Posts Tagged ‘Guiding Light’

Guiding Light in Italy

July 20, 2018

Today we’re appreciating Guiding Light fans around the world. Let’s visit Guiding Light in Italy.

Sentieri online is the first Italian Guiding Light internet resource. I’m the webmaster and I created it in 1996 as a classic website. Later I’ve added a mailing list that has been active till the end of Guiding Light in Italy in 2012. During the years, the website has been enriched by a Blog and later by a Twitter account and a Group on Facebook. During the last years the original website has not been updated and all the old pages are offline (but the domain name www.sentierionline.net is still working). Both the Blog and the Group on Facebook are alive. Lately I created a new Facebook page to promote both the Group and the Blog activities to keep alive Sentieri/Guiding Light in our mind.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SentieriOnLine.net

Header Photo of Italian GL 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.

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Bauer BBQ Roundup 2018

July 17, 2018

Bauer BBQ Week drug on longer than I originally meant it to, but I didn’t have the reports from the real life Bauer BBQ done and I wanted to make sure I got those done correctly before I posted them and to share them so I got hung up. I hope you enjoyed it. I stopped working on the fanfic to finish the reports so I’ll have to get the fanfic posted after I finish it.

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.

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 Began
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2018/07/02/bauer-bbq-began-in-1950s

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

What Makes a Bauer BBQ?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2018/06/30/what-makes-a-bauer-bbq

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

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/bauer-bbq-traditions-and-prep-and-games-2

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

 

Cast Group Photo

Cast Group Photo

Real Life Bauer BBQ

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

Real Life Bauer BBQ 3
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/3rd-annual-bauer-bbq-2018

Reports from Real Life Bauer BBQ

Initial Report https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2018/07/03/daytime-stars-and-strikes-initial-report-from-october-2017
Day 1 https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/real-life-bauer-bbq-2017-day-1
Day 2 https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2018/07/08/real-life-bauer-bbq-2017-day-2
Day 3 Part 1 https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2018/07/11/real-life-bauer-bbq-2017-day-3-part-1
Day 3 Part 2 https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/real-life-bauer-bbq-2017-day-3-part-2

Make Your Own Bauer BBQ

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

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

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

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.

Real Life Bauer BBQ 2017 Day 3 Part 2

July 16, 2018

 

Bauer BBQ Banner

Bauer BBQ Banner

AND NOW THE BAUER BBQ

The last event was the Bauer BBQ. These comments are my own and don’t express the opinions of anyone else. It’s also fair to say that I went into this with high expectations. They were bouyed not only by what a big deal the Bauer BBQ was and by the fact that GL fans talk about hosting a version of the Bauer BBQ. I even hosted one myself. So I had lots of ideas. Also, it’s fair to point out that a lot of events suffer a sophmore slump. It isn’t the first year when you’re keyed up to make sure everything is right. It’s not after you’ve been doing things so long you can do it in your sleep. It’s sort of in the middle. I think it probably will be a better event this year — I wish I could be there. 😦

The nicest thing about it was that the actors were so happy to see each other.

Peter Simon (Ed Bauer) and Michael O'Leary (Rick Bauer) Hug

Peter Simon (Ed Bauer) and Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer) Hug

This was the best hug, but almost without exception they all were just delighted to see each other again. “Rick” was serving as host and did the welcome to the BBQ. He also mentioned in passing that Jerry verDorn had the inside scope on the history of the BBQ so I took a chance later to snag him later and got the information for my earlier post.

Michael O'Leary Greets Guests

Michael O’Leary Greets Guests

Next up they announced it was time to eat.

"Josh Lewis" Fills Up His Plate

“Josh Lewis” Fills Up His Plate

Here’s the meal.

BBQ Meal

BBQ Meal and Gift Bag

The area where the Bauer BBQ was held was a patio outside the hotel lobby. The area was divided by a brick half wall roughly 1/3 to 2/3. The actors and the people who run the event, they call themselves angels and wore blue shirts, were in the 1/3. Everyone else was in the 2/3. Non-actor participants were strongly encouraged to stay on their own side of the wall.

The Reserved Actor Area Behind the Wall

The Reserved Actor Area Behind the Wall

My Second Favorite Soap Couple EVER!

Now I’m sure what you want to know if a member of Manny, Paul Anthony Stewart, Joy Lenz, or Nancy St. Alban came. WELL ——- they didn’t.

However, while I was eating I suddenly stopped! I gasped and I just might have clapped my hands! Who came in the door, but HOPE BAUER SPAULDING! Manny is my all time favorite soap couple – ‘natch – but Hope Bauer and Alan Spaulding of Hope and Alan on the Island fame is my second favorite couple. It wasn’t REALLY Hope of course. It was her actress Elvera Roussel, but still HOPE! She was later than the other people and looked a little lost when she came in. I don’t think she knew quite what to do. I think she saw me react to her and she waved at me. I did get a chance to go over and talk to her before they got her in the actor area.

Me and Hope Bauer!!!!!!!

Me and Hope Bauer!!!!!!!

A Panel of Light

Next up they gathered everyone up in a row and had a panel discussion about the history of the show and the current situation on soaps. I was really surprised that several people expressed the opinion that General Hospital had really hamstrung Prospect Park and in doing so had torpedoed the best change yet of a traditional soap to break free of a network. This was really opposite to what soap twitter in general seemed to think so it gave me a lot to ponder. It was also really powerful to hear the fans finally get the chance to tell the actors how much the show and their characters meant to them.

