The Lonesome Dove reunion gala planned for March 31 at River Ranch in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards is sold out, its presenter said Monday.
The gala is just one of several events planned for early next year to mark the 25th anniversary of the Lonesome Dove television miniseries.
Ramona Kelly, development director with the Wittliff Collections and the library at Texas State University in San Marcos, which is presenting the Lonesome Dove Reunion and Trail early next year, said response to the gala has been phenomenal since the event was announced less than a month ago.
Within a couple of weeks, 87 tables, each seating 10 people, were sold, either for $10,000 or $25,000. No individual tickets were sold, she said.
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We just felt this is the site where it should be. It’s an ideal location because of the Western motif. We’ve just been overwhelmed and inundated.
Ramona Kelly, development director, Wittliff Collections and the library at Texas State University
Despite the response and a growing waiting list, changing to a larger venue is not possible, Kelly said.
“We made a commitment to venues and partners,” Kelly said. “We just felt this is the site where it should be. It’s an ideal location because of the Western motif. We’ve just been overwhelmed and inundated.”
Beginning in January, Fort Worth will host a six-month silver anniversary celebration. The gala is expected to reunite the cast and crew of the star-studded 1989 miniseries, including Robert Duvall, who played Capt. Augustus “Gus” McCrae, and Tommy Lee Jones, who played Capt. Woodrow F. Call.
The Lonesome Dove Reunion and Trail will benefit the Wittliff Tomorrow Fund and the Wittliff Collections, an archival, educational and creative center that furthers the region’s cultural history through literary and photographic arts at Texas State University.
Events kick off Jan. 15 and will include museum exhibitions, a miniseries screening in Sundance Square Plaza over two nights, panel discussions with some of the cast and a symposium. One exhibit will feature costumes, props, photographs and other items on loan from the Lonesome Dove Production Archive, which is permanently held at the Wittliff Collections.
The activities are open to the public, but tickets are needed for some events. Those tickets are free and will be issued by the venue where the event is being held, Kelly said. That has not yet started, and Kelly said she expects that to be done just before each event.
Ticket information will be available at www.lonesomedovereunion.com or by calling each venue.
Events are planned for the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Cattle Raisers Museum, the Fort Worth Library, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, the Sid Richardson Museum, Sundance Square Plaza and Texas Christian University.
Lonesome Dove is the story of two Texas Rangers on an epic 2,500-mile cattle drive from the Rio Grande to Montana. The miniseries is based on the 843-page book written by Larry McMurtry.