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Meet Our Sponsors: meadowWorks

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Garvie Garzo, creator and owner of meadowWorks. Picture by Alisaundra Andel.

Garvie Garzo, the creator and owner of meadowWorks, has also had a hand in one of the Fairelands: the fantastic Egyptian statues and sculptures within The Golden Delta are made by her. She shares with us her reasons to sponsor, her love for the Faire and her creative process within Second Life.

This is your first year sponsoring Fantasy Faire. What made you decide to become a sponsor?

I guess the desire to be as supportive of the Faire as I could possibly manage. To me it IS the big event of each and every SL year, so I wanted to contribute as much as I could.

How did you begin building in Second Life? What inspires you to create?

I started out by making an interactive museum exhibit, which was a blast. Creation for me is kind of like a set of puzzles that I make for myself to solve. Most of the puzzle parts are technical things with geometry and textures. Is this possible, how would I do this? But some of the puzzle are aesthetic questions – what else could I do with this, is there something I could say to change its message? The inspiration part is easiest, I just like trying to make amazing things, and so many things are amazing when you really look at them.

What are you bringing to the Faire this year? 

Current amazements are ancient Egyptian artifacts and art.

The fantastic statues all over The Golden Delta are by Garvie Garzo, including the Guardians of the Delta, Standing Anubis, Isis, Stone Lion Arks, Horus Falcon Monument Ark, Bast in both forms, the canopic jars. Some of these, including the Stone Lion Arks, the Horus Falcon Monument Arks and the canopic jars are available in the meadowWorks store in The Golden Delta. There is also a special Isis Goddess of Magic & Arts sculpture available in the Silent Auction in Fairelands Junction.

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Picture by Alisaundra Andel.

What calls you to fantasy? When was the first time you encountered the genre and realized you enjoyed it?

Hmmm, this is always hard for me to answer, because I am never all that clear on the boundaries of any genre. I think I like fantasy in SL so much precisely because it does not have clear boundaries. It’s so easy to change the nature of objects by changing spatial relationships or colors or re-purposing things. A perfectly normal everyday object becomes fantastic based on the situation you place it in, and really it’s just so much fun to experiment.

Do you have a favourite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to most this year?

Just a single favorite memory, no. Each and every year I land in the Junction there is just this rush of excitement and gratitude. It always meets and surpasses my expectations. This year as every year, I am most looking forward to my first view of it all popping into place, followed of course by a frenzied race around looking to see what everyone did.

Thank you for taking the time to talk with us, Garvie! Thank you for bringing your magic to the Fairelands!

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Picture by Alisaundra Andel

Meet Our Sponsors: Epic Toy Factory

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Mayah Parx, the world builder of Tinkers Hollow and the creator and owner of Epic Toy Factory, shares with us the story of Tinkers Hollow, her reasons for sponsoring the Faire and her new whimsical releases.

You are both sponsoring the Faire and building one of the Fairelands: Tinkers Hollow. What made you decide to join, sponsor and contribute?

Simply put I love it, always have and will continue to …the Faire culture is something magical and I could not imagine My SL without. why?? it gives me the opportunity to give back.

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Picture by Caitlin Tobias

How was Tinkers Hollow born? What inspired it, what is its story?

Author Arthur Gridely was just a child when he wrote Barnabas Bagstock into life; you see Arthur had a gift, a fantastical, magical, wondrous, stupendous gift! Arthur … could bring his imagination to life! Really… really …really… to life!

Now as to how this works I am at a loss to explain, however what I can tell you is that when you have an imagination like Arthur’s, that is to say an imagination that is boundless, never tires and happens to have a fantastical, magical, wondrous, stupendous ability to simply write anything, anything at all into life…you end up with a lot of clutter, and I do mean A LOT!!!

Let me skip ahead to when Arthur and Barnabas were all grown up… on this day Arthur’s imagination was working overtime …he had developed a fascination with clocks, cogs, and gears…all manner of gadget! He was obsessed. Bits and Bobs lay scattered all about the place, Barnabas found himself wading knees deep in all manner of nick knack. ARTHUR!..he shouted “You must stop! ARTHUR! We will be up to our whiskers if this goes on… ARTHUR! ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME! ARTHUR!!!

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Picture by Justen Tyme

The last Arthur was loud enough and sharp enough to snap him out of his imagination, “oh my..” Arthur looked about “This is quite a mess! with a look of curios thought he almost mumbled to himself ,” Whatever will we do with it all? hmm.”