Guiding Light Cast Members

Guiding Light Cast Members

Elvera Roussel (Hope Bauer Spaulding #7), Michelle Ray Smith (Ava Peralta), Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer #5), Liz Keifer (Blake Thorpe Marler #5), Jerry verDorn (Ross Marler), Jennifer Roszell (Eleni Andros Cooper #3), Peter Simon (Ed Bauer #4), Robert Newman (Josh Lewis). Simon’s wife Courtney Sherman who he met when they played Scott and Kathy on Search for Tomorrow was also there. She went on to be a well respected soap writer.

Crowd For Panel

Crowd For Panel

After listening to the ear splitting karaoke on Friday night. They had major problems with the sound equipment so we had to gather up close.

Cast Close Up

Cast Close Up – They seemed to enjoy it

Cast Group Photo

Cast Group Photo

Trivia Contest

There was a trivia contest which I was really looking forward to, but I was kind of disappointed. I got a couple of the early questions right, but they questioned my answer whether Meta and Bill’s sister’s name was Gertrude aka Trudy. Now I have a thing about properly structured questions because of my background in education and these were very poorly organized. Let me give you an example, “What Bauer died in a mental institution?” They were looking for Hope’s mother, Julie Conrad Bauer. Now I know she did, but it never occurred to be you’d consider her a Bauer. I mean it would be exactly the same as asking what Spaulding was a cop, meaning Harley or what Spaulding was a romance writer, meaning Blake. All three women were briefly married into a family and Harley and Julie had kids within the family, but weren’t strongly connected like long term to be considered part of the group Blake was to the Marlers or Beth was to the Spauldings.

There were two guys who came from some place out east that I wish I had gotten a chance to talk to them because they really knew their stuff and somehow their brains must have worked the same as the people who wrote the questions because they nailed them all hard and fast. If I do get back to an event again I hope they are there.

"Ava Peralta"

“Ava Peralta”

And We Head to the Fireworks

Every Bauer BBQ episode ended with the fireworks. We didn’t have them, but sadly the Bauer BBQ was coming to an end. Slowly people began to drift off. I hung around pretty much as long as possible until the hotel employees started to stand there looking pointedly. I want to give a big shout out to Michelle Ray Smith (Ava Peralta). I must admit that I never cared for Ava. She messed with Sandy who I liked and broke up my beloved Cozzie just to give her something to do until they were ready for the Olivia is her mother storyline which they telegraphed from about Day 1. However, as a person she is delightful. She stayed there longer than anybody else and talked with the attendees as long as they wanted. She’s left acting, but she was utterly charming.

A couple of the actors moved to the lobby. Michael O’Leary was there and I got a chance to talk briefly to him in passing. Back when he was doing Steamboat, I did enough to promote that I won an hour phone call with him. It’s been some years ago, but he didn’t even seem to remember anything about the contest.

Jerry verDorn (Ross Marler) hung around too and he brought along his Emmy and for a donation you could get a photo with an Emmy. They are bigger and heavier than I thought it would be.

And sadly I headed off to bed, said goodbye to Elizabeth, and the next day flew home.

There were almost literal fireworks. Hurricane Nate’s remnants were rushing up the East Coast. I thought maybe I’d have trouble with the storm in Atlanta where I transferred, but the problem was actually there in New Jersey/New York. I was worrying I should have baid the extra and taken an earlier flight, but turns out I did the right thing. Earlier flights were cancelled, but mine went even through I was nervous. In fact they let one of the earlier flights that were scheduled to Atlanta about an hour and a half before leave like 5 minutes before us. It was the connecting flight in Atlanta that was a couple of hours late while the flight crew had to fly in to fly us out.

With a Jerry verDorn Emmy

With a Jerry verDorn Emmy

What They Didn’t Do

One of the features of the Bloss Bowling was that the stars divided so there was one with each team. I assumed they’d be split up among the tables which is pretty normal for this kind of event. They weren’t. As I mentioned I got shooed away from the one-third part of the patio and other people were too. So if they didn’t want to mix during eating what could they have done?

They could have had the actors do a pass to each table after they finished eating. They could have had the actors pass around and hit the tables or stand around the edge of the room and let the people pass. At another event I’ve done they set up the cast members for photos and then ran attendees in hit the mark took the photo got a digital copy and paid $25 for it. They could have done that.

If they didn’t want to take as much time as getting photos with attendees would take, they could of set up photos of the cast we could take. For one thing they could have picked a spot for the group photo that had a better background. In the post I did about the 2019 Bauer BBQ I used a photo from their website of “Rick” wearing the hat working the BBQ. How many got that shot? I got a version of “Rick’s” back and I don’t think anybody else even got that. How many wanted it? I’m guessing everyone who was there. Then they could have had “Ed” give “Rick” the hat. They could have had a Bauer family photo shot, a Ross and Blake couple shot, and I’m sure they could think of some more.

OR if they didn’t want to do anything extra with the actors they could have photo ops set up for attendees. Have a hat and an apron that said Bauer BBQ maybe with a Bauer Power Grill standee, have a firework backdrop, you could even have a contest where your took something – maybe homemade playdough so you could afford it – to see how many Bauer Burger patties you could shape in a minute. Stuff where we could take cool photos of each other.

And I’d have paid twice as much if Rick would have done the Bauer BBQ speech from the final year. Ed and Ross did them too. It wouldn’t be too hard to get transcript of them. I’d have done that myself if it would have helped.

