Russell returns after some technical issues in his new studio – see you Thursday, June 04 at Noon!

Last week, our friend Russell Eponym had some technical issues from work in his home studio in Wales. He sorted them quickly and was able to play music shows the next day. We are so happy that he is returning to us at Starry Night Island Books & Art on Thursday, June 04 – and every Thursday after that! (Of course, we’ll notify you of any changes, but his plan is to read here weekly, and we are so pleased to welcome him – and you!)

Do come along and enjoy the charming hour with the Poet Laureate of Starry Night Island and the delightful group of friends that gather at Noon to hear his reading and music. We will be happy to welcome you and encourage you to also visit the Rockpools installation from Aunt Mireille, a sweet restful area by the shore that is in honour of Russell and his beautiful song Rockpools. You will want to return to enjoy it again and again!

We’ll see you HERE! Happy June!

Canceled for 28 May! Russell Reads at Noon Thursdays…

When Ce Soir Arts was at Ce Soir region, Aunt Mireille created a spot in honour of Russell and his beautiful song, “Rockpools.” That restful place by the sea has been recreated at Starry Night Island for your enjoyment! Come pause and reflect at this special location – not far from Starry Night Island Books & Art where Russell reads each week.

Although his reading is canceled for today (due to hardware issues preventing him from streaming into Second Life), do come join us on future Thursdays at Noon for an hour with Russell. You will enjoy his wonderful readings and the music he shares. It’s always lovely, with a Thought for the Day and readings from a range of poets and other writers – sometimes including himself! You’ll be glad you joined us, and so will we! Land HERE for the readings, and then walk just a ways to the shoreline to enjoy “Rockpools.”

ROCKPOOLS II in honour of Russell’s beautiful song!

Russell reads Thursdays at Noon slt: Starry Night Island Books & Art

We are pleased to enjoy weekly readings with Russell Eponym on Thursdays at Noon SLT. Always a treat, these readings – with music! – are a delight, as Russell shares from his extensive collection of prose and poetry. He is quite knowledgeable about both the writing and the music, and she shares liberally with his appreciative audiences. Do come along to enjoy these hours with Russell and friends!

The region will open a half-hour or so before each reading begins and will remain open after so that you can wander and enjoy the beauty we so love about the island.

Your landing spot at Starry Night Island Books & Art: HERE

Starry Night Island Books & Art

Another fine reading with Russell Eponym at the bookshop – 30 April at Noon SLT!

Russell will again join us for an hour of exceptional readings and music. He always has something wonderful to share from both areas of the arts. We’ve been enjoying his presence here and have hosted relatively large audience for our homestead region – which opens at 11:30 AM each Thursday. Do feel welcome to wander about after the reading to enjoy the beauties of Starry Night Island, which was designed by Aunt Mireille.

Russell reads at Starry Night Island Books & Art

We find the bookshop a relaxing environment in which to settle in and enjoy Russell‘s soothing voice and outstanding spoken-word and musical selections. There’s always something for everyone and Russell‘s discerning tastes make for a nice balance of seriousness and humour. Come along and enjoy the hour with us HERE!

Fantasy Faire opens 23 April – Raising funds for American Cancer Society!

It’s that time again – a time we all in Second Life™ anticipate with excitement and delight! Fantasy Faire 2020 is open! Raising funds in support of the work of the American Cancer Society to create a world FREE from cancer, this is the premier event in our virtual world – and one that has a major positive impact in that “real world” we all also inhabit. Having raised millions of L$ (which translates into thousands and thousands of USD), this event is beloved for that – and for many beautiful, creative reasons! In fact, those donating at Fantasy Faire since 2009 have raised and relayed to the American Cancer Society a grand total of L$89,500,000 = $358,000 USD! That, my friends is phenomenal! And we shall add to that in 2020!

There are loads of activities you can enjoy again this year in the Fairelands. You can literally shop ’til you drop; be entertained by dramatic and humourous presentations; enjoy exceptional spoken word events (yay for LitFest!); explore the work of fine visual artists; play games all day; and generally fill yourself up with inspiration in beautiful, fantastic environments created especially for the penultimate Relay for Life® event of the year. You will be greeted on each region by the music provided by Fantasy Faire Radio (via the generosity of Radio Riel). The music is always stupendous! It’s  tailored to the themes of the regions and plays throughout the Fairelands, providing glorious tunage and reports from the event. Lovely notes from the American Cancer Society remind us why we are there, and the Radio Riel leadership including the stellar Elrik Merlin, infuses each moment with meaning.

Aunt Mireille, as most of you know, has received extensive treatment for cancer since the autumn of 2019. Our beloved relative and friend is now at home working to recover from the cancer and its treatment. She is doing well, but is quite fatigued and dealing with some stubborn recovery issues. Uncle Ǣon continues to be by her side, supporting her every step of the way. They made the difficult decision to close Ce Soir Arts and return to their original region with the family at Starry Night Island. Her beauty is reflected here as it was at Ce Soir Arts. And her spirit soars with the opening of Fantasy Faire 2020. She – and all of us in the family – urge you to attend many events and enjoy the wonders that have been created this year by some of SL’s most amazing creators! Donate what you can…every single L$ matters! You never know how many lives you will touch around the world with your kindness. You will be supporting and encouraging Aunt M, that’s for sure! So…make your way over to the Fairelands to have fun – and make a difference! Visit the official website for all the details and SLurls to take you where you wish to go! CLICK HERE!

Aunt Mireille has visited the Fairelands and has taken some lovely photos – one of her favourite pastimes. We will feature some of those photos here, as we remind us all to zip over and enjoy the glorious offerings of events like LitFest, etc. Go, have a magical time and donate what you can to this important cause. THANK YOU!

The Wonderlings Cradle at Fairelands Junction

At Fairelands Junction– sponsored by the wondrous Secrets of Gaia –  the following creators brought the worlds of the Faire together in beauty. These Worldlings are Allie Munro & SkarScopioCasandra (brokenlovely), FionaFei, Jj Yowahoshi, Polenth Yue, Kadaj Yoshikawa, Sonya Marmurek and Strifeclaw. Learn more about these wonderful creative spirits HERE. Their work is enchanting, inviting us into the many worlds of the Fairelands. Start there and enjoy it all!

Russell Eponym to read this Thursday – 23rd April at Noon SLT!

Willow here, with more good news about Russell reading for his third time at Starry Night Island Books & Art! We are loving these Thursday programmes with Russell and friends. His readings are rich with beauty and fun – and he always shares some marvelous music too!

Starry Nifhr Island Books & Art

NOTE: The region opens at 11:30 AM before Russell reads and remains open for an hour or more for your enjoyment.  Aunt Mireille is hoping to join us soon, and Uncle AEon was here for the first two readings. We will be happy to welcome you too! See you HERE!

Russell Eponym with poetry & song at Starry Night Island – 16 April – Noon

You won’t want to miss this session with Russell Eponym, as he joins us at the new Starry Night Island Books & Art. Our family has opened our shared region so that Russell, longtime Poet Laureate and Artist-in-Residence at Ce Soir Arts can resume his position at Starry Night IslandRussell will share his talents in poetry, literature, spoken word, and music in this new location – now for the second time! The location is lovely and the accommodations are restful, so come along and enjoy!

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 dates when Russell reads ONLY – for the time being. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to more readings with Russell – and you!

Join us HERE!

Russell reading at Starry Night Island