If you would like to the full event coverage with other official photos, check out the Official Dr. Quinn Web Site.
This is my report from from the second Reunion Weekend, and just like Star Week and the First Reunion Weekend, memories were made to last a lifetime! It was wonderful seeing so many friends again and meeting new people, as well as putting faces to names of those who had been only faceless e-mail addresses or screen names up to that point. There was such a connection among us all, and an instant rapport that we all shared, no matter what country or state we call home. Add to that the openness and welcome from the cast and crew at the main event dinner, plus visiting with several cast members after the main events, and you have a fantastic week!
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meeting with a good friend of mine, Brandy, in Chicago and traveling
the second leg of our journey together, we arrived around 2pm Friday
afternoon (LA time) and picked up the rental car, a Kia something or
other that had NO pickup whatsovever. With gas prices being what they
are, I was happy with a 3-cylinder. After sitting in traffic for about
90 minutes, we finally made it to the hotel and checked in. You should
see the pictures of this room. Loud colors and horrible design—at
least to Brandy and me—but it was a very nice room, and despite
the decor, the stay for 2 days and nights was enjoyable. We called a
background actor from Dr. Quinn, Lee, from the freeway and chatted for
about fifteen minutes while we sat in bumber to bumper traffic. After
a reprimand for talking on the phone while driving, I said goodbye and
drove the rest of the way to our hotel. Upon arrival, we called again
to set a time for dinner, then unpacked a few things and got ready.
half of the cast came that were expected, and many of them had given
their regret beforehand. They were definitely missed, but life sometimes
gets in the way. Those who did come were very gracious and excited to
see the members who attended, not to mention reuniting with each other.
The setup was in a different building than two years ago, and we had
a full field with a wrap-around deck on both entrances to the main building.
A colorful array of azaleas, roses and a wide assortment of other flowers
surrounded the outside deck, with oak, birch and pine trees forming
a privacy border around the field. Random climbing vine plants were
scattered on the deck and white Christmas lights had been strung throughout
the plants and along the walls inside the main room. We congregated
on the main deck, and the cast mingled with everyone while posing for
pictures. Everyone chatted and snapped photos for about an hour. I reunited
with many of the cast and some of the fans/members, posing for pictures
and engaging in several conversations with more people than I can count.
The other 4 tables over there were for cast and guests, who numbered 13 (along with their guests). Eve Brennan (Sam Lindsey in an episode of Dr. Quinn) made another special appearance. Jane Seymour, Shawn Toovey (Brian Cooper), Frank Collison (Horace Bing), Helene Udy (Myra), Jessica Bowman (Colleen #2), Jennifer Youngs (Ingrid), Beth Sullivan (exec. producer and writer), Cheri Ingle (costume designer), Kathryn Ford (writer), Jeanne Davis (write), Toni Ellis (assoc. producer and writer), Chuck Bowman (director) and William Olvis (composer) comprised the cast and crew in attendance.
To kick off the evening, announcements were made from the microphone at the head of the dance floor, and the cast and crew were introduced, welcomed with applause from the members. Then, when the countries represented by the members were listed, Kathryn Ford led a standing ovation from the cast and crew for the members, thanking us for our dedication and support. That meant a lot to so many of us. Once the call to the buffet was made, each table proceeded through the line in an organized fashion. The cast felt separated from everyone, so they all took turns talking to us while we were in line for our food.
passed with good food and fun conversation, as well as the videographer
and photographer making their rounds to have each person give a brief
interview and take several rolls of film. I ended up not being at the
table when the videographer was there, so I sought him after he was
done and recorded my intro to be spliced together later.
were mingling at this time, and I headed over to chat with Beth for
a bit. Chuck and his wife had already left, Jessica was gone, and Jane
was gone, having left due to a business meeting the production company
owners of her current feature film. Everyone else was mingling with
the members, so I joined them.
Beth gave me a big hug and thanked me for the work on the official DQ site plus said how great it was to see me again and mentioned how glad she was she could fly in from Australia. As usual, her mouth never stopped, so most of our pictures are of Beth with her mouth open or making odd faces due to talking all the time.
remainder of the evening passed quickly and the evening came to a close
around 11pm. Sad to part, but knowing all good things have to end sometime,
we left in a flurry of hugs and farewells, memories made to last for
years to come.
We drove to Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino to see Jane's art show, and took pictures of the new paintings plus the rose garden at the Huntington, with roses in full bloom. Jane didn't attend either day due to exhaustion and her own schedule, but we spent time with Susan Luks and discussed the show plus the upcoming show in Tysons Corner, Virginia, which I'll be attending.
After that, we headed back and got a bite to eat, then checked into the Good Nite Inn for the remainder of the week. Nostalgia from previous visits to the area convinced us to change our reservations for the post-reunion time. Once we dumped our luggage and relaxed for about an hour, we went to a movie right near the P-Ranch and saw 13 Going on 30. Loved it! Engaging, humorous, heart-tugging and realistic, plus it ends with a romance/fairy tale come true. What more could you want?
leaving the theatre, we headed to the P-Ranch and walked around until
dusk. Neither Brandy or I had our cameras, so we simply enjoyed the
peace and quiet and memories of the set, reliving many memorable scenes
from the show. Back at the hotel, we popped in a DQ DVD that we brought—Bad
Water—and watched on Brandy's DVD player, thanks to her husband
who sent the wires and adapters for the TV. Falling asleep to Quinn
is great medicine for a dream-filled sleep.
