Monday, January 15, 2007
The ebay auctions to benefit CARE have ended, totally $327.17. Together
with $185 donations in cash, we've raise $512.17! Thank you, all who
contributed! (If you were too busy winterfesting before to get to it,
there's still time, but please hurry.)
I added a survey results link on the left, in case you're curious. We
don't really want you taking the survey additional times to satisfy
that curiosity. ;-)
Sunday, January 14, 2007, update 4
This is our final update this year, we think. ;-) We've had a ball. We
hope you have too. The closing
are not to be missed! There's a LOT of stuff on that page, including
the convention history project and a link to the website of the 20th
anniversary con in Los Angeles. Don't forget to scroll
The "special" chat
transcripts have been posted on the chat schedule page.
The final survey
You can help us immensely by taking a few minutes of your time and
answering some simple questions about you, BATB, fandom and Winterfest
Online. We depend on YOUR feedback. Your responses will help shape the
future of Winterfest Online.
If you submitted things to Winterfest, you are of course free to post
them elsewhere now, and we encourage you to do so. If you don't know
where to post them, email us for options.
If you loved the Candlelight
Creations, you'll be pleased to know they have a new home
- soon. Passage and Quotes and MR's My Two Cents are also
taking up residence there.
Winterfest Online will be going into archive mode as soon as the
candlemakers catch up on their sleep and household chores and personal
hygiene and whatnot. ;-) It should be up a few more days at least. The
interactive features (apart from the games), will be going down
relatively soon - before the spammers find them. Interviews and
suchlike will be up semi-permanently.
Sunday, January 14, 2007 update 3
Some on the yahoogroup requested Bless the Beasts and the Children
and Joe's Fantasy, music vids from
last year by Candlelight Creations and Deb/mahjafo, respectively. Here
At least one more update to come. Please check back for closing
ceremonies and our parting survey. Your feedback is important and
helpful to us.
Sunday, January 14, 2007 update 2
This might be the last day of Winterfest Online 2007 - or it might not,
LOL! - but the party goes on. RL intervenes, and we don't have
everything up yet, so look for
another update still. (And here I thought I was kidding about the last
update being on Monday! Hehe.)
- Visit the world candle map and read all the beautiful
by all your fellow BATB fans. See if you can find the candles lit by
Jay Acovone and Lee Holdridge.
- We have another treasure for you, a new piece of
But you must put together a jigsaw puzzle to see what it could be. We
promise, you won’t be disappointed. (And for those of you who
don't like jigsaws, there's an easy mode, don't fret.)
- If you haven't given your feedback in any other way,
feel free to leave comments in the guestbook found in the Great Hall or
on the What’s New page. We would sincerely appreciate hearing
- One last interview has been posted, with a couple of
the gals from the LA con com. Check 'em out.
- If you missed the YM talent show, you missed some
great stuff! Just so you don't feel too left out, some have sent their
performances in mp3 format. Have a listen in the talent show page.
Sunday, January 14, 2007 update 1
Last night's chat with Lee Holdridge was a great time! Come join us now
- 2pm EST - on Yahoo messenger as we chat with Judy Shimizu, a
fan who was also an extra on the show! Also, her interview is up. Have
Where did the week go? Today begins the eighth day of
Winterfest! So much still to do… so little time!!
You won't want to miss our chat with Lee
at 7pm EST. Come meet and greet the man who wrote the theme for Beauty
and the Beast and added so much to the episodes with his beautiful
music. We will be using a new chat room! Here is
the link, and it's also linked from the chat schedule page: http://thetunnels.com/chat/
And to get warmed up, come and join us in that same chat
room for our SND chat scheduled for
4pm EST. Just what is the best SND idea out there? (And just what is
the best chatroom? <g>)
Lynne Wexler's Denying the
Dark, a full zine Finally
Online for your enjoyment, premieres today.
New things in the Games Nook!
- The children of the tunnels have gotten together for
of hide and seek and
have issued a challenge to the fans to find them. They have scattered
throughout the tunnels. Good Luck!
- Also new is a Beauty and the Beast all season crossword
puzzle. See if you can fill in all the answers.
And more things coming later today.
We hope. <g>
(Have you noticed how the update gets later every day? Tomorrow's will
be on Monday. Kidding! LOL!)
