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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 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 Fan Club Weekend 2014- Part 4

Sunday promised to be a busy day from the get-go. I had tickets for four events, all of which overlapped each other at some point, and then they moved Emme Rylan & Teresa Castillo’s event from Friday morning to Sunday morning, bringing my event count up to 5. I know when enough is enough, so I had the ticket transferred to my mother. I needed to catch up on some much needed sleep before the big Blast from the Past event. After the amazing time I had at the event last year, I couldn’t help but look forward to it all year long. As with the Main Event, attendance was down from about 400 to under 200. Actor attendance was strong though, with 32 past cast members reuniting. Attendees included: Jack Axelrod (Victor Jerome), Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara), Robyn Bernard (Terry Brock), Loanne Bishop (Rose Kelly), Andrea Bogart (Abby Haver), Brianna Brown (Lisa Niles), Susan Brown (Gail Baldwin), Christine Carlo (Leticia Juarez), Crystal Carson (Julia Barrett), Dylan Cash (Michael Corinthos), Maree Cheatham (Charlene Simpson), Scott Clifton (Dillon Quartermaine), Michael Cole (Harlan Barrett), Kiko Ellsworth (Stan Johnson/Jamal Woods), Brian Gaskill (Rafe Kovich), Blake Gibbons (Coleman), Adam Grimes (Kyle Julian), Rib Hillis (Jake Marshak), Anne Jeffreys (Amanda Barrington), Kodi Kitchen (Maggie Wurth), Stephen Macht (Trevor Lansing), Guy Mack (Patrick O’Connor), Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie Dimestico), Lilly Melgar (Lily Rivera Corinthos), Rick Moses (Jefferson Smith ‘Hutch’ Hutchins), Susan Pratt (Anne Logan), John Reilly (Sean Donely), Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth Barrington), Julian Stone (Jerry Jacks), Michael Sutton (Stone Cates), Tonja Walker (Olivia Jerome), & Gregory Zarian (Julius). In addition to these past cast favorites, Kirsten Storms (Maxie) was glued to husband Brandon Barash’s (Johnny) side and Kin Shriner (Scott) used to event as an opportunity to catch up with old friends. Peter Hansen (Lee Baldwin) was also slated to appear, but phoned Susan Brown to say he had woken up early to go to church and was too tired to attend the event.

I ended up in the green room helping out Susan Brown and spent quite a bit of time sitting and chatting with her & Anne Jeffreys. This experience also provided an eye opening look at Robyn Bernard, who was definitely the life of the party.

Susan had never taken a selfie before, so Robyn & I made sure she jumped on the bandwagon.

Susan had never taken a selfie before, so Robyn & I made sure she jumped on the bandwagon.

By the time Anne joined us, Susan was a pro at taking selfies.

By the time Anne joined us, Susan was a pro at taking selfies.

Robyn had Susan & I cracking up the entire time. She's a riot to be around to say the least.

Robyn had Susan & I cracking up the entire time. She’s a riot to be around to say the least.

Anyways, our fun in the green room came to an end as emcee Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie) began to introduce these fan favorites from GH’s glory days. I believe I got pictures of everyone in attendance, whether they were shots of them on the stage or of me with them. The only one I missed was Andrea Bogart (Abby Haver), who was only on hand for the autograph & photo session.

Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara, 2007-2013)

Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara, 2007-2013)

Michael Sutton (Stone Cates, 1993-1995, 2010)

Michael Sutton (Stone Cates, 1993-1995, 2010)

Blake Gibbons (Coleman, 2002-2013)

Blake Gibbons (Coleman, 2002-2013)

Scott Clifton (Dillon Quartermaine, 2003-2007)

Scott Clifton (Dillon Quartermaine, 2003-2007)

Gregory Zarian (Julius, 2007-2008)

Gregory Zarian (Julius, 2007-2008)

Kiko Ellsworth (Stan Johnson, 2007, GH; Jamal Woods, 2000-2003, PC)

Kiko Ellsworth (Stan Johnson, 2007, GH; Jamal Woods, 2000-2003, PC)

Christine Carlo (Leticia Juarez, 1998-2006)

Christine Carlo (Leticia Juarez, 1998-2006)

Rick Moses (Jefferson Smith 'Hutch' Hutchins, 1979-1980)

Rick Moses (Jefferson Smith ‘Hutch’ Hutchins, 1979-1980)

Stephen Macht (Trevor Lansing, 2007-2009)

Stephen Macht (Trevor Lansing, 2007-2009)

Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth Barrington, 2002-2003, PC)

Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth Barrington, 2002-2003, PC)

Brian Gaskill (Rafe Kovich Sr., 2001-2003, PC)

Brian Gaskill (Rafe Kovich Sr., 2001-2003, PC)

Anne Jeffreys (Amanda Barrington, 1984-2004) & Susan Brown (Gail Baldwin, 1977-2004) ~ I could go on all day raving about these two. In just two words- timeless & legendary.

