We know that because of COVID many Americans could not spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends as in past years. So, we hosted the BEST Etopia Harvest Celebration in Second Life.
You might be saying to yourself, “Second Life! That’s a video game!”
Second Life is an amazing, not to mention the world’s largest, 3D virtual world. Thousands of users engage in social activities, business meetings, personal creativity, and even harvest celebrations like the one we had last Thursday.
Friends of BEST and Etopia came from across the grid and around the world to celebrate friendship, the bounty of our harvest, and the preciousness of life. Guests from across the US shared how enjoyable it was to spend time with friends because otherwise, they would have been alone and isolated.
Some people in our community who logged in and joined us for the festivities live in Europe, Canada, and Australia. Even though Thanksgiving is an American holiday they loved coming together in appreciation of all that we have and for one another.
The day was filled with fun things to do so everyone had an appetite for dinner. We started the morning with Tai Chi at Serenity Park to relax our minds, limber our muscles, and let the feeling of gratitude fill our bodies and hearts.
There was a carnival with rides, games, food, and souvenirs. We set it next to Ginny’s Arcade because they’ve got the best pinball machines around!
We had a drumming circle with dancing and singing and sharing of things we are grateful for. After that, we gathered at Tsidel’s for a dinner buffet packed with harvest goodies, fine wine, and more than a few desserts.
The event was such a success we’re excited about the upcoming Holiday Dance to celebrate the winter solstice, the holidays, and the new year.
For more information about how you can join us visit our BEST in Second Life page.
Here’s a gallery of photos from the event.
Gloria has enjoyed a career as an independent nonprofit consultant, trainer, and writer. She has a deep passion for sustainability, both environmentally and organizationally. Enjoy her perspectives on community, development, and tales from her virtual world travels.