More Changes – Phantom Rose SL

“There is a season, and a time to every purpose….

A time to build up, a time to break down

A time to dance, a time to mourn…”

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After over 8 years of continuous operation, it saddens me to announce that Phantom Rose in Second Life will be closing down in December.

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The Phantom Rose Opera House was one of the first of its kind that opened in Second Life, hosting many new artists both in Opera and other types of performances. My website, http://www.phantomrose.com has some videos and many photos.

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Due to the much greater cost of Second Life, I have finally “hit the wall” financially and I can no longer justify trying to pay such a large amount of money here, when at a more reasonable rate I have more prims, more land and more creative opportunities at Inworldz where I have also been set up since 2010. You may have seen some of my posts about it. Last year, I split my website into either SL or Inworldz on the splash page and my blog serves both grids.

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It’s sad to have to close Phantom Rose SL. For over 8 years it has been my home, my creative muse, a wellspring of numerous friendships and the place of so many great memories!

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I want to give all of us one last Christmas season at Phantom Rose SL. To that end, we will be doing a 12 days of Christmas event bonanza!   I hope many of you will take the time to come say goodbye to Phantom Rose SL!

I will be kicking off the celebration on Dec 1st with a fan favorite:   A Trans-Siberian Christmas music Lightshow! Check out our calendar on the website for all the events, concluding with a Snow Flake Ball at the Opera House on the 12th. I have also designed a commemorative Phantom Rose ornament that I will be giving out as a free goodbye gift to all our visitors. I will be closing Phantom Rose on 12/27/15.

It has been a joy to offer you my creative vision. And the many kind words of encouragement from so many of you, have meant so much to me!

Phantom Rose lives on at InWorldz – 5 sims of my creations and more immersive than ever. Stop by and see what I’ve been up to.

 

With Warmest Regards,

Lannorra Sion

Owner/Creator Phantom Rose

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Phantom Rose Second Life Turns EIGHT YEARS Old!

Hello to all my Phantom Rose friends and family.

July marks the 8th birthday for Phantom Rose in Second Life(SL)!

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Back in 2006, I had most of a mainland sim named Gabara, and I called my area, Dragon Heart Province.  There was a huge cove and I built a medieval-ish area, with pretty castles that I rented out.  It stayed mostly filled and I made some great friends along the way.

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Cove, Dragons Heart Province

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Entrance to Jousting and Fencing area

But Mainland was always problematic… fugly neighbors, griefers, lack of control over your land, Linden owned roads and abandoned land, etc.  So I started thinking of owning a private sim.  In the summer of 2007, I decided to rent a sim and see how I liked it.  It was expensive, but since I was renting and had no up front costs (those huge set up fees that LL charged) I felt it was worth the experiment.  So that July I rented a sim and Phantom Rose was born.

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I wanted to give my renters privacy and I love water, so I came up with the idea to give each castle its own island complete with a private beach.  I wanted to make it easy for people to know what was open, so I designed a central landing point with a rental “board” that was oriented to the sim in north, south, east and west.  I put the rental boxes for the castles on each side correspondingly.

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Now when I started to design Phantom Rose, I wanted to do something different.  Since I have always been a big fan of 70’s gothic romance books, Anne Rice vampires and Phantom of the Opera… I came up with an idea of a gothic romance sim.  I knew I wanted an Opera House for the Phantom, but I also wanted the spooky factor, so I built the Graveyard first.  I found some cool scripted piranha fish, that actually will bite you and simulate blood in water… so cool.  They went into the Graveyard cove.  The Graveyard came out really well and has been visited by 100’s of people over the years and was voted in the top 10 gothic graveyards in SL, according to the slGoth Magazine. (great magazine, btw)

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I didn’t build the Opera House til last.  It was very intimidating build for me.  I was so afraid it would end up being lame or just not majestic enough.  But over the years, I have had many compliments and great positive feedback and although it is a simple build, I think it has its own granduer and beauty.  Many visitors never find the Phantom’s Lair that lies beneath the Opera House, which is such a shame, since its one of my most favorite spots!  It even has a moving wall.

