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Celebrating Bay City’s Sixth Anniversary in Second Life

May 17th, 2014 by Marianne McCann

BAY CITY TURNS SIX THIS SUNDAY

Celebrating Bay City’s Sixth Anniversary in Second Life®

Bay City 6th Anniversary Celebration

This Sunday, the 18th of May, 2014, Bay City celebrates its sixth anniversary as part of the Second Life Grid™.

The celebration will start at 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.

2014 Parade Route

A live concert will kick off at 1:30 p.m. SLT/PDT at the Bay City Fairgrounds, featuring Christov Kohnke, Ultraviolet Alter, and Winston Ackland, and including GoSpeed Racer of KONA Stream providing music leading into the event.

All Residents of the Second Life grid are encouraged to participate. 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.

The event is dedicated to recently passed Bay City Resident Ever Dreamscape, who had helped arrange this and many other Bay City events since she came to Bay City in 2011.

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab™ and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life™ and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest Bay city group, and home to most Residents of Bay City.

Bay City’s 5th Anniversary Celebration!

May 16th, 2013 by Marianne McCann

Bay City 5th anniversary poster

In May of 2008 the Linden Department of Public Works unveiled its first project, the themed city area on the Second Life™ Mainland known as Bay City. Now, as Bay City turns five, its community invites everyone to join us in celebrating this milestone.

Anniversary celebrations will kick off around noon SLT/PDT on Sunday, the 19th of May, 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, CelticMaidenWarrior Lancaster, and RoseDrop Rust, and including GoSpeed Racer of KONA Stream providing music leading into the event.

All Residents of the Second Life grid are encouraged to participate. Celebration 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.

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab™ and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life™ and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest Bay City group, and home to most Residents of Bay City.

 

Bay City Tree Lighting!

November 26th, 2012 by Marianne McCann

Bay City Tree Lighting Poster

Come to the Bay City Fairgrounds on Saturday, 8th December 2012 from 1-4 pm SLT for a tree lighting, skating party, silent auction, music event featuring GoSpeed Racer, Grace McDunnough, and Bluemonk Rau.

All proceeds go to Child’s Play Charity. Child’s Play is a 501c3 non profit organization that helps seriously ill children around the globe.

Special items will be auctioned for charity. These include:

• Ecelectica “Nouveau Leaves” fatpack, exclusive to the event

Nouveau Leaves Fatpack

• Show of Support Artwork by Whiskey Monday, exclusive to the event

Show of Support

• Pop Shop Bunny Slipper Max Pack (two available)

Bunny Slippers Fat Pack

• This is my brain on drugs artwork by Ever Dreamscape

This Is My Brain On Drugs

• Lightening Video television and L$5000 gift certificate combo (two available)

Lightening Video Pack

• Set of Luxurious Animal Print Fur Coats from Curio Obscura

Luxurious Fur Coat Animal Print

• Set of Luxurious colorful fur coats from Curio Obscura

Luxurious Fur Coat Colorful

• Complete set of riderballs, the rideable vehicle ball by Curio Obscura

Riderball

• Set of one dozen illuminated Tall Oaks from Heart Garden Center (two available: one all white, one multi-color)

Illuminated Tall Oaks (Colorful)

• Treehouse and welcome mat by Emma Starsider

Emma Starsider Goods

• Eat Pray Love Artwork  by Gracie Kendal (aka Kristine Schomaker)

Eat Pray Love

• Cassandra jewelry set by MC Designs

Cassandra Jewelry Set

• Fortuna dress by Sonatta Morales

Fortuna Dress

• Morning Light Cupboard Bed by Trompe L’oeil Designs

 

Morning Light Bed

• DHC-2 Beaver by Spijkers and Wingtips Aviation

DHC-2

• Electra 10 by Drusilla Saunders Aeronautics

Saunders Electra 10

• Flowers of Passion by Teagen Slade

Flowers Of Passion

Auction will start at 10:00 am SLT, 8th December & end at the conclusion of the event at 4 p.m. SLT.

The event will be held at the Bay City Fairgrounds, in North Channel.

Additional donation items are welcomed. Please contact Marianne McCann inworld for details.

Hot Bay City Nights!

July 30th, 2012 by Marianne McCann

Hot Bay City Nights 2012 Poster

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Marianne McCann
Bay City Alliance
marianne.mccann@gmail.com

HOT BAY CITY NIGHTS

Event focuses on top Second Life™ vintage automakers.

BAY CITY, SL (30th July, 2012) – Celebrating Bay City’s mid-century theme as well as its large network of roads, “Hot Bay City Nights” will showcase vehicle makers who create automobiles from the Bay City “era,” stretching from 1940 to 1965. Hot Bay City Nights in a first of its kind event, borrowing a page or two from the city’s successful “Bay City Fashion Week’ last April.

Established vintage automobile designers will be found in the Bay City Fairgrounds, in the North Channel region, from August 18-25 to present the best in vintage and retro vehicles for all Second Life™ avatars.

Additional events will provide plenty for all to do, including DJ and live music events, a bikini contest, and a charity car wash. The event will raise funds for Child’s Play, a charity that provides toys and games for children in hospitals around the world.

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab ™ and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life™ and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest Bay city group, and home to most Residents of Bay City.

For more information, contact: Marianne McCann

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SL9B – But that’s not all!

June 18th, 2012 by Marianne McCann

There’s a couple other items with a SL9B feel I’ve got going on.

