The one that follows the Gilmore Girls theme: "Where you lead, I will follow..."
So, I meant to post this last week, but then the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life trailer dropped and I just got to emotionally overwhelmed to do anything really outside of work.
Between the Luke's coffee day and the new trailer and my trip to Connecticut at the end of Oct. I've had quite the Gilmore Girls-filled past few weeks.
The Fan Fest took place from Oct. 21 to 23. It was about a 9-hour drive from my parent's house in Pennsylvania so we got up at 5:30 a.m. Friday morning and drove there in time to check in, check out the town, eat at a local tavern and catch the first panel.
Friday night's panel included a lot of behind-the-scenes people who helped make Gilmore Girls happen including writers, producers, costume supervisors, casting directors and a dialogue coach (yes, they needed one to keep that Gilmore pace). I actually really, really enjoyed this panel, especially all the BTS secrets - like, did you know Ryan Gosling auditioned for a role but Amy Sherman-Palladino wasn't impressed and said his acting "fell flat"!?!? TV Line (who moderated the panel) has a lot more BTS information.
Saturday was the rainiest, coldest, most dreary day I've seen in a while (it was a high of 44 degrees with 100% chance of rain and winds up to 40 mph), but still my Mom and I braved the elements to venture through different parts of the town and neighboring areas to be a part of the "real Stars Hollow."
I got the chance to meet Lane, Jackson, Kirk and Lulu! We got tea and walked through the gardens at the Mayflower Inn, which is where AS-P stayed during her trip to Connecticut in 1999 and where she wrote the pilot episode. We watched screenings of fan-favorite episodes under a big tent while drinking lots of coffee and ho-cho (hot chocolate in Gilmore).
Saturday night was also the cast panel moderated by the Gilmore Guys where 13 former Stars Hollow residents (Gypsy! Lulu! Miss Patty! Kirk! Tom! Andrew! Morey! Cesear! April! Lane! Brian! Zach! Jackson!) shared their favorite memories, thoughts on the show, and more. I'm not going to lie, it was a little odd seeing and hearing them out of character, but, again, I loved the behind-the-scenes information and special moments they shared.
Sunday morning closed out the weekend with chats with fellow Gilmore Girls lovers, giveaways, a special tribute to Ed Herrmann (Richard), and a screening of the finale. We said goodbye to the "real Stars Hollow" and hit the road.
But, I decided since we're in Connecticut, we needed to make it a true Gilmore Girls road trip and visit Yale University. I found Durfee and Bradford Halls, which is where Rory lived freshman and sophomore year, and also walked around campus trying to find landmarks from her tour when the Chilton girl came to visit.
Overall, it was a super fun, super Gilmore Girls filled weekend. While Washington Depot, Conn., isn't exactly like Stars Hollow, on that weekend, it felt like Stars Hollow...
In case you need some more Gilmore Girls to tide you over until Nov. 25, Buzzfeed put together a list of 17 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About The Making Of “Gilmore Girls” from the weekend.