Thursday, September 20, 2007

A Word (or several) of Thanks

Now that the Harvest Festival is over and has been put to bed, I would like to say a few words of thanks for all those who helped to make this event possible.

The lovely Duchesses of Carntaigh and Loch Avie, Gabrielle and Eva who saw merit in my idea and brought it forth to the people of Caledon, oversaw the details and organized all the Caledonian aspects of the Festival. Thanks to your hard work and dedication, ladies, we were able to have a joint event. Thank you!

To the people of Caledon, thank you for taking the idea and running the distance with it. I know there are so many of you and I think that Caledon as a whole can be proud of it's citizens. I was impressed with the creativity and enthusiasm that went into the individual events. I'd also like to send out a special thank you to Mr. Szondi for the wonderful treasure hunt he put together in the Cay. It was a challenge and I think a lot of fun for anyone who dared to go head to head with the clues!

I'd also like to thank the people of Steelhead. While we are not many in number, we are mighty in spirit and take pride in our small community. I would like to emphasize that word Community. We have had our knocks lately, but for the most part, we as individuals use our strengths to make Steelhead work as a whole. The citizens of Steelhead rose to the occasion, in spite of incessant redmapping, horrific lag and other issues. The tea was lovely, the corn maze fun, the scarecrow building competition well supported, enjoyed by all those who joined in the fun.

Another thank you should go out to those who participated, from Caledon, Steelhead and other sims. We had people who had never visited (I believe one lady was photographed on Mr. O'Toole's blog....words fail me) who made a favourable opinion of our Communities and will no doubt be back. I've heard that people had a lot of fun and really enjoyed the week.

Last, but not least, I'd like to thank my beloved husband Edward. He had to put up with me when I was being at less than my best, stressing and having fits about things that now seem really rather minor. He was a calm influence and made sure I did get out to see a few things and enjoy the week, rather than being mired down in the minutae of details that need to be taken care of, but not stressed about. He is truly a blessing to me.

So, THANK YOU to everyone who helped out, participated or otherwise contributed to the merriment of the week. Without everyone, this idea would have remained exactly that. Now....on to the next event...the Caledon Social Season!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Harvest Festival Events

My goodness! What a busy week and it's not over yet! If you've not been able to attend any of the events in either Caledon or Steelhead, I strongly suggest you manage to find a few minutes to go, you won't be disappointed.

Sunday saw the kick off to the week with the horse race in Steelhead. Unfortunately, my human had a terrible headache and decided to lay down for a few minutes to clear it and promptly fell asleep. By the time she awoke, the race was over. However, I hear that it was a lot of fun, even with the Daring Drop of Doom on the corner of the dock. *grins*

We also had Edward Lowell scheduled to play live music, but for a variety of reasons he was unable to attend and perform. So, our noble Sheriff Fuzzball Ortega fired up his music making machine and cranked out the tunes so we could dance the night away. Of course, it was crashilious but a few brave souls hung in until the very end.

Monday afternoon we had a tea in the garden. Miss Lumina was our hostess and it was quite well attended. Luckily I had the sense to bring my camera to the tea and was able to capture a few images of the event.

Entrance to the Garden

Taking tea and having polite conversation

Mr. Aza Zymurgy entertains us with his unique skin, juggling and riding his unicycle. Only in Steelhead.

Also, if you have a chance, please stop by Steelhead and vote for your favorite scarecrow. Scarecrows are located down off the town square on the very west end. Also, the corn maze and pumpkin hunt are there for your enjoyment as well.

Tuesday we had a treasure hunt in the Cay. I'd like to thank Mr. Mavromichelli Szondi for all his hard work writing the clues, putting out the clues and otherwise doing all the work. I think it was a challenge for all of those who participated.

Tuesday night there was a race in the new Firth of Caledon as well. My beloved hauled out his new Steamray boat (that does a lot of other things as well) and completed the course in a super speedy time. Mr O'Toole was also in the race and bravely finished. We were all very impressed that he was able to manage the course without interruption, seeing how he's had such troubles as of late with fainting and such when in world.

All in all, it's been a wonderful Festival. As I said earlier, please try to attend some of the events. If you aren't sure when they are, keep your eyes out for one of the signs at the Caledon telehubs, all over Steelhead and I think Antiquity may have a sign as well. Come out and have a very good time!