Both Truck and I wish those in the US the very best Thanksgiving and a wonderful and safe Holiday season for all of you across the world!
It has been a while since we updated our group on what has been happening around the Park sims, how the Park is fairing financially and our plans for the sims once we begin the New year. We hope you’ve had a wonderful year in 2015 … and if not that great, you know you are not alone and that ‘Calas’ is here to brighten things up a bit for you
As we head into our 7th holiday season (‘Calas’ was born Nov 2009) we feel fortunate and grateful that we are still here as a destination in Second Life when so many wonderful sims, builds and friends have gone.
As you know by now we have opened the Calas Galadhon & Dimrill Dale sims to the joy of ice skating. If we can swing it we will put Glanduin and South Farthing in snow as well to extend skating and possible Cross Country Skiing into those areas.
Early in the history of Calas I believe it was Lilith Heart who first shared the thought with me that the Calas Galadhon sims had ‘a sense of place’. I had heard the phrase before, but it wasn’t until if found this description that I fully understood what she meant:
“The term ‘sense of place’ has been used in many different ways. To some, it is a characteristic that some geographic places have and some do not, while to others it is a feeling or perception held by people (not by the place itself). It is often used in relation to those characteristics that make a place special or unique, as well as to those that foster a sense of authentic human attachment and belonging”.
We feel it is not only this ‘sense of place’ that makes the regions of Calas Galadhon Park unique in SL, but also for many, it’s the sense of community … of family … that has come to mean just as much. We’ve made many friends of our members and visitors over the years … some have become particularly close and cherished. For those of you we’ve not yet had the pleasure of meeting, we want to make sure that you know, as with ‘all’ group members, we value your thoughts, feelings and ideas. We also want to hear of any concerns … and are certainly always open to some friendly chat. Some may think we are a bit ‘too chatty’ … but meeting and talking with our visitors and members is one of the things we enjoy about being here.
What fun the month of October was for us as we saw everyone having such a wonderful time on our 2015 Halloween sim build ‘Valyria’. All of the live music costume events at ‘The Cavern’ there were a great success! It was so much fun to create and such fun to see so many have a great time exploring.
While we expected good crowds this year, we were surprised to find … via Kerena’s nifty visitor counter … that there were over 8,000 ‘unique’ visitors to the sim while it was there. By ‘unique’ we mean not counting those who came back to take another look. If you somehow missed visiting the build you can find a number of videos and great photos either on our Flickr group page, the blogs of others in various October posts on this blog and by googling ‘Calas Galadon’s Valyria’. Here is one that Inara Pey made that will give you a peek at what you missed:
Thanks to everyone who helped us make the build such a success!
2015 CALAS GALADHON CHRISTMAS BUILD – ‘WHITE CHRISTMAS’
If you’ve not heard this year’s Christmas sim size build has been officially named! ‘WHITE CHRISTMAS’.
I don’t think Truck and I could have picked a better name for this year’s winter wonderland and Christmas Pavilion! We believe you will find a new magical environment for you to explore, cuddle, dance in and enjoy during the Holidays. As in years past we’ll be hosting all of our Live Music performances there for the month of December.
The sim is complete with its two sleighs … couples & 4 person … both with a new pose menu courtesy of our Calas “Loon”, Hostess and dear friend; Kerena Zhangsun. Thank you Ms K! Of course, we haven’t forgotten the famous Flying Reindeer ride (always fun) and … drum roll … a new tour .. a surprise! You will love it!
If all goes well, we plan to open the sim to our members and their guests this Sunday Nov 29th with the public opening on Dec 1. On Dec 2, one of our performers, Luciano Lionheart opens up The Christmas Pavilion with our first performance there for the month. Be sure to dress up in your Christmas finery … de-scripted of course ;-). We would like to keep personal scripts under 100 while at the event, 200 while visiting the sim.
I was originally going to update you on what plans are being planned for the Park in 2016 but for now let’s just take in the beauty of Calas Galadhon Park and our new Christmas sim and leave that for later.
Watch for the notice on Sunday morning with the landmark. As with our special previews in the past, you are welcome to bring a guest or two. All guests MUST be accompanied by a member. Please wear your tags and keep scripts to a minimum.
Have a safe & wonderful Thanksgiving holiday to those of you in the US!
Wishing the very best to our members during this time of year!
Ty & Truck