General Hospital Fan Club Weekend 2014- Part 4

Sunday promised to be a busy day from the get-go. I had tickets for four events, all of which overlapped each other at some point, and then they moved Emme Rylan & Teresa Castillo’s event from Friday morning to Sunday morning, bringing my event count up to 5. I know when enough is enough, so I had the ticket transferred to my mother. I needed to catch up on some much needed sleep before the big Blast from the Past event. After the amazing time I had at the event last year, I couldn’t help but look forward to it all year long. As with the Main Event, attendance was down from about 400 to under 200. Actor attendance was strong though, with 32 past cast members reuniting. Attendees included: Jack Axelrod (Victor Jerome), Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara), Robyn Bernard (Terry Brock), Loanne Bishop (Rose Kelly), Andrea Bogart (Abby Haver), Brianna Brown (Lisa Niles), Susan Brown (Gail Baldwin), Christine Carlo (Leticia Juarez), Crystal Carson (Julia Barrett), Dylan Cash (Michael Corinthos), Maree Cheatham (Charlene Simpson), Scott Clifton (Dillon Quartermaine), Michael Cole (Harlan Barrett), Kiko Ellsworth (Stan Johnson/Jamal Woods), Brian Gaskill (Rafe Kovich), Blake Gibbons (Coleman), Adam Grimes (Kyle Julian), Rib Hillis (Jake Marshak), Anne Jeffreys (Amanda Barrington), Kodi Kitchen (Maggie Wurth), Stephen Macht (Trevor Lansing), Guy Mack (Patrick O’Connor), Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie Dimestico), Lilly Melgar (Lily Rivera Corinthos), Rick Moses (Jefferson Smith ‘Hutch’ Hutchins), Susan Pratt (Anne Logan), John Reilly (Sean Donely), Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth Barrington), Julian Stone (Jerry Jacks), Michael Sutton (Stone Cates), Tonja Walker (Olivia Jerome), & Gregory Zarian (Julius). In addition to these past cast favorites, Kirsten Storms (Maxie) was glued to husband Brandon Barash’s (Johnny) side and Kin Shriner (Scott) used to event as an opportunity to catch up with old friends. Peter Hansen (Lee Baldwin) was also slated to appear, but phoned Susan Brown to say he had woken up early to go to church and was too tired to attend the event.

I ended up in the green room helping out Susan Brown and spent quite a bit of time sitting and chatting with her & Anne Jeffreys. This experience also provided an eye opening look at Robyn Bernard, who was definitely the life of the party.

Susan had never taken a selfie before, so Robyn & I made sure she jumped on the bandwagon.

Susan had never taken a selfie before, so Robyn & I made sure she jumped on the bandwagon.

By the time Anne joined us, Susan was a pro at taking selfies.

By the time Anne joined us, Susan was a pro at taking selfies.

Robyn had Susan & I cracking up the entire time. She's a riot to be around to say the least.

Robyn had Susan & I cracking up the entire time. She’s a riot to be around to say the least.

Anyways, our fun in the green room came to an end as emcee Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie) began to introduce these fan favorites from GH’s glory days. I believe I got pictures of everyone in attendance, whether they were shots of them on the stage or of me with them. The only one I missed was Andrea Bogart (Abby Haver), who was only on hand for the autograph & photo session.

Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara, 2007-2013)

Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara, 2007-2013)

Michael Sutton (Stone Cates, 1993-1995, 2010)

Michael Sutton (Stone Cates, 1993-1995, 2010)

Blake Gibbons (Coleman, 2002-2013)

Blake Gibbons (Coleman, 2002-2013)

Scott Clifton (Dillon Quartermaine, 2003-2007)

Scott Clifton (Dillon Quartermaine, 2003-2007)

Gregory Zarian (Julius, 2007-2008)

Gregory Zarian (Julius, 2007-2008)

Kiko Ellsworth (Stan Johnson, 2007, GH; Jamal Woods, 2000-2003, PC)

Kiko Ellsworth (Stan Johnson, 2007, GH; Jamal Woods, 2000-2003, PC)

Christine Carlo (Leticia Juarez, 1998-2006)

Christine Carlo (Leticia Juarez, 1998-2006)

Rick Moses (Jefferson Smith 'Hutch' Hutchins, 1979-1980)

Rick Moses (Jefferson Smith ‘Hutch’ Hutchins, 1979-1980)

Stephen Macht (Trevor Lansing, 2007-2009)

Stephen Macht (Trevor Lansing, 2007-2009)

Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth Barrington, 2002-2003, PC)

Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth Barrington, 2002-2003, PC)

Brian Gaskill (Rafe Kovich Sr., 2001-2003, PC)

Brian Gaskill (Rafe Kovich Sr., 2001-2003, PC)

Anne Jeffreys (Amanda Barrington, 1984-2004) & Susan Brown (Gail Baldwin, 1977-2004) ~ I could go on all day raving about these two. In just two words- timeless & legendary.

Anne Jeffreys (Amanda Barrington, 1984-2004) & Susan Brown (Gail Baldwin, 1977-2004) ~ I could go on all day raving about these two. In just two words- timeless & legendary.

