DECADES FESTIVAL Opens at Midnight Tonight, Vahalla Island, Second Life!

Celebrate History in Second Life! 
 The Decades Festival and Ball, June 27, 2015 starting at 12:01 AM SLT




EVENTS


All times are SLT (US Pacific Time)

1:00 AM
Pavilion Stage
Ceci Dover will perform like no one but Ceci does. If you have never seen her very high energy show, this is your chance. Ceci does a wide variety of music from many eras. Her voice is dazzling. AND she is wonderful to work with. She is one of Second Life's true professionals. (Streamed)

3:00 AM
Observatory Cafe
Coffee Break! Puss Applewhyte will host in the observatory coffee house. IC event. Come from your favorite time period. (Text)

4:30 AM
Decades Underground
*Lamentations of The Sabine Women* by Stephanie Mesler, performed by Avi Choice winner, Freda Frostbite. This poem cycle based on the mythology and history of early Rome will be published this summer in Mesler's book, *GodSongs.* Decades Underground. (Local Voice)

6:00 AM
Observatory Cafe
Coffee Break! The "mouth of the South" Trolley Trollop will host. IC event. Come from your favorite time period.(Local Voice and Text)

7:00 AM
Pavilion Stage
Mar Biddle will perform her exciting blend of pop, country and blues!   (Streamed)

7:00 AM
Observatory Cafe
Coffee Break! Saraphen Colliope is your host in the observatory coffee house. IC event. Come from your favorite time period. (Text)

8:00 AM
Decades Underground
Poetry from the last 2 1/2 Millenia with Sabreman Carter and Freda Frostbite. From Sapphos to Cisneros, Sabreman and Freda have selected some of their favorites to share with you in an hour of historically significant poetry in The Decades Underground. (Local Voice)

9:00 AM
Pavilion Stage
Madmax Huet takes the stage with his great mix of rock and blues. We promise Max will have you shaking your groove thang, no matter what decade you are from! (Streamed)

9:00 AM
Observatory Cafe
Coffee Break! Mary Von Hardenburg will host in the observatory coffee house. IC event. Come from your favorite time period. (Text)

10:00 AM
Decades Underground
18th century physician, Dr. William Greymoon, will discuss advances in medicine and herbology. IC event. (Text)

11:00 AM
Observatory Cafe
Coffee Break! Lady Aph MacBain will host in the observatory coffee house. IC event. Come from your favorite time period. (Text)

12:00 NOON
Pavilion
Decades Ball in The Pavilion. Freda will provide an eclectic stream of dance music from many, many time periods, from the time of the Pharaohs to the time of Lady Gaga. Come decked out in dance garb from your favorite time period. Balloons will be dropped! Conversation will be scintillating! Prizes will be awarded! (Streamed and in Text)

2:00 PM
Observatory Cafe
Coffee Break! Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi will be your barista (and bartender?) in The Decades Observatory Coffee House. IC event. Come from your favorite time period. (In Text)

2:30 PM
Decades Fashion Tent
“What shall I wear?” Those four words must be among the first ever uttered. Our all-star fashion show produced by Algezares Magic of aQuarela Models in Second Life will feature formal attire for both ladies and gentlemen from ancient Rome right up today’s haute couture offerings. Come and see history walk the runway! (Streamed)

4:00 PM
Decades Underground
Live Theater in The Decades Underground, organized by the phenomenally talented, Sere Timeless. Featuring performances from ancient Rome, the ever-so- romantic Brownings, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez by some SL's best known and loved RP and spoken word talents. (Local Voice)

5:30 PM
Pavilion Stage
Wald Schridde takes the Decades Festival Stage for an hour of Renaissance and Medieval music. He may throw in a shanty or a folksong too! Wald is known throughout SL's historical RP communities. You won't want to miss this talented musician.

6:30
Observatory Cafe
Coffee Break! Heximer Thane will be your barista for a half hour. Be sure to ask him about jet engines. And entropy. Don't forget to mention entropy. IC event. Come from your favorite time period. (In Text)

7:00 PM
Decades Underground
Caledonia Skytower of the Seanchai Library (on THREE grids now) will share her unique talent as a storyteller when she performs historical prose at The Decades Festival. (Local Voice)

8:00 PM
FESTIVAL FIREWORKS


EXHIBITS

THE SEA WITCH
The Sea Witch, owned by Captain Lucerius Zefirelli is on display near the Festival landing. You are welcome to explore above and below, fore and aft. Be sure to walk the plank and swing from the mast! And don't forget to fire the cannon! Can you sink the target ship? Give it a try!