Just at that moment as if they were of one mind, Arthur and Barnabas both bore the look of a man who had just come up with the right answer to what came first, the chicken or the egg? They both spoke at once, Arthur laughed…smiling he gestured at his friend to continue, Barnabas cleared his throat “What if instead of just writing about stuff, you write about a place where all the stuff can be…” “BRILLIANT Barnabas! Simply Brilliant I say!” Arthur’s face took on a quizzical expression “What should we name such a place?” Barnabas started pacing, a determined look settling on his face, they paced back and forth oblivious to the knee deep clutter each stride they took had to push through… they paced and stopped, looking about to speak, then went on pacing without a word being uttered, all of a sudden their voices rang out in unison .. TINKERS HOLLOW ! they shouted together, And it shall be grand indeed…” ⓒ

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Picture by Alisaundra Andel

What are you bringing to the Faire this year?

Oh the whole sim really, not much has not been built for 2016… though there is a least 1 piece from every sim I have built for Faire… it is a tradition for me…

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Candy Tree
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Color Flowers
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Steamer Lanterns

What is the best thing about building in Second Life? Which things inspire you, make you happy and satisfied when creating?

oh gosh you don’t have room, if I had to sum it up…. imagination imagination imagination… inspire; people’s smiles and the “you changed my day” notecards I at times receive make me happy and satisfy.

What calls you to fantasy? When was the first time you encounter the genre and realized you enjoyed it?

Fantasy has always been a part of my life, part of who I am, part of who I have always been even before I can remember it being so as I am often told by the older member of the family.

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Picture by Wildstar Beaumont

Do you listen to music while building? What kind? If so, does Tinkers Hollow have a theme song?

No not often, it would disturb others in my home as I love to be a part of the going’s on of our household even when creating in SL …and if i were to put headphones in I would isolate myself from that world, the very world that provides the inspiration for my creations …my real world, my family and the comings and goings of my home.

Do you have a favourite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to most in this year’s Faire?

No one specific thing is a fav memor, more like oodles of them.

What am I looking forward to …catching up with the worldmakers and merchants… I am a serious recluse the rest of the year…

Thank you for taking the time to chat with us, Mayah! Thank you for bringing whimsy to the Fairelands!

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Picture by Wildstar Beaumont

Meet Our Sponsors: Death Row Designs

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DRD Team: Jaimy Hancroft, Eowyn Swords and Tito DeVinna

Jaimy Hancroft, world builder of Dangarnon and creator and owner of Death Row Designs sponsors the sim she and her team built this year. She shares the story of Dangarnon, reveals a teaser about upcoming Live Auction and tells how Andolys of last year turned into the dark Dangarnon we see this spring. You can find out more about Jaimy and the sims she has built in her last years interviews: 2015 & 2014.

You are both sponsoring and building Dangarnon. This is your third year as a world-builder. Does it get any easier, how does the process change in time?

It does not get easier per se, but each year we do become more experienced in general so the workflow definitely becomes a lot better and faster:)

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How was Dangarnon born? What inspired it, what is its story?

We have done something light and lighthearted for two years now, so we wanted to change things up and do what’s actually more DRD’s forte😀 dark and gloomy … we started talking about it and we wanted to have it in way where the story kind of continues from last year Andolys, Dangarnon is Andolys 100 years later, Andolys has been overrun by evil, walls have been put up, where the castle used to be is now a monstrous fortress, The tower is inspired by a mix of Barad-Dûr and Minas Morgul from the Lord of the Rings.
There is a last hope section on the sim , where the last people of Andolys still come together. There’s a few short stories on the sim you can activate by clicking on certain items to get the background story some more:)

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In addition to the stores, Dangarnon also hosts the Sanctuary RP Community. Your sim hosted them the last year, too. How does that cooperation work out, creating an area for a specific roleplay story?

This year was hard to come up with a solution, so we made special areas in skyglobes for a smooth rp, they needed sand and desert and well as you can see Dangarnon has none of that😀

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What are you bringing to the Faire this year?

We had no time whatsoever to create something special, so we decided to just sell pieces and buildings of the sim. The relay items, (cavemonster and belltower) will never be for sale after the Faire , so this is your only chance to get those.

The Evil Fortress tower will be available only once at the live auction together with the two statues of Dangarnon.

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Do you listen to music while building? What kind? If so, does Dangarnon have a theme song?

My sister Eowyn listened to the Lord of the Rings soundtrack😀 and I played my favourite youtube channel called pandora journey, which just plays fantasy/epic soundtracks etc… it really helps with building, Tito likes to build in silence though haha😀
Not sure what the theme song would be for me, anything off this https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmVGp8jfZ0VLg_i8TuCaBQw youtube channel most likely:)

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What are you looking forward to most this year in the Faire?

