CHILLING OUT AT THE ABC SUMMER BLOCK PARTY

CHILLING OUT AT THE ABC SUMMER BLOCK PARTY
Laura Wright of General Hospital does a Q&A with fans at Bridgestone Arena Plaza on Saturday, June 7 during the 2014 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. Photo: Jamie Schramm/CMA

Laura Wright of General Hospital does a Q&A with fans at Bridgestone Arena Plaza on Saturday, June 7 during the 2014 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. Photo: Jamie Schramm/CMA

There were plenty of blue lips throughout the ABC Summer Block Party on Friday and Saturday. Lots of them were on the faces of children who had scarfed down snow cones to cool off from the hot sun’s rays.

In the center of The Buckle, where the ABC party took place, visitors could find a booth where info was provided to help guide fans through the activities offered by this annual block party. Punch cards were available to pick up, each good for free treats at eight different stations. Games were abundant too, including a prize wheel, ring toss, high striker and a “Get To Know The Goldbergs” game. Fans could also receive punches by posing in the photo booth with a plethora of accessories provided. The screening room and autograph line gave card punches as well, as fans lined up and down Broadway to meet two members from the cast of “General Hospital,” Laura Wright, who plays the part of Carly Benson, and Jason Thompson.

Kim Stevens, 35, Nashville, Tennessee, was thrilled to get the opportunity to meet part of the cast of her favorite show. Referring to Thompson in his role as Patrick Drake, she said, “I feel like I need to cry. He’s made me cry every day this week.”

Stevens participated in the Block Party on Friday, earning herself a fan and T-shirt through getting card punches. The prize table offered a variety of goodies depending on the amount of punches obtained. Fans were able to calculate how many punches they needed to get a T-shirt from their favorite ABC television show. Most planned it out so they could pick up a brand new “Nashville” T-shirt to parade around in before Charles Esten (Deacon Claybourne) came out later that day.