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Kids "Played" at Corn Maze Today

I went to the corn maze at 2:15, after hearing TLC was scheduled to be there at 4:00, just in case they decided to follow through and went early. I ran into a musician I know and we talked by one of the fires for a while, and then I decided to navigate the maze.  I proceded to get lost and was finding my way out by focusing on the distant barns, when around 3:00 I heard a ruccus in the parking lot three rows of corn over.  The big blue van was there and Steve was outside.  Then the kids starting piling out of the back and Kate stepped out, ready for her wild romp in the corn field in perfect makeup and hair, a stylish jacket and black leggings with stilletto high heeled boots, natch.  Isn't that what all the moms wear when they go a-trudgin' through the countryside muck and mire?

They were entering the corn field while I was still inside and they came, headed by TLC cameramen, right into my row, so I stepped aside into a cut-in in the corn row to let them film without obstruction.  Steve stopped in front of me, made eye contact and said Hello politely.  Kate then came directly in front of me and stopped to give the kids instructions, lots of instructions.  Don't break the corn, stay in the rows, are sunflowers edible or not, who knows the answer?  Doesn't the woman ever have a normal conversation with her children that isn't a lesson or reprimand?  The one thing I didn't hear was "have fun," which is my number one instruction to my kids at all times when we go to a place like a corn maze.  The little ones looked like they were afraid to make a move without her strict guidance.

The kids and crew and Kate and Steve passed me several times as we all walked through the maze.  Kate did not make eye contact with anyone except Steve, that I saw anyway, although twice she stood three feet from me and I clearly could see that her eyes are very brown during a circumstance where most folks would at least turn and say Hi or acknowledge you with eye contact.  She occasionally complained that people were asking her to walk too fast since she was in skinny high heels, and at one point as she walked away I giggled to myself as a long strand of corn husk attached to her stiletto was quite reminiscent of a long piece of stray toilet paper one might unknowingly have under their shoe as they exited a bathroom.   She exuded no warmth whatsoever, even when dealing with her children.  At one point Steve asked me who I was with and I said, "No one, just myself," and he smiled and walked away.  I got the feeling he was more curious than bothered by my presence.  He had a warm persona, was about 5'9" and very attractive in person.

The children were adorable, very small and well behaved.  They looked like they really wanted to cut loose and run and play, but that was not to be.   There were about four TLC camera people there and they were challenged by trying to film all the kids, so they broke into teams and went running through the corn field, crashing through the rows and breaking stalks along the way.  They would get a distance from the kids and then yell for the kids to try to find them so they could film them running and having fun, oblivious of the maze paths.   This lasted for about fifteen minutes.  The kids never got to actually finish the maze.   When the filming was over the kids were collected back at the maze exit.  Alas, it was another example of Kate working while the kids merely "played" in front of the cameras.

(Kate and Steve are leading the way in this image.)

As we all neared the maze exit, Kate was starting to freak out.  "They're congregating out there!" she shrieked to Steve, indicating she didn't know how they were ever going to get out through the crowd, while I wondered what invisible crowd she was so worried about.  I went to my car to put chapstick on, planning to go back into the play area and witness the filming and toast some marshmallows while sitting with my musician friend, but instead of getting to hang out and play and do things like go for a horse and carriage ride, the kids were whisked quickly back into the big van.   The whole event was nothing but a photo opportunity, and when it was over the kids were put back in the van and taken home, no doubt wondering when the fun would begin.  You would have thought it was a papparazi nightmare from how Kate acted, when it was really only about 20 locals, including mostly small children, who were curious but polite and minding their own business.  A family passed me on the way to their car and the husband said to the wife, about how Kate whisked the kids into the van, "That was ridiculous!"  As soon as the kids were in the van it took off, no doubt leaving the children wondering what all those strange yet lucky people were doing back there, smiling with all those marshmallows and hot dogs on long sticks.

(A bored horse and carriage driver wonders why those poor eight kids don't get to come have a nice carriage ride like all the other kids did.)

As I was entering my car Chris the paps passed me and said, "Hi, I've seen you before, at the house," (I spoke with him on Easter Day as reported at that time) and I said, "Yes, you're Chris."  He said, "Yes," and I said, "I'm Polly."  I don't think he put it together since I didn't introduce myself as Werny Gal.  (There were some funny incidents over the summer where various people on the scene were trying to figure out who that blogger "Werny Gal" was, and I was accused of being everyone from Al to Dana Hoffman.)  Chris hightailed it out of the parking lot in hot pursuit of the big blue van while I ended the convoy headed back toward Wernersville.  I last saw them as I pulled into a side street toward home, with Chris still trailing his prey up 422 East.

(Chris with dollar signs in his eyes.)