I’m looking forward to a lot of the events, parties, Literary Festival. the particle shows, jails and bails, everything really I hope I will be able to make it for a lot of it, after the build my body kind of crashes into – couch-mode lol but I’m going to try and be there as much as I can …I’m always excited for the hunt/quest:)

Thank you for taking the time to talk with us, Jaimy! Thank you to the whole team for bringing us a fantastically dark world to visit!

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Meet Our Sponsors: .Arcadia.

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Lokii Violet, the world builder and sponsor of Blackmoor, the creator and owner of .Arcadia.

Lokii Violet, the world builder and sponsor of Blackmoor and the creator and owner of .Arcadia. shares with us how it has been working on a Faireland, how Blackmoor was born, what inspires her to create and the reasons why the Faire is important to her.

You are both sponsoring and building a Faireland: Blackmoor. This is your first year as a Faireland world-builder. How did you become one, and how has the experience been like?

It’s been a surreal trip, and started when Elizabeth contacted me about it. I honestly have to thank Alia Baroque of Fallen Gods Inc. for this and the great BunBun extraordinaire Sonya for being my silent champions on this. Alia’s always been my cheering corner and best teddy bear visigoth friend a person can ask for when I build venues from my past work with Cursed Events. I thought it was a joke at first, that an opportunity like this would never come across my IM box but – here’s April… and here it is.

It didn’t really ‘click’ until when I saw .Arcadia. on the site, and when the world builder information came in. What really sealed it was getting to the sim and seeing this giant blank canvas and being able to say ‘This is mine. I get to make something immersive out of my head into a (virtual) reality.’ The experience has been.. humbling. Being able to create a world side by side with some of the most talented people I’ve seen, followed (bought from like a fangirl) and be able to stand beside giants in the SL building and creator world and feel welcomed among them.

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Picture by Alisaundra Andel

How was Blackmoor born? What inspired it, what is its story?

I didn’t quite have a direction at first for Blackmoor, mostly shooting some ideas back and forth with Elizabeth, and then just doing… what I’m notorious for. Playing it by ear, cobbling some pieces together, and see where the mind goes. What she wanted was something more dark… more of an edge to it. To me – nature in all of its beauty, is equally the most dangerous creature we as a species know. We live among it, we dream about it. We see the raw power it has and humans are only a speck in the grander design of it. It’s why I find some odd solace in creating more prominent landscapes with the use of garden pieces, and why my own home sim often gets a face-lift so often with new elements I find. From a small idea came something… something that I imagine would be found in one of my oldest known loves and additions in roleplay – the World of Darkness and White Wolf’s original gaming system.

I’m a goth at heart, and I love the dark in all of its form and definitions. I had tossed the idea around of something that might’ve fit if snippets of some Old London voivode met the unbridled strength and unpredictability of the Wyld and the Umbra.

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Picture by Alisaundra Andel

Here was where Blackmoor rose to what she is. . .

A place lost in time, where the Veil is so thin between the skinlands, and where the aethereal nature of the Umbra can so delicately wrap its way around those that slumber unaware of what prowls the night, or those that choose to stay blind to the dangers knowing the full fury of what waits outside their doors. What lurks in the tangled woods in the howls that cry out in the night. Where the Wyld tries to greedily consume what’s left of once grand buildings are now just shadowed monoliths that try to touch the moonless skies. Gaslights chase away the dark, and the power of fear fuels the nightmares. . . fuels the hunger of the nameless ones. Where candelabra lights flicker-flash all about the place trying to ensnare those that dare to walk her cobblestone streets, lead them stray off the paths and become just another drifting wraith that one might see in the corner of their vision, or mistake it as just the fog. A fog so prominent one swears they can hear disembodied whispers and promises of power and infamy never to be fulfilled.

Blackmoor is alive. And she is lost in entropy at the same time. The greatest puzzle of nature – organized chaos. The true nature of the Wyld shown to those it chooses to let see it. And she’s quite hungry…

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Picture by Alisaundra Andel

What are you bringing to the Faire this year? 

Like my roleplay love of WoD, my favorite unsung heroes often capture my imagination the strongest and I never devote enough to them. The nomads. The restless ones. The Romani. The Silent Strider werewolves. The Ravnos vampires. There are so many faces and backgrounds to them from what the old mythos tells of the Romanichal people, to those that live among us in every day life. It’s a beautiful story, both the fantasy world, and the sorrows that an enigmatic people go through having to lie on the outskirts, that are so horribly mistrusted on ugly words like being called gypsies.

