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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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Finola Hughes and Ian Buchanan

After a year of dormancy, I made my triumphant return to Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Point Pleasant on November 15th for an afternoon with General Hospital‘s Finola Hughes and Ian Buchanan. In addition to playing Anna Devane on and off for 30 years, Finola has also starred in Staying Alive, Jack’s Place, Blossom, All My Children, and Charmed. Ian, whose character of Duke Lavery was killed off earlier this year, has also appeared in It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Twin Peaks, The Bold and the Beautiful, Port Charles, All My Children, and Days of our Lives.

Finola and Ian, their third appearance together at Uncle Vinnie’s, did an hour long Q&A session. We had a great group of fans in attendance today and the Q&A rocked the house. The duo shared humorous stories of their many costars from over the years, including those who are gone, but never forgotten- James Doohan and Bob Hastings.

They took a short break following the Q&A and then came back out for the meet and greet. They were great as always, signing whatever the fans put down in front of them and posing for group shots, solo shots, and I even spotted Finola snapping a few selfies.

Finola Hughes & Ian Buchanan ~ Having seen Finola back in August, I just had her sign an 8x10 print of us at her 2014 FCW event. For Ian, I brought along an 8x10 of our April photo op, a Twin Peaks 8x10, and my Days of our Lives Better Living book.

Finola Hughes & Ian Buchanan ~ Having seen Finola back in August, I just had her sign an 8×10 print of us at her 2014 FCW event. For Ian, I brought along an 8×10 of our April photo op, a Twin Peaks 8×10, and my Days of our Lives Better Living book.

Seeing Ian is always like catching up with an old friend. Thanks to our social media interactions, Ian is able to take conversation away from the “business” and talk on a personal level. And Finola, I was shocked, called me by name and before I left, pulled me in for a hug. These stars are the definition of true class.

A special thanks and a happy birthday to Dino at Uncle Vinnie’s, Linda from Coastal, and of course Finola and Ian. I look forward to 2016 and many more great events at Uncle’s Vinnie’s!!!

General Hospital Fantasy Weekend

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.

William deVry (Julian) ~ Will was a little under the weather and a lot quieter than usual, but the women certainly didn't seem to mind.

William deVry (Julian) ~ Will was a little under the weather and a lot quieter than usual, but the women certainly didn’t seem to mind.

Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) ~ A fan favorite for nearly 20 years, Nancy is one of the greatest. The brunt of the Q&A ended up being playfully directed at her, but like the trooper she is, she soaked it up.

Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) ~ A fan favorite for nearly 20 years, Nancy is one of the greatest. The brunt of the Q&A ended up being playfully directed at her, but like the trooper she is, she soaked it up.

Wally Kurth (Ned) ~ He plays a Quartermaine, so I see past any flaws Wally may have. He's a wonderful man, and I'm sorry to see him leaving the GH event circuit so soon after we got him back.

Wally Kurth (Ned) ~ He plays a Quartermaine, so I see past any flaws Wally may have. He’s a wonderful man, and I’m sorry to see him leaving the GH event circuit so soon after we got him back. We even shared a brownie after the event!

Michelle Stafford (Nina) ~ Only met Michelle once, and you would never know it. She treated everyone as dear friends, especially us men, whom she is clearly very fond of, despite a photo of her and Nancy which Ian and Laura will never let them live down.

Michelle Stafford (Nina) ~ Only met Michelle once, and you would never know it. She treated everyone as dear friends, especially us men, whom she is clearly very fond of, despite a photo of her and Nancy which Ian and Laura will never let them live down.

Ian Buchanan (Duke) ~ Ian is just the sweetest gentleman and so dedicated to his fans. Not only does he never fail to remember names, but he knows birthdays, milestones, and probably our social security numbers.

Ian Buchanan (Duke) ~ Ian is just the sweetest gentleman and so dedicated to his fans. Not only does he never fail to remember names, but he knows birthdays, milestones, and probably our social security numbers.

Laura Wright (Carly) ~ Oh, how I adore this beauty. Haven't seen her in a couple years, but you'd never know it. Our co-host for the day, Laura becomes lovelier at every event.

Laura Wright (Carly) ~ Oh, how I adore this beauty. Haven’t seen her in a couple years, but you’d never know it. Our co-host for the day, Laura becomes lovelier at every event.

Kathleen Gati (Obrecht) ~ Talk about a real-life angel. Kathleen is so down-to-earth and to put it quite mildly, amazing. Like Ian, she remembers names and makes sure she is connected with her fans on all forms of social media.

Kathleen Gati (Obrecht) ~ Talk about a real-life angel. Kathleen is so down-to-earth and to put it quite mildly, amazing. Like Ian, she remembers names and makes sure she is connected with her fans on all forms of social media.

Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) ~ Our other co-host for the day, Tyler has been coming out to meet the fans for nearly 20 years now. I look forward to attending his Fan Club Weekend event in August.

Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) ~ Our other co-host for the day, Tyler has been coming out to meet the fans for nearly 20 years now. I look forward to attending his Fan Club Weekend event in August.

Rick Hearst (Ric) ~ We really got lucky with this batch of cast members, because here's another one who treats his fans like members of the family. Rick noticed my 35 lb weight loss since the last time we saw each other, and pulled me aside to see if my health was alright. If that's not class, I don't know what is.

Rick Hearst (Ric) ~ We really got lucky with this batch of cast members, because here’s another one who treats his fans like members of the family. Rick noticed my 35 lb weight loss since the last time we saw each other, and pulled me aside to see if my health was alright. If that’s not class, I don’t know what is.

Ryan Paevey (Nathan) ~ This was only my second time meeting Ryan, and he was a lot quieter than I expected, but like with Will, the women were drooling. I expect him to be a pro at handling these events by the time Fan Club Weekend rolls around in August.

Ryan Paevey (Nathan) ~ This was only my second time meeting Ryan, and he was a lot quieter than I expected, but like with Will, the women were drooling. I expect him to be a pro at handling these events by the time Fan Club Weekend rolls around in August.

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!!!

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.

Ryan, Jimmy, & Brian

Ryan, Jimmy, & Brian

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/