Showing posts from January, 2011

The 5th Annual Imbolc Ball

On behalf of myself and the Ladies Bauerhoff (Abigail and Amber Raymaker-Palowakski) I cordially invite you to the 5th Annual Imbolc Ball at the Pavilion in New Toulouse Algiers ( on Sunday, January 30 from 11:00am - 12:30pm SLT. I will provide the music on Radio Riel's Main stream ( as well as simulcasting the event on Radio Riel New Toulouse and Radio Riel Reverie.

Imbolc (also known as Saint Brigid's Day) is an Irish celebration/festival of light on February 1 that reflects the lengthening days and the approach of Spring. Some celebrants light all the lamps in the house or candles to celebrate the day.

This is the 5th time that Amber and I have collaborated on this event since 2007 and it is a part of New Toulouse's La Fête des Lumières 2011.

La Fête des Lumières

Ladies and Gentleman of the Steamlands

The Residents of New Toulouse invite you to join us for our Festival of Lights, which runs from Sunday, January 30 to Saturday, February 5, 2011

Festival Events:

Sunday, January 30 - The 5th Annual Imbolc Ball - 11:00am - 12:30pm SLT - New Toulouse Algiers

Monday, January 31 - World Music at Madhu's - 6:00pm - 8:30pm SLT - New Toulouse Algiers

Wednesday, February 2 - An Alternative - 7:00pm - 9:00pm SLT - New Toulouse Bourbon

Thursday, February 3 - Generation X with Gabrielle - 5:30pm - 7:00pm - New Toulouse Bourbon

Friday, February 4 - Bonfire Dance - 1:00pm - 2:30pm SLT - New Toulouse Algiers

Saturday, February 5 - Venetian Night - Open Boating All Day - All New Toulouse Sims

Group Boating: 2:00pm - 3:00pm SLT and 7:00pm - 8:00pm SLT - All New Toulouse Sims

The Inaugural Macaroon Ball Venetian Masquerade - 8:00pm - 10:00pm SLT - New Toulouse Bourbon

Details on each of these events are forthcoming.

No More Gigs for Gabi

Some people already know this, but as of January 1, I stopped playing DJ gigs for clients. This means that I am no longer a "DJ for Hire". Before you pass out from shock, let me explain that I will still be playing events! However, everything I play from now on will either be a Radio Riel program or event, something for which I have volunteered for charity, or something that I play of my own volition, purely for fun. Off the top of my head I can think of 6 events that I will play every month, and that does not include special events for holidays etc.

There actually is one "paid gig" that I am keeping, and that is the monthly Peckerwood Pool Party. I just can't give that up! But otherwise, no more Gabi-for-hire. I played events for people for 4 years. Sometimes 2 or 3 events a day. I'm just plain burned out! Plus, I am spending more of of my time working for Radio Riel in the actual world. That's where I need to focus my energies.

New Toulouse Receives "Most Romantic Place in the Steamlands" Nomination

I was pleased and proud to learn that New Toulouse was nominated for The Primgraph's "Most Romantic Place in the Steamlands" feature! A friend alerted me to it, as I had no idea we were even nominated!

The "Most Romantic Place in the Steamlands" is being determined by vote, so... friends and fans of New Toulouse, please show us your support and vote for us!

The New Taloosters and I thank you most gratefully!

~ Miz Gabi

New Program! "Revelry on Reverie"

This Saturday, January 15, 2011, Radio Riel launches a new monthly program on Radio Riel Reverie called "Revelry on Reverie", a live set of music presented by me on the third Saturday of every month from 11:00am - 12:30pm North American Pacific Time.

You will hear the unique mix of music that you always hear on Radio Riel Reverie, such as Early Music, New Age and Electronica, as well as some extra musical treats from me to you!

For those of you that are in Second Life, you can join us, in Avatar form, at the Winterfell Anodyne Music Garden. (

If you are not in Second Life, or if you are unable to join us, you can tune in by opening a media player, such as iTunes, Windows Media Player or WinAmp. Find its "Open Stream" or "Open URL" command and enter: .

Sticking Up For The "Snobs"

My last Blog post was about The 5th Annual Snowflake Ball, in which I went into a lot of detail about the history and logistics of the Formal Ball. But...I did not really talk about the emotions that I felt last Friday night, and the emotions that I feel in general about some components of light Victorian role play in the Second Life Steamlands.

I want to explain how last Friday night felt to me on an emotional level. It was deeply, deeply moving. As I mentioned to a friend earlier this week, I feel like The Snowflake Ball was an actual world snow globe. I stepped into it, and then it shook and shook and shook, rather like Denver Hax's Wild Cavorite Ride from last autumn's Caledon Harvest Festival. And then it stilled and I watched all of the snowflakes drift down and fall into new places. My head and heart felt clear and good. Sometimes you find change in your life happening gradually, but at other times it feels like a giant gear suddenly turns and then...CLUNK. You are in a…

Thoughts on the Snowflake Ball

Note: I decided to write this blog post after I realized I was practically writing a novel on a Plurk thread about last night's Snowflake Ball. :-) I have moved some of that content to this post.

Last night was my cousin Eva's 5th Annual Snowflake Ball. 5 events over 4 years. I still can't believe it. It does not seem possible, it really doesn't. I remember the first one in 2007 so clearly and for those of us that were there...I think we all feel like we've grown up and lived several Second Lives since that time. I've been very pensive since last night, as the event stirred a lot of feelings, emotions, memories and thoughts for me.

First of all, I am so thrilled that the attending guests (most of them) had a really lovely time. There were a lot of Oldbies there, but also newer residents who have never attended a Formal Ball until last night. I saw, and have spoken to, so many people that reveled in the Ball. Hearing that, knowing that means everything to both E…