Hosts Wanted – SL Christmas Expo 2017

The 2017 Christmas Expo, in support of the American Cancer Society and the Relay For Life of Second Life, is looking for friendly, dedicated individuals to volunteer as Hosts at our various entertainment venues. If you like music and love the holiday season, we are looking for you!

The Expo runs Dec 1 – 10,2017.  For more information or to apply, please see the SL Christmas Expo Host Application

Blogger Applications Now Open

The SL Christmas Expo, in support of the Relay For Life of Second Life & The American Cancer Society,  welcomes all bloggers to participate and share the holiday magic.   We are looking for Official SL Christmas Expo Bloggers that truly love the Christmas / Holiday season. Who start singing Deck The Halls in November and occasionally belt out a  Fa-La-La-La-La in September. The application process is about finding the right team to be our “official Expo bloggers”. This means mostly that this team will have early access to the sims and some of the exclusive items from the Christmas merchants, as well as have some required promotion and blogging.  Visit our Blogger Opportunity page for more information.

Registration Information

SL Christmas Expo Merchant Packages

The 7th annual Second Life Christmas Expo and Winter Breedables Fair will be held  December 1 to 10, 2017 and is held in support of the American Cancer Society and the Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL).

This year’s theme is Holiday Windows.. Old Fashioned Shop Windows from Macys to Main Street.

Returning 2016 merchants Receive a 10% discount as a thank you for your continuing support

 

 

For more information please use the contact link or email slchristmasexpo.com@gmail.com

Registration Now Open

2017 Registration is open- 7th Annual SL Christmas Expo and Winter Breedables Fair

Holiday Windows is the theme, with a Retro setting (Think .. It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, 40’/50’s feel). New packages, new options, new pricing, new layout, new events – Christmas Showcase Collection & The Christmas Bazaar.

New url:  http://www.slchristmasexpo.com
New Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SLChristmasExpo
New Twitter: https://twitter.com/SLChristmasExpo

REGISTRATION OPEN – 7th Annual SL Christmas Expo & Winter Breedables Faire

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE 7TH ANNUAL SL CHRISTMAS EXPO & WINTER BREEDABLES FAIR

Registration for the 2017 Second Life Christmas Expo is open!

The 7th annual Second Life Christmas Expo and Winter Breedables Fair will be held  December 1 to 10, 2017 and is held in support of the American Cancer Society and the Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL).

The expo has a variety of merchant and non merchant sponsorship’s available, as well as a variety of advertising options. Breedable creators also have the opportunity to have a complimentary shop and an additional display area at the Expo.

This year our theme is Holiday Windows with an over all Retro feel to the streets (It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle On 34th Street). Merchants have the option to participate in our Holiday Windows Display by decorating their shop windows. Visitors to the Expo will vote for their favorites.

As always, we are excited to include the Winter Breedables Fair in the Expo and we are so pleased to have the Breedables merchants back for the holidays again. The highly anticipated One Of A Kind Breedables Auction is back this year as well.  Breedable Creators have given generously of their time and of their hearts to create these special OOAK  Breedables.  And of course, Breedable Auction Houses are welcome and encouraged to one or more of their Auctions at the Expo.

T1Radio will once again be providing recorded promotional on air advertisements prior to and during the Expo. Premiere Event Sponsor Merchants will be mentioned in the recorded promotions as part of their Expo sponsorship again this year. These generic radio promotions are available for all Radio Stations, Clubs and DJ’s across Second Life to use to help us promote the Expo. Premiere Event Sponsor Merchants will also receive a copy to distribute as they like.

We are always looking for Media partners in both on air stations and in print. Interested parties should contact Nuala Maracas

Registration fees, sponsorship fees, kiosk donations, hunt, raffle, auction, gotya and RFL vendor donation items are paid to the Relay For Life of Second Life.  Registration, sponsorship, and auction items over $20 US (L$5,200) are eligible to receive a tax receipt from the American Cancer Society if requested.

