WFOL2005 was put together by a group of fans – The Wintercandlemakers2 Committee - from all over the world, because Beauty and the Beast is loved all over the world. We are new fans as well as day one fans; some had already worked on last year's WFOL2004, others have joined this year; some have had the opportunity to meet in the real world, others do not even know one another's faces.
They are, in approximate alphabetical order:
Annik Perrot - from France, Europe
Andrea - from New Hampshire, USA
Chandler - from Michigan, USA
Claire - from France, Europe
Deb - from Lousiana, USA
J'ecris - from Minnesota, USA
Jeff Carden - from New York, USA
Ginny - from Virginia, USA
Lesley Burton - from UK, Europe
Lynn Walker - a Scot living in Japan
Mary Burk - from Kansas, USA
Rosemarie Salvatore - from New Jersey, USA
Sobanme/222333 - from Italy, Europe
Tunnelmom - from Wisconsin, USA
All of them helped in their own unique, creative, time consuming and loving ways to again make Winterfest as entertaining and as memorable a tribute to B&B as possible. Some of their contributions put a brighter glow on the celebration, while others were absolutely essential, the event being impossible without them. They know who they are: thank you.
Thanks must be extended to husbands, families, friends (hello Marcus!), and coworkers who had the patience to tolerate these last four months of foolishness on our part, and even support and help us!
The Wintercandlemakers would like to express our most sincere and heartfelt appreciation to everyone who helped make this Winterfest a success. B&B fans are a generous group, and many have given of their time, talents and skills to help create this event: those who submitted their art, writing and crafts; those who made web pages, wallpapers, videos, and other computer generated art so appropriate to an online event; those who performed in the talent show; those who sent pictures for the T-shirt gallery.
All of those contributions were easily attributable to their creators, but there were others behind the scenes who also gave generously of their time and talents. First of all, one very special thank you goes to Lynn Wright for the beautiful sites she built for the event. To make this event as international as its visitors, we had help from gabi, Jennifer, Eva, and Caterina to translate messages and events from English to several other languages. To allow us to present artwork and stories for the first time online, Linda Wong spent many hours of her time in the scanning of art and texts. And we thank Clare Sieffert for a few priceless suggestions as well as the permission to use her art for our activities.
We also express our gratitude to those writers and artists who took time to answer our many interview questions. For years their work has been available to help us keep the dream alive. We add an extra thanks to those who allowed Winterfest to be the place where they displayed their works online for the first time.
Thank you also to the artists who permitted us to use their work for our games:
And, last but not least, the webmasters who made their sites a part of our treasure hunt, one of the favorites among the many treats of our event:
Lynn Wright - CABB
Lynn Wright - The Steam Tunnels
And we would be remiss if we didn't thank our visitors, whose presence, comments and enthusiasm transformed Winterfest from planned activities to the festive party it was intended to be. As we have said before, Winterfest wouldn't be the same without you.
Oh, and of course, thank you to you, Beauty and the Beast characters.
In some Alternate Universes, perhaps just in the alternate universe of our hearts, you are "real", because we made you real, like the Velveteen rabbit tale taught us.
This is a homage to you, especially to you. Thank you for existing.
January 16, 2005