2006 BatB Convention, Denver, CO

B&B Fans Rock the Rockies at Remember the Magic
July 7-9, 2006

Rosemarie's con report


From the beauty of the Green Mountain state last year, B&B fans gathered in the Rocky Mountain State this year for Remember the Magic.  Early Friday morning, since the con wasn’t starting until 3pm, a group of us went to visit Celestial Seasonings. Their factory smells wonderful and it was very interesting to see how the tea is made.  Even better for me, was the small art gallery they have of all their packaging art.  Their gift shop was wonderful too with so many great gift ideas featuring the beautiful package images.  I couldn’t help but tell the cashier how much I love their artwork and when I said I especially like the lion she said that I must be with the Beauty & the Beast group. We had lunch in the Celestial Seasonings Café and then headed back to the hotel for opening ceremonies.

The Con Charity was Food Bank of the Rockies and we saw a video to learn more about them and what they do. There was a large box for non-perishable food donations near the Registration table and as the weekend went on it really filled up.  Some people brought their items from home and others went across to the Wal-Mart to buy them right then and there.


Friday evening activities included some getting to know you games and lovely songs by Julie Bain.  Then there was a break to change into our pajamas.  There was popcorn and other goodies to eat during the triple feature Slumber Party.  The highlight was seeing a 1983 pilot for a TV series called “Wishman” that starred Linda Hamilton.  She was good and looked beautiful, but the quality of the writing was not there and we could understand why it was not picked up!  Still, it was right up her alley, dealing with a child sized science experiment that was not expected to live.  It did and they were going to kill it until one scientist (Linda’s character’s husband) develops a guilty conscience and kidnaps it to save it.  The make up on the creature was bizarre – a long way from the high tech effects of today. But this was a very special and unexpected treat.  We then watched “Temptation” followed by a Rocky Horror-like viewing of “Dark Spirit.” 


Saturday started for me with the Fan Projects panel.  Joan S., J’Ecris, Deb, JoAnn, Chan and I each discussed one on-going fan project.  It was very exciting to see that we had a good turn out and people seemed to be interested in all of the projects.

Also on Saturday, Deb gave a panel called “Power Point for Terrified Beginners,” which seemed perfect for me. She took us through how she does her slide shows and made it seem much easier than I thought it was.  For the past three years Deb’s slide shows have been a highlight of the cons and this year she added music videos to the mix!  Throughout the weekend we saw a total of five new videos set to the following songs: “Lullaby,” by the Dixie Chicks; “I Need This,” by Natalie Merchant; “Someone Like Me,” (from Jeckal & Hyde) by Linda Eder and Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and “Seasons of Wither.”  The Wither video was extremely unique - it focused on scenes from TRIS as Vincent struggles with his Dark Side.  But rather than being downer, I really enjoyed it.  It think this was because the mood and tone of the rock song truly fit the scenes and do a great job of expressing the feelings the scenes evoke.

Karen Q and Judy L surprised me by asking if I would help them by filling in for Maranda who didn’t make it to the con this year.  The three of them have a long standing tradition of matching costumes and an accompanying skit.  This year it was Sebastian’s Magical Bunnies.  So I was honored to be the third bunny (Flopsy, Mopsy & Cotton Tail) and we performed the skit just before the Q & A.

Lee Holdridge was signing autographs right before the Q&A and I got in just in time to get my Of Love & Hope CD signed by him -  I told him to just ignore the bunny costume – and he was very sweet and gracious and even took a photo with me.

Lee took the stage first and I really enjoyed listening to his stories because they are from a unique perspective: the music side of things.  He had written down the story of how he came to do the music for B&B and read it to us so that he wouldn’t forget anything. Then talked about his background and the music business in general.  He seems to want to help us get the DVDs made. He said that now that we know who owns B&B, he is going to get us the names of the people at Paramount in charge of the DVD division and told us to send them lots of letters and e-mails.  He said that Paramount is strong in the DVD area and with the 20th Anniversary coming up next year; we may have a very good chance of getting it done!!  Lee also played the B&B music for us and Julie sang “The First Time I Loved Forever.”  Jay came out and Lee and Jay shared the stage for a while – even asking each other questions.  Then Lee left and Jay finished out the afternoon.  There was a group of “Stargate” fans present in full costume to see Jay.  That was really fun to see! 

On Saturday night the banquet hall was beautiful.  The tables were strewn with rose petals and each centerpiece was different.  Ours was a garden trellis type ornament with roses woven through it and a place for a votive candle.  A table near us had a beautiful rocking horse with a sweet clown on top.  As I look around I also caught glimpses of various arrangements of cute teddy bears and roses. 

We started with a moment of silence to remember Nan Dibble and Trisha Kehoe.  There was a lovely poem read in tribute to them.  It was about a child who had such creative flair that she colored objects in any color she pleased.  She was reprimanded by her teacher for wildly colored ducks and eventually began coloring all her ducks a plain, boring brown. I could relate to this story very much and I think the point was that Nan and Trisha were always unique individuals and never colored their ducks brown.

The opening lines of Winterfest were read by Jay and we had the Candlelighting ceremony.  The food was good and our table was a lot of fun.  We saw The Kiss video, Deb showed her “Joe’s Fantasy” slideshow with Jay present, and Julie finished the evening by singing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast theme song quite beautifully.

