Downtown Flowery Branch will soon transform into the fictitious town of Stars Hollow, Conn., on July 20 for a “Gilmore Girls” fan night.
“If you want a hometown feeling, this would be the event to go to,” said Millie Perez, front desk office manager at Lake Lanier Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We are going to try to make it seem like you are actually in Stars Hollow.”
Perez, who is an avid fan of the show and a Connecticut native, actually suggested the theme for the event.
Stars Hollow EveningWhat: Flowery Branch Block Party
When: 6:30-10 p.m. July 20
Where: 5302 Railroad Ave., Flowery Branch
How much: Free
More info: 770-536-5209, branchblockparty.com/july
“Ever since the show started back in 2000, it just became something me and my daughter (watched),” she said. “We just got so hooked on it to the point that it’s 2018 and we are still watching it. (Flowery Branch) is the perfect spot to replay this ‘Gilmore Girls’ theme.”
To help the city capture the look and feel of Stars Hollow, area businesses and restaurants alike will be joining in on the fun.
“We’re assigning some of the stores aspects of the show,” said Renee Carden, sales manager at Lake Lanier Convention and Visitors Bureau.
She said the local restaurant Antebellum will be presented as “Dragonfly Inn.”
“It just kind of gives that look,” she said. “Of course they’re still running the restaurant and that sort of thing.”
And the train depot will be decorated like Miss Patty’s School of Ballet.
“I’m going to be actually dressed like Miss Patty,” Perez said.
A few episodes of the TV show will run throughout the night, and event souvenirs including Gilmore Girls T-shirts and buttons will be available for purchase.
Other elements of the show will be sprinkled throughout town, too.
“It’ll be hot but there will be coffee,” Carden said. “We’ll have a strolling troubadour who has a harmonica and his guitar. We’re also going to do a media swap. So you can bring your books or DVDs or CDs. Bring what you want and put it out on the table. You’ll get a little ticket and you can take the same number that you brought in. They do that in the show, so it’s kind of a fun thing for that.”
But even if you’re not a huge fan of “Gilmore Girls,” there will still be something for people of all ages.
The event, which is sponsored by the City of Flowery Branch and the Lake Lanier Convention and Visitors Bureau, is one of the block parties the town hosts the third Friday of each month from May through October.
“The purpose and thought behind the block parties was to just give the community something more to do,” Carden said. “‘We try to have something for everyone.”
The night will consist of live music, numerous food trucks, vendors and even a water slide.
“We just wanted to give the South Hall area somewhere to get together and experience community,” she said. “It’s going to be a very relaxed evening.”