Fan Descriptions and Photos!
The GH and PC Fanclub weekend
Saturday, July 28, 2001
Saturday morning we went over to the Quartermaine brunch, which was held at
the Universal Hilton, as usual. We were a bit early so my husband waited
around with me beforehand. I knew that my friends were over at Amber's
breakfast so they would be there at the last minute. I tried to see if I
could get to meet Anna Lee beforehand, since we do her official
web page, and I know that she usually leaves the events early because of her
health. That didn't work out, unfortunately. There was a long line
to buy raffle tickets and photos, but it didn't stay long so I was able to get
enough without having to stand in line. They had good prices on
pictures. I went to our table, which was very close to the front where the
actors were sitting. I met a nice couple from Arizona who had been to the
brunch before but unfortunately for them, they didn't know about all of the
other events occurring that weekend. We were happy to fill them in so that
in the future they could attend the others, if they wanted. We exchanged
email addresses and my web site address. The funny thing was, the husband
was much more into the soaps than the wife! I did end up meeting a few
couples like that during the weekend. Of course the majority of the
attendees were still female, but there seemed to be more guys than I saw in 99.
The food at the brunch was very good (it was the only fan event food all
weekend that wasn't chicken!). I last went in 99 when they had the
anniversary of Alan and Monica, so that one was much fancier and the food more
elegant. Not that I was disappointed this time or anything. They
always do a good job at the brunch. Most of the Quartermaines showed
up--Lila, Edward, Alan, Monica, Ned, A.J., Reginald, and Emily; also Chloe and
Gail. Anna Lee's son, Jeffrey Byron, was also there (he played Dr.
Boardman on PC). The only Q that wasn't there was Robin Christopher
(Skye). Too bad, I would have liked to have seen her. They were all
entertaining, as usual. There was a lot of joking around. Leslie
Charleson (Monica) has a great sense of humor. There was joking about
incest because of she and Ned having an affair. Billy Warlock (A.J.) joked
that the hot babe on the show was Skye, his sister. There was some
poignancy because of Amber Tamblyn (Emily) leaving the show. The dessert
was a going-away cake they had made for her. She seemed very
touched. Leslie hosted the raffle and there was a lot of laughing. I
actualy won something for a change: one of Edward's ties! It was a nice
designer tie, too. Stacey videotaped the whole event for the GH fan
club. Oh, I did get to meet Anna Lee. I went up there right before
lunch and introduced myself. I didn't want to bother her by staying long,
so I just introduced myself and shook her hand. Later, when it came time
to take pictures/get autographs, they had her pose for a few pictures before she
left. I managed to introduce myself to her son Jeffrey, too. He was
very nice. I asked him about the movie being produced, based on his late
father's book. He said it was still in production (Drew Barrymore was
producing it, last I heard). I was also happy to be able to take Wally
Kurth and Stephen T. Kay's pictures before they snuck out early.
Usually at the brunch, they have everyone stay in their seats while the
actors come around and sign autographs and get pictures. I think this was
the best way to do it because it meant we didn't have to lug all our stuff
around to the various long lines. But for some reason they decided not to
do that this year and had us stand in lines. Argh! I was tired so I only
stood in Billy Warlock's line. I went around to the other tables and took
pictures of the actors while they signed autographs. Unfortunately, I
think that I may have lost this particular roll of film, or it was stolen (I'll
find out as soon as I get my pictures back). I did chat with lots of nice
people that I met. That is one of the best things about the
weekend--meeting other fans!
After that, I seem to recall that I took a nap for a while and get something
else to eat. Brunch was good but there wasn't enough of it. I didn't
go to the next two events. One was hosted by Nancy Lee Grahn and the other
one was hosted by Tava Smiley, Marisa Ramirez, and Lisa Vultaggio. Hey, I
came to these events to see hunky guys! :) Just teasing. Later I
went to Real Andrews' event. I like him okay but the main reason I bought
the ticket was to see Maurice Benard, who was supposed to show up.
Apparently he had tickets to the big boxing match that night. I could have
sat up front with my friends but they were all sitting in different places, so I just moved to the back. It was a lot cooler back there, anyway. A lot of people turned out for Real's event, including Chad Brannon, Marisa Ramirez, Lynn Moody, and Coltin Scott, so it turned out much better than I expected. I even sneaked up to take a bunch of pictures. There was some complaining about the fact that they haven't done much with Taggert's family, especially his mom. There was a lot of joking around with Chad and Coltin. I left early because I was afraid I wouldn't get good seats for Wally Kurth's concert (it said that checkin time was 6:30 even though the concert was supposed to start at 8). I gave my raffle tickets to my friend Lynn to check. I was pretty tired, anyway, so after I got my checkin number, I hung out at the pool with my husband. As it turned out, the Wally Kurth concert didn't start until long after the other event ended. Oh, well! Anyway I got two seats in the fifth row, right on the end so that Stacey could set up her videocamera. They were great seats.
I bought some raffle tickets (I bought many tickets at every event!) and said hi to some people. When Stacey arrived, she told me that I had won one of the silent auctions at Real's event (I totally forgot I had entered them!). I won an autographed script of GH with the nurses' ball! I have always wanted one of these. Wally's concert was awesome. I expected to enjoy it but it was even better than I expected. Not only did I have a great view of the three hunky guys but the people in front of me all had video or digital cameras with their viewfinders on big CLOSE-UPS of Wally! I really enjoyed all the music. I have heard some of Kurth and Taylor's music before, but I think they're even better live. And Wally is not the only cute guy in the band! Poor Stacey, her tape got stuck in the videocamera, so she missed about half the concert. After the concert, they drew the raffle ticket for the studio tour (I didn't win, boo hoo) and then Wally did a Q&A with Billy Warlock, Lisa Vultaggio, and Tava Smiley.
It was very funny because Billy was making a lot of caustic comments about the show. Tava talked about her possible future if she leaves the show. Lisa mentioned the many offers she already has. Wally also phoned Nancy Lee Grahn, who wanted to be there but couldn't get a babysitter, live on stage. After the show, I bought Wally's CD but I didn't feel like standing in the long line to get it autographed. I met my husband and our friends out by the pool and we all sat around chatting for a while, then we went up to their room so I could get my script and some other stuff. I went to bed pretty early....I knew Sunday would be an early day!
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