After the banquet some of the larger auction items went up for bit with Jay’s help.  The big item was a Winterfest candle from the set.  It came with a very moving letter from TPTB saying how the future of the show was uncertain and they appreciated the fans’ support. There was also a New York City Subway poster advertising the show.  I really wanted the poster but it went out of my price range really fast!! 


On Sunday morning there was a Tunnel Tea.  Deb and I were registered for it but then realized that the writer’s workshop was at the same time.  We were really torn about what to do.  Since we both want to write stories we went to the workshop.  However, when we mentioned that we were missing the Tea for it, Janet (aka Kay Simon) graciously ordered us to the Tea and said we could come back later and finish our stories.  It turned out to be a good thing that she did.  The tea was wonderful.  Everything was set up so beautifully – the food, the tea pots, and the tables.  Everyone got a china tea cup to take home. They served us each a huge plate of food.  It was all the traditional food that I’ve heard of but never tried.  Some of my favorite menu items were Mary’s cucumber sandwiches, crumpets with butter and lemon curd, Devonshire splits with strawberry preserves and Devonshire cream, Father’s oatmeal scones, Catherine’s chocolate covered strawberries and Vincent’s Favorite chocolate cake. There were two kinds of hot and one kind of iced tea.  Our hostesses really knew their stuff.  They gave us tips on brewing tea and in general had really put together a classy event.  Right before it ended, we enjoyed taking still life photos of the beautiful tea paraphernalia.  Then Deb and I went back to the writer’s workshop and were grateful to have some one on one time with Janet and our stories.

After that, there were more art and charity items to be auctioned off.  There were many items donated by ABC and I got some Lost items for my sister who is a big fan of that show.  ABC soaps were represented by some All My Children items. It didn’t seem like there was too much interest in them and a comment was made that there must not be too many soap fans in the crowd.  However, I have, in the last year, become a huge fan of ABC’s One Life to Live and I spent the whole time wishing there had been some OLTL items. I guess I would have been the only one bidding and would have easily gotten them at a good price! J  I did get a DVD of “Daytimes Greatest Weddings” which includes some OLTL moments.  I also bid on and got one of three beautiful handmade books by Sandy Tew.  At this time, there was a Scrapbooking workshop going on that I was sorry to have to miss.

There was a “Remember the Magic” hour in which fans talked about favorite con memories and at the very end of that hour I read some poetry that reminded me of V&C by a favorite poet of mine, Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  Then came the closing ceremonies and one order of business to take care of.  A while back I put a message on the lists at the request of Brooke Rodriguez of the Carousel & Caverns group.  Brooke is still holding the money collected years ago to try and get Ron P. a star on the Walk of Fame.  Since getting that star is now out of reach, she had wanted to give the money to charity.  But since it was not her money, she didn’t feel that she had the right to make such a decision on her own.   To our surprise, however, there was no response/discussion to my message and, as a result, I didn’t know what to tell her.  When she heard about my idea for a Bench in Central Park dedicated to B&B, she felt that would be a good use of the money, but still felt that her hands were tied.  She didn’t want to cause any hard feelings in Fandom and I sympathized because I wouldn’t want to do that either.   But after presenting this dilemma at the Closing Ceremonies everyone voted that it would be an acceptable use of the money. So between Brooke’s Star money and the checks that I collected at the con, we are already more than half way there!!  Brooke and I are really excited about this and I really hope that this is a good sign that the bench will become a reality!  (Please consider contributing even just a small amount to this project if you haven’t already done so). 

The Candle was passed to the Carousel and Caverns Community for 2007.  Then the con was officially over - but there was still a lot of fun to be had in various hotel room parties and on the Monday morning Mountain Parks bus trip.  On that trip, we went to the Red Rocks Amphitheater – an outdoor auditorium where the acoustics are excellent.  The surrounding natural rock formations were amazing too. After that we went to Buffalo Bill’s gravesite.  In the café I tasted a buffalo burger.  On the way there we passed a little shop in the mountains called the “Crystal Rose.”   It was a wedding shop – I was puzzled as to why one would be placed in such a remote location - but here were a lot of oohs and ahhs from the bus as someone pointed out the sign.  The bus driver didn’t know what had happened.  He said we nearly gave him a heart attack as he thought it might have been a wild animal we were seeing. J The bus also took us on a winding mountain road where the views looking down were literally breathtaking!


On Tuesday, Deb, Cyndi and I did the Denver City tour and I enjoyed that too. We saw the beautiful Molly Brown house and had fun shopping in the Victorian gift shop.  We took lots of pictures of the beautiful white horse statue high a top the Denver Broncos stadium.  Near the entrance below, there was also an amazing sculpture of seven galloping back stallions. It was really a first for me to consider anything sports related an actual highlight of the tour!  We visited the majestic capitol building, where on the front steps there is a gold medallion marking the official 1 mile (5,280ft) above sea level.  There is also a building in the city that they call the Giant Mailbox because of its shape.  So now I will be able to recognize the Denver skyline in pictures.   Between both tours, I got a very good impression of both the city part and the beautiful surrounding landscape part of Denver.  I was very happy for this chance to visit the Mile High City!!

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