Anyway from what people said who had been to both said they had a lot more detail work and cool things at the first one. I hope this one was just a somphmore slump and the future ones are great.

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 BBQ 2017 Day 3 Part 1

July 11, 2018

Day 3 of the Bauer BBQ event was the best. There was the Bloss Brunch, the Bauer BBQ, and quite unexpectedly got independent verification of the Bauer BBQ history my mother had told me.

A Blossful Event

Ross and Blake Marler

Ross and Blake Marler

The day started with the Bloss Brunch. The Daytime Stars and Strikes weekend had some changes to its schedule for 2017. It had started out life as an event called Bloss Bowling. Stars, at first just from Guiding Light, but later from other soaps too, would each captain a team. Fans could buy at ticket to watch or pay more to be on a team. This lead to a lot of good interactions for fans. However, as the event expanded to different events it got hard to transport fans back and forth to a bowling alley when the other events were all at the hotel. So they finally decided to faze it out and bring in other events that could be held in the hotel. Since Bloss was the start of the whole thing they wanted to make sure they still had their own special event. They introduced the Bloss Brunch to take that place in 2017.

Elizabeth and I were both really looking forward to this event and we arrived early. As in earlier than the people setting it up early. It was in a large conference room there at the hotel. I’m not sure how many people were there, but it was around 10. After the guests of honor arrived we still had to wait outside for awhile. When they did let us all in there was a really good pastry/fruit breakfast. I think you’d enjoy it.

Jerry verDorn (Ross Marler) and Liz Keifer (Blake Marler) sat at the head of the table. It was wide enough that both of them were along that edge. Elizabeth and me each scooped up the closest seats. A lot of the other fans that were there seemed less interested in Bloss and more interested in supporting the event as a whole. So we got to have a very interesting conversation on the history of Guiding Light and where the soap industry is going.

I Stepped into Springfield

Back on Day 1 of this report I told you that one of the reasons I wasn’t really into fan events as some people was that I knew the people I would be seeing the actors and while you can admire their work and actively support them, they really aren’t the family who come into your living room every day. That’s the characters and as disappointing as it is they don’t exist in this reality. So for reasons about my background I explained in my initial reaction posts I’m really not all that impressed to meet professional actors. To them it’s a job, it may be a cool job, but it’s just a job. So I really went into this experience thinking I’d get some cool photos of the actors, get to take part in the Bauer BBQ activities, maybe get some autographs (see below), and mostly talk to fellow fans. That was what I expected. That’s what happened at the Karaoke event on Friday night (except I got to sing 2 songs) and at the Venice event. That’s what I thought would go on this morning.

I was wrong.

At this event for just a couple of minutes there I really did somehow step through the TV screen and into the real Springfield. It was kind of surreal. I had seen verDorn and Keifer arrive no big deal, but when we came into the room and found them sitting there I walked towards the table. Do you know at the eye doctor when you are doing the part where they put the adjustable lens thing up to your face and the eye doctor turns a knob and suddenly one image turns into two images? Just before that your vision kind of contracts and blinks? That’s what mine did just for a second. It was like my mind couldn’t believe my eyes were working properly because this time they weren’t on a screen they were RIGHT THERE. I think it might have been that by the end their characters had become so like them, that it was like they WERE their characters – at least a little bit. This was the third event of the weekend, but somehow they seemed the most real. For a just a flash there while we were talking I honestly felt that somehow I had stepped through the TV and had some magical way ended up in Springfield. Oddly it felt really normal as well. I had heard them talk on the TV for years and often talked back to it (I tend to get a bit vocal when I watch – see my YouTube comments). Only this time they could hear me. It just was natural, but in a wild dichotomy it was also absolutely amazing.

Me and Bloss

Me and Bloss

After the vision snapped back into shape it didn’t do it again. But we were able to have a good conversation. We talked about historic plotlines and I will be quite unmodest and say they seemed impressed what I could remember. Then we talked about the current state of soaps. We talk about that a lot on soap twitter, but it was interesting to see what two people who worked in multiple soaps in the industry thought.

Autographs

When I went I carried along a brand new autograph book. I wasn’t really sure how this would work and my previous experience with TV show based fan events were centered on autographs. Standing in line, having things signed, photos, props, clothing is normally a big part of this kind of event. I know that’s often true about soap events too. I often see photos, props, scripts, etc. covered with signatures. I kind of expected that to be true here. It wasn’t. There were some people asking for signatures on scripts they had for the Karaoke night, but that was about it. I didn’t get any autographs. I could have, but it wasn’t a big deal for me. I’ve got scripts and stuff signed by them already I picked up online. The main reason I brought the book is that if they’re running you through a line you sometimes get a minute or two extra to talk while they are signing. Still there really didn’t seem to be an atmosphere for getting autographs so if that’s important to you, this might not be the event for you.

Questions

One suggestion I would have is to look and see who’s coming and think ahead of time what you might want to ask the actors. I really didn’t do this. I don’t know why not after all the time I spent looking forward to it, but I didn’t. Now though I can think of things I wish I’d have asked when I had the chance. So think now and don’t be me….I guess that’s just the excuse I need to justify spending the money to go back, right? 🙂

Tune in Tomorrow for the Bauer BBQ itself.

