Ringcon Outlander Gathering

Please note Eng­lish is not my moth­er tongue, there­fore this con­tri­bu­tion will be a gram­mat­i­cal­ly cat­a­stro­phe. But since I have friends all over the world who want to read this post, I decid­ed to write him any­way in English.


The Opening Ceremony Ringcon 2015

For all Out­lander Fans..you see only Diana and Gary dur­ing the Ring­con Open­ing Cer­e­mo­ny on Fri­day because Sam Heughan, Dun­can Lacroix and Gra­ham McTavish arrived on Saturday.

Ringcon 2015 Outlander Panel on Saturday

with Diana Gabaldon, Graham McTacvish, Gary Lewis, Sam Heughan, Duncan Lacroix

On Sat­ur­day Evenin­hg all Out­lander Stars arrived (even Gra­ham, whose flight was delayed). Marc Fer­gu­son let his guests alone and Gra­ham and Gary mod­er­at­ed (sort of)  this 2‑hour pan­el. Yes, two hours with my Stars in a room. My hands are shak­ing so much with excite­ment  that I could hard­ly hold the cam­era so some Pho­tos are maybe a bit blurred.

Things i remember

Ques­tion of a fan “What was you favorite Moment of Sea­son dur­ing shooting”

  • Dun­can replied some­thing about the hors­es, because they have always fart­ed. Dun­can has even imi­tat­ed the sounds … the audi­ence and the oth­ers on stage were laugh­ing about his very noisy Performance..
  • Gra­ham said that dur­ing the film­ing of the Wed­ding scene repeat­ed­ly all erupt­ed in laugh­ter. When­ev­er Sam begann with “James Alexan­der …”, Dun­can added new names like “James Mal­colm Ale­an­der Opti­mus Prime Tarzan King Kong .…”

A Fan gave Sam “the small­est flask in the world”. He admired this long and has put it then quick­ly in his pocket…

Gary explained that the late broad­cast­ing of Out­lander in Scot­tish Tele­vi­sion for him had polit­i­cal rea­sons (Inde­pen­dence Referendum)

to be continued.….….

Too bad that Cait was not there!!!!

Sam Heughan Panel at Ringcon 2015

Sam Heughan is such a fun­ny and kind Guy ! One hour to look at him and to hear his voice — I was in heav­en ! The pho­tos can not reflect this hour, but for all who were not there, there must be enough-sorry 🙂


Things i remember

Sam‘s entire lug­gage has been lost in Amsterdam.

A fan has bought a t‑shirt for Sam. It was writ­ten  “Hob­bit-Con” on the shirt. Sam  sus­pect­ed Gra­ham was behind this joke. First, Sam threw the shirt behind him, but of course he picked it up again and quick­ly thanked the Fan 🙂

Sam describes his favorite whiskey fla­vor with smoky .… … if it tastes as if some­one had peed in the glass, then it is perfect ”

Fan ques­tion “Can you tell us some­thing mem­o­rable / fun­ny from the set”

  • Sam tells  a sto­ry of a large high­land cow and how Gra­ham was try­ing to get past this:). I did not under­stand every­thing, but Sam‘s imi­ta­tion of Gra­ham was just great
  • In addi­tion, Gra­ham was appar­ent­ly con­vinced he saved  Sam‘s live and told this also to any­one. But Sam did not think so.

Sam about Cait ” She is ter­rif­ic ! She is very powerful”

Sam “The awards that mean some­thing are those who have come  by your votes Guys..so thank you very much for your support ”

Sam “Com­ing to Ger­many is like com­ing home, with Bat­mann I was in Cologne on tour.” — I’m from Cologne so I was par­tic­u­lar­ly fond of it

Sam said he real­ly enjoys Germany.and said some­thing about Schnaps.…:)

Sam loves “Star Trek, Star Trek — The Next Gen­er­a­tion and Bat­tlestar Galac­ti­ca and can hard­ly believe his luck to work now with the pro­duc­er Ron Moore and Ira Behr

