The Winner of the Alurel in Autumn Seasonal Photo competition was Emmaline Pizzaro with her self portrait entitled Autumn Flight submitted in the Amateur portrait category.
The runners up in professional were all by Butterfly Laa who received the most votes in all three categories. None of the pictures were titled.


Landscape:

Life:
Portrait:
The runners up in professional were Emmaline Pizzaro in landscape with her photo entitled Autumn Lights
and Cali Ciaco in life with her image entitled The Dance Watcher
Congratulations to all the winners! You can see Autumn Flight on display in world on the Story Pavilion in Alurel
Visit the Story Pavilion in world


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The submissions are in and sorted and posted. It looks like a lot of hard work went into these pictures as all of them are wonderful. Please stop by the Performance Pavillion and vote for your favorate in each catigory.

To vote for a picture you simply need to click it so be careful not to click the wrong one.

as a reminder the catoigories are:

Landscape: This shows the land and houses of Alurel.

Life: This shows the goings on of Alurel, more journalistic in nature it is not a posed portrait shot.

Portrait: a picture of one or more people deliberatly set up to capture there image and a little something about them.

Contestent either entered as professional or amateur so remember to vote for both a professional and amatuer in each catigory!


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There are 27 pumpkins scattered about the sim, most will be in plain or nearly plain sight. (Hope you don't mind getting a little wet!) But there are Ten that we took extra care in hiding, these may be smaller than the others so look clostly. We have given you a nudge in the right Direction with the poem below, read through it and when you are walking about to find the others if you see a place that looks like what the hint is refering to take a little extra time there.

Please do note that the houses are privately owned and so you will find no pumpkins hidden in the houses just around them. Also there will be nothing above the cloud line.

Congradulations Blog readers! You get Bonus Hints at the end of this post!


The Stolen Child by W.B. Yeats




1 Where dips the ROCKY highland

Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,

2 There lies a leafy ISLAND

Where flapping herons wake

The drowsy water rats;


3 There we've hid our FAERY vats,

Full of berrys

And of reddest stolen cherries.

Come away, O human child!

To the waters and the wild

With a faery, hand in hand,

For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

4 Where the wave of moonlight glosses

The dim gray SANDS with light,

Far off by furthest Rosses



5 We foot it all the night,

Weaving olden DANCES

Mingling hands and mingling glances



6 Till the MOON has taken flight;

To and fro we leap

And chase the frothy bubbles,

While the world is full of troubles

And anxious in its sleep.

Come away, O human child!

To the waters and the wild

With a faery, hand in hand,

For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.



7 Where the wandering WATER GUSHES

FROM THE HILLS above Glen-Car,

In pools among the rushes

That scarce could bathe a star,



8 We seek for SLUMBERING TROUT

And whispering in their ears

Give them unquiet dreams;

Leaning softly out



9 From ferns that DROP THEIR TEARS

OVER THE YOUNG STREAMS

Come away, O human child!

To the waters and the wild

With a faery, hand in hand,

For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.



Away with us he's going,

The solemn-eyed:

He'll hear no more the lowing



10 Of the calves on the warm HILLSIDE

Or the kettle on the hob

Sing peace into his breast,

Or see the brown mice bob

Round and round the oatmeal chest.

For he comes, the human child,

To the waters and the wild

With a faery, hand in hand,

For the world's more full of weeping than he can understand.

 
 
 
BONUS HINTS:
 
1 Dragons will hide their treasure in a cave.
 
2 Fairies and many fantasy creatures can Fly.


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Its almost time! Our hunt and Festival start tomorrow! We are so excited, at least I am. Here is our third and final hunt item preview so you know some of what you may find in this hunt. So come by tomorrow from some great music and a costume party and keep an eye out for these pretty little pumpkins!

A lovely floral seat for you.
The poem The Stolen Child by W.B. Yeats is a bit of a theme for Alurel. So as a gift from The Waters and The Wild you have two Tattoos in both brighter and darker tones in a fall theme.
And what magical wood or cave would be complete without a hidden waterfall?

Happy Hunting!


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The start Date of the festival is getting ever closer and we still have much to do! Please remember that the final due date to submit your photos for the competion is the 24th of October, then Voting will begin and I can not wait to have all the great photos on display!

Rules Post


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What is a competitive hunt? Most of us have been through a standard treasure hunt. SL is full of them. They generally last a week or two during with lots of people come to find all the items.

Now forget all of that.

This hunt will last for one hour only.
Yes there will be many of you hunting the sim over, just like the usual type of hunt.
No, most of you will not find what you are hunting for.

Why?

Simple, there are only four prizes. Three silver pumpkins and one golden pumpkin.
Ok so what's stopping a whole bunch of you from finding all four?
They're all NO COPY!!!

Inside the three silver pumpkins are three no copy items, one each, from three different "master" merchants, as I call them. These are people who are incredibly gifted at sculpting, the making of textures and possibly scripting. They came at no small expense.

