Thank you Repoman for sharing your dream with Sonoma of holding a cross-shard Spring Festival. From start to finish the purpose of the event was to have fun, bring unity and promote our communities. It is pretty well known that Sonoma enjoys a good party and as plans were underway, it soon became apparent how big a party this would be. To kick off the festivities and lend a hand where needed, The Hospitality Information Center was there with the ever patient Ally Cat ([email protected] One of the main events was Capture the Flag, held on the outskirts of Moonglow town. Organized by vet player Alesha Lancermane (TLF), and Sonoma Guy (=V=), along with the ever watchful eyes of refs and rezzers; TorAnn (YAD) of You Are Dead and Paul Bunion (KB) of Knights of Balaklava. They handsomely awarded each participating team with prize money. To keep things exciting in town, the Order of Denfensor Fortis did what they are famous for, making bank drops. The Sky Is Falling events were a ton of fun as members of ODF; Syphilis, Aradia, Lovely in Lace, Macradon, Calypso, Eldin Shadowson, Kenny, Lord Luther, and Lady Raven dropped loot three times around the Moonglow bank. III Legion organized the Peeps with Bunnies Races. Jane, Sierra, and Del Xavier/ Max also provided the supporting staff needed from III Legion volunteers; Nighthawk, Moriana, Veisha Taltos, Kolian, Kayodtoe, DeaDPooL/Necros, Zeubin Xabier. The Races included taming a bunny and run the course with it, well more like hop, to the finish line where Prizes and Gold were given to the top 3 racers. Laughter filled Moonglow as onlookers cheered for the bunnies. Now a party without food is simply - Boring! The ever gracious and gentle Sonoma Angels of Light (SAL), LoveSpirit and Selene provided a Gigantic Picnic Basket. Assisted by kind hearted volunteers; Apollo, Blade, and Lil' Bit (M/N), they prepared an abundance of bag lunches full of delights and laid out an overflowing feast of food and drinks for all. Guided by the experienced hands of the Keepers of the Virtuous Path (KVP), the Peoples Army of Sonoma (PAS), and the Knights of Valor & Honor (KVH), the Crafty Crafters presented some of the best skilled crafters known to Sonoma. Organizing this huge event was no easy task but with leaders like; Garnet El Ren for (KVP) Organizer and running contests, Allesan, Organizer of (PAS) volunteers, and Carpenters, Lord Connel for Smiths, Lord Galahad, Organizer for (KVH) and tailor the task was achieved. And with volunteers; Jose Cuervo and Sew What performing their multi talented tailoring skills, Lady Grace (KVP) and Lady Sky as Wandering Scribes, Ruby El Ren as a Crafty Crafter Girl & Girl Friday things were well in control. Oh, wait, there were more volunteers; Shaft, handled the dragons and leather donations, Don Miguel took a role in the Tinker & Carpenter trades, Tink Greentree being a 7X GM supported any craft needed. Pup Barleycorn graciously showed us his infamous GM Cooking skills along with the ever-talented GM Cook, Beryl El Ren, and Axe Fisher assisting them at the delightfully decorated Barleycorn Bakery. Other fantastic volunteers lending their services for the day were Levi Strauss, Lady Almond Joy (PAS), Aylan Fergus, and Lord Gimli, was designated "Organizer of Lavendar" (KVP). This was just a small glimpse of the many other volunteers that made the Crafty Crafters event - fantastic fun for all! Heading up the Plant A Bunnython was none other than The Knights Who Say Ni! Rotte (Ni!), with 500 thorns in hand along with bunny helper FrenchBobcamp (Ni!), and other great volunteers had some hopping good fun providing more vorpal bunnies then anyone could shake a stick at. Prizes and gold were awarded for several contests, including some contests for those with and without pets, costume judging, gate prizes and more surprises! Wascally Wabbits Garden of Surprizes was diligently ran by the dedicated volunteer members of (=G=); Eva Lynn Carnate, Merka'Cartel, Eyran and Khan providing an event where everyone was a winner. Individual locked boxes held such consolation prizes as poison resist petals, vegetables, thorns, emergency reg bags and more. Individual grand prize locked boxes awarded such items as a set of GM Kegs, 1K of each mage regent or Prize Money. Assisting (=G=) in this event was GM Tinker, Ash (TLF) providing the pre-marked mortar and pestals that were needed to exchange for a locked prize box. Also assisting in this endeavor was GM Alchemist Zafirah, (non-guild affiliated), as the wandering Alchemist who freely handed out the marked mortars and the colored potions needed to exchange for a matching colored box locked with surprizes. Treasure Hunters Exposed represented by Theresa (THB), Miri (DOD), & Commander FlashbaQ with the assisting hands of Wendy Risks & TM, Jordana (THB), Alesha Lancermane (TLF), Meliki, Ally Cat ([email protected] For one and all, the Gardeners Green Thumb offered gardening tips and hints, gave away a variety of deco plants and gardening starter packs for free but was hosted by the lovely Black Rose with special guest Lord Christophe offering assistance. Other anonymous volunteers donated many various plants, seeds and starter sets to help keep the exhibit growing throughout the festival. The 'Gardeners Green Thumb' exhibit added the