The 2017 Second Life Christmas Expo Coordinator is Nuala Maracas.

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About the American Cancer Society:

For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.  Together with our global partners and millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society carries out its mission to Save Lives, Celebrate Lives, and Lead the Fight for a World Without Cancer.

For More Information:

http://slchristmasexpo.com

http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/

http://www.cancer.org/

 

 

Thank You !

sl-christmas-expo-thank-youThank you to all our  merchants, sponsors, entertainers, organizers, patrons, and visitors of the 2016 SL Christmas Expo for your participation and support of the American Cancer Society.

We raised $10,748 US in 12 days!  That is 100 nights at an American Society Hope Lodge for a cancer patient and their caregiver, or 1000 rides to and from treatment via the Road To Recovery Program.

Your support of this special event is sincerely appreciated.  Thank you once again for all your time, effort and generosity!

 

SL Christmas Expo Sponsor Spotlight -Botanica

SL Christmas Expo Merchant Spotlight Interview with Cara Cali of Botanica

WE ARE DELIGHTED YOU CHOSE TO BECOME A 2016 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO SPONSOR! WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET INVOLVED WITH RELAY FOR LIFE OF SECOND LIFE AND THE EXPO?
MY brother was only 55 when cancer took him. I don’t know anyone whose life is not touched by this disease. So naturally I support the RFL in Second Life. But I don’t have the time to do a lot of events, so it makes sense that the one I do, I do in a big way.

WHAT ARE SOME ACTIVITIES OR THINGS YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE 2016 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO & WINTER BREEDABLES FAIR?
I always love the Christmas tree lot. I love the exhibits where artist are given a theme and then you get to see their interpretation and personal style.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN SL? WHEN DID YOU OPEN YOUR BUSINESS?
Nearly 6 years. Soon after I arrived, I joined a pirate estate to meet other people interested in history and have fun. The homestead was little more than a bare rock with a fort and garrison town on it so I asked the commander if I could have a few prims to green it up. There were historically important plants such as breadfruit and coffee trees that were either not on the market or were too high prim. I had to buy sculpted plant forms and textures to make things myself and squeeze the most green out of each prim. About the same time, I met Ample Clarity when shopping for a one prim piano. We became friends and he invited me to landscape around his new store PrimPossible. Ample was a great mentor to me; he encouraged me sell the things I had made, gave me a prim allotment to open my store and imbued the one prim philosophy into me.

WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU CREATE?
I create one prim home, garden and holiday decorations geared towards the homestead market. Sometimes I have to go up as high as 2 or three prims, but that actually hurts, I feel like I am letting my customers down. Lag kills the play in roleplay, so I also work hard at keeping script and texture lag down too. Most of my items are sold copy/modify individually so customers can use them to create their own world in SL. I also make harps, clavichords and some furniture under different brand names..

TELL US WHAT INSPIRES YOUR CREATIONS.
Mostly history and literature. I try to make things as accurate as possible, and often do a lot of research into a product. I am also a great home and garden enthusiast in 1st life. Whenever I go on on vacation, I am sure to check out the local botanical gardens, I was also a decor hobbyist in 1st life. Putting this creative energy in sl has meant no more mess and glue guns on the dinning room table.

HOW DO YOU KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST TRENDS IN SECOND LIFE?
That is hard. I have yet to learn blender, and that has decimated my tree and shrub business. I never make anything unless I can make it better than what is already on the market. Essentially I make things I like and can use in either my Linden home, roleplay life, or inworld store. Sometimes friends or customers make suggestions. I get so absorbed in building, my friends know I have to be dragged out of my workshop for my own good and take me exploring to see what’s new or simply to appreciate someone’s else creative vision.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST FAVORITE ITEM YOU HAVE EVER CREATED AND WHY?
It’s not one item, its Walden Pond. Henry David Thoreau is one of my favorite authors, I believe being in touch with nature is important for heath and peace of mind. So many people I have met here have disabilities and can no longer take a walk in the woods on an autumn day. It’s for them and anyone else who can’t get away from the stress of modern life but can take a quick brake and refresh their spirit by visualizing themselves in nature. Including me!