Bit by bit I’ve been trying to bring a spark of that into my creations, one release at a time. It started out small, and the more one’s released, the more I start to develop a story behind them. The dancers are often the ones you can’t help but have your eyes pulled to in their outfits and colorful patterns, just like nature bold. Enigmatic and dangerous. Tattered skirts and diklo scarves and tops. Phuro became another chapter in these designs. 􀀁

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The other, my other original love of Egypt and the stories of a civilization so strong and mesmerizing; it was always the one part of every Art History class I drug my way through I actually focused on the most, learned of the ancient gods and goddesses of the Egyptian pantheon and the reference humanity had for both life -and- death. Sehkmet is often shown as this fierce goddess of a lion’s head, something raw and primal, and then you see the royals of the time and the images we see depicting what they once wore. I wanted something to do a little bit of homage to that in four variations of the heavy textiles and the gold embellishments of the gowns.􀀄􀀃􀀂􀀀

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How did you begin building in Second Life? What inspires you to create?

My first times learning how to build on Second Life was like watching my friend’s nephews and the like playing with blocks. You try to put pegs in holes and scratch your head a bit like ‘how does this even work?’ I still to this day have something I build out of much prim torture and cobbled together for a grid hunt out of nostalgia; it’s been a hook ever since.

Building ‘worlds’ kind of exploded after that for help from anything from breedable sims for friends, roleplay venues.. and I have an unhealthy addiction for landscaping and different fantasy genres. It became my title later for World Goth Fair and other events through the year as the Build Director. It’s the perfect drug – taking something you dream about in your head and make it happen in front of people. See them walking around in it, letting them take a walk through what was once only in the mind’s eye and becomes something tangible in a sense. Makes the mind open up to a world we often only have the power to dream of, or see in some our most fantastical nightmares.

Music. Music is the end-all of inspiration. I’m almost always listening to something when I work; I’m the nondescript goth kid. EBM, Darkwave, Aggrotech, Industrial, Future-Pop, Hellektro… music has a way of speaking to all of us over language barriers. It inspires, it makes the mind race over a single stanza, a verse… a line and limerick, and it’s never failed to give me ideas or that last push when I hit a creative roadblock to overcome, or a texture I’m trying to shape up for a new piece of clothing.

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What calls you to fantasy? When was the first time you encountered the genre and realized you enjoyed it?

The ability to break away from reality, if only for a couple hours. I’m a Gemini and it feeds the duality of what’s real, and what lies in the unknown for me. From gothic horror, to supernatural, paranormal, even future horror and sci-fi.

I’m an 80’s kid, so cartoons were the start of it, and an art studies background too gave the opening door to the rest. What stuck out for me was (gonna sound like the bandwagon jumping here) the Matrix, among so many others. Bladerunner. Virtuosity. Tron both old and new. Event Horizon. Repo! the Genetic Opera. The idea of the future is terrifying. That one day the things we see in cartoons and movies might very well head that way, washed over from Technicolor to the pulse of neon. That cities rise up in glass and steel and everything flies. Everything is basked in shades of cyans and pulsing vermilions and hypnotic purples. The future and sci-fi is terrifying. And I can’t get enough of it.

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Do you listen to music while building? What kind? If so, does Blackmoor have a theme song?

Oh god. -laughs- All the time. -ALL- the time. I go stir crazy without music, I’ve gone through so many headphones over the years because I can’t be without it, or from DJ’ing.

I don’t have a favorite genre, every time I think I do I find something new. My heart will always belong a large part of Industrial, Aggrotech and EBM, from the likes of anything from Aesthetic Perfection to BlakOpz. Then the guilty pleasure of Steampunk. Abney Park, Steam Powered Giraffe, Vernian Process… the list is ginormous for me.

I think if Blackmoor had any themes, it would be two things. Nick Cave and the Bad Seed’s Red Right Hand, and Mourning Ritual’s cover of Bad Moon Rising featuring Peter Dreimanis.

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Picture by Justen Tyme

Do you have a favourite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to most this year?

The first year I was in it, 2013. I had launched .Arcadia. at Faire, and it just adds to the surreal idea that this year I’m sponsoring it. This year it means so much more. My Step-Father is in Stage 4 with his battle with cancer and it’s been a very uphill battle for him and the strength my mother has staying by his side through all of it. So this year… means so much more being able to design a sim, and the central park is my place of reflection for him. That no matter how much the darkness tries to claim those around us we love.. a single spark of light still shines among the sea of candles on those shelves.

