Posts Tagged ‘Bauer BBQ’

Bauer BBQ 1984 Reblog

September 21, 2017

I haven’t done any updating here, but in honor of my attending the real life Bauer BBQ next month, I’m going to be reposting my Bauer BBQ posts.

Bauer BBQ 1984

Bauer BBQ 1984 is the only entry that I have in the 1980s for this year. I’m still looking for more. Let me know if you come across any on YouTube. This same channel has a couple of days of episodes before the BBQ. I’m sure I’ll get back to them sooner or later, but feel free to watch them now.I also want to make VERY clear that the Tony I’ll be talking about and loving on in this episode is my beloved Tony Reardon, not my much later, but also beloved Tony Santos or my severely hated Tattoo Tony Santos. Also, good heavens taste in earrings was AWFUL in 1984. Shudders!

The episode opens at the Reardon Boarding House with everyone getting ready for the BBQ (Maureen is a Reardon). Tony and Annabelle Reardon (who I adored as a couple before they just suddenly up and left on vacation one day and never came back – Tony started Company) are at the table. Tony and Annabelle are talking to Tony’s mother, Bea Reardon, who is also Maureen and Nola’s mother and Michelle’s grandmother. The guy with the beard was Jim Reardon – another brother of Maureen’s and a doctor who is currently dating nurse Hillary Bauer. (I liked Hillary – who was best friends with Katie Parker, but never warmed up to Jim except the one moment when they resolved the Tony-Annabelle-Jim triangle – which involved past lives flashbacks – by giving him their blessing, they go off and he says “Next lifetime she’s mine.”)

July 4, 1984 episode

Great early romantic Ed-Maureen stuff. However, that top on Maureen ought to be burned– seriously. Ed was chief of staff at Cedars and Maureen was a hospital administrator at this point. Soon Ed would start to chafe at not being the one with the most important job. Note the opening credits. I love that the real Laurel Falls is in there. (The falls are really in Connecticut. Anybody know where that version of Company was filmed?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPI94kms1sM (Part 1)

Ed and Maureen have been trying to create a baby for a long time. Sadly they never have a biological child together, although Maureen thought of Michelle as her own. Michelle comes along the next year. Jim Reardon had been doing secret research taking on his former – now deceased – boss’ name to keep the funding coming. He’s now been outed and foisted from the hospital as a result. Quola is one of my all time favorite couples. The crates are part of an odd storyline that screamed the writers were wildly groping for a Quola storyline. A teenage computer genius comes to town and moves in with them. The boxes are from him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7AHPZ14588 (Part 2)

H.B. and Reva got married, basically as friends although she eventually gets pregnant by H.B. Josh reacted badly to the news and crashes his car. He’s temporarily paralyzed which eventually leads to two of Josh’s most famous scenes, Bert telling him not to feel sorry for himself, and the original Reva in the fountain scene. Reva wants Josh to stay with them while he recuperates, which he eventually does, but it doesn’t go smoothly. Fletcher attends with Claire (Michelle’s biological mother).  Sadly they aren’t together right now, just good friends. I loved them as a couple and after Fletch broke my heart along with Claire’s when he broke up with her, I never was able to support any other couple he was in. I knew eventually he’s always walk away and he always did except for Mauve (who died before he got the chance). Ross seems to be dating Trish, they were always close. Don’t miss Bert’s arrival at the end. Her leg had been amputated in real life and written into the storyline, with some powerful results. The line with the heavy empasis on patient and advocate was because Bert – before her surgery – was a full time patient advocate volunteer at Cedars.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBxzbK2Rgu4 (Part 3)

I adore Bert, she was truly the heart of the show, even years after she died she was still effecting characters and stories. Tony and Annabelle’s cottage was one of my favorite places in Springfield ever. They are talking about that as their new house. Sadly Carrie Piper, real estate agent, was also a psychotic killer and became an infamous Guiding Light villan. The actress sadly returned years latter in the I can’t tell you how AWFUL Carrie Carruthers storyline. I didn’t know Mike Bauer was in the naval reserve. I’m with Josh though, Josh’s accident was a pretty much H.B.’s and Reva’s fault. True, he was the one who got drunk and drove into a tree, but they HAD to know he was going to take it that badly and should have had someone like Billy there to take care of him when they told him. I loved Trish – except for her affair with Alan. 😦 Sadly she will disappear without even a mention all too soon, but the early Josh-Billy-Trish stuff like this rocked. Both Billy and Josh had Daddy issues.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHlA7ZOym78 (Part 4)

A nice example of everyday life with Quola.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOQiRvUYnxo (Part 5)

I don’t want Lillian and Mike Bauer together. That seems like a terrible fit. Although, as Lillian says, we like him very much. Mike dating Alexandra? That’s something. He was giving her flying lessons? That’s totally awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr-qKBIjoqs (Part 6)

Reva’s Oklahoma accent was a lot stronger in these early days. Love Reva’s yellow satin top. I loved it when Ross got all unclely with Phillip especially when he was a teenager when they found out. Here’s a hint Hillary, hugging another man ISN’T going to cheer Jim up. Louie asks Katie to marry him. It’s out of the blue and she’s taken aback, but I think he’s serious.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJXWgptapRM (Part 7)

End Credits

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8xNyESPiWk (Part 8)

