This post is a bit late in coming. I really should have written it days ago to give people enough of a heads-up to be able to attend the events. Ah well, better in the midst of the activities than never!
This weekend, the virtual nation of Caledon in Second Life celebrates it’s 6th anniversary. Founded on February 26th, 2006 with only one sim (now lovingly referred to as “Prime”), at it’s largest, Caledon expanded to 50 sims. With a theme of Victorian steampunk, this virtual nation is the home of artists, educators, writers, and creators of all sorts with a membership of right at 1900. Believe it or not, Caledon has created it’s own history over the past six years–it has it’s own culture and traditions–a case study for those interested in online or virtual communities. It’s section of the Steamlands Wiki can be found here.
For those readers who might like to visit Caledon this weekend during the festivities, I’ll include the information from the schedule of events below. (Sorry, I don’t have slurls to the exact locations at this point–but if you use the map function in Second Life and search for the sim name, you can teleport in and just follow the dots on the minimap.) I’ll post pictures from the festivities at a later date!
The Independent State of Caledon
6th Anniversary Celebration
Caledon was first introduced to the Second Life Community in early 2006. Although Caledon had its official ribbon-cutting celebration in the evening of April 1st, 2006, we celebrate the anniversary of when Desmond Shang, Guvnah, first rezzed Caledon (prime). The government is a monarchy, supported by a strong aristocracy of its residents.
In Dec 05 Desmond actually had to ask friends to join the ISC group at first, with their alts, to make the group stay. It was such a crazy thing – this idea he had. Desmond was fairly sure he could get 8 or 10 people into the group and Caledon in 2006!
Such a crazy idea, Des! We love you for having this pipe dream along with the energy to see it through. You have touched so many lives with your vision and for that, we all thank you so very much!
This years celebration will be an old-fashioned Caledon cake social and exhibits with a Mad Scientist Ball and a Founder’s Day Ball. Fireworks will culminate the day’s events. (Cake is Caledon’s unofficial dessert.)
There will be home made cakes ( CONTEST!), live entertainment, a display of vintage vehicles, hissing steam engines and early 20th century automobiles, as well as other displays to celebrate our community. Some exhibits will take place in other Caledon sims (with signage/landmarks to point the way. The day’s events will center around the Caledon Oxbridge Village Park beginning at 7pm slt Saturday and continuing through Sunday February 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm slt
Feb. 25th. Saturday –
2nd Annual Mad Scientists Ball 7:00 pm slt- hosted by Tao Mistwalker high above Caledon Llyr in his little airship.
Cake CONTEST: Build your cake with a footprint of 4mx4mx10m. Voting will be by public appeal with a special commemoration plaque awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Prizes if anyone would like to donate some for this auspicious occasion. Place your cake on the clearly marked location in Oxbridge Village beginning Februay 22nd.
Vehicle Exhibit: Place your one vehicle (pre-1920) along the designated area of Caledon Oxbridge University. Maximum prims 30
Steam Engine Exhibit: This will be a tour exhibit beginning at Caledon Oxbridge Village showing locations where steam engines will be on display for the day. Please provide Miss Poppy with a landmark and brief description of your exhibit by midnight February 23th for inclusion in the booklet containing a map of the locations.
Photography Exhibit of Early Caledon: Place your early photos on one of the empty prims located in an area clearly marked for the exhibit. Please wear your ISC group tag so you can place your photo.
Sunday February 26th
European Ball – 11 am – 1pm slt.
Caledon Rose Hunt Phase I – 1pm slt Elenabeth Portal – 6th Anniversary Rose Hunt 1pm SLT & 8pm SLT on Saturday, February 26th. 6th Anniversary Roses Created by Vanessa Hamer
The Rose Hunt is a traditional part of the annual celebration of Caledon’s founding. A limited number of Roses bloom on the February 26th anniversary of the rezzing of the original Caledon sim, and people from all across Caledon hunt for them. The number of Roses available each year is limited and they are highly sought after.
This year, roses will bloom in two phases to better allow people who are on at different times can have a chance at a rose. Phase I roses will bloom at 1pm SLT on Saturday and Phase II rises at 8pm SLT on Saturday. Each Phase will have one rose in each Commonwealth sim. As usual, Duchies are excluded from the hunt, and secret bonus roses are a possiblity.
Live Entertainment: 6pm slt Sponsored by Caledon Concerto Cafe – Caledon Oxbridge Village pavilion. Twank Whelan will be performing his unique brand of blues. His musical influences are varied and include Bob Dylan, John Prine, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Ventures, Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground, The Grateful Dead and so many more…current acts that have caught my ear include Rob Zombie and Foster the People. He writes and performs his own music backed up by Michael Round and Danny White, or my old partner Willy Jo Parker. Allan Bell added orchestration to a few of the songs, and sings harmony on one or two as well. Randy Perryman contributed live drum tracks to several of these songs, and I also have the Mullen Sister’s helping with backing vocals on a few of them
To Be Determined: A possible surprise performance.
