Tomorrow is a special day! Our family has opened our shared region so that Russell Eponym, longtime Poet Laureate and Artist-in-Residence at Ce Soir Arts can resume his position at Starry Night Island. We are excited about this and hope that you will join us on Thursday, 09 April at NOON SLT to relax in the bookshop and enjoy Russell as he shares his talents in poetry, literature, spoken word, and music in this new location.
NOTE: This is a homestead region, and it is limited to 25 avatars at once. To make more room for guests, family members will limit their attendance to one or two, depending. ALSO NOTE: The region will open to visitors at 11:30 AM SLT on this date ONLY – for the time being. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to more readings with Russell – and you!
Our beloved Poet Laureate and Artist-in-Residence, the multi-talented Russell Eponym, reports that he will be performing his musical show at Seanchai Library’s Ceiliuradh Glen in Holly Kai Park. Set for Tuesdays at Noon SLT, these will be marvelous programmes, so do join them! Check their blog for updated information. The work they do in the arts is magnificent, and they deserve our accurate support.
In addition, Russell will be reading this Thursday at the new Starry Night Island Books & Art. Also at Noon SLT, this reading will echo his long-term readings that we took such joy in at The Magic Tree. Come round and enjoy! The area will open to you about 11:30 AM SLT on that day ONLY, so do join us as our family tries this new location – HERE!
Be safe and well, everyone! Be cautious and happy!
As we all are dealing with increased stress from the COVID-19 pandemic, seeking ways to express ourselves becomes increasingly important. As a photographer and writer in both the virtual and physical realms, I am finding this outlet to be even more valuable to me than it has been over the last ten years or so. I’ve been snapping pix like crazy the last few days, and posting them on Flickr and other locations for sharing. As a writer, I am discovering new poems within – additional ways to express myself and alleviate stress.
I was planning to share one here in hopes it would be an incentive to you to either take up in-world photography or another creative endeavour. However, the website is not allowing me to upload new media for some reason, so I’m sharing an older photo from Ce Soir Arts instead (see below). There are many hobbies and activities to be enjoyed, and I am hearing from friends who have taken up quilting, drawing, furniture refinishing, gardening, and a host of other activities. Many enjoy cookery and are trying new recipes (when they have the ingredients available), and are being quite creative and inventive with substitutions! Several are sewing, and some are making cloth masks and washcloths to donate to health care providers. The options are endless, and completely up to the individual. Even clutter-clearing at home has become a hobby of sorts for several friends who are rediscovering both trash and treasures!
I hope you find something to enjoy whilst sheltering at home. I must say that Second Life® is a blessing, as it helps pass the time in ways that enhance connection to family and friends – in a safe, distanced environment. There are so many options for entertainment in SL including art (the galleries are numerous and many hold stunning artworks); shopping (we avatars must have fashionable clothing, hair, make-up, etc.); and LIVE MUSIC that is provided by musicians from around the world! Join for free, login, choose your first avatar, and explore! The Destination Guide will take you several places…and there is always MORE.
Since we’ve closed Ce Soir Arts, that gorgeous region is no longer, but there are so many to visit. I promise you, you will find beauty and fun in our virtual world. Give it a try at https://secondlife.com/ – and enjoy! (You can click HERE if the website link won’t work.)
The website won’t allow me to upload new media at the moment, so below is a photo of The Ruins at Ce Soir Arts. This was a special spot on the region, a quiet, restful place. We placed a piano here for Skye Galaxy concerts that were enjoyed by many. One concert was enjoyed by 110 on the region at once, plus others who were listening remotely. his concerts are known for large audiences and lots of beautiful music. We will always remember…!
Ce Soir Arts has been in operation as a set of venues and a sweet place of rest and peace – offering spoken word, musical, visual art, and theatrical events – since January of 2012. We have had a wonderful time hosting multiple thousands of patrons over the years, and we have made many good friends among patrons and performers alike. It has been a wondrous adventure and we will long cherish the memories we have made.
As we close, we feel deeply grateful to all who have shared their talents or who have visited to enjoy the artistic endeavours of others. Many have enjoyed the literary, artistic, and musical gifts of our beloved Poet Laureate and Artist-in-Residence, Russell Eponym. He was our very first spoken word and musical performer, all the way back to day one in January 2012. He performs regularly around the grid, so please look for his events; you are guaranteed to enjoy his many offerings. Join his group to stay up with his busy schedule. You will find Russell warm and inviting and exceptionally talented. Don’t miss a chance to enjoy his work!