The Items are:

Silverfall Dragon Shoulder pet from the Order of Avalon

Emergence - a sculpture by Pumpkin Tripsa

The Lover's Tree - Cuddles Only version by DIGS

(These posters will be set up between the Drum Circle and Performance Pavilion in a scale large enough to be easily read along with examples of what the pumpkins look like)

Now, what is in the GOLDEN pumpkin?!

A scroll case.


OMG!!!!

REALLY?!

wow. a scroll case. oooo. *yawn*

Ok I know it doesn't sound exciting does it. So I looked on the market place and found a freebie scroll case that was full perm. I made it no copy, tossed it to a friend who tossed it back and now I have a no copy, freebie scroll case, yay!

Yeah I know. Sounds bad right? So why would I spend so much money on items for those silver pumpkins and put a freebie, now no copy scroll case inside the golden pumpkin?
It's what's inside the scroll case that you want.
Ok, so you get the scroll case out of the pumpkin. But you can't rez in this sim right?

                WEAR IT YOU NUT!

That's right, wear it (maybe have to turn off your ao). Then left click it.

                 I SAID LEFT CLICK NOT EDIT!!

Now you have a window with a number 1 in it.
1 what?
Well click the 1 and find out?!

It's a deed. Yes as in a deed of land. By finding the golden pumpkin, wearing the scrollcase, left clicking it, clicking that number 1 and receiving the notecard deed it contains, you have now won a deed of land in Alurel.

What you may not realize is that Alurel is a Fantasy themed residential sim. That deed you are now holding entitles you to a parcel of land size 2048 sq m or smaller anywhere you choose in the sim for one month free of tier.

YES I SAID FREE OF TIER.

As in you may live here on this sim for one month for free. (Be sure to read the deed!)

As such, if you already have a home somewhere in sl that you are perfectly happy with and have no intention of ever leaving then if you find that golden pumpkin, just walk on by and let someone else find it. After all, if you are happy where you are and aren't going to use it, why not let someone else have the fun of finding it?

TO CURRENT ALUREL RESIDENTS: THE GOLDEN PUMPKIN IS OFF LIMITS TO YOU!

Alurel residents may hunt for the silver pumpkins, but if you see the golden one, just walk on by and call no attention to it. If i suspect cheating (and I WILL be watching the minimap for people suddenly being teleported to pumpkin locations) then there WILL be consequences.

There is no flying during this hunt! Flight will be turned off! Yes I know it's easy to override. But since I am not hunting, I WILL BE FLYING AND MONITORING THE SKIES TO BE SURE NO ONE IS CHEATING.

It's a game, people, and we're all adults!
Have fun!
You Phoenix viewer people, the pumpkins are not named pumpkin, area search won't work.
You'll never guess WHAT I named them he he he :P~~~

As each pumpkin is found, IM Aianna Oh (that would be me), so that I can call you all back in once they've all been found!

Good luck and Happy Hunting!!

Love and Light,
Aianna Oh


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Marta Huntress of SWEET DREAMS



Welcome to our forest! Love Light and Blessings to you!


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We are now bringing you the second sneak peek into what you might find in the hunt pumpkins that will be growing around our lovely forest starting on October 24th. Interested in more? Check out the first hunt Item preview, or take a look at who will be performing for the festival, you can find the full schedual here too.

Looking for a quiet home? This one might do the trick and and would be a great place to hang a rope swing.
Walking through the forest is just not the same with out the fall leaves being kicked up as you go. This little attachment should do the trick, wear it and walk.
A thing of beauty, you can bring a little of the magic of Alurel right into your home with this little lily.
Rotating Doll Keys, both large and small with a handcarved seasonal look.

Happy Hunting!


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While you can read through our Schedule to see who is performing for our weeklong festival that seems a little clunky and perhaps unnecessarily time consuming. So I am adding this post as well it is a listing of all of the performers in Alphabetical order by first name with their picture, a brief summary of what they do and a link to their full bio and position in the schedule. That way when you find a performer who looks interesting you can find when they will be performing very simply. I hope this is helpful.


Aianna Oh Also here
 Aianna has been telling stories since childhood. All origanal work some old and some spontanious


 A.M.Forte is a singer/songwriter, with Punk/Rock/Pop flairs, this artist has influences that include, U2, Nirvana, RadioHead, Alanis Morrissette, Coldplay, MCR, AAR, The Cranberries, Our Lady Peace and Elliott Smith.

Beth Odets

her Solo Performances in SL Feature Both Violin/Fiddle AND Guitar/Vocals. She plays/sings Originals and Covers - an eclectic mix that ranges from *Blues to Bluegrass* and from *Mozart to metallica*.

Caoilte Skytower Also here

Caoilte Skytower (pronounced "Queel-chah") is Irish, Scottish, English and American Folk/Rock, all tied together with his incredible voice and skills on guitar!