Loanne Bishop (Rose Kelly, 1980-1984) ~ Loanne & I representing good old Kelly's Diner.

Loanne Bishop (Rose Kelly, 1980-1984) ~ Loanne & I representing good old Kelly’s Diner.

Brianna Brown (Lisa Niles, 2010-2011) ~ Love catching up with this very pretty lady.

Brianna Brown (Lisa Niles, 2010-2011) ~ Love catching up with this very pretty lady.

Kodi Kitchen (Maggie Wurth, 2011-2012) ~ Another pretty young lady I love catching up with.

Kodi Kitchen (Maggie Wurth, 2011-2012) ~ Another pretty young lady I love catching up with.

Julian Stone (Jerry Jacks, 1998-1999) ~ The original lovable rogue of GH.

Julian Stone (Jerry Jacks, 1998-1999) ~ The original lovable rogue of GH.

Rib Hillis (Jake Marshak, 1997-1998) ~ Rib reminded fans that while he appeared predominantly on PC, his death occurred on GH.

Rib Hillis (Jake Marshak, 1997-1998) ~ Rib reminded fans that while he appeared predominantly on PC, his death occurred on GH.

Robyn Bernard (Terry Brock, 1984-1990) ~ A little wacky, Robyn certainly livened things up a bit.

Robyn Bernard (Terry Brock, 1984-1990) ~ A little wacky, Robyn certainly livened things up a bit.

Adam Grimes (Kyle Julian, 2008, GH:NS) ~ Adam was one of the people I met last year, but brought photos back this year for him to sign.

Adam Grimes (Kyle Julian, 2008, GH:NS) ~ Adam was one of the people I met last year, but brought photos back this year for him to sign.

Maree Cheatham (Aunt Charlene Simpson, 1987-1991, 1999-2000) ~ Who doesn't want to just go up and give this fun lady a hug?

Maree Cheatham (Aunt Charlene Simpson, 1987-1991, 1999-2000) ~ Who doesn’t want to just go up and give this fun lady a hug?

Jack Axelrod (Victor Jerome, 1987-1989) ~ He's the patriarch of one of GH's current core families, so it was great to meet Mr. Axelrod.

Jack Axelrod (Victor Jerome, 1987-1989) ~ He’s the patriarch of one of GH’s current core families, so it was great to meet Mr. Axelrod.

Guy Mack (Patrick O'Connor, 1985-1988) ~ Resident good guy on GH, Mack is now pursuing a career in the military.

Guy Mack (Patrick O’Connor, 1985-1988) ~ Resident good guy on GH, Mack is now pursuing a career in the military.

Dylan Cash (Michael Corinthos, 2002-2008) ~ Dylan usually pops in at some point during FCW every year, but this is the first time I got a photo & autograph.

Dylan Cash (Michael Corinthos, 2002-2008) ~ Dylan usually pops in at some point during FCW every year, but this is the first time I got a photo & autograph.

Tonja Walker (Olivia Jerome St. John, 1988-1990) ~ Tonja traveled all the way from the East Coast to attend, so methinks she needs an outpouring of love for that dedication.

Tonja Walker (Olivia Jerome St. John, 1988-1990) ~ Tonja traveled all the way from the East Coast to attend, so methinks she needs an outpouring of love for that dedication.

Crystal Carson (Julia Barrett, 1991-1993, 1997-1998) ~ Here's a lovely lady, who in my opinion, still has a place on the canvas.

Crystal Carson (Julia Barrett, 1991-1993, 1997-1998) ~ Here’s a lovely lady, who in my opinion, still has a place on the canvas.

Michael Cole (Harlan Barrett, 1991) ~ Mod Squad star Michael Cole always has the time to reconnect with his GH fans.

Michael Cole (Harlan Barrett, 1991) ~ Mod Squad star Michael Cole always has the time to reconnect with his GH fans.

Susie Pratt (Annie Logan, 1978-1982) ~ With Noah leaving Bobbie for Annie, I hope the writers find the opportunity to bring her back. Susan flew all the way from the East Coast to attend this event.

Susie Pratt (Annie Logan, 1978-1982) ~ With Noah leaving Bobbie for Annie, I hope the writers find the opportunity to bring her back. Susan flew all the way from the East Coast to attend this event.

Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie Dimestico, 2009-2012) ~ Marmo did a great job at hosting, a last minute position he took on when Wally Kurth could not attend.

Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie Dimestico, 2009-2012) ~ Marmo did a great job at hosting, a last minute position he took on when Wally Kurth could not attend.

Lilly Melgar (Lily Rivera Corinthos, 1994-1996, 2001; Marcella Montoya, 2003) ~ Yet another pretty lady that I enjoyed catching up with.

Lilly Melgar (Lily Rivera Corinthos, 1994-1996, 2001; Marcella Montoya, 2003) ~ Yet another pretty lady that I enjoyed catching up with.

John Reilly (Sean Donely, 1984-1995, 2008, 2013) ~ And last, but certainly not least, the great John Reilly.

John Reilly (Sean Donely, 1984-1995, 2008, 2013) ~ And last, but certainly not least, the great John Reilly.

