Monday, April 30, 2012

TUESDAY 1 May at 7pm: "Alice, Let's Eat!" with Kayden Oconnell

Calvin Trillin, guided by an insatiable appetite, embarks on a hilarious odyssey in search of “something decent to eat.” Across time zones and cultures, and often with his wife, Alice, at his side, Trillin shares his triumphs in the art of culinary discovery.  Join Kayden for this food journey, in voice.

MONDAY, April 30th at 7:00pm: "The Clairvoyant Countess" Concludes

Marina Karitska predicted three things when she first met Police Lt Pruden: his gravely ill father would recover his health, he would meet the woman destined to be his wife, and he himself would nearly lose his life.  Two of those three things have actually come to pass.  Will the third prediction come to pass?  Will Pruden become a student of Fate in which. as Madame suggests, the big decisions are predestined and we like chess pieces on a cosmic game board?  Come, find out, decide for yourself as Caledonia concludes Dorothy Gilman's "The Clairvoyant Countess."

Presented live in voice.

MONDAY, April 30th @ 6:00pm: Time for Maying! It's Beltane!

Spend a few brief moments with Caledonia in the Library meadow and listen to some Stories and Poetry of people gone "a maying" - celebrating the ancient fire feast of Beltane.

There will be a bonfire, a May Pole, and Aoife Lorefield's excellent exhibit on the origins and significance of this celebration.  Grab the hand of your beloved, and come along.  The world is in blossom and waiting for you! 

Caledonia's regular Monday session will begin at 7:00pm as usual.
Presented Live in voice.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

"TEA TIME" Takes a Break

JANE AUSTEN FANS ....
Because of a number of RL circumstances, TEA TIME is going on hiatus to return May 27th at 2:00pm to the Seanchai Library.
In the mean time, you can help weigh in on what of Austen's classic works will be presented next! Go to the right hand margin of this blog and you will find a poll that will let your choice be counted.

Poll closes May 21st.

April 29 to May 6 at Seanchai Library

Welcome to Imagination Island! Join us for great stories!
"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."


Events in the Seanchai Library this week - all stories told in open voice, all times SLT:

Monday, April 30 at 7 p.m. -  The Clairvoyant Countess (conclusion) with Caledonia Skytower 

Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. - Alice, Let's Eat with Kayden Oconnell

Wednesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. - The Trolls with Gina Pralou

Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. -  The Fisherman and his Soul - Tales from Oscar Wilde with Shandon Loring


And join us at this 'off campus' event too!

Sunday,  April 29 at 6 p.m. – Caledonia Skytower at Magicland with Tales of the Arabian Nights


All stories in voice and take place in Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. In April we will be collecting for the charity Project Children, but in May and June we'll be asking for donations towards our home organization: Community Virtual Library!. Have questions? IM or notecard Derry McMahon, Librarian.

Feel free to join the Seanchai or Stories Unlimited! subscribos. They are located in the library, just run in and touch them; or join our group, the Seanchai Library.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Thursday April 26th at 7pm - IRISH GODS AND HEROES

IRISH GODS AND HEROES
Balor and Gubbaun
'In the day of long ago and the times that have disappeared for ever...'  The very words set the the imagination racing, heralding a strange and wonderful tale from the dawn of Ireland's past, when the old gods held sway and the lad was peopled by high kings and heroes.

Balor of the evil eye was the god of death whose one eye was said to be so malevolent that it could destroy anyone upon whom he gazed. Tonight we recount the story of when Balor met the Irish hero Gubbaun Saor, "the wondersmith".

Also: 


Macha of the Gold Hair

Among the goddesses of Irish mythology there are few more terrible than Macha, who is said to personify battle and slaughter. She is one of the goddesses of war and is believed to hover over warriors, inspiring them with battle madness and urging them to cut off the heads of fallen enemies. There are several versions of Mocha's death, including one in which she was slain by Balor of the Evil Eye, but this version tonight, by Dermot O'Byrne, may be rather closer to the truth.



Stories in Live Voice

SUGGESTED ATTIRE:
You are ALWAYS welcome to come as you are. But a storytelling is also a great time to dress as someone else, or become someone else! Use your imagination and have fun!! See you there!
Some possibilities for tonight:
Prince/Princess
Hero/Heroine (think Xena and Hercules)
Warhorse
Giant
Troll

ISBN: 0-285-63206-x


WEDNESDAY, April 25th @ 7pm: "Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend", Part 1


(An apology to all our friends at the library for the last minute change. We hope you will still join us for this FABULOUS story! ~*Flutters Her Wings*~

Based on an Athabaskan Indian legend passed along for many generations from mothers to daughters of the upper Yukon River valley in Alaska, this is the suspensful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine.  In simple but vivid detail, Velma Wallis depicts a landscape and way of life that are at once merciless and starkly beautiful.   Part II, story in voice.

