|I am on cloud nine right now. Yesterday
My husband and I had plans to meet up with a few other
DQ Times members at the Film Festival in Sonoma. We
were to meet up about 3;30 get to sit and visit and
then go to dinner and see Jane's movie Touching Wild
Horses. Well the traffic on I-80 wasn't so cooperative.
Instead of 3:30 we finally got to Napa about 5:45. That
was also after I accidentally switched the maps around
and went to the theater instead of Pam and Debbie's
motel rooms first.
Finally though, Pam Hughes, Debbie Scott, Steve and
Susan Baxter, and my husband Kirk and I, all got to
the theater together.
When we walked up you could see these really neat cards
they were handing out that had Jane's picture and a
Jane Seymour on them.
We went and checked about our tickets and then hurried
to go eat at a restaurant down the street. After rushing
the waiter( we paid before we got our food and he got
about a $35.00 tip), as we were worried about getting
back to the theater on time. We were in such a rush
that when the waiter put the steaks down he got them
mixed around to where Pam and I both had some of my
Rib-eye before they brought her sirlon out. It was pretty
funny. We girls hurried back to the theater while the
guys were that far behind. We snapped a few quick pictures
and then went to the lines that were forming. The people
there were really nice and the six of us were all on
the list for will call as we ordered our tickets weeks
ago. We got to get seated ahead of the people who were
buying tickets atthe door.
The show was beautiful I loved it. Jane showed quite
a wide range of attitude for her character. One of the
people made an announcement before the film started
that Jane was having dinner and would be available for
a question and answer session after the show. Then the
show started and it was great. Jane's character at the
beginning was nothing like Michaela. She was a cold,
bitter, unfeeling woman. By then end of the show she
had definately grown a heart and was no longer cold,
bitter and unloving. After the show The lights at the
front came on and I spotted Jane to the far right of
us across the isle. A gentleman from the film festival
announced Jane and she went to the stage to take questions,
she gave really lengthy answers.
I had to ask if she had heard from CBS and if there
was going to be a third Dr Quinn Movie. She stated
that the feedback and outrage over cancellation has
never been so big for any other show and that she
has her clothes ( and I think she said some of Joe's)
and that anytime CBS is ready that her and Joe would
be happy to hop in the saddle again. She also said
that CBS finds it more profitable to make shows like
survivor instead of shows Like Quinn. Then she said
that William Shockley (Hank) wrote a script along
the lines of Quinn and that they are waiting to see
what happens with it. I hope my pictures come out.
Believe me I was clicking away with my camera.
Then the film festival gave Jane a really neat gift
and everyone started to leave.
That's when I decided to try to say hi. You see,
a week ago I won one of the 5 doctor Bags that Jane
used on Dr. Quinn and I wanted to see
if Jane would sign it. I went to the front of the
theater and when Jane got to done talking the film
festival people I approached her with doctor bag in
hand. She said "oh you have the bag". I
told her "yes". She wanted to know where
I got it and I told her that I spend way to much time
on Ebay. I asked her if she would sign it for
me and she said "yes". We opened the bag
and she tried to figure the best place to sign it.
Then she signed it Jane Seymour Dr Quinn. I told her
I couldn't wait to put it with my ever growing collection.
She asked what other things I had and I told her I
also have her saddlebags, the indian dress she wore
from the offering, a medicine bottle, A set of Joe's
beads, Joe's turtle bag, Larry's breast shield and
one of his necklaces, 5 dr quinn posters, a bunch
of crew member gifts such as a yearbook, A music box,
A wool blanket, the belt buckle that She and James
gave the crew members ( this was a gift from Pam to
me), bunches of photos and many other miscellaneous
items. She was like "wow, you really do
have a big collection. I gave here two photos of her
from Quinn. One was with Jane with Johnny and June
Carter-Cash, the other was a great picture of Jane
from portraits right after she delivered the Baby.She
said that she didn't have either of them and thanked
me. Then I got out of the way as others wanted to
chat. I then made my way up the other side of the
theater to where Ozzie and His wife Marilyn were.
I reintroduced myself and Kirk, and then introduced
the rest of our group. Ozzie remembered us and we
chatted for a few minutes before moving out to the
lobby. That is where I got a picture of Jane and I
with my bag. Then she signed items for the rest of
our group. I had brought a picture of Jane in the
beautiful Blue dress from the Boston episode
for Susan Baxter. Susan had a dress very similar to
it made for her for when Her and Steve got to the
Civil War Ball with their reenactment group. I also
showed Jane a picture of Susie in her dress. She seemed
really awed by it. She even said that she thinks she
still has that dress in her closet.
Jane really gave us a lot of time. I also got to
chat with Ozzie a bit more while James was chatting
with Pam. Ozzie and I were talking about my
dad's prop business and the wagons. He then asked
Kirk if he had to sell any more trucks recently.
This related to our chat in Sacrament a few months
ago when Kirk had told Ozzie he had sold his 68 &
69 Chevy project trucks so I could buy my yearbook.
As we went outside Pam and Debbie had stayed behind
inside the theater for a moment. I heard James, Jane,
and Ozzie turn around and ask where Pam was. We told
them inside. They said they were heading down to the
bistro and to come down for drinks if we wanted. I
told Pam this when they came out and the six of us
were there discussing it when James and Ozzie came
back down the street again to make sure we all knew
which Bistro and to make sure that we had heard them
that we were all invited to come down for drinks and
chat. After putting the Dr Bag in my car for safe
keeping we all headed down the street to the bistro.
They were all in a room towards the back and we went
in and sat down for a bit. Everyone was mingling and
talking about the movie and just really enjoying the
nice atmosphere. Jane told James I have the "real"
bag as it was the one she always used in the scenes
where she had to put the Dr Bag over the saddlehorn
on the saddle. She said the bag she has is a bit smaller.
then they asked where we had driven from. I was explaing
where Fiddletown is when one of the other gals wit
Jane asked if it was near Calaveras county.
I told her yes That Amador and Calaveras County border
each other and asked her if she had been to the frog
Jump. She said yeas and that's when Jane said "We
did that on one of the Quinn episodes." She also
mentioned that they sadly lost one of the frogs during
that episode. We talked about some of the different
episodes and period clothing, the A & E DVD's,
and some of Janes current projects and future projects
that are in the works. I told them how much fun Old
Sacramento is on Labor Day weekend with everyone in
period clothes and the town looking like it was during
Quinn time. She told us if we ever needed anything
about period clothes to call Cheri As she did so much
of it for Quinn. They really gave us a lot of time.
It was a wonderful evening. I just have tofigure out
where to put the Dr Bag now. If anyone else gets a
chance to go to the film festivals I really think
it is worth the time. I am rally glad I went. The
six of us had a great time.
Photos by Dianne Bennett
of the Wind Festival Coverage >