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General Hospital – We Want More

Last Sunday, October 23rd, I attended the fall incarnation of General Hospital Fantasy Weekend, We Want More, showcasing the series’ fan favorites who the audience does not get to see onscreen as much as they would like to. Eight actors attended, a mix of recurring stars and stars to have recently exited, they were Ian Buchanan (Duke), Bryan Craig (Morgan), Sonya Eddy (Epiphany), Kathleen Gati (Obrecht), Rick Hearst (Ric), Carolyn Hennesy (Diane), Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Carlos/Joe), and Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix). Stalwart Kin Shriner was originally slated to attend, but canceled about a month prior, being replaced by Bryan Craig.

The event began with having the cast do the meet & greet first, which always works due to the fact that the fans are taken care of first and ensures our time with the cast is not cut short if the event runs over. They broke the cast into two groups – Buchanan, Eddy, Gati, & Samuel and Craig, Hearst, Hennesy, & Parise. Somehow, I found myself first in line, and was therefore the first fan to finish up.

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Sonya Eddy (Epiphany Johnson) ~ I absolutely love this woman. We met for the first time almost a decade ago, and no matter how much time passes between our encounters, we can pick up right where we left off.

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Ian Buchanan (Duke Lavery) ~ And then there’s this guy. In addition to being the veteran of the group, Ian may very well be the wittiest…and the most inappropriate. I think the wicked sense of humor that we both possess is the reason we have gotten along so well over the years.

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Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix DuBois) ~ Now here’s a guy who has seen me at my drunken worst, and he never lost respect for me because of it. Marc’s one of the cast members I hope more fans have the chance to meet, because he is one of the best.

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Kathleen Gati (Dr. Liesl Obrecht) ~ Kathleen is one of the few actors whose first GH fan encounter was with me back when she first joined the show and began doing events. She values that connection and ended the event by bee-lining from the stage and coming to me to ask for feedback.

Bryan Craig (Morgan Corinthos) ~ I like Bryan, but I’m not sure he even wanted to be at this event. He couldn’t wait for the meet & greet to be over, he walked up and down the line so he could get all of the fans and then leave. And he then spent most of the Q&A glued to his phone.

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Carolyn Hennesy (Diane Miller) ~ I’ve met Carolyn several times over the years, but this photo takes the cake as the favorite one of the two of us.

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Rick Hearst (Ric Lansing) ~ I have a hard time posting a photo of Rick on here and calling it a celebrity encounter. To me, he isn’t a celebrity, he has become a good friend. I’ve been lucky enough to share meals with Rick and his lovely family, and it’s always a pleasure to be able to catch up with him.

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Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Carlos/Joe Rivera) ~ I’ve met Jeff a number of times now, and I still really can’t say he has made much of an impression or impact on me. Maybe, seeing all of the GH cast members I’ve forged bonds with, that says a lot.

The Q&A was good, I guess. I was extremely tired and cold, and somehow had begun to doze off a bit. All in all, it was a great group of stars. Quite possibly some of the most fan friendly that GH has to offer. As always, thank you to the stars, Dino, and Linda, for a day off well spent!!!

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General Hospital Fan Club Weekend 2016- Part 3

I woke up bright and early on Saturday morning to prepare for the flagship FCW event, the Main Cast Event. Again, the attendance was significantly smaller than last year, I believe dropping down to 260.

As tradition would have it, the cast had quit a difficult time assembling themselves for the introductions. A new face, well old face really, took the role of emcee this year – the great Kin Shriner (Scott). 39 actors attended, with reportedly seven confirmed actors being no-shows. Donning his Bob Hope jacket, Kin humorously introduced his castmates to much fanfare. Stars in attendance were (in alphabetical order) Vinessa Antoine (Jordan), Maurice Benard (Sonny), Rebecca Budig (Hayden), Matt Cohen (Griffin), Bryan Craig (Morgan), John DeLuca (Aaron), William deVry (Julian), Risa Dorken (Amy), Michael Easton (Finn), Sonya Eddy (Epiphany), Hayley Erin (Kiki), Kathleen Gati (Obrecht), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Carolyn Hennesy (Diane), Roger Howarth (Franco), Wally Kurth (Ned), Chloe Lanier (Nelle), Jon Lindstrom (Kevin), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), Eden McCoy (Josslyn), Kelly Monaco (Sam), Anthony Montgomery (Andre), Ryan Paevey (Nathan), Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Joe), Haley Pullos (Molly), Emme Rylan (Lulu), Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix), Brytni Sarpy (Valerie), Parry Shen (Brad), Michelle Stafford (Nina), Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and daughter Harper Rose Barash (Georgie), James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Donnell Turner (Curtis), Robert Palmer Watkins (Dillon), Hudson West (Jake), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), and lastly, the leader of the pack, Executive Producer Frank Valentini.

