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Designing Worlds’ second visit to the Home and Garden Expo 2018 – now on the web!

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – when we pay the second of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo – is now on the web!

DW372 – Home & Garden Expo 2018 Part II from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We look at the Hunt (organised by the Meeroos and BeYou), the Breedables Fair, the Art Gallery andone of the great courtyard spaces that were prominent this year – this time for FIN. And we also talk to the designer SkyRider Varriale, who exhibited at the Expo this year, sponsored a region, and donated two houses to the popular Home Decoration competition.

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we take a good look at the twelve houses that were featured in the Decorating contest, including a fantastic slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont. And we discuss the contest with Reven Rosca who was one of the organisers, with Kaerri Rae and Saffia.

You can read details of the results of the Decorating competition here.

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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Designing Worlds returns to the Home and Garden Expo 2018

H&G Decorating Contest House 1
H&G Decorating Contest House 1

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 11th June, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, when we pay the second of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo.

We look at the Hunt (organised by the Meeroos and BeYou), the Breedables Fair, the Art Gallery andone of the great courtyard spaces that were prominent this year – this time for FIN. And we also talk to the designer SkyRider Varriale, who exhibited at the Expo this year, sponsored a region, and donated two houses to the popular Home Decoration competition.

H&G Decorating Contest House 4
H&G Decorating Contest House 4

You can read details of the results of the Decorating competition here.

And we take a good look at the twelve houses that were featured in the Decorating contest, including a fantastic slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont. And we discuss the contest with Reven Rosca who was one of the organisers, with Kaerri Rae and Saffia.

H&G Decorating Contest House 3
H&G Decorating Contest House 3

Make sure you don’t miss it – by joining us at 2pm SLT.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Prim Perfect or Designing Worlds blogs.

Designing Worlds pays a first visit to the Home and Garden Expo 2018 – now on the web!

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – when we pay the first of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo – is now on the web!

DW371 – Home & Garden Expo 2018 I from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We talk to the organiser of the Expo, Nikki Mathieson, and to Stingray Raymaker, the ACS representative in Second Life, who tells us about some of the changes Relay for Life in Second Life has seen this year. We also talk to two of the designers who were at the Expo – Robert Galland and Cassie Eldamar, and of course, there’s a lantern release to see!

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And there’s plenty to see of the Expo itself, including a fantastic slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont.

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Designing Worlds pays a first visit to the Home and Garden Expo 2018

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 4th June, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, when we pay the first of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo.

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to the organiser of the Expo, Nikki Mathieson, and to Stingray Raymaker, the ACS representative in Second Life, who tells us about some of the changes Relay for Life in Second Life has seen this year. We also talk to two of the designers who were at the Expo – Robert Galland and Cassie Eldamar, and of course, there’s a lantern release to see!


And there’s plenty to see of the Expo itself, including a fantastic slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont.

Make sure you don’t miss it – by joining us at 2pm SLT.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Prim Perfect or Designing Worlds blogs.

 

 

@ THE EXPO ~ MAY 30TH

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition Voting Ends Tomorrow! Come out and VOTE for your favorite.

Voting is well underway in the first annual Expo Decorating Competition.  Every vote is a linden toward our fundraising goal, so come vote for your favorite!  What a fun comp this has been.

We are getting so close to $7500 dollars raised for The American Cancer Society at this point and have four days to push to get to our $10,000 goal.  It’s going to be challenging but we can do it!  If you haven’t been to the Expo yet, come out and enjoy it while it’s still here!

Finalists in the Beat the Clock comp waiting to log in their time for a final attempt. Pictured are: Trader Whiplash, Kitty Gumbo, Arizona Ballinger, Nikki Mathieson, Random Darrow, Ari Spark, Nuala Maracas, Adam Spark and TS Darrow.

