Saint Torley’s Day 2013 Press Release

St. Torley's Day invitation

First Church of Rosedale
Samantha Poindexter, Pastor
Rhianna (79, 37, 25)

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Torley Linden to Be Celebrated on His “Saint Day” in Second Life

Second Life Church Reprises Its Event Honoring Linden Lab’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager”

RHIANNA, Second Life, Sept. 8 — Torley Linden, Second Life’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager,” has long been recognized and celebrated as a living saint. The First Church of Rosedale announced today that “St. Torley’s Day” will take place on Sunday, September 15, with a special service at noon, followed by a party at 1 PM. The party, hosted in Penning by Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, will feature live music by popular Second Life artist Kaklick Martin.

Torley Linden has written innumerable posts on the company’s official blog and created hundreds of video tutorials. He listens and responds to residents, holding weekly office hours and keeping tabs on Second Life content all over the Web, including blogs, Flickr, Twitter, Vimeo, and YouTube. His Saint Day is the Sunday closest to his “rezday” (the day he first entered Second Life), September 15; 2013 will mark the end of his ninth year “in-world.”

“Yes, this is essentially the same press release we’ve run for the past five years,” admitted pastor Samantha Poindexter. “Between the demands of First Life and wearing several hats in SL, it’s a wonder this is happening at all. Frankly, Torley deserves better, and we encourage people to bring their own Torley-inspired creations and gifts, or even to host their own celebrations. He’s still out there, making QuickTips videos, and giving advice and inspiration to all on his profile feed. And, just to be clear, while our church is known for affectionate satire, our love for Torley is entirely devoid of irony. Whatever else happens, Torley reminds us that there’s still room for whimsy, watermelons, and friendly greetings.”

At noon, Second Life Time, a special service—by which we mean the same one hosted for the past five years, but hush—will take place at the Rheta Shan Memorial Chapel of the First Church of Rosedale. Please note that the church is in the Promised Land of Zindra, so participants will need to be adult-verified or have payment information on file. The church is at Rhianna (79, 37, 25).

From 1 PM to 3 PM, the celebration will continue with a party at Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, run by parishioners Alchemy Epstein and Nakira Tennen. The final hour will feature a live concert by Kaklick Martin. There will also be dancing to Torley’s own musical compositions, a “melon-go-round”, the grid’s most heavily armed watermelon piñata, and perhaps more surprises. Guests are encouraged to wear the most pleasingly garish shades of neon pink and green they can find. The party will be at Penning (30, 107, 82). (This is on the mainland, and open to all.)

Based on past years, there will be a zillion tweets and plurks and blog posts about the event, suggesting that hundreds of people will show up in all their neon finery and crash the sim! While we certainly encourage this, it has yet to happen. The good news is that you can be among the elite who enjoy as close to a lag-free experience as one gets in SL on Sundays! And those who have been there have generally had tons of fun. (If you can’t make the whole thing, come for the concert, because Kaklick is the scintillating glitterriffic bomb of goodness.)

For additional information, please contact Samantha Poindexter via in-world IM, or via e-mail. Second Life and Linden Lab are trademarks of Linden Research, Inc. The First Church of Rosedale and St. Torley’s Day are very definitely not affiliated with or sponsored by Linden Research.

About the First Church Of Rosedale:

The First Church of Rosedale (Immersionist) is devoted to the worship of Philip Linden, known in First Life as Philip Rosedale, founder of Linden Lab. It is believed to be the first church devoted to a Second-Life-centric religion. It was founded in Caledon Penzance in late 2007, and held its first services January 6, 2008. It moved to Phasma in early 2009 before getting transported to Rhianna in the Rapture. Services used to be held on occasional Sundays, and may yet return. (Currently, it’s pretty much down to two events a year, the other being the SL Birthday celebration.) Those of all colors, sizes, furs, and historical eras are welcome.

About Four Kittens of the Apocalypse:

Established by two parishioners—mad scripting diva Alchemy Epstein and lovable designer/builder Nakira Tennen—4Kittens features all manner of useful and whimsical items, including the Quicksort fatpack sorter, Rezday Reminder, Flickering Light, Trivia HUD System, and wide varieties of nifty cupcake seats, stepping stones, and other decor… some of which goes “ding.” They are also the holders of the blessed Holy Waffle of Rosedale, a sacred relic officially recognized by the church in all its full-bright glory.

Contact:

In Second Life: Samantha Poindexter
Via e-mail: samantha.poindexter@gmail.com

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