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Entry for the Garden Contest

Entry for the Garden Contest

The event to support Elicio Ember, Filling the Cauldron, is in its final weekend now, and we’ve already raised a wonderful total of over £451,000  – but there is still a lot going on! Including shopping in the Market, bidding in the silent auctions, looking at the items listed for the Live Auctions … and coming tio some of the fantastic music, dance and story telling events that you’ll see listed on the schedule.

For example, you can still vote in the Garden Competition and really, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the gardens! Nine talented Second Life residents have created gardens in salute to Elicio, using many of the fantastic plants and landscaping elements he has created. In some of the gardens there are places to sit and relax – and you’ll also find other seating areas where you can sit and contemplate …

Because this is a contest, and you can play a part in deciding the outcome!

Entry for the Garden Contest

Entry for the Garden Contest

We’re asking YOU to vote for the garden you most appreciate based on the following criteria:

  • Overall look and aesthetic
  • Use of Elicio’s creations
  • How much you enjoyed exploring each of them.

When you have decided, visit the voting form and use it tell us which of the gardens speaks to you the most. All the popular votes will be combined with votes from the judging panel to select three Gardens.

And then, in the finale, the one winning garden will be selected as the overall winner, by our Guest of Honour – Elicio Ember.

The winner will win the chance to build their garden as a special exhibit at the Second Life Home and Garden Expo, where it will be featured on the central region!

Entry for the Garden Contest

Entry for the Garden Contest

Then there’s the Photo Contest, which comes complete with some very special prizes.

Elicio’s store, Cerridwen’s Cauldron, offers a marvellous, magical setting both in the air and on the ground. We asked competitors to visit Cerridwen’s Cauldron and capture some of that magic. It doesn’t matter if they selected a part of the skyborne store or the ground-level landscape – they simply had to capture all or part of the region in a way that brings out its beauty and magic.

In return, we’re offering the following prizes:

  • 3rd place: items from Cerridwen’s Cauldron worth up to L$750
  • 2nd place: items from Cerridwen’s Cauldron worth up to L$1,000
  • 1st place: an original piece of real world art by Elicio himself, delivered to you in-world and to your home.

Entries are now closed – but it’s YOUR turn to visit the Flickr group and decide which of the entries you like best!

Mark the ones you like with a “Fave” star. Your faves will be combined with the votes from the judging panel and, like the Garden Contest, will be announced at 3pm SLT on Sunday 9th April at the Entertainment Center on Holly Kai.

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SS Galaxy, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SS Galaxy, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – an important and timely discussion on preserving Second Life – is now on the web!

We’ll talk with guests Patch Linden, of Linden Lab; Ran Heinrichs of the University of Washington’s iSchool; Arik Metzger, the owner of Innsmouth; and Tymus Tenk, the co-owner of Calas Galadhon.

And we’ll be discussing the how and why of preserving iconic Second Life builds – and what, indeed, makes an iconic Second Life build.

Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

What is Linden Lab’s role in this? Should they have a role? And what can residents on the grid do to preserve the places they love? Just how hard is it to preserve a beloved build?

Our guests discuss these issues and more, sharing their own experiences and their hopes too.

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It makes for a fastening show – make sure you take a look!

Designing Worlds is now on a break until the end of April when we’ll be returning with a show all about Fantasy Faire!

Svarga, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Svarga, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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From Inara Pey:

We have a fabulous pair of auctions for you at Filling the Cauldron which are going to amaze you. Here’s the summary – read on for more details!

Silent Auction

Our Silent Auction is on now and running throughout the week, and you can visit the auction boards in-world at Filling the Cauldron either via the direct SLurl, or by heading for the Filling the Cauldron Welcome Area, where you can pick-up a teleport HUD to all areas of the event venue, and then just follow the banners to the auction spaces!

Your choice of THREE Gachas from MadPea

Your choice of THREE Gachas from MadPea

All Titan Avatars - Free the Cute!

All Titan Avatars – Free the Cute!

EE Real Horse Bespoke Experience Rental

EE Real Horse Bespoke Experience Rental

Just three of the items in out Silent Auction – follow the link to see them all on the web, or jump in-world and see them!