Monday, April 23, 2012

TUESDAY 24 April at 7pm: It's All About Food with Kayden Oconnell

It's all about food!  First off, reading from Anthony Bourdain's "A Moveable Feast", a collection of stories that combine travel and food.  The collection includes great writing by Don George, Andrew Zimmern, Pico Iyer and Simon Winchester.  As Pico Iyer writes, "The food is a means of happiness, a sense of peace; and the true meaning of happiness, as Socrates told me yesterday morning, is not to have more things but to need less."  Stories in voice.

MONDAY, April 23rd at 7:00pm: "The Clairvoyant Countess" Continues

Where did we leave Madame?  OH YES!  Ice Cream and Voodoo.  An odd recipe for murder to be sure but it is as clear as,... well as clear as anything is when you sense what others do not and you have lived a colorful life all over the world.

Join Caledonia and find out what concludes from last week's cliff hanger, and discover what more adventures lay ahead for author Dorothy Gilman's Madame Marina Karitska in Part 4 of The Clairvoyant Countess.

Presented Live in Voice.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

SUNDAY, April 22nd @ 2pm: TEA TIME w/ Jane Austen

Our final visit today with Austen's best known work, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.  Will Jane an Mr. Bingley get together? Will Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy get together?  And what aboput wickham and Lydia?  Will anybody ever get together?  And will someone do somethijg about that annoying Lady Catherine?!  PLEASE!!

You are invited to get comfy by the fireplace in the Library's lower level, and pour a nice cuppa.  Presented Live in voice.

April 22 to 29 at Seanchai Library

Welcome to Imagination Island! Join us for great stories!
"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."

Events in the Seanchai Library this week - all stories told in open voice, all times SLT:

Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time with Jane Austen and Caledonia Skytower 

Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m. -  The Clairvoyant Countess with Caledonia Skytower (Part 4) 

Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. - It's All About Food (and Anthony Burdain's Moveable Feast) with Kayden Oconnell

Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. - Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival, Part 1 with Faerie Maven

Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. -  Irish Gods and Heroes: Balor and Gubbaun with Shandon Loring

Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time with Jane Austen and Caledonia Skytower


And join us at this 'off campus' event too!

Sunday,  April 29 at 6 p.m.  Caledonia Skytower at Magicland with Tales of the Arabian Nights


All stories in voice and take place in Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. In April we will be collecting for the charity Project Children. Have questions? IM or notecard Derry McMahon, Librarian.Feel free to join the Seanchai or Stories Unlimited! subscribos. They are located in the library, just run in and touch them; or join our group, the Seanchai Library.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Thursday April 19th at 7pm: "Jim Henson's THE STORYTELLER"

The guiding genius of Muppetdom created an Emmy Award winning TV Series of folk- and fairy tales, encompassing universal themes of fear and need, enchantment, folly and greed, courage and generosity. Infused with spell-binding Henson magic, these tales from the old world come to us now with a new radiance.

Stories in Live Voice

SUGGESTED ATTIRE:
You are ALWAYS welcome to come as you are. But a storytelling is also a great time to dress as someone else, or become someone else! Use your imagination and have fun!! See you there!
Some possibilities for tonight:
Prince/Princess
Court Jester
Witch
Foreboding bird or other fairy tale animal
Giant
Troll
Any Henson creation!


WEDNESDAY, April 18 @ 7pm: "Where The Mountain Meets The Moon" Conclusion

Conclusion: In the valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young firl named Minli spends her days working hard in the fields and her nights listening to her father spin fantastic tales about the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon.  Minli believes these enchanting stories and embarks on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man of the Moon and ask him how her family can change their fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest.  Story in voice.

Monday, April 16, 2012

TUESDAY 17 April at 7pm: Crap Mariner and 100 Word Stories

Crap is back with more irreverent micro stories.  If you haven't heard him, you'd be surprised how much of a story you can tell in just 100 words.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

MONDAY, April 16th @ 7PM: More from "The Clairvoyant Countess"

More from author Dorothy Gilman's charming and exotic Countess Marina Karitska (The Mrs Polifax Detective Series, Tightrope Walker).