Numerous visual artists, musicians, actors, and spoken word artists have shared their gifts at our various venues. Please read earlier postings for information about many of them. If you are looking for readings, check out the happenings at Seanchai Library and other sites for prepared as well as open mike readings. Those who have read with us are top-of-the-line readers, so don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy them elsewhere whenever you can!
Our last official day will be 29 March, but things will be disappearing from the region from now until then. However, you are welcome to wander the region and enjoy the calm, peaceful environment that remains as we make our way.
In a time of real world turmoil including the COVID-19 pandemic, our virtual world offers us safe connection and lots of entertainment. We hope you will enjoy your virtual experience and will be safe in both SL and RL. Stay healthy and do all you can to help yourself and others.
Thank you for your patronage over the years. We appreciate your kindness and wish you the very best for health and happiness in both worlds!
Another week brings more literary enjoyment at The Magic Tree. Caledonia Skytower and Dubhna Rhiadra never fail to bring outstanding stories and poetry for our enjoyment. They regularly read on alternate Wednesdays (see previous postings for details), with Caledonia reading at 2 PM SLT, followed by Dubhna at 3. We have definite plans to add another reader this spring (at 1 PM SLT), but come along at 2 PM for a weekly treat!
Caledonia – who is a talented writer and spoken word artist – will be providing her annual reading of Maurice Walsh’s stunning book The Quiet Man. This book is a treasure and you will be enchanted as Caledonia reads. Her talents as both a writer and reader will be evident as we gather at The Magic Tree.
Just a taste of what Celedonia has in store: “Shawn Kelvin, returned to his native Kerry from America, his blitheness sobered and his youth dried to the core, and whether he had made his fortune or whether he had not no one could be knowing for certain. For he was a quiet man, not given to talking about himself and the things he had done.” Come enjoy this fine writing and reading with Cale!
Do stay after Caledonia’s reading to enjoy the magical Dubhna Rhiadra, taking the spotlight at The Magic Tree at 3 PM SLT. She always has adventure in mind – with fascinating fantasy tales that take us on rousing adventures, from the humorous to the very serious. Dubhna regales us with these historical tales in her delightful Welsh brogue, and we can’t help but be taken in. These stories are treasures from her extensive collection of tales. Come along to enjoy her beautiful telling! Don’t be late – come at 2 for Cale and stay for Dubhna at 3. We guarantee that you’ll be glad you did! These two spoken word artists are top-of-the-line, and we always enjoy their programs!
Here’s your ride to the lovely gardens at The Magic Tree! We’ll see you there!
We are thrilled to host another day of readings with three of our favorite literary stars. Come join us for three hours of fine readings as we rest under the canopy of The Magic Tree in the beautiful reading garden at Ce Soir Arts! You will be glad you came along for these three beautiful spoken word events. Check the schedule below and come along for to enjoy!
It’s a new week at Ce Soir Arts and we have more readings from two of our favorite literary stars in store this Wednesday. Caledonia Skytower and Dubhna Rhiadra always have wonderful stories to share, and you are invited to join us at the beautiful garden where The Magic Tree awaits. These two read on alternate Wednesdays (see previous postings for details about that), but now Caledonia will read first at 2 PM, followed by Dubhna at 3. We plan to add another reader in coming weeks (at 1 PM SLT), but for now, these two have some of their literary magic to share!
The lovely and gifted Caledonia will be reading selections from one of the finest books in recent memory – an adventure of a specific sort that is bound to please us as we listen. The Stories-In-Between from THE STARLESS SEA is her selected reading, and you do not want to miss what Cale has prepared for us!
Erin Morgenstern’s newest work is a story wherein stories are central. Set in a secret underground world—a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea – the main narrative is punctuated with little stories-in-between. Caledonia shares selections from these short story gems – LIVE on stream at 2 PM SLT. Do come along and get ready to be entertained!
Stick around for the magical Dubhna Rhiadra, taking the spotlight at The Magic Treeat 3 PM SLT. She always has adventure in mind – with fascinating fantasy tales that take us on rousing adventures, from the humorous to the very serious indeed. Dubhna regales us with these historical tales in her delightful Welsh brogue, and we can’t help but be taken in. This week, there might just be a bit more humor shared, and we know it will be charming and engaging, as always. Last time, we had a wonderful time following along, and this week promises more of the same with Dubhna! Don’t be late – come at 2 for Cale and stay for Dubhna at 3. We guarantee that you’ll be glad you did!
Here’s your ride to the beautiful gardens at The Magic Tree! See you there!