Sam like also pas­sion­ate Cooking-Shows.His cur­rent favorite pro­gram is “Bake off”, this is for him like food porn. He admits that his favorite dish is stew and por­ridge. He says “I am a one-pot cook”

Sam told about Gra­ham McTavish’s “courage”: “Although Gra­ham say he could ride, he leaves it usu­al­ly to his stunt dou­ble. Except of course in the big macho scenes of Dou­gal, if he can be seen sit­ting in close-up on the horse with the arm in the side” (big laugh in the room)

Sam about the shoot­ing at the mill: I prob­a­bly had one hour at a time in the water, but hard­ly have felt  the cold . Only when I saw the trem­ble stunt­man in a div­ing suit (who cared for my safe­ty in the water)all over, I thought: “Wow, he’s real­ly cold so I must be real­ly cold!”
I real­ly enjoyed That Day. It was fun! ”

A check of “My char­i­ty chal­lenge” was hand­ed over. A touch­ing moment, espe­cial­ly because I have  sup­port­ed this Project by Pro­mo­tion on my Face­book­side. The Ladies have more than deserved the embrace of Sam  and I real­ly had goosebumps.…

to be continued.….….

The Shootings

Gary Lewis

Now final­ly my report about the shoot­ings dur­ing the Ring­con. Gary was the first on my list. The queue was quite long, but it did not take longer than 45 min­utes and i was actu­al­ly in a room with Mr.Gary Lewis. I admire him for a very long time and so I was very hap­py to meet him at last per­son­al­ly. Some­one took my bag and i had just time to remove my glass­es  and was then almost before him. At Ring­con the Shoot­ings were all a mat­ter of 2–4 sec­onds  and I was held on by an employ­ee (as I would flee) who “pushed” me  more or less in Garys arms . He wel­comed every fan with a warm­heart­ed embrace and it felt as if we already knew our­selves for years. Gary has a very firm hand­shake and he did not let go my hand dur­ing the Shoot­ing. He still thanked with his mirac­u­lous accent, I thanked with stam­mered some­thing unde­fin­able (some non­sense with Eng­lish accent) and  it was already over. A pity that there was no time for a con­ver­sa­tion with Gary Though I am col­lid­ed lat­er on this week-end with him in the hall and after a “par­don” of Gary the next oppor­tu­ni­ty was over. Lat­er I saw Gary sev­er­al times with fans speak­ing (dur­ing Lunch, anbd his walka­round), but I found it impo­lite­ly to push in between. I like the pho­to very well and it soon gets a frame and a place of honour.


Sam Heughan

My shoot with Sam has made me almost faint. After a long day, eat not much and a Per­ma­nent-Excit­ed‑I am here-Lev­el I want­ed nec­es­sar­i­ly bring the shoot behind me on Sat­ur­day  and not have to wait until Sun­day. The queue was extreme­ly long. Near­ly 700 fans were wait­ing for a shoot­ing. First, as always it was the turn­for the fans with sil­ver and plat­inum tick­ets. Then it went rapid­ly for­ward. This time I want­ed to enjoy every sec­ond and took a deep breath before I entered the room of the shoot­ing. But that helped not much. Only 2 fans in front of me‑I can see him. Still a fan in front of me‑I fall right now. I was firm­ly under con­trol of the employ­ee who should now “push” me in Sams arms. I said to myself, “Poor Sam, so many pho­tos and Women”, but I’ve prob­a­bly said it out loud. The employ­ee said to me “You see what  tough job i have,” and I just want­ed reply some­thing quick-wit­ted, as I stood next to Sam already. Gosh he is real­ly tall ! Quick a look at these irre­sistible Col­lar-Bones, on his face (yes, he looks out­ra­geous­ly good) and then Sam’s hand was on my waists and my hand on his back. Thanks the World for the inven­tion of 24-Hours deodor­ant. Once inhaled, and the pho­tog­ra­ph­er called “ready-Next”. I was a bit lost there,  briefly reversed again (just one last look) and Sam called “Thank you” in my direc­tion and I shout­ed back, “No, thank YOU,” (but it was prob­a­bly just in my head a clear­ly for­mu­lat­ed sen­tence) .Sam had still the next lady in his arm.I admire him for his pro­fes­sion­al­ism. He has on each pho­to anoth­er facial expres­sion and for me he is now even more the Mas­ter of facial expres­sions. I not like it The pho­to with Sam very  much, because at 2 sec­onds, the pho­tog­ra­ph­er could not bring forth my best side. How­ev­er, this pho­to gets of course a place of honor.