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So after the launch of my new sim, I was gratified to have many new renters.  Around December 2007, I was offered an opportunity to buy a sim from an old friend who wanted to sell.  The price was right and I decided to jump for it.  This necessitated my rebuilding the entire Phantom Rose in a month and moving all my renters.  Yes, you heard me right.

So I developed a strategy where I got the raw file from my landlord and applied that to my new sim.  Then since I had built everything on the island, I copied each build and set it up on the new sim.  Quite an endeavor.  Then once Phantom Rose was totally recreated, I moved my renters.  It was a huge undertaking that I am proud to say went VERY smoothly.  And I didn’t lose any of my renters in the process.

Over the years, many things changed. I closed Dragons Heart and sold the mainland.  Phantom Rose evolved.  I took out some of the castles and moved my elopements to the sim to help pay for the enormous land fees in SL.  I added Pirate Island and the Mermaid Grotto, the Cathedral, the ski lifts to Skate Mountain, and many other things.  And I branched out to other V world grids, like Inworldz, where I built a new, different Phantom Rose. (see website, http://www.phantomrose.com).

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Mermaid Grotto

But the central hub of Phantom Rose, has always been the Opera House.  I am very proud that the Opera House has been a place of acceptance and creativity for many, many new artists for Eight Years… And it still stands after all this time!   My favorite time for the Opera House is Christmas!

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I have forged many great friendships thru the Opera House.  You all know who you are!  Smiles.  Eight years… they have flown by.  I celebrate my 10th SL Rez day this August!

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I want to thank all of my supporters thru the years.  I hope you will all take time to stop by Phantom Rose for one of our birthday events or just to visit.  This next 3 to 4 months will be very busy for me.  I have a lot of RL going on.  So if you don’t see me around, don’t worry.  I am still watching over Phantom Rose and will be in and out.

Warmest Regards,

Lannorra

Phantom Rose SL – Upcoming Events!

We have two exciting events coming up this weekend!

Friday 2/20, 8pm SLT @ Market Square on Phantom Rose

(http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Phantom%20Rose/235/245/23)

 “MARDI GRAS TIME AT PHANTOM ROSE MARKET SQUARE”

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Come join us for a wonderful Party with Rides, dancing, whack a Pirate and more!

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It’s CARNIVAL time!!

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Tressa and Rhoan will be hosting this fun event.  Please IM Tressa Beaumont for more information!

Then on Sunday 2/22 @ 1pm SLT, we have our Monthly Lightshow!

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Join us for the romantic and beautiful music of

Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli set to our fabulous Lightshow.

If you haven’t been to one of our amazing Lightshows, you are in for a treat!

Held at the Phantom Rose Opera House

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Keep an eye on our event calendar from our website, http://www.phantomrose.com.

Haven’t Met You Yet? Phantom Rose SL Michael Buble Event

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If you didn’t make it to the Michael Buble event at the Mermaid Grotto on Phantom Rose last night, you really missed a great event!  Tressa Beaumont masterminded this fun night of great music.

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Tressa outdid herself with decorating the Grotto; giving that smooth, cool vibe to get everyone in the mood.

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Tressa is holding a weekly themed event at the Mermaid Grotto, Friday nights at 8pm SLT.  Please check our calendar at http://www.phantomrose.com.  If we Haven’t Met You Yet, we hope we will soon!

Introducing Tressa Beaumont, Phantom Rose SL Event Manager!

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I am so happy and pleased to introduce you all to Phantom Rose’s new Event Manager, Tressa Beaumont.  Tressa has been in Second Life for over 7 years and has lots of experience.  Her sunny personality is a welcomed addition to the Phantom Rose family.