This event confirmed everything I have heard about what filming is like for the kids.  Film is shot, edited and aired to make it look like the kids are having a good time but it is all fabricated for the show.  This was not a fun event for the kids, except for a couple of brief moments when the crew called them from afar so they could run and find them in the corn.  They never actually got to experience the corn maze, and they didn't get to hang out and enjoy the entire normal corn maze experience of roasting hotdogs or marshies, etc.  There was no interaction with other children, and everything was strictly controllled by Kate.  I sincerely doubt this event will result in any happy memories for these children.

Bonus Item

Speaking of Dana Hoffman, this has nothing to do with the above incident, but I heard she was at Austin's eating lunch yesterday when who came in causing a huge ruccus but Kate and Steve with the kids.  They sat right across from Dana and didn't know who she was.  According to my source, Dana said it ruined her whole lunch.

(I'm adding this picture of the corn maze ducks for PamelaJaye, just because I want to.)

Reader Comments (89)

Who is Dana Huffman?

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBoyMom

Corn Maze - what fun for kids and adults alike. Our adult children take their youngsters and some of their playmates (all parents haven't extra funds) and so enjoy the evening. Our g-children talk about the fun for days. They also have a big cookout. Poor Gosselin children!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteranother kate

Thank you WG for the blow-by-blow account, up-close and personal.
This reminded me of a posting I read maybe 1.5-2 years ago.
The kids were taken to IIRC Sesame Place. A visitor wrote they came in and took over. The kids were filmed on this and that, never completing anything. Then when the filming was completed, dragged back to their blue van. Very sad that the kids can't even have a whole day to just be a kid and PLAY.

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermy9cats

So what you are saying is the Kate showed up with not 8 children but 8 props for her TV show.

These props were put through their paces and then once the cameramen felt they had enough film everyone was loaded up and they left.

Thank you Werny Gal for being there and giving a first hand account of what really goes on behind the scenes of this so called reality show.

Unfortunately it is IMO a sick and twisted example of how these children are not playing but are in fact working at all times.

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMickey McKean

Dana Hoffman is a local journalist in Kate's general area. She was very outspoken and "anti-Gosselin" from the very beginning, most notably over the appeal Kate orchestrated way way back when, trying to get the state of PA to continue to pay for Registered Nursing services for the tups, who were not medically eligible. Kate lost.

I am quite regularly accused of being or just assumed to be, Dana Hoffman (due to the initials is my guess). Both Ms. Hoffman and myself can assure the Gosselin blogosphere that I am NOT her, and she is INDEED her.

I'm flattered to be so accused, as Ms. Hoffman is intelligent, well-spoken and well-written. But alas, Gosselin sheeple, I am not Dana Hoffman, and she is not me. How sweet of ya'll to care though *LOLOL*

GREAT STORY WERNY GAL!!! Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I did pass the link along to a couple of blogs I frequent.

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDH

So glad that you went today. I had a strong feeling that they would be there. After the confirmation of Party City employee & pictures from Villonia of the gang at the store on 15 min blog, I figured they did not have a plan B to fit with TLC's story line for this episode. TLC is fairly predictable! The corn maze reminds me so much of one that we would go to each year in Ohio that was out in Mennonite and Amish country about 15 minutes from where we lived. I sure do miss that. Your comment yesterday about liking to do the maze at night with flashlights was my favorite way to celebrate the fall harvest time too! It is truly sad that the kids had no opportunity to do the whole maze, eat all the delicious food, mingle with all of the kids...really pathetic Kate & TLC.

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNancyB

It is so very sad that these kids are not permitted to be, just kids. Of what great advantage is the money (the primary reason behind continuing to film, right?) if, the experiences having EXTRA funds affords them, are not real experiences? If they don't get to actually participate in a realistic and normal way in the activities at hand?

They went to Party City and picked out costumes (on film) - will they ever get to actually wear the costumes? They went to the corn maze - by anyone's description a wonderful way to spend an autumn afternoon - but don't get to actually join in the fun. Just two of a hundred different things that have hastily been assembled for FILM then left unfinished in real life - while the kids are loaded back in the cargo-van and back to the warehouse they go, until the next "opportunity" presents itself.

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDH

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to visit the maze (however, I have no doubt you enjoyed the fresh air, the atmosphere, and visiting with friends -- something the Gosselin children are unfortunately unfamiliar with). And, thank you for writing such a great post!

What do you estimate was the total time they were there from the time they got to the maze til the end?

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCO

What a shame that Kate provides no real enjoyment for her own children. I hope Jon takes them back to the maze and they get the fun of chasing him and Ellen through it, maybe going to a pumpkin patch and roasting those hot dogs. They have probably never been allowed to care a pumpkin without being micromanaged.

