Sunday was the last official day of Fantasy Faire this year. It feels surreal, it feels too soon. Surely we opened just yesterday?
The very last events rolled in early: the Region Tour to Blackmoor, Lady Garden Cabaret in Sapphire Mirror Lake, ColeMarie Soleil’s music and particle performance in Lucentia and the conclusion of Sanctuary’s roleplay in Dangarnon.
There was also a not-so-shocking Jail & Bail in Bright Haven as Clover Dezno and Druscilla Ferraris were thrown behind bars. These two tinies simply cannot stay out of trouble and every Faire the Long Paw of Law catches them sooner or later, which is inevitably followed by a not-so-tiny riot of tinies, always sooner than later.
The protests against the Pawlice Abuse rose to levels never witnessed before and with no intervention from Her High Faireness this time, the most magical of miracles happened! The innocent victims were freed and the Pawlice found themselves locked up instead!
This day will surely go down in Faire history. Mostly because I’m the one scribbling the said history, a Faire-day by Faire-day, and this day marks a great triumph in the struggle against the waffle-addicted tyranny of the Pawlice! …although one might also note that the moment they were locked up, there was about ten cunning plots for hijinks and shenanigans conceived within the audience. Perhaps… just perhaps we need the Pawlice after all. The bail money
to free the accused, to keep them locked in, to lock up the Pawlice, to free the Pawlice to turn laughter into medicine reached 106,000 lindens in the RFL kiosks.
The jail and bail pawtay was followed by our traditional Live Auction. Every year we auction off pieces of the Fairelands so that people can bring a piece of magic home with them. In addition to the high bid items we also had Faire-souvenirs for sale so that everyone could take at least some mementos home. This year we had the banners from the website by Alia Baroque and a wonderful gacha of dwagis, decorated by several of our world builders.
The Live Auction was hosted by Her High Faireness Elizabeth Tinsley, whose voice kept the audience caught in that rare mix of emotions where you feel you could cry, but cannot stop smiling. The whole auction brought to mind very strongly why we bring the Fairelands back every year, why we Relay.
The highest selling item that turned into a heart-stopping bid war was the Last Hope statue from Dangarnon. Both Searlait Nitschke and Gwen Enchanted had decided they had to have this beautiful harp-playing sculpture. In the end and after a discussion with DRD’s team, a compromise was made: both Searlait and Gwen paid 205,000 lindens and both of them received the statue, and all the Dangarnon extras the DRD team added to it. This is the first of its kind solution in the Faire history and it made the whole audience both stunned and weepy, for everyone knows that purchasing Last Hope for RFL is in fact giving that Hope for many.
Altogether the Live Auction had about twenty items up for bid, including for example the whole region of Breeze, all the Coolbuses, fancy hedgehogs from Echtra, the crystal from Lucentia, memorials from Blackmoor and Serenity, forests from Twilight Illusion and Lucentia, OtherWorld geology pack, special FF-marked Egyptian statues from The Golden Delta and even the Dark Tower from Dangarnon! Together with the souvenir-banner and gacha sales the Live Auction brought over one million lindens for Relay For Life.
The final wrap-up of the Faire was of course the May Day Masked Ball, taking place in Sapphire Mirror Lake right after the Live Auction. The party was DJed by Gabrielle Riel of Radio Riel, our media partner who makes Fantasy Faire Radio possible.
The King, Queen and the Chancellor of Fantasy Faire were revealed during the party, the Faire Folk’s votes favoring The Last Unicorn as the Chancellor, October Daye as the queen and The Goblin King as the king of the Faire!
The party kept going well past the official hours to the point when even the most determined Fairelander had to succumb to sleep, to continue the Faireland exploration in their dreams.
By early morning hours of Monday Fantasy Faire has relayed L$ 7,375,719 lindens, which translates to $ 29,503 US dollars! This is a stunning achievement and it leaves all of us speechless in gratitude. Well done, Faire Folk. Magnificently well done.
Although the Faire is now officially closed, the Fairelands are still open! There are no more events and the higher powers known as the Linden Lab can and may make the Fairelands fade into the mists whenever they wish, but we have been given the understanding that all their mist-fader-machines are reserved until Wednesday, giving us a couple of extra days to wander around the Fairelands, explore, shop and even finish the Quest! Yes, the quest stays open and playable as long as the Fairelands exist. Speaking of, if you have finished it, please give us feedback on it!
Come join us in the last few days of the Fairelands this year! Who knows, there might be more bus rides happening…
The Fantasy Faire 2016 is made possible by the generous support of our Sim and Event Sponsors: .Arcadia., Building Daydreams, Cerridwen’s Cauldron, Curious Kitties, Dark Unicorns of Lovelace, Death Row Designs, Empyrean Forge, Epic Toy Factory, Fallen Gods Inc., KittyCatS!, The Looking Glass, The Lost Unicorn Gallery, meadowWorks, Merchants of Dreams, The NeoVictoria Project, OtherSkin, Roawenwood, Safe Waters Foundation, Sanctuary RP Community, Solarium, Storybook, The White Armory and Yasum Design.