She has been hard at work this month, creating and hosting some GREAT events.  She kicked off Jan with an 80th Birthday celebration for Elvis, fittingly held at the Graveyard!

Last week she hosted a Mermaid and Pirate event with the music of the great Bob Marley!

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The event was held at the Mermaid Grotto, which is underwater below Pirate Island.

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There was a great turnout and the feedback was all positive.

This week Tressa has more fun planned for you:

8pm SLT – FRIDAY NIGHT IS PARTY NIGHT @ THE MERMAID GROTTO…

This Friday, our music will be from the fabulous Michael Buble!

We have a lovely Mermaid Carousel, A Whack a Pirate Game and try your luck on our Wild Whale Ride!  We have free Pirate Outfits or you can wear whatever takes your fancy!  Come as Merfolk or Landwalker, just make sure you get here!  Come Party with us again.  The usual giveaways will be there too.  Have a WHALE of a time (sorry – LOL – See you there).

Elvis Event @ Phantom Rose – Second Life tonight!

elvis cropped copyIt is Elvis’s 80th Birthday Party and in true Phantom Rose style we’re asking everyone to come to the Graveyard dressed as Elvis if they can and if not,

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just come as you are and rock along to Elvis tunes for an hour of Fun and Happy Memories of THE KING!  Come rock out at the Happy Birthday Elvis Party, tonight (Friday Jan 9) at 5:30 pm SLT.  (ps the stream will be left to elvis for the night so that anyone wanting to party on is most welcome to do so)  See Y’all There!

GRAVEYARD  :http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Phantom%20Rose/140/91/29

http://www.phantomrose.com to see our calendar!

Winter Wonderland Phantom Rose Second Life!

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”

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Winter snow has fallen, and Phantom Rose @ Second Life is getting ready for the Holiday season!   We have some great events lined up.  We kicked off our Holiday events last night with a fun Skating party at Mountain Skate Park!

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One of the fun things about this park is the chair lifts you can take to get there.  You can grab a lift from the Main entrance of Phantom Rose

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or from Swan Lake, near the Christmas Tree

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Both are a great ride that gives you panoramic views of Phantom Rose in all her winter glory!

Tonight (6 pm slt) we will be having the first of our annual Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas Music Lightshows!  If you have never attended, then you are missing out on a great show.  The show is held just outside the Opera House, on a floating blue glass platform that puts you IN the lightshow itself!

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Saturday brings a special treat!  Our new Opera House director, Tenshi Domenici, will be directing a special Christmas Ballet with Santa’s Toys to Christmas Music on the frozen Swan Lake!  Great music and beautiful Ballet; who could ask for more?  This event preceeds our Snow Flake Ball.  Dancing on the veranda of the Opera house!  The Ballet is 4-5 pm slt and the Ball immediately follows from 5-6 pm slt.

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Then on Sunday, Dec 7th at noon, we will be presenting the latest in our Phantom of the Opera – Interactive Preview.  We are working hard to get this show together and are pleased to give you some sneak peeks of the beautiful sets and audience participation!

Monday brings an encore of the Christmas Ballet, 5-6 pm slt. And Tuesday, we are so excited to have Live singer, Dilah Halorstar, singing at the Opera house from 2-3 pm slt.  Dilah is a long time favorite for our guests and has been singing at the Opera House for most of Phantom Rose’s 7 years.  Please join us for this fabulous entertainer!

Thursday, Dec 11th from 4-5 pm slt, we have a special treat!  DJ Drax will be hosting an Elvis Blue Hawaii Christmas at Pirate Island.  Don your aloha shirt and flip flops for a fun event of Elvis and Christmas!

Our Holiday season of events Finale will be an encore of the fabulous TSO Lightshow on Friday, Dec 12th, from 4-5 pm slt.

 I hope to see many of our Phantom Rose family and friends.  We are in our 8th year here at Phantom Rose!  We wish you all a joyous Holiday season and a wonderful New Year!