Live Auction

On Sunday, April 9th, between 10:00am and 12:00pm SLT, we’ll be holding a live auction at Filling the Cauldron – and you really, really will want to be there! There are some truly stupendous items on offer.

The live auction area is in the heart of the silent auction space, so you can’t miss it – just up the steps from the silent auction boards, on the raised grass area.

Your choice of THREE Gachas from MadPea

TLG Ballroom Fountain

All Titan Avatars - Free the Cute!

Landscape 1 by Elicio Ember
Watercolour and Ink on Cotton Paper 23 cm x 30 cm / 9 in x 12 in

EE Real Horse Bespoke Experience Rental

The Night Theater will create a special dance for you!

Just three of the items in our Live Auction – Sunday, April 9th at 10:00am through 12:00 noon. – See the rest here!

Follow the links to our Silent Auction and Live Auction pages for more – and you can also reach them any time via the Event Activities menu open at the top of the site!

And don’t miss all the other things happening at Filling the Cauldron.

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Written by Inara Pey

Filling the Cauldron – our week-long fund-raiser between April 1st and April 9th, aiming to raise money to help Second Life creator Elicio Ember and his family -is NOW OPEN!!

Elicio Ember

Elicio is one of SL’s brilliant creators and a gifted artist. He’s known for his highly imaginative plants and fantasy designs provided through his Cerridwen’s Cauldron brand, and for his generous spirit and his involvement in charitable events such as Fantasy Faire.

Recently, Elicio’s father suffered a major stroke, leaving Elicio and his sisters facing significant and unexpected medical expenses after learning the insurance provided by his father’s employer does not provide cover for the care and rehabilitation he now needs. You can read more on his family’s situation in this letter from him to his friends.

So Filling the Cauldron is our chance to reflect Elicio’s huge heart and generous spirit by raising funds to help meet those medical expenses. We hope you’ll help us by feeding the donation kiosk here and those through the event area, and help to Fill the Cauldron with us!

And don’t forget! As well as the music and entertainment, we have more to see and do: there’s a marketplace with 20 creators, an art display, two auctions with some really fantastic items, a garden display – just follow the signs and use the Teleport HUD available for the givers on either side of this deck and take a look around – and be sure to come back through the week!

So what do we have to offer? A lot! Every day we’re inviting you to:

  • Come browse the marketplace and see what our merchants are offering, including special items with 100% of proceeds going to help Elicio and his family. Catch a list of our merchants.
  • See the silent auction boards and the fabulous items we have up for grabs, donated by some of the top talent in Second Life. See our full auction list.
  • Wander the art displays and revisit Elicio’s builds from the past and enjoy the art of noted Fantasy Faire photographers and our artists.
  • Hop to the Garden Design platform and view the creations by those who entered our Garden Design contest, then cast you vote for your favourite design!
  • Visit Cerridwen’s Corner and grab yourself some of Elicio’s fabulous designs and creations!
  • Join in with the dancing, singing and fun on our entertainment stage – see the day’s schedule below, and check the event calendar for more!

Take a look at the Saturday entertainment line-up

Everything is taking place at Hollykai Park (SLurl), generously donated for the event by Nber Medici and MarkTwain White of Hollywood Real Estate – so if you are looking to own land around the Blake Sea, with loads of opportunities for sailing, boating and flying – look them up!

To help you find your way around Filling the Cauldron, we have a series of teleport station where you can used map-based teleport, or you can claim a Filling the Cauldron telport HUD – which we recommend. The HUD will attach to your screen and ask to take teleport permissions – simply grant this, and then click the numbers on the HUD map to hop around all our locations – and even get to Cerridwen’s Cauldron – Elicio’s main store!

The Filling the Cauldron Teleport Maps – grab the HUD from the vendor under them (arrowed), and get around all the event locations even easier!

Our Merchants have been fabulously generous in providing goods for sale with 100% of proceeds going to the event – just look for the vendors with the FTC logo over them.

The FTC vendors – just look for the logo, and right-click PAY or BUY (depending on your viewer menu)

We’ll be talking more about merchants in the week – as we will about our artists as well, who have pulled together wonderful display of art celebrating Elicio’s work and Fantasy Faire, while John Brianna has generously donated a selection of his outstanding art for sale – all the pieces offered through Filling the Cauldron vendors, so 100% of all sales go to the cause!

