“OZ”…step back in time with us…
Standing here in Oz, it’s like being in the Emerald City in the sky. The tall walls are dressed in green and shimmering gold. You and your partner can spin and dip on the white and black tiled dance floor. All that’s missing is the scarecrow, tin man, lion and the wicked witch. In this elegant night club you don’t need the Wizard of Oz to make it work, thanks to owners Tymus Tenk and Truck Meredith and the lovely Magi McBride. The majority of the women wore colorful gowns and high heels and the men wore white or black Tuxes. Best behavior created a comfortable setting for a wonderful Friday night.
As Jewels Osterham sings, “I’m in heaven, when we’re out together dancing cheek to cheek, I interviewed Truck to learn about this special corner of Second Life. I asked him when the night club was created because this was the first time I’d learned of it.
“Ty and I built it about six or nine months ago. I wanted a supper club atmosphere from the 20th century, so I made it Art Deco and chose singers that loved that era,” Truck explained. “We also made it a formal venue. People love to dress up and go out in Second Life.”
He stated that the building process was not difficult. They even change styles quickly, altering sims to a winter theme. There’s always a special venue for Christmas and recently for Halloween. In June, a twelve hour cancer benefit will be held at the pavilion.
Then I was curious to know why they used a Hollywood movie theme with a night club setting?
“Well it happened when decorating. We added the green and somehow it works. We put it in notices that go out and on the guide. People love it!,” he told me.
Live performances are on Tuesdays and Fridays. Jewels, Zaach Cale, Antonio Galloway and Sultry Sonata are regular performers. Here at Oz they have other live performances featuring contemporary music at the Pavilion on the ground and at the Dolphin Café on Armenelos next door. Champagne Rain often performs classical and operatic music and Samm Quendra contemporary.
I hear Jewels singing, “the way you wear your hat…the way you sip your tea, no they can’t take that away from me,” as Truck tells me he and Ty own eleven sims in the park and the names are taken from Tolkien, but SL kept on misspelling them when the sims were delivered. It could be SL doesn’t want to give them actual Tolkien names. The main sim, Calas Galadhon was to be Caras Galadhon as referred to in the author’s books. Bay of Balfalas should be Bay of Belfalas.
There are no rentals, but everything is open to guests. Ty and Truck share the expenses of owning all the sims. The themes range from Victorian, farms, forests and even their version of Santorini. They even have a little shop for people to buy the things they’ve created for Calas, by Truck, Ty or Jimmie Loll. Jimmie does some of the animations in the furniture. They do everything they do for the sims because they enjoy it. When it’s no longer fun, they’ll stop.
“We get about 500 visitors here a day in the park,” he said as I look around to see the entire dance floor filled with couples. “Our events are very well attended. Last Sunday we had 60 at the pavilion. We usually have forty to fifty.
Log on to calasgaladhon.com for a schedule of their events. You can also join their announcement group, which is believed to have over 1,000 members. If anything, don’t forget to go on the terrace when visiting Oz. You’ll love the view. There are even balloon rides, horses, buggies and various boats to travel across the sim.
If you find Toto let me know. I think he was hiding from the cat under one of the tables.