July 5, 1984 episode

More happy Ed and Maureen. Ed says it’s his favorite holiday. Maureen’s reference to Valentine’s Day is because that’s their wedding anniversary. I guess Ed is right in the mid-2000s when he says the Bauer BBQ started out small. Almost no one is there. In later years, everybody comes. Phillip and Beth have broken up and she’s with his cousin Lujack now. As you can see Phillip didn’t take it well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqY6fE7zKRk (Part 1)

No wonder Phillip could be so much help to Annie when he helped her get sober. He went down pretty far, pretty quickly. “Hey, Beth, I need you.” If Phillip had remembered that in later life, his life would be much smoother. Hillary was really the only one I liked with Jim. I still hate that they killed her, especially in such a dumb way that also took out one of my favorite places in Springfield. Jim’s a better bet than Fletcher anyway. When Fletcher is in a relationship eventually you make one mistake and he walks out. More foreshadowing. As much as I love the cottage Tony and Annabelle, give it up. It isn’t worth your leaving town and Hillary’s life. Lillian you should remember that gratitude. More Bert right at the end

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW3HenQc77s (Part 2)

More Bert right at the beginning. That group was Lujack’s gang, in their “hangout.” This time the cops are just shaking them down without much reason, but normally they are pretty thuggy criminals. The girl who throws the firework later wrote a book about her life and some interesting antics on set at Guiding Light among other things (read about it).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO6ldK894q8 (Part 3)

More of Lujack’s gang the Galahads, Company, and Phillip’s problems.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAClczWJ2T8 (Part 4)

Beth did have some medical knowledge. She ran a clinic in Clayton. Actually Beth, that it was just like New York City was my first thought when I saw you take money for sketching. I hate Pheth apart. Too bad it happened so often. I’m sorry tug of war didn’t stay on the Bauer BBQ schedule, it sounds fun. We get to see a tiny bit of the cottage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR4WEq74n (Part 5)

The inspector is talking to someone who built Company out of lumber that fell of a truck (seriously read about it in my Places of Springfield section). I don’t think this is going to bother him. Tug of WAR! Love a good Nola fantasy. The mustached villain isn’t too much of a stretch when she first came on she unmasked a disguised Roger Thorpe who was living at the Reardon Boarding House.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oLJhXNdIa8 (Part 6)

If Lujack hadn’t died, I think Beth would have eventually gone back to Phillip anyway. Trouble is brewing with the Galahads (aka the worst named gang, like ever).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At7bA03FS9w (Part 7)

See that wasn’t an immediate “Yes, I know it.” Lujack you were on the way to being toast. The guy helping get Phillip home is Floyd Parker.  Floyd eventually became a successful singer and was a general good guy around town until a terrible send off. He is the biological father of Nola’s daughter Kelly/Anastasia.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoSbk0p2j9o (Part 8)

The losers of the Tug of War pay up on their bet. This is wonderful WATCH THIS!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1RKKbucZcQ (Part 9)

Credits

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuLP-DuDJPs (Part 10)

UPDATED July 9 2017: I rewatched as part of my prep for the real Bauer BBQ 2017 and added a few notes and comments on things I’ve found out since I originally wrote it.

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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Bauer BBQ Roundup 2017

July 10, 2017

Once again we wrap up another Bauer BBQ Week. I hope that you have enjoyed celebrating the Bauer BBQ with me. I’m also very excited to already have four years already found for next year, but I’m always looking for more episode, more fanfic, and more memories please share. This year I went through and removed links to earlier year posts if I’d added to them or replaced links. If you have trouble getting links in the current posts, search for past posts.

Remember it’s never too early to start on Bauer BBQ fanfic for next year:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/bauer-bbq-fanfic

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Bauer BBQs Through the Years

NOTE: If you aren’t familiar with my episode guide blog posts, expect to find a description of what happened (sometimes commentary mixed in, sometimes separately) then a link to the footage that I’ve found.

Bauer BBQ 1984 -Earliest year available on YouTube, Luau theme
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/03/bauer-bbq-1984

Bauer BBQ 1987 – A-M jumps from plane, 50th Anniversary at Johnny’s Hanger
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/bauer-bbq-1987-update-2015

Bauer BBQ 1988 – Fletcher and Maeve Get Married
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/07/bauer-bbq-1988

Bauer BBQ 1989
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/bauer-bbq-1989

Bauer BBQ 1990
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/bauer-bbq-1990

Bauer BBQ 1991
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/bauer-bbq-1991

Bauer BBQ 1992
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/bauer-bbq-1992

Bauer BBQ 1994
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/bauer-bbq-1994/

Bauer BBQ 1995
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/bauer-bbq-1995-2/

Bauer BBQ 1996 – Surprise BBQ when Rick almost gave up
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/bauer-bbq-1996

Bauer BBQ 1998
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/bauer-bbq-1998

Bauer BBQ 2001
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/bauer-bbq-2001-update-2014

Bauer BBQ 2002
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/bauer-bbq-2002-update-2014

Bauer BBQ 2003
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/bauer-bbq-2003/

Bauer BBQ 2005
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/bauer-bbq-2005

Bauer BBQ 2006
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/bauer-bbq-2006

Bauer BBQ 2007
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/bauer-bbq-2007

Bauer BBQ 2008
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/bauer-bbq-2008-update-2016

Bauer BBQ 2009 – Last Bauer BBQ We’re Invited To On Air
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/bauer-bbq-2009

Rick suprised by Bauer BBQ 1996

Information about the Bauer BBQ

Bauer BBQ Scrapbook
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/bauer-bbq-scrapbook

