Lots to do this weekend plus Props to the community – See below!!
Right then, this is gonna be LONG.
The 10th Anniversary celebration on Raglan Shire continues this weekend with Races across the Shire on Ground & in the air!
On Saturday at 10:30 am Racer X™ & crew are hosting a SCI-FI themed Epic Snail Race across all the sims of the Shire. Prizes, Slime & Snail Glory are there to be had!
On Sunday at 12pm Noon there is a very Special Sci-Fi themed Balloon Race entitled: The FULL OF HOT AIR BALLOON RACE™! that will also take place across all the Shire sims. entitled: The FULL OF HOT AIR BALLOON RACE™!
You still have time to grab a Space Balloon Kit & mod & decorate it to your specifications!
Prizes to the Winners as well as prizes for best decorated Balloon(s)!! Special thanks to Catten & Co. for putting this together!
After the Balloon Race at 2pm, join us at The Oxygen Bar™ for a special live musical performance by friend of the Shire & super talented musician and singer QUARTZZZ™!!
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I wanted to mention again that as a virtual world community, the fact that we’re celebrating 10 years is quite amazing. With no real support or recognition from Linden Lab or many across the grid who have no idea what we are and what we do, we have managed to consistently be the most dynamic community on the grid with events and activities consistently happening on a monthly, weekly & daily basis for 10 years!
I don’t think people realize the amount of effort (and money!)that is needed to keep it all going and while most take it for granted, to have this still firing on all cylinders at such a high level after 10 years deserves mention, in particular, many of the individuals who have been involved.
So, take a look at all these people & show them some love or for those no longer around, appreciate their level of commitment when they were.
Mondays have been the place for The Tiny Poetry Slam & we have Copper, Jillan & Stereo to thank for always being there to bring & encourage people to share & appreciate fine Poetrification™! #WhamBamPoetrySlam
Tuesdays & Fridays have traditionally been the days to play our first game show, The Prim Charades™ Hosted by Kayak & special Guests on Tuesday Mornings & on Friday afternoons: Bloodsong & up until recently Awenbunny. First brought to the Shire by Sedona Sparrow & later recreated By Toady, Prim Charades has always been a fun gathering of madness, creativity & fun!
A few years back Bloodsong & Awen created and brought to The Shire the new game show: Triple Threat™ which is more manic madness & fun with prizes & silliness for all. They hosted it up until recently when Peaches took over. Triple Threat happens every Thursday. Blood & Awen have added so much over the years. Thank you! #WillowCreekOwnsYourSoul
Speaking of Peaches… She’s one of the original founders of the Shire & has brought many uniquely Raglan ideas & events to our community. The Time Warp animations, The Thriller Dance.. She & her husband Apollo created the very first Joust in all of Second Life & this past year with Catten & Maryams help, completely redid the Joust to bring it up into the 21st century. Peaches is also responsible for Raglan’s newest Game show Wanna Make A Deal™ which is absolutely brilliant & hosted on Saturdays when time avails. She also brought Game Night™ to the Shire last year on Wednesday nights!
Just about every day or night we are lucky to have the Cadre of DJ’s™ that spin grand music & afford the opportunity for folks to gather together for friendship & insanity. Fullauto, Manfred, Revvie, Shandy, Alexis, Story, Shakespeare, Sky and others. These folks are the glue that helps keep everything flowing together. Thank you! #Tunage
Our Artwalk™ is something that’s always been a part of the community & has become the largest art exhibition in all of Second life routinely featuring well over 130+ artists each year spread out across the sims. Past organizers have included a small rabbit for the first two ArtWalks in year one, Jade Marsi in year three, Teal Freenote who elevated the Walk for the next five years & Karmagirl Avro who has organized the Walk the past 3 years and done so brilliantly. #ArtWalkIt’sInTents!
Along with a bevy of helpful friendly people assisting in every way possible, The Artwalk is without a doubt an amazing achievement.
