As The World Turns

Long Lake’s Adirondack Affair Episode 1

On October 1st, 2011 fans of As The World Turns stars Martha Byrne and Ellen Dolan arrived in Long Lake NY to participate in a unique fan weekend. Soap fans had the chance to act one on one with real life soap opera stars.

The story follows Grace Duryea (Martha Byrne) as she returns to her hometown of Long Lake, NY for the reading of her estranged father’s will. She’s reluctantly returned after 20 years. The characters she interacts with are all played by fans participating in the unique weekend.

Charlotte (Ellen Dolan) is upset about Grace Duryea’s return to Long Lake. Charlotte wants to keep the ghosts of the past buried, but now it is nearly impossible.

Episode One

Please note: All characters are fictional and created for this project. Any resemblance to anyone living or dead is a coincidence.

Special thanks to Ali Baba’s Liquor Store and Quackenbush’s Long View Wilderness Lodge in Long Lake, NY for providing us with great locations.

It’s just one of many events offered to visitors in Long Lake, NY. More episodes to follow and look for Adironack Affair in 2012. You can act with the stars!

Adirondack Affair Slated Sept 30th and Oct 1

On September 30th through October 1st, the Town of Long Lake will be hosting the 2nd Annual Adirondack Affair Weekend with soap opera actresses two-time Emmy winner, Martha Byrne, best known as Lily Snyder from As The World Turns and Emmy-nominated Ellen Dolan, best known as Margo Hughes, As the World Turns.

Martha and Ellen Before the Cabaret

Friday Night features a VIP welcome cocktail reception and a Cabaret Performance at an area Long Lake Business to be announced.

Martha with two fans Megan & Jamie!

Saturday will be a day of rogue video production featuring participants in this unique weekend themed “Shooting on Location.” Scripted material developed specifically for Adirondack Affair will follow the story of the fictional Duryea Family. Grace Duryea (Martha Byrne) has returned to the quiet burg of Long Lake after the death of her father. She has arrived for the reading of his will and stands to inherit vast tracts of land, properties and businesses vital to the survival of the local economy. Charlotte, played by Ellen Dolan, will be on alert to the arrival of Grace Duryea, protecting secrets of the past that could change their lives forever. The two women have never met before, but sparks are sure to fly when Grace arrives at her father’s estate.

Ellen mingles at last years VIP reception

The story of Grace and Charlotte will follow our guest actors and Adirondack Affair participants on a journey from learning scripted material, camera blocking, to live video taping. Scenes will be shot in and around Long Lake area businesses to highlight local actors and showcase the beauty of Long Lake. All levels of acting are welcome and encouraged to attend this unique once in a lifetime opportunity.

Photo by Robin Platzer

The scenes will be uploaded, with permission, to youtube and if time allows there will be a viewing of the rough material shown on Saturday night to the participants. Don’t want to act? Participants are welcome to follow the production and watch our actresses work.

Most recently Martha Byrne, co-created and executive produced, Gotham The Series, which was nominated for an Emmy this year. Martha has also appeared on General Hospital and written for the daytime drama The Bold and The Beautiful and executive produced a short film, Bye Bye Sally, featuring actress Malin Ackerman.

Ellen Dolan has been very active with the Workshop Theater Company in New York City and is currently starring in the Cape May Stage Production, Steel Magnolias, running through September 10. Ellen Dolan plays the role of Truvy, a role played by Dolly Parton in the 1989 film adaptation. In addition to playing Margo Hughes, Ellen Dolan originated the role of Maureen Reardon on Guiding Light and has appeared on Law and Order Special Victims Unit and has recently worked on two films, Southside and Molly’s Girl.

For more information check out www.adirondackaffair.com Adirondack Affair or call 518-624-3077 Sign up today! Total weekend event package is $50 includes VIP reception, Cabaret Performance and Shooting on Location.

Have An Adirondack Affair

The Town of Long Lake and The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts are thrilled to announce their partnership for the sudsiest event of the season.

Sneak away to Long Lake for an unforgettable weekend October 1st and 2nd and have “An Adirondack Affair” with two time Emmy Award Winner, Martha Byrne, and Emmy-nominated Ellen Dolan (Margo Hughes, As The World Turns). Friday night join us for a panel discussion all about the why’s and how’s of Soap Operas. Hear the crazy stories about the daily routine, the backstage dirt and unveil the truth about what went wrong and why so many of our favorite “soaps” are disappearing. Saturday workshops include acting, directing and writing workshops with Emmy-winning writer Tom Casiello from the Young and the Restless, and Emmy-nominated Directing Talent Fritz Brekeller from All My Children. Enjoy one-on-one time with Soap Stars Martha and Ellen. Get to know the actors, hone your craft and make your dreams come true in a small town setting. Tickets are available at www.anadirondackaffair.com

Martha Byrne is a two-time Daytime Emmy winning actress, producer and writer. She is best known for her more than two decade run on the CBS Daytime Drama AS THE WORLD TURNS where she portrayed the role of Lily Walsh Snyder, and later her twin Rose D’Angelo. Her award collection also includes numerous magazine awards and three National Viewer’s Voice Awards. Martha began her career at the age of ten with a two year run on the Broadway stage as July in the world renowned show “Annie.” Martha’s resume also includes over 30 television and film projects. Since leaving ATWT in March 2008, Martha has starred on GENERAL HOSPITAL, worked as a script writer on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, performed in a stage production of “Other People’s Money,” and was executive producer of the film, Bye Bye Sally, starring Malin Ackerman.


Ellen Dolan joined AS THE WORLD TURNS as policewoman Margo Hughes in November 1989, after having been asked to consider the part by the late Doug Marland, the head writer for the CBS daytime drama Dolan debuted as Bauer on GUIDING LIGHT in 1982, portraying the popular character for the next four years. Her additional television credits include the made-for-television movies “Mother’s Day,” “Mothers, Daughters and Lovers” with Helen Shaver and Claude Atkings, and “Dancing with Danger,” with Cheryl Ladd and Ed Marinaro. Her stage career began in 1980 at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater with roles such as Katrin in “Mother Courage.” Her subsequent roles in numerous regional productions have included Maggie in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at the Virginia Stage Company, May in “How the Other Half Loves” at the Pennsylvania Stage Company, and Clelia in “The Nerd” at the Capitol Repertory in Albany, NY. She also started a theater company in New York called The Studio Three Group. Dolan earned her B.A. and M.F.A. degrees in theater from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. While working toward her bachelor’s degree, she spent a summer studying dramatic arts at the Webber Douglas Academy in London. Dolan was born in Monticello, Iowa and was raised in Decorah, Iowa. Now the longest-running actress by far to play Margo, Dolan continues to work regularly in local theater. For ticket and lodging information check out www.anadirondackaffair.com, www.mylonglake.com and www.adirondackarts.org.

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