Bauer BBQ Meal
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/bauer-bbq-theme-meal

Why is the Bauer BBQ important?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/why-is-the-bauer-bbq-important/

Bauer BBQ Recipes
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/bauer-bbq-new-recipes

Making Bauer Burgers
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/07/06/making-bauer-burgers

Real Life Bauer BBQ
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/real-life-bauer-bbq-2016
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/real-life-bauer-bbqs-1-and-2

Bauer BBQ Locations
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/bauer-bbq-location-location-location

Video Greetings for Michelle at the Bauer BBQ 2014
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/bauer-bbq-week-kick-off-2015

Introduction and Awesome Michelle Quote
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/michelle-remembers-bauer-bbq

Kick Off 2014 with Manny Bauer BBQ Banner
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/bauer-bbq-week-kick-off-2014

Video Tribute to Bauer BBQs through the years
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/02/bauer-bbq-kickoff

Soap Opera Jargon: Tradition
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/tradition

Bauer BBQ Episodes Available on DVD
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/bauer-bbq-on-dvd

When Did the Bauer BBQ Begin?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/when-did-the-bauer-bbq-begin

Traditions of the Bauer BBQ
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/traditions-of-bauer-bbq

Bauer BBQ Food
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2016/07/08/bauer-bbq-foods-update-2016

Bauer BBQ Memories – Please share yours in the comments.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/bauer-bbq-memories/

Bauer BBQ Collectibles
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/lighthouse-collection-27/

Springfield Insider Videos on Bauer BBQ 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/springfield-insider-on-bauer-bbq

Summary on the Bauer BBQ 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/07/08/manny-returns-july-2-3-2009

Bauer BBQ Speech 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/bauer-bbq-speech-2009

Commentary on the Bauer BBQ 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/commentary-on-the-bauer-bbq

Tips for Photographing Fireworks
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/tips-for-photographing-fireworks

4th of July Header

Bauer BBQ Fanfic

Write Bauer BBQ Fanfic
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/07/08/write-bauer-bbq-fanfic

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/bauer-bbq-2017-prequel (Prequel)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/07/05/bauer-bbq-2017-by-robansuefarm-part-1 (Part 1)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/07/06/bauer-bbq-2017-by-robansuefarm-part-2 (Part 2)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/bauer-bbq-2017-by-robansuefarm-part-3 (Part 3)

Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/bauer-bbq-2014-by-robansuefarm-chapter-1 (Chapter 1)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/bauer-bbq-2014-by-robansuefarm-chapter-2 (Chapter 2)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/bauer-bbq-2014-by-robansuefarm-chapter-3-2 (Chapter 3)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/bauer-bbq-2014-by-robansuefarm-chapter-4-2 (Chapter 4)

Bauer’s Fourth of July BBQ by SJ
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/bauers-fourth-of-july-bbq-part-1-by-sj (Part 1)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/bauers-fourth-of-july-bbq-part-2-by-sj (Part 2)

Mindy Bauer Lewis tweets Bauer BBQ 2011
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/mindy-tweets-bauer-bbq-2011

Passing Down the Hat
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/passing-down-the-hat-by-its-only-soaps-part-1/ (Part 1)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/passing-down-the-hat-by-its-only-soaps-part-2/ (Part 2)

Roarah Standalone – Prelude to Love
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/prelude-to-love-a-robbie-and-sarah-short-story-by-i-believe-in-mystery/

What Matters Most
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/what-matters-most-chapter-three-part-one/ (Part 1)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/what-matters-most-chapter-three-part-two/ (Part 2)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/what-matters-most-chapter-three-part-three/ (Part 3)

 

Michelle and Rick Bauer BBQ 1987

Michelle and Rick Bauer BBQ 1987

Bauer BBQ Fanfic Highlights

 

Bauer BBQ Fanfic –  a selection of fanfic that has at least one chapter set at the Bauer BBQ

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/bauer-bbq-fanfiction

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/bauer-bbq-fanfic-2

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/bauer-bbq-fanfic-3

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/bauer-bbq-fanfic-4

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/bauer-bbq-fanfic-5

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/bauer-bbq-fanfic-6

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/bauer-bbq-fanfic-7

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/bauer-bbq-fanfic-8

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.

Write Bauer BBQ Fanfic

July 8, 2017

I have years when I get Bauer BBQ fanfic submitted and years when I don’t. I’d love to have more.  (It’s NOT too late if you have a story just rearing to come out or one you’ve been hesitant to send, please do.) During GLManny Bauer BBQ week I accept fanfics from anybody that follows these rules.

Danny and Tony watch fireworks

Danny and Tony Watch Fireworks

The rules are:

1. It has to be set at least in a major part or a big scene at a Bauer BBQ.

2. It can involve any character from Guiding Light and can be set during any time period. So a quiet family picnic in 1980 is just as welcome as a story set at the big 50th celebration in 1987 or in 2002 or 2017 and beyond. (Note: I actually have a partially written fanfic set in the 1950s. I hope I finish it for next year.)

3. I reserve the right to edit or reject submissions.

4. Even though most of the year we’re about Manny (Michelle Bauer and Danny Santos) they do NOT have to be featured or even mentioned in your fanfic.