I think the one thing I’m looking forward to has happened. Seeing messages from those that come through Blackmoor enjoying it. I’m my worst critic with my work and it’s so fulfilling to know that those doubts, can for a time be put aside when people, even absolute strangers enjoy it. It just makes me hopeful for next year. There’s no looking back after this year. Just forward.

…well, that and trying to abscond off with Alia’s sim.😀 The one damned year he does Egypt and I’m on my own spot.

Thank you for taking the time to chat with us, Lokii. Thank you for joining us and giving us a new dark Faireland!

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Picture by Caitlin Tobias

Meet Our Sponsors: Roawenwood

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Searlait Nitschke, the creator and owner of Roawenwood

Searlait Nitschke, the creator and owner of Roawenwood, returns to sponsor the Faire for the fourth time. She talks of her Faire-memories, her favourite fantasy realms, and the strange socializing in the Fairelands! You can also read her previous interviews here: 2015 & 2014.

This is your fourth year sponsoring Fantasy Faire. What made you return and do it again?

I know I’ve gone on and on over the years about the Faire and what it means to me each time finding something new to talk about. I suppose this year isn’t going to be much different since I’m babbling yet again. Each year it means a little something different to me…. this year I had to take a break from creating a sim for everyone because of RL and found that in the process of doing so that I was just so so sad. I have so many awesome memories of the Faire. There’s times that the stories and the people involved lift me up pushing me forward and giving me so much that when I think of the Faire I can’t help but want to give something back. To really make some kind of difference or at least feel like I am and I think that is part of it.

I want to be able to share and give back a little bit of something, I really love to be a part of it because the people involved are like family from the creators to the people who visit, it just feels different than any other event or thing that I am a part of in Second Life. Cancer is so hard, I’ve been touched by it with different relatives and people in my life suffering from it. I’ve had a scare or two on a personal level as well, in these moments I just want to be able to help. To do something, to feel like I am doing something when so many times we feel powerless.

It’s a small thing… sponsoring. Really it is, but it means a lot to me to be able to do it.

The Faire to me is magic, and I believe in magic….

Are there any common, continuing themes in your work, items that belong together, or is each creation a separate entity?

My work can go all over the place but generally I have a few solid themes that continue or work together. Rustic, medieval, fantasy based things are of course a favorite. Then there’s other styles, steampunk/Victorian, some exotic themes or world areas. I like a lot of different styles. I’m rather helter skelter in that regard. One week you might see something rather rough and looking like you’ll get a splinter if you sit on that particular chair and then the next week a big silk draped bench then next week I’m making donuts.

You never know. I just go wherever I feel like and what feels right at the time and create it. I enjoy the creative process, the expression, the seeing if I can make it thing. All of it. I could use some help on the boring parts though… you know… Marketplace listings, remembering events and dates, that sort of thing. LOL

What are you bringing to the Faire this year? Give us some sneak peeks or teasers!

no peeking (Edit: you can go and take all the peeks you want in Roawenwood’s store in Fairelands Junction!)

What are your favourite fantasy realms?

Let’s see…. I like fantasy, magic… if it’s done well and I can get into the whole world of it then I’m all over it. I suppose it would be fairly standard to mention things like The Hobbit stuff and J.R.R. Tolkien, perhaps a few nods over towards the Harry Potter way and then loving much on the Game of Thrones thing…. when I was young I loved the Dragonriders of Pern. I have a lot of love for a lot of different kinds of things, I love to role play, I love to feel like I am in the middle of a story or a life… it’s rare to find but once in awhile you do. I could probably go on and find a lot of examples but it’s early yet and I’m only on my first cup of coffee as of this writing.

What are you looking forward to most this year in the Faire?

I’m not sure. Living the Faire I think. It’s so easy to get caught up and wrapped up in so many things that can make a day feel long, or hard to deal with. The Faire is this wonderfully magical place that comes just once a year where a few creators try to bring it forth so we can get together, share, laugh, dance or whatever else comes along for a very good cause.

It’s some of the only times during the entire year that I do something that is wayyy out there for some of us in SL even though it really isn’t supposed to be.

I…… socialize.

*a gasp and cough is inserted here for dramatic purposes*

I leave my work, I leave my workshop, I go out… I am around………… people.

*laughs* it’s a great time of year and I need it. I need it to help recharge for the rest of the year, I look forward to the shopping, the events, the people, the whole thing and I get to help people too… I just look forward to the Faire. Period.

Thank you for taking the time to chat with us, Searlait. Thank you for joining us and socializing!