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General Hospital Fan Club Weekend 2017- Part 3

As is the norm, Saturday ended up being my longest day of the weekend with three back-to-back events, the first being the Main Event Luncheon. To allow the fans more one-on-one time with the actors during the autograph & photo session, the typical, hour-long Q&A was eliminated, much to my satisfaction. In years past, the actors talked for so long, the meet & greet would sometimes only run for an hour and a half, this year, we got two solid hours. With the Q&A eliminated, and therefore no stage, they were able to add additional tables to the room and sell more tickets than the past couple of years. I’d say attendance was no less than 250 fans.

While the actors assembled for their introduction, a mini Q&A was hosted by Maurice Benard, James DePaiva, Chad Duell, Michael Easton, Lisa LoCicero, Kin Shriner, and Dominic Zamprogna. This was perfect, as it was held while we were eating and did not interfere with the meet & greet time. Actor attendance overall was 29, down 10 from last year. Attending stars, in alphabetical order, were Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina), Maurice Benard (Sonny), Ryan Carnes (Lucas), Dioni Michelle Collins (Deanna), James DePaiva (David), William deVry (Julian), Risa Dorken (Amy), Chad Duell (Michael), Michael Easton (Finn), Hayley Erin (Kiki), Scarlett Fernandez (Charlotte), Kathleen Gati (Obrecht), Carolyn Hennesy (Diane), Ashley Jones (Parker), Wally Kurth (Ned), Chloe Lanier (Nelle), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), Eden McCoy (Josslyn), Haley Pullos (Molly), Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix), Kin Shriner (Scott), Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), Garren Stitt (Oscar), Kirsten Storms (Maxie), James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Donnell Turner (Curtis), Robert Palmer Watkins (Dillon), Hudson West (Jake), and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante).

Needing to see just DePaiva, Jones, & Stitt, the meet & greet would be a breeze-through for me. DePaiva bolted after the introductions, leaving me with just two stars to see and everyone else being a nice added bonus.

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Sandy Masone ~ I first became friends with this veteran GH crew member back in 2011 when she gave me a studio tour. Sandy is the cast-proclaimed GH mascot, and a highlight of my weekend is seeing her.

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Lisa LoCicero “Olivia Quartermaine” ~ Being the Quartermaine fanboy that I am, I was very excited to get my first photo with Lisa since Olivia married Ned and took the Quartermaine name.

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Eden McCoy “Josslyn Jacks” ~ My favorite pairing of Carly’s was Jax, so naturally I would have a soft spot for Josslyn and her terrific actress, Eden, who I hope is around for many years to come.

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Garren Stitt “Oscar Nero” ~ Still new to the show, Oscar is a character who definitely brings a mystery with him. It was nice of Garren to attend still being so fresh and new to the world of GH fandom.

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Ashley Jones “Parker Forsyth” ~ I’ve had a crush on Ashley since I briefly watched Bold and the Beautiful in the late 2000s. I was very excited that she came, and meeting her did not disappoint. She is terrific.

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Brooklyn Rae Silzer “Emma Scorpio-Drake” ~ Brooklyn attends just about every year, so she was manning the Kids’ Table and showing Scarlett and Hudson the ropes.

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Lexi Ainsworth “Kristina Corinthos-Davis” ~ The last photo I have with Lexi, she’s wearing Victoria’s Secret pajamas (long story). Now she’s an Emmy winner!!!

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Kathleen Gati “Dr. Liesl Obrecht” ~ This was Kathleen’s fifth year attending, and I have a photo with her from each one. I always make the time to visit with her and her husband, Michael, who unfortunately had to work this year and could not attend with her.

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James Patrick Stuart “Valentin Cassadine” ~ When he attended last year, James had only appeared in a few episodes. This year, being in shows nearly every week, James had one of the longest lines that never seemed to die down.

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Kirsten Storms “Maxie Jones” ~ I have no idea who this woman is and why we took a photo together that was not a selfie and did not involve sticking our tongues out.

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Donnell Turner “Curtis Ashford” ~ Talk about a never-ending line. I would not be surprised if you told me Donnell was still in that ballroom a week later taking photos and signing autographs.

After accomplishing all I needed to from the Main Event, I enjoyed an edible meal at Conrad’s, next door to the Embassy, as the lunch they served up left a lot to be desired. I then went back to the hotel for the next event – 40 Years of Kin Shriner and Jacklyn Zeman. I attend Kin’s event every year, and I have attended all of Jackie’s east coast events. I love these two human beings. They are funny, compassionate, and share more history than dozens of their costars combined. While intended to be a celebration of 40 years, the event also acted as a tribute to Peter Hansen, Kin’s onscreen father, who we lost back in April. The memories were flowing, as was the celebratory champagne, and a delicious anniversary cake.

