The Main Luncheon
I make no bones about
the fact that the Main Luncheon is my very favorite event, hands down.
It's not just the excitement of having all of those GH stars in one place
at one time, but more of the energy of having all of those GH fans
in one place at one time. We're all there out of love for the show.
Some have recently started viewing. Others are long time veterans
like myself and some are passing on their own appreciation of the show to
another generation through our children.
I've also seen a number
of GHFC Weekends, so I have had the pleasure of watching the event itself
grow and evolve.
I read this recent blind
item that ran in Soap Opera Weekly, quoted by
Ravenbeauty on her
"This recent fan club
event had a shockingly low actor turnout, and SOW wanted to know why.
Turns out some of the actors are mad at the fan club president so they
didn't show up. Unfortunately, the fans were the ones punished."
I can tell you that it's
not about Debbie Morris and the GH Fan Club Main Luncheon! If it is,
then someone obviously doesn't know what they are talking about, so either
way, it doesn't apply.
Debbie, as usual, had a
magnificent actor turnout for the event and it was thrilling to see the
fun the actors had participating in this event and the joy on their faces
as the crowd loudly welcomed them into the ballroom.
The most rewarding part
for me, personally, is that a lot of the actors don't know how
enthusiastic the fans are about them until they encounter them directly.
Hoards of fans who appreciate the work of an actor never take the time to
write a fan letter and many actors don't go onto message boards or surf
the net looking for viewer response to their performances, so their avenue
for learning how the fans feel about them is rather limited.
I am quite sure that
Carolyn Hennessey had no clue how man of us have girl crushes on her
character, mob lawyer, Diane Miller. She was genuinely shocked when
the crowd erupted into cheers when emcee, John Ingle, called her name.
The biggest cheers of
the day when to Bradford Anderson and Stuart Damon, the latter of whom
received a standing ovation.
It's important to
remember that the actors are not paid to participate in this event.
They show up out of respect for Debbie and love of the fans.
The auctions that took
place at the luncheons completely blew my mind. Still being a
simple little fan gurrrlll, I can't imagine a situation in which I would
spend thousands...thousands (as in 11 or so of them) of dollars to
have lunch with 10 GH stars. I mean it's people eating.
I appreciate the degree of fandom that brings a person to that place, but
I don't think I'd pay that much money to have lunch with all four reunited
Beatles, undead and all. That's the cost of a car. A
really good used car! I'm grateful for the charities that
received a donation like that, don't get me wrong and that day, two of
them did as the bid for the lunch was split into two lunches with two
bidders walking away very, very happy.
See? Now my mind
is wondering to any situation where I'd pay $11,000 to eat (that's 3
zeroes, ok, not two) lunch with someone. Maybe my mother and my
father. I think that's about it.
There are just too many
happy things to say about this year's luncheon, so it's hard to know where
to get started. I am one of the people who gets to sign folks in and
give them their wrist bands and welcome them and that's such a thrill.
We're all so excited and full of high hopes for the day and the
experiences we're about to have that sharing the moment with them is like
a communion or something.
There were tons of
actors there this year, really happy to participate in the event.
The food looked really, really yummy and I got good reports from people on
it. (They were eating it around the time I was happily talking to
Sebastian Roche about the location of the bathroom, so no thanks, I don't
want to trade) The lines moved quickly and the room temperatures
were very comfortable. The fans were in good spirits and there
weren't any security emergencies or anything like that.
I got to spend my time
with my newest buddies, the GH: Night Shift actors who are
just the sweetest things on earth. I wanted to hug and squeeze every
single one of them and take them home with me and feed them good Southern
cooking and Coronas with limes in them and keep them as house friends who
never leave. Look at those pretty faces. Isn't that just a
party waiting to happen!
Here are my photos of
the event (and others from the weekend) and I know that Starr has tons to
share with you as well, so that will be coming soon, as well as more
recaps from Trish and the others.
The fans excitedly await the arrival of the actors
And the actors just as eagerly wait for their name to be called.
Moments before he walked out to a standing ovation
Another HUGE applause sounded for Sonya Eddy, a fan favorite.
My friend, Michelle DeMoss, keeps the actors
on cue and ready to run when John Ingle
calls their name.
"No, Natty! Not formal shorts!! Aggghhh!"
Note Sebastian's bare tummy in the
It's good to be me. *sigh*
"You did NOT just see Sebastian's bare tummy.
You did NOT just see Sebastian's bare tummy."
"I did not just see Sebastian's bare tummy."
"That's right, now go, Kimmy, go!"
If you haven't met him, then honey, you
don't even know.
Bergen, Annie and Megan wait to go on.
He's more gorgeous every year.
Starr/Delena's ovaries were all aquiver over this precious little one,
of a GH fan sharing the weekend. Fortunately, she was just borrowing
the baby. :)
In my opinion, best GHFC
Weekend yet. If you are a GH fan and do not leap upon your ticket
for the Main Luncheon like a hen on a June bug when they are released in
December, then you are seriously letting yourself down.
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