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 BBQ 2017 Day 2

July 8, 2018

Remember when I said under the basics that it really didn’t feel like one unified event, more like a series of one-offs? Saturday defined this. Saturday morning Elizabeth and I took advantage of there being nothing on the agenda until mid-afternoon to sleep in which I don’t think is something that either of us normally get to do. I’d also like to take a minute and publicly thank Elizabeth. Having her be willing to split a room and just basically show be around and show me the ropes really helped make the event a really great time. Thanks, Elizabeth!

I’d also like to thank all the actors and actresses who took the time to come and participate with people. We had a couple of actors with transportation issues that caused them to be late or to cancel so I know it was a bother. I’m very glad they came and both the actors and the fans helped raise a lot of money for the American Autism Association.

 

Other than Elizabeth and Candice  and the actors I didn’t have permission to use other people’s names and so I haven’t used them.

 

What to Wear

Elizabeth and I had different philosophies about what to wear. If you are at one of the events, look for the sharpest dresser in the room and that’s Elizabeth. Those who have looked at my old lighthouse collecting posts will see that I added t-shirts. I had a collection of 4 or 5 Guiding Light t-shirts and when else would you wear them? So I took along my Guiding Light t-shirt collection and that’s what I wore.

Most attendees didn’t do either of these things. They wore sort of the dressy end of summer casual. Most wore something along the lines of nice shorts and pull over tops, etc. But it was a mix so you probably would be fine whatever you wore.

3 t-shirts with Guiding Light logos

Some of my Guiding Light t-shirts (forgive the wrinkles)

Smile You’re on Camera

One of my other interests is Disney and a big part of going to Disney parks is getting your photo taken with the various characters. As people do that so much they’re really big on getting nice photos which means not just standing there and smiling, but having some interaction that can be in the photo. Looking like they’re laughing with you or singing with you or whatever. A picture of you and a character/actor/somebody famous just standing there smiling is, let’s face it, dull. So I tried to get some of the actors to do something like that in my photos with them. For all of them being actors and should know how to improv it was a totally foreign concept to them. Even though the size of the crowd would have totally been small enough to have time to do something like that they seem to have only done the smile, step in, click, step out version. So that’s probably all you’re going to get too. Props to Hillary B. Smith who gave it a go even though I don’t think she really understood the kind of thing I was talking about either. Maybe I need to work on my explanation before I try again.

Hillary B. Smith

Hillary B. Smith interogating me as Margo Hughes

I mean honestly which of these photos would you rather have?

Formal With HIllary B. Smith

Formal With HIllary B. Smith

Unscheduled Time

After we got up we decided to explore the area around the hotel. This is when I would have had some dine around sign ups or something. You could even set it up online ahead of time. A dine around is where you have lists of restaurants for people involved in an event and you sign up by restaurant to eat with other members of the group. They are a lot of fun.

We did run into some other Star & Strikers, but it could easily not have happened. One of the best things about the event was talking to other fans. I wish there could have done something to encourage more of that.

An Afternoon in Venice

In the afternoon was a Venice event with Crystal Chappell  (Olivia Spencer) and Hillary B. Smith (Margo Hughes #2 on As the World Turns). This was the one event I hesitated getting a ticket for. I haven’t ever seen Venice and although I appreciate the hard work Chappel and crew have put in basically inventing a new branch of the industry, it’s not anything I have an emotional attachment to. However, I did like Hillary B. Smith‘s version of Margo Hughes on As the World Turns – hers was my 2nd favorite Margo so I was very glad to get to see her and she was willing to give my photo idea a go.

I also want to stop and say I was amazed watching Chappell work the room. It was just masterful. I mean you could tell that was what she was doing, but I’ve never seen anybody in person as well in person. I was really blown away and honestly gift bag, fan conversations, and “Margo” aside, it would have been worth the price of the ticket just to watch that. I wish I could do it as well.

Another big plus that I went was that I met Candice  of . She’s the one who organized the Guiding Light 75th Anniversary brunch. I was very glad to meet her in person and so pleased that she said she read my blog. I ran into a couple of other people who recognized the blog name too. Everyone I talked to who knew it, enjoyed it I’m pleased to report.

Michael O’Leary also briefly stopped by.

Hillary B. Smith, Michael O'Leary, Crystal Chappell

Hillary B. Smith, Michael O’Leary, Crystal Chappell

I Gave My Regards to Broadway

When two of the other Strikers found out I’d never been to New York City they invited Elizabeth and me to join them at a restaurant where they had a reservation that they were able to stretch from 2 to 4. Elizabeth had very cleverly found out about the New Jersey Transit Authority buses to get into the city without paying any tolls when you go borough to borough. There was a bus stop on the far side of the mall block and down a block or so. You had to get to the far side of the hotels and then down about another block. Ask at the hotel for directions.

At the bus stop they had a ticket machine that took credit cards. The bus came and I was totally blown away. I was expecting the kind of bus that looked like the inside of subway cars on TV, instead we got a tour bus, a KNEELING tour bus (hydralics keep the bus so high that it’s set up for the front to go down to make the steps close to the ground). It was immaculately cleaned and taken care of. I didn’t have any idea anything that good would ever be used as a city bus, but they had a whole fleet of them.

New York City from the Bus

New York City from the Bus

The difficult part was making your way through the Port Authority building, getting your bearings coming out of it and then finding where you wanted to go when you came back. Elizabeth had mastered this on her first trip to New Jersey and she did a great job. We got to the restaurant in a brownstone.

