It is so great to have the opportunity to get up close and personal with your favorite soap star.
It really is just pure fun!
Most of the soap actors/actresses who I have met over the years are so gracious and friendly and so happy to meet and greet the fans.
At any rate, while perusing the internet, I found what looks to be a very interesting soap event this weekend.
If I lived nearby, I would be there in a heartbeat.
But as it is, I’m passing the info on to you, in case you live in the Hudson Valley, New York area.
The event includes two question and answer sessions with the stars and is set for Saturday and Sunday at the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center, 356 Villa Roma Road, Callicoon, New York.
Proceeds go to Love Our Children USA, a nonprofit group fighting to protect children from violence.
The soap stars attending are Mark Lawson (Brody/OLTL), Ilene Kristen (Roxy/OLTL), Billy Magnusson (Casey/ATWT), Robert Newman (Josh/GL), Chrishell Strause (Amanda/AMC), Jacob Young (JR/All My Children), Caitlin Van Zandt Ashlee/GL), and Kim Zimmer, (Reva/GL).
Click here to find out all the details.
And get back to me if you attend.

I spent Saturday afternoon listening to four of daytime’s hottest stars dish about everything from things they hope for their characters to their most memorable or favorite scenes.
And, seasoned journalist that I am, captured it in my notes to share with you!
More good news: I had one-on-one interviews with them and will post those blogs later in the week.
Soap stars Cameron Mathison (Ryan, All My Children), Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, General Hospital), Winsor Harmon (Thorne, The Bold and the Beautiful) and Christian LeBlanc (Michael, The Young and the Restless) appeared at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL.
All four will be taking part in the 2nd voyage of the Soap Cruise, which departs out of Miami on Jan. 22, where fans get to mingle with 15 soap stars on a four-day cruise.
And I attended it with my good friend, fellow journalist and rabid soap fan Sharon Robb from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Two-hundred-plus fans joined us in a fun-filled two hour question and answer session and the fans (also rabid, but not literally) peppered the soap hunks with questions – no holds barred.
The guys ad-libbed everything and took their cues from the audience. It was great entertainment!
Christian ran around with the microphone from fan-to-fan and had the entire audience in stitches with his comments, while the others on stage engaged in repartee with him and the fans.
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They started off showing clips of each of the actors from their respective shows.
Cameron asked the audience how they liked Christian’s clip.
“How many Emmys do you have…like 14?” he asked Christian.
To which Christian responded in mock modesty…”Ca-a-mer-o-n-n-n. Stop talking about my Emmys! It’s embarrassing.”
When one fan asked Bradford to sing with her, he called her up onstage to sing solo – and the two finished the song together!
Here are some other highlights:
Question to Christian: Are you going to get your dad out of jail?
Answer: Christian said he’s “thrilled” to be working with Michael Gross, who plays his father, River, on Y&R. Gross is best known as Steven Keaton on the 80’s sitcom “Family Ties.”
“He’s in jail because the feds caught him and my step-father turned him in. You know how that can be,” Christian answered.
From the stage Winsor said, “Sounds like bad writing to me!”
“Win-sor!” Christian said. “It’s a half hour….Only a half hour, isn’t that sad?” referring to the fact that B&B is a half-hour compared to the other soaps’ hour format.
“Just because we get paid more to do less work,” Winsor retorted.
Actually, the two actors film their soaps across the hall from each other in the same studio and the two constantly joke around with each other.
One fan asked Bradford if he would visit the fans at 1 a.m. at the Disney World gates – like he did last year – when he brought fans food and soda while they camped out waiting for Super Soap Weekend to begin. SSW 2008 is this weekend, Nov. 15 and 16.
Because he will taking part in Street Jam this year, Bradford said he has to take better care of himself and not stay up all night.
“Last year, I went out and kind of slept with the crowd on the concrete,” Bradford said. “I won’t be able to do that this year. Number one, because I’d be too tired and number two they forbid me to do that again.”
A woman told Cameron that she loved watching him on “Dancing With The Stars” and that his Superman number was the best dance of the entire season.
Cameron said, “It is phenomenally difficult beyond anything that I could possibly say and add to that I was traveling 3,000 miles to work full-time in New York (filming AMC). It was just insane, but it was fun. Pretty intense.”
A fan asked Winsor if his character, Thorne, will get a love interest.
“We’re in the process of shooting stuff right now regarding where Thorne’s heading with the love interest,” Winsor said. “She’s somebody new on the canvas.”
Question: What are the most difficult scenes that you’ve had to do?
Bradford said the most challenging scenes for him were when Georgie was killed on GH and he found her body.
“It was a great challenge and allowed my character to evolve,” Bradford said. “But we lost a great actress and a great character.”
Well, that’s all for now.
Check back here and I’ll have more from Hard Rock interviews this week.
Coming up this weekend, LIVE FROM SUPER SOAP 2008.

Remember last week I told you about four soap stars appearing at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL?
It sounds like a lot of fun and who doesn’t like to get up-close-and-personal with their favorite soap stars?
Well, I have some more info on the event. Check out the details below.
Special Engagement to Feature Q & A with
Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery, All My Children),
Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli, General Hospital),
Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin, The Young & The Restless) and
Winsor Harmon (Thorne Forrester, The Bold & The Beautiful
)
It’s your daydream come true…four of daytime television’s hottest soap stars are coming to Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on November 8 at 1 p.m. for a special engagement. Tickets are on sale now.
This is your chance to get the scoop on your favorite soap opera story lines by participating in an exclusive Q & A session with some of the most popular stars on television.
Celebrities scheduled to attend are Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery, All My Children and Dancing with the Stars), Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli, General Hospital), Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin, The Young & The Restless) and Winsor Harmon (Thorne Forrester, The Bold & The Beautiful).
All attendees will have a chance to compete in daytime trivia questions for prizes including a grand prize of a trip for two on Celebrity Cruises’ Soap Cruise Second Voyage sponsored by Soap Opera Weekly and Soap Opera Digest.
Visit www.soapcruise.com for a full list of stars scheduled to sail the high seas. The cruise features 16 of the most popular actors starring in soap opera dramas today.
Tickets cost $10*, all seats are reserved and available at the Hard Rock Live Box Office, open Monday – Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: Miami-Dade (305) 358-5885, Broward (954) 523-3309, and Palm Beach (561) 966-3309. Doors open one-hour prior to show start time. *Additional fees may apply.
About Hard Rock Live
Hard Rock Live, a state-of-the-art facility is attracting music, comedy and sports fans. This 5,500-seat indoor arena expands the ultimate entertainment experience at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. For more information please visit www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com.
About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino features 71 tables offering Blackjack, Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, and Let it Ride. More than 2,500 of the most popular Vegas-style slots and games are available to play on its 145,000-square-foot casino floor including Multi-Area Progressive Jackpots and Mega Jackpots. The Poker Room at Seminole Paradise is a 12,000-square-foot private room offering no-limit Texas Hold ‘em, limit Texas Hold ’em, Seven Card Stud and two dollar and four dollar limit Omaha Hi Lo games.
This Four Diamond, AAA-rated, 500-room hotel offers 16 restaurants and lounges, 40,000 square feet of meeting room space, a full-service, European-style spa, and 23 retail shops, 11 nightclubs, and Paradise Live – a 600 seat venue with classic music album performances in Seminole Paradise.
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is located on State Road 7 (U.S. 441) in Hollywood, Florida. From I-95, exit Stirling Rd. and travel west to 1 Seminole Way. For more information, call (954) 327-ROCK, 1-800-937-0010 or online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com.