You’re told that an event that’s dear to your heart — an annual fair, festival, or conference — will be cancelled forever (or taken over by an evil organization). Write about it. For your twist, read your piece aloud, multiple times. Hone that voice of yours!
It was the one chance I had to get up close and talk with the actors and actresses from my favorite soaps that I had watched for more years than I care to admit. I was only able to attend it twice and it was a thrill and loads of fun. The event I’m speaking of was “Super Soap Weekend” at Disney World in Orlando and it happened annually. I had to plan my day wisely as there were several events simultaneously. It would be impossible to see every event so you’d have to pick and choose and it was always jam packed.
I’m a big fan of baseball and had brought a baseball each time to have signed. I have two of them covered with autographs. I remember the first time I had gone and it was the final event of the day and all of the stars were gathered on the main stage. It was a question and answer event and I believe some performed musically. I watched and saw where some of them were escorted off the stage when they had finished. Everyone watching was so focused on the stage so I B-lined it for the spot where they walked off and hardly anyone was there. I talked with Wally Kurth (Ned from GH) and gave him the baseball to sign. He was very nice and kept walking backwards with my baseball he was smiling and tossed it to me. I remember Steve Burton signing it and exclaiming that nobody had ever asked him to sign a baseball before. Robert Woods (Bo Bucannan from OLTL) was one of the nicest, friendliest and most talkative person I had the pleasure of speaking with. There were 3 or 4 others who really disappointed me but I won’t mention their names.
Some of the other’s I saw and met were: from AMC… Michael E. Knight, Debbi Morgan, David Canary and Susan Lucci. From OLTL: Hillary B. Smith, Robin Strasser, and James DePaiva. From GH: Steve Burton, Vanessa Marcel and Lynn Herring and many others.
Needless to say, I was very disappointed when they had announced that the Super Soap Weekend would cease to exist. I was even more crushed when AMC, and more importantly, OLTL were canceled as tv soap series’. I treasure the memories that I will always have of being able to have attended and gotten up close and personal with some of my favorite celebrities.