“The Lost Words” with Caledonia Skytower & Elrik Merlin at The Magic Tree – 18 September

There is something special coming to The Magic Tree this month: a wonderful reading by two of our world’s very best spoken word artists! Caledonia Skytower, who reads regularly at The Magic Tree – in addition to her duties as principal at the wonderful Seanchai Library – is bringing a special guest to her next session. Cale will be joined this coming Wednesday at 3 PM SLT by the well-known Elrik Merlin, whose marvelous work with Radio Riel and the popular Second Life®television programme Designing Worlds makes him a household name in SL®.

Caledonia Skytower & Elrik Merlin

Both of these talented individuals have wonderful speaking voices and rich repertoires of readings. Truly, they can read anything with skill and presence, but they are also excellent at selecting just the right material for themselves. This time, they will read from a wonderful book that is guaranteed to get our attention.

Award-winning author Robert Macfarlane and acclaimed artist & author Jackie Morris created something wonderful and unique in their 2017 book. The Lost Words is a ‘book of spells’ that seeks to conjure back the near-lost magic and strangeness of the nature that surrounds us. It transcends age barriers inspiring children and moving adults with its wide appeal. This past July eight leading folk musicians released their response to the creatures, art, and language of Macfarlane & Morris’ book. On 18 September at 3 PM SLT, Elrik and Caledonia present a special blending of the music and spells of The Lost Words, live on stream at The Magic Tree in Ce Soir Arts. Do plan to join us HERE.

Songs of Summer…as the heatwave waxes and wanes, the joy of summer comes through!

This has been one of the hottest summers on record…especially where we live in the US. Whilst we expect some hot times during the “dog days” of summer, this has been truly exceptional. DAYS ON END of heat and humidity have been pretty hard to take. We have a lot of outdoor activity here, and we’ve had to make some serious adjustments. Getting the work done whilst taking good care of ourselves has been a challenge. We both discovered that we need to drink MUCH more water than usual – and we feel grateful for that learning. Summer has still been beautiful – lots of gorgeous trees, flowers, and crops to enjoy. We hope the summer has been good to you so far – and that our new art exhibit will also make your heart sing: Songs of Summer!

Of course, the title of this exhibit came straight from our Poet Laureate and Artist-in-Residence, Russell Eponym. His song, Summer is a favourite, and we’ve been humming the tune since June! And so, naturally, we decided we needed an interim art exhibit in theme. Songs of Summer will open formally tomorrow at Côte de la Mer Galerie, when Russell will be reading and sharing music at The Magic Tree, NOON SLT. Pop on over and enjoy – and remember, you are always welcome at Ce Soir Arts!

Landmarks: Côte de la Mer Galerie and The Magic Tree

Come…be inspired tonight!

Songs of Summer…Ce Soir Arts Welcomes You!

The above notice has been posted at the popular Second Life™ Destination Guide this past week. We were happy to see it there, and to greet many new visitors to our beloved Ce Soir Arts. Many who have been visiting are brand-new to the SL™ experience, and we hope that their introduction which now includes Ce Soir Arts will be one that encourages them to explore the vast horizons of our beautiful virtual world.

Some have attended events such as readings and musical shows, and others have wandered about. Our next art exhibit is in planning, even as we have taken a wee summer break (see previous post). It’s been fun to greet people when we are present on the region – and to just let them wander on their own to discover what we have to offer in varied locations. Some have found the “wintry escape” floating above, and have commented on how refreshing it is to visit that snowy landscape on a hot summer day – or even a cooler one! We’ve gained some subscibers and look forward to their return!

Thank you, Linden Lab®, for this means of introducing everyone to places that are new to them. What fun! To add to the enjoyment, our week’s schedule boards include information about spectacular readings with Russell Eponym (our Poet Laureate); Master Storyteller Bryn Taleweaver; exceptionally gifted reader/writer Dubhna Rhiadra will be absent this week, so I (Mireille Jenvieve) am going to read in her stead. I’ve got something special related to our current art exhibit, so come along for some poetic fun; and Seanchai Library’s own Caledonia Skytower – and a sweet musical programme with Russell! Note that a new exhibit – mostly at Côte de la Mer Galerie – opens on Tuesday. Songs of Summer is a theme taken from one of Russell‘s original songs, so come enjoy an artwork featuring those lyrics and one of his own paintings – along with other works we hope you will enjoy.