Sam Heughan Autograph Session on Sunday

Now, final­ly, my sto­ry of  meet­ing with Sam:
The queue dur­ing the auto­graph ses­sion on Sun­day morn­ing was very long. How­ev­er, This gave me the oppor­tu­ni­ty to make pic­tures of Sam close with­out my hands were shak­ing too much. Just before it was my turn I have real­ly stopped to breathe, have thought of things I want­ed to say and every­thing was too late. The assis­tant wrote down my name and I was so close to Sam .…. He want­ed just start­ing to write then he has looked at the pic­ture of the motor­cy­cle, smiled and said, “that’s real­ly cool” .. then he wrote the ded­i­ca­tion and again looked at my Edit. I said “you can have one”, but he just grinned broad­ly and winked at me. He did not say any­thing more he ..dont know if he under­stood me?Then I turned myself three times in a cir­cle and start breath­ing nor­maly again.. I trem­bled all the time so I could not take a pic­ture at close range..

Ringcon 2015 Outlander Panel on Sunday

with Diana Gabal­don, Gra­ham McTacvish, Gary Lewis, Sam Heughan, Dun­can Lacroix

Things i remember

The kiss and the embrace of Diana and Sam, because the room was sud­den­ly filled with friend­ship and respect. Of course, Diana hugged and kissed all the oth­er gen­tle­men, but this hug from Diana and Sam was my moment of the weekend.

Gary tried to teach the audi­ence a song  in Gael­ic, every­one else on stage singing along

Anoth­er check was hand­ed over. This time of “Mis­sion Change”. The amount goes to Blood­wise and “Cologne Clowns” . The “Cologne Clowns” vis­it chil­dren in hos­pi­tals (more here https://www.facebook.com/Mis­sion­Change-710200019067624/) . Since I’m from Cologne I was soo hap­py about the big amount.. Sam was also very hap­py and said, “If you still need clowns, here are some sit­ting on the stage” and point out on Dun­can, Gra­ham and Gary ..

A 10-Year old Fan asked if any­one from the cast could per­suade her par­ents so that they allow her to look Out­lander ..big smile back from the whole Cast but not real­ly an answer .…that was cute..

Tulach ARD ! Per­fect last Words at the end of the Panel !



The Closing Ceremony Ringcon 2015

Again just Diana and Gary. The oth­er Guys had to leave ear­li­er because of shoot­ing Sea­son 2 of Out­lander. From the Clos­ing Cer­e­mo­ny i made only  Pho­tos with my Phone .…so sor­ry for the bad quality 🙂

Mixed Gallery

Still found some Pho­tos i like but there are not in such good Quality

Some Videos from the Outlander Panels


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  1. Edeltraud Wollenhaupt
    November 11, 2015

    TY Heike for those won­der­full pics.Iwas there too but upstairs and could­n’t get a clear pic. So now I have yours. I love the one with laugh­ing Dun­can very much♥ and sam is .…♥

    • Heike Ginger Ba
      November 11, 2015

      You are wel­come Edeltraud…was lucky on Sun­day with Line 8 and took as much Pho­tos as pos­si­ble :).. LG Heike

  2. Johanne Abonader
    November 12, 2015

    Thank you for shar­ing all your great pho­tos, next best thing to being there.

    • Heike Ginger Ba
      November 12, 2015

      Hi Johanne,

      you are welcome…i promised to share them all..but i took over 1500 Pho­tos :)..so here just the best.. LG Heike

  3. Rose Swartzfager
    November 12, 2015

    Your beau­ti­ful pho­tos gave me a sense of being in the room at Ring­Con. I hope you were able to hear all the ban­ter and enjoy your­self. I so appre­ci­ate your tal­ent and am grate­ful that you gift us with it.

