The Grand Opening of the Community Library on Saturday, February 25 was well attended by generous library devotees of InWorldz. The swing party in the gorgeous “sekrit” speakeasy built especially for this occasion by Cataplexia Numbers went into overtime with the encouragement of Cat’s themed set and skilled DJing. Guests arrived in a rainbow of flapper dresses and elegant zoot suits created by Cataplexia and Mike Chase, respectively.
As I stand on the Community Library Plaza, I close my eyes to shield them from the sunlight glinting off the metal behemoths floating above. Duderz Lebowski’s airship and the award winning hot air balloons of Xzavia Yifu and Zauber Paracelsus confound the sky with their Steampunk presence. The hour approaches and I steel myself for the booming chime of clocks adorning the hot air balloon. My gaze moves from its whirring propellers to my personal copy of Zauber’s Cloudgazer skybox. I have poised it in this array so that others may enjoy it while visiting the Steampunk Exhibit which will open on Saturday, February 25 on Delphi as part of our Community Library Grand Opening.
As usual, the people of InWorldz have been generous in participating and in loaning items for the duration of the exhibit. This is truly an exceptional world. Attitudes come from the top down and we are grateful for our founders who are models for us all. And we are especially grateful for all the community support we receive. Check out our donors plaque on the front of the library. Then teleport to attractions from the signboard on the Library Plaza.
We are still working on the third floor of the library and the steampunk exhibit housed there is still under construction. Here are the books, art, movie posters, furnishings and yes, charming oddities of the genre. It has been an exhausting but gratifying process. Oh, and last but not least, on the day of the Opening we will place a vendor with a free Steampunk gift from the Library by one of IW’s premier steampunk creators.
There are surprises yet to come but we are keeping a few ‘sekrits’……
In the meantime, stop by and note our progress on all three floors of the Library and take in the Edo Japanese exhibit by Jillian2000 Quintessa and Moon Satoshi of Tsuki Mura. We bow to and thank our talented Community Library Board without whom none of this would be possible. They are:
- Alexina Proctor, Library Executive
- Prax Maryjasz, Library Executive
- Agnesa Capalini, Board Member
- Jillian2000 Quintessa, Board Member
- Wolf Hartnell, Board Member
Recently I participated in a meeting attended by those concerned about the continuation of the Learning Lab on InWorldz. Somehow, my interest inveigled me into volunteering for the newly formed Advisory Committee. I am glad it did….I have met people who are investing their time and energy in making this a resource for what IW needs. A survey was undertaken and gratifyingly returned by nearly 100 respondents. That interaction epitomizes the IW spirit of cooperation.
No one is talking about profit margins; instead the focus is on bringing to InWorldz what our residents need. And there is an air of excitement, even breathlessness, about coming attractions. Presently, the Builders Cathedral can help a novice builder through the steps needed or take a more experienced builder to new heights. For the future, a particle lab is in the works as well as housing for students and who knows what else lurks in the fertile minds attending this transformation.
It is more than technical marvels, however. I wandered through Bards Writer’s Retreat, based on Shakespeare’s birthplace, appreciating the care and detail and treasuring the fact that the arts have a firm place at the Learning Lab. There will be a writers’ group and art classes for those so inclined. For lovers of beauty, the Giffu Skygardens offer a place to refresh the soul in serenity.
The most impressive part of the Learning Lab may be the spirit that moves it……….an inclusive spiritual emphasis that brings a greater purpose to its objective. I await the unfolding of all it promises to offer. It is right up there with my anticipation of Balpien Hammerer’s new dance machine. Now that is good company, my friends.