Beat the Clock game show wrapped up last night and what fun it was!  The finalists were Adam and Ari Spark, PrettyKitty Gumbo, Trader Whiplash and Nuala Maracas.  It was a close race and the girls gave those guys a run for the money!  Beat the Clock was an obstacle course and contestants paid 300L each to the Expo RFL kiosk, to enter.  That entry fee gave them three attempts to beat the clock.  Two of their ending times were thrown out and their best time saved.  The course required skills in golf, basketball throw, hopscotch, zip lining, steering a hamster wheel and driving a tiny car to the finish line.  So much fun to watch!  The winners, in first is Nuala Maracas, second place went to Trader Whiplash and third place is PrettyKitty Gumbo!  Prizes included a 2500L donation to an RFL kiosk of the winner’s choice.  That donation went to The Home and Garden Expo!  Thank you, Nuala!

Family Feud gets underway on Saturday, June 2nd at 9am SLT.  Four teams will compete in a tournament that will end with one winning team!  The family feud set is located on the Expo Center region.  Come out and cheer on the teams!

DJ Gem Sunkiller takes the Expo stream today at 5pm.  Gem is a longtime Relay For Life volunteer and well loved SL DJ who can also be heard on T1 Radio.  Gem will take us through the evening with fun music and dance, at the Center Stage.. so hopefully we’ll see you there!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Expo%20Center/127/126/23

@ THE EXPO ~ MAY 27TH

Longtime online and inworld radio broadcast T1 Radio takes the spotlight today at the Expo!

Today is T1 Radio day at the Expo!  T1 has been a longtime broadcaster of Relay For Life of Second Life.  In fact, T1 has been a HUGE part of RFL since 2005!   T1 takes the stream throughout the day on all of the Expo regions.

Beat the Clock game show gets underway today.  Individuals will race through an obstacle course trying for their best time.  There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place wins for this competition and the prize purse includes linden cash for first place!  C’mon out and compete or even just hang around and cheer on the competitors.  9am

at 2pm today, we are having show and tell as part of the the Expo’s ‘Talks and Discussions’.  Expo exhibitors are encouraged to bring samples of their latest creations and have a chat with Saffia Widdershins and the T&D audience.  At 5pm Saffia returns to the Expo Center Main Stage with a second ‘Talks and Discussions‘ interview today!  She’ll be sitting down with the Relay For Life of Second Life Event Leadership Team of Nuala Maracas, MamaP Beerbaum Alter, Random Padar Darrow, Nikki Mathieson and Stingray Raymaker.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Expo%20Center/127/126/23

Also at 2pm today Petlove Petshop will present her fantastic class on Machinima..  (can take up to 2 hrs).  This class is full of everything you need to know to create video production in our online world.  This class fills up!  Come out to the Expo classroom.

At 3:30 today T1 Radio’s Trader Whiplash brings Relay Rap to the Expo Main Stage!  This radio show has been a popular fixture for about 5 years now.  Today’s show will feature MamaP and Trager Alter who will talk about their new project (since spring 2018) called Relay Refresh.  Joining them to talk about the Home Expo will be Expo coordinator Nikki Mathieson.  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Expo%20Center/127/126/23

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition Voting Begins Today

Voting begins at the Home Decorating Competition on Home Expo 6 today.  There are 12 homes to look through and we vote with lindens dropped into a RFL kiosk located at the home of your favorite choice.  It’s a full day of fun at the Expo today.. grab  your landmarks and come on over!

 

@ THE EXPO ~ MAY 26TH

a favorite SL performer for many, Quartzz kicks off the LIVE music entertainment today at The Expo Main Stage!

We have lots of fun activity in store today at The Expo!  The game shows get revved up with the trial run sessions of Beat the Clock!  Entrance is on the Expo Center region, there is a sign with info inside or you can IM Random Padar to learn how you can join us in this year’s Game Shows, Beat the Clock and Family Feud!  Proceeds benefit Relay For Life!

Located on Home Expo 6 at stage 2 today we feature the amazing show called, “MJF’s MoonwalKING” by Second Life entertainer MichaelJACKSON Follet.  This is a show not to be missed, if you have never seen an MJ Follet presentation. 