Founder’s Day Ball: 7pm – 9pm slt Open Air Ballroom – Caledon Oxbridge Village. Formal Attire Requested – Caledon tartans and kilts welcome.
Caledon Rose Hunt Phase II: 8pm slt Elenabeth Portal – See Phase I above for further information
Fireworks Display: 9pm slt from Oxbridge Village over the spires of Oxbridge University. Hosted by Jan Stroikavskoi, Sigurd Hammerthall, and Tao Mistwalker. This should be a beautiful photo opportunity!
Caledon Catgirl Brigade 3rd Birthday Celebration: 9:30pm-midnight
In the skies over Caledon On Sea, come finish out the Caledon Anniversary Celebration with the infamous Caledon Catgirls! Fireworks to follow over Mt. Caledon!
6th Anniversary Rose Hunt – 02/26/10 – ~1PM & ~8PM SLT
NOTE CORRECTED DAY — SUNDAY FEBRUARY 26TH
!! PLEASE SEE “IMPORTANT NEW RULE” SECTION BELOW !!
The Rose Hunt is a traditional part of the annual celebration of Caledon’s founding. A limited number of Roses appear on the February 26th anniversary of the rezzing of the original Caledon sim, and people from all across Caledon hunt for them. The number of Roses available each year is limited and they are highly sought after.
As in the past two rose hunts, this year’s rose was created by Miss Vanessa Hamer.
This year, Roses will appear in two phases to better allow people who are on at different times can have a chance at a rose. Phase I roses will bloom at approximately 1pm SLT on SUNDAY and Phase II rises at approximately 8pm SLT on SUNDAY. Each Phase will have one rose in each Commonwealth-owned sim. As usual, Duchies are excluded from the hunt. Please note that any undiscovered roses from Phase I will still be available to hunters in Phase II.
Additionally, there exists the possibility of a few cunningly hidden Secret Bonus Roses.
IMPORTANT NEW RULE: The 1PM and 8PM start times are approximate. The official “starting gun” will be a group notice sent out as Independent State of Caledon group notices (along with a second notice in ISC chat). These soft starting times reflect the fact that due to lag, border crossing issues, SL client crashes, and sim crashes, it may not be possible to have all roses hidden by the approximate start times. If you jump the gun, and grab a rose before the official start announcement in group notice, any rose you find will be disqualified and a replacement rose re-hidden. You may also be mocked mercilessly in the ISC channel.
The current non-duchy Caledon sims consist of:
Caledon Cape Wrath
Caledon On Sea
Caledon Oxbridge Village
Caledon Steam SkyCity
Caledon Victoria City
*Please note that Oxbridge is a “Homestead” class sim and is limited to 20 people. Though the Rose Hunt has been scheduled so as not to conflict with any Oxbridge classes, it would be greatly appreciated if hunters did not descend on the sim en mass. Please look at that Oxbridge on the map before you enter to make sure that it is not close to full.
Normal Caledon Roses are NOT to be found underwater in the seas and rivers of Caledon. (Though Roses may be found “underground”, where “underground” is technically “underwater”, as is the case with most of Caledon’s tunnels and caves.)
Roses are only hidden on land owned by Caledon (via the “Commonwealth of Caledon” or “Independent State of Caledon” or “Caledon Oxbridge University” groups) and not on private land owned by Caledon Residents.
The Roses are very hardy and may be found in some extreme environments at times, including high mountainous regions and in tunnels and/or caves. Some roses may have already been cut and left inside buildings or on objects.
Please search using only your eyes and the normal functions of the Linden Lab SL client. Though I’ve taken some precautions to mitigate against the usefulness of scripted scanners, third-party clients, estate manager tools, etc., I realize that somewhere, someone will be able to get around them. All I can do is ask that you don’t.
To claim a Rose that you have found, click on the Rose–it will give you a Rose named something like “Caledon Region Name Rose (XX of XX)”, and then the Rose on the ground will dissapear. If you don’t want to take the Rose, DON’T CLICK IT. (I mention this because I know some hunters choose to take pictures and leave the Roses for others.)
There will be a total of 23 Phase I Sim Roses and 23 Phase II Sim Roses hidden, plus four numbered “Artist Proofs” (given respectively to: Miss Vanessa Hamer, the creator of the 2011 Anniversary Rose, Miss Elenabeth Portal, hunt organizer, Sir ZenMondo Wormser, creator of the Rose Giver script, and Mr. Desmond Shang, Caledon Governor). (In addition to any Secret Bonus Roses that may be hidden).
The Hunt will end when all Roses have been found.
Caledon Cake Contest Rules
• Cakes are to be 20 prims or under.
• Place your cake nicely! (landmark below)
• Entries accepted till 5pm SLT Sunday.
• Voting will begin shortly therafter.
• Voting will close at Midnight SLT on Sunday.
• Ribbons hung, and all on display till Tuesday morning.
We will do our best to stick to this plan: any questions, please notecard Martini Discovolante. thank you!
~ martini discovolante