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Jacklyn Zeman “Bobbie Spencer” and Kin Shriner “Scott Baldwin” ~ I always look forward to seeing these two. The stories and laughs are always endless with Jackie and Kin.

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Kin recently moved into his own dressing room at the GH studio, and I gave him this When Worlds Collide movie poster to adorn the wall. The film starred GH icons Peter Hansen and Rachel Ames.

Immediately following Jackie & Kin’s event, I ran next door to Crab Ave, where a few of my favorite ladies were hosting a paint party. Full of laughs, paint, and drinks – Hayley Erin, Chloe Lanier, and Brytni Sarpy hosted this event, with special guest Camryn Grimes, and produced by the lovely Debby O’Connor of YourNumberOneFan.

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Camryn Grimes “Mariah Copeland on Young and the Restless” ~ Camryn is a good friend of the girls, so they invited her to come by, and I am glad she did. She was an absolute doll.

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Chloe Lanier “Nelle Hayes” ~ Chloe and I hit it off last year, and I had visited with her earlier in the day at the luncheon. Easily a favorite of mine to catch up with at these events.

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Brytni Sarpy “Valerie Spencer” ~ Brytni and I sat back to back during, and the inside jokes, under breath comments, eye rolls, and looks were flowing.

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Hayley Erin “Kiki Jerome” ~ She’s one of my favorites, and she knows it. She never spotted me during the luncheon, and was a bit worried, but she knew I would turn up sooner or later.

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My favorite trio.

Following the paint party, the majority of attendees went over to One Night Only with Michael Easton and Roger Howarth and their special guests Melissa Archer and Rebecca Budig, I called it a night.

Part One (Thursday): General Hospital Fan Club Weekend 2017- Part 1

Part Two (Friday): General Hospital Fan Club Weekend 2017- Part 2

Part Four (Sunday): General Hospital Fan Club Weekend 2017- Part 4

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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!!!

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 2015- Part 3

I woke up bright and early on Saturday morning to prepare for the flagship FCW event, the Main Cast Event. With registration beginning at 9 and doors opening at 10, I met up with my good buddy Wayne for breakfast at Conrad’s at 7:30. I’ll admit, I was worried with how many actors would come, especially after Thursday night’s poor turnout. With a much smaller events venue, I wasn’t sure how they would fit everyone. Lunch was to be served in the main ballroom with the cast moving out into the hallway, atrium, and other smaller rooms to do autographs and pictures. I never got an exact number of attendees, but I was told it was somewhere between 300-350. This year’s gift given to all attendees was a signed 4×6 photo of Anthony Geary, something I would much rather have than yet another coffee mug.

While we anxiously waited for the cast to arrive, raffles, silent auctions, and live auctions consumed us. I paid $120 for Luke Spencer’s “Dr. Von Scheemerman” disguise worn by the legendary Anthony Geary. Warming up the crowd, longtime GH boom operator Sandy Masone came out to applause. With GH since 1977, Sandy is the GH mascot, beloved by cast, crew, and fans.

Sandy Masone (Longtime GH crew member) ~ Present for the live auction, when Anthony Geary's shirts sold for no less than $600, Sandy remarked,

Sandy Masone (Longtime GH crew member) ~ Present for the live auction, when Anthony Geary’s shirts sold for no less than $600, Sandy remarked, “If I had known what people would pay for Tony’s clothes, I would have stolen his underwear when I was in Amsterdam last month. I’d be a f***ing millionaire.”

As usual, the cast had quit a difficult time assembling themselves for the Introductions. Typically hosted by John J. York, John was MIA this year and the cast efficiently introduced each other. My fears were calmed when 34 cast members and Executive Producer Frank Valentini came out to thunderous applause. Stars in attendance were (in alphabetical order) Vinessa Antoine (Jordan), Brandon Barash (Johnny), Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer), Maurice Benard (Sonny), Rebecca Budig (Hayden), Ryan Carnes (Lucas), Teresa Castillo (Sabrina), Bryan Craig (Morgan), William deVry (Julian), Chad Duell (Michael), Sonya Eddy (Epiphany), Hayley Erin (Kiki), Kathleen Gati (Obrecht), Rick Hearst (Ric), Finola Hughes (Anna), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), Ryan Paevey (Nathan), Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Carlos), Haley Pullos (Molly), Tequan Richmond (TJ), Emme Rylan (Lulu), Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix), Brytni Sarpy (Valerie), Parry Shen (Brad), Kin Shriner (Scott), Brooklyn Silzer (Emma), Michelle Stafford (Nina), Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Jason Thompson (Patrick), Elena Tovar (Rosalie), Robert Palmer Watkins (Dillon), Maura West (Ava), Laura Wright (Carly), and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante).