GAMBLING (Observatory Ground Level)
“Ladies and gentlemen! Place your bets!” It is the universal cry of the croupier, the dealer, the oddsmaker. Gambling and gaming have been a part of every culture throughout history. Dice, cards, entrails, stars in the sky . . . if it exists in creation (and even in imagination) you can count on somebody somewhere betting on it. Our visual history of gambling shows how different artists have depicted men and women engaged in popular forms of gambling. Admire the art and then try your hand at roulette, the dart board, a run for the roses, poker. If you choose 52 card pickup, you can watch the cards fly!

HISTORY OF HATS (Observatory 2nd Floor)
Sofia Von Essen has created a fabulously fun and educational exhibit on head gear from 1545 to 1925. You'll walk away wishing we, of the 21st century, wore hats more.

OBSERVATORY CAFE (Observatory Top Floor)
The coffee house will be open throughout the day of the festival for your snacking and imbibing pleasure. Help yourself to strong Italian coffee or a milk shake. Have some biscotti or a peanut butter sandwich. Or come when there is RP scheduled in the coffee house. See the events schedule for details on coffee house RP.

SPOKEN WORD PERFORMANCES (Decades Underground)
See the events schedule for details about these performances but feel free to explore any time.

HISTORICAL COMMUNITIES INFO (Around the Pavilion and Balloon Launch)
A pictorial exhibit drawing attention to many historical communities in SL. Click the signs for information.

HISTORICAL VEHICLES DISPLAY (On the Pavilion Patio)
From chariots to fire engines, Aldo Stern and company have gathered together vehicles from the last 2000+ years. This exhibit is a lot of fun!

WHO ARE WE? (Pavilion)
If a friend is a mirror of the self, the art a culture produces is the mirror of the whole culture—and its time. From the earliest cave paintings, the human figure has always spoken to the artist. Representative artworks from all eras depict the rise (and fall, perhaps) of mankind as the measure of all things while accompanying chairs give us a seat to enjoy the view. Curated by SisterButta and Lady Leena Fandango.

DECADES TOUR BALLOON (center sim)
Tour the festival in a hot air balloon! What better way to see history and beauty than floating above the melee on nothing but air? Created by Sere Timeless.

THE HISTORY OF HOMES (NW corner of the sim)
This exhibit allows you to literally walk through time, starting in prehistoric times. You'll visit a cave dwelling and a French folly. In between, you'll see all manner of homes. Builder and historian, Jacon Cortes de Bexar has outdone himself!

TAROT HISTORY (Northern sim edge)
This quote, hung at the exhibit entrance pretty much sums things up: "Tarot may not tell a person's future, but it tells a lot about humanity's past. Begin your journey through Tarot History through the door..."
Merry Chase has built an unbelievably creative exhibit that will have you marveling at both her skill as a designer and the history of the cards.

WILD BLUE: THE QUEST FOR FLIGHT 1783 TO THE PRESENT (The Hangar)
Created by a real life aero-space engineer and pilot, WIld Blue will take you through aeronautic history, hitting all its *high* points from hot air balloons to space shuttles. Find out some of the lesser known facts about flight in this exhibit created by Heximer Thane.

WHAT SHALL WE WEAR? (Fashion Tent)
See the events schedule for details about the Decades fashion show. Visit the fashion tent any time for fun historical fashion facts.

ORIENT EXPRESS (Above)
This build is an attempt to recreate a typical coach of the Orient Express as it might have appeared during its heyday in the 1920s and 30s. Relax aboard the world's most luxurious train as she hurtles through stunning Alpine scenery, enjoy a glass of wine courtesy of the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits, and admire the beautiful glass panels of René Lalique. Exhibit Created by Cuthbert Helendale.

IN MEMORIAM (Temple and Ruins)
A small temple, the ruins of a forgotten era and emerging sunflowers stand as a reminder that while history may well be written in stone, our creations in the virtual world are not. They are ephemeral . . . and sadly, some are lost forever due to lack of funds to maintain or archive them. We need your help so more great historical and educational builds can be maintained and preserved.

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