DO YOU HAVE AN IN WORLD STORE? DO YOU MAINTAIN A PRESENCE ON THE SL MARKETPLACE?
I do. Botanica is a little different than most stores. It is set out as a botanical garden where you can buy the things you see. This can be very frustrating for customers looking for a specific item, so they are best off searching my Marketplace store. On the other hand walking around the store can be an outing in itself and will give them landscaping ideas.

We also have hunts going on throughout Botanica, and I like these to be educational. So when hunters come to Botanica for our Birding Hunt, they are bird watching and learning about each bird they have to find. I do that same thing with our Butterfly Hunt and others.

IS THERE ANY ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO A PERSON WHO IS STARTING OUT IN YOUR CHOSEN CAREER?
Few SL creator’s actually make money, and most can earn more working at 1st life job. So make what makes you happy and makes other people smile. If you are not having fun you are doing something wrong.

AS YOU KNOW WE ARE ALWAYS GROWING AND LEARNING. IS THERE ANY ONE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN MORE ABOUT (SL or RL) AND WHY?
Blender and Photo shop. Technology and techniques keeps improving. The people who create in second life are not graphic artists but true artist bringing their own vision into being and sharing it with others. They just more comfortable impermanence.

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH THREE FAMOUS PEOPLE FROM HISTORY, WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Buddha, Lucretia Mott and Lenard Cohen so we could sing some songs after dinner. If you don’t know who they are look them up and you will figure out why.

WHAT ONE WORD WOULD YOUR FRIENDS USE TO DESCRIBE YOU?
Supercaracalifragilisticexpialidocious.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR SHOP AT THE EXPO. ARE YOU OFFERING ANY EXCLUSIVES AND IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY ?
Oh there will be lots of interactive fun things things for Christmas.

WHAT IS SOMETHING WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2017 FROM Botanica ?
I am currently collaborating with Merry Chase on updating her History of the the Tarot exhibit to make it a more interactive learning experience. I think virtual worlds have a huge potential for teaching by adding the dimension of immersion and intuitive layer of experience one does not have access to in real life.

 

Visit Botanica at the SL Christmas Expo

Check It Out At The Expo

The shops are full of New Items made just for the Expo .  Here are our spotlights for the day!  Click each picture for a larger view!

 

SL Christmas Expo Sponsor Spotlight – KraftWork

SL Christmas Expo Merchant Spotlight Interview with Nodnol Jameson of KraftWork

WE ARE DELIGHTED YOU CHOSE TO BECOME A 2016 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO SPONSOR!  WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET INVOLVED WITH RELAY FOR LIFE OF SECOND LIFE AND THE EXPO?
We have been aware of the amazing work of Relay For Life in SL for some time through our good friend, Sunshine Zhangsun. We saw it as a way to be part of something that is so worthy and, as well, that is such an important part of SL for one of our dearest friends.

kraftwork-nodnol-jameson WHAT ARE SOME ACTIVITIES OR THINGS YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE 2016 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO & WINTER BREEDABLES FAIR?
We love music so DJ sets are always fun. As well, shopping and just generally getting to know this wonderful community of organizers.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN SL? WHEN DID YOU OPEN YOUR BUSINESS?
We just opened our brand and shop last month and the SL Christmas Expo is only our second event. We look forward though to being a part of many more to come.

WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU CREATE?
Homes, Home furnishings, and decorative objects. And the occasional life size snow globe. 🙂

TELL US WHAT INSPIRES YOUR CREATIONS.
As we both come from an art (Oobs) and architectural background (me) in real life – modernism, mid-century design, and contemporary art is a primary inspiration. But being human we are often tugged at the heart by items that tend more to the “cozy” as you see with the fireplace set for the event.

