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!