perfect touch to the sweet smell of Spring for this UO history making day on Sonoma. The Tamers Pet Exhibit under the direction of Jade (OWL), Myst, Lady Razzberry (MS) Mystic Sirens, LdyHawke and Lord Ian Nottingham of (MGD) Magdalena, Tamara, and many other volunteer tamers like Poo Bear (NUB), Lady Wyst ([email protected] A Jousting Tournament hosted by CambricOfSonoma and Searena (=G=) provided an opportunity to show spectators the participants skills in basic combat. Contests in Jousting and Dueling were held with exicitment in the air and sheer anticipation hung over the crowd as the Melee rounded out these combantant events. While the bountiful Prize Monies were awarded to the winners, participants and spectators alike requested for more Jousting events to be held in the future. Even if you have never seen the right end of an arrow, the Archers Butte Competition 4 All - with Dor and Lestat (=G=) proved to be one event that would help anyone know that there is always a winner even if you are considered the worst archer of Sonoma. Skill based and Item based Archers set their sights on the opportunity to compete against each in the two categories. And the worst of the worst were given the chance, and succeeded, in securing the area as dangerous and beyond comprehension. Butte in the end, all winners and participants walked away awarded with appropriate free items, and Prize Money. Henny Penny's Egg Hunt hosted by Henny Penny ([email protected][email protected] The Grand Finale on the Moonglow bank roof with all that were present was a spectacular sight to see with fireworks, dancing, singing, laughter, music and more. Throughout the town of Moonglow, the Jubilation was felt in the air from such a great day. The feelings of this day were expressed in these exquisite words of Lady Dame Judi, "Personally I had a marvelous time! Everyone I've talked with has said the same thing. It was pure MAGIC and I am so proud to have been a part of it." These fantastic volunteers would not only run the 18 events but all events would be FREE. Due to the overwhelming generosity of Sonoma individuals and businesses the festival was financially a success. The event coordinators had complied a "Wish We Had … Donations" list, and a tremendous flow of support began pouring in. And under the guidance of the Safety Deposit Box Team; Lady Dame Judi, Drizzt, Ravenloff (R$E) and Dragonreborn (KmR), donations were tallied and distributed according to the needs of each event. A total of 13,250,000.00 in Gold was donated to the general fund and utilized for Prize Monies and supplies. The first monetary donation was 1 MIL from Immortal Flow with a small notebook that read, "Hope this Helps". The following days lead to more Patrons making 'deposits'; 3 MIL donated by AC Auctioneers & Vendors (Luna), 2.5 MIL by King David (PAS), 1 MIL LoveSpirit & Elowan of Wind (Rainbow Training & Healing Center), 2.5 MIL 'The Powers That Be Anonymous Club'. And 2.2 MIL by the Friends of Mcbeast, (Anonymous 1.2 Mil, FlashbaQ & The Fergus Clan 1Mil), 500K (KmR), 500K Ravenloff (R$E) & Tara Vindel (R$E), 47.5K Yew Merry Center for All [-Y-], 2500 Wanna B Chef 2. Then topping it all off, Cross-Sharder visitors Markee Dragon, Mekere & Alexandra dropping more than a couple of Million in gold and small checks added to the festivites. A strange thing to our visitors was that "Only on Sonoma - folks hand you back the checks you drop … happened to us 4 /5 times". Donations poured in so fast, it was almost impossible to keep track of every generous donor. And soon the offers were a simple yet powerful message - " If there is anything I can help with just ask." We hope that in the following listing of donars we have not overlooked anyone. If so, just know in our hearts that we say, "THANK YOU … for helping make this a day in UO history for Sonoma." Some of the great supportors of these efforts were generous people like; YOU, Jack the Knife, Jade of the Gardens, Rotte (Ni!), the members of; KVP, PAS, KVH, GTH, DOD, Wanna B Chef 2, 'A Child in Korea', Robin Hood (HDR), Deniro, Lord Switch, Braun, and Miah Ihyliri. Also, Lady Dutchwoman, Lady Hell's Angel & Silver Eyes, Little Bit, Black Rose (M/N), Karie (Rocks Attic), Dust Bunnies (=G=), Markee Dragon & Staff, Pop Lancermane and Aragorn Lancermane of (TLF), and so many more helped make this day a success! *** A special thanks goes to GM Tailor MoonglowFestival/Lady Dame Judi for dressing us in such fine garments. The efforts of you creating the GM Tailor 'MoonglowFestival' just for the event added to the richness of our memories. *** And, Three Cheers to Waynebo (HOG) for accepting the challenge of guarding over Queen Mum (TLF) and her cookie jar. Neither she nor any of her 300 pans of cookies were misplaced. /php-bin/shared/images/icons/smile.gif Without all Sonoma citizens and special guests involved; festival goers, individuals, guild representatives, generous donors and many more volunteers, the dream of Repoman's of making UO history with a cross-shard event would still be just a dream. Thank you Repoman. Thank you - Sonoma ... Best of the Best !!! Clean up for a party this large would be a necessary task. Unfortunately, the Village Idiot missed the meeting announcing that - cleanup would be After the Grand Finale not Before.