WASHINGTON DEPOT, CT (August 23, 2016)—Gilmore Girls Fan Fest today announced plans for a fan festival in Washington Depot, CT, the town widely known as the home to many of the sites Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino gathered inspiration from for her original script. This festival, for fans, by fans, will take place October 21- 23, 2016. A limited number of tickets are available (first come, first serve), at www.gilmoregirlsfanfest.com.
The festival offers fans a chance to experience obvious parallels of the fictional town, Stars Hollow, highlighting some of the most pivotal elements that made the town so impressionable to the creator. Washington Depot will host this festival produced by fans, Jennie and Marcus Whitaker. With events inspired by the show, the weekend festivities include but are not limited to, a tea at the inn, a cake tasting at the market, coffee at the hardware store, a staged knit-a-thon, a Friday Night Dinner and photo opps “on the green” to name a few. There will also be screenings of the pilot, the finale and 10 of the episodes from seasons 2-6, to be voted on by festival attendees. Kristi Carlson, author of the “Eat Like a Gilmore” cookbook (coming out at the end of October) will also host an event featuring a recipe you’d find at Luke’s Diner, the Gilmore’s Friday Night Dinners or one of Sookie’s delectable creations from the inn. Oh, and there’s even a real life town troubadour on his way.
To date, the festival has confirmed 8 cast members, including (in order of confirmation) Jackson Douglas (Jackson), Rini Bell (Lulu), Aris Alvarado (Caesar), Biff Yeager (Tom), Kelly Bishop (Emily), Yanic Truesdale (Michel), Vanessa Marano (April) and Ted Rooney (Morey) with an open invite for the rest of the cast, crew and creators. A cast panel will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Town Hall.
As for the “Depot,” they’ve seen unguided visitors for years, who often times pose for pictures at various landmarks around their “village” which makes up the larger town of Washington, CT. As the story goes, Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino stayed at what was the Mayflower Inn (now the Mayflower Grace) gathering inspiration from the area and even putting together pieces of the pilot before leaving town.
“We are excited to play a role in the Gilmore Girls Fan Fest. For years, we have watched fans look for Gilmore-inspired sites in town and I think this will provide them with even more than they could hope for,” Lisa Stein, President of the Washington Business Association, said. “Washington is full of charming character and stunning natural beauty, it's no wonder the show runner found inspiration from her visit so many years ago. What a great opportunity for us to be able to share this with others!”
The idea was first conceived by festival founders Jennie and Marcus Whitaker on a drive through Connecticut.
“We were sitting in traffic outside of Hartford earlier this summer and my wife looked up the distance between Washington Depot and the location of our car at the time. The next thing I knew we were reaching out to the Town Selectman,” festival co-founder, Marcus Whitaker, said. “There’s been so much momentum and excitement from everyone involved that it continually feels like something that deserves to happen. This town is something to treasure and in many ways has already made an impact on millions of fans around the world.”
And so, October 21-23, this rural Connecticut town, full of unintended, unknown characters and sets, will welcome fans who will gather in Washington Depot for a fulfilling and joyous weekend during one of the most beautiful seasons of the year.
“What comes to mind, for me, every time I think about the festival, is a direct quote from Amy Sherman-Palladino in a 2001 Desert News interview about her thoughts on the series,” festival co-founder, Jennie Whitaker, said. “Pulling one from Amy’s book I’ll say, ‘If I can make people feel this much of what I felt walking around this fairy town, I thought that would be wonderful’. And that’s really why we're doing this, it’s all for fun, for fellow fans.’
For more details about the event and information on getting there, go to www.gilmoregirlsfanfest.com.
Gilmore Girls Fan Fest
Gilmore Girls Fan Fest, founded by husband and wife, Marcus and Jennie Whitaker, is a production of Wild Berry & Whimsy, LLC. Gilmore Girls Fan Fest will take place in Washington Depot, CT October 21-23, 2016. For more information go to www.gilmoregirlsfanfest.com.