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Welcome to Calas … where we do our best to bring the beauty of our natural world into Second Life!
We update, add and make seasonal changes so there’s always something new. The Calas Field Notes Archive has the sim changes if there’s no Field Note posted here. Please read Calas Park Rules, Lag Tips, and if you’re members, see the inworld Calas Announcement Group info. There are links to popular info in sidebars on each page. The Calas Blog below has the latest news. This is a reference guide to Calas Galadhon – we hope it enhances your park visit! Ty Tenk & Truck Meredith
March 2014 Field Note: Sustaining Calas
We hope all of our members know by now that we reopened Calas on Valentine’s Day. We knew that to make our Calas family wait any longer for spring in the Park, when most of us are so tired of winter in RL, would be just too cruel. It was so nice to see our friends and guests begin to arrive on Valentine’s Day! We’ve said it before, but being by ourselves in the Park for more than a week or two reminds Truck and I how much we enjoy sharing this space on the grid with others.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, along with the more obvious change of transforming the landscape on the southern sims from the white of winter to the verdant greens and color of spring, we also made some smaller changes you will enjoy. Be sure to explore the new farm house on Glanduin with its new garden, pond and a couple of new sitting and cuddle areas. We’ll let you find some of the other new details around the park, but be sure to try out your riding skills, with or without a partner, on the coin-operated horse by the Calas Diner. It’s a great photo op as well. :-)
Also remember that there is no better romantic spot to bring a date for an evening of dancing than our romantic Art Deco OZ Nightclub in the skies above Armenelos or The Dolphin Café down below. Although our Live Music Program is on hold, Truck’s wonderful stream plays 27/7 throughout the Park.
As you also know from the earlier post, or may have noticed in your travels around the park, new Donation Kiosks are in place on all sims. Unlike the old ones, a ‘Target’ amount is identified (the monthly cost of that sim in lindens) with a progress bar showing how close that sim is to being fully funded.
Below you will find two graphics of interest: SIM COST BREAKDOWN and DONATIONS BY SIM.
The first graphic shows the cost of each sim in US dollars and in Lindens as well as the totals. As you can see from the first graphic, CALAS with its 11 sims currently costs us $1,485. US (approximately 367,500 lindens) a month. By May 1 we regret that we will have to cut what we pay by more than half that amount.
The DONATIONS BY SIM graphic shows the donation totals collected from each sim from Valentine’s Day, Feb 14 through Feb 28 … or two weeks … as well as how each sim fared in meeting the ‘Target’ of being fully funded. Keep in mind the percentages shown for February represents half a month. We were actually quite surprised (and grateful to those who donated) to see how well many of the sims did in approaching their Target. All of the donations go into the same pot to help pay the LL fees and to do what is necessary to maintain them, but the new kiosks gives us an indication of which sims are most important to our visitors and members. Because we don’t have residential or commercial tenants … choosing instead to keep the Calas Estate as parklands only with its homes and cabins open to all our visitors, every donation is vital and appreciated, no matter how small! It is important to add that we are also very aware and understand completely that not all members are able to support us in this way. That doesn’t make their love of the Park or their presence any less meaningful to Truck and me. Knowing that others care and appreciate our work means the most to both of us. We’d not do it otherwise.
We have never expected the sims to be fully funded through donations, that would be unrealistic, but as Truck and I are having to cut back due to new RL responsibilities … both in time and money … donations play a much bigger role in determining how CALAS will look in the months to come.
It has been our pleasure to build and support the park for ourselves and our friends and visitors from across Second Life since we opened up for our first Christmas season in 2009. We are now in our 5th year … quite remarkable really when one thinks of it.
Though we can’t tell how March and April will go, clearly Truck and I will be giving some serious thought to a reduction in the size of the Park in preparation for a decision in May. Whatever we end up doing with the Park sims, we look forward to creating our special builds … as we did this past Halloween and Christmas. Our Live Music performances will be a vital part of those builds.
We will, of course, keep you updated on any decisions that Truck and I make regarding changes to CALAS.
As usual, please feel free to contact us with questions or if you have any concerns.
Best wishes and happy exploring!
Ty & Truck