MICHAELjackson Follet came to SecondLife on July 14, 2009 with a mission to be a tribute for grieving fans in the wake of the death of the King of Pop in June of the same year. Over the past six years since, he has worked to continue MJJ’s mission of love and healing the world by devoting his time and energy to producing the most accurate and true-to-life tribute to the King of Pop in SL.

In addition to his work for the fans, he has supported several charities, with his main focus being raising funds for the Francesca Rava Foundation N.P.H. ONLUS in Haiti.

Working together with Viviana Houston and CLE Productions he has produced virtual versions of many of MJJ’s music videos and concerts, as well as created new and innovative tribute shows to keep Michael’s spirit alive here in Second Life.  His crowning achievement however, is the beautiful and detailed recreation of Michael Jackson’s own NeverLand Ranch, which is open to the public year round. His work has ensured that this historical place will live on in this virtual environment.

MJF’s latest production is called MoonwalKING. It is an exciting and innovative tribute where the greatest hits of Michael Jackson’s career, take flight into outer space. Join us for a unique MJ experience that should not be missed!

Come early to grab your spot!  The show begins at 2

This show will be followed by DJ Tazzie who will take us through a couple hours of great music and dance.  DJ Tazzie is a T1 radio deejay.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Home%20Expo%206/128/104/22

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Today’s ‘Talk and Discussions‘ series features a chat with Eku Zhong of Culprit.  Saffia Widdershins returns as our host for another entertaining information session.  The show begins at 5pm on the Expo Center main stage.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~At noon on this holiday weekend Saturday, you can stop in at the Expo classroom for a class presented by Prim Perfect’s Saffia Widdershins.  Today’s instruction will be around building a brand identity.  Seating is limited so come grab yours early.

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and.. on the Expo Main Stage this evening, we have another GREAT lineup of LIVE music. Beginning at 6 we’ll all meet on the main stage and dance the night away. Bring your requests, your dance shoes, your friends and come on out to the Expo! THANK YOU to all Expo entertainers who encourage any and all tips go to Relay For Life.

6pm – Quartzz
7pm – Ororo Munroe
8pm – Dirty Dee Sweetwater

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Expo%20Center/127/126/23

The Grove Country Club Estates ~ Crito Galtier

INTERVIEW WITH OUR SPONSOR:

Crito Galtier of  The Grove Country Club Estates

Photo by Roman Godde

Hello! Thank you so much for sponsoring the Home & Garden Expo and for your support of Relay For Life! Is there a particular reason you chose to sponsor this year?

A: To support a great cause!

Q: Have you been involved in other events with Relay For Life of Second Life? Have you been to a real world Relay?

A: The Grove has done a fundraiser in SL. I’ve not been to any in RL.

Q: Tell us what you’re bringing to The Expo this year. Especially about the items you created for Relay. Any other exclusive items you’re planning to release at the Expo?

A: The Grove is SL’s premier residential community. We created a snapshot at the Expo giving people a glimpse of our community as well as a beautiful place to rest. Make sure you see our memorial dedicated to those we have lost to cancer.

Q: When did you first arrive in Second Life and what brought you to Second Life?

A: I just celebrated my eighth anniversary here in SL. I originally joined to participate in the role play communities SL offered. For most of my early years I played a gladiator at some of the ancient Roman sims. I still take to the arena now and then and enjoy the thrill.

Q: Tell us about more about your SL business? For our readers who don’t know about The Grove.

A: The Grove Country Club Estates is SL’s premier residential community offering people a place to live that is dedicated to quality and uniqueness. Unlike any other community in SL, The Grove offers a wide range of venues for events like our live singers to places to get married or have parties. Spanning twelve manicured sims, The Grove is truly the most beautiful place to call home!

Q: Can you tell us a bit about how you’ve spent your Second Life, besides building an amazing residential community? Hobbies, interests.. things you’ve learned along the way ?

A: Aside from all the great friends and relationships I’ve made over the years, my passion in both RL and SL is music. I enjoy hearing the amazing talent SL has as well as making magic happen when they all come together to perform at The Grove. There is no greater joy for me than hearing two singers that I think would be great together and then making that happen.