Dinah and Amanda, 1996

So even if you didn’t get a piece in for this year, please start working on one for next year now while you are in the mood. Also, if you MEANT to write a fanfic and never got it done, consider doing one with a Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas theme because I also solicit fanfics about any Guiding Light characters for my special weeks for the holidays. And, of course, I’m always looking for new Manny specific fanfics anytime.

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.

Bauer BBQ Location Location Location

July 7, 2017

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.

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 3

July 7, 2017

Author’s Note: We continue with the Bauer BBQ. There are more people around than I’ve specifically named. Fell free to mentally insert any favorite I’ve skipped. Feel free to write in what your fav is doing.

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 3

Scene 12

Back in the kitchen, a commotion sounded at the door. Rusty Shayne and Wanda Hite arrived bearing the necessities for Oklahoma BBQ. Rusty had made the trip up from his ranch near Tulsa. He barely got his load down on the kitchen table before Mindy threw her arms around his neck.

“Melinda Sue,” he said happily. “Are you doing as well as you look?”

“As fine as an Oklahoma sunrise. How are you doing?”

“Oklahoma is still less fun without you, but the ranch is doing fine.”

Rick came in a pulled a grimace. Most of Mindy’s ex-es he didn’t much mind. In fact his best friend Phillip was one of them, but Rusty was the one whose relationship went back with Mindy longer than Rick’s. They had grown up together as kids. It was her one relationship that he felt might be as strong as theirs. Rusty and Mindy had grown up together as kids. Rick was happier when he stayed down in Oklahoma where he belonged.

Rick swallowed and walked over with his hand extended. “Rusty,” he said. “Thanks for bringing the Oklahoma BBQ. I know it makes Mindy happy and people have come to expect it now.”

“Don’t mind me and Earl. We make no never mind.”

Mindy jumped in. “Wanda, now you know we see you and Earl a lot more often than we do Rusty.”

Wanda helped balance her load on the back of a chair as she paused. “Where do you want us to set up?”

Billy came in. “Rusty, what are you doing by letting Wanda stand there with a heavy load. I’ll take that.”

During this exchange and the ribbing, a woman with long, black hair pulled into a tight bun. She was dressed too formally for the party in a black suit. She quietly worked her way behind the happy group and edged into a dark corner of the patio.

 

Scene 12B

The Indian motorcycle continue to drive south. He passed a green highway sign saying, “Springfield 172 miles.” He gunned it around a black suburban and hurried on.

 

Scene 13

Beth and Phillip had the art auction entries each set up on their own easel along the edge of the patio. Each had a number that matched a description in the glossy printed guide.

Clarissa Marler and Maureen Reardon had the children’s art station all set up. They grabbed kids who arrived early and set them to work on the mural.

Mindy had come out to make sure her fashion drawing she’d donated for the auction looked right, but she had been caught by the sight of the kids playing. It yanked at her heart reminding her of the baby she’d lost and the children she and Rick never had.

Rick had caught Mindy’s expression across the patio and came up behind her. “It looks like they could use some help. Why don’t you dig in there?”

“You think so?”

“I know so. No one spreads sunshine like you do.”

Looking cheered up, Mindy dived into the kids. She started helping a girl make a dog she was painting look a little less like park bench.

The woman with the tight bun had reached the artwork going straight to the painting from the Spaulding attic. She looked the painting over very carefully. She moved back into the shadows and pulled out her cell phone. She pressed a saved number. “It’s definitely THE painting…..No, not yet. I will try to get it before the auction starts. She abruptly ended the call.

 

Scene 14

Molly Spaulding came rushing into the Bauer kitchen nearly running into Blake and then Buzz in the process. Her dad, Alan-Michael Spaulding, was hot on her heels. “God Dad, stop hovering. I go to college for heaven’s sake. I don’t need you looking over my shoulder all the time.”

“Princess, will you wait up. I wasn’t hovering I was….”

Both continued through the kitchen and out the back door to the patio.

Lucy came in a troubled expression on her face. Frank intercepted her with a hug. “What’s going on, Sis?”

Waving towards the door, “You heard. Molly thinks Alan-Michael has been overly protective and it’s smothering. You know he always was protective, but lately…”

“Did something happen?”

“Well, he went to visit Hope earlier this month…I’m afraid she’s not doing well. Alan-Michael can’t do anything to help her so he’s determined to keep up safe. He knows I can take care of myself, but he’s even been a bit hover-y with me and he’s way overboard with Molly. Then there was her boyfriend.”

“What about him?”

“Tom got a little aggressive with her, enough so she filed a police report.”

“Oh, what did you say his last name is? Does he go to Springfield U with Molly?”

“Yes, he goes to Springfield U, but don’t worry about putting the fear of God into him. Besides making it clear that him that putting hands on a woman like that was NOT acceptable, he also specifically made him aware at the might the Spauldings could bring down on his head. After Brent, Alan-Michael isn’t taking any chances.”

“None of us do,” Frank said pulling Lucy in for a big brotherly hug. He silently gave a prayer of Thanksgiving that it had turned out as well as it had. “I’m glad he’s watching out for both of you.”

“He’s watching over us all right, but it’s driving Molly nuts. When I was her age I was conning people out of jobs and almost ready to decide who I was going to marry. He’s got to give her some space before she does something crazy to assert her independence, and if there’s one thing Alan-Michael and I know about acting out and doing extreme things to get our way….I hope Molly can avoid learning about it.”

Lucy bit her lip and looked out the door in the direction that Alan-Michael and Molly had gone.