With tickets in hand, we left bright and early to appear in the guest audience on the Wayne Brady Show, and ended up meeting with Ashley (she runs the Dr. Quinn Insight web site) and Allison (her twin sister) and their mother, who also had tickets, so we all sat together. The show aired on Thursday, May 6th and was excellent. Leeza Gibbons, an actress from the UPN show, Sisters, Corbin Bernsen and his mother, and a performance by the Escovido Family made for a very entertaining show.
had lunch at the Hamburger Hamlet on Hollywood Blvd. and paid a visit
to Jane's Star on the Walk of Fame on our way to the restaurant. Afterward,
we took pictures of the Hollywood Sign from the Galleria at the Kodak
Theatre where the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and a host of other
award shows are held, visited Mann's Chinese Theatre and parted ways
with Ashley, Allison and their mother. Brandy went to get a t-shirt
for her husband at the Harley Davidson store and we walked a few blocks
to a memorabilia shop our friend, Jeff, recommended where we purchased
some awesome Dr. Quinn and Jane photos. They weren't in stock so had
to be shipped.
awoke at 8pm to the sound of pounding and drilling in the room behind
us. After shaking the sleep from our eyes and bodies, we listened and
tried to determine what they were doing. Finally, we realized some workers
were gutting the room for remodeling. After both us of taking quick
showers, where we were concerned they'd hammer through the wall and
get a peep show, we gathered our things and left.
leaving the store, we headed to Marie Callender's for a late lunch/early
dinner, then headed to the Library at Parkway Calabasas to check email
and clear out junk, see if anyone else posted about the reunion. Not
much activity, and we headed back to the hotel around 6pm. Since it
was still early, we walked to the Starbucks where I got a strawberry
smoothie and Brandy got a frappuchino. We then walked up Agoura Rd.
until dark and headed back. Spent the evening at the hotel watching
more Dr. Quinn—Best Friends with Joe Lando's commentary. He has
a very 'odd' sense of humor, but some of the behind-the-scenes details
he provided entertained and amused us as we watched. We tried to watch
The Princess Bride, but it had a hairline scratch (brand new
DVD) and pixelated about halfway through. I hope I can return that for
an exchange. Because we had a long day on Wednesday, we shut off everything
and hit the hay around eleven.
met Melissa, a fan who lived nearby and had visited the set during filming
several times. Bright and early and right at the state park open times,
we drove to Malibu Creek State Park for some hiking and picture-taking
sessions, reveling in God's wondrous beauty and creation, preserving
some of it on film, then headed to the P-Ranch again, this time armed
with cameras. Thankfully, we were gone before the pounding behind us
began, but the day was hot and dry and we were faced with rattlesnakes
while walking around the paths at the set. Exploration was cut to a
minimum and we left around 1pm. Had lunch at Island's right at the corner
of Agoura Rd. and Kanan Rd., about 1-1/2 miles from the set. After that,
Melissa took us to her dad's house where we had the opportunity to see
and hold a real Oscar statue her uncle had won for cinematography in
the 1960's. Her dad had a handful of photos they had taken during one
of their set trips during filming, and now Melissa is on a mission to
find all of her pictures for me. She and her twin sister are also doing
a special college project on multiples and how to tell them apart, so
they'll be photographing the triplets and sending us some photos. The
adult twins they've contacted and are trying to include are Lindsay
and Sydney Greenbush who played Carrie Ingalls on Little House on the
Prairie. Those ladies are in their 30's now. How time flies!
again to the pounding behind us due to the renovations, we left around
10am and headed back to see Tami to say goodbye. We chatted with her
for about an hour, promised to keep in touch and then grabbed lunch
and went to Kanan Dume Beach, where we spent about 2 hours walking along
the shoreline and taking pictures. Brandy took far more than I since
she had the better camera. 12x optical zoom digital. Awesome photos!
From there, we drove up Malibu Canyon Rd. which turns into Las Virgenes
near the Good Nite Inn, where we were staying. From there, we turned
onto Mulholland Hwy which led to the well-known Mulholland Dr. where
we drove for a few miles. Since we were meeting Jana —she started
work as Jane's driver during Quinn, then ended up handling her fan club
and finally helping with merchandise for her web site—at 6pm for
dinner, we turned around and went to The Agoura Deli to see her. It
was great to finally meet her after years of emailing and talking on
the phone as we worked together for Jane, and we spent the meal chatting
about so many different topics, I lost count. After dinner, we headed
back to the hotel (after getting some final munchies at the store) and
settled in to watch the series finale of Friends. We packed
as we watched some more Dr. Quinn then went to sleep around 1am.
the pounding didn't disturb us this morning, and we awoke around 10am,
put the final touches on our packing, then checked out and hit the road.
Returned the rental car and took the shuttle to the airport where we
grabbed lunch and waited to board. Weather in Chicago caused air traffic
delays, so we were told we might not board until 3:30pm instead of leaving
at 2pm. They ended up boarding us around 2:15 and we left around 3pm,
only an hour later than scheduled. Against the Gloves was the
in-flight movie and we received a nice snack as we kept track of the
time and whether we'd each make our connections in Chicago. We landed
with just enough time to walk very fast to our respective gates and
part ways. After a quick hug and sharing how great it was to spend time
together, we headed in opposite directions with just enough time to
get to the gate and immediately board. Brandy got home around midnight
(11pm CST), but I didn't get home until around 2:30 since my brother
was an hour late meeting me. My plane landed at 11:58pm but he didn't
arrive until about 1:15am. At least he made it though and didn't forget
about me. :)
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