The Q&A underway

The Q&A underway

Ryan Carnes & Marc Samuel hosted the Q&A. The first question/comment was directed at Frank Valentini and was in regards to Michael Easton’s firing. I felt the comment was in poor taste, as did Laura Wright, who intervened and put the angry fan in her place. That was really the only fire ignited durig the Q&A. Ryan & Marc kept things brief allowing more time for autographs and photos. Amazingly, I had previously met everyone present, so unlike years past where I was stressed and running around, I just moseyed along table to table and got who I could. New mother Lisa LoCicero left during the Q&A to get home to her new daughter. And Dominic Zamprogna, who was absent for the Q&A, came in time for the meet and greet. Unsurprisingly, Rebecca Budig made a beeline for the exit, whilst a ton of fans lined up unsuspectingly at her table.

Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) ~ What better way to start than with 30 year veteran Finola Hughes? I was happy to see Finola attend, as I had an 8x10 cast photo that needed her signature to complete it.

Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) ~ What better way to start than with 30 year veteran Finola Hughes? I was happy to see Finola attend, as I had an 8×10 cast photo that needed her signature to complete it.

Rick Hearst (Ric Lansing) ~ I've met him more times than I can count, and I know I say this every time, but Rick is just the nicest guy in the world, a man I'm privileged to call a friend.

Rick Hearst (Ric Lansing) ~ I’ve met him more times than I can count, and I know I say this every time, but Rick is just the nicest guy in the world, a man I’m privileged to call a friend.

Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin) ~ A man who really needs no introduction, the 38-year veteran is my favorite GH star. He opted to do his meet & greet roaming the area, as opposed to the table they had set up for him.

Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin) ~ A man who really needs no introduction, the 38-year veteran is my favorite GH star. He opted to do his meet & greet roaming the area, as opposed to the table they had set up for him.

Kathleen Gati (Dr. Liesl Obrecht) ~ Kathleen is Rick Hearst's female contemporary, the sweetest woman in the world. I'm very lucky to call her and husband Michael, my friends.

Kathleen Gati (Dr. Liesl Obrecht) ~ Kathleen is Rick Hearst’s female contemporary, the sweetest woman in the world. I’m very lucky to call her and husband Michael, my friends.

Vinessa Antoine (Jordan Ashford) ~ I may not tweet her or praise her very often, but Vinessa and I have a special little bond. I was the first fan she met at her first GH event. She says I hold a little place in her heart for that.

Vinessa Antoine (Jordan Ashford) ~ I may not tweet her or praise her very often, but Vinessa and I have a special little bond. I was the first fan she met at her first GH event. She says I hold a little place in her heart for that.

Tequan Richmond (TJ Ashford) ~ Met Tequan back at his first FCW in 2013, then skipped him last year. Thought now would be a good time for an updated photo and for a signed 8x10 which for some reason, I never got until this year.

Tequan Richmond (TJ Ashford) ~ Met Tequan back at his first FCW in 2013, then skipped him last year. Thought now would be a good time for an updated photo and for a signed 8×10 which for some reason, I never got until this year.

Haley got in on the fun and joined Tequan and I for a photo. He joked she was a much better addition than the security guard who can be seen in the back of our previous photo.

Haley got in on the fun and joined Tequan and I for a photo. He joked she was a much better addition than the security guard who can be seen in the back of our previous photo.

Ryan Carnes (Dr. Lucas Jones) ~ Ryan's a very quiet guy, but has a great memory. We rarely tweet or see each other, but he knew me by name and tweeted me later that night to say he hopes to see me at his NJ event with Jackie Zeman next month.

Ryan Carnes (Dr. Lucas Jones) ~ Ryan’s a very quiet guy, but has a great memory. We rarely tweet or see each other, but he knew me by name and tweeted me later that night to say he hopes to see me at his NJ event with Jackie Zeman next month.

Elena Tovar (Rosalie Martinez) ~ Another star, whom I've only met once and can never remember tweeting with, Elena looked at me when I got to her and said,

Elena Tovar (Rosalie Martinez) ~ Another star whom I’ve only met once and can never remember tweeting with, Elena looked at me when I got to her and said, “I hope this picture turns out better than the one we took last year.”

Chad Duell (Michael Quartermaine) ~ Chad was a little taken aback when he said to me,

Chad Duell (Michael Quartermaine) ~ Chad was a little taken aback when he said to me, “You’re a veteran of these. You come every year,” to which I replied, “If I’m a veteran, so are you. We both started attending the same year.”

Executive Producer Frank Valentini ~ When I got to Frank last year, he only had time to sign an autograph, so it was nice to get the picture and let him know how much I love the Quartermaines and other veteran characters.

Executive Producer Frank Valentini ~ When I got to Frank last year, he only had time to sign an autograph, so it was nice to get the picture and let him know how much I love the Quartermaines and other veteran characters.

