Caffeine Nights

Avi Choice Awards result

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Avi Choice Awards

 

The results for the SL Avi Choice Awards were announced over the weekend, and the Favourite Group Award went to the Builder’s Brewery group 🙂

It was a well-deserved victory for a very worthwhile group who have been running in-world for years, and have thousands of members. They run regular building tutorial events and really have contributed a massive amount to the SL experience – so we would like to extend our congratulations to our worthy opponents.

Once again, Sword and I would like to thank all our dear friends and guests for nominating the Caffeine Nights group. Just being involved at all in the ceremony was a great thrill and we are honoured and touched at being nominated.

Sword was presented with a trophy as a nominated and participating group, which is on proud display at the club for anyone who wants to come and see it 🙂

And who knows……maybe next year 😉

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Sword bids adieu to 2014

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The final months of 2014 where a a busy time for Marcel’s and the Caffeine Nights group, .

One of the most important changes was the move from the platform recreating a Parisian street and square (la Place des Cerises…), to the sea level, which gave the whole build a bigger sense of space outside, and wonderful views, while keeping the intimate cosy feel inside that our friends have enjoyed so much as they discovered the bistro.

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We arrived by the end of Summer, which still allowed for some nice outdoors activity. fishing_001

But soon Fall was upon us, and fallen leaves suddenly where everywhere (inside the bistro too!) and allowed Anouk to add a moody feel to the whole set, (which reminds me of a perfect tune to watch these pictures by, a song about the passing of time and the changing of seasons by Sandy Denny.

Everyone tried to stay outside for quiet evening chats at Marcel’s terrace as long as there where some warmth left and before the snow settled in.

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Eventually Halloween arrived and Marcel’s rose to the occasion with some great sets from our dj’s and yet some more awesome decorations by Anouk!

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The Matelots where also active, and in true pioneer fashion sailed out to discover new lands, and were treated by team Captain (G-WINZ) to some wonderful routes, sampling all the seasonal beauty of SL’s winter wonderland. There was also an unusual trip to the Great Wall of China, where we were kindly hosted by Selena Nirvana of the Heartbreakers Entertainment group, and her wonderful Chinese pavilion venue which held the cruise party.

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And we finally got to Holiday season. Anouk once again showed her skills in decorating Marcel’s and all of Croissantville, and all ye merry group enjoyed a time of warm friendship inspired by outstanding musical shows which conveyed according to each dj’s style the spirit of the season.

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Kala in one of her astounding Christmas gowns
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Marcel’s by snowfall

So here is 2015!

We can’t wait to see what it will bring to Marcel’s and the Caffeine Nights group, and take this chance to wish you all, once again, a Happy New Year!

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Quiet contemplation at closing time

 

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Marcel’s Sur la Mer

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Marcel’s Bistro is now a bijou waterfront establishment – by popular demand!

Snapshot_001The location of the bistro is on exactly the same plot as before (so your LM’s will still work as before) but instead of being up on a platform, we are now making the most of the lovely sea view we have down on the ground level.

Snapshot_002Uncle Marcel requested that we reproduce his old fishing village so I have tried to incorporate this whilst also keeping a taste of the old Paris that he loved so much. The renovations are a work in progress so please excuse any rough bits around the edges in the meantime.

Snapshot_004 Whereas Sword used to call our original landing spot the ‘Place des Cerises’, he has now decided that the bistro is located in Croissant Ville sur Mer.

I eagerly look forward to his next brilliant idea that will involve more major construction work on my part 😛

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Slightly Belated Halloween pics

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I’ve been meaning to get a post up about all the various shows and events that we held over the Halloween week, but as I myself was unfortunately unable to be present for these, I was waiting for my dear co-host, Sword, to produce the article for this section. However, due to some very serious high priority matters (*cough* sailing *cough*) he has not been able to get around to it, so I’m just going to put up some pictures of the club with the rather fab décor – if I do say so myself. We did have a wee pre-Halloween bash to celebrate the completion of the decorations, but I’m still waiting for someone (*cough* Sword *cough*) to send those to me…     😛

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And I really couldn’t resist showing off my brand new Maleficent costume, bought specially for the occasion..

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Marcel’s Sailing Regatta

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‘Twas a bright and breezy evening as Team Marcel gathered on the quay at the Canadian ‘Dancing Waters’ Sailing Centre and rez zone.

Snapshot - Sailing_001The route had been suggested by Sword and mapped out by G on a navigation HUD the week before – with Niamh accompanying him and happily playing the ukelele.

The numbers worked well as we had five boats and ten sailors.

Sword and Alexia were in ‘Becky’s Baby-Sloop’, Niamh and Kalanite were in a class40 Saph, Lorah and Valdez were in Motor Loon’s Oceanic yacht, Jeff and Susse in a Loonetta and G and Rhia likewise.

Sadly after the first few waypoints we never saw Lorah and Val again as they disappeared over the horizon, although they were at the Blue Pelican for the after-sail dance

 

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The rest of us though, managed to stay together with Niamh lowering the sails of her very nippy boat so we could all catch up – and Jeff performing elegant looping manoeuvres to rejoin the group further back.

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Unfortunately he ran aground on some lighthouse rocks at a tricky turning later on and with G noticing and waiting for them to get free, the line stretched out for a while before we regrouped at waypoint 11.

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A little further on from there, we all hit a bad sim and took off into the air before a relog and re-rez at a conveniant LCC rez area. The line then stretched out again poor Niamh and Kala were hit with more dodgy sims while the rest of us limped on to the Blue Peiican – where Sword, Lorah and G have moorings and small houses at the nearby Sunbird Marina.

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Club owners Benny & Runa were there to welcome us and a few other group members turned up as G hit the decks with some nautical-tropical tunes and Sword handed out participation trophies as we gathered for a group photo in the Team Marcel T-shirts provided by Caffiene Nights & Marcel’s venue creator and landlady, Anouk.

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Watch this space – or don’t click away your notices – for information on the next cruise – which we’ll now be having monthly!

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Happy RezDay Valdez!

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A very happy Rezday to my dear friend Valdez, on the 8th of May.

I’m sorry I couldn’t be there my friend, but it seems that there was quite a party. I hope that Sword kept the bubbly flowing! 🙂

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Seratta Italiana

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On Saturday 3rd of May, Caffeine Nights was proud to open with our first themed show of the season. Some of you who have been members of the old Club Mirage will know that we have done many themed shows over the years, and I am slowly getting round to uploading pics from them to the Past Shows page.

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On a train voyage from Milan to Genoa our friends Stella and Fabio passed the time away making a list of their favourite Italian tunes, since we had once considered the idea of an Italian evening.  This is mostly the result of their choices put together with the elegant and creative vision of our own Anouk, one of the best set designers in Sl!
Could only result in this amazing evening, to which our Italian friends decided to add some classic and historical figures, making it a mix of romantic Italy and lost Atlantis!

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So it was great fun to roll out one of our old sets for our new guests to enjoy. We created a romantic Italian evening in the Colosseum in Roma, where our guests came and danced in the flickering shadows to the beautiful tunes selected by our friends Stella and Fabio and played by our very own DJ, Sword.

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Everyone made a fantastic effort with their outfits and we had some very impressive visitors.

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We even had our own version of the Trevi fountain, and guests were able to throw in coins to make a wish…

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The evening ended with a surprise firework show, and guests being showered with hearts and flowers..

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(although earlier in the evening, there had been a brief, un-forecasted flurry of..pizza..?)  😉

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Sword has put together a groovy slideshow of the evening so if you want to get a little feel of the music and atmosphere, here it is, and don’t forget to subscribe to his channel for future events! 🙂