Shady Fox – I don’t think I need to write anything here. We miss Shady. #WeLoveShadyFox
Etheria Parrott who is an inspiration and the very first resident of Raglan Shire. She has done so much for this community with her creations, builds, animation & helpfulness. She has always been involved in a personal and community level. I could write a novel about this cat. Much love to Eth 🙂 #WeLoveDangercat
Panacea Pangaea – Another early denizen of the Shire community and like Etheria, an inspiration whose creativity, talent & helpfulness has brought so much to the Shire & it’s builds & overall look. She is the current curator of the Raglan Shire Art Gallery which brings 2 community artists to the Gallery every two months to showcase their work. She builds, she scripts, she PATCHES DANGERCAT UP EACH YEAR! 🙂 #CatMedicsRule
Catten Carter – Another early community member, showed up with Josephine in ’07 for our first Medieval festival & never left. Creator of so much as well. Integral to many of our events in so many ways. Seriously, there are so many things he’s been a part of. This weekend’s Balloon Race is an example of the many things Catten has created for the enjoyment of the Shire & its friends. #FerretsAreStrange
Sweecah! – She may be crazy but she’s also another brilliant creator & helpful member of the community involved in too much to mention. Swee heads up The Raglan Ranger Corp (after taking over for the late great Fox Obviate) and also creates amazing items, builds and events. She took over the Dragon Maze from the MIA Daveypup and the last three years of Mazes have been catastrophically fun & gonzo creative. She also took over the Annual Ride of Horrors & with help from the Cats re-invigorated the OSSMNESS that the Ride has become each year. #SnoopyIsWatchingYou
Nil McCallen – He took a dream & along with help from Swee & then The Cats™ (Eth, Pan, Pipa & more) was the lead architect in the rebirth and rebuild of the new Tree city on Raglan Shire. The hours involved in bringing this to fruition were staggering and it took well over a year. It is a work of art & the love and appreciation I have for this alone is beyond words. #Nil&TheCats
Dagmar Klar – She’s always been there, creating amazing builds for monthly events, pulling a rabbit out of the hat so to speak for Fashion Shows, Parties, you name it. In a pinch, Dag has created some of the most memorable party and event sets in record time as well as decorating for themes & whatever is needed at the time. Privileged to have spent time with her in real life. 🙂 #BewareDagzilla
I mentioned Teal Freenote earlier and while she hasn’t been around as of late due to other pursuits, we owe Teal a lot in regards to many things she helped with over the years. From Artwalk organizer, to Web Developer for this blog (now handled incompetently by yours truly), to the first Art Gallery Curator as well as being our very first Music director! Give a hand for Teal! #TIGER
Kage Stratten – I could go on but he created the Seminal Raglan Shire Crest. It is a thing of beauty, working upon original ideas and designs, this Crest is something that fundamentally represents what this community is. Among everything he has helped with in the past (which is quite a lot) The Crest is The Best! #TheCrestisTheBest
The BKODS™ are unto themselves, but their leaders, Jillan & Clover have always been a big part of the community, helping with so much, Organizing many events and helping with builds. Jill has held down the Annual Talent Show for years with much OSSM. As mentioned earlier she also co-hosts the Poetry Slam & both routinely decorate rooms in the Haunted house & Haunted house during Shocktober. They also contribute HEART. #GottaHaveHeart
Also Mentioned above is Karma, who is a virtual force of nature. Always there to help people. Organizing the Artwalk and helping with other activities whenever needed. She has helped organize the Sekret Santa with folks over the years & really picked up the slack when Liandras ( we miss you Liandras!) left due to health reasons years back. Karma like so many of you helps make what the Shire ultimately is, a community and a family. #WhenSquabbitsAttack
Druscilla Ferrarris – Personal Friend & The Raglan Shire Musical Director, responsible for bringing amazing live musical performers to the Shire on weekends. Who doesn’t love live Music! Also thanks to Dru for introducing the Shire to Keeba who currently tours the grid bringing musical joy to so many.. .when she isn’t living in a Walnut in the skies above Raglan. 🙂 Druscilla is currently working on this years Boffo lineup for #RaglanShireWOOTSTOCK 2017™
And of course we can’t mention folks without giving a special tribute to Caleb Kit, the Bear of Raglan™
Since I went down the Rabbit hole (rarely to be seen or heard from again) years ago, Caleb has stepped in and done EVERYTHING that normal folks would run away from while screaming . From Rentals to organizing, to fill in spots for whatever needs doing, DJ’ing, hosting etc. Caleb does the things that often go unrecognized but without a doubt enable all of what we do to continue AKA No Caleb, No Raglan Shire. #HugABearToday
Special shout-outs to:
Pyewacket who has been the de-facto Chronicler of the Shire by way of her excellent Machinima skills.
Chaffro who while not with us much these days, still takes the time to host the annual Talent Show ( 11 years straight!) & is the creator of the very first Raglan themed machinima!
Pipa – in the last few years Pipa has added special touches that may go under the radar but these things help add to the Shire making it all the more magical.
I’d like to Mention Awor Blabbermouth the Original beaver of Raglan who has long been absent but those first few years were so instrumental in helping create what Raglan has become. Awor helped create the original Sumo we used to host, he created the original Raglan Shire Squares™, he helped me build the Galaxy Space station, he scripted, built & did so much it’s beyond my ability to list. I miss him but I know he’s out in the real world doing amazing things with his family. #RememberTheBeaver
In addition there have been so many others who have helped with so much, Summer & JanosX & Trebek & our original Web Otter, Bo Fiddlesticks. 1Wuz, Tea. Akay & Stillpink, Osprey, Lani, Eleanora & Fox, Shadow, Jennylynn, Liandras.
There’s just sooooooo many to mention but if I haven’t mentioned you by name it’s not because I have forgotten or that I do not appreciate you because I do. #YouAreOSSM
All of you who have participated, who have shown your patronage, who have attended events, who have rented out land or shops or contributed financially in any respect, who have shown friendship and helpfulness, given a shoulder to cry on, put your best foot out there, who have mediated misunderstandings or shown others that there is a better path… all of you are what makes this community so special.
I have much gratitude and am in AWE of all you & what you have done. I don’t often get a chance to come in these days due to real life, (& the prognosis for spending more time in Raglan looks bleak over the next year) but please know that Raglan Shire is a special place to me because it represents what is possible when people come together and leave the status quo behind.
In any world, this is rare & unique!
Remember, there is always a need for fresh blood and new people to add their unique creativity to the Shire. You just need a few ideas, the ability to communicate and work well with others.. and lastly.. a bit of ZAZZ™
Much love to all. *wave*
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