This week:  Lieutenant Pruden and Madame Karitska solve a case of murder using voo-doo!  Who knew owning an ice-cream truck could be so deadly?  And speaking of deadly, in the process of solving the crime, Pruden almost loses his life, and Madame meets someone so evil even she loses her trademark composure and has reason to fear.
Presented Live in voice.

SUNDAY, April 15th @ 2:00pm: TEA TIME with Jane Austen

Caledonia continues her exploration of Austen with selections from on of the author's best known works, PRIDE AND PREDJUDICE (1813) It portrays life in the genteel rural society of the day, and tells of the initial misunderstandings and later mutual enlightenment between Elizabeth Bennet (whose liveliness and quick wit have often attracted readers) and the haughty Darcy.

This week: Elizabeth Bennet visits Pemberley and is greatly surprised!

Presented Live in Voice.

April 15 to 22 at Seanchai Library

Welcome to Imagination Island! Join us for great stories!
"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."

Events in the Seanchai Library this week - all stories told in open voice, all times SLT:

Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time with Jane Austen and Caledonia Skytower 

Monday, April 16 at 7 p.m. -  The Clairvoyant Countess with Caledonia Skytower (part 3) 

Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. - 100 Word Stories with Crap Mariner

Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. - Stories with BigRedCoyote

Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m. -  Stories from Jim Henson's Storyteller Series with Shandon Loring

Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time with Jane Austen and Caledonia Skytower


And join us at this 'off campus' event too!

Sunday, April 15 at noon  – Under the Sea stories at the Theatre in Citrus Abyss - Fruit Islands

Sunday,  April 15  at 6 p.m.  Caledonia Skytower at the MagicLand Hundred-Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh stories



All stories in voice and take place in Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. In April we will be collecting for the charity Project Children. Have questions? IM or notecard Derry McMahon, Librarian.

Feel free to join the Seanchai or Stories Unlimited! subscribos. They are located in the library, just run in and touch them; or join our group, the Seanchai Library.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

SUNDAY 15 April at Noon: UnderSea Tales at Fruit Islands

Join Bear and Derry for an assortment of under the sea stories.  We'll be in the underwater theater at Citrus Abyss, so come as a merperson, fish, scuba diver or whatever floats your boat.  LM will be sent that day.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Thursday April 12th at 7pm: "Wild Little Weird Tales"


Published between 1923 and 1954 by the best and brightest writers of macabre tales of horror. Every story is guaranteed to bewilder, disturb, and excite! Don't come alone, if you do, don't leave alone!!

SUGGESTED ATTIRE:
You are ALWAYS welcome to come as you are. But a storytelling is also a great time to dress as someone else, or become someone else! For tonight you might want to be a gargoyle, or bring a dark pet, or something sea monstery, or sultry yet deadly! Use your imagination and have fun!! See you there!

WEDNESDAY, April 11 @ 7pm: "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" Part III

In the valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young firl named Minli spends her days working hard in the fields and her nights listening to her father spin fantastic tales about the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon.  Minli believes these enchanting stories and embarks on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man of the Moon and ask him how her family can change their fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest. Part III, story in voice.

Monday, April 9, 2012

TUESDAY 10 April at 7pm: "The Pages of Sin" (pt 2) a Bibliophile Mystery with Derry

After Wanda Frawley’s tragic suicide, rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright receives a box of Wanda’s old books—including a copy of Pride and Prejudice that contains a very interesting letter addressed to the deceased’s spouse. This two-part novella includes books, librarians, and interesting plot twists involving a very complicated family.   Story in voice. (pt 2 of 2)

MONDAY, April 9th at 7:00pm: "The Clairvoyant Countess" (Part 2)

More from author Dorothy Gilman's charming and exotic Countess Marina Karitska  (The Mrs Polifax Detective Series, Tightrope Walker).

Last week we met Madame Karistska, and watched her developing relationship with Detective Pruden of the local police as her clairvoyance led him to solve a gruesome murder.  This week, we meet new characters, and we see the Coutess and the Detecive prevent a murder together ... Pruden still incredulous at the power of this delightful, confidant woman who seems to know all, and admit nothing at the same time.

"I have experienced much in the way of wise men and prophets ... If psychologists and sociologists claim that we went form the Age of Anxiety into the Age of Alienation, then the next era - for survival, I assure you - must be the Age of Consciousness ... Lieutenant Pruden, almost every human being is asleep - we are sleepwalkers."

Presented Live in voice.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

April 8 to 15 in Seanchai Library

Welcome to Imagination Island! Join us for great stories!
"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."

