Saturday, December 10, 2016

SATURDAY, December 10th: The Dickens Project SL OPENS!

Three great events today to kick off out 8 days of Dickens...
The Dickens Project 2016 on Water Haven in Second Life.

@ 11am -  Josie Anderton gets us off to a rocking start at Christmas Present Square.
Josie Anderton is a breath of fresh air.  Her sultry voice and sense of fun along with an electric mix of blues, rock, pop and  romance will have you dancing one minute and sending tingles up your spine the next. Her energy is contagious and defines talent at it's best. Once listen and you are hooked. An incredibly interactive, playful performer who's laugh is as infectious as her singing is music for the soul.

@ Noon -  Wald Schridde sings Sea Shanties at the Christmas Past Dock. Wald sings and plays folk songs, traditional tunes and early music on guitar, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, recorders, mandolin, and penny whistle. As "The One-Man Renaissance Band", he creates layered, multi-track recordings of medieval and renaissance music.  An amazing musician of astounding breadth.

@ 2pm - A Dickens Sampler in Christmas Present Square
Corwyn Allen and Caledonia Skytower present the opening hour of stories with selections from the novels of Charles Dickens including "Oliver Twist" and "Great Expectations". Live in voice.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

THURSDAY December 8th at 7pm: JOULUTARINA - A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story
JOULUTARINA
part two of three

This is the story of how an orphan called Nikolas became Santa Claus. Many years ago, in Lapland, a boy named Nikolas is orphaned when his family are killed in an accident. The heads of the families in the village meet to decide his future and, as life in the arctic is difficult, it is decided that as no one family could care for him permanently, they would raise him communally, with each family taking him for one year and then moving him on to the next.
Join us in Second Life, Kitely, or Inworldz...

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bradley%20University/101/208/28
http://www.kitely.com/search?q=seanchai
https://inworldz/region/Delphi/146/47/36

Author: Julie Lane

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

WEDNESDAY, December 7th at 7pm: MIRACLE & OTHER CHRISTMAS STORIES

The winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards, Connie Willis captures the timeless essence of Willis' MIRACLE AND OTHER CHRISTMAS STORIES contains eight tales-two of which had never before been published, and boldly re-imagine the stories of Christmas while celebrating the power of love and compassion, generosity and goodwill in her magical collection of Christmas stories.

Trolley Trollop shares selections "In Coppelius's Toyshop", live in voice.

 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bradley%20University/101/208/28

Monday, December 5, 2016

TUESDAY, December 6th at 7pm: SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF Continues

Tweens is a tough time.  There's no denying it.  Neither child nor adult, a young person can feel like they do not belong anywhere.  With young Serafina, it is so much worse.  Part girl and part catamount, she cannot help but feel that she belongs neither in the natural world of her mother, or the cultured halls of the Biltmore Estate.

Yet Serafina's heart is true, and she cares fiercely for those dear to her. She is determined solve the mystery of the unexplained attacks at the Biltmore and, even more puzzling, why she is the target for so many of them.

Caledonia continues author Robert Beatty's newest adventure tonight, live in voice.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bradley%20University/101/208/28

Learn more about the career and work of author Robert Beatty.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

MONDAY December 5th at 7pm: SCIFI GEMS with Gyro

SCI-FI Gems
Classic SciFi Jewels
Gyro digs deep into his amazing library of classic 
Science Fiction and emerges with more jewels to share.

Tonight:
"Our Fair City" by Robert Heinlein
A newspaper reporter learns about an old man's very strange pet.

"Like Dali, for Instance" by Jack Wodhams
The next time you meet an eccentric person, is he merely human or could he be an alien who decided that being one of us was better than conquering us?


PRESENTED IN LIVING VOICE BY GYRO MUGGINS 
at SEANCHAI LIBRARY in SECOND LIFE

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bradley%20University/101/208/28

THIS WEEK at Seanchai Library

We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life
... and other virtual worlds
 CELEBRATING GREAT STORIES IN VIRTUAL WORLDS SINCE 2008!
_____________________________________

All stories told in 
open voice, 
all times Pacific Time 

Coming Soon ~ The Dickens Project 2016 Edition

*Monday, December 5th, at 7 pm -  SCI-FI GEMS with Gyro Gyro digs deep into his amazing library of classic Science Fiction and emerges with more jewels to share.

*Tuesday, December 6that 7 pm -  Robert Beatty's SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF continues with  Caledonia Skytower

*Wednesday, December 7that 7 pm - Selections from Connie Willis' MIRACLES & OTHER CHRISTMAS STORIES with Trolley Trollop
   
*Thursday, December 8th, at 7pm: JOULUTARINA, This is the story of how an orphan called Nikolas became Santa Claus by author Julie Lane, continues with Shandon Loring



THE DICKENS PROJECT SL opening Saturday, December 10th with over 20 hours of live events of all kinds, spanning eight days, to benefit Team Diabetes in Second Life. This year's Project is sponsored by Kultivate Magazine and will take place on Kultivate's headquarter region, Water Haven.

Stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray at Bradley University  in Second Life, unless otherwise noted in the listing. Schedule subject to change, because that is just how life rolls sometimes.  
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All sessions at the Seanchai Library (SL) are offered free to all Residents.  Guests at Second Life sessions are welcome to join us in donating to our October- December featured charity is the Reach Out and Read.  Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

Have questions? Send a notecard to Caledonia Skytower

Saturday, December 3, 2016

OPENING IN JUST ONE WEEK: The Dickens Project SL 2016

THE DICKENS PROJECT SL 2016
Opens December 10th

Water Haven, Second Life – The 2016 Edition of Seanchai Library's annual celebration of English literary giant Charles Dickens, The Dickens Project, will open in Second Life on Saturday, December 10th with over 20 hours of live events of all kinds, spanning eight days, to benefit Team Diabetes in Second Life. This year's Project is sponsored by Kultivate Magazine and will take place on Kultivate's headquarter region, Water Haven.

The Dickens Project is in its fourth year, featuring live presentations of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol along with other works by the author. The different staves (i.e. chapters) of Charles Dickens' "ghostly little book" will be presented at different times of day during the week, December 12-16, to make the live readings accessible to residents from all over the globe.

New features this year will include the "Eight Days of Dickens" mini-hunt, and expanded music events. Kultivate Magazine has opened up their half-region event space so that this year, more than ever, visitors can "walk in the steps of Ebenezer Scrooge."  Dedicated areas for Christmas Past and Yet to Come, designed and built by Caledonia Skytower  and Aoife Lorefield respectively, compliment the central market square "Present" area.

The Christmas Past Skating Pond

"We think of Charles Dickens and his work in the past tense, under the colossus of 'greatest novelist of the Victorian era,'" said Caledonia Skytower of Seanchai Library, "The elements that make A Christmas Carol timeless and compelling played a part in earning him that title." Seanchai Chief Storyteller, Shandon Loring, added of Dickens' 1843 work, "It has never fallen out of favor, never been out of print.  It has been endlessly adapted.  Its publication came at a time when the English were re-examining how they celebrated the holiday and what it meant.  A lot of what we think of today as "traditional" to the holiday can trace its genesis back through this work." 

Also new this year is a Resource Center created by the Community Virtual Library at their home on Bradley University.  Visitors can use a "tele-portal" to travel directly to the Resource Center to find out more about the issues impacting Dickens' work.  What was Tiny Tim suffering from, anyhow?  Find out what scholars think, and then take a handy "tele-portal" back to The Dickens Project main site.  There will also be a number of other one-way "tele-portal" options for visitors who love Victoriana, Literature, and Art.

The Dickens Project Welcome Area with "Teleportals"

The finale is scheduled for Sunday, December 18th, a marathon “Big Read” presentation of A Christmas Carol performed in relay style: "all the words of every stave presented in one session by a cast of voices."  That presentation will be preceded by musician Wald Schridde, presenting traditional ballads and dance tunes from the 17th and 18th centuries. 


The schedule is currently available on a special page of Seanchai Library's website - seanchailibrary.com.  Times and dates are subject to change.  Check details at the webpage and at The Dickens Project itself (once the festival opens) for the most up to date event information. Events are free to all Second Life Residents, and donations will be accepted for Team Diabetes in Second Life.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

THURSDAY December 1st at 7pm: JOULUTARINA - A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story
JOULUTARINA
part one of three

This is the story of how an orphan called Nikolas became Santa Claus. Many years ago, in Lapland, a boy named Nikolas is orphaned when his family are killed in an accident. The heads of the families in the village meet to decide his future and, as life in the arctic is difficult, it is decided that as no one family could care for him permanently, they would raise him communally, with each family taking him for one year and then moving him on to the next. Grateful, Nikolas begins whittling toys out of wood as a gift which, each Christmas, he leaves for the family that cared for him. It becomes a tradition from then on, with Nikolas never forgetting the children of those families that received him each year. When a blight hits the village, and none of the families can afford to take him in for the next year, he is taken in by grumpy hermit Iisakki as his carpenter's apprentice. Iisakki works him hard but Nikolas is clever and quick to learn, and Iisakki gradually grows to love Nikolas as his own son. Nikolas begins to live more and more for the spirit of Christmas with each passing year and it becomes his life and as he grows old he becomes the figure known as Santa Claus.

Join us in Second Life, Kitely, or Inworldz...

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bradley%20University/101/208/28
https://www.kitely.com/virtual-world/Shandon-Loring/CHRISTMAS-ISLAND
https://inworldz/region/Delphi/146/47/36

Author: Julie Lane

Monday, November 28, 2016

TUESDAY, November 29th at 7pm: SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF Continues

A mysterious series of attacks test Serafina's role as Biltmore's protector, culminating in a tragedy that tears Serafina's best friend, Braeden Vanderbilt, from her side. Heartbroken, she flees.