And guess what happens exactly one month from today? (Jumping up and
Hello, hola, bonjour, hallo, ciao and gashi to all of you! As
we head into the final weekend of our online get-together, we wonder
how time has flown so quickly.
Today is a very special day. It's Vincent's birthday! As some of you
will recall, we're doing something a little different this year, taking
a step back in time to celebrate Vincent's 10th birthday. We have some
lovely surprises for you and a few lighthearted activities ready on the
birthday page. And fandom's quilt to Vincent is finished! Thank you all
for your contributions. It makes a beautiful gift. (Dialup visitors,
the quilt page is chock-full of images and you may have some trouble
seeing it, so just for you we've made a screencap of it, which you can
access at the left of the Updates page.)
We have some wonderful surprises for you! Saturday at 7PM EST, Lee
Holdridge will be chatting with us! Brush up on Lee by reading our
interview with this talented man posted yesterday. Then on Sunday, 2PM
EST we will be chatting with Judy Shimizu, who appeared
in BATB as
an actual tunnel dweller! Mark your calendars. You won't want to miss
either one. Stay tuned for more information.
Also, Saturday we have an SND chat at 4 pm EST. Join us as we discuss
options for creating the definitive She's Not Dead story. Anyone
interested in doing a role play chat tonight? Post on the yahoogroup if
Have you dropped into the BATB bench project yet? Stop in and read all
the lovely suggestions for the inscription on the almost-there Central
Park Bench. Who knows, they might inspire you to add one of your own.
Our interview today is with Sally Newman, the founder of the oldest
BATB outreach program, Father's Fan Fare. Read about how our beloved
series has again touched so many lives.
As you have come to expect, all the daily activities have new
challenges today. So after you've dropped in on Vincent's birthday
party, you can visit your favorites haunts again
January 11, 2007
Happy Thursday! We hope you're managing to get at least a little sleep
in amongst all your merrymaking.
- New tunnel folk have been added to our denizens page,
poor girl from the Mosaic story! :-o Better check in on both of them.
(And there's still time to add your own character.)
- Today we present an extensive collection of
B&B passages and
quotes generously bestowed on Winterfest. If you're looking for that
one special quote, odds are good you'll find it here.
- There have been some interesting insights over in the
section. Pop by and add yours!
- Today's interview is with Lee Holdridge, who wrote
much of the music in our beloved show.
- Mastered all the games in the Games Nook?
Check out a
new one, Hangword. It's Hangman with a twist. (You'll need Internet
- Psst! Tomorrow is Vincent's birthday. Have you made a
square for his quilt yet? Hurry now - you're running out of time!
- So, is anyone here not yet addicted to youtube?
There's some pretty
cool BATB stuff on there lately! We've decided to dedicate a page to it
today and have made a place for you to let us know about any other BATB
youtube vids you're aware of. Share the joy! :-D
Oh yes, all the daily updated stuff is updated again
- we wouldn't want
you to run out of things to do now, would we? ;-) Check out the links
on the left of the Updates page for all the things you
should check every day if you don't want to miss anything.
- And speaking of sharing the joy, the talent show is
coming up on
Sunday. It will take place in Yahoo Messenger conference. Also, if
you'd like to send us an mp3 of your performance, that would be, if
anything, even better, as more of our Winterfest visitors could enjoy
it. Come on, there's an awful lot of talented folks in this fandom -
what have you got? :-)
Welcome to the 5th and middle day of Winterfest Online 2007. We hope
you enjoy the second half of WFOL as much as the first. In case our
suggestions haven't made it plain, let's say it more bluntly: we're
pretty sure you'll enjoy yourself more the more you
so leave a poem in the Daily Challenge, answer the Question of the Day,
write a funny caption in the games, join a chat... well, you get the
It's a new day and all the things we update every day have been - you
guessed it - updated again! New roundrobin chapters, a new
interview, and a new tunnel denizen has taken up residence
Also the ebay auctions to benefit CARE have been posted. Visit the
charity page to check them out.
Oh hey! The treasure hunt is today! This year's treasure hunt
take you far and wide, through steam tunnels and gutters and to visit
multiple countries. Grab your flashlights and get ready to
the clues to a treasure definitely worth finding at the end of your
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Day Four of Winterfest Online 2007 and there's no rest for the weary
(especially us! LOL!)