Burn2 is turning their own region, Burning Man- Deep Hole, into its own SL9B party, called “Conception.” Furthermore, my build “A Child’s Metropolis” was asked to come back back and have a reprise showing on the virtual playa. Yay!

I talked about the build right here on this blog when it originally came out. Of course, back then I did not have shadows in the SL viewer to really show off the build so… here’s a new picture!

A Child's Metropolis

Pygar Bu helped me on the completion of A Child’s Metropolis, and I assisted a bit on his SL9B build for Second Life Children. Through some small luck I also have a little build across from him in the Jamboree region caled “It All Beings With A Cube.” More of a folly than anything, it is a “history of building materials” in Second Life, from the oldest prim (dated 25 January, 2002!) to a mesh rubber duck created during the mesh beta.  It’s not much, but it was a little bit of fun just ‘cuz.

It all begins with a prim

I also used a lot of projected light on it. Oh, and Crap Mariner did an audio clip, which you can hear on the music channel.

Oh ya, and a few things here and there at SL9B, like signs and stuff in the welcome hub. Not to mention Sim Coordinating and all that. Whew.

SL9B – Bay City Community Pavilion

June 17th, 2012 by Marianne McCann

Bay City is proud to play a part in Second Life’s 9th birthday, or SL9B. To that end, we have erected a large pavilion and plaza that welcomes to weary SL9B traveller to learn about our area, or just relax in a pretty, park-like setting.

Bay City SL9B Community Pavilion

The pavilion itself is based on a rescaled version of the National Dairy Products building from the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair, as a nod to the Bay City theme, “the American urban experience, between 1940 and 1965, perhaps best typified by Chicago circa 1950 and marked by a distinct deco influence.” For some, the streamlined shapes of the building may evoke the sails of boats such as those at the New Port Yacht Club.

Inside, you’ll find several things. Well well as a spacious area for relaxing indoors out of the sun, you’ll find several freebies – including goodies for celebrating the party – as well as information boards detailing the history and culture of Bay City, and even an interactive map of the city.

At night, this white building is awash in blue and red, mimicking its first life counterpart. The projected lighting is best seen using the advanced lighting and shadows in the newer SL and third party viewers. Your experience is not cheapened without this, but is enhanced with it.

The plaza leading up to the building is a typical city park type area, largely paved, with neatly trimmed hedges, park benches, and other amenities. Banners, provided largely by Residents of Bay City, frame the area, showing some of the places and events that exist in our borders.

Leading into the plaza is a photo of some of our Residents, welcoming you to our build and to SL9B. Balloons also encircle the area, providing a festive atmosphere.

Bay City Alliance 2012

During the day, the plaza is home to many birds of the city, and you may just hear the siren’s song of the bustling city in the distance.

We will be hosting some parties and other events here during the week. Please feel free to check in with us over the course of the event.

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

 

Take a flying leap!

April 29th, 2012 by Marianne McCann

Lava at Mt. G'al

With all the network troubles over the last couple days, and a fix planned for Monday, it is time for us Residents to be part of the solution. We must make the ultimate sacrifice, and take a leap of faith into Mt. G’al.

Join me tomorrow, Sunday the 29th at 1:00 p.m. SLT/PDT. Bring a noob, dress like a noob, or wear your best devotional gear. Or whatever. Just make the jump.

The Grid depends on us!

My little parts of SL8B

June 26th, 2011 by Marianne McCann

Now that I’ve discussed some general feelings, I want to introduce my own parts of SL8B

With the passing of BlueGin Yifu last year, the task of doing a birthday build representing the Bay City Alliance ended up in my lap. I wanted to do something that would serve both as a memorial to some of her ideals, while also fitting Bay City’s theme and attitude.

Bay City at SL8B

First and foremost, I wanted it to be a largely open space. BlueGin was very particular about this, pushing for an open air meeting space, and doing an open air build for SL7B. While it was important o reflect the urban nature of Bay city, I also wanted to have trees and fountains, both things that were highlights of her own spaces.

Carrying the Bay City, mid-century theme, as well as a metaphor of the SL birthday events being akin to a “World’s Fair,” I dug up images from the 1939 New York World’s Fair. For the main parts of my inspiration, I looked at the circular entranceway and tall uprights of the Gas Exhibits building, the rotunda atop the League of Nations building, and the color and spire of the Electrical Products building. The fountain was further inspired by numerous fountains at the 1939 and 1964 fairs.

I produced a simple machinima for the interior of the rotunda, focusing on what makes bay city so magical, and asked residents to offer both quotes and banners to decorate the building. There are also a few whimsical and hidden touches throughout, as well as a retractable dance floor on the second floor where we held a couple parties featuring Marx Dudek and Holocluck Henly’s DJ talents.

Overall, I’ve every pleased with the way the build came out. You can find it at SL8B Exhilarate, near the “entrance” to the birthday event.

Keeping with my roots in birthday builds, I also did work on the Second Life Children build. The concept and much of the execution was Pygar Bu’s, but I did provide textures, a notecard, some scripting help, and a few other odds and ends.

SLC at SL8B

A whimsical build featuring a giant, walk-in jello mold, it carries a lot of the themes of previous SLC builds, focusing on fun as well as stories related to why people play kids, and what they do while here. It can be found in SL8B Spellbound.

Both will be available through the 2nd of July.

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