My favorite show of the year came and went in just two jam-packed hours. Twice a year, I make the 30 minute drive over to the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel for the bi-annual Chiller Theatre Expo. I believe this was the 25th Chiller show, and had quite the enviable guest list. First appearances, old favorites, and of course the usual lineup of convention circuit regulars. Award-winning actress Ann-Margret and Mike Nesmith of The Monkees headlined the show, with second billing going to film & television stars to span the decades, as well as enough professional wrestlers to hold a battle royal.
As usual, I purchased a preshow ticket and got in at 5 o’clock. Almost all of the stars were already stationed at their tables, price lists up, and Sharpies in hand. The crowds were light, allowing traffic and air to flow smoothly. I came in, got pictures & signatures from everyone I needed, did plenty of socializing, had a hot dog, and still made it out in two hours.
Overall, it was a great show as always. Couldn’t believe how fast I finished up in there. Again, a special thanks to Kevin Clement, his Chiller staff, and to all of the stars who travel from literally all corners of the world to spend the weekend with their fans.
After I attended my first New England Super Megafest back in November 2013, I didn’t think I would ever return. The show was crammed, unorganized, had major communication flaws, long lines, and very little guests allowed table photos. However, I am happy to report that on Saturday, April 18, I attended their Spring Fever Spectacular and had a great time. Now held at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough MA, the lines flowed smoothly, there was no congestion whatsoever, and I for one didn’t break a sweat. Whatever plan they used, I hope they stick to it.
I went in only needing to see two guests, Erik Estrada and Katherine Helmond. I feared prices would be high and photos wouldn’t be allowed like last time, so I didn’t see myself being there for very long. Luckily, everyone was posing for table photos and prices were very reasonable allowing me to get a few more added bonuses.
All in all, a great time was had. I managed to be out of there and back on the road after just an hour, and no only does that include time spent with the above celebrities, but also browsing through the vendors’ area and catching up with many great friends whom I haven’t seen in months.
As I have said in previous posts, April promised to be a busy month from the get-go. On Friday, April 18th, I heard author and former child actress Lisa Jakub would be on campus at Johnson & Wales University giving a talk titled What Now?, the story of a major career change in order to stay happy and true to oneself. As she puts it on her Twitter page, Lisa’s resume includes Mrs. Doubtfire, Independence Day, and many bad TV movies.
This free event ran from noon until 2, and lunch and refreshments were served. Lisa read excerpts from her new book, You Look Like That Girl: A Child Actor Stops Pretending and Finally Grows Up, due out on June 15. I’d say there were about 20-25 people there. Lisa was great, open, honest, and really quite enlightening. I definitely recommend picking up a copy of her book, I know I’ll be reading it.
Like I’ve said previously, April is a busy month for me. Yesterday, April 12, I took a ride down to the Fairbridge Hotel & Conference Center in East Hanover, NJ, for the second annual General Hospital Fantasy Weekend. Conceived last year by Dino Ibelli of Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club and Linda Rohe of Coastal Entertainment, Fantasy Weekend is the east coast’s largest GH event bringing 10 cast members to New York and New Jersey for a weekend of events dedicated to the fans. I didn’t attend the inaugural event last April, but I won tickets to this year’s back in October at the Soap Fantasy Reunion event. Naturally, I’ve met the entire group of stars already, but honestly, I just can’t get enough of these folks.
Representing the #1 cast in daytime were Ian Buchanan (Duke Lavery), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine), William deVry (Julian Jerome), Kathleen Gati (Dr. Liesl Obrecht), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), Rick Hearst (Ric Lansing), Wally Kurth (Ned Ashton), Ryan Paevey (Nathan West), Michelle Stafford (Nina Clay), & Laura Wright (Carly Jacks).
I’m not even going to try and explain the flow of the event, because if you weren’t there, you’ll be confused. The event went a little longer than planned, but honestly, I was just so happy to be there, time flew right by.
The day was well spent in the company of so many friends I have made at these events over the years. I am truly honored to be able to call the amazing cast of General Hospital my friends. They are without a doubt, the sweetest people on this earth. And that also can be said for Kathleen’s husband, Michael, and Nancy’s daughter, Kate. A special thanks to Dino, Linda, Paula, and the two charities, Contractors for Kids and Tunnel to Towers. Looking forward to the next event!!!
Wow, it’s been a long time since I last checked in on here. As usual, the winter months proved to be quite uneventful for me and I went over four months without partaking in my favorite. April always promises to be quite the busy month for me, and that proved true when on March 31st, movie magic was made at just the foot of my driveway.
For the better part of the day, Chloë Grace Moretz & Ansel Elgort filmed a handful of scenes for the upcoming film, November Criminals. I went outside and watched for just over an hour, but with no signs of Chloë and Ansel taking some downtime to meet the fans who had gathered to watch, I went back inside. I came out again an hour later, and after another hour of watching, Chloë initiated the impromptu meet & greet with the now large crowd of screaming college students. Ansel followed soon after. Both took pictures with everyone and could not have been more gracious, especially after a day of filming out in the cold. David Strathairn was also present during the day, but was long gone by the time the fans got their moment with the stars.
Overall, this was a nice surprise to wake up to. It’s not every day that the stars literally come to your front door.