Scene 15

Bridget hurried through the Bauer living room towards the front door. Lillian and Buzz were sitting on the couch talking. “Is she here yet? Kat just texted she was almost here.”

Bridget through open the door and there stood Kat looking stark and formal. Bridget paused, and then both women broke into laughter as they hugged each other. Bridget wrapped her arm around Kat’s shoulders. “You’re looking great, Kat. It’s been way too long. What’s it been since we saw each other? Oh, at least a year since you came to visit us in Oakdale.”

“It’s been even longer since I’ve been back to Springfield.” Kat looked back at the open door. “Paul, Hamp, get in here.” Kat shared an exasperated look with her best friend. “You keep thinking it will get easier as they get older — it doesn’t.”

“Tell me about it. Peter’s out of college now and I still worry about him….and he still doesn’t pick up after himself.”

Both women were laughing together when Paul and Hamp walked in, Hamp pulling the door shut behind them.

Hamp looked rebellious. “I still don’t see why we had to come here to celebrate the fourth. The guys and I had pitched in on some fireworks and now I’m going to miss them setting them off.”

Kat walked over to Hamp. “Because the Bauer BBQ is the best time to visit Springfield. It’s the one time when the whole town is together and I want you to meet some of your Grandpa Hamp’s friends. You never got to meet him and I want them to help you get an idea of what he was like. I want you to see his club. Plus this is where I finished growing up. You’ll just have to put up with it. Besides here’s Bridget. You like Bridget don’t you?”

“Ya, Bridget is fun.”

“Thanks…I think.”

“Plus your Uncle Billy is here. He was Grandpa Hamp’s best friends. He can tell you about when they played football together.”

Paul broke in with a smile. “Billy’s here? Where?”

Bridget answered, “Right before you got here he was out watching them set up the grill. I’ll walk you back there….Oh before we do that I want you to meet Lillian and Buzz. Kat, you remember them.”

“Of course…. Boys, Buzz here makes the best non-Bauer burger in town. When I was your age, I used to hang out at his restaurant, the Fifth Street diner, all the time. And this is Lillian she’s the best nurse anywhere.”

Buzz shrugged one shoulder, “Not the greatest….”

Lillian interrupted. “That’s nice of you to say, Sweetie.”

“These are my boys Paul and Hamp.”

Lillian added, “Oh, I see their resemblance to Hamp. Now I think Bridget told me that you were married to Paul Frasier’s son. Ed Bauer has told all about your grandfather. He was one of Ed’s mentors and a great surgeon before he got promoted to administration, but you want to talk about Hamp. Have fun today.”

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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.

Making Bauer Burgers

July 6, 2017

I first came across the “real” recipe for Bauer BBQ when I put together a Bauer BBQ party. I found it in a now gone post at Soap Central. Last year Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer) made it on the talk show Delmarva Life while they were talking about Breathing Under Dirt. The recipes were identical. I haven’t been able to find exactly where it came from. In addition, I made some additional notes on the recipe based on what O’Leary did and our own experiences trying the recipe.

Watch O’Leary make Bauer Burgers:
http://www.delmarvalife.com/delmarvalife/kitchen-guiding-light-actor-michael-oleary-making-famous-bauer-burger

“Rachel Ray and Emeril have nothing on me.”

Making Bauer Burgers

Making Bauer Burgers

Bauer Burgers Recipe

You’ve seen the famous Bauer Burgers on Guiding Light for many years — but now you can have a taste of the famous food in your very own home.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs Ground Sirloin
  • 2 teaspoons (approximately) Chopped Garlic
  • Pepper, and Salt to taste
  • 3 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • Grilled Portobello Mushrooms
  • Chopped or Thinly Sliced Red Onion
  • American or Mozerello Cheese – 1 slice per patty
  • Hamburger Bun for Each Complete Burger

1. Mix ground sirloin, garlic, salt, pepper, and Worcestershine sauce.

2. Make an even number of thin hamburger patties. (Be sure to make them very thin.) I used a #8 dipper and flattened them out. They should have made them a little smaller. I got four burgers from 2 pounds of meat.

3. Chop up some onion and put it on top of the first patty. Then put a slice of American or mozzarella cheese on top. Grill some mushrooms and put them on top of the cheese. Cover the whole thing with another patty.

4. Using a fork, press down the edges of the patties so they are sealed.

5. Barbecue the double patties over a low flame until done. It takes more time to cook due to the thickness of the patties.  I used no stick aluminum foil on the grill.

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.

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 1

July 5, 2017

Author’s Note: This year’s Bauer BBQ fanfic is much more like a real set of Bauer BBQ episodes. I really love how it’s turning out and I hope you enjoy it. I haven’t broken it into actual episodes, but there are obvious places for commercial breaks that I put in.

I outlined it first and mostly stuck to that numbering so I could keep track of the different storylines.  I’ve kept my original scene numbers from my outline just to keep things easier for me, but you’ll see notes I’ve included when they’ve had to change. When I realized I needed to add a scene I added an A or a B. It really should be broken up into multiple episodes and I probably would have done that if I had gotten it done early enough, but I ran out of time. If I repost it next year, I may get that part fixed when I polish it.

So the lesson is start working on your Bauer BBQ 2018 RIGHT NOW!

