‘Gilmore Girls’ Festival Planned In Connecticut Town That Inspired TV Series

WASHINGTON, Conn. (CBS Connecticut)  In advance of the release of new episodes of popular television series Gilmore Girls on Netflix this November, the first-ever Gilmore Girls Fan Fest will be celebrated in the Connecticut town that inspired the show’s fictional setting of Stars Hollow, CT.

From October 21st to the 23rd, Washington Depot in Washington, CT will be transformed into a recreation of Stars Hollow, the fictitious Hartford suburb in which the characters of Gilmore Girls lived.  Washington will host a three-day fan festival celebrating the television series, which is set to include screenings of episodes of the series inside Town Hall, show-inspired activities such as a cake tasting, tea at the Mayflower, a Knit-A-Thon, and appearances by stars of the show including Jackson Douglas, Rini Bell, Aris Alvarado, Biff Yeager, Kelly Bishop, Yanic Truesdale, Vanessa Marano, and Ted Rooney.

The Fan Fest was the brainchild of Jennie and Marcus Whitaker, Austin, Texas natives who were enthusiastic fans of the hit WB/ CW series.  While traveling in through Hartford, they paid a visit to the real life town that inspired Stars Hollow, which sparked the idea for the festival.

On the Gilmore Girls Fan Fest website, Jennie Whitaker wrote:

Why hasn’t anyone organized a Stars Hollow reenactment in Washington Depot? Or, any Gilmore festival of sorts for that matter… If you ask me, Gilmore Girls almost demands it. Town Hall meetings, large amounts of coffee and lots of good food sounded like a pretty good idea to me. We’d even bring in a little bit of pomp and circumstance. Ok, maybe more than a little. I really couldn’t imagine a world where we couldn’t visit our own Stars Hollow alive and present. Unfathomable. “Let’s do this!”, I thought. That’s when we decided, it was time to bring it to life.

Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has always been very overt about using the town of Washington as her inspiration.  In a 2001 interview with Deseret News, she stated: “If I can make people feel this much of what I felt walking around this fairy town, I thought that would be wonderful.”

Tickets are presently sold out, a sign of fan interest which could help make this Fan Fest an annual event.  The Gilmore Girls Fan Fest takes place about a month before a limited run of new 90-minute episodes of the series debut exclusively on Netflix in November.  Gilmore Girls originally aired on The WB from 2000 to 2006, and on The CW from 2006 to 2007.

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