Though the official fan club has gone on to host several online/virtual events, Highlander WorldWide’s last physical convention took place in October 2017 with the ‘Gathering‘ event (in Los Angeles) attracting not only an army of fans but the biggest line-up of guests in over two decades.
These kind of conventions and experiences took months of planning and it’s always a mixture of blood, sweat, tears and laughter. Throughout all of 2017 we tried to put together an event that we felt gave fans of the show a better send-off for twenty-five years of shared passion. We think we succeeded – indeed, in many ways it was a more powerful and celebratory weekend than even we could have imagined.
We had so many guests that one of our greatest tasks was to fit everyone in. But the resulting panels and conversations all seemed to be popular and well-received and our guests have all spoken on how touched they were by the reception the received.
HLWW thanked Adrian Paul, Peter Wingfield, Jim Byrnes, Elizabeth Gracen, Stan Kirsch, David Abramowitz, Ken Gord, Anthony De Longis (and Mary!), F Braun McAsh, James Horan, Gillian Horvath, Donna Lettow, Don Paonessa, Morrie Ruvinsky, Richard Martin, Clay Borris, Joe Pearson and Daryl Kyle for agreeing to join us. Sadly, it would prove to be the last convention for Stan Kirsch and one of the franchise’s most respected fans, journalist John Bierly who both passed away in early 2010.
We couldn’t have managed it without our staff and volunteers – the people who gave up large amounts of time to make sure things ran smoothly on the ground and who were there to aid, assist and advise.
And – of course – we also want to thank you, the fans, for your continued enthusiasm and kind words before, during and in the years after the experience – it’s that kind of feedback that lets us know it was all worthwhile!