Saturday, May 7, 2016

Another great year at Fantasy Faire

Saying good-bye to the Fairelands. This scene at the Golden Delta, built by Alia Baroque.

This scene is looking onto Fairelands Junction, built by Saiyge Lotus.


     Fantasy Faire in Second Life is only open a little less than two weeks. It's a magnificent place to visit, this year with 14 sims to explore, to shop, to be entertained, to participate in workshops, and to do it all in the framework of fantasy. I only show two sims above, but I loved them all. In the last days, when I finally had some time to explore, I found true wonders all over, and sat back in many of them to relax into the exquisite views. I sorely miss the Faire when it leaves, and now it has in fact gone until it shows an entirely new face next year. I was able to make two films about Sapphire Mirror Lake, the sim I was given to develop with Lilia Artis' much appreciated assistance and contribution of her own builds. We had so much fun working on the project both before it opened and during the faire, always tons to do. Wonderful things happen all throughout it's run. I wrote in the film description about an astounding gift Lilia and I received from some pretty special people at the Faire. Here's the text:
The centaurs return to Sapphire Mirror Lake.
     At the tail end of Fantasy Faire 2016, Alia Baroque organized a surprise on a grand scale for Lilia Artis and me, with the participation of many people involved in Fantasy Faire. Sapphire Mirror Lake is said to have been built by a centaur civilization in the distant past. Many people nowadays believe that they exist only in myth. But a miracle occurred. While at Sapphire Mirror Lake, both Lilia and I were directed to face the sim to our west, without knowing why. I thought someone might be planning to take our picture, the idea delighted me, and I hoped my feet were still attached. Instead, down the facing slope of Serenity, came a herd of centaurs, satyrs, horses and unicorns, humans, fairies, and all manner of marvelous creatures! The impact was powerful, both Lilia and I were moved to the core, and when I got my wits back, I started filming. By a stroke of luck, the group spontaneously moved from the sandy banks to the dance hall. The film about the May Day Ball had been nearly completed, but when I saw this new development, the centaurs and the May Day Ball simply had to be merged into the one film you see here. The story was expanded: the centaurs return! There is magic at Fantasy Faire. If anyone still ponders the existence of centaurs, I hope this video will put all doubts to rest.


     Here are the two films I made about Sapphire Mirror Lake. Please click the titles to be taken to the film:

1. "Sapphire Mirror Lake"

2. "Annual Ball, Fantasy Faire 2016"

In addition, I wanted to add a paragraph Sonya Marmurek wrote on the Fantasy Faire website which you can read HERE in its entirety. She summed up the kinds of people present at the faire beautifully. In Sonya's words:

[...] Alia Baroque said in his interview: Fantasy Faire is the people.
There are bold centaurs, beautiful unicorns, twerking dragons, prancing dinkies in lobster-suits, frolicking fauns, graceful fae, glittering petites, towering giants, angels and demons to balance each other out… there are goats and ponies and a giant fox, there are even humans, of all things!

There are roleplayers, creators, dancers, bloggers, photographers, DJs, authors, speakers, coders, sound technicians, actors, artists, world builders, organizers, sponsors, musicians, particle performers… there are visitors from all the communities across Second Life.
In the Fairelands the Tiny Police can riverdance on the toes of a giant towering over the tallest of buildings, artists can be transformed to centaurs, Relayers can visit lands built for the hope risen from imagination, DJs can spin on a deck of a ship carried by a dragon, dancers can hold a stage of a whole world created to celebrate them, roleplayers can weave their stories with a new flow of visitors to partake in their lives, storytellers can share their words in an environment grown out of inspiration, photographers can despair at the beauty eleven days is never enough to capture… in the Fairelands anything is possible. In the Fairelands we come together: many communities, many tribes, all joined for those brief magical days.
We are all Faire Folk. For eleven days this is our land, our shared continent where all can come together, meet and talk and dance and experience the magic. Fantasy Faire is the people.
Thank you.
[This is an excerpt from Sonya Marmurek's post]


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