An Interview with
April 1989. There was an ad in "Pipeline" (Do you like/love Beauty and the Beast? Interested in forming a club - our contact # is...) Five people met in Arundel County, Maryland and formed a local fan group for Maryland and Virginia - named after the Chesapeake Bay - Chesapeake Helpers' Society for Beauty and the Beast.
Yes, we have always had involvement in community services activities, in keeping with the values of the tunnel community. Our members have actively participated in and donated time and money to such organizations as Breast Cancer Research, Pediatric Aids, Women and Children Shelters, Food Banks, Cat Shelters, National Institute of Health, S.O.M.E. (a local food bank, So OthersMight Eat), literary organizations providing books to children, Arthritis Foundation, Alzheimer's Foundation, Sarcoidosis Foundation, and other organizations that deal with lung diseases.
We started with the Kingdom by the Sea #1, 1999 convention. The candle making is a family secret, handed down from generation to generation. If we tell you, we'd have to dip you in hot wax and stick a wick on your head - LOL!!
Our talent numbers are a group effort - a product of warped minds and seriously disturbed childhoods.
Our usual activities consist of Winterfest, Summerfest,
Saowen, monthly meetings, social events, EBay sales to raise money for charity,
charitable work year round, hunting for prizes for Beast Bingo, and one of our
favorite past-times - eating.
7. What kind of community service and outreach activities are you still involved in? Do you have any particular pet projects?
Some of our pet projects are raising money for S.O.M.E. and
other food banks, The Children's
The responses we get are very positive.
Most of the time when we mention that we are a fan group for the television series Beauty and the Beast, we hear, "Oh, I remember that show." "I loved that show." "Wasn't that the show with that lion guy and/or the Terminator babe?"
Also the "WOW!!!" reaction we get when we have gone to various Renaissance Faires with "Vinny", or when "Vinny" shows up on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, or Griffith Park in LA, or at subway stations and on the streets of NYC as well as various drainpipes all over the U.S. (Thank you, Lisa.)
Particularly meaningful moments for us are our contributions to the Sarcoidosis Foundation in memory of late member and beloved treasurer, Clarettta Gamble, to the Arthritis Foundation for another deceased member, and one of our "founding mothers," Marian Wagner, and to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in honor of our current members, Renee Long being one of these.
Our group really enjoys the family spirit as well as the values depicted in BATB.
No, we have never hosted a convention; but we have lent our assistance to many through the candles, panels, monetary donations, and setting up our tunnel and chamber at some of the "drive-able" conventions.
Whenever possible, we have attended Broadway shows and local theater productions as well as non-BATB fan conventions.
14. Other than the conventions, have you ever been involved or interacted with members of the Beauty and the Beast cast or staff?
Yes, members have had dinner with Roy (and Kay) Dotrice in
15. Does your group own any memorabilia from the Beauty and the Beast TV show?
Yes, we have costumes, candles, scripts, pictures, Pascal's pipe sticks, crew jackets, and an authentic original ad from a NYC subway train.
Yes, this is a hard one to keep secret.
We prefer the personal touch of sending the newsletter through the mail. Our members look forward to receiving hard copies, something they can share and save. Not all of our members have email, preferring the personal touch of fandom, to include birthday and anniversary cards sent through the mail, as well as flowers and memorabilia.
19. Do you keep scrapbooks of all your activities?
Yes, we have a club archives.
Yes. Our "Vinny" (Lisa), who hardly ever says "no" to our wild schemes. To Judy, Loretta and Kathryn for their devotion to and hard work with no-kill animal shelters. And, of course, to our "President for Life" Brenda, for keeping the club going, keeping us all together with a minimum of bloodshed, and preventing a plethora of cement overshoes.
Yes. Remember the spirit of the tunnels, respect your fellow fans and the show itself.Here are a few links if you would like to see video of a little soft shoe, a conga line and some disco.