From the moment Jane Seymour confirmed she would be visiting for the 35th Anniversary of the movie Somewhere in Time and the 25th Anniversary weekend at Grand Hotel there was a buzz of excitement that could not be ignored. Once we informed guests they shared in the enthusiasm as well. Over 700 guests attended the weekend from 5 countries and 31 states. Jane arrived on a beautiful sunny Thursday in October with a smile on her face and a wave for all the fans anticipating the first glimpse of her graceful presence as she departed from the carriage. After her arrival she had a short time to get ready for her first autograph session in the Terrace Room. The line for autographs wound from the Parlor, through the Art Gallery, up and around the Theatre stairs, back down around the other side of the Art Gallery and up the Terrace Room stairs.
Jane signed every autograph and posed for photos with everyone.
After dinner on Thursday, Jane made introductions for the annual showing of Somewhere in Time in the Theatre. Jane’s presence made the showing of the movie even more special for the fans here at the hotel.
Friday afternoon Jane took a bit of free time sketching outside on the Front Porch. Jane’s art was featured in the Art Gallery for the weekend.
Then Friday evening was very special as Jane surprised everyone with a replica of Elise McKenna’s dress in the movie designed and made by her friend Cheryl Hufman who was the costume designer for Seymour’s TV show in the 1990s, “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” and designed her daughter Katie’s wedding dress.
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On Friday guests were treated to getting up-close and personal with Jane during a Q & A session in the Theatre. Jane told great stories about the making of Somewhere in Time, including how she almost lost the part to Bo Derek! As well as having to shoot some of the romantic scenes without Christopher Reeve there. A “poor unfortunate gentlemen” (she says, as the crowd giggles with her) had to stand in so she had a person to connect with when speaking her lines.
During the evening Grand Hotel Executive Vice President and Managing Director Ken Hayward presented Jane with a plaque commemorating her appearance at the 25th Anniversary Somewhere in Time weekend. The number 25 confused many since the movie debuted 35 years ago. There were 10 years between the release of the movie and the first Somewhere in Time weekend at Grand Hotel.
We cannot thank Jane Seymour enough for joining us for the 25th annual weekend and being so gracious to our staff and guests. We hope she returns again soon.