As opposed to doing a tradition Q&A, Kin asked one question – What did you do before joining GH? Each actor answered, many of the responses were quite comical, and then cue the chaos – the meet & greet. I only needed four of the attendees – Cohen, DeLuca, Montgomery, and Stuart. Montgomery bailed at the completion of the Q&A leaving me with just three names to get, an easy feat. Once I finished up with the new guys, it was off to see old favorites, all of whom were added bonuses at this point. It seemed like the cast had a variety of excuses for leaving early this year, so as the number of actors dwindled down, the remaining lines grew longer.

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John DeLuca (Aaron Roland) ~ With the absence of Lexi Ainsworth, John flew solo, but he certainly had a bevy of beauties at his disposal.

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Matt Cohen (Griffin Munro) ~ When Matt announced he had to leave early for his son’s 1st birthday party, someone asked how old…

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James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) ~ James and I shared a laugh when he told me he had accidentally written “Will” under his autograph on someone’s photo, a reference to his All My Children character from nearly 30 years ago.

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Lisa LoCicero (Olivia Falconeri) ~ It’s been a couple of years since I saw Lisa, but I’m glad I was able to finally get her on a photo I had here in the archives.

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Parry Shen (Brad Cooper) ~ Another actor I’ve met just a handful of times, Parry always goes that extra mile and calls fans by their first name.

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Michelle Stafford (Nina Reeves) ~ Stunning? Timeless? Gorgeous? Pick the adjective that best describes Michelle. Honestly, there are just too many.

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Haley Pullos (Molly Lansing) ~ Haley is another one who I get an annual photo with. I’m happy to say, we have improved drastically over the years.

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Vinessa Antoine (Jordan Ashford) ~ I caught Vinessa just as she was packing up to leave. A little blurry, but she’d look great no matter what.

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Carolyn Hennesy (Diane Miller) ~ Carolyn hasn’t attended the Main Event in quite a few years, so it was good to see her again.

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Sonya Eddy (Epiphany Johnson) ~ No matter how much time will pass between Sonya and I seeing each other, we share a laugh no matter what. I always look forward to having that moment with her.

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Kathleen Gati (Dr. Liesl Obrecht) ~ My sentiments are echoed every single time I see this lovely woman, she is a genuine sweetheart. Her and her husband, Michael, have embedded themselves in the heart of GHFCW attendees.

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Wally Kurth (Ned Ashton) ~ It’s always great to see this longtime GH mainstay, and current patriarch of my favorite family, the Quartermaines. I know I speak for many when I say I hope to see him back on our screens soon.

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Bryan Craig (Morgan Corinthos) ~ Bryan was in a bit of a hurry when I got to him, so we didn’t have time to talk investments, but being around the same age, we’re constantly discussing retirement, even though it is a long way off!!!

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Jon Lindstrom (Dr. Kevin Collins) ~ It’s been great having Doc back in the middle of the story on GH, but it was even better getting to see Jon in person again. I think he and Wally both were a bit taken aback by the fanfare they received.

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William deVry (Julian Jerome) ~ Will and I were in rare form. Not only did he smile for our photo, I bought an 8×10 off his table. I think we’re on the fast track to friendship.

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Ryan Paevey (Nathan West) ~ I don’t know why it works out this way, but Ryan is usually the last star I see. For one, it goes to show you that he sticks around until the last fan is gone.