Me on steps of a genuine New York City brownstone

Me on steps of a genuine New York City brownstone

They recommended ordering something with bread because New York bread tastes unique, but I wasn’t hungry enough to eat a big meal so I just had salad. I’m sorry I missed it and honestly I should have asked for some bread with it. I’d also like to apologize again to my copatriots because since klutzy seemed to be my theme this trip, I managed to spill my water glass all over the table causing a lot of trouble for my friends and the waitstaff. Honestly I’ve never done that before or since. I’m sorry.

42nd Street Sign

42nd Street Sign

On to the restaurant and back – with a detour to Times Square we saw streets from movie/musical fame like 42nd Street and Broadway.

Broadway Street Sign

Broadway Street Sign

And finally got to the heart of Times Square, although I didn’t see the George M. Cohan statue which I always wanted to, we got to see lots of Broadway theaters with marquees labeled with stars names.

 

In Times Square

In Times Square

Here is what surprised me about New York City. No offense to people who live there or love and understanding I just saw this section of NYC, but honestly the place stunk of urine and garbage. We used to have a hog confinment that would incorporate their waste on the field across from our house. — I would rather smell that a couple of times a year than this all the time. I expected NYC to be full of people, but it was even busier than I thought it would be, State Fair in front of the beer tent on Saturday night busy. I felt a little sick looking at the cars not even inch but milimeter forward. I kept thinking if you had to get an ambulance or fire truck through here (my brother is on the volunteer fire department so I think things like that) there would be NO WAY. I mean even if you saw them and wanted to move over there is literally no place to go. It often looked like some cartoon supervillan had frozen the cars mid-turn even. However, I heard a lot more excuse me, thank you, pardon me than I expected from always hearing that New Yorkers in public are rude, but I have been told that might have been because I was in a tourist heavy area. I also discovered that I put my arms akimbo with my hands on my lower back when I’m just waiting a lot more than I realized I did because people were constantly running into them as I waited. So I have to be careful about that. The buildings were shorter than I expected too. Apparently the whole place isn’t skyscrapers after all. 🙂 Finally I learned that tourist trap gift shops look the same even in the big city.

Anyway I’m very glad I got to go. It was a really interesting experience and if you get to go to the Bauer BBQ, plan on heading into the city just to say that you did. That you to everyone who came with me.

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.

Daytime Stars and Strikes Initial Report From October 2017

July 3, 2018

October 8, 2017 I attended the second annual real life Bauer BBQ. I had an amazing time. It wasn’t overly well attended, but it was a great group of people. I was so glad to talk with Guiding Light fans and a couple of people who even knew my blog. I was especially pleased to get to meet in person my online friend Elizabeth who does the Guiding Light discussion board. I’m going to write up a full report that I’ll save for Bauer BBQ week next year and a special post on a bit of Bauer BBQ history I managed to nail down.

NOTE: For this post I’m going to use the term actors rather than actors and actresses or actors/actresses just for the flow of the post. However, I’m including both men and women in my statements.

Two person shot of Jerry verDorn and Liz Keifer

Bloss Breakfast Two Shot

About Me

Now, I normally don’t talk about me in this blog. My opinions and memories of the show? You bet. My family history with the show? All the time, but I don’t talk about my personal history much. That’s really not what this blog is for. However, this post I think I need to give you a little bit of my personal history for you to get the full impact of the last bit.

Normally meeting actors isn’t that big a deal for me, even for shows I watched as a kid. There is another interest I have that is connected to a TV show I loved growing up. I’m there for events that often have a TV component (now a days I’m more for the research but if the TV stuff is there how can you not take part?). I certainly don’t make all of the events, but many are within a reasonable driving distance and so I get to quite a few, so many that a couple of the actors call me by name without prompting. I also have a cousin who is an actor and a father who is in the theater. So I know actors.

Also, while I was growing up, my mom had a job which had her, among many other things, do spots on local TV shows. Back then there were a lot more locally produced TV shows and she appeared on several on a regular basis, even being a guest host of one for about 6 weeks once. She usually had us come with her on one of the shows once or twice a year. So I know a little bit of TV from the other side of the camera, I know how the camera cues work, how hot the lights are (were? have they gone to LED and are they cooler than they used to be? No idea) and as a result how cold the studios were kept when you weren’t under the lights. I learned how green screen worked at a young age and knew that one of the local anchors always went on camera sock footed for some reason I never understood.

So my point is that I’m not normally all that excited to meet actors. They have a job. A pretty cool job which they are often very good at, but it’s just a job and one that I know a little bit about so a lot of stuff doesn’t impress me that might other people. I know in most cases who I really wanted to know is the characters and I know I can’t do that, so I’m pretty calm about meeting the actors who played them.

But…..

So I surprised with my reaction to some of the Guiding Light people. Honestly I knew I’d enjoy talking with other fans which I totally did (WAVES if any of you are reading this), but I wasn’t expecting as much of a reaction as I had to the actors. It wasn’t all of them of course. A couple of them were working the room and you could tell that’s what they were doing. I certainly admired the skill they showed at it, but that’s what it was — working a room. Some of the actors seemed much more interested in visiting with the other actors than the fans. But the magical bit was at the Bloss Brunch.

