In 1999, an ambitious group of Bonanza Fans came up with an idea to
host a small gathering of fans to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the
first airing of the show on September 12, 1959.
What started out small, grew into a 250 person convention at the Biltmore hotel in North Lake Tahoe. In attendance were several celebrity guests that had worked and been on the show during it's twelve year run. It was a magical and amazing time for those that were able to attend. In fact, it was such a success that there was another one in 2002, 2005 & 2009. These were just the ones that took place at Lake Tahoe! There were also events in Burbank, California, Carson City, Nevada & even England!
In 2019, the last official convention was hosted by Tom and Louise Swann at their home - the Ponderosa II (a replica of the Lake Tahoe Ponderosa House built by Lorne Greene and his wife Nancy) in Mesa, Arizona. Again, the fourth of a series of amazing Bonanza events where fans could relive being a part of the Cartwright lore and sit at Ben's desk, pose in front of the famous fireplace as well as the staircase to nowhere. But the house has been sold and there hasn't been any future plans for another Convention.
So, why are we hosting an Online Convention?
Well, in this unprecedented times we could all use reminders of times when Humanity was kinder to each other, family meant everything and friendships were the backbone of long-lasting memories. That, is what this event is for.
We are planning a weekend of Viewing Parties, Celebrity Guests, Game Shows,
Script Readings, Fan Hosted Seminars and lots of other enjoyable events.
If you are a Bonanza Fan and been missing the joys of why this show has had
such lasting power then you will want to attend!
WEBINARS & GUESTS
TOP 10 BONANZA EPs
as Voted on by your, the fans.
Click on the link above
to check out all 14 Seasons and
10 Guest Panels
Guest Panels shown from
the 1999, 2002, 2005 & 2009
COWBOY JARGON: To Tell The Truth with Celebrity Guests
9am Welcome from David Dortort
10am BONCON 02: GUEST PANEL 1
11am BONANZA EP Annie O'Toole
WEBINAR: Ponderosa II
12pm BONCON 02: GUEST PANEL 2
1pm BONANZA EP My Brother's Keeper
WEBINAR: Bonanza & Virginia City
2pm FAN FUN: SCRIPT READ
3pm BONANZA EP Springtime
WEBINAR: Fan Fiction Writing Tips
4pm BONCON 99: GUEST PANEL 1
5pm BONCON 99: GUEST PANEL 2
6pm BONCON 99: WELCOME DINNER
7pm-9pm BONANZA LIVE Episode Viewing
'A Home For Jamie' with Q&A
by Robert Carradine
** ALL Times are US
Eastern Standard Time **
9am Tour of the Ponderosa Ranch
10am BONANZA Ep Abigail Jones
WEBINAR: Moveable Men
Noon FAN FUN: Cowboy Jargon
1pm BONANZA Ep The Crucible
WEBINAR: Working