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Hayley Erin (KIki Jerome) ~ How could I leave without getting a daily photo with Hayley? I handed her my phone and let her go crazy taking selfies.

I had about an hour break to rest before my next event – Kin Shriner & Maura West. If there’s one event during GHFCW that will make you laugh so hard you nearly cry, it is this one. Following in his father’s footsteps, Kin is a comedian at heart, and Maura is the perfect comic foil. Celebrating his 39th anniversary with GH, there was no shortage of age jokes. The stories were great, the jokes were great, the fans were great, and the talent was great. Easily, my pick for the best event of the weekend, even though Kin went home with two of my Sharpie markers.

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Maura West (Ava Jerome) & Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin) ~ It’s no secret that Kin is my favorite male actor on GH, so Maura definitely scored some points with me by seeing the potential goldmine a Scotty/Ava pairing could be.

And while everyone else headed off to see Kathleen Gati and later to Michael Easton & Roger Howarth’s One Night Only event, I headed out to eat and wind down from another awesome day.

Part One (Thursday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2016-part-1/

Part Two (Friday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2016-part-2/

Part Four (Sunday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2016-part-4/

General Hospital Fan Club Weekend 2014- Part 2

Originally, I had no events planned for Friday and intended on spending the day sightseeing. However, one of the event coordinators, Debby O’Connor of YourNumberOneFan, asked me if I wouldn’t mind helping her and crew out at their events. I had lunch plans, but I accepted her offer in preparing for the first event of the morning. That event was Breakfast with Ryan Carnes (Lucas) & Jimmy Deshler (Rafe Jr.). With about 20 fans in attendance, the event ran smoothly and featured a surprise appearance by Brian Gaskill (Rafe Sr.). I had already gotten Ryan & Jimmy the night before, but I had never met Brian before, so I was glad I had been recruited to help out.

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Brian Gaskill (Rafe Kovich Sr.) ~ This soft-spoken Port Charles cast member and I discussed the vampire hype in the entertainment industry and pondered whether PC could have survived longer.

Brian Gaskill (Rafe Kovich Sr.) ~ This soft-spoken Port Charles cast member and I discussed the vampire hype in the entertainment industry and pondered whether PC could have survived longer.

After the event concluded, I headed off for lunch with friends, missing Debby’s next event, Lunch with Bryan Craig (Morgan) & Kelly Thiebaud (Britt). Debby told me if I made it back in time, to swing by and see Bryan & Kelly, so I did just that, and also had the chance to meet their dog, Ranger.

Bryan Craig (Morgan Corinthos) & Kelly Thiebaud (Britt Westbourne) ~ I met these two last year when they still claimed to not be dating, so it was nice to see how their relationship has evolved.

Bryan Craig (Morgan Corinthos) & Kelly Thiebaud (Britt Westbourne) ~ I met these two last year when they still claimed to not be dating, so it was nice to see how their relationship has evolved.

Late that afternoon, I contemplated doing something, and I did it, whether I did for the better or not, I am not quite sure. That contemplation was attending Finola Hughes’ (Anna) annual charity event hosted by the Findom. Promoted guests were Ian Buchanan (Duke) & Michelle Stafford (Nina). I needed Finola to finish up an 8×10 for me, Ian’s just a doll, and I never met Michelle before. My friend and I bought tickets at the door and attended what would ultimately turn out to be Finola & Ian’s event. Michelle was held up at the studio and never showed. Was it worth the $95? Eh, but all monies went to charity, Childhelp, and that’s my good deed for the day.

Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) ~ Honestly, what cannot be said about Finola? She's just so regal and fan friendly.

Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) ~ Honestly, what cannot be said about Finola? She’s just so regal and fan friendly.

Ian Buchanan (Duke Lavery) ~ Here's another one who is just a great person. I was shocked that he remembered my name, but he just always goes that extra step.

Ian Buchanan (Duke Lavery) ~ Here’s another one who is just a great person. I was shocked that he remembered my name, but he just always goes that extra step.