Q: Are you also planning to set up a community in Sansar, at some point? Do you have long-term goals for your business in Second Life, too?

A: I’m not planning on setting up in Sansar yet.  I’m having too much fun in the SL world. As for long term goals, I plan to continue delivering a rich and active community at The Grove for the foreseeable future. There’s SO much to do!

Q: Do you want to share a look at your life outside of SL with us? What do you or did you do for a living? Does your family support your SL aspirations?

A: I’m in the very exciting wireless industry in the technology project management field. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time in my 1913 historic home which I completely restored.

Q: Anything else you’d like us to know about you, or a special mentor, friends or someone who has really inspired your business?

A: I’d like to thank all the great residents of The Grove for making it so special. Above all, I want to thank my staff for creating it as well as helping to support me in the day-to-day operations. I could not do this all on my own and my team really excels at what they do and are as passionate about The Grove as I am. Go TEAM!

STRAY CATS ~ Nicolyti

INTERVIEW WITH OUR SPONSOR: Nicolyti of Stray Cats
photo by Roman Godde

Q:  Hello! Thank you so much for sponsoring the Home & Garden Expo and for your support of Relay For Life!  Is there a particular reason you chose to sponsor this year?

A:   We try to participate in at least one RFL event every year.  This is such a worthy cause and much needed. Stray Cats enjoys helping however it can.

Q:  Have you been involved in other events with Relay For Life of Second Life?  Have you been to a real world Relay?

A:  I’ve not had the opportunity to go to a real world relay yet, but it’s on my bucket list.  In terms of other participation, we have also been in the last two or three Winter RFL fairs to help with support.

Q:  Tell us what you’re bringing to The Expo this year.  Especially about the items you created for Relay. Any other exclusive items you’re planning to release at the Expo?

A:  Well, as it is springtime, we created a new breed of Fawn kitty for exclusive release at this event.  The fawns are precious, and available in many colors of pelts.  Our OOAK is a Gryphon kitty, a wannabe gryphon, shall we say 🙂   Half eagle/half lion. I’m not sure where that idea came from, but it’s what I came up with, lol. Strong and powerful and able to fight the fight against cancer.

Q:  When did you first arrive in Second Life and what brought you to Second Life?

A:  I started Second Life over four years ago, and like many, followed a friend from another game I played.   You know, at first, I wasn’t sure it was for me, but I am a people-person, and it was a great fit for me.

Q:  Tell us about more about your SL business?  

A:  I am actually the General Manager for Stray Cats, the owner being Ken Edge.   I work for him also in real-life as an assistant and manager of sorts.  Stray Cats are so darling, a truly lovely little breedable, but not without their ups and downs in the past.   I have been managing for 1.5 years now, and love love making new kittens, pelts, eyes, ‘stuff’ for the community. I strive for not only to keep the creative and fun aspect of breeding these kitties alive and well, but also, to create and maintain a happy, homey, comfortable environment for all our breeders and patrons.  We all know that Second Life can have maybe a little too much ‘drama’ sometimes…. Well, within this little kingdom of mighty felines, we are a family.

Q:  Can you tell us a bit about how you’ve spent your Second Life, besides building an amazing residential community?  Hobbies, interests.. things you’ve learned along the way ?

A:  You know, I said earlier that I am a ‘people person’.. .that wasn’t always the truth.  I was rather closed off in many ways. Second Life has changed me, for the better. In the beginning of my SL journey I explored and experimented, like most, but that random wandering isn’t really for me.  I like to have purpose, meaning, and I love to help people. I actually enjoy keeping my ‘campers’ happy, and I love creating all the new kitties, and learning, in baby steps, the scripting aspect too.

Q: Are you looking forward to Second Life’s new generation platform and will you also set up a community there?  Do you have long-term goals for your business in Second Life, too?

A:   I have mixed feelings on that.  I believe the owner of Stray Cats would like to expand to that platform as well, but I will remain here and continue the good fight 🙂  There is only so much of me to go around….lol

Q: Do you want to share a look at your life outside of  SL with us? What do you or did you do for a living? Does your family support your SL aspirations?  

