To say things have been busy at Rancho Obi-Wan would be a HUGE understatement. Just three days after we packed and sent off enough cool items for the Rancho Obi-Wan Experience at Star Wars Celebration Europe II (Essen, Germany, July 26-28), restocked the shelves with previously unseen treasures for several months of tours, and cleaned the place, we spent the day taping a TV show with the awesome Joey Fatone, singer/dancer/actor extraordinaire and fellow Star Wars geek.
It began innocently enough just a month ago with a brief message from a mutual friend: “Joey Fatone wants to contact you for a project he’s working on….” Um, that’s intriguing. I had met Joey and his family at Celebration V in Orlando in 2010, and we’ve been trying to get him to visit Rancho Obi-Wan since. But the man works nonstop. Currently, among other gigs, he hosts “My Family Recipe Rocks” on Disney’s Live Well Network. Joey asked me to get in touch with his producer, Jeff Aiello. And then we got the full story.
Disney’s cable television honchos wanted a crossover version of “My Family Recipe Rocks” to air on the young-male skewing Disney XD channel, and sent over a list of Disney’s top brands to choose from. When Joey saw that Star Wars was on the list he told Jeff, “Call Sansweet!” And with wonderful input from Rancho general manager and ace cook Anne Neumann, we devised what will go down in history as the world’s first Star Wars cooking/museum tour show!
We worked for seven hours straight, powered by Joey and Jeff’s enthusiasm and fueled by Anne’s tasty treats based on some of her own recipes and some from the various Star Wars cookbooks—but all saga-themed. We had the best time! There’s a lot more to share about what happened and when the show will air, and we’ll be sharing that information in the coming weeks. We can assure you now, however, that Star Wars is really…yummy!
Steve and I will be down in the Haight tomorrow to celebrate Star Wars day. We will have a small exhibit of collectibles, be selling memberships and Steve will be signing copies of his most recent books. A host of other May the 4th Be With You activities and exhibits will be in the store as well, come by and share your love of Star Wars! More information at Super7store.com.
Saturday, May the 4th
11am – 7pm
1427 Haight Street
The Rancho Obi-Wan 2013 membership kits are finally ready! Kits include a thank you letter, a personalized membership card signed on the back by Steve and year’s patch, which features art exclusively done for Rancho Obi-Wan by French artist Benjamin Carré. Memberships, most of which may be tax-deductible, can be purchased on the Annual Memberships page.
Members will now have access to an exclusive online area. This area will include an online store with Rancho Obi-Wan logo items and other souvenirs. Our newest keepsakes, Rancho Animal Mascots, are being offered to members only through this new store. For those who have visited Rancho Obi-Wan, you were probably greeted by Darth Zoey, our very friendly guard dog. You might have then met April Mae, our kitty-greeter and finally introduced to our small flock of hungry chickens. We have turned Zoey, April Mae and Pipp the chicken into plushy souvenirs with a Rancho Obi-Wan logo lapel pin and name card signed by Steve.
The new members area will also have a new Ask Steve section that allows you to submit questions and photos to Steve. He might not be able to answer right away (how can retirement be so busy?), but he will try to answer the best he can and may pick a question to feature on the Rancho Obi-Wan web site or other online media.
The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience, a specially-selected group of Star Wars memorabilia from the world’s largest private collection, will be part of the activities at Star Wars Celebration Europe in Essen, Germany July 26th to 28th.
“We had a great time introducing Rancho Obi-Wan to thousands of fans at Celebration VI in Orlando last year, and are thrilled to be invited to share the experience with fans and collectors in Europe this year,” says Steve Sansweet, owner of the collection and president of the nonprofit Rancho Obi-Wan Inc.
Not only will fans at Celebration Europe be able to see this first-time exhibition of Rancho Obi-Wan outside of the United States, they will be able to meet the world-renowned Star Wars fan and author behind the collection as well. Sansweet will be present in the Rancho Obi-Wan exhibit much of the time to greet fans, and is scheduled to take part in programming at the show. This will be a rare treat for fans at Celebration Europe.
See the official announcement on StarWars.com