There will also be posts about our line-up of entertainment through the week as well, and plenty of new about our auctions, which you are not going to want to miss.

So do drop by the event, keep an eye on this website and blog and do please help us to fill the cauldron for Elicio! Regular update on the amount donated will be given, and we’ll be publishing a breakdown of the totals after we close.

Event SLurls

Holly Kai Park is rated Moderate.

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Mont St Michel, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Mont St Michel, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 27th March, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, for n important and timely discussion on preserving Second Life.

We’ll be talking with guests including Patch Linden, of Linden Lab; Ran Heinrichs of the University of Washington’s iSchool; Arik Metzger, the owner of Innsmouth; and Tymus Tenk, the co-owner of Calas Galadhon.

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we’ll be discussing the how and why of preserving iconic Second Life builds – and what, indeed, makes an iconic Second Life build.

What is Linden Lab’s role in this? Should they have a role? And what can residents on the grid do to preserve the places they love? Just how hard is it to preserve a beloved build?

Svarga, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Svarga, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We’ll be asking all these questions and more on the show – so join us at 2pm SLT in the studio.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Locations Mentioned on the Show:
Calas Galadhon (starting point – there are ten regions to explore!): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Calas%20Galadhon/137/233/22
Innsmouth: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Innsmouth/76/99/47 (but please note the region is currently undergoing renovation and much is currently closed to visitors)
Svarga: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Svarga/7/124/22
Mont St Michel: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mont%20Saint%20Michel/79/35/21
SS Galaxy: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Galaxy%20AFT/58/40/21
Ivory Tower Library of Primitives: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Natoma/210/163/27

Lost Gardens of Apollo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Lost Gardens of Apollo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

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Civil Defence at the Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare

Civil Defence at the Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a return visit to the fascinating Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare – is now on the web!

In this episode, we join the Director and Curator of the Museum, OtakuSenpai Button to take a look at how different nations have tackled the idea of civil defence against the dangers of nuclear warfare, and memorials at the Museum to the results of nuclear accidents. We conclude with a deeply moving display of drawings created by children who survived the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Civil Defence at the Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare

Civil Defence at the Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare

It’s a fascinating show – both in terms of the content Otaku has gathered, and also in terms of demonstrating how Second Life can be used for a learning experience.

You can see the earlier visit here.

Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Museum of Nuclear Warfare, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

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Post by Inara Pey

Filling the Cauldron – the event supporting Elicio Ember of Cerridwen’s Cauldron – is launching a special photo contest open to everyone and with some very special prizes.

Elicio’s store, Cerridwen’s Cauldron, offers a marvellous, magical setting both in the air and on the ground. All we’re asking you to do is visit Cerridwen’s Cauldron and capture some of that magic. It doesn’t matter if you select a part of the skyborne store or the ground-level landscape. Simply capture all or part of the region in a way that captures its beauty and magic.

In return, the following prizes are up for grabs:

  • 3rd place: items from Cerridwen’s Cauldron worth up to L$750
  • 2nd place: items from Cerridwen’s Cauldron worth up to L$1,000
  • 1st place: an original piece of real world art by Elicio himself, delivered to you in-world and to your home.
Cerridwen's Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

There are a few simple rules for the competition:

  • No more than two submissions per entrant
  • The goal is to take a photo of Cerridwen’s Cauldron. It can be of the store areas or the ground level areas
  • Avatars are permitted in photos, but should not be the focus of an image
  • Entries must be posted on the Filling The Cauldron Photo Contest Flickr group, no later than 23:59 on Monday, April 3rd, 2017. Flickr timestamps will be used to determine time of submission
  • All entries must be in keeping with the Second life Terms of Service and Community Standards governing Moderate regions. Nudity and adult themes are not permitted
  • All submissions should be new and original, but can be submitted to other groups
  • Editing within external software is permitted prior to submission
  • Judging will be on a basis of 50% popular vote on Flickr, and 50% by a panel of judges
  • Please do not contact Elicio Ember in regards to this contest. All enquiries should be directed to Inara Pey or Saffia Widdershins.
Cerridwen's Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

So, Don’t delay, hop over to Cerridwen’s cauldron today, grab your snaps and join the fun!

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