Before we get started here, I need to take a minute to apologize for all the crappy photos you’re about to see. The venue that the event in which I met
the first love of my life the handsome Donnie Wahlberg in was very poorly lit and on top of that, I went to meet him armed only with my iPhone. What kind of a so-called blogger goes to meet someone she’s swooned over for the last 25 years without an actual camera?
But I digress……
Today I am going to tell you the story of how it all came about.
But first, let me give you the back story.
I love Donnie Wahlberg. When New Kids on the Block first came out in the late 80’s they were probably a bigger deal here in Boston than in other places because as we all know, all of the New Kids are from here. I was in junior high when they first popped onto the scene and every girl I knew loved them. As everybody knows, Donnie Wahlberg was the cute one. Not Jordan. Not Joey. Certainly not Danny and not Jonathan. It was Donnie. It has always been Donnie.
I remember seeing NKOTB in concert at the old Foxboro Stadium (before Gillette Stadium was built) during the summer of 1989 and at the time, it didn’t get any better. I was so far away from the stage that all I could see were five little dots singing and dancing on the stage, but I didn’t care….I was in the same venue as my celebrity crush. Life was good.
Since their boy band reign in the late 80’s/early 90’s, the New Kids have broken up and as you probably know, have reunited. I have gone to see them in concert three times over the past four years and if they tour again – I’ll be there.
But back to my crush on Donnie. Even in the Sixth Sense, when he literally looked his worst, I still loved him. Like I said, it has always been Donnie. So fast forward twenty five years (to about three weeks ago) and this finds its way into my inbox:
I cried. Literally.
I had to read and re-read the email about 57 times before I finally accepted that it wasn’t some kind of a joke.
In case you can’t read the small print, the invite was to go see Canon’s PIXMA PRO City Senses Pop-Up Gallery in Boston, which was being hosted by Donnie Wahlberg.
Frankly, I had no idea what the event was actually all about. All I could focus on was that Donnie Wahlberg was hosting.
DONNIE FREAKIN WAHLBERG!!!!
So the night came and off I went to The Artists For Humanity EpiCenter in South Boston for the event. I actually went to the event with my good bud Nicole from Good Golly Miss Blondie (in the middle), and we were joined by several other lovely Boston Bloggers (Lori Popkewitz Alper from Groovy Green Livin, Sarah Visbeek of Sarahviz.com and Annmarie Seldon of Trendy Mommies).
Remember that crappy photo disclaimer up at the top? Um, yeah….sorry about that.
Anyways, the event itself was hosted by Canon and it was to showcase some of their new photo printers. . The gallery offers an interactive experience for all five senses while viewing photography from local photographers, Josh Andrus, Scott Nobles and actor Donnie Wahlberg. Using the sensory triggers of touch, taste, smell and sound as inspiration, the celebrity host and photographers were tasked with bringing their iconic city to life through photographic prints displayed in each gallery.
The event was free and open to the public, but I got to attend the media preview. All of the photos on display were printed on Canon printers and the quality was outstanding.
But back to Donnie.
He didn’t make an appearance until about 90 minutes into the event, but when he came out (with his wife Jenny McCarthy), he spent a few minutes talking about the printers and the experience of being able to photograph some of the things unique to Boston.
I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t hear a word he said. I was just in awe that I was standing about 10 feet away from him.
As soon as he was done with his little presentation, I made my move. Everyone in the crowd rushed towards him and I may or may not have pushed a few people out of my way to get to him first.
Jenny was so sweet. I told her that I have loved Donnie for 25 years and how excited I was to meet him. She actually offered to take my picture with him for me.
See, here she is holding my phone in her right hand:
And this is the picture she took:
The hearts you see are real, too. They were actually there floating around us.
Ok, fine, the hearts were just in my head, but a big shout out to my friend Kim who was well aware of my obsession and as soon as I posted this picture to Instagram and Facebook, added them for me.
It was a whirlwind and I only had him to myself for about five seconds, but those five seconds rank high up on the list of greatest moments of my life. I mean, right up there with the birth of my children great.