Anne Jeffreys (Amanda Barrington, 1984-2004) & Susan Brown (Gail Baldwin, 1977-2004) ~ I could go on all day raving about these two. In just two words- timeless & legendary.

Loanne Bishop (Rose Kelly, 1980-1984) ~ Loanne & I representing good old Kelly's Diner.

Loanne Bishop (Rose Kelly, 1980-1984) ~ Loanne & I representing good old Kelly’s Diner.

Brianna Brown (Lisa Niles, 2010-2011) ~ Love catching up with this very pretty lady.

Brianna Brown (Lisa Niles, 2010-2011) ~ Love catching up with this very pretty lady.

Kodi Kitchen (Maggie Wurth, 2011-2012) ~ Another pretty young lady I love catching up with.

Kodi Kitchen (Maggie Wurth, 2011-2012) ~ Another pretty young lady I love catching up with.

Julian Stone (Jerry Jacks, 1998-1999) ~ The original lovable rogue of GH.

Julian Stone (Jerry Jacks, 1998-1999) ~ The original lovable rogue of GH.

Rib Hillis (Jake Marshak, 1997-1998) ~ Rib reminded fans that while he appeared predominantly on PC, his death occurred on GH.

Rib Hillis (Jake Marshak, 1997-1998) ~ Rib reminded fans that while he appeared predominantly on PC, his death occurred on GH.

Robyn Bernard (Terry Brock, 1984-1990) ~ A little wacky, Robyn certainly livened things up a bit.

Robyn Bernard (Terry Brock, 1984-1990) ~ A little wacky, Robyn certainly livened things up a bit.

Adam Grimes (Kyle Julian, 2008, GH:NS) ~ Adam was one of the people I met last year, but brought photos back this year for him to sign.

Adam Grimes (Kyle Julian, 2008, GH:NS) ~ Adam was one of the people I met last year, but brought photos back this year for him to sign.

Maree Cheatham (Aunt Charlene Simpson, 1987-1991, 1999-2000) ~ Who doesn't want to just go up and give this fun lady a hug?

Maree Cheatham (Aunt Charlene Simpson, 1987-1991, 1999-2000) ~ Who doesn’t want to just go up and give this fun lady a hug?

Jack Axelrod (Victor Jerome, 1987-1989) ~ He's the patriarch of one of GH's current core families, so it was great to meet Mr. Axelrod.

Jack Axelrod (Victor Jerome, 1987-1989) ~ He’s the patriarch of one of GH’s current core families, so it was great to meet Mr. Axelrod.

Guy Mack (Patrick O'Connor, 1985-1988) ~ Resident good guy on GH, Mack is now pursuing a career in the military.

Guy Mack (Patrick O’Connor, 1985-1988) ~ Resident good guy on GH, Mack is now pursuing a career in the military.

Dylan Cash (Michael Corinthos, 2002-2008) ~ Dylan usually pops in at some point during FCW every year, but this is the first time I got a photo & autograph.

Dylan Cash (Michael Corinthos, 2002-2008) ~ Dylan usually pops in at some point during FCW every year, but this is the first time I got a photo & autograph.

Tonja Walker (Olivia Jerome St. John, 1988-1990) ~ Tonja traveled all the way from the East Coast to attend, so methinks she needs an outpouring of love for that dedication.

Tonja Walker (Olivia Jerome St. John, 1988-1990) ~ Tonja traveled all the way from the East Coast to attend, so methinks she needs an outpouring of love for that dedication.

Crystal Carson (Julia Barrett, 1991-1993, 1997-1998) ~ Here's a lovely lady, who in my opinion, still has a place on the canvas.

Crystal Carson (Julia Barrett, 1991-1993, 1997-1998) ~ Here’s a lovely lady, who in my opinion, still has a place on the canvas.

Michael Cole (Harlan Barrett, 1991) ~ Mod Squad star Michael Cole always has the time to reconnect with his GH fans.

Michael Cole (Harlan Barrett, 1991) ~ Mod Squad star Michael Cole always has the time to reconnect with his GH fans.

Susie Pratt (Annie Logan, 1978-1982) ~ With Noah leaving Bobbie for Annie, I hope the writers find the opportunity to bring her back. Susan flew all the way from the East Coast to attend this event.

Susie Pratt (Annie Logan, 1978-1982) ~ With Noah leaving Bobbie for Annie, I hope the writers find the opportunity to bring her back. Susan flew all the way from the East Coast to attend this event.

Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie Dimestico, 2009-2012) ~ Marmo did a great job at hosting, a last minute position he took on when Wally Kurth could not attend.

Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie Dimestico, 2009-2012) ~ Marmo did a great job at hosting, a last minute position he took on when Wally Kurth could not attend.

