This Gilmore Girls Festival Is Bringing Stars Hollow To Life

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by Katie Rosseinsky |

Since all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls dropped on Netflix earlier this summer, we’ve noticed that our productivity has taken something of a nosedive. Now that we can stream Lorelais’ fast-talking, coffee-drinking exploits from the comfort of our own sofas, we’ve lost all desire to go out in the sunshine and, you know, interact with real people. You might say it’s becoming a bit of a problem…

So, the news that a group of dedicated fans have decided to bring the town of Stars Hollow to life for the first ever Gilmore Girls Fan Fest couldn’t have come at a better time. The three-day celebration of all things Gilmore will even take place in Washington Depot, the small town in Connecticut that inspired the show’s creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, for that extra dose of verisimilitude (and GG nerdiness…)

The Fan Fest is the brainchild of Jennie and Marcus Whitaker, who visited Washington Depot over the Fourth of July weekend, and decided that the town was crying out for a spot of Gilmore Girls re-enactment. As they put it on their website, ‘this festival is for anyone who has ever wanted to find their own Stars Hollow.’

Naturally, the long weekend’s line-up will include a host of wholesome activities inspired by the TV show. We’re talking knit-a-thons, tea at the Mayflower Inn (the real life hotel that inspired The Dragonfly), a dance recital and a ‘Friday Night Dinner.’ Jennie and Marcus Whitaker have even managed to gather up cast members like Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore), Jackson Douglas (Jackson Belleville), Yanic Truesdale (Michel Gerard) and Vanessa Marano (April Nardini), who’ll be taking part in a panel discussion at the Town Hall. Basically, the entire event is a fangirl’s dream brought to life.

Taking place between 21 and 23 October, it’s perfectly timed to fill the gaping void in your schedule as you wait for Netflix’s much-anticipated revival, ‘A Year In The Life.’ Tickets cost $175 for general admission, or $250 for VIP, which includes access to the Town Hall panel discussion. Expensive, yes, but it’s arguably a small price to pay to live out your favourite actually-quite-feminist TV show.

Now, if only someone would start up a Gossip Girl equivalent…

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