The year’s not even half over, but already this has been an amazing one for Star Wars fans everywhere…and for Rancho Obi-Wan too.
We’ve published our first book, “Inspired by the Force: Star Wars Fan Artifacts & Art.” It’s available through our member store.
From April 16-19, we participated in the largest Star Wars Celebration event ever in Anaheim, California and had a record of about 6,000 fans come through The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience, our exhibition focused on fan-made art and artifacts showing the inspiration of The Force. We hosted the public debut of the world’s largest Star Wars oil painting, the magnificent 8-foot by 15-foot The 20th Century Space Opera by Robert Xavier Burden, and we have prints of the Light Side and Dark Side panels available exclusively in our member store.
We had four tours in a row following Celebration, all around 20 people each and mostly fans from outside the U.S. (and other U.S. states) who had attended Celebration.
And we celebrated May the 4th in style with a fundraiser at the Lagunitas TapRoom and Beer Sanctuary in Petaluma with a capacity turnout of about 350 Star Wars fans of every age. We were aided by our “red-shirt” volunteers, and costumed members of the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion and Mandalorian Mercs. Thanks to them, the great folks at Lagunitas, and everyone who attended.
And now we’re going to take a bit of a breather as we shut down for a few weeks to re-energize ourselves, refresh the museum, and get ready for the lead-up to the Dec. 18th premiere of the much-awaited next Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. Tours start again Friday June 19th. Hope to see you then!
May the 4th “Star Wars” Day Fundraiser for Rancho Obi-Wan @ Lagunitas TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary 1280 N. McDowell Blvd. Monday, May 4, 2015 5:30pm-8:30pm $20 Adult Donation at the Door (Kids age 12 & Under Free) May the 4th (as in “May the Force be with you!”) has become … Continue reading
By Steve Sansweet I have to admit that at first I was dubious. I’ve been collecting Topps STAR WARS™ cards since the first set started showing up with slabs of gum in 1977. My love of cards goes back even further to collecting baseball and non-sports card when I was … Continue reading
The Rancho Obi-Wan online members-only store is now open for pre-orders of exciting new merchandise for pickup at The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience exhibit at Celebration Anaheim April 16-19. The ordering deadline for Celebration pickup is Friday, April 10, 9pm PST. All current members will be allowed entrance into the exhibit … Continue reading
The Rancho Obi-Wan 2015 Membership Kit is in its final stages of production and will start shipping soon to new members and current members as they renew. This year’s patch and membership card art are based on a painting by the talented Daniel Bergren, which was done expressly for Rancho … Continue reading
Rancho Obi-Wan’s 900-square-foot exhibit at Celebration Anaheim April 16-19 will focus on how Star Wars fans through the years have made their own tremendous contributions to that far-away galaxy, and in commemoration the nonprofit museum will make available a limited print-run book, “Inspired by the Force: Star Wars Fan Artifacts … Continue reading
The alumni magazine of Steve’s alma mater, Temple University, just ran a brief profile and photo of him as part of its “Class Notes” section. Steve says to point out it’s not titled “Classy” notes! Share : … Continue reading
By Anne Neumann February 3rd will be the ninth anniversary of my arrival at Rancho Obi-Wan. I remember the day with incredible clarity. I had started out from Austin, Texas on February 1st in my Honda Insight Hybrid full of clothes, computer equipment and my cat Claire. I drove by … Continue reading
By Jamie Greene This is my Star Wars blog. You can read along with me in your book. You’ll know it is time to turn the page when you hear R2-D2 beep like this. Let’s begin now. For anyone who had Read-Along Book and Records in the 1970s and 1980s, … Continue reading
By Gus Lopez The Mos Eisley Cantina was one of George Lucas’ most ground-breaking visions in the 1977 release of Star Wars. This seedy bar of outlaws was a nod to the saloon scenes from Westerns, but populated with a wide range of alien species to set it in a … Continue reading