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 1

Scene 1A

It was early morning at the Bauer House. Rick Bauer stood at the flag pole in the side yard of the family home. *

He looked around at the young Bauers standing around him. He looked at his children, Jude and Leah. He had always wanted children and even if he hadn’t been able to play as active a role as he would had hoped in their lives during their younger years, he couldn’t be prouder of his children. He was only sorry he never had more. There could never be too many Bauers.

Standing next to his kids were his nephew and nieces, Robbie, Hope, and Danielle. He was still grateful that Michelle and Danny had moved back from California when they had. His little sister was raising some great kids.

“OK troops! Let’s raise the flag.”

Robbie snaps the flag open with a practiced hand. He has been doing it for years. Even before they moved to California he remembered doing this with his Grandpa Ed. It is one of Robbie’s favorite parts of the BBQ. Being careful not to let the flag touch the ground, he clipped it in place and briskly ran it up the flag pole.

Rick spoke. “Every year we start the BBQ by raising the flag. The tradition goes back to picnics Papa and Mama Bauer used to have on the Fourth. They started every one by raising the flag. Papa Bauer is who I am named for. Robbie also is partially named for him. He was your Great-Great-Grandfather and I want you to remember his gratitude for living in this country, for the new chance it gave him, and all the hard work he and Mama Bauer did giving the Bauers a strong start in this country. It’s up to you to remember and pass this knowledge along so that someday YOUR great-great-grandchildren will do this and remember how glad and how proud we are to be Americans.”

Rick says something like this to the children every year when they raise the flag. He wanted to engrave it on their memories so it would be passed on.

*NOTE: The flagpole only appeared during the BBQ when they showed this scene and seemed to be set up wherever was convenient. Since we don’t really know what was in the sideyard of the house that’s where I put it and will keep it as necessary.

 

Scene 1B

The group trouped over to the garage apartment. It was already bubbling with talk and laughter. Mindy was right in her element as she made breakfast with the rest of the kids that had spent the night. Friends of the Bauer kids and mostly family friends before them, spending the night before meant they had early dawn help available if they needed it and kept the kids busy if it wasn’t.

Rick paused near the door to think how beautiful and happy his wife was surrounded by children. He was sorry she never had a biological child who had lived, but she had determined to be the best step-mother and aunt in the world and, as always Rick thought with a smile, what Mindy determined to do got done.

Rick walked over and noisily kissed his wife. “How are things going in here?”

“Everybody’s doing great. I’m glad the garage apartment is empty this year. This is a lot easier than getting them breakfast in the same kitchen where we’re prepping the BBQ.”

Rick silently nodded in agreement. He loved Mindy. She was a good cook now, but she was still enough of a princess that she never washed a plate. He was glad this mess wasn’t in his prep area. Rick didn’t bother with breakfast, he just enjoyed the chaos.

 

Scene 2

Later Rick stood in the Bauer kitchen and surveyed his domain. The rest of the year this was a kitchen, but today it was the prep area where he launched an attack to feed an unlimited number of family, friends, coworkers, acquaintances, and even complete strangers who would show up at THE place to celebrate the Fourth in Springfield. There had been a time when he had felt so shoved to the side, almost like he, heck, the BAUERS hadn’t had a place on the canvas that was the community of Springfield. He had lost heart and so had the BBQ, but ever since 2010 after Michelle and Danny had moved back he had felt all the glory of the BBQ again and moved heaven and earth to make sure each year was the best year ever.

In a way prepping for the BBQ was like emergency triage, but this was a good kind without the pain, horror, and blood. Instead the constant attention, prioritizing, improvising was of everyone remembering the community and having a good time.

“Listen everyone! It’s time for the hat ceremony….Leah, if you’re ready.” Rick bent down and Leah picked up the Bauer BBQ chef’s hat. Ed had always worn it and Rick had taken it with great significance when Ed had passed it down to him, but since this had become his and Leah’s special moment it became even more important to him.

Everyone in the kitchen paused and clapped as Leah, put it on his head, aware of what this meant. “The Hat” was always an important part of the BBQ.

“Back to work!” Rick called as the moment passed. Once the hat was on his head he felt like a general martialing the troops. He picked up his clipboard “Reports!”

“Danny, condiments!”

“Rick, I used to run a restaurant I think I can handle….” Danny protested, but as usual it fell on deaf ears.

“I said condiments!”

Danny sighed, rolling his eyes at Michelle. “There is ketchup and mustard at two condiment stations around the backyard and plenty of back up for each. The relish and onions are ready to put out. Salt and pepper shakers and napkins on each table. Everything is ready to go.”

Rick tapped the end of his pen against his teeth. “I don’t know that this idea of yours using big pumps instead of lots of normal bottles is going to go.”

“Rick, it will be fine!” Michelle broke in.

Rick sighed and made a note to ask people about it later to find out how it had gone over.

“Michelle, desserts!”

“I made 2 dozen of Grandma Bert’s apple pies this year. They are cooling as we speak AND don’t you even think of hiding one. If you don’t get any I’ll make some again in the near future, as soon as you peel the apples for me. The watermelon is on ice and Danny has his stuff ready to carve it when ready.”

“How about the ice cream?”

“You’ll have to ask Lewis about that. He and Lizzie decided to turn hand churning ice cream into a contest this year.”

Rick frowned. This was the kind of thing he expected to be consulted on. “Blake, you may have to go on an ice cream run later.”

“Have car keys will travel. Although how I became the designated errand girl…”

“We appreciate you being ready to lend a hand when needed, Blake. Salads!”