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

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

Part Four (Sunday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2014-part-4/

General Hospital Fan Club Weekend 2013- Part 2

There were only two events on Friday morning, Lisa LoCicero’s and Sebastian Roche’s. I had done Lisa’s the previous year, and really had no intention of doing Sebastian either, but a few weeks prior, I gave in and bought a ticket as I had never seen him before. His event was coordinated by event extraordinaire Debby O’Connor, so I knew it would be worth it.

Sebastian’s event was small compared to others, but there was still an easy 50 people there, and I was at one of the last tables, but Sebastian moved fast. He was very charming and funny.

Sebastian Roche (Jerry Jacks) ~ This was the first time I met Sebastian and man, he never shuts down. I don't know if he had somewhere to be or what, but from the minute he walked in, he was moving around and interacting with all of the fans.

Sebastian Roche (Jerry Jacks) ~ This was the first time I met Sebastian and man, he never shuts down. I don’t know if he had somewhere to be or what, but from the minute he walked in, he was moving around and interacting with all of the fans.

When lunchtime rolled around, there was only one event- The Ladies Lunch hosted by the recently let-go Lindsey Morgan and newbie Kelly Thiebaud. Not many people signed up for this event, but as it occurred and word got out at how great it was, more and more were buying tickets at the door. Debby O’Connor never disappoints and the Ladies Lunch was no exception. Expected to be just Lindsey and Kelly, surprise guests included Tamara Braun (Carly), Teresa Castillo (Sabrina), Bryan Craig (Morgan), Kathleen Gati (Obrecht), Lilly Melgar (Lily), Samantha Logan (Taylor), and Cynthia Preston (Faith), bringing the number of actors present to nine! All of them made their rounds table to table and posed for photos and signed autographs. I wish I had known Teresa, Kathleen, Lilly, and Samantha would have been here so I could have skipped them at the Kickoff, but oh well, it is what it is. I was able to get much better photos with them at this one. It was truly one of the best individual events that I have ever attended. Kudos to Debby and her team for pulling off the first of many surprises to come at FCW.

Lindsey Morgan (Kristina Corinthos Davis) ~ I have to say, Lindsey's firing is a huge blow. She's one of the most beautiful ladies at GH, and she was really starting to get some juicy material.

Lindsey Morgan (Kristina Corinthos Davis) ~ I have to say, Lindsey’s firing is a huge blow. She’s one of the most beautiful ladies at GH, and she was really starting to get some juicy material.

Bryan Craig (Morgan Corinthos) ~ Surprise, a newbie!!! Bryan was quiet, and in a hurry to get to his own event. He didn't have any photos with him, but I swung by his table the next day the Main Event and had him sign one of his freebies for me.

Bryan Craig (Morgan Corinthos) ~ Surprise, a newbie!!! Bryan was quiet, and in a hurry to get to his own event. He didn’t have any photos with him, but I swung by his table the next day the Main Event and had him sign one of his freebies for me.

Kelly Thiebaud (Dr. Britt Westbourne) ~ This is one of the newbies that I was truly looking forward to seeing. I've enjoyed Kelly since her first episode when fans were hoping she was just a one-off. Luckily, my hopes came true, and she became a contract player.

Kelly Thiebaud (Dr. Britt Westbourne) ~ This is one of the newbies that I was truly looking forward to seeing. I’ve enjoyed Kelly since her first episode when fans were hoping she was just a one-off. Luckily, my hopes came true, and she became a contract player.

Kathleen Gati (Dr. Liesl Obrecht) ~ This sweet lady made yet another appearance at FCW. She was literally all over the place that weekend and greeted me by name each time!!!

Kathleen Gati (Dr. Liesl Obrecht) ~ This sweet lady made yet another appearance at FCW. She was literally all over the place that weekend and greeted me by name each time!!!

Samantha Logan (Taylor DuBois) ~ Samantha was quiet again this day, heck she was quiet all weekend, but very sweet. I think her mother was mad at me because I didn't give her one of my Sharpies at the Kickoff.

Samantha Logan (Taylor DuBois) ~ Samantha was quiet again this day, heck she was quiet all weekend, but very sweet. I think her mother was mad at me because I didn’t give her one of my Sharpies at the Kickoff.

