Just saw this group notice from Ellen.
Hello Pretties. Sharing this. Beebo says: “We’ve had a great un but it’s finally time to close the Duchess doors. A farewell party is being planned for the end of Aug, with a closing date on Sept. 1st. Stay tuned for party date and details. Thank you to all the wonderful people who made the Duchess such a special place for me” ~Beebo
The Duchess, in all its variations was home to me for a long time after I started hanging out in the so-called Lesbian-Circle. I found the place quite by accident and immediately made friends there, some of whom I am pleased to say, are still friends.
However, as I mentioned last October, the Duchess as a popular hangout seemed to have had its heyday gone past, even then. So although it is sad to see the going of what is, among a particular group of people, an iconic landmark; it is better for it to go out with a blaze than fade away and rot neglected as so much of SL does.
Everything is cyclical in SL. Who knows when and where the next Duchess will appear?
I must be one of the only SL bloggers who doesn’t actually blog about shopping. It’s not that I don’t like shopping, I mean, hello!? But I am not driven enough to sit here every day and spew out product news, fashion tips and makeup tutorials. Mostly because I am rubbish at it.
But Guinn did direct me this week to a shoe store called Livalle who had some giveaways and cheapies and wow, I’ve worn nothing else since!
So it’s also been another — shall we say — interesting week in the Teahouse. I wandered in a few days ago to find someone sitting there cuddling a cello. You know, like you do. Although the thought processes behind why someone would want to play a cello in the Lesbian Teahouse escape me. Maybe she thought showing some leg, some wood and some bow action would get her a hot date? The world may never know.
Did you know there was a cat in the roof at the Teahouse? So many people come in and say “I can hear a cat! Where’s the cat?” and of course I never hear a cat but apparently it’s quite vocal. But I did know there was a cat up there, it’s been up there forever. So it was surprising to see these two. Sitting in the roof rafters with catnip in their mouths doing questionable things to the resident cat. I’ll just leave this one here….
I am really not sure what was going on yesterday but I think there was either a glitch on my end or their end as I kept encountering avatars which appeared to be learning how to fly. Either that or they were recounting evermore exaggerated fishing-stories about the “one that got away” – either way, it made for quite an amusing scene.
For the longest time, I have visited a venue in Second Life called Greenhouse. If you know SL and you’ve been in-world a fair amount of time you probably know it. It has been there since SL started I dare say, and I don’t think it’s ever been updated or changed.
Basically it is just that: a giant greenhouse, botanical-garden style with adjoining gardens and meadows of flowers. It’s all very nice and sits on the edge of the Blake Sea where it’s accessible to those of us who sail and have direct water access. I have spent many hours sitting on the dock there talking with friends and it’s nice to sail to it, moor in the channel and walk around in the sunshine and flowers.
So tonight it was nice to sail from Snug Harbor, Katie’s home and make the short trip across half a dozen regions to explore it.
Sometimes you just don’t know what you will find when visiting the Teahouse. Tonight it was Rachel ALivia leading the girls in a very shark infested dress-up. This photo just about sums up the mood of the moment. The rest speaks for itself.
On my way to Alki, I happened to stop by the Lesbian Teahouse (aka The Lesbian Busstop, The Teahole, Teapit etc). As far as I know, every single prim laid there was done so around 2007, making it not only one of the most untouched regions in SL, but also one of the most dated. So imagine my shock and surprised to see that the adjacent “mall” had been removed and a sign erected indicating that there is going to be a “remoddling” (whatever one of those is).
Arriving at Alki (home of Z&A, the everpopular venue owned by Zoidyn and Alana) I decided to take a quick look around as I had never ventured much beyond the club itself. To my surprise there is a whole vista to be seen including a stunning view of mountains and valleys. Guinn joined me and it was a perfect photo opportunity!
Remember The Duchess Dyke Bar? In its various iterations it was once the most popular venue for queer people in Second Life. When I first started visiting the place, it would always be heaving with people morning, noon or night. Then it moved location, its owner, Beebo got sick, and the place went into a bit of a decline. Live events livened the place up but only on those evenings.
The recent consensus is that “the Duchess is dead, nobody goes there anymore….”
So I decided to go there for the first time in ages and see what was going on. To my surprise, the old place is totally gone. There are no longer the MkI or MkII buildings and instead there’s a complete prefab street scene like something off the set of EastEnders or Coronation Street (British soaps for those who don’t know…)
It’s nice. It’s clean and looks great; but it was still deserted when I went there and I wonder whether people will start to go back? The interior of the bar is ostensibly the same: the same posters on the walls, the same pool table and stools. Even the ice block and fan (still, in October?) which would please Rachel no end if she knew about it!
Some months ago I suggested to both Beebo and Ellen that they should perhaps combine The Duchess and Ellen’s EBar into one venue and benefit from the traffic each brings. Looking at these buildings, there’s enough upstairs space for Ellen to remodel EBar, and there’s a nice flat roof for those long summer Monday and Wednesday jams we’ve all grown accustomed to.
I hope it thrives here. The Duchess was the first place I came in SL that had a definite women-orientation and I made many good friends from here. I guess only time will tell.