    • Heike Ginger Ba
      November 12, 2015

      Hi Rose,

      thanks for your vis­it here first. Yes i was able to do both..photograph and listen..but its all gone for now..there were so many impres­sions that I need to process :). I enjoyed myself much and it was so great to meet Sam and Gary..really meet them :)..the Pan­els were fun­ny and i had such a great Time..Thank you for your nice Com­pli­men­mt about my Talent..LG Heike Ginger

  4. Diane Riddell
    November 13, 2015

    Real­ly loved this Heike, thank you so much, it must have been won­der­ful to be there and take all these won­der­ful pic­tures THANK YOU

    • Heike Ginger Ba
      November 13, 2015

      Hi Diane

      yes it was an amaz­ing and emo­tion­al weekend..glad i man­aged to take all the Photos..LG Heike Ginger

  5. Edeltraud Wollenhaupt
    November 13, 2015

    Heike, I’ve just read about your auto­graph time with Sam…you could­n’t say a lot.
    .I could not say one word at the foto-shoot­ing, only answered him “Hi” (knees get melt­ing), I even did­n’t thank him at the end, I’m ver­ry sor­ry for that, but when “Jamie” put his arms around my shoul­der, I was not able to say or do something.
    The pic­ture they’ve tak­en is not very good and I don’t show it, but I will all­ways remem­ber this few minutes.
    He is real­ly very kind and wonderful-
    I hope, the orks have gone now????

    • Heike Ginger Ba
      November 13, 2015

      Hi Edel­traud,

      sor­ry dont have a Pic­ture from the Ork..but it seems he van­ished now :).
      If i dont talk so much with the Man who ” push the Ladies” dur­ing the shoot­ing in Sams Arms i had 1 Sec­ond more to say some­thing “impor­tant” to him..so it was just “Hi” and “thank you” and a nice view over his Col­lar Bones..before the Pho­tog­ra­ph­er call “ready-next”..so i want to say more at the Auto­graph Session..still noth­ing “impor­tant but i talk with him..it was great! They are all great..and i will write some more abaout the shoot­ings later…maybe..LG Heike Ginger

  6. November 14, 2015

    Liebe Heike, vie­len, vie­len Dank für die vie­len tollen Fotos, vor allem natür­lich von Sam, und deinen Bericht! Schade, dass ich nicht sel­ber dabei sein kon­nte, aber dank dir und vie­len anderen Fans kommt es mir ein biss­chen vor, als wäre ich mit­ten­drin gewesen. ♥

    • Heike Ginger Ba
      November 14, 2015

      Hi Anne,

      sehr gerne ..es fehlen noch ein paar Ein­drücke und ich hoffe sie fall­en mir wieder ein :)..es war ein wun­der­bares, unvergeßlich­es Wochenende..LG Heike

      • November 15, 2015

        Das glaube ich dir unbesehen. ♥

  7. Kat Mizejewski
    November 30, 2015

    My Liebe Heike!!
    Thank you so very much for shar­ing your amaz­ing mem­o­ries, pho­tos and expe­ri­ences at Ring­con with all of us. I feel as though I were there with you!! The won­der­ful details of being at the pan­els and meet­ing Sam and Gary!! And then see­ing Gra­ham Diana and Dun­can are amaz­ing. How you were able to take all these extra­or­di­nary pho­tos and remem­ber so much Of what was said is unbe­liev­able. You are amaz­ing Heike. I love the way you write and your sense of humor explain­ing every­thing . Thank you again so very much for tak­ing the time to bring us all on your Ring­con jour­ney with you. Liebe, Kat!

    • Heike Ginger Ba
      November 30, 2015

      Hi Kat,

      thanks for your comment..i promised you are all with me there..and so it was..my plea­sure to share this won­der­ful jour­ney with my beloved sasse­nachs 🙂 LG Heike

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