Lilly Melgar (Lily Rivera Corinthos, 1994-1996, 2001; Marcella Montoya, 2003) ~ Yet another pretty lady that I enjoyed catching up with.

Lilly Melgar (Lily Rivera Corinthos, 1994-1996, 2001; Marcella Montoya, 2003) ~ Yet another pretty lady that I enjoyed catching up with.

John Reilly (Sean Donely, 1984-1995, 2008, 2013) ~ And last, but certainly not least, the great John Reilly.

John Reilly (Sean Donely, 1984-1995, 2008, 2013) ~ And last, but certainly not least, the great John Reilly.

When the event was over, I enjoyed a drink & a smoke with John Reilly’s lovely wife Liz and my pal, longtime GH crew member, Sandy Masone. In other words, the three of us gossiped about pretty much every person there and not there.

I took my time with Liz & Sandy while Kathleen Gati’s (Obrecht) event got underway. As soon as I saw the buffet table lined with desserts, I knew this would be a good one. Ryan Paevey (Nathan) had said he would join her, but he backed out, and Ryan Carnes (Lucas) took his place, but he wasn’t the only guest. A huge surprise to the fans was the GHFCW return of Sonya Eddy (Epiphany), who hasn’t attended in years. After a hilarious Q&A, Sonya agreed to stay and be a part of the autograph & photo session to much fanfare.

Kathleen & Sonya

Kathleen & Sonya

Sonya Eddy (Epiphany Johnson) ~ While we often chat on Facebook & Twitter, Sonya & I haven't seen each other in 7 years, so this reunion was filled with a lot of laughter.

Sonya Eddy (Epiphany Johnson) ~ While we often chat on Facebook & Twitter, Sonya & I haven’t seen each other in 7 years, so this reunion was filled with a lot of laughter.

Kathleen Gati (Liesl Obrecht) ~ The complete opposite of her borderline terrorist character, Kathleen has quickly warmed her way into the hearts of GH fans.

Kathleen Gati (Liesl Obrecht) ~ The complete opposite of her borderline terrorist character, Kathleen has quickly warmed her way into the hearts of GH fans.

The always gracious host, Debby O’Connor, made sure I was out of Kathleen’s event in time to go over to Kin Shriner’s event. With Saturday being Kin’s 37th Anniversary at GH, this event promised to be a good one, and with his buddy Jim Warren running the event, some surprises were in store. It’s hard to cram 37 years worth of tales into 2 hours, but Kin managed to do so. The event concluded with Kin’s Port Charles costar Michael Dietz (Joe) arriving with a big anniversary cake, which we all received a piece of.

Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin) ~ Say what you want about Scotty Baldwin, but 37 years is a huge feat.

Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin) ~ Say what you want about Scotty Baldwin, but 37 years is a huge feat.

Michael & Kin

Michael & Kin

Michael Dietz (Joe Scanlon) ~ I'm glad Michael popped up because he left the Past Cast event early in 2013.

Michael Dietz (Joe Scanlon) ~ I’m glad Michael popped up because he left the Past Cast event early in 2013.

After Kin’s event, I went over to my final event for the weekend- A Night with Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Brandon Barash (Johnny), & Bradford Anderson (Spinelli). I was pretty late to this event, but it started late, so I didn’t really miss a heck of a lot.

Bradford, Kirsten, & Brandon

Bradford, Kirsten, & Brandon

Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara) ~ Poor Brandon, pretty sure he had spent close to 14 hours in the ballroom.

Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara) ~ Poor Brandon, pretty sure he had spent close to 14 hours in the ballroom.

Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones) ~ Kirsten & I chat often via Twitter, but it's always great to see my Twitter bestie in person.

Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones) ~ Kirsten & I chat often via Twitter, but it’s always great to see my Twitter bestie in person.

Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli) ~ I don't think I have ever heard anyone say anything negative about Bradford, he's just a down to earth, good guy.

Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli) ~ I don’t think I have ever heard anyone say anything negative about Bradford, he’s just a down to earth, good guy.

And that’s the end. Another GH Weekend is in the books. I didn’t stick around for Monday’s events, but after Sunday’s jam-packed day, I just had to get home and sleep in my own bed. A special heartfelt thanks to Debbie Morris & the General Hospital Fan Club; Jim Warren; Debby O’Connor; Sheri Evans; the Findom; Alberto & the rest of the staff at the Sportsmen’s Lodge; my fellow fans & volunteers; Frank Valentini; and of course the amazing cast & crew of General Hospital, both past & present.

I think Kirsten's expression pretty much sums up how the majority of us attendees felt at the end of the weekend.

I think Kirsten’s expression pretty much sums up how the majority of us attendees felt at the end of the weekend.

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

Part Two (Friday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2014-part-2/

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