HOW DO YOU KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST TRENDS IN SECOND LIFE?
In reality we are less about trends in that what we create is from our heart and the pieces we would want to own ourselves. Design for us is a personal experience and “trends” tend to cloud the path of making the things we really love and are original.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST FAVORITE ITEM YOU HAVE EVER CREATED AND WHY?
A minimalist piece called Marfa Corner Chair and inspired by the late contemporary artist, Donald Judd. While I enjoy designing everything, minimal is a real passion. Also, this was my first ever work I released in SL and as such it is sentimental for me.
kraftwork_marfa_corner_chair

DO YOU HAVE AN IN WORLD STORE?  DO YOU MAINTAIN A PRESENCE ON THE SL MARKETPLACE?
Yes, our main store is open at the KraftWork sim and all items are also available on Marketplace.

IS THERE ANY ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO A PERSON WHO IS STARTING OUT IN YOUR CHOSEN CAREER?
Love what you do. This is a labor of love first. If a certain success comes it is a pleasant bonus. If not, you are still rewarded with the joy of design and creation that is the real underlying motivation.

AS YOU KNOW WE ARE ALWAYS GROWING AND LEARNING. IS THERE ANY ONE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN MORE ABOUT (SL or RL) AND WHY?
We are interested in the many machinima creators out there in SL and the amazing and artistic work they are releasing from a 3D standpoint.. Pepa Cometa and Kanjena Sweetleaf are two that come to mind. They are doing the most inspired machinima and we would love to eventually work with them on designing and making custom sets that would be – at the start – for their work and later offered to the public.

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH THREE FAMOUS PEOPLE FROM HISTORY, WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Mies van der Rohe to talk about architecture. Charles and Ray Eames…what they did for design in the 20th century is beyond comprehension. I want to know more about what inspired them to think out of the box like they did. Finally, Walt Disney, such a visionary and his balance of creativity and project management is inspiring.

WHAT ONE WORD WOULD YOUR FRIENDS USE TO DESCRIBE YOU?
“Herself”

TELL US ABOUT YOUR SHOP AT THE EXPO.  ARE YOU OFFERING ANY EXCLUSIVES AND IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY ?
Yes, the fireplace set called Kozy Christmas is the first. I adore Christmas so this came from the heart in expressing my love of the holidays. It is less minimal and modern than most of my designs but has a hint of it in the decorations. It’s what I would love in my home in rl. Also, for fun, we created a life size snow globe (is there anything more wintry?) that fulfills every person’s little fantasy of wanting to climb inside. With this you can and dance and snuggle with your SL friend or romantic interest.

WHAT IS SOMETHING WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2017 FROM KraftWork ?
As a rl architect I am going to next year really dedicate myself to also doing homes and buildings. Also, we have many ideas for fun gacha and I am excited to do themed sets and release our first one in 2017.

Visit KraftWork at the SL Christmas Expo

CannabiSL LIVE Auction for The SL Christmas Expo

Saturday, December 10  4:20pm SLT …. CannabiSL is having a special LIVE Auction for the SL Christmas Expo

There is so much going on, being given out….they just could not bring it all to the Expo sims….. so please “take a trip” with us to CannabiSL growable auction area in Petopia.

cannabisl-auction

☮ SURPRISE LE SEED ALL PANELS!☮
☮ ALL BOXED LEs ☮
☮ $1000 *INSANE* START BID ALL ☮
☮ SAT DEC 10 4:20 PM SLT ☮
☮ 8 MILES HIGH PATRON AUCTION ☮
☮ + FLOCKED UP SEED BALL ☮
☮ + M.P.P. *BOX OF ALL LES!*
☮ BONG HITTER $500 GC ☮
☮ WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN ☮