She plays all your old favorites from America, Eagles, Carol King, Carly Simon, Van Morrison....etc, etc. She knows 2001 tunes, and if she can't do the song you request, she is sure to be able to substitute one you won't be disappointed in.


A founding member of a Rockgrass band called Hayseed-Dixie. He has been onstage with legends such as Keith Urban, Patty Griffin, Kim Richey, Steve Earle, Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry, Brooks and Dunn, and many others!
 

Craig Lyons is a distinct and passionate singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist in Los Angeles, CA. Recently hailed by the LA Times, Billboard, Brand X, Chicago Tribune, and others as “... an introspective independent artist leading the charge in this interactive environment”, Craig is committed to evolving the current music business model.


Dee's been playing solo in secondlife for a while now, covering a broad variety of music acoustically, tackling some rather complex arrangments like Classical Gas. Material covered includes Beatles, ELP, Radiohead, Fuel, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, SRV. I do have originals but have not yet worked them in.

Digby Smalls


Digby Smalls was born with a guitar in hand...only way to explain that talent of his. He can rock the house down, make you fall in love or sing you to into sweet dreams. Don't miss this incredible talent!

DirtyDee Sweetwater


He's looking forward to playing some good ole accoustic songs (truely unplugged) for some of the people of Secondlife. He plays his own original music, classic rock.
Rock - Party Music - Metal - 1 Hit Wonders Oldies - Pop - Hiphop  80's - 90's - Grundge


 A pianist and songwriter, Heath gained some influences from some great performers, notably Jim Brickman, Yanni, David Lanz, Billy Joel, Marc Cohen, and Bruce Hornsby. Though some of Heath's playing style could be attributed to these influences, his style is a combination of New Age and Contemporary musical genres that stands on its own.


IAN's performance includes music from both the Jazz and Big Band genres, with much of his repertoire originally published throughout the 1920's, 30's and 40's.
"If you love an authentic vintage sound, a timeless melody, and amazing humor, then this show is for you!"


A British actor and director who also enjoys live reading poetry and stories, scenes from plays and improvised theatre.


With Kat you can count on a vast and genre-blending delivery.


A UK based acoustic singer/songwiter with over 30 years of experience. His writing covers many genres and though he prefers to play from his catalog of over 80 original songs, he'll also cover many songs from the 50's to the present day.


An empowering singer song writer; bringing her straight from the heart originals to you, with a style that has been described as stunning and very much her own. Lexie is an experience not to be missed.

Maximillion Kleene

 Max brings high energy and a vast repertoire of quirky, classic, and current covers to Second Life.


Musical Theatre, singer/songwriter & all-around rock star Mercury Madzuko has spent most of his life singing center stage. Influenced by artists as varied as Jethro Tull, Bowie and The Cure he is bringing his latest comedic taste & honest voiced acoustic Alternative music to Alurel!

 award-winning Folk singer and songwriter who enjoys finding and performing the nearly forgotten songs to perserve the culture and lyrical excelence.
 

A versatile musician with a love of the blues. Rich vocals with soul....Bass that grooves.....


Acoustic jams, electric jams, rockin' full production jams - but you wont hear vocals because his music speaks volumes on its own!



Orangelife plays acoustic guitar and sings covers and originals, of a folk, pop/rock genre, with Staind, Lynrd Skynyrd, Neil Young, Metallica and many more influencing his music and vocals.


 Alt Rock, singer, song writer with a passon for the music she makes and performs


Poet, singer, storyteller, a runereader, and a mystic-in-training, with influences ranging from deep mythology and folklore, to high literature and zoology, to Looney Tunes and Muppets.


A lovely British musician who will captivate you from the very first note with her strong, powerful, yet emotional voice. She delivers awesome and moving acoustic covers.


Shannon is a singer/songwriter/ guitar player inspired by the music of John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins and Bob Dylan, Shannon found her musical roots in contemporary folk.

Starrfish Ohmai

With a stellar presence, her voice sultry and smooth, Starrfish Ohmai is pure sweetness with a touch of fun. With several live performances a week, her fan base continues to swell as her cheerful, dreamy, musical landscape serves as a nice break from the monotony of the real world.

Tamra Sands

Chosen as one of the 'Top Ten to watch in 2010' by CDbaby soon after releasing her new CD, "I Believe In The Fire" she has also had starring roles on Broadway.


Electric Violinist, solo-artist, musical director, composer and arranger, whose music covers all styles and influencesfrom Classical, Swing, Jazz, New Age, R&B, Celtic, Bluegrass, and World Folk.
 

Yilix Nyn has been playing characters for a few years now in different RP settings. A fan of Sherlock Holmes and a reader he enjoys the characters presented in Doyle’s stories. He has agreed to try his hand at the role of at Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes' famous companion.



 Zachh sings songs in a mashup style of pop, classical, soul, jazz and new age. Schooled in classical piano, he later learned to play more by ear, sing in a more soulful manner, and trust his musical "gut."


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