When the event was over, I enjoyed a drink & a smoke with John Reilly’s lovely wife Liz and my pal, longtime GH crew member, Sandy Masone. In other words, the three of us gossiped about pretty much every person there and not there.

I took my time with Liz & Sandy while Kathleen Gati’s (Obrecht) event got underway. As soon as I saw the buffet table lined with desserts, I knew this would be a good one. Ryan Paevey (Nathan) had said he would join her, but he backed out, and Ryan Carnes (Lucas) took his place, but he wasn’t the only guest. A huge surprise to the fans was the GHFCW return of Sonya Eddy (Epiphany), who hasn’t attended in years. After a hilarious Q&A, Sonya agreed to stay and be a part of the autograph & photo session to much fanfare.

Kathleen & Sonya

Kathleen & Sonya

Sonya Eddy (Epiphany Johnson) ~ While we often chat on Facebook & Twitter, Sonya & I haven't seen each other in 7 years, so this reunion was filled with a lot of laughter.

Sonya Eddy (Epiphany Johnson) ~ While we often chat on Facebook & Twitter, Sonya & I haven’t seen each other in 7 years, so this reunion was filled with a lot of laughter.

Kathleen Gati (Liesl Obrecht) ~ The complete opposite of her borderline terrorist character, Kathleen has quickly warmed her way into the hearts of GH fans.

Kathleen Gati (Liesl Obrecht) ~ The complete opposite of her borderline terrorist character, Kathleen has quickly warmed her way into the hearts of GH fans.

The always gracious host, Debby O’Connor, made sure I was out of Kathleen’s event in time to go over to Kin Shriner’s event. With Saturday being Kin’s 37th Anniversary at GH, this event promised to be a good one, and with his buddy Jim Warren running the event, some surprises were in store. It’s hard to cram 37 years worth of tales into 2 hours, but Kin managed to do so. The event concluded with Kin’s Port Charles costar Michael Dietz (Joe) arriving with a big anniversary cake, which we all received a piece of.

Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin) ~ Say what you want about Scotty Baldwin, but 37 years is a huge feat.

Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin) ~ Say what you want about Scotty Baldwin, but 37 years is a huge feat.

Michael & Kin

Michael & Kin

Michael Dietz (Joe Scanlon) ~ I'm glad Michael popped up because he left the Past Cast event early in 2013.

Michael Dietz (Joe Scanlon) ~ I’m glad Michael popped up because he left the Past Cast event early in 2013.

After Kin’s event, I went over to my final event for the weekend- A Night with Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Brandon Barash (Johnny), & Bradford Anderson (Spinelli). I was pretty late to this event, but it started late, so I didn’t really miss a heck of a lot.

Bradford, Kirsten, & Brandon

Bradford, Kirsten, & Brandon

Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara) ~ Poor Brandon, pretty sure he had spent close to 14 hours in the ballroom.

Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara) ~ Poor Brandon, pretty sure he had spent close to 14 hours in the ballroom.

Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones) ~ Kirsten & I chat often via Twitter, but it's always great to see my Twitter bestie in person.

Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones) ~ Kirsten & I chat often via Twitter, but it’s always great to see my Twitter bestie in person.

Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli) ~ I don't think I have ever heard anyone say anything negative about Bradford, he's just a down to earth, good guy.

Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli) ~ I don’t think I have ever heard anyone say anything negative about Bradford, he’s just a down to earth, good guy.

And that’s the end. Another GH Weekend is in the books. I didn’t stick around for Monday’s events, but after Sunday’s jam-packed day, I just had to get home and sleep in my own bed. A special heartfelt thanks to Debbie Morris & the General Hospital Fan Club; Jim Warren; Debby O’Connor; Sheri Evans; the Findom; Alberto & the rest of the staff at the Sportsmen’s Lodge; my fellow fans & volunteers; Frank Valentini; and of course the amazing cast & crew of General Hospital, both past & present.

I think Kirsten's expression pretty much sums up how the majority of us attendees felt at the end of the weekend.

I think Kirsten’s expression pretty much sums up how the majority of us attendees felt at the end of the weekend.

Part One (Thursday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2014-part-1/

Part Two (Friday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2014-part-2/

Part Three (Saturday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2014-part-3/

 

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4 responses to “General Hospital Fan Club Weekend 2014- Part 4”

  1. paul says :

    I really enjoyed seeing recent pictures of robyn Bernard for a few years she was one of the front burners on GH , when she left or was written out I often wondered what happened 2 her , she seemed 2 drop off the radar , her charcter left the show when joe hardy took over as EP , so I was not sure if she left or was written out , joe hardy made some bad decisions when he first came on GH as EP (fired Sharon case , but like they say( every dark cloud has a silver lining) as Sharon case went on to a lifetime career on the young and the restless , thank you for posting photos of gail Baldwin and Amanda barrington (the great dame of port Charles high society ) great memories of both actresses , thank you , I really enjoyed finding this page , this was the first I have seen or heard anything about robyn Bernard since she left GH as I mentioned b4 , her sister was on happy days when I was a teenager and wings in the 1990’s (I think) thank u 4 reading all this …..

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