It was a small group and as early arrivers me and my friend Elizabeth (of Guiding Light Central) got to sit next to Jerry verDorn and Liz Keifer aka Ross and Blake. I had an actual conversation with them about soap history (with which they seemed impressed by my recall of long ago plot) and the current state of the industry which was fascinating. But it was a bit surreal. My vision even did a funny thing for a second when I first walked over to the table, like my mind couldn’t believe my eyes were working properly. I think it might have been that by the end their characters had become so like them, that it was like they WERE their characters at least a little bit. This was the third event of the weekend, but somehow they seemed the most real. For a just a flash there while we were talking I honestly felt that somehow I had stepped through the TV and had some magical way ended up in Springfield. Oddly it felt really normal as well. I had heard them talk on the TV for years and often talked back to it (I tend to get a bit vocal when I watch – see my YouTube comments). Only this time they could hear me. It just was natural, but in a wild dichotomy it was also absolutely amazing.

I don’t know if I’ll go again soon. I have a couple of other trips I want to cross off my life list that I’ve scheduled for the next couple of years (a conference I’ve wanted to attend for at least 10 years in Canada and a family trip to Disney), but I hope that I’ll be able to make it to another Guiding Light event. This one was certainly worth the trip.

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 Began in 1950s

July 2, 2018

An on-going project has been to nail down the beginings of the Bauer BBQ. Roger Newcomb of We Love Soaps and I have determined that the first of the everybody in town is invited Bauer BBQs was most likely in 1983.

However, when I talked to my mom about that, she disagreed.

Then, I talked to my mom, who of course had watched since she was a child, and she told me I was wrong. She told me that Papa Bauer (whose funeral from 1973 is on the Bauer Family DVD set from Soap Classics) always made a point about celebrating the Fourth of July. She said he always put up the flag (which was the traditional start of the actual Bauer BBQ episode – although the writers didn’t always remember to put it in) and usually did the Pledge of Allegiance and the family would have some kind of picnic. The Fourth of July was always an important holiday for the Bauer Family. So she thinks the actual Bauer BBQ traces its roots to these early celebrations in the 1950s and 1960s that she remembered. She does say that the Bauer BBQ being a big party everybody in town attended dated from the 1980s.

A Break in Springfield – Why He’d Know

There were a lot of changes in Springfield in the late 1970s and early 1980s. There was a large cast turn over both before and after Pam Long came in as a head writer and totally changed the focus of the soap. Jerry verDorn (Ross Marler) came on in 1979 before the change. He was one of the last people to be introduced and become part of the old soap before the Behind the Scenes changed. That’s important because he heard all the old stories and new the older players especially working with the matriarch of the soap Charita Bauer who played Bert Bauer and was for a time the true Guiding Light of the soap.

The Real Beginning

During the real Bauer BBQ last year as part of his introduction of the cast Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer) reference verDorn talking about the start of the BBQ. I managed to get verDorn off to the side to ask him for more details. This is a paraphrase of what he told me that I wrote down as soon as I could get back to the table to sit down and write.

Jerry verDorn aka Ross Marler

Personal Interview with Jerry verDorn October 8, 2017

The Bauer BBQ was Charita’s idea. Early on they shot it in her real backyard. It was started in the 1950s but it wasn’t an annual thing. It became an annual thing in 1963 or 1964. Charita was also the force behind having a family Thanksgiving and Christmas. She felt it was important no matter what the storyline for people to stop and come together for family events.

Bauer BBQ Dates Back to 1950s

So there you have validation that my mom remembered was completely right. That they had Bauer BBQs during the 1950s and 1960s.

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.

BBQ Prequel Michael Ross Santos is Born

July 2, 2018

Prequel Christmas Eve

The Christmas Episode – Rick has now taken over Ross’ old job of narrating the episode. – Very Short Version

“’Twas the night before Christmas and all over Springfield the snow has been falling, All over Springfield friends have been calling.”

Michelle is a couple of weeks before her due date. Michelle’s friends have been working on making sure the Christmas stuff gets done for their kids and Danny has taken Michelle away for a couple of days to make sure she doesn’t overtax with the baby coming so soon. They’ve had a lovely few days. They walked in the snow hand in hand. They made a snowman. They took a bubble bath together. They talked about many beautiful memories and how they feel about each other. And they made love, lots and lots of times. They had meant to head home that morning because it was starting to snow, but as they packed up Michelle’s water broke. Danny wasn’t going to drive her down the mountain in snow in labor. So he started calling their friends on a cell phone. It’s Christmas and people are busy doing things for the holiday. As Danny calls he gets people who have left their phones and walked off, he left messages on answering machines, when he got someone it would crackle so they couldn’t hear him. Meanwhile he’s breathing with Michelle and coaching her through Lamaze. In a very touching moment, Danny delivers the baby.

“Senora Santos, I’m very pleased to introduce you to our newest son.”

They are both smiling, laughing, and happy crying.

Suddenly people who had been getting their messages started showing up. The latest being Bill who brought Dr. Bhattacharjee up who shooed everyone away when she showed up, giving both mother and baby a clean bill of health. Blake had brought Clarissa and Michelle pulled her over and asked her to be the baby’s godmother since she too was born at the cabin. She took the baby and smiled, wondering at the baby. When she looked up the baby’s older brother was beaming at her. (That’s for the Clarissa/Robbie fans.)

*****EPISODE BREAK******

It actually took both me and the Marony story longer than we thought to have Michelle have the baby. But she finally had it December 2017. Here is the post from when I decided on the name. https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2016/07/14/stork-announces-new-baby/

 

A few days later…. After the New Year’s party episodes.

Danny is bringing Michelle in to their house at Laurel Falls, carrying her in his arms. He walked her over and put her on the couch. He went back out and brought in the baby in a carrier. “There we go.” He puts the carrier on their coffee table and then snuggles up to Michelle. “How’s that?”

