, opened on June 18th. The theme of this year’s event is “Carnivalesque” which was chosen to celebrate the coming together of individuals from all over “in one place in celebration, and form (ing) a carnival-like atmosphere that you simply cannot achieve alone.” (from the SL14B blog http://www.slcommunitycelebration.info/our-theme-for-sl14b/ )
And indeed, there is definitely a joyful atmosphere created by the colourful and inventive displays on view. The SL birthday celebrations seem to get better and better each year, at least in my opinion. I am always amazed at the creative builds that fit into such small spaces with limited prims that still manage to relate to the yearly theme as well as provide information on the exhibitor’s involvement in Second Life.
I began my exploration of SL14B with the “Spectacular” region. My first stop was the HHVET Victoriana Free Community display. HHVET stands for “Happiness, Harmony, Virtue, Equality and Truth”, which are the founding ideals of the community. The sim is Victorian themed, the age of the horse and carriage, with the emphasis on horses. HHVET Victoriana Free Community covers three regions of parkland and residential areas, including an equestrian sim. As well there is a library, learning center, sandbox and Rainmayker Memorial Park, a memorial to a valued member of the community who passed away in 2014. Free housing is offered to applicants through an approval process. This is a PG sim and is well worth checking out.
Look Ma, I’m a Zombie! Gift from Grimly’s Creepy Carnival
I had a lot of fun at the Fantasy Quest plot, also known as Grimly’s Creepy Carnival. There were carnival games to play, and some great gifts to pick up.
I learned how sexy I am (Unfeeling robot),
Could be worse (oh wait..)
how strong I am (ants bully me) and then at one game, called the Death Clock (one of the creepier things at Grimly’s) I was fortunate to discover that I am living! Yay!
Good to know
However, after acting as the target on the target practice bulls eye,
I came out “hemorrhaging”.
Not good, time to go!
After that experience I was craving a bit of peace and relaxation, so I went to the Oasis of Nature: Parks as Places of Rest.
This was a very tranquil area. You can find information on national parks around the world,
meditate or simply lie back
and gaze up at the sky.
This doesn’t feel like being in the middle of SL14B
I picked up some great gifts, too.
They included; a backpack, a picnic table, banana, apple, trail mix, compass, bear horn, first aid kit, map, journal and some books.
Colour Juggling – if you look closely you can see balls being shot back and forth from the cannons
Fully restored after my break I continued on to the Colour Juggling and
Masters of Puppets
Masters of Puppets plots, afterwards stopping for a rollercoaster ride at the Happy Hippo Building school,
Riding the roller coaster at the Happy Hippo Building School
which is a welcoming space with lots of information on getting started with building.
Blue Lotus Okiya
I travelled on to the Blue Lotus Okiya, an establishment of geisha training and entertainment set in Edo Japan.
Museums of Archaeology
After this gracious and tranquil environment, I ventured forth to learn about Saturnalia at the Museums of Archaeology.
Nearby was Junkanoo, which I learned is a street parade with music in the Bahamas. It takes place on Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and in the summer. The largest is in Rawson Square, Naussau, which has been re-created at the Junkanoo plot. Full of brilliant colours, incredible costumes and irresistible music, you can watch videos of RL Junkanoo parades and absorb the spirit of these Bahamian festivities.
Dancing at the Shambhala Sanctuary
Following my visit to the Junkanoo I went on to the Shambhala Sanctuary “Festival of Lights”. According to the notecard I picked up, the Shambhala Sanctuary is “Dedicated to upholding the ancient Shambhala traditions, raising our energy, generating the sense of well being from within. Shambhala is said to be a place of peace, tranquility and happiness. A society where all inhabitants are enlightened: An inner realm accessed through deep communion with Divine Source. Seek this communion and you too may discover… the keys to Shambhala are within you.”
There is much more to be discovered at the “Spectacular” region of SL14B. A full listing, including lms can be found here,
Spotting London City Carnivale Commuinty
I also too a ride on one of the pods that visit all regions of SL14B. While I was on it I passed Big Ben (I know it is actually the name of the bell and not the tower), which was in the Beguile region, so I decided to visit Beguile next.
My first stop was at the London City Carnivale Community, where I had seen Big Ben from my pod ride.
I stopped for a pumpkin latte and enjoyed the atmosphere before continuing on to Second Life in the Middle Ages.
Created by Aemeth Lysette, an artist whose “virtual exhibits often revolve around portraiture or humorous/fictional situations”. She has displayed several pictures dealing with situations we have all found ourselves in in Second Life, such as region restarts, always at the wrong moment, losing things in Inventory and griefing. (need one about lag)
She has very generously made these pictures available to visitors to Second Life in the Middle Ages and I know they are going to become a much-appreciated addition to my SL home. And, wouldn’t you know it, just then there was a region restart,
so I returned home and will visit more of Beguile next time. A full listing of plots in the Beguile region can be found here.