Here's a quick rundown on what’s happening in our daily
- We've received $100 so far for the charity we've
this year, CARE. Please stop by the charity page and learn about their
- The Great Hall never looked so nice. Check out the
- The last in our series of BATB shorts is now playing
in the Candlelight
Creations theater. If you like kisses... well, see for
- New chapters in both of our roundrobins are
waiting quietly to be read. Featured writers today are Lynn Wright,
Classic and Goldie Jones, 3S.
- The connection between BATB and poetry was never more
obvious then in our Daily
Word Challenges. Check out the beautiful and humorous
submissions so far. Then write your own on today’s word, Joe.
and Question of the Day offer up wonderful thoughts and
comments on a variety of topics.
- Murder most foul is afoot in the tunnels. Read this
Story and see if you can predict where the story will go.
Better yet, write a line or two yourself.
- Exercise those brain cells and add your view on one
of our Essay/Debate
topics or have some fun and create your very own new Tunnel Denizen.
And new offerings continue to be added to the menu.
- The chatters
been meeting in Yahoo Messenger conference. There appears to be a
strong preference for it over our new chatroom. If you want to join the
chats, install YM and post your yahoo id in the
- Here are a group of interviews
we’re sure you're going to enjoy. We’ve asked three
impersonators to tell us about themselves and their experiences as
“Vincent.” Amazing is a good word to sum them up.
- Looking for a quiet place to relax between all the
activity and still be entertained? Drop in on our brand new Listening Chamber.
Listen to poetry, or an excerpt from a favorite tale submitted by fans
from around the world. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in the
tunnels, perhaps sitting next to Vincent. (Don't sit next to Mouse - he
fidgets too much.)
- Another new offering is an incredible collection of
fan’s ponderings on each of the first 44 episodes of BATB. A
treasury of insight and thought provoking questions are the My Two Cents of
- Learn about the project that seeks to put a BATB Bench in Central Park!
It's close to being a reality! (I call dibs for sitting on it first! -J)
Monday, January 8,
The weekend is now over but unlike Above, we’re going to
continue to “Party hearty!”
First, just a small reminder of our daily updated activities:
Corinne continues to add her magic to the Great Hall with a lovely new
wallpaper. We hoped
you all joined Vincent as he opened the doors to the Great Hall. Our
next BATB video
short will give you a slightly different perspective.
And the chuckles continue with Fun
with Screencaptures from last year. Our Classic Roundrobin
continues to unfold as Cynthia Hatch takes up the tale in Chapter
Three. The Daily Word
Challenges are truly a delight to read.
Let’s see what today will bring as we focus on Elliot. And be sure
to check out the Question
and Quotes of the Day and the exciting Mosaic
There is still time to add your own quilt
square design to Vincent's
As Ginger mentioned on the yahoogroup, someone substituted watercolors
in the Painted Tunnels and they're not sticking! We contacted art.com
and they say they're aware of the problem but it won't be fixed for a
couple of weeks! We'll see if we can find a substitute, or you can
follow the directions Ginger posted.
Now onto a few new
This year we have a special offering for our 3rd and all season fans. A
first chapter by Rhonda Collins.
We’re all familiar with the tunnel dweller, William. Now get
a glimpse of the man behind the actor in our next interview with Ritch
In one of our candle messages, we asked you to create new tunnel denizens.
Have a look at what you came up with. If you haven't yet created one
and would still like to, it's not too late! Send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BATB enlightened us and also engendered many questions. We proposed
just five of these in our candle announcements and in returned received
some wonderful and thought-filled responses. Visit the Essays/Debates
chamber and after reading the current selections, add your
“voice” to the debates. It’s a fantastic
opportunity to discuss these topics with your fellow fans.
There are so many simple ways for you to participate in our
celebration. We hope that you’ll leave a little part of
here each day.
Sunday, January 7,
Did you all enjoy your first day of Winterfest Online? (If not, you
must have wandered out of the Great Hall and stumbled into the Abyss.)
The fun continues today.
- A new wallpaper
by Corinne is up in the Great Hall.
- The second video
in our series of BATB shorts is playing in our theater accompanied by
another selection from last year’s offerings.
- Our Classic Round
Robin continues with Rosemarie Hauer writing the second
- The Daily
is off to a great start! Be sure to stop in, read the wonderful poetry
and write one of your own. Today’s character is Catherine.
Now a few NEW things to explore today.
