Bauer BBQ Location Location Location

Jude Bauer, 2008

In the Beginning

The beginnings of the Bauer BBQ, before it was a party that everybody came to, started with Papa Bauer and it would either be held at his house or at Bert’s, but it really became a big party with Maureen and Ed and was almost always held at their house at Skyline Drive.

Read about Bauer BBQ beginnings here:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/when-did-the-bauer-bbq-begin

Read about the Bauer House here (in a post I hope to update soon):
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/12/28/bauer-house/

You’re Invited to the Bauer House

The normal location for the Bauer BBQ after it became a big party was the Bauer House located on Skyline Drive next door to the Spaulding Mansion. This location was great. People always looked forward to see the patio all decorated for the party. The Bauer house location had the added advantage that they could have scenes outside and in the kitchen where everybody arrived at the back door so anyone could run into each other especially if they had reason to not want to, they always did. On top of that they could have private scenes in the bedrooms. It was just the perfect place to host a soap opera party. 

Other Places

While the Bauer House was the normal location for the BBQ, they did hold it some place else four times over the years. Most famously it was held at the Johnny Bauer’s hanger at the Springfield Airport in 1987. That was the 50th anniversary year and I think the main point was to accommodate plot points where Alan-Michael Spaulding parachuted in and Lacey Bauer accidentally took off in a hot air balloon and to make the 50th Anniversary a big splash.

Watch it:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/bauer-bbq-1987/

In 1988, the BBQ was held in a nearby park that had a gazebo. Among many other exciting happenings, Maeve Stoddard and Fletcher Reade got married with the Bauers in the wedding party.

Watch it:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/07/bauer-bbq-1988

Then the last two different locations had to do with money, sets, and to writer bias.

In 2007 , the last year before the production model changed they were really down to three sets. A sad verision of Towers, a single room at the Beacon that was re-dressed a little to be everyone’s bedroom, and this sad Sesame Street knock off that they called Main Street. Once in a while we’d get another set, but normally that was it. The excuse in the storyline was there was a gas link and so the Bauer BBQ was moved to Main Street.

Watch it:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/bauer-bbq-2007

In 2008, they’d moved to permanent sets but the Bauers didn’t have one. Let me repeat that…THE BAUERS didn’t have a single set. So instead they had Rick decide he wouldn’t throw the Bauer BBQ this year so Josh and Cassie (who did have a house) took over and rented bouncing houses since there was no pool.

Watch it:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/bauer-bbq-2008/

In 2009, the BBQ returned to the Bauer House although it was filmed in a completely different place that really was someone’s backyard.

Watch it:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/bauer-bbq-2009

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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