A:   I am happily married, with two grown boys.  My mother doesn’t really understand Second Life, lol, but they all support me in my endeavors in it, and actually think ‘its cool’.  I work for the same man, the owner of the cats, in real-life also, managing his many servers and his radio company and just about anything and everything he throws at me….it can be a lot!

Q: Anything else you’d like us to know about you, or a special mentor, friends or  someone who has really inspired your business?

A:  Not that I can think of, at this moment.   My breeders, my fellow cat-lovers are my inspiration, every day.  I love getting to know them, to care for them, and to keep ever-growing in the myriad of possibilities that these wonderful Strays can be.

Expo Activity ~ May 22

MtFB Radio takes the airwaves today at The Home Expo.
The radio station designed with the grid flyer in mind. Tune in to live broadcasts or listen to recordings of previous ones.  A nice mix of music that goes well with flying, boating or just about anything you are doing.

http://www.slaviationnetwork.com.

They are available to do a live broadcast of your next aviation event.  IM Luke Flywalker to set up a show.

Now available by popular demand 24/7 Music to Fly By parcel media stream sponsored by The SL Aviation Network. Now listen to the awesome mix of tunes from classic rock and country to techno and anything in between anytime on your parcel. Let Luke know if you would like an announcement for your airport, group or aviation event.  Happy to promote your aviation related activities free of charge.

Stream URL for SL: http://mtfbradio.luschaudio.com:11016

MtFB Radio is an RFL of SL media partner.

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We start our day with 1,419,750L in the monies raised for Relay category.  WooHOOO!  How exciting for us and for RFL of SL.  If you’d like to join in on this year’s fundraising season, you could IM Nikki Mathieson for the official tools and set out kiosks at your mainstore locations.  This year’s RFL of SL theme is, ‘United We Relay’ and we’d love to become united with even more of you!

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In the Expo classroom today we’re going to learn how to deal with good ole’  SL lag.  This class is presented by Bluezy Bleac, who is a member of the Firestorm viewer support team.  The class starts at 10 am SLT.  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Expo%20Center/178/41/23

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The Art Show @ The Expo!

While traveling through the Expo grounds, be sure to check out this year’s Art Show.  There are many wonderful works of art for sale here.  Thank you to the artists who have graced this event with their talent.  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Expo%20Center/97/84/23

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On the Expo Center Stage today!

Make plans at 4pm to come out and dance with us while DJ Nuala Maracas spins those tunes!  Nuala is this year’s Relay For Life chair (her second year) and part of the Event Leadership Team.  Nuala is also a co-owner and longtime DJ on T1 Radio!  Adding to her long list of accomplishments is coordinator of the annual Christmas Expo. Here’s your taxi:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Home%20Expo%206/128/104/22

Show and Tell at the Home and Garden Expo

Today at 5pm we will be hosting one of our popular Show and Tell events.

Designers and creators are warmly welcomed to bring their latest works or even work in progress to share and show to people.

These sessions are always great fun and, in the past, have led to some interesting discussions on different aspects of Second life design and designing!

The Deadline for the Decorating Contest is approaching!

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition

The time to enter the Home and Garden Expo Decorating contest is rapidly approaching. If you want to enter and still haven’t submitted an entry form, you can find the details here.

Here is what will happen next:

As there are more entrants than homes available, a draw will take place for the twelve finalists who will each receive a home to decorate.

Those finalists will be notified by notecard, and their names (and allocated houses) will also appear on this blog by 12 noon on Tuesday 22nd – so keep watch in case Second Life decides to be difficult!

There will be reserve candidates. If finalists do not contact us within 48 hours (by 12 noon on Thursday 24th May), their home will be re-allocated to one of the reserves. This is because there is only a limited time to build, and we want to include as many people as we can.

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition

As the popularity of the contest means that it may take a little while to organise the next stage, we are extending the deadline on completing the build to 12 noon on Sunday 27th.

Voting will then open, and continue till 12 noon on Saturday June 1st – and the results will be announced shortly after that.