Come…be inspired tonight!

Landmarks: Côte de la Mer GalerieThe Magic TreeChâteau Ce Soir

Summer Vacation!

It’s been a hectic spring! Following the tremendous success of the region-wide Spring Awakenings Art Exhibit that brought us such joy, activities in the physical realm have stepped up – as is common in summertime in our part of the world. We’re having a great time, but having many guests and doing some traveling ourselves takes time and effort. So…since there’s a bit of fatigue involved, we’re taking the rest of June off for some R & R.

Our Poet Laureate, Russell Eponym, is on vacation as well – and a couple of our regular readers are engaged in some activities other than those in our virtual world – so, this seems an appropriate time for a wee break. We will return on Tuesday, 02 July, when Russell will read again at The Magic Tree at NOON. Until then, please enjoy the region, which will remain open to visitors. Come dance, relax, and enjoy the summer!

Special Dual Reading and More! – Live at The Magic Tree – 12 June at 1 pm slt

One of our regular readers at The Magic Tree – the marvelous Dubhna Rhiadra – was away for a few weeks working on a dance project in the physical realm (read more about her work with Café Reason HERE). Coming off a wonderful success with that project, she returns to us today, and in a very special programme in collaboration with Master Storyteller Bryn Taleweaver. Beginning at 1 PM SLT – the time usually scheduled for Bryn, the two will present a reading from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings.” This beloved tale will come to life as the reading begins….

Tom Bombadil was an enigmatic figure who lived throughout the history of Arda. He was known by the Elves as the one who dwelt in the valley east of the Shire. A mysterious being, Tom lived in the depths of the Old Forest, and within his domain, his power over virtually everything in it was extraordinary. Bryn and Dubhna will read for two hours and will delight us with their reading acumen. Voices are a specialty for both, and their dialects will enrich the reading. Do come join us for this reading. Bryn will be in Voice and Dubhna will be on Stream, so set your sound and come on over!

Then, at 3:00 PM SLT, we have yet more to enjoy! Another of our regular readers, the gifted writer and reader Caledonia Skytower will step to the Reader’s Throne. We all know Cale for her stellar work with Seanchai Library and elsewhere including at The Magic Tree. Today, she will continue with her second in a series of readings from “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate. The author was awarded the Newberry Medal in 2013 for this intriguing story, and Cale has a command of the reading that will have all of us in rapt attention as the story unfolds.

Ivan is a silverback gorilla who lives in a mall in the Pacific Northwest of the USA. In the story, his relationships with other animals and the storekeeper where he lives are explored. Change occurs, and it’s fascinating to follow along. Come enjoy as Caledonia brings us more this story that will capture our imaginations and touch our hearts!

Your conveyance to The Magic Tree is HERE. See you there!

The Magic Tree Reading Spot

Skye Galaxy to play at The Ruins on Sunday, 26 May

Skye Galaxy at The Ruins in Ce Soir Arts

Sundays are always a special part of the weekend. This weekend, it’s especially so at The Ruins in Ce Soir Arts. As 2:00 PM rolls around, Skye Galaxy will step to the piano once more. That first note rings clear and lets us know that we’re in for a beautiful magic carpet ride of sound. Stunning piano and vocals in a rich range from whispery tones to full on falsetto fill the region with magic when Skye is here. There is an ethereal quality to this man’s music, whether he’s crooning a love song or delivering one of his stunning electronica-genre originals. We look forward to hearing some of his own captivating lyrics, but will be happy with any of his selections; those crystalline notes are something to behold as they waft on the gentle breezes. Skye weaves a setlist with precision – or lets the moment take him wherever it will. Audiences are in for a treat, either way, so do come join us this Sunday. Pop on over early, as the region often fills to capacity in anticipation of the stellar experience that awaits!

Your teleport to The Ruins at Ce Soir Arts is HERE!

Time for a Road Trip! Ce Soir Arts Readers to Fantasy Faire LitFest this Week!

