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The North Carolina EastEnders fan club consists of hundreds of avid EastEnders fans from across the state. We get together several times a year to share our enthusiasm for Albert Square.

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June 27, 2015 Meeting Recap!

Today 32 avid EastEnders fans gathered in Apex, NC, for a club luncheon. First-time venue Perkins Family Restaurant & Bakery turned out to be the perfect size for our gathering, and we had a mother-daughter team serving us. They asked us afterward all about the club and EastEnders, and we think we piqued their interest enough to tune in to the show! You can view highlights of the meeting in our picture gallery.

After ordering our food, we worked on two quizzes: a VERY challenging cockney rhyming slang quiz and a Who's Who game matching actors to the characters they play. Woody Seymour won the cockney slang quiz (an impressive feat for a Sanford native, who, as far as we know, never ran an East End market stall). Frank Holland won the actor-character matching quiz, and Carolyn Graham was the winner of the raffle.

Many thanks to Julie Hughes, of the Orange County EastEnders Meetup Group, for sharing her quizzes with us. We'd also like to thank some very special club members—who prefer to remain anonymous—for donating their EE memorabilia for use as gifts at our events. Thanks also to Debbie Gilbert, editor of the E20 Chronicles newsletter, for her generous contribution of collectibles. (To subscribe to Debbie’s free EE newsletter, e-mail her at e20launderette@mac.com)

The main attraction of the meeting, of course, was our guest speaker, Julia Carpenter. Julia has long inspired our club members and viewers across the state to support EE—and have loads of fun doing it! We've been receiving questions about Julia's background and British connections for so long, that it was high time that we had a chance to talk with her at length, without the pressure and time constraints of FESTIVAL night.

Julia delighted us all with a brief biography and details about her latest work at UNC-TV. She has spent the last five years as a producer on North Carolina Weekend, and her "Collecting Carolina" segments can be viewed on the program's YouTube channel. Here are some fun facts that you may not know about Julia:

  • She first moved to the U.S. at age 18.
  • She had an early job selling Mercedes Benz cars in the Bronx—hired, most probably, for her accent!
  • She met her husband Mike on a Club Med trip to Eleuthera (Bahamas).
  • She has two children, and her daughter has a degree from the London School of Economics and lives in the UK. Julia jokes to her mother, "You lost a daughter, but gained a granddaughter!"
  • Julia served for 8 years on the UNC-TV Board of Trustees.

A lively Q&A session followed, and Julia made us all feel very appreciated by saying that we're the only group of our kind—that UNC-TV has never had viewers unite and form a club dedicated to supporting a program they love. We all remarked on the fact that 2016 will be our 19th year volunteering at FESTIVAL, as well as the 19th time that Julia will be pitching for us on the air. We should all start thinking of how to celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2017: we know there are some very creative fan club members, so we'll be counting on you for ideas!

It was lovely to see so many familiar faces today, and a real pleasure to welcome our newcomers. We missed those who couldn't make it, but we know that summer is a difficult time to schedule events. We hope everyone can make it to our next meeting, a lunch and screening party at UNC-TV on Saturday, November 7, at 1:00 p.m.

Our heartfelt thanks to Julia for sharing her stories and making us smile. And thanks to all our wonderful club members for your friendship and support!

Two upcoming NC EE Fan Club meetings!

It's time to mark your calendars for two exciting events planned for our club:

  • Saturday, June 27, at 1:30 p.m. - Luncheon at local restaurant with guest speaker
  • Saturday, November 7, at 1:00 p.m. - Meeting at UNC-TV; lunch followed by screening of EastEnders specials

You may recall that we used to meet at Golden Corral for our lunch meetings. Unfortunately, they no longer take reservations on weekends, which means we can't reserve the private dining area. However, we've found another venue for large parties, and it has a more tranquil atmosphere and tasty, affordable food: Perkins Family Restaurant & Bakery. Perkins serves breakfast all day, and their lunch menu is large and varied. They even have a "Fit Favorites" section with healthy choices and plenty of discounts for diners over age 55:

And now for the best news: the guest speaker will be Julia Carpenter, our talented on-air presenter for nearly 20 years at FESTIVAL! Many of you have asked us about Julia's background: What part of England is she from? When did she move to the U.S.? What else does she do at UNC-TV? You may not be aware that Julia has served on the UNC-TV Board of Trustees and that she's currently a producer. The multifaceted Julia will have much to tell us about her roles as producer, reporter, and actress. She is also looking forward to a spirited Q&A, so get your questions ready!

We'll send another reminder next month about this event, and you can RSVP then. For now, please reserve both dates on your calendar: June 27 and November 7.

We're looking forward to seeing everyone soon. Enjoy the spring weather!

NC EastEnders Fan Club Luncheon Recap - November 9

It was a beautiful, crisp fall day when 43 eager North Carolina EastEnders fans gathered for lunch at the Golden Corral in Durham. As usual, we had a private dining room and filled it nearly to capacity. We were thrilled to see so many longtime friends, and it was also gratifying to welcome several newcomers. From what I could tell, the "newbies" fit in immediately, and the event was even more enjoyable thanks to their participation.

Naturally, the first thing on the agenda was food…and lots of it! No one leaves the Golden Corral hungry, and no one leaves it thinner than when they arrived. We're not sure if it was specifically in honor of Claire Meyerhoff or not, but the restaurant currently boasts not one, but three, "Wonderfalls": Chocolate, Sweet Caramel, and White Chocolate. The biggest wonder of all is that several diners made it through the day without a single stain on their white EastEnders tee-shirts.
Read all about it here!

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