SL Christmas Expo Sponsor Interview -Rytech Industries

SL Christmas Expo Merchant Spotlight Interview with Rytech Industries

WE ARE DELIGHTED YOU CHOSE TO BECOME A 2016 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO SPONSOR! WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET INVOLVED WITH RELAY FOR LIFE OF SECOND LIFE AND THE EXPO?
Well the reason I became part of RFL of SL, Is because 1) the moral support the community gave me during my time of need while my father fought his battle of stage 4 Renal Cancer. 2) All the amazing things RFL of SL and of RL did for my father. 3) Im the official Programmer of the RFL of SL

WHAT ARE SOME ACTIVITIES OR THINGS YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE 2016 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO & WINTER BREEDABLES FAIR?
The Fawns Breedable

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN SL? WHEN DID YOU OPEN YOUR BUSINESS?
Opened RyTech in m id 2003 and been in sl since

WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU CREATE?
I am a custom programmer, both in rl and sl

TELL US WHAT INSPIRES YOUR CREATIONS.
My Father

HOW DO YOU KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST TRENDS IN SECOND LIFE?
IDK i think im far behind 😀

WHAT IS YOUR MOST FAVORITE ITEM YOU HAVE EVER CREATED AND WHY?
My favorite… well i cant answer it because it is to come this year at relay!

DO YOU HAVE AN IN WORLD STORE? DO YOU MAINTAIN A PRESENCE ON THE SL MARKETPLACE?
Yes to both! I also am developing my own marketplace currently

IS THERE ANY ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO A PERSON WHO IS STARTING OUT IN YOUR CHOSEN CAREER?
Take your time, and listen to advice it will help guide you to become customer focused and more time manageable

AS YOU KNOW WE ARE ALWAYS GROWING AND LEARNING. IS THERE ANY ONE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN MORE ABOUT (SL or RL) AND WHY?
What all does our RFL of SL help do in the real world

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH THREE FAMOUS PEOPLE FROM HISTORY, WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Lieutenant General Albert H. Blanding – Help changed our freedom for ever, why not have dinner with this amazing man! If you don’t know the history of this man google him!
Dr. Gordy Klatt – Helped change cancer research – Also help find the fighting cure that slowed down my fathers cancer and allowed me time before he left us ♥
Walt Disney – Why NOT ?!?!?!!? I would love to just have a convo on how he created Disney world!!! He is a great mind!

WHAT ONE WORD WOULD YOUR FRIENDS USE TO DESCRIBE YOU?
Giving

TELL US ABOUT YOUR SHOP AT THE EXPO.  ARE YOU OFFERING ANY EXCLUSIVES AND IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY ?
My store at the 2016 Christmas Expo, RyTech will be displaying different education info for making the normal second life more enjoyable. We will be offering a few products at a low cost but 100% donations going to relay for life. We will be offering a simple teleport hud that will help you access a full area in a timely manner, and we will be offering a nice Avatar Data monitor, You can click this device and it will tell you, your avatar complexity weight, Script count, Script time, among other details we find that can help you reduce lag and enjoy your second life!

WHAT IS SOMETHING WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2017 FROM RyTech Industries?
An amazing RFL of SL 2017 Tech! We are busting out the box and bringing you tools that are out of this world! I cant want to be apart of tomorrow with American Cancer Society!

Be sure to visit Rytech Industries at the Expo

Champion Horses LIVE Auction – Sat Dec 10 11am @ The SL Christmas Expo

Champion Horses LIVE Auction at the Expo on Saturday December 10 starting 10am SLT

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A ” Perfect Horse Auction” brought to you by the creators of Champion Horses!

Second Life’s best Race and Breedeable Horses. Champion Horses is a lifestyle, not a hobby.

Get Your Christmas Tree @ The SL Christmas Expo

snapshot_001There is no better way to welcome the holiday season than by picking a Christmas Tree!

For the 6th year in a row, Expo merchants, as well as your favorite creators and designers in Second Life have made very special Christmas Trees just for the Expo.  100% proceeds of the sales go to the Relay For Life of Second Life.

Straight  from the prim farm to your home!  It’s a holiday tradition.   View The Trees Here