Parry Shen (Brad Cooper) ~ Years ago, Parry and I had a little Twitter spat, but that is behind us and we are always very cordial with each other.

Parry Shen (Brad Cooper) ~ Years ago, Parry and I had a little Twitter spat, but that is behind us and we are always very cordial with each other.

Sonya Eddy (Epiphany Johnson) ~ Sonya made her FCW return after a long absence to much fanfare. She had a fairly long line the entire day. Such a great lady.

Sonya Eddy (Epiphany Johnson) ~ Sonya made her FCW return after a long absence to much fanfare. She had a fairly long line the entire day. Such a great lady.

Teresa Castillo (Sabrina Santiago) ~ I was glad Teresa came and stayed for the meet & greet. The previous afternoon, she did not remain past the Q&A at her own event, the Clinic Party.

Teresa Castillo (Sabrina Santiago) ~ I was glad Teresa came and stayed for the meet & greet. The previous afternoon, she did not remain past the Q&A at her own event, the Clinic Party.

Laura Wright (Carly Jacks) ~ I just barely managed to catch Laura on her way out. Not sure where she was running to, I ran into down in the parking garage quite a while later, at which time I helped her tidy up her car a bit. She rewarded me with her collection of valet claim tickets.

Laura Wright (Carly Jacks) ~ I just barely managed to catch Laura on her way out. Not sure where she was running to, I ran into down in the parking garage quite a while later, at which time I helped her tidy up her car a bit. She rewarded me with her collection of valet claim tickets.

Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Carlos Rivera) ~ Eh, not one of my favorites onscreen, Jeff has always been nice to me in person.

Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Carlos Rivera) ~ Eh, not one of my favorites onscreen, Jeff has always been nice to me in person.

Ryan Paevey (Nathan West) ~ Attending his first FCW luncheon, Ryan's line stretched out of the room and into the hallway for most of the day.

Ryan Paevey (Nathan West) ~ Attending his first FCW luncheon, Ryan’s line stretched out of the room and into the hallway for most of the day.

And with that, I had gotten to see everyone I had not already seen that weekend or would not later be seeing, with the exception of Maurice Benard, Bryan Craig, and Maura West. Maurice was in a rare mood, and was an absolute delight with the fans, actually laughing and smiling for photographs. And Maura, well let’s just say that Maura was feeling no pain that afternoon, not even when she fell down on her way out.

Immediately following the luncheon, illustrious GH photographer Jim Warren held the Sonny & Sons event with Maurice, Chad, and Bryan; and Kathleen Gati teamed up with Sonya Eddy to celebrate Gati’s birthday and 3rd anniversary with GH. Later that night, Vinessa Antoine’s event ran back to back with Jason Thompson & Dominic Zamprogna’s annual event with special guest Emme Rylan. I went to the latter event, as the trio’s NJ event in June was canceled at the last minute. They started with autographs and photos to ensure that the fans got everything they wanted. Emme took forever doing that because she’s such a sweetheart and spent so much time with everyone. Meanwhile, Dom & Jason began the Q&A. It was a nice event, funny trio, and somehow I managed to stay awake and present for the duration of the event.

Jason Thompson (Dr. Patrick Drake) ~ It's been about 3 years since I've seen Jason, and I was so happy to finally be able to tell him that he's patriarch material. Still a young guy, but he fills the void left behind by John Beradino, John Ingle, and Stuart Damon.

Jason Thompson (Dr. Patrick Drake) ~ It’s been about 3 years since I’ve seen Jason, and I was so happy to finally be able to tell him that he’s patriarch material. Still a young guy, but he fills the void left behind by John Beradino, John Ingle, and Stuart Damon.

Emme Rylan (Lulu Spencer-Falconeri) ~ Emme and I always spend so much time chatting that I'm afraid we're going to get yelled at by the event coordinators and my fellow fans.

Emme Rylan (Lulu Spencer-Falconeri) ~ Emme and I always spend so much time chatting that I’m afraid we’re going to get yelled at by the event coordinators and my fellow fans.

Dominic Zamprogna (Dante Falconeri) ~ As with Jason, I haven't see Dom since 2012, so I really needed an updated photo with him, and it's my favorite to date. The only one where he's smiling.

Dominic Zamprogna (Dante Falconeri) ~ As with Jason, I haven’t see Dom since 2012, so I really needed an updated photo with him, and it’s my favorite to date. The only one where he’s smiling.

When the event concluded around 12:30 AM, I headed back to my room and quickly went to bed. I didn’t have any events until the afternoon on Sunday, so I was looking forward to sleeping in for a change.

Part One (Thursday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2015/08/12/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2015-part-1/

Part Two (Friday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2015/08/13/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2015-part-2-2/

Part Four (Sunday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2015/08/13/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2015-part-4/

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!!!