Every year, we join thousands of Second Life™ residents who get more excited about FANTASY FAIRE! There is just so much to love about this spring event. Of course, part of that is the fact that all funds raised go to benefit RELAY FOR LIFE OF SL™ – a long-standing charity in our virtual world that is connected to the American Cancer Society. I’m posting the link to the LitFest Schedule at the Fantasy Faire website…and do check those impressive fundraising totals that are posted on that page as they add up! This is definitely something everyone can take part in, because absolutely every L$ counts!

We’re especially excited this year, as several of our regular readers at The Magic Tree will be sharing some wonderful poetry, music, and stories at this year’s event. It all happens for us on a grand Road Trip this very week! Here’s the pictorial schedule – and more details below about each event. It’s going to be exceptional, so do come along!


Here are a few details about each special reading along with the LM for Undertoe. That is the reading area at the Trollhaugen region. It’s a lovely wooded area, just perfect for our readers from The Magic Tree!

Russell Eponym, Poet Laureate of Ce Soir Arts, will stream LIVE from Wales to join us at LitFest for Fantasy Faire! This will be at his usual reading time at The Magic Tree – NOON on Tuesday, 23 April. His extensive knowledge, kindly spirit, and lively wit and wisdom make every hour an unforgettable experience. Reading from an eclectic mix of some of the best poets and writers of all time, he sometimes peppers in his own original writing. Russell generally opens with a beautiful selection of music from across the artistic horizon and often brings out the guitar for an original song. It’s absolutely magical!

On Wednesday, 24 April, the lovely Aoife Lorefield – a principal with Team Fantasy Faire – will read wonderful stories from beloved science fiction and children’s author Ursula K. Le Guin. LitFest is honouring Le Guin, and Aoife has a lovely reading style that is perfect for her chosen selections. Her reading will gather us into the stories, and we’ll be taken on an enchanting journey at Undertoe. We’ll see you there!

Immediately following Aoife, the gifted poet Morgue McMillan-Shoreland will take the Reader’s Throne. Her marvelous original works are often deeply moving, touching on important issues and elements from life. Her selections are a symphony of beauty and expression. Do come join us at 11 AM SLT!

Next (NOON SLT), Stranger Nightfire will read from his extensive collection of striking poetry at LitFest as we continue our Road Trip to Fantasy Faire. He often touches on serious issues that we deal with in life. Do come join us to enjoy his exceptional reading style. You might catch an original poem or two!

Then, we take a break and come back to our home base at Ce Soir Arts. Russell Eponym will provide us with 90 minutes of wonderful music and dancing at Château Ce Soir. Join us HERE at 2 PM for a delightful time with Russell and friends! The music is exceptional – what Russell terms Folk, Blues, and Beyond! It’s a growing collection of historical folktales set to music and some of his own outstanding original songs. (By the way, check out his slideshow of original art and lyrics at the Spring Awakenings Art Exhibit that is open into May at Ce Soir Arts. It’s lovely!)

We’ll return to LitFest on Friday, 26 April. At NOON, we’ll gather once more at Undertoe for more wonder! This time, Ǣon Woodford will read this fanciful (and a bit grim!) tale from the rich imagination of Ursula Le Guin. The Poacher is a fascinating tale that will have our attention throughout the hour. A peasant boy discovers a gigantic bramble hedge, and spends all his free time cutting a tunnel through its branches. dreaming of what he will find. When he breaks through, he finds an enchanted castle with all of its occupants asleep – as if under a spell – including a sleeping beauty! Come along to enjoy!

To say we are pleased to take part in this lovely literary event would be an understatement indeed. It is our joy to bring excellent storytelling to Fantasy Faire 2019 – and to support the efforts of all on behalf of Relay for Life of SL™ and the American Cancer Society™. These organisations make such an incredible difference in the lives of so many! Seeking the cure for cancers of various types by professional research and exploration is just the beginning. Training for medical personnel and assistance for patients and their loved ones is essential, bringing people together in caring and hope. Please join us in the fun of Fantasy Faire 2019 – and do donate what you can, by purchasing items or simply clicking the donation kiosks with your gift. Thank you!