St. Torley’s Day roundup!

The First Church of Rosedale—in conjunction with Four Kittens of the Apocalypse—had its first Major Event this past Sunday, and I’m thrilled to announce that it went really well.

For starters,  we finally got some stained glass. I realize this probably seems like a silly detail to dwell on, but I have wanted appropriate stained glass forever. When I first bought the building from the talented Julia Hathor, it came with windows that were perfect for a more traditional church, but not for one devoted to Philip Linden. She graciously pointed me to where she’d bought the textures, so I could get my own copy and modify them as I saw fit. I’d had plans to do so since Day One, but I’d failed to execute them, instead opting with perfectly serviceable but boring clear panes of glass.

Compounding my stained-glass envy, the Caledon Genealogical Society set up shop next door sometime in the past few months, and they had lovely stained glass windows. In fact, they had lovely stained glass windows on just one side of the building, the side facing my church. I looked out the church window, and there was lovely stained glass, next door. I reminded myself that envy was an abomination before Phil.

At any rate, Torley Day provided the impetus for me to go back to Photoshop and figure out how to do this stained glass thing, and I think the results turned out quite well. Alterating panels show the icon of the church—the humble prim—and the visage of Torley, in appropriate watermelon hues. And now that I’ve gotten the hang of it, I may even manage to whip up another set for year-round use.

Windows aside, the noon service went really well. Really, really well. We were recounting St. Torley’s life, times, and achievements, and having so much fun that we had to hurriedly wrap it up at the end because we’d run out of time before the party. Copies of the hymnal were provided in THiNC book form, and I’m happy to also provide a PDF version of the St. Torley’s Day hymnal, with two hymns specially written for the occasion.

The party was hosted by Alchemy Epstein and Nakira Tennen at Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, and I can’t thank them enough for the time, effort, and expense they poured into it. They created watermelon vines climbing their treehouse, a color-shifting Torley-textured platform, and several free party favors available in a scavenger hunt, including a bubble wand (with green and pink bubbles) and a watermelon hat. Also among the freebies was a T-shirt by Triana Caldera of G1rl Next Door, who unfortunately was unable to make it there herself. We were dancing to Torley’s own music, and a good time was definitely had by all.

At 2:00 PM, it was time for a show by Kala Pixie, particle genius. And much to our joy, St. Torley himself showed up for it, accompanied by his lovely wife Ravenelle. (And thank goodness they took pictures, or I wouldn’t have anything to show here.) It was fun, and laid-back, filled with reminisc— remininc— umm, nostalgic conversation about the past few years in Second Life, while surrounded by lots of really pretty particles. (Free plug: get some friends together and book Kala Pixie for a show. You’ll be forever spoiled for all other fireworks displays, but it will be worth the experience.) I’m so, so glad they were able to make it, and had a good time; Second Life would be a much poorer place without them, and it was great to be able to show our appreciation.

Finally, it was back to church for the second service, and while that wasn’t bad, I have to admit it wasn’t nearly up to the standard set by the first one, as evidenced by the fact that we finished ten minutes early. I think at our next major event either I’ll run just one service, or provide for a break along the way, because after four hours of preaching and DJing, I can’t say I was at my best. Live and learn.

Still, the event as a whole was a smashing success. I’d like to thank everybody who showed up and made it so enjoyable, and I hope to see y’all again in church really soon!

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3 Responses to “St. Torley’s Day roundup!”

  1. Torley Says:

    AMENZERAMA ;D great roundup! Glad to know how the whole day went, as well as your creative motivation behind it. Thanks SO much again, Samantha!

  2. ldinstl Says:

    Well, when I dropped by to check out the interesting-sounding church service, I had no idea that I would be at Torley’s Rez Day party later on and with Torley there too!

    Thanks for a great party. I also just saw that my friend Botgirl’s work will be displayed on that same sim.Very cool!

    Cheers, Chimera Cosmos.

  3. Anya Daligdig Says:

    The St. Torley’s Day service was my first service at The First Church of Rosedale, and I’m happy to say I’m a convert! The Rev. is quite the preacher and the congregation responded with enthusiasm to her history of St. Torley.

    The party hosted by Alchemy Epstein and Nakira Tennen at Four Kittens of the Apocalypse immediately after was a blast. Dancing amid the watermelon-inspired colors and the creative sounds of St. Torley’s own musical compositions was a hoot. Flying off on the scavenger hunt for the Torley-inspired party favors was a marvelous element for an ADHDer like me who can’t stand in one place for too long, even when dancing!

    There could not have been a more awe-inspiring end to this spiritual celebration than the inimitable Kala Pixie’s light-and-music show. It’s hard to express in words the experience she created for us with this blazing display of SL creativity. I can only say it beat out the laser light shows I’ve seen at the New York Planatarium, hand down. The flying watermelons she added in honor of St. Torely was, I admit, a bit hair-raising and I found myself ducking more than once as a rain of watermelons headed my way! I’ve already passed her name on to a friend of mine who does fund-raisers — as word of the extravaganza she creates with colored light and music spreads, I predict you’ll need heaven’s own luck to book her!

    All praise to St. Torley, who inspired this wonderful afternoon!

    Anya Daligidg

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