THE CROSSROADS AND THE SUMMERLANDS
The Summerlands is actually divided into two totally
separate areas: The Crossroads and The Summerlands.
THE CROSSROADS: The first
area you will encounter is called The Crossroads and it is exactly what its name implies
... the place where your path first encounters (or crosses) ours. This is where
non-members/guests go to find information on The Summerlands.
Available for your perusal and enjoyment are:
- General Information:
<waving sign "YOU ARE HERE"> This area tells you how the site is
generally laid out and what we're all about as a community.
- The Sites: Site
description for each of the sections in our Members Only area. (these are
descriptions only ... they will not lead you to the actual sites)
- Your Hosts: Pics and
bios of the staff so you know who you're talking to.
- The Main Calendar:
Who's doing what, when, and where. This is updated constantly, so check it often to
see what's new. All items on the calendar are held at our irc chat room unless
- The Public Library:
Please feel free to browse the Public Library and download any file that you find of
interest for your own personal use. Please don't upload these copyrighted files
anywhere else without getting permission from the authors. Enjoy!
- The Hall of Remembrance Memorial Site: We feel that the information presented in The Hall of Remembrance is too
important to keep for the exclusive use of our members. So we have created a mirror
site of the Hall. This site is vitally important to understanding the History of The
Burning Times, but might be too much for people who are highly sensitive to violence and
is not suitable for younger children. Some of the information is difficult to deal
- We, The People: We
started this page as an aid to help keep folks apprised of what 'that bunch in DC' is
doing! Our freedom is a precious thing that will be eroded without constant
vigilance on the part of 'we, the people.' Watch them like a hawk and make plenty of
noise if you don't think they're doing it right!!! And for Gods' sakes GO VOTE!!!
- EuroCelts: This section
is for the use of all our non-English speaking Celtic cousins 'across the pond and around
the world.' You can find pretty much any of the European/Celtic languages on the
board over there, and there's even some translation software for those of us not fluent in
'the old tongues' <G>.
- The Chat Room: This is
our onsite chat box that links to our irc chat room. It allows you to talk to us in
a live irc room using ActiveX software. Just go there, and fill in the blanks and
hit the button... Voila' (A quick note: Check the Main Calendar first...
otherwise you might wind up sitting in a room with nobody to talk to)
- The Bruidhean: This is
our guests' message board where you can join in discussions and get a feel for the way we
do things on all of our message boards.
- The Marketplace: This
is our online shopping center where you can pick up everything from hand-woven cloth to a
CD of the last class series that we taught online here at The Summerlands.
- The Guest Book: Kinda
self explanatory <G> Please let us know what you think of us. We aim to
please. We really enjoy reading your entries!
- Class Registration Form:
This is the form you fill out to register for any class or workshop that is being taught
at The Summerlands. It's short and easy (honest <G>)
- Member Registration:
Here is the form that you fill out when you register to become a member of The
Summerlands. We've made it as painless as possible. Please be sure to give an
email address and let us know what your interests are so we can tailor future offerings of
The Summerlands to match the interests of our members.
- The Members' Entrance:
Members (those who have already registered and received their passwords) can enter through
this gateway into the Members Only area. It will take them to a detailed graphic
map (for those enamoured of graphics) and also to a site map (for those who prefer
something more streamlined) of all the possible places that they can go inside The
Summerlands. This was developed before the NavBar so it's kinda redundant, but some
folks really liked it so we left it in.
- The Summer Sun: This is
our E-zine/newsletter. It is published 8 times a year at the Celtic Fire Festivals.
It has articles of interest and personal areas for our members. You can also
review back issues by going to the archives button.
THE SUMMERLANDS: This is our
private members' only community. You must register and agree to abide by our terms and
conditions prior to entering. Membership is free but all contributions of time or money are
accepted and appreciated. Running a site this large and complex costs money, so every
contribution of time or money helps... plus, we think that everyone in the community should
contribute something toward it's upkeep.
We've also found that putting up a firewall and requiring a registration, tends to keep out
those who would do "drive by" flamings and hit and run fundie attacks. So what we have
behind the firewall is an oasis of serenity and community in what could otherwise be a less
than polite open, general internet community.
Once through the Members Arch, you will discover that
there is much to see and do in The Summerlands. We have approximately 18 sites
currently up and another 5 to 10 planned for the future. These sections have
their own message boards where you can enjoy topics of discussion that are relevant to
that site. For instance, discuss the purchase of a loom and how to make soap at The
Enchanted Hand Craft Guild, or discuss Ogham Divination with the Druids at An Daire
Drai'ochta. If you just want to hang out and relax with a pint and a pal, head for
The Old Seaneachi Pub.
Each section has its own library. Many of the
sections have topic specific encyclopedias. The Sanctuary and The Well of Slan have
Prayer and Healing Requests books where you can post whatever your need is so that the
community can assist you.
This should give you a bit of an overview of what to
expect once you step through the archway. If you have any questions about our site,
please email us. We'd love to hear from you. Orrrrr.... leave your question or
comment on the Bruidhean message board so that we can all join in the discussion.