Michelle cuddles up with her eyes closed. “Mmmmm. It’s perfect.”

“Es la perfección.” *

“I’m so glad Rick offered to take the rest of the kids for tonight.”

“I don’t know that we need ‘bonding time’ like Mindy called it, but I’m always glad to have time with you and the new little peanut.”

Michelle opened her eyes and smiled at her son. “He’s such a happy, bubbly baby.”

“He’s going to be smart just like his mom.”

“He’s going to be clever and strong just like his dad.”

“We can’t just keep calling him peanut. What are we going to call him?”

“How about William after Bill, he is my best friend. And it would be after my dad and grandfather too.”

“That’s right. He is legally William Edward isn’t he….I don’t know though. Besides your dad we’ve got Bill, Billy, Little Billy, I think there are enough Billys in this town….and if Billy is right about Danielle and Little Billy, it could get to be confusing.”

“OK, do you have a name in mind?”

“How about Ray?”

“Ray?”

“Yea, Ray. He is MY best friend and it isn’t like he’s going to have a son to carry on his name.”

“If there are too many Billys around town, there are too many Rays. I swear half the boys in Catechism are either Ray or something Raymond. Father Ray is a beloved priest, I don’t think you’ll have to worry about there not being a Ray.”

“Who then?”

Michelle looked deep in thought. “You know having this little fellow, it reminded me of when we first had Robbie. Hear me out here, but what about Ross?”

“Ross?” Danny made a face.

“I know you think about all that bad stuff about the election first, but Ross was a lot more than that. He was Dad’s best friend and he really stepped in for Rick and me when Dad was gone in Africa. When Carmen tried to frame me and then you for murder, I’m not sure we would have gotten through that if it hadn’t been for Ross. I think it would mean a lot to Blake, too. A signal of forgiveness.”

“If that’s what you want sweetheart. You’re right we do owe Ross an awful lot, but how about Ross is his middle name.”

Kissing.

More Kissing.

Michelle breaks off, “So he still needs a first name.”

“Do you have an idea for that too?”

“Nothing that I can think of sounds quite right.”

Danny sat up pulling Michelle with him and up onto his lap. “Babies do have a way of making you think back as much as they make you think ahead. I’ve been thinking back. If you asked me when I was a kid what I would name my son, I would have said Miguel. I thought my Dad was a hero, that it would be honoring my son to name him after my father. What a joke.”

Michelle moved to rub Danny’s back. “It isn’t a joke. You may not be able to look up to your dad anymore, but it inspired you to become the man you’ve become. There’s nothing funny about that.”

“I wish though he had really been someone to respect. Like your Uncle Mike. Someone stand up that we could trust Robbie with when we were in trouble.”

“That’s it!”

“What’s it?”

“The baby’s name. Fredrich-Fredrick-Fredrico!”

“Honey, we already called Robbie….”

“I know, but we could do that again. Miguel is the Spanish form of Michael, right? We could name him Michael. That way we could name him after Uncle Mike, but also remember what you used to think your father was. Rick will approve too, there’s something about Rick that makes you think Michael.”

“Michael Ross Santos.” Danny answered Michelle’s smile with a grin.” “Like I said, “Es la perfección.”

*NOTE: Es la perfección is It’s perfection in Spanish. *

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.

3rd Annual Bauer BBQ 2018

July 1, 2018

When I found out they were going to have a real life Bauer BBQ I was estatic. It pushed me over the edge. I had been wanting to attend one of the Daytime Stars and Strikes fan events and now I just had to. Sadly I won’t get back there this year, but I hope you can.

Guiding Light’s Michael O’Leary hosts the 2nd Annual Bauer Barbeque with trivia contests, Family Feud contest, photos, autographs, Q & A on October 8, 2017 – a part of the Guiding Light Daytime Stars and Strikes for Autism weekend at the Residence Inn, Secaucus, New Jersey. (Photo by Sue Coflin/Max Photo)

14th Annual Daytime Star and Strikes Weekend October 5-7, 2018!

It’s a multiple day fan event with cast members mostly from Guiding Light with some from As the World Turns and other soaps. It raises money for the Autism Society of America. Each event requires a separate ticket although they can be bought in a bundle. If you don’t live in locally I recommend taking advantage of the hotel package at the The Plaza at Harmon Meadow. It’s very convenient to be that close, there are multiple restaurants and stores near by, and it’s easy to get to from the Newark airport. The rooms have 1 real bed and 1 sofa bed. Both were comfortable and could easily be share by 4 people, but it’s one big room and a bathroom.

Details from the Website

Tickets are on sale now for the 14th Annual Daytime Star and Strikes Weekend October 5-7, 2018!  Come join our Daytime Soap/Webseries actors and staff in Secaucus, New Jersey as they volunteer and dedicate their time to create these events for the Autism Society of America.  Click on the Events Link to discover what we have in store for you and click on the Ticket link to purchase a big BUNDLE TICKET which includes all four events and saves you $130.00.  Or if you have time for only one event, we have an ala carte option.   Help us put the pieces of the puzzle together for those on the Autism Spectrum.

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We have a special block of rooms for attendees at the venue @Residence Inn: $199.00 a night – (Friday and Saturday). When you make your reservation mention: Daytime Stars and Strikes
Located in: The Plaza at Harmon Meadow
Address: 800 Plaza Dr, Secaucus, NJ 07094
Phone: (201) 223-9901

I hope I get back some time and be sure to report if you do!

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.