- The Mosaic
Story is sounding VERY interesting.
- A new cave was recently discovered where a community
artists have posted their BATB art on the walls. Be sure to stroll
through the DeviantArt
B&B Cave and enjoy these new finds.
- Our first interview
is available for your delight. Take a moment and learn about a very
special group and the person behind the scenes. A wonderful
- The Painted
are back by popular demand. Remember how you felt as a child with a new
box of paints and a blank sheet of paper? Recapture that feeling by
leaving something created by your inner child on the tunnel walls.
- Our traditional Episode Discussion Chat
is scheduled for 4PM EST. Join us as we all watch “Dead of
Winter” together in our own homes. (Now isn’t that
Welcome! Welcome to all who enter the Great Hall to
celebrate with us
Winterfest Online 2007! Despite the many gremlins that have haunted our
workroom, our fourth Beauty and the Beast family reunion is ready to be
enjoyed by all!! We have many familiar and favorite activities for you
on this first day of festivities.
- Winterfest just wouldn't be Winterfest without the Opening
Ceremonies. Join Vincent as he opens the doors to the
Great Hall. Then
sit back and *listen* to the traditional opening words of this beloved
your candle on the world map is a MUST!
Share the light
and watch its glow spread across the world. Take a moment and write a
note to your fellow BATB fans.
- To make your experience the best it can be, you need
And there is no better place then the WFOL yahoo group,
open 24-7 - but
only during Winterfest! Catch
up with old friends. Meet some new ones. Talk. Laugh. Share. Connect.
Don't be surprised if Elizabeth and a few other tunnel dwellers show up
periodically to say hello.
- Winterfest is a *feast* for the eyes and ears, and
the main entrees
are the submissions sent
in by the fans. The talent of this fandom is
amazing and varied. Be sure to visit every chamber and sample all the
wonderful *dishes* submitted for your pleasure.
- The Games
Nook is always a favorite spot to have some
come up with some new ones we hope you'll like. Stop back often, as
more will be added as the week progresses.
- The ever popular Round
Robin returns...in two
formats! We have a
classic tale with the first and last chapters written by the same
talented writer. AND, starting Monday, for the first time we have a
Third Season Round Robin for our 3S and all season fans.
- Our *walls* will again be beautifully decorated with Corinne's wallpapers.
Look for a different one each day.
- Candlelight Creations is back with nine new videos.
unexpected as we start with a four part series of new BATB video
shorts. Take a trip down memory lane as the WFOL 2006 vids make a
- Giving has always been a part of BATB fandom. Our charity this year is
CARE. Be sure to stop in.To help raise donations, we
have several ebay auctions planned. Who knows? You may just be the
lucky winner of some BATB memoribilia.
Ok. Take a breath.... Now, let's continue.
- Our dream has FINALLY become a reality. The first
season of Beauty
and the Beast is being released on DVD!!!!
We have all the details and
a great little video capturing the excitement of the news.
The best parties offer many ways to have fun and become
year's Winterfest Online wants you to have the best experience ever, so
we have LOTS of ways to participate, both old and new.
- BATB and poetry go hand in hand. Last year's Daily
were so much fun that it is back again. This year all our challenge
words are people. Today's daily challenge features Father.
- The Mosaic
Story returns! Help your fellow fans write
adventure, a sweet romance, a puzzling mystery....one line at a time.
You never know which direction the storyline will take.
quilt is still being sewn together so if
added your quilt square, don't wait! Help us make this a
very special gift to Vincent on his birthday.
- New this year is the Quote of the Day.
Each day we
will offer up a
group of beloved quotes for your enjoyment.
Remember, this is just the beginning! As the days progress, we will add
more goodies to the table of Winterfest Online 2007. So be sure to come
back often to the Great Hall. It's your place to be for fun and
fellowship. Links to everything mentioned can be found along
the left side of this page. (If you are on dialup,
you may want to
bookmark this as your Winterfest homepage instead of the Great Hall.)
- Also added to our menu this year is an activity
of the Day. We've gathered some simple but intriguing
waiting for you to leave a comment or two.
Finally, we want to extend a warm invitation to everyone
to come to our welcome
chat at 9PM EST.
As always, if you have any problems or don't understand
something, please don't be shy. We're all family. Drop a word on the
WFOL yahoogroup, or contact us at email@example.com
and we will get back to you as soon as possible.