Grand Tour of the Steamlands for Relay for Life

5/14/10  at 8:58 PM
Well, the weekend is hotting up now ... and the second major event will be starting shortly!

The Steamlands are hosting one of their wonderful Grand Tours - a weekend of parties and other celebrations, ranging from Formal Balls to picnics for tinies.

Saturday, May 15th
6:00am - 9:00 -Sunrise Ball and Art Exhibit -
Host: Rose Springvale (1.5 hours, played by Soliel Snook)

After the Ball, we repaired to the steps of the new Art Gallery to hear a live concert by the French guitarist JeanChristophe Chevalier, before exploring the art exhibition of works by Miss Callipygian Christensen.

9:00 - 12:00 - Caledon Mayfair En Gade tournament and garden party -
Host: Lucien Brentano
The Engarde track was rather exciting - set up on the extreme edge of a skygarden. It was to be hoped that none of the competitors suffered from vertigo - otherwise they might have found themselves sadly put off their stroke!

12:00pm - 1:30pm - The Green-Eyed Fairy, New Toulouse sim -
Host: Francesca Alva (1.5 hours, played by Soliel Snook)
A range of great cool jazz music - and a special tribute to the incomparable Lena Horne, who died recently.

1:30pm - 3:00pm - Honfleur Treasure Hunt
This was an exciting opportunity to explore Kaye Robbiani’s new French–themed sim – and to win some prizes too!

3:00pm - 4:30pm - Giverny, Giverny sim -
Host: Soliel Snook (1.5 hours, played by Soliel Snook)
From Honfleur we moved to the neighbouring (although not adjacent) sim of Giverny … and Soliel Snook hosted with a rich variety of French cjhanosons and other music.

4:30pm - 6:00pm - Winterfell Embassy Grand Opening and RFL Benefit Ball, Winterfell sim -
Host: Serra Anansi (1.5 hours, played by Gabrielle Riel)
This was an unusual event as this time the Winterfell event was held in Caledon. It was the celebration for a new Winterfell Embassy - and was a delightful event, hosted by the Senschelf herself - Miss Serra Anansi - with music supplied by Radio Riel.

6pm - 9pm - 2nd Annual Robber Baron's Ball - New Babbage :

Calling all Builders !!!
The Robber Baron Safe Build Contest
We are searching for the perfect, strongest, working ROBBER BARON SAFE
Have it tick and tock , have it explode, have it be fire proof, let the ravens fly out of it!
Show us what you've got !
Have fun with It!!
Just Make It Rock !!
30 prim limit
1st place - $1500L
2nd place - $1000L
3rd place - $500L
New Babbage needs a safe Safe !!

Music By The Ever Amazing Mr DJ Bats

Sponsored By
House of RFyre
BlakOpal Designs
The Curious Seamstress

Robber Barons are still at large ...even today !!
Robber baron (industrialist) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...
Robber baron is a term revived in the 19th century United States for businessmen and bankers who dominated respective industries and amassed huge personal fortunes, typically by anti-competitive or unfair business practices. The term may now relate to any businessman or banker who used questionable business practices to become powerful or wealthy.
The term derives from the medieval German lords who illegally charged exorbitant tolls on ships traversing the Rhine (see robber baron). There is dispute over the term's origin and use. It was popularized by U.S. political and economic commentator Matthew Josephson during The Great Depression in a book in 1934. He attributed it to an 1880 anti-monopoly pamphlet in which Kansas farmers applied the term to railroad magnates. The term "Robber 'Boomer' Baron" was used to describe the greed of financial 'robbers' during the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009.[citation needed]
Appearing in literature during the late 19th century, the Robber Baron thesis was popular until the 1940s. Matthew Josephson's The Robber Barons gave the term its most enduring expression. The theme was popular during the Great Depression amid public scorn for big business.

By the end of the Depression, other historians, notably Allan Nevins, began advocating the "Industrial Statesman" thesis. Nevins, in John D. Rockefeller: The Heroic Age of American Enterprise (2 vols., 1940), took on Josephson. He argued that while Rockefeller may have engaged in unethical and illegal business practices, this should not overshadow his bringing order to industrial chaos of the day. Gilded Age capitalists, according to Nevins, sought to impose order and stability on competitive business. Their work made the United States the foremost economy by the 20th century.

The debate was sidestepped by Alfred D. Chandler in The Visible Hand (1977). Chandler contended that industrializing America was a historical process and not a play of good versus evil.

As he later expressed, "What could be less likely to produce useful generalizations than a debate over vaguely defined moral issues based on unexamined ideological assumptions and presuppositions?"

The highlight of the ball was, for many, the arrest of the Clockwinder, Mr Mosseveno Tenk, the Mayor of New Babbage. He was arrested by the Maceholder, Mr Aeolus Cleanslate, and held in a cage until the loyal citizens of New Babbage could free him. And they succeeded admirably! 40,ooo Lindens were swiftly raised to purchase his freedom. As Breezy Carver, Hostess of the event, said: “The Robber Barons came through!”

9pm - Midnight: Steeltopia - Secret Agent Event -
Host: Steelcobra Calamari
Formal wear requested, tux, suits, ties, dresses anything spy.
Pneumatic Revolution Lounge in Steeltopia
And a wonderful end to the first day of the Grand Tour, with an impressive gathering of spies in Steeltopia!


Sunday, May 16
9am - 12:00: Antiquity - Dancing in the Gardens, Horseshoes, and a Horse Race around the Capitol Building
This was a beautifully staged event, with pretty pavilions in the Texas part of Antiquity - and wonderful Spanish music!

12:00 - 3:30pm: Caledon Kittiwickshire - Tiny Beach Ball
Tinies - having a beach party. Not only dancing, and food - but free bathing costimes, little ships (with cannons), whack-a-mole games - all beautifully presented by Martini Discovalante ... with a wonderful hamster ball supplied by Nix Sands!

4pm - 6pm: Seraph City - Grand Opening of The Carrington
Host: Breezy Carver
Seraph City is a very new addition to the Steamlands and, strictly speaking, is more Dieselpunk than Steampunk. But the Steamlanders have definitely taken it to their hearts - as the opening of Breezy Carver's sumptuous new complex, The Carrington, clearly showed! And with Gabrielle Riel at the piano (actually, she was djing!), what could be finer?

6pm - 9pm: Steelhead
Host - Fuzzball Ortega
And the final event saw Steelhead (or at least its lovely park) converted to a beautiful fairy tale landscape where the denizens of myths, legends and Marchen could dance and celebrate at their will!

9:30pm - Collapse with feet in a tub of epsom salts and a cup of hot tea in hand!

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