Cynthia Preston (Faith Rosco) ~ It's Faith! One of the past cast members I was really hoping would attend. Luckily, I was able to see her at this and skip her line at Sunday's Past Cast event.

Cynthia Preston (Faith Rosco) ~ It’s Faith! One of the past cast members I was really hoping would attend. Luckily, I was able to see her at this and skip her line at Sunday’s Past Cast event.

Lilly Melgar (Lily Rivera Corinthos) ~ I'm glad Lilly came back for this event, because I picked up an 8x10 for her to sign as opposed to just the 50th book.

Lilly Melgar (Lily Rivera Corinthos) ~ I’m glad Lilly came back for this event, because I picked up an 8×10 for her to sign as opposed to just the 50th book.

Tamara Braun (Carly Corinthos) ~ This photo is monumental. Tamara was the first crush I had when I started watching GH and here she was. I don't remember what I said to her, it was like I had marbles in my mouth.

Tamara Braun (Carly Corinthos) ~ This photo is monumental. Tamara was the first crush I had when I started watching GH and here she was. I don’t remember what I said to her, it was like I had marbles in my mouth.

Teresa Castillo (Sabrina Santiago) ~ Teresa was running late for an appointment, but still made sure everyone was taken care of before she left. A very good way for a newbie to make a first impression.

Teresa Castillo (Sabrina Santiago) ~ Teresa was running late for an appointment, but still made sure everyone was taken care of before she left. A very good way for a newbie to make a first impression.

Friday afternoon was the host to a few events, all of which I skipped. Bryan Craig, Jimmy Deshler, and Tequan Richmond’s; Laura Wright’s; and Chad Duell & Kristen Alderson’s. I was very excited for Friday night’s event, the sold out Evening with Finola Hughes.

An Evening with Finola Hughes marked Finola’s return to GH Weekend after a long absence. One of the few events to sell out, the proceeds of her event, hosted by the lovely ladies from The Findom, went to charity. Her special guest for the evening was her leading man, Ian Buchanan. Both Finola & Ian gave away 8×10 photos to the event attendees which went over very well with the fans as many of the stars charge $10 for photos. The organizers also arranged for anyone going to Kelly Monaco’s event to be first up for the meet and greet, which benefited me as I was at Table #1 for Kelly’s and really needed to get there as soon as I could.

Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) ~ Naturally, Finola was one of many stars I had yet to meet, and I'll admit, I was a little intimidated by her. But needless to say, she was just as lovely as could be.

Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) ~ Naturally, Finola was one of many stars I had yet to meet, and I’ll admit, I was a little intimidated by her. But needless to say, she was just as lovely as could be.

Ian Buchanan (Duke Lavery) ~ Ian and I are social media buddies, but he was very quiet during the meet and greet. I think he's been out of the fan event scene for so long, it took a little adjusting for him.

Ian Buchanan (Duke Lavery) ~ Ian and I are social media buddies, but he was very quiet during the meet and greet. I think he’s been out of the fan event scene for so long, it took a little adjusting for him.

As soon as I finished up with Finola and Ian, I headed over to An Evening with Kelly Monaco, hosted by GH Fan Club President Debbie Morris. While I was only there for the last half of her Q&A, Kelly was her wild and funny self. She plays so well off of the fans. She’d be great at standup comedy. I was at Table #1 for her, so I was up first during the meet and greet. That’s a blessing at Kelly events, because she always runs over and fans often don’t leave until the wee hours of the night.

Kelly Monaco (Sam Morgan) ~ Kelly and I go so far back that when her handler tried introducing us, Kelly politely shot her down with, "You don't have to introduce. I know Eric. He comes to all of my events."

Kelly Monaco (Sam Morgan) ~ Kelly and I go so far back that when her handler tried introducing us, Kelly politely shot her down with, “You don’t have to introduce. I know Eric. He comes to all of my events.”

After Kelly’s event, I think I may have run back to my room for a good night’s sleep. Saturday was going to be a long day…

Part One (Thursday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2013-part-1/

Part Three (Saturday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-part-3/

Part Four (Sunday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2013-part-4/

Part Five (Monday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2013-part-5/