Marching into #SecondLife – It’s a Tie !

Please join us for an in depth look at a critical component of a gentleman’s social attire, namely his cravat.  At the turn of the 20th century, a man was judged in some degree by the quality of his neckwear.  Whether they were men aspiring to be regarded as a ‘gentleman’, or men who already had achieved that sobriquet, a man’s neckwear helped define his social status.

This intimate look at a gentleman’s neckwear is lensed through the pages of a marketing piece created for the Keiser Stock Company in New York City, and features a remarkably thorough examination of a how to purchase, care for, select, and tie a cravat for any social event or time of day.

In addition to being a superb look back, it is also a wonderful example of an early ‘white paper’.

The Edwardian Cravat runs from March 1st-March 31st in the Professional Virtua Designers Society located in the 21 C Interactive region in Second Life®. An exhibit catalog with annotations is available in Second Life as well.


Find the Lucky Clover to Win!
Twenty Prizes in all.
Ten for horses, Ten for humans.

Begin at the Carriage Trade Welcome Area and look for this sign to get all the information to get you off to a great start.

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March Events Shaping Up in #SecondLife

Carriage Trade co-owner and CT Equerry, Shenlei Flasheart, has been busy, busy, busy, putting together a whole slew of events for March.

Kicking off the month on March 5th, our first ever SL Fox Hunt. That’s right.. we’re going a hunting.

Fox hunting originated in its current form in the United Kingdom in the 16th century, but is practiced all over the world, including in Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Russia, and the United States. In America, fox hunting is also called ‘fox chasing,’ as the purpose is not to actually kill the animal but to enjoy the thrill of the chase.

Fox hunting at Carriage Trade will be a ‘catch and release’ sport, as our foxes are released after being bagged by a hunter.  Hunters are provided with hunting horns that contain nets to bag the foxes and an invisible score keeper to track tramples.

The fox does its best to avoid capture and trampling, and may have special little hiding fox holes in which to lurk for a bit to throw off the scent.  When hunters are close enough, they touch their horn to attempt to capture the fox.  Hunters must avoid trampling the fox, as this causes them to lose points.

When a fox is captured, it becomes entangled in a large capture bag, and is taken back to the starting point of the hunt at Saratoga Suites.  The fox is released, and a second fox is then pursued.   This cycle repeats for the one hour space of the hunt; at the end of which, the rider and horse hunting team with the most foxes and (in the event of a tie) the fewest tramples wins a silver hunt cup.

Join the Carriage Trade Hunt on Saturday, March 5th for an hour chasing that wiliest of foes, the Second Life® Red Fox.  An ample hunt breakfast at 12:30 pm SLT precedes every hunt, with stirrup cups for all.  Saddling and horse selections begin at 12:45 PM SLT in preparation for the horses riding out promptly at 1 pm SLT!

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Ode Butterfly Hunts – a #Secondlife Tradition

– written by Shenlei Flasheart

The Ode Butterfly Hunts are a Second Life® tradition that draw from an old Victorian event common to the landed gentry and carriage trade.

image of a monarch butterflyIn Victorian England, parties of the upper class would gather at large lawn parties and picnics, and with butterfly nets in hand, go forth to denude the countryside of as many butterflies as they could capture.  This was a popular pastime, as maidens and their gentlemen callers could escape from their chaperons for the time they were pursuing the gaudily winged insects, and perhaps even to (gasp!) steal a kiss or engage in some discreet hand holding.

The Ode butterflies, similar to the Victorian-era butterflies, are also destroyed in the process of hunting them, but unlike the physical world butterflies, the Ode butterflies regenerate every month in the same numbers as before!  Also quite unlike the Victorian-era butterflies, Ode butterflies carry pieces of Random Calliope’s Ode jewelry within their bodies.  Not all Ode butterflies are laden with jewelry, however, and there’s where the fun starts.

At an Ode butterfly hunt, the estate is closed to traffic for 45 minutes prior to a hunt.  Thousands of butterflies are released by a specially trained butterfly wrangler into the estate.  Once they are released and flying freely through the estate,  the estate is opened to butterfly hunters, and the hunt begins!

Hunters seek the Ode butterflies, and left click on the butterflies when they find them.  It’s harder than expected as the butterflies randomly zig and zag as butterflies will.  A butterfly containing Ode jewelry  will release its precious cargo before vanishing.  Butterflies that do not contain jewelry will simply vanish leaving no trace behind.

Butterflies with Ode will deposit the jewelry into the hunter’s inventory automatically, where they can later locate it.  Ode jewelry comes in ~ 27 different sets, each set containing 9 or so pieces, all of which are presented randomly to hunters.  Pieces can be traded with other Ode hunters to create full sets.

Ode hunts are offered at Carriage Trade on the 4th Friday of every month, at 3 pm SLT.  The estate will close to all traffic at 2:15 pm SLT and promptly reopen at 3.

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