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Werny Gal, You should have asked Steve what he was doing there, since he wasn't with his own family. Are they afraid of terrorists in the maze or keeping Kate from making a general ass of herself in public.

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPat

On (Polly) being recognized: I've had at least one experience where someone turned to me and said "You're Pam!" I was confused by this till she continued "I read your website all the time!" Oh. Great. Glad I could tell you this Scott event was taking place so that you could make it! (someone actually thanked me for that once. I was very happy that I could be the catalyst in someone getting to meet Scott)

I once confused Scott's publicist (Jay) by calling him by name. He asked "Do I know you?" and not until I said "Oh, everyone knows you!" did he figure it out. It took me longer: He didn't know I was a Scott fan, cause most of them were clustered around him in a ring by the door, while I was in line to Actually Get Some Food this Event, close to Jay. Amusingly this was after a High Ranking Fan had written to tell me that Jay knew me and was "not very happy with you right now." (the bad Scott fans - we call them the Scott Mommies - give the rest a bad reputation by always attempting to "protect" Scott from his *other* fans, who apparently are not adult enough to know how to behave without being told).

Do the kids have "Are we having fun yet?" tshirts?

It's always interesting to hear another story of Kate-Induced Frostbite.

Someone really should make a compilation of all these "first-hand experiences" with Kate. They are interesting by themselves, but put together? Well, some fans would still say every one of you "made it up."

Ooh! The ducks are cute! (and now I have to go google Dana Hoffman. Okay, that really didn't help.)

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPamelaJaye

>Just two of a hundred different things that have hastily been assembled for FILM then left unfinished in real life - while the kids are loaded back in the cargo-van and back to the warehouse they go, until the next "opportunity" presents itself.

Do you think she has shelves for them?

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPamelaJaye

Just curious if the lunch at Austins was as controlled as we've seen in the past on the show, ie: Kate ordering for everyone, serving everyone instead of the waitress, etc. TIA

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCO

I would estimate they were there for a total of 20 minutes. Five going into the maze, ten chasing the TLC crew through the corn, and five fussing about getting out.

Shelves are expensive, and if the kids want them, they're going to have to work for them...

CO, DH is NOT Dana Hoffman. She has just been accused of being her. I don't know if Dana Hoffman reads my blog or not.

October 30, 2010 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

WG, when looking at Kate you should have told her to bend over and crack a smile. She is such a nothing it's beyond words or contempt. My advise to Jon is to just keep documenting everything and anything he can get his hands on, he will eventually get his say in from of a judge that will listen.

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPat

WG, I could kiss you!!! Thanks for going and being an objective person to fully observe and document the entire fiasco for us. It was not about a fun and meaningful family experience for the kids - it was clearly "set up the equipment, get the needed footage, and get the hell out." And what in the name of God was Take thinking with wearing stilletoes to a frigging outdoor activity like a corn maze?! I loved your observation of the corn husk that got attached to her stilleto similar to that of one leaving the ladies' room with a piece of toilet paper stuck to their shoe! Another poster asked this question and I would love to know, too... You said at 3 p.m. it all seemed to start with Take & Co.'s arrival. How long were they there? What time did they leave? Those poor kids. Wouldn't it have been really fun for them to have a nice Saturday outing just for the sake of an outing to have fun, enjoy the fall weather and corn maze and related activities offered???? I hate this woman. She is truly evil. The fact that you were close enough to look into her eyes and she did not acknowledge you just backs up a long-held opinion of mine: that Take, in addition to having NPD, is a sociopath. Thanks, again, Werny!!!!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMerette

WG, a total of 20 minutes? OK, so then Take will sit herself on her loveseat and ramble on and on about what a great time the kids had at the corn maze and how she really wanted to "make memories for them" by taking them. Lies, lies, and more lies! Thanks again, WG for being there! to expose this farce and blatant LIE.

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMerette

Re: Shelves

Werny Gal,

I think that Pamela Jaye was referring to whether or not Kate stores her 8 props on shelves until the next filming opportunity presents itself :)

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMickey McKean

Hi Neighbors....

Well, we decided at our house today to go to our local corn maze on the Gulf coast. Most of my children are in college now but I have a 14 year old and 3 year old still we invited our nannies children ((she has 6 that are 12 and under)) We loaded in the car, with a cooler of goodies and kids laughing and excited....