“Rick, you can see I’m finishing up the cabbage and apple salad. Frank and Buzz have coleslaw on their list to bring and the potato salad is in the fridge.”

“Bert’s recipe?”

“Nope, you always ask me, so I got Bea’s recipe this year from Michelle. I thought it would make a nice change.” Rick’s face grew stormy until she added. “I remember it was always a struggle between Ed and Maureen. I thought I’d let Maureen win this year.”

Rick bit off his protest. Since it WAS for Maureen he let it go and checked it off his list.

“Bridget, Dylan, lettuce salad bar!”

“Rick, we make it all the way here for the BBQ this year and got here extra early so you can shout at us? I think we got it.”

Dylan cut in, figuring it was better to humor Rick. “We’re still chopping. All varieties of salad dressing requested are checked off the list. We’ve got the ice and the thermometer to check all the salads to keep them out of the danger zone.”

Rick grunted. He spared a glance. “Bridget, it’s a great think you got back with Dylan. Clearly he’s the one with sense in your family.”

Bridget picked up a pair of salad tongs to throw at Rick as he turned his back and walked away, but Dylan took them out of her hand. “Humor him.”

Just then Kevin kicked at the door. Bridget wiped her hands on a towel and went to let him in. Kevin and Jason each entered carrying two large, stuffed full reusable grocery bags a piece, closely followed by Frank and Buzz weighed down by coolers.

Buzz asked, “Are you going to give us a hand, Rick?”

“Nope, that’s what these two strapping young men are for,” he answered putting an arm around both Kevin and Jason. Rubbing his hands together, he added, “You’ve brought the ground sirloin. It’s time to make some magic…Rachel Ray and Emeril have nothing on me. Bauer Burgers here we come!” *

*NOTE: The Rachel Ray etc. line came from Michael O’Leary’s appearance on a talk show making Bauer Burgers. See my making Bauer Burgers post.

 

Scene 3

The boys were still eating when the girls finished and moved on to decorating. Sarah Randall and Emma Spaulding were Hope Santos’s best friends. The three of them had formed Les Tres Amigas Science Club* which had made Sarah’s Grandpa Billy laugh although he hadn’t explained why he thought the name was so funny. He wasn’t laughing at their interest in science and had helped throw open the doors to Lewis Oil walking them through the operation and answering every question they had even if he had to hunt up someone to tell them all the answer.

Today Hope, Sarah, and Emma were working with the smaller girls Dani, Frankie, and Peyton.** on decorating the Bauer House inside and out to within an inch of its life. The girls were talking and laughing happily together. Little Billy was there too, as usual joined at the hip with his best friend Dani.

Michelle trusted Hope to watch out for the other children, but after that treehouse stunt with Dani and Little Billy last March, Michelle felt better keeping them under a watchful eye so when the Coopers showed up she’d slipped out of the kitchen. The kids ran around up one ladder and down another putting up flags, banners, bunting, and sparkles wherever they could.

Michelle shook her head at a lopsided bundle on one of the portico corners. She moved one of the ladders over to climb up to fix it herself shaking her head that they could make such a din. She hadn’t gotten very far when a couple of arms came around her and pulled her off the ladder.

A sardonic, but gorgeous gaze met her own. “And what, may I ask, were you doing on a ladder?”

Michelle tried to brazen it out, pretending her husband wasn’t holding her in his arms. She smoothed out her top and picked a couple of imaginary pieces of lint off her culottes. “I was straightening that bundle of course. It would be done by now, if you hadn’t had to show off those big muscles of yours.” Michelle crossed her arms and scowled at him.

Danny laughed as he put her down. “None of that little missy. I’m on to your tricks. You were on that ladder when you KNOW we agreed you wouldn’t be. I’m not letting you pick a different fight to get off the hook. I think I see where your daughter got her illicit climbing inclinations.”

“Perfectly, right – from you!” Michelle said frostily, but with just a hint of a smile behind it as she gestured towards her old balcony with her head. Then she blushed and smiled. “OK you caught me. I said I wouldn’t get on any ladders today, but it would only take me a minute to fix that one crocked bunch….”

“Correction. It will just take ME a minute. Now tell me exactly what you want me to do.”

Michelle’s smile grew downright naughty, but now was not the time, so she had Danny straighten the clump until it was perfect.

*NOTE: Les Tres Amigos or LTA was an independent oil company started in the early 1980s. The original members were Josh Lewis (Billy’s brother), Amanda Spaulding, and Ross Marler. Eventually Billy came to town and pushed his way in. It eventually was folded into Lewis Oil. Clearly the children never heard of it and why should they have….until Grandpa Billy gets around to explaining the joke.

**NOTE: Dani Santos (Manny’s daughter), Frankie Cooper (Daughter of Frank Cooper and Natalia Aitoro), and Peyton Spaulding.

 

Scene 4

Meanwhile in Chicago, a helmeted figure, dress all in black leather, adjust the chin strap on his helmet with the smoke visor. He pulled on his leather gloves. He approached his black Indian motorcycle. He saddled up, revved the engine and turned the bike south, towards Springfield.

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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.

Real Life Bauer BBQs 1 and 2

July 4, 2017

The charity Daytime Stars and Strikes (originally Bloss Bowling) has always had a special connection with Guiding Light. The weekend of charity events includes stars from different soaps, but Guiding Light is still the focus.

