The largest and longest running home and garden event in SL, The Home and Garden Expo returns the 27th February to 21st March 2021. Exhibitors will have access to set up their displays as early as 20th February, and the regions will be open for preview for our blogger team on 25th February. (Possibly earlier access for set up depending upon when regions are received and ready to roll)
The Home & Garden Expo is an event that seeks to support Relay For Life of Second Life, as well as its exhibitors and guests. Expo exhibitors are required to have one (1) Relay For Life of Second Life 100% donation item at the Expo. This item must be new and exclusive to the Expo for the duration of the event. RFL of SL also benefits via the Gachas, where proceeds are evenly split between the Creator and RFL of SL.
In 2021, we will again include a small amount of Second Life fashion. To be eligible to apply as a clothing vendor, you must also agree to participate in Second Life’s Kerryth Tarantal Wearable Art Awards. Please see the web page for details, costs, store sizes and associated information on all parcel sizes.
Well, it will be time at 4pm SLT today, Sunday 22nd March.
Throughout the weeks of the Home and Garden Expo, we have had calm, peaceful times at 4pm each day when the lanterns are released. It provided a space for meditation and reflection. We thought of those who have gone before us in the fight against cancer, and also those who are fighting cancer, or supporting others through it.
Today, as the Expo comes to an end, we will celebrate this event with one last explosion of joy and thanksgiving for all those we love and have loved, all those who have stood together with us on the fight.
Tonight, with special music supplied by DaveOSaurus, we will watch those lanterns rise … and some us will RIDE them into the night sky.
And then we will come down into the gardens at the Designing Worlds cafe and dance until 6pm!
We’ll also be announcing the result of the Home and Garden Expo Decoration Story competition – so don’t miss it!
1st Place: Jarrod Beck for House 8: Lil Victorian by Painted Pixels
2nd Place: Ororeia Resident & Kyra Nachtigal for House 4: The Skwer by Cain Maven
3rd Place: House 5: Aja Direwytch for Barn House by RVi Design
In addition …
We invited the competitors to submit stories to go with their homes, if they wanted to, and several did. You can read these stories by clicking on the signs by the gates of each house. We were so impressed by the stories that we decided to run a second competition for the best three stories.
These will be judged and the results announced at the Final Lantern Ceremony at 4pmSLT on the roof of the theatre on Hope 3 – when we all ride the Lanterns (more details about that to come).
And that will be followed by a party in the gardens of the Designing Worlds cafe at the Expo (designed by undercoverlady), dj’d by DaveOSaurus.
The Home and Garden Expo has been extended! The last full day will be March 22nd, so you all have time to look around and enjoy all the fabulous displays!
We’ve also extended voting in the Home and Garden Decorating contest. Voting will now close at midnight on Friday 20th March, and there will bea special party in the Designing Worlds cafe on Expo 3 with live singers where the results will be announced on Saturday 21st.
So why not come over and register your vote for your favourite home?
And to help you choose, later today we’ll be posting more details of the homes and the stories behind them!
DerGirlo juggles an artistic nature, a philosophical soul and a scientific nature. A modern renaissance gal who has actually worked those type of fairs. She loves nature, books, walks, motorcycles, photography, as well as art and creation in all it’s forms.
She’ll be talking to Saffia about her store, Flying Arts. Eclectic and sometimes eccentric offerings of food, furnishing, fashion, fun , buildings, photo props, landscaping and more. Flying Arts creates whatever catches the imagination and offers it up to enrich your enjoyment of Second Life.
We’ll be seeing some of this at the Talk tonight – and DeGirlo will be offering a special gift from Flying Arts for one lucky winner of our prize draw (open to all attendees)!
This is an open discussion, where people can discuss problems and also solutions that they’ve come up with – and share ideas.
And in addition, there’s a special prize to be won! We’ll be offering the chance for one attendee at the discuss to be featured on an interview on the long-running and popular Second Life TV programme, Designing Worlds – where they can discuss their own store, brand or organisation. Who would want to miss that?