Maid Marian was up, ready, and out of the room before I was. I took my time getting ready to cosplay Madam Mayor again. I knew photo sessions ran in the morning, and I had one ticket left to redeem. I wasn't sure who I was going to select; I really wanted a picture with Emilie, but knew her timeframe was done. As I descended, I spotted the lines with signs for pictures. Sean's picture line was still open, and a lady stepped out of the room to yell "Last call for photo op with Sean!" I picked up the pace and strode swiftly and confidently to his line, flashed my ticket and said, "That's me." Madam Mayor and Robin Hood? Heck yeah!
As I walked in the room, Sean was called to get up out of his chair. He started for a moment and said, "Oh, I thought I was finished!" They had to pry him out of his chair. (I'm so kidding!) He smiled, leapt out of his chair (a great sport as always), and posed with me for a picture (shown below). This one cracks me up, as it looks like a family portrait. Who knows...I just might use it for one someday... ::::evil grin::::
My apologies to the other fans I may have upset when I aggressively won this auction item. All the proceeds went to cancer research, so I justified my exuberant bidding by thinking "what could be more fitting than winning this item and giving cash to a cancer cause, something that claimed the life of my husband?" ::::innocent face::::
It was a fun read, seriously.
In between events, I met a wonderful lady who had spent some time with Lana upstairs in the mezzanine area. They could see all the happenings from the balcony up there. Apparently, Lana loved the dress my mom made so much, she scrambled for her phone to take pictures every time I walked by. (No way! Lana was photo-stalking me?! Get outta here!)
There were a couple panels this last day of convention, and one of them hosted Beverley Elliott with a few other actors. The thing that stood out most to me during this panel was when she stood up and expressed how excited she was to talk to fans this weekend, connect, and learn how her work was more than just work...she came to realize she was a part of something that made a difference in people's lives. She was touched to be part of a show that gave people an escape during difficult times, gave people hope, (at this point she looked at me and nodded at me) and hope for a happy ending. I was honored and touched.
In the evening, there was a 45 Spacer concert, and Lana was rumored to be at the concert to support her boys in the band. I sat front row and watched the boys kick off their final concert at the convention. They really know how to rock it! It was thoroughly amusing watching all the young girls crowd around the front of the stage and dance away. I think the most touching moment for me during that concert was watching Lana's mother partner up with her gentleman friend and dance some foxtrot off to the side of the room. It was the most romantic thing I saw all weekend, and I'll never forget it.
So, confession....Lana had seen me in two of my cosplay outfits and had heard about my Madam Mayor costume during her panel with Josh...I really wanted her to see this final piece on this last day. Now, I'm not the kind of person that necessarily likes to draw attention to myself, so I was hoping the opportunity would just pop up. And it did. I had been walking past a table off to the side of the concert where Lana's youngest son was selling merchandise - I was exiting the concert, as my feet were killing me from wearing high heeled boots all day. A soak in the hot tub sounded perfect. I looked up as I passed the table and saw Lana, her husband, and bodyguard walking towards me...yikes! (They were headed for her son's table because she was taking pictures of everything). I moved out of the way against the wall, not wanting to get in her way, when she spotted me. She waved and gave me her "oh hey!" smile, then pointed at my Madam Mayor outfit and gave me an impressed expression with another "hey" smile. I waved back and nodded thanks. End of interaction. My day was made.
Convention ended and we all enjoyed the season finale together as one big happy Evil Regal family.
Final thoughts on the whole weekend? Be prepared for ANYTHING!
You might ask if I had any awkward moments...and the answer is yes...I did. I was totally thrown off guard when several different groups of ladies complimented my décolletage while wearing my evil queen gown on Day 2. (Say what!?) Yes. So, I figured the best way to respond to something like that was to throw back an answer to make them equally uncomfortable. "Thanks! It was expensive!" That elicited some good laughter and ended those interactions immediately. :::whew!:::