By Bixyl Shuftan
Areo Pines Park and Recreation Area has been holding special events
every month this fall. September had a somber event, a Stairclimb
tribute to the New York firefighters of Sept. 11th. For October, it was
Halloween, with a number of spooky happenings across the several sims.
And this November, it's Thanksgiving's turn, with the Areo Pines Sixth
Annual Thanksgiving Pow Wow.
"All Nations and Tribes Welcome!"
proclaimed a notecard passed around before the event, "Suggested Attire:
Colonial, Pilgrim, Native American, North American Wildlife Avatar,
etc. Turkeys and other fowl attend at their own risk! Warning: This
party has been too much fun in the past, so please celebrate and party
The Pow Wow began with a big party on Friday November 16th. Arriving on
the scene, most everyone was dressed up either in Indian or Pilgrim
outfits, and dancing around a large bonfire. People were having a good
time, cracking "paleface" jokes, with the DJ in a chief's headdress. All
around, a number of teepees and Indian lodges had been set up. There
were also vendors nearby where one could get an Indian or Pilgrim
outfit. And of course a table set up with a huge Thanksgiving feast for
Besides the dancing around, there were birchbark
canoes at the riverbank. One could board one and take it around the
rivers of the park. The part itself has been given an autumn look, with
trees leaves having yellowed and reddened, patches of grass and
stretches of trails covered with the leaves, and of course the sign of
the leaves fluttering down to the ground. The natural scenery was quite
For covering the trails, one could do it on foot, or
on horseback. Not too far away was a horse rezzer. By mounting it, one
received a HUD and a horse. To ride, one detaches one's AO, then wears
(or adds) the HUD and steed. After pressing the synchronize button,
you're ready to trot. But if you already have your own mount, such as an
Amaretto, that's fine too.
The Pow Wow itself is scheduled to go on until the 25th, with Areo Pine's Annual Turkey Shoot sometime during the event. Cindy Bolero, the park's director, told me that it would be a good idea for people to come by and enjoy the autumn colors while they can. After the Pow Wow, a cold front's scheduled to arrive, and bringing snow just in time for the Christmas season.
Equus (18, 241, 22)