Events in the Seanchai Library this week - all stories told in open voice, all times SLT:

Sunday, April 8 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time with Jane Austen and Caledonia Skytower 

Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m. -  The Clairvoyant Countess with Caledonia Skytower (part 2) 

Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. - The Pages of Sin, a bibliophile mystery with Derry McMahon (part 2)

Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. - Where the Mountain Meets the Moon with Faerie Maven (part 4)

Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. -  Wild Little Weird Tales with Shandon Loring

Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time with Jane Austen and Caledonia Skytower


And join us at this 'off campus' event too!

Sunday, April 8 at noon  Easter Bonnets and Baseball Caps at Rangpur in Fruit Islands (a tribute to Easter and the opening day of Baseball season!)

Sunday, April 15 at noon  – Under the Sea stories at the Theatre in Citrus Abyss - Fruit Islands 

Sunday,  April 15  at 6 p.m.  Caledonia Skytower at the MagicLand Hundred-Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh stories



All stories in voice and take place in Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. In April we will be collecting for the charity Project Children. Have questions? IM or notecard Derry McMahon, Librarian.

Feel free to join the Seanchai or Stories Unlimited! subscribos. They are located in the library, just run in and touch them; or join our group, the Seanchai Library.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Thursday, April 5th at 7pm - Great Irish Stories of the Supernatural


Great Irish Stories of the Supernatural
They are the ruling classes of the Irish folktale, the shadows and shades of its landscapes. They are the banshees, ghosts, and faeries. They are the witches, demons, and familiars that have stirred the soul and curdled the blood of avid Irish listeners for thousands of years. Masterful tales of bedevilment and enchantment ranging from remote island to country estate and city apartment. The darkest corners of the night begin to beckon and the spirits that inhabit them come out to play.

WEDNESDAY, April 4th @ 7pm: "Where The Mountain Meets The Moon" Part III

A Newberry Honor award winner!
In the valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young firl named Minli spends her days working hard in the fields and her nights listening to her father spin fantastic tales about the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon. Minli believes these enchanting stories and embarks on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man of the Moon and ask him how her family can change their fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest. Part III,  story in voice.

Monday, April 2, 2012

TUESDAY 3 April at 7pm: "The Pages of Sin" (pt 1) a Bibliophile Mystery with Derry

After Wanda Frawley’s tragic suicide, rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright receives a box of Wanda’s old books—including a copy of Pride and Prejudice that contains a very interesting letter addressed to the deceased’s spouse. This two-part novella includes books, librarians, and interesting plot twists involving a very complicated family.   Story in voice. (pt 1 of 2)

MONDAY, April 2 @ 7:00pm: Part 1 "The Clairvoyant Countess"

Madame Marina Karitska has a style all her own--a rare blend of psychic power, an exotic past, and an uncanny gift for common sense. But when a chance encounter with Detective-Lieutenant Pruden of the Police Department catapults her into the midst of a seamier side of life, she must use all her resources to keep danger at bay. Join author Dorothy Gilman's (The Mrs Polifax Detective Series, Tightrope Walker) charming and exotic Countess Marina Karitska on adventure and intrigue.

"Among clairvoyants it is common knowledge that to use such a gift for personal profit is to invite loss of the sixth sense. In all the years of her eventful life Madame Karitska had never accepted money for her readings, but some months ago--eking out a living as a milliner in Trafton--she had begun to have a series of dreams, all of them alike night after night. In these dreams she was walking along a street that was foreign to her, and inevitably she would come to a particular brownstone house and observe in the first-floor window a sign that read Madame Karitska, Readings. The brownstone was one of many on a shabby street, indistinguishable from the others except for the fact that its front door was painted a bright canary yellow."

Presented Live in Voice.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

SUNDAY, April 1 @ 2PM - TEA TIME with Jane Austen

Caledonia continues her exploration of Austen with selections from on of the author's best known works, PRIDE AND PREDJUDICE (1813) It portrays life in the genteel rural society of the day, and tells of the initial misunderstandings and later mutual enlightenment between Elizabeth Bennet (whose liveliness and quick wit have often attracted readers) and the haughty Darcy. The title refers (among other things) to the ways in which Elizabeth and Darcy first view each other. The original version of the novel was written in 1796-1797 under the title First Impressions, and was probably in the form of an exchange of letters.

We've me most of the key players: Patient Mr. Bennet, Wacky Mrs. Bennet, Intelligent Elizabeth, Gentle Jane, to silly Bennet Sisters, Delightful Mr. Bingly, his Snobby Sisters, and of course the man for whom the word "haughty" seems to have been invented - Mr. Darcy.  But there are yet a few more players to add to Austen's cast of characters.  Come and see who shows up!

Presented Live in Voice.