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Hairy Hippo Fun Land!

May 26th, 2012 by Marianne McCann

Hairy Hippo Fun Land

Bay City got a new spot in the last week, and its truly a spot for just about everyone!

Dubbed “Hairy Hippo Fun Land” (It was Happy Hippo Fun Land until it Happy Hippo Building School was noted), it evokes the classic boardwalk amusement parks like Coney Island, Asbury Park, Riverview Park, etc.

As with other Bay City “follies,” this one is built by the LDPW “Moles,” who worked with a lot of original feedback from the Bay City Alliance. It serves as a counterpoint to the “Industrial Park” on the east side of the city, a place to frolic and have fun.

There are seven main attractions, though only three are currently open to the public. These are the Loller Coaster, a carousel, ferris wheel, shooting gallery. teacup ride, bumper cars, and a parachute drop.

Unfortunately, only the last three are currently in operation: a bug in the pathfinding Release Client server has temporarily shuttered the coaster and ferris wheel, and the shooting galley is still being finished.

Hairy Hippo Fun Land in the fog

There are also several other attractions: a rope ladder climbing contraption with many cool prizes, a “strong man” game, a fortune teller (and two weight and fortune machines), hippo innertubes, observation binoculars, and even two mutoscopes showing “vintage” mole movies. 7Seas fishing servers (and custom prizes) round things out.

There is also a bit of a game available too: the Hippo Food Challenge. Once you get and attach the HUD available at either gate to the park, you need to go around to the various eateries in the park and enjoy 30 different food items to get a prize. There is a catch, though: every so often something is just not going to agree with you, prompting a quick jaunt to one of the two restrooms on site. If you don’t make it in time, you’ll be sick. Don’t be sick.

Second Life history buffs will also appreciate some of the construction: the lamps along the boardwalk, and the boardwalk itself, hails from the Varney Boardwalk from Second Life’s earliest days. A sign located in the window of an antique shop on the Weston side of the park includes the sign from that original boardwalk — a nice nod to the history. Also, note the Altrumia Linden hippos at the entranceways, devised many years ago for a hippo decorating contest. The hippo is, of course, Second Life’s unofficial mascot.

In addition to the four shuttered attractions coming online in the not too distant future, expect to see the moles adding even more fun items around the park all Summer long. Come on by and enjoy it, and come back later and see what’s new.

Playing At Fun Land

EDIT: I am also reminded that while Hairy Hippo Fun Land is two regions wide, the Bay City Aquarium is connected to it as well, meaning it is really three regions of things to explore and enjoy.

C’mon and help celebrate Bay City’s Fourth!

May 6th, 2012 by Marianne McCann

Anniversary Banner

On May 20th, Bay City will celebrate its fourth anniversary. It’s always a ton of fun, and everyone is invited, not just Bay City Residents.

Anniversary celebrations will kick off around noon SLT/PDT, with a parade lineup at the bandshell in Bay City – Harwich. The parade will make its way down Route 66 beginning at 12:30 p.m. SLT/PDT, concluding at the Bay City Fairgrounds in the North Channel region.

A live concert will kick off at 1:30 p.m. SLT/PDT at the Fairgrounds, featuring Christov Kohnke, Bluemonk Rau, and RoseDrop Rust, and including GoSpeed Racer of KONA Stream providing music leading into the event. The “Golden Tigers” aerial acrobatic team is also planning a flyover of the fairground at approximately 1:30 p.m. SLT/PDT.

Like I said, everyone is welcome, even encouraged, to be a part of it. Posters, banners, parade float bases, and other goods are available at the Bay City Community Center, in the Daley Bay region, for those who wish to be a part of the parade, and able viewing area is provided. The music event is also open to all who desire to attend.

In years past we’ve had marching bands (both human and brass robot based), balloons, floats, stilt walkers, equestrian units (both with people mounted on the horses and just the horses themselves), “shriners” (we have cars and fezzes available, for free, in the aforementioned center), wind up ducks, tinies, furries, kids, and just about everything else. While this is a celebration of Bay City, we welcome every community to come and participate, much like the Rose Parade in first life Pasadena welcomes, say, Culver City and Garden Grove to have floats. The only things we disallow are physical vehicles (wearable vehicles are A-OK!). Other standard TOS restrictions apply: many of the regions are General rated.

So come on and join us! I’ll be in my usual Blurtophone Band attire and helping to lead the festivities!

Bay City Primmer Car