My Peapack ‘Guiding Light’ Pilgrimage

An acquaintance of mine on Twitter was looking for one of my blog posts from a trip I took to Peapack, New Jersey a few years ago (10th July 2011). Unfortunately I thought I’d lost it for good when had issues between WP and my host web site. Anyway, so she found an old copy of it archived via the Wayback Machine, minus the pictures, but I have those on my computer anyway. So, to present you again, here it is.

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On Wednesday, 6th July, a good friend (Lynn C.) and I headed off to Peapack, NJ on a Guiding Light pilgrimage. We left Penn Station in New York City about 10am on the train to Summit, NJ to transfer to a bus to Peapack (they were working on the tracks). It had been overcast through much of the trip, so I thought it might be so in the town, but it was sunny and hot. It was probably upwards of 90-95F with the humidity and we ended up stopping frequently for fluids…and bathroom breaks.

Coming into the main part of the town, we passed the small lake that we all recognize, then stopped at the NJ Transit station. I had a map of the town thanks to some industrious Otalia fans who had put together a Google map with drop points of various scene locations (Peapack Location Map)

Before we began our trek, we stopped into the Gladstone Tavern aka Company. We had a great lunch & dessert. I got some pictures of the exterior.

Gladstone Tavern, 'Company', Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

Gladstone Tavern, ‘Company’, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

Gladstone Tavern, 'Company', Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

Gladstone Tavern, ‘Company’, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

After that we took a walk up Potterville Rd and over Apgar Ave. There’s a long driveway up to the farmhouse, and it felt like I’d been there before. Though the grounds are well maintained the house remains uninhabited.

The Farmhouse, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

The Farmhouse, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

The Farmhouse porch, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

The Farmhouse porch, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

At the bottom of the hill, we came on a little park area with a gazebo and benches and a couple picnic tables that had been donated by P&G and the Guiding Light production company. This gazebo is the scene of the ‘no more waiting’ discussion, and Rafe and Ashlee’s ‘our moms are gay’ chat.

Donated GL Gazebo plaque, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

Donated GL Gazebo plaque, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

After that we headed back down towards Main Street and took pictures, and the police/municipal offices, the pizza place where Crystal & Jess filmed their last scene, of the churches, the ball park and playground.

Peapack/Springfield Municipal offices & Police Dept., Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

Peapack/Springfield Municipal offices & Police Dept., Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

Playground by ball park, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

Playground by ball park, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

Ball field, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

Ball field, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

Dominick's Pizza outdoor eatery, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

Dominick’s Pizza outdoor eatery, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

Peapack Reformed Church, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

Peapack Reformed Church, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

St James Church, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

St James Church, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

We also spent some time down at Liberty Park to the little lake, the ducks, geese and swans, and ‘Emma’s’ playground.

The Lake, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

The Lake, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton


The Lake, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

Lake & Swans in Liberty Park Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

Lake & Swans in Liberty Park Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

Gazebo

Gazebo of Love, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

'Emma's Playground', Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

‘Emma’s Playground’, Peapack, NJ, 6th July 2011. © J. Lynn Stapleton

Nearly 4pm we headed back to the train station and the trains were back in order, so we got the train back to NYC. We were so hot when we got back that showers were in order, following a slice or two of pizza from the hostel. After a bit we headed uptown to meet up with Jill Hurst and her family for a nice evening.

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Jill Lorie Hurst Says:
14 July 2011 at 20:48.

Beautiful photos, sweetie – I felt like I was taking the trip with you and I guess you felt what it was like on that last tape day – hot!!

admin Says:
14 July 2011 at 21:09.

It was so warm there, but at the same time, as we were coming into down the road in the bus, passed the lake to the train station, there was such a feeling of familiarity.

tina sloan Says:

14 July 2011 at 22:50.

OH THIS IS SO WONDERFUL. LOVED ALL THE PHOTOS SO MUCH. MADE ME SO SAD AND WISTFUL FOR ALL THE WONDER THAT WAS GUIDING LIGHT

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So Long Springfield At Sea – Docks in Saint John, NB

Yesterday, I was down in Saint John, New Brunswick for to see the So Long Springfield At Sea cruise ship dock and meet with some of the Guiding Light cast. All of which I did meet yesterday, I had met on previous occasions, some last October in New York City at the Guiding Light Fan Club Luncheon, and some at the So Long Springfield Tampa event back in March of this year.

There was gorgeous weather yesterday; sunny, hardly a cloud in the sky, and about 27C (81F), and very low humidity, and a light sea breeze. Not having been much around cruise ships before, the Carnival Glory ship was huge, and gorgeous, as ships go – the dock was as far as I got to go, though.

I got a chance to see some of my favourites, Tina Sloan (Lillian Raines), Beth Chamberlin (Beth Raines), Liz Keifer (Blake Marler) & Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding). Also met Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne) and Frank DiCopoulos (Frank Cooper), and saw from a bit of a distance, Robert Bogue (AC Mallet) & Mandy Bruno (Marina Cooper). There were some other cast on the show on the cruise, but didn’t see. Michael O’Leary (Dr Rick Bauer) had left earlier in the morning, via different door, with his mother for a bus tour, and a few stayed on board: Ron Raines (Alan Spaulding) and Jordan Clark (Billy Lewis). Robert Newman was also booked for the cruise, but wasn’t meeting up with them until today’s port of call in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Justin Deas (Buzz Cooper) was unable to make it due to a family emergency, and Marcy Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis) is currently busy with her role on Young & Restless – their might have been some contractual issues, too, while they’re on another show, not sure.

Many of the cast were doing their own thing with tours or just wandering around the downtown – Kim Zimmer & Frank DiCopoulos had rented some bicycles and were sightseeing that way. But the cast was pretty gracious to pose for pictures or sign autographs for local GL fans. A couple of fans who I was talking with had been watching GL for 40-50 years.

Beth Chamberlin, me, Liz Keifer


Beth Chamberlin & Tina Sloan


Beth Chamberlin, Tina Sloan & I


Liz Keifer on the Big Pink Bus


Liz Keifer, Beth Chamberlin & Tina Sloan (with Tina’s book, Changing Shoes: Getting Older–Not Old–with Style, Humor, and Grace.


Grant Aleksander & Tina Sloan (with Tina’s book).

Some other shots:

Back of Robert Bogue & Mandy Bruno on Big Pink Bus Tour
Me, Frank DiCopoulos & Kim Zimmer
Frank DiCopoulos & Kim Zimmer

Some shots of the ship departing:
Cruise Ship Depart – 1
Cruise Ship Depart – 2