Have you thought about the many ways Outlander has changed your life, gotten you to join social media (Twitter, IG, Tumblr, etc), or even made you step out of your comfort zone and travel thousands of miles to meet strangers? Yes, this is one result of Diana Gabaldon’s wildly popular series, beginning with Outlander, chronically the life of Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp Randall Fraser.
Diana wrote the Outlander for practice, never intending for it to be seen by the millions of fans and followers it now has. In a recent conversation (San Diego, July 2015) with Herself, I happened to mention that she has started an empire, to include birthday parties, and events, she stated, ” That is the very odd thing about Outlander, it has been that way from the beginning, it causes these little explosions of creativity and socializations of everything, everywhere.”
What types of events? Any type of event can turn out to be an Outlander meeting of fans, with or without Diana. Be it monthly meetings, hosting the Gaelic Consultant in Seattle,
movies, larger celebrations (Outlandish Gathering in Quebec City), premieres,
San Diego ComicCon, and last but not least, traveling to Scotland with a group of people you’ve never met.
Graham McTavish even said, during an interview during the Montreal ComicCon, that Outlander fans “move in packs.”
The next pack gathering will occur on Sunday, August 30th, which is a benefit for Clay Street Table, a charity that one of Diana’s daughter’s supports (read more about Clay Street Table here).
Lorey Christensen, a fan in Oregon, has donated tee shirt sales monies to Clay Street Table before, but then she I started thinking “big” and thought “why not go to the person who got us started with this charity?” Lorey says she “wrote to Diana and a few months later she responded with “I’d love to do a charity event for Clay Street Table.” This event promises to donate well over $10k to the charity!”
So she has organized the benefit (with Wendy Hackman as her wing woman) to consist of dinner, a silent auction, Highland dancers, keynote speech by Diana, and a book signing. All net proceeds will go directly to the Clay Street Table.
Do you live anywhere near Portland? Tickets for the talk and signing are still available here (the dinner is sold out), the price is $55 per ticket.
Can’t make it to Portland? Consider purchasing a ticket “just because” to support the charity. The organizers and patrons of Clay Street Table will be very pleased with any support.
There will no doubt be hundreds more gatherings, shaped by fans from all over the world. The most important factor of each and every gathering, and I’ve been to many, is our collective love of Claire, her story, and of course, Diana herself.
Special thanks to Diana for her time spent with me in San Diego, which is where her quote is from. More to follow!