The original Ballfest Newsletter was an idea totally and completely my own,
and was sent out for a year or so by me via mass-mailing as I had no idea
about how to have an on-line mailing list. Ballfest 99 in Indiana was
originally planned solely for the purpose of taking a Ballfest to a friend
who was unable to attend a Ballfest held in Chicago the previous year.
The purpose of the BallfestNews community is the distribution of information concerning Ballfests, our history, purpose, newsletter, news, Ballfest souvenirs and includes a geographical roster, birthday list, card exchange, poetry book project, BC/EFA and a variety of special projects. From time to time, there will also be members bios, and other information to help Michael Ball fans get to know each other better, either by mail, or at local, regional, national or international Ballfests.
Currently I own and maintain four Michael Ball/Ballfest related mailing lists. They are
(1) The BallfestNews: An announcement type list as described in Part One
(2) BallfestNewsNYC: An interactive list for people in NYC or nearby who want to participate in local Ballfesting. It is an easy way to discuss things among the group and pass out info to everyone at the same time.
(3) BayAreaBallfestNews: An interactive list for people in Northern California who want to participate in local Ballfesting. It is an easy way to discuss things among the group and pass out info to everyone at the same time.
(4) BallfestNews LA.: Same thing for the Los Angeles, California area.
The purpose of the four lists is to further promote friendships, Ballfesting and ~hopefully~ more of a "family feeling" of closeness and understanding among Michael Ball and musical theatre fans everywhere.
Our Geographic Roster will help participants find others in their own general geographic areas and help in planning their own mini, local, regional Ballfests, or arranging get-togethers as part of future travel plans. A Ballfest can be as simple as a phone call or a local or regional email network, or sharing tapes by mail - as our members in Australia are doing. Let's make Ballfesting a world wide daily event...join our roster, invite your friends, introduce Michael to everyone you know...and as many of us already know, the connections to Michael are everywhere if you think about it and look around you.
We also have a Birthday Greetings List
Joining either listing does not obligate you to DO anything...they are only a couple of very simple ways of getting to know each other better, which on an announcement type list might otherwise be impossible.
Living in the Pacific Northwestern section of the USA, Rachel, Merrill and I are not going to be seeing Michael on a daily, weekly, monthly or even an annual basis ~ however ~ through Ballfesting, we have met people who have worked with Michael, met Michael, seen Michael perform in a musical or at one or more concerts, and finding those links has become a wonderful and interesting hobby for us, and a great way to meet new friends, MB fans and share in the experiences of others. Try it...we think you might find it to be quite a lovely thing to do!
Hugs, and have a Michaelful day!