 

BBQ Prequel November 2017 Episodes

July 1, 2018

Here is the next in the series of episodes to catch you up for the BBQ.

BBQ Prequel November 2017 Episodes

The Thanksgiving episodes – Thanks to Bizzie’s new determination to make Thanksgiving a big Lewis family thing the Lewis, Spaulding, and Bauer families are having Thanksgiving together at the Bizzie house with many heartwarming scenes.

The Coopers however are having their meal at Towers. Rocky is a chef who earned his way up through the ranks of London’s culinary world. He came to Springfield to not only reclaim his birthright of a place in the Cooper family and in Springfield, but also to take over Towers as his new signature restaurant.

Towers with Rocky is even more popular than it was before with people driving in from Chicago and around the region to eat there. They’ve done some lovely stuff with plating and classes and a chef’s table which helped bring about a pretty epic food fight between Mel and Marina. Mel and Cyrus are still together and so are Marina and Shayne, but Marina is tired of having always to be the mom and thinks life with Shayne has gotten staid and boring. Mel and Cyrus has had a kid fairly soon after they got together and Cyrus is likewise tiring of domestic life. They got put on a PTA committee together and working together they grew closer remembering the fire and the excitement of their relationship. So far it hasn’t gone farther than talking and smoldering looks, but they have both been put in position that they took each other’s part over their respective spouses. This has caused tension between all of them and lead to that epic food fight.

(Off screen they’ve started a short online cooking show with Rocky’s actor, another rotating actor from the show and a real chef. It comes out once a week and that dish will appear somewhere on the show during that week. Send in where they appeared for four weeks and get entered in a drawing to appear on the online show during the next month – no transportation costs included one night hotel is if accepted to come.)

Rocky was working on getting the big Thanksgiving Meal ready for the Cooper family and their other patrons. He told his staff that he needed to be alone to work on his signature dish which he had really finished the night before. He slipped out of the Towers and down to Company. He found the place closed (tell me again how they stay in business?), but Buzz was there finishing cleaning up from orders people had ordered something to take along to their various gatherings. They were all picked up now.

“Hello, Dad.”

“Oh, Rocky, I didn’t see you there. You scared me.”

“Maybe I should.” Derision dripped from his tone.

“What? What do you mean? What’s wrong with you?”

A smirk curled Rocky’s lips. “That’s funny. That’s REALLY funny. I used to ask myself that same question when I was growing up. What was wrong with me? Why didn’t my own father want me? You sent me to Mom’s family, but they didn’t want me. They barely wanted HER. For years, FOR YEARS, I waited for you to send for me. None of my FAMILY wanted me. That is except for Lucy. Lucy and Alan-Michael when they were over in Europe, Lucy used to call me and Coop every week. Used to come to see us or take us on a trip somewhere at least a month. Lucy was great.” His face had softened while he talked about Lucy, now it hardened again. “Then you called Coop home, but not me, never me. You didn’t even call and tell me about Coop’s dying before he was already buried.” Anger filled his voice, “You took away my last chance to see my brother.”

“Now, Rocky, Coop meant a lot to all of us when he died it was hard on all of us…”

“Hard? Hard? He and Lucy were the only family I ever had that actually gave a good damn about me. And you….you didn’t think I was worth a phone call when he died. Or Lucy either. Frank called Lucy and she called me. You certainly didn’t. It was all about you, all about YOUR pain. Well, the rest of us hurt to pal. And we have to suck it up and go on.”

“Rocky, you never seemed to have a problem with me before. Where is all this coming from?”

“You know, I used to think it was something about me, but since I’ve been here, talked to people, it isn’t anything wrong about me at all. You dumped Frank and Harley and Nadine, and then you dumped Lucy, draining her savings on her way out, Coop and me, we were just the latest in a long time, but they all forgive you. Over and over and over again. You abandon them, you take loans on this place and you’ve lost it more than once. They forgive you. Well I don’t. I don’t forgive you for not saving Mom, for dumping us off on anyone you could, for caring a lot more that Cyrus was Mom’s kid than I was.” Rocky pulled out a gun.

“Woah! Woah! Woah! Let’s all calm now down. I saw you yesterday and you weren’t talking like this.”

Rocky held the gun on Buzz. “No, I wasn’t. I’ve been very good at pretending I forgive you, too. I was waiting until I could get you alone.” He cocks the gun.

*****Commercial Break******

Rocky pulled the trigger….on an empty chamber. “Oh, don’t worry. I’m not going to shoot you. That would be too quick. You’re going to suffer. You have to pay for all you did, not just to me, but to everybody who was ever stupid enough to love you.” He put the gun back in its holster. He walked about the room picking up this and putting it down. No longer looking at his father.

“Just what are you going to do?”

“You probably never watched much British television, did you?”

“What?! No, but Rocky you’ve got it all wrong, I loved…”

“You should have you know. Sometimes you can get the most interesting ideas off television. One of my favorite shows had an episode where the hero tells the prime minister, he can bring down her government by whispering four words. So that’s all I’m going to do. I’m going to tell you that I’m bringing you down with 4 words.” He leaned close, looked his father right in the eye, and whispered, “I don’t forgive you.”

Rocky left. Leaving a flustered Buzz behind and returns to the kitchen without anyone knowing he was gone.

Buzz had told Frank about it at once, but Rocky had denied it and his staff backed up that he’d never left. Rocky seemed very concerned that Buzz was hallucinating, but when no one was looking he smiled to himself.

*****Episode Break*****

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