Are you ready to go to Stars Hollow for real? It was announced today that the small Connecticut town that inspired Gilmore Girls’ fictional town of Stars Hollow will be holding Gilmore Girls Fan Fest from October 21 to 23, 2016. Washington Depot, CT will host the festival and all its events, paying tribute to the place that creator and executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino set her world of mothers, daughters, and knit-a-thons. The coffee will flow, there will be Friday Night Dinner, and a town troubadour will serenade Gilmore Girls fans throughout the weekend.
Members of the cast will of course be in attendance and speak on a panel at Town Hall about the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Netflix series that is set to debut on November 25, 2016 – the day after Thanksgiving. What better way to enjoy the four new 90-minute Gilmore Girls episodes than by eating turkey leftovers while all snuggled up on your couch? Gilmore Girls Fest seems like the perfect precursor, and as of this post, fans will get to meet Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore), Jackson Douglas (Jackson Belleville), Yanic Truesdale (Michel Gerard), Vanessa Marano (April Nardini), Rini Bell (Lulu, Kirk’s girlfriend), Aris Alvarado (Caesar), Biff Yeager (Tom), and Ted Rooney (Morey, Babette’s husband). Event organizers are looking to add more names to this lineup, and I’m sure talks are underway with series stars Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel and Scott Patterson. I’m even hoping that Melissa McCarthy will stop by, but she’s a super busy and in-demand lady these days! Obviously, Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband Dan Palladino would also be a huge bonus. And you can’t have Stars Hollow without Kirk (Sean Gunn)!
Jennie and Marcus Whitaker, who are clearly my new #marriagegoals couple, dreamed up this event and got Washington Depot on board. In addition to all the coffee, Gilmore Girls Fan Fest has other events planned – like an actual Knit-a-Thon – in conjunction with the town of Washington Depot and neighboring towns New Preston and Litchfield (their selectmen do not appear to be in an ongoing feud, thank goodness). The pilot and finale will be screened to open and close the festival, as well as 10 episodes of the fans’ choosing. I am pretty sure my top vote is for “In the Clamor and the Clangor,” a season 4 outing in which the church bells are repaired and driving everyone crazy, and culminates in Luke and Lorelai fixing that problem – and dealing with their friendship/potential relationship. This is also a great episode for Rory’s best friend Lane and her independence.
Which of Rory’s and Lorelai’s boys do you want to see attend? I am going to guess right now that Jess Mariano (Milo Ventimiglia), Rory’s perennial fan-favorite boyfriend, will be the most popular request. I wouldn’t say no to some Jared Padalecki (Dean) or Matt Czuchry (Logan), either! I’m also partial to Scott Cohen (Max Medina) – can someone get on the phone to his agent? And don’t worry, I’ve already tweeted Gilmore superfan Michael Ausiello.
I already live in Connecticut and am obviously planning to attend. As of right now, a weekend ticket will run you $175 but I am hoping they release other ticket pricing tiers soon. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to watch a bunch of my favorite episodes to tide me over until October.
One more thing – if you are a huge Gilmore Girls fan like I am, be sure to look out for my recaps of the new series here on Legion of Leia come November – I can’t wait!