It was an absolute ball...we got there at 3:30pm and just got home at 8:15pm. We had the kids buddy up so that counting heads would be easier. We made sure everyone knew the ground rules...etc...and we let them have a ball. They went on hay rides, did the maze a couple times, went to the pumpkin patch picked out there own one point we sat at a picnic table under a tree with sandwiches, cut up fruit, chips and drinks and everyone we stuffing their faces but smiling from ear to reminded Donnie and I how we miss ours now that they are older. We made a pledge to do this with our nannies kids each year as long as they want too....Their parents had a previous commitment our would have come too...It was a blast.....

That is making memories Kate Gosselin & TLC....thanks for checking out this faux company and all makes me sad for the kids. We all knew we know this....

High heels??? Really?? Lordie bee!!!

Happy Halloween Neighbors...As Al Walentis says in the Book, The Secret Life of Jon and Kate...Be glad it is not your life

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIrene

I wonder if "Austin's" is a reward for filming. For each episode Kate gets $250,000, each kid gets like $500 in their trust and a 10 dollar lunch at Austins. And a 2 hr furlough from the 'konpound'.

How many lunches out could these kids have had with real family and friends if they weren't so isolated? At least they get to see Jon, but going from a life with him as their primary caregiver, and lots of family and friends to such isolation must be a huge shock and these kids must have such a sense of loss inside.

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

How did the kids get out of the maze if they didn't complete it? Did they just retrace their steps and go out the entrance, Iike I did when I got lost in a maze, LOL?

It wouldn't seem so bad if there were stories about the kids doing fun things not in front of the camera. I think the show is exploitative, but it's not like working in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. If the kids had to pretend to enjoy a corn maze they had been to already for the camera and didn't get to complete it a second time--well, that's not a bad way to make a living! But it's like these fun experiences are dangled in their faces, and then they're sent home to play with nanny #12 while Mom suns herself or travels to NY for hair extensions. What a horrible life.

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMinka's Tail

"At one point Steve asked me who I was with and I said, "No one, just myself," and he smiled and walked away. I got the feeling he was more curious than bothered by my presence. "

I would have been a little miffed by that. I don't know, maybe it's a California thing but Steve needs to mind his own business. If TLC is really that concerned about security then close the corn maze to the public for an evening.

I wonder if Kate's freaking out about the crowd is because of a security scare perhaps. Other than that why are they so concerned about keeping the filming secret. Is Kate starting to feel the heat of public opinion?

Thanks WG!!!!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Congratulations WG, I went over to the dark side and discovered that the Sheeple consider YOU a stalker! They think that security should have been called!

BUT not a surprise the Sheeple are saying NOTHING about the kids having to WORK. Nope, not one word about after having gotten enough film footage that will work for the show that the children had to leave.

Not one Sheeple thought it was a problem that the children were NOT able to enjoy a hayride, face painting, toasting marshmallows, roasting hotdogs, seeing a medieval-looking pumpkin tossing machine, live Christian music, as well as THE MAZE!

With Steve and 4 cameramen with Kate, there was enough "security" for the kids to have had some FUN. But nosireee! There is no doubt that Sheeple don't give a rip about those 8 props whatsoever ... just like their idol Kate Gosselin.

IMHO Sheeple are sick and twisted if they are still wearing their rose colored glasses and can't see that the children have been exploited for years. This whole Sheeple thing is so un-freaking-believable that it is truly comical.

Kate Plus 8 can't be canceled fast enough as far as I'm concerned.


October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMickey McKean

Hi Werny Gal!

Thank you for sharing and sharing in a way that was respectful for the children yet so revealing of how these shows are anything BUT reality.

So many now are seeing this, first hand and it reminds me of the scene from the Wizard of Oz where Toto pulls back the curtain on the ""Great Wizard of Oz" to expose him for what he truly is...

The curtain is being pulled back more and more and exposing this industry for what it truly is all about.

These children are working on Saturday, the day before Halloween when all their school friends are spending hours at these autumn events and without cameras following them and body guards and they can mingle and interact with each other as well.

How sad a comment Werny Gal.."they are congregating out there."! Well what do you expect to happen when you put your family in a glass house and invite the cameras into their private lives? The other kids came out of the corn maze only to find their family and friends waiting and hours of other activities too. How sad that this is considered entertainment!

Well, everyone give your kids hugs and enjoy the day tomorrow. Happy Halloween. Hopefully the cameras will leave the children alone!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

Thanks for posting this, WG.

Kate and TLC can lie all they want that the kids are "just playing", but this is PROOF that they only go to all of these places for filming purposes, NOT to have fun or to actually enjoy the activities and general atmosphere of the various places.

As usual, BabyMama and her Sheeple are having a big rant about it and calling you a stalker, yet if it was HER at the cornmaze she'd be like "OMG IT'S KATE GOSSELIN!" whereas you were there to observe what happened during the filming, while casually walking through the maze like any other visitor - there's nothing wrong with that.

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTizzie

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