Yes, Caledon - the famous Victorian region with a steampunk flavour - celebrates its fourth birthday today, under the continuing benevolent rule of the Guvnah himself, Mr Desmond Shang.
Caledon Glengarry, of course, is the location of the Primgraph Press, and home of the most notable magazine in the Steamlands.
To appreciate the size of Caledon and its inworld colonies, there is a very useful map at: http://www.cyanotypiste.eu/. This, of course, does not show the new lands of Caledonia in Blue Mars.
Caledonians have received, among other things, a celebratory seal (shown at the top of this article) and a beautiful quilt from LadyDawn Starbrook, which lists the founding dates of all the areas that currently make up Caledon. They are listed in groups of four by date, with the dates listed being either the founding or the opening dates. The designation of during the 1880's was chosen by the quilter.
Various events are planned for the celebrations.
At 12 noon, we shall be launching fireworks from the rooftop of the Press - and everyone is very welcome to come and watch - and maybe even dance.
Caledon Formal Balls
In honour of Caledon's 4th Anniversary, Gabrielle Riel, the Duchess of Carnteigh invites citizens (and friends) of Caledon to a series of Caledon Celebrations & Grand Balls on Friday, February 26, 2010.
UK/Europe Ball - 2 - 3:30pm SLT
Eastern North America Ball - 7 - 8:30pm SLT
Western North America Ball - 10 - 11:30pm SLT
Attire: Formal gowns & suits, formal military uniforms, formal Caledon tartan attire, formal clan or family tartan attire.
There will also be the 4th Anniversary Rose Hunt - starting on Friday 26th November at 6PM SLT.
The Rose Hunt is a traditional part of the annual celebration of Caledon's founding. A limited number of Roses bloom on the February 26th anniversary of the rezzing of the original Caledon sim, and people from all across Caledon hunt for them. The number of Roses available each year is limited and they are highly sought after.
Past Rose Hunts were conducted by Mr. Denver Hax (who is sorely missed). This year it took three people to replace him. The 4th Anniversary Rose was designed and created by Miss Vanessa Hamer. Scripting was provided by Sir ZenMondo Wormser. Miss Elenabeth Portal organized the hunt and hid the Roses.
One 4th Anniversary Rose is hidden on each non-duchy Caledon sim. In other words, there is one rose hidden in each of the following sims:
Caledon Cape Wrath
Caledon On Sea
Caledon Oxbridge Village
Caledon Steam SkyCity
Caledon Victoria City
In addition six "Wild Card" Roses that will be hidden as second roses on six of the sims listed above. This makes a total of 35 Roses, plus four numbered "Artist Proofs" (given to Miss Vanessa Hammer, Sir ZenMondo Wormser, Miss Elenabeth Portal, and Governor Desmond Shang).
Here is a photo of one of the 4th Anniversary Roses next to a scale:
Roses are only hidden on land owned by Caledon (via the "Commonwealth of Caledon" or "Independent State of Caledon" or "Caledon Oxbridge University" groups) and not on private land owned by Caledon Residents.
The Roses are very hardy and may be found in some extreme enviromnents at times, including high mountainous regions and in tunnels and/or caves. However, Roses will NOT be found underwater in the seas and rivers of Caledon. Though Rose may be found "underground", where "underground" is technically "underwater", as is the case with most of Caledon's tunnels and caves.
Please search using only your eyes and the normal functions of the Linden Lab SL client. Though I've taken precautions to mitigate against the usefulness of scripted scanners, third-party clients, estate manager tools, etc., I realize that somewhere, someone will be able to get around them. All I can do is as that you don't.
To claim a Rose that you have found, click on the Rose--it will give you a Rose named something like "Caledon Region Name Rose (XX of XX)", and then the Rose on the ground will disapear. If you don't want to take the Rose, DON'T CLICK IT. (I mention this because I know some hunters choose to take pictures and leave the Roses for others.)
Roses will bloom promptly at 6PM SLT on Friday February 26th.
The Hunt will end when all Roses have been found. Last year, it took two weeks for the final one to be stumbled upon. The organisers expect that most of the Roses will have been found by the end of Sunday, though. But Miss Portal has done her best to be devious, so it may take longer!