Last year they made a special announcement. They were adding an event. They often do that rearranging, adding and trying new events around the weekend, but this announcement was special. This time it was A REAL LIFE BAUER BBQ hosted by Michael O’Leary’s RICK BAUER! I was so excited, but I dithered as I tried to figure out a way to get it into my schedule. Unfortunately I had an unbreakable commitment the next week and I just couldn’t figure out a way to be gone two extended weekends in a row. So I missed going and was completely convinced that I missed my chance forever….

Reports of Bauer BBQ 1

Strangely there isn’t a lot out there about the Bauer BBQ either during or after.

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Rick Bauer and Blake Marler Bauer BBQ 2016

Rick Bauer and Blake Marler Bauer BBQ 2016

My report – based on things I could dig up second hand – was one of the biggest and most complete reports I could find anywhere online.

I also found this small article which packs a lot of information in a couple of sentences. It’s from the Herald-Standard in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Please note that I redid the actor/character formatting in the quote as I normally do it on this blog rather than leave it as they had it which I thought was confusing.

“The event allowed participants to meet Guiding Light actors, including Jerry VerDorn (Ross Marler), Liz Keifer (Blake Marler #5 – the main Bloss one), Jennifer Rozell (Elaine Cooper #2), Yvonna Kopacz-Wright (Mel Boudreau Bauer), Beth Chamberlin (Beth Raines #2), and Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer #5). It included a trivia contest, a “Family Feud” contest, games an auction, and Bauer Burgers to raise money for autism charities. Guests received a Bauer BBQ apron and a bottle of Bauer BBQ sauce.”

Real Life Bauer BBQ #2

The best part is…..it turns out I didn’t miss my chance to go after all! The first real life Bauer BBQ is going to be repeated. It was so successful that they’ve made it a bigger event so while it sold out last year, this year they still have room.

These are the details we know so far:

-Hosted by everyone’s favorite “Bauer” Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer)!

DATE:  Sunday, October 8, 2017

TIME:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: The Residence Inn Secaucus Meadowlands – 800 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, NJ

PRICE:  $150.00

They say, “Join us for a wild ride as we embark on our second Bauer BBQ!  You can expect a lot of giggles and good old fashioned fun with this event.  Sharpen up your memory (and google past BBQ’s!) because we are having trivia contests, a Family Feud Contest, a few surprise games, an auction or two and of course, delicious, genuine Bauer Burgers!   Be the first to purchase a ticket this year, be the one who wins our trivia contests, and be the one who makes a difference for Autism.  Be there!”

I’ll be looking for you!

Find more information on the Bauer BBQ and their other events both on their website and their Facebook page.

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.

Bauer BBQ Week Kickoff 2017

July 3, 2017
Chef Hat

The Hat

It’s once again Bauer BBQ Week when we pause to celebrate with our friends in Springfield. Sadly I don’t have any new Bauer BBQ episodes to add this year, but I’ve got some really great posts and what I think is the best fanfic I’ve written since Springfield Bound: Lost Scenes Around the Finale. It involves plots with a lot of people around Springfield and I hope you enjoy it. It’s about half finished so hopefully I’ll get it done this week. If I don’t never fear, I’ll continue you as it gets done latter in the month.

What is the Bauer BBQ

Each year we dedicate a week to the most important event on the Springfield social calendar, the Bauer BBQ. As a family of immigrants (Michelle’s great-grandparents came over from Germany), the Fourth of July was always important to the Bauer family because they were grateful to live in America and most members of the family believed strongly in community service and giving back to the community. It had long been a tradition to have a family picnic/cookout in honor of the holiday, but in 1983 – we think – some writer came up with the idea of using that as an opportunity to make it a bigger event. It would show Springfielders celebrating when viewers were, allowed good excuses for skimpy clothes, fun games, and people who’ve been trying to avoid each other suddenly forced to talk to each other. Plus something explosive could happen. It was an epic idea and one that would help define years of Guiding Light history. It was a big event all of Michelle’s life.

Bauer BBQ Week

Danny and Michelle Santos, 2009

Danny and Michelle Santos, 2009

Bauer BBQ Week means that instead of our normal posts this week we’ll have posts that are episode guides of Bauer BBQ episodes, special informational posts on things like fireworks and food, and hopefully some Bauer BBQ fanfic set at any time with any characters as long as it takes place at and around the Bauer BBQ. If you didn’t get any fanfic written for this year. START NOW for next year when we’ll do it all again. Catch up on previous years at the latest Bauer BBQ round up post.

 

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.

Notes from the Blog

June 7, 2017
Overhead shot of Bauer Backyard 1991

Overhead shot of Bauer Backyard 1991

I just want to give you a quick note. I’m going to be out of town for a couple of days and I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to publish, but don’t worry. I’ll be back!

I also wanted to let you know that I’ve been working on my Bauer BBQ fanfic. It’s actually going really well. Last time I wrote a Bauer BBQ, it was mostly a Manny story. This time I wanted it to be more like a real Bauer BBQ on the show. I started out creating a list of who I wanted there and gave myself permission not to write for every character. As I worked on it I decided that I needed to add children or the population of Springfield was going to zero out. So I worked on figuring out what children are there. I’ve been working on adding a few, watch for a new list soon.

Next I blocked it and outlined it out as if it was an episode. I’ve been working on it and so far it’s going well. The story arcs have seemed to have just grown organically. Today I worked on the Bauer BBQ speech and I’m pleased with how it came out. Look for it to start publishing during Bauer BBQ week.


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