Guiding Light Reunion

After I returned home from The Great Philadelphia Comic Con, I worked an overnight shift at the hotel, went home and got in a few winks, before heading out to yet another signing, my third for the weekend. On this day, Sunday, April 24, I went to the Residence Inn Secaucus for The First Annual Bauer Barbeque, an event reuniting the cast of the now defunct soap opera, The Guiding Light, and paying homage to its most highly rated episode of each year.

Held in conjunction with the annual Daytime Stars and Strikes bowling event, the Bauer Barbeque was a fairly small, intimate event with 7 actors and less than 50 fans. Attending stars included the host of the day, Michael O’Leary, Beth Chamberlin, Liz Keifer, Jennifer Roszell, Jerry verDorn, and Yvonna Kopacz Wright. Anne Sayre, who actually never appeared on GL, but rather As the World Turns, came briefly and did not stay for the meet and greet.

As the luncheon and Q&A portions of the event began to wrap up, I started to mingle with the cast and collect autographs and photos, this way when the event wrapped at 4, I could hit the road and head to another signing. I seemed to be the only attendee with photos for signing, everyone else just seemed to collect photo ops.

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From L-R: Beth Chamberlin (Beth Spaulding), Yvonna Kopacz Wright (Mel Boudreau), Jennifer Roszell (Eleni Andros Cooper), Liz Keifer (Blake Marler), Jerry verDorn (Ross Marler), and Michael O’Leary (Dr. Rick Bauer). In addition to scoring individual photos with everyone, I also got this really nice cast photo op. Seeing as the event was done for charity, I donated for this photo to appear in an upcoming issue of CBS Soaps In Depth in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled.

Having never met any of these stars with the exception of Jerry, I really enjoyed attending this new event and certainly hope to see it return again next year with even more stars. A special thanks to all of the actors, as well as the lovely team from Daytime Stars and Strikes who put it all together.

As I said above, I headed out as soon as I could in order to attend yet another signing…

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