As The World Turns Memorial Day Picnic

The Fourth of July was the big patriotic holiday in Springfield, but I did manage to find some Guiding Light connections last year.

Memorial Day Picnic

When I was little as big a deal as the Bauer BBQ on Guiding Light was Memorial Day on As the World Turns. Every year the Hughes family would host a picnic in their back yard. As the World Turns fans waited for it all year. That makes it really surprising that it has so completely disappeared.

During the early 1980s the Hughes family lost their place at the center of the show. Chris and Nancy were reduced to talk tos and then unceremoniously “retired” to Arizona. After a couple of years they returned and once again took up their role in Oakdale society, but the Memorial Day picnic didn’t come back.

It’s Been Scrubbed

Considering how important a part it was of Oakdale society it’s amazing how little of it appeared online. I haven’t watched As the World Turns online as much as I have Guiding Light, but a search hasn’t brought up a single clip.

I remember the astro-turf type backyard and the prominent flagpole and I think a brown fence, but I’m not sure. I don’t know what a single storyline was, it was the event that I looked forward to.

What is Online

Online all I was able to find were descriptions in two blog posts. Both of these are longer pieces about the cancellation of As the World Turns. Scroll or search for Memorial Day on the pages. The first piece has a longer description, but both are former watchers who seem to have the attitude of “how quaint do people still watch those things?” but the celebration’s mention by these two posts shows just how prominent it was during the show’s first two decades.

Blog post with short description of Hughes Memorial Day picnic:

Description of early memories of Oakdale including a reference to the Hughes picnic:

Do you remember….

Since there is so little on the Hughes Memorial Day Picnic online I hope to post some more myself. Do you have memories of visiting the Hughes family? Please share. And please ask your older soap fans you know.

NOTE: The second one is from the Ottumwa Courier in Iowa. Don McLaughlin who played Chris Hughes was from southeastern Iowa and returned home on a regular basis so he was big deal locally which explains the honorary degree.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


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