Deep in the forest, she comes face-to-face with the evil infecting Biltmore--and discovers its reach is far greater than she'd ever imagined. All the humans and animals of the Blue Ridge Mountains are in terrible danger. For Serafina to defeat this new evil before it engulfs her beloved home, she must search deep inside herself and embrace the destiny that has always awaited her.

Caledonia continues author Robert Beatty's newest adventure tonight, live in voice.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bradley%20University/101/208/28

Learn more about the career and work of author Robert Beatty.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

MONDAY November 28th at 7pm: Versus [OR] The Twonky

VERSUS
not verses!
A tongue and cheek story from a series about a Witch who writes Romance Novels as a way to pay the bills. She and her 300 year old vampire boyfriend encounter a bit more trouble than rumors and backbiting at a Halloween party for people in her writers' guild.

PRESENTED IN LIVING VOICE BY GYRO MUGGINS
at SEANCHAI LIBRARY in SECOND LIFE

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bradley%20University/101/208/28




The Twonky
Classic SciFi Jewels

Gyro digs deep into his amazing library of classic Science Fiction 
and emerges with more jewels to share.

Tonight:
"The Twonky" by Henry Kuttner
It's 1937 and Kerry Westerfield's new television set is working very 
very strangely. From "Adventures in Time and Space"

PRESENTED IN LIVING VOICE BY GYRO MUGGINS 
at SEANCHAI LIBRARY in SECOND LIFE

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bradley%20University/101/208/28

Saturday, November 26, 2016

THIS WEEK at Seanchai Library

We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life
... and other virtual worlds
 CELEBRATING GREAT STORIES IN VIRTUAL WORLDS SINCE 2008!
_____________________________________

All stories told in 
open voice, 
all times Pacific Time 

The 221B Lounge photographed when it opened in Februiary, by Inara Pey


*Sunday, November 27th, at 1:30 pm - TEA TIME at Baker Street concludes at the University of Washington iSchool: THE SIGN OF FOURCLICK HERE for slurl

*Monday, November 28th, at 7 pm -  VERSUS a tongue and cheek story from a series about a Witch who writes Romance Novels as a way to pay the bills. She and her 300 year old vampire boyfriend encounter a bit more trouble than rumors and backbiting at a Halloween party for people in her writers' guild.  Gyro Muggins, and Trolley Trollop share the adventure.

*Tuesday, November 29that 7 pm -  Robert Beatty's SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF continues with  Caledonia Skytower

*Wednesday, November 30that 7 pm - TBA
   
*Thursday, December 1st: 
         ~ at 7pm: JOULUTARINA, This is the story of how an orphan called Nikolas became Santa Claus by author Julie Lane, with Shandon Loring
         ~ at 9pm: SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT, Contemporary Sci-Fi with Finn Zeddmore.

Coming Soon! The Dickens Project 2016, this year held in the event area on Water Haven
Stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray at Bradley University  in Second Life, unless otherwise noted in the listing. Schedule subject to change, because that is just how life rolls sometimes.  
                _____________________________________________________


All sessions at the Seanchai Library (SL) are offered free to all Residents.  Guests at Second Life sessions are welcome to join us in donating to our October- December featured charity is the Reach Out and Read.  Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

Have questions? Send a notecard to Caledonia Skytower

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 24th at 10am: ALICE'S RESTAURANT MASSACREE

ALICE'S RESTAURANT REVISITED
The song is one of Arlo Guthrie's most prominent works, based on a true incident from his life that began on Thanksgiving Day 1965 with a citation for littering, and ended with the refusal of the U.S. Army to draft him because of his conviction for that crime. The ironic punch line of the story is that, in the words of Guthrie, "I'm sittin' here on the Group W bench 'cause you want to know if I'm moral enough to join the Army - burn women, kids, houses and villages - after bein' a litterbug." The final part of the song is an encouragement for the listeners to sing along, to resist the draft, and to end war.

The "song" is in fact a spoken monologue, presented by Shandon Loring today for your listening pleasure or just to groan at and be Thankful when it's over.

PRESENTED IN LIVE VOICE at SEANCHAI LIBRARY
in SECOND LIFE, in KITELY and in INWORLDZ
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bradley%20University/101/208/28
http://www.kitely.com/search?q=seanchai


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

WEDNESDAY, November 23rd at 7PM: GIVING THANKS with Kayden & Caledonia

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." 

-Albert Schweitzer

Kayden and Caledonia have prepared a feast, featuring author Bailey White with reflection on Thanksgiving and other festive moments of gratitude.

Come and take your place at the table.  Presented live in voice.

Monday, November 21, 2016

TUESDAY, November 22nd at 7PM: SERAFINA & THE TWISTED STAFF Continues

What reviewers are saying ...

"Beatty continues to build a fascinating magical world, the Blue Ridge Mountains and Biltmore Estate developing beyond mere settings into characters themselves. Each place reveals history and clues to Serafina's life and those of other gifted, mysterious beings. Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end."  ~ Kirkus Reviews

Caledonia continues author Robert Beatty's newest adventure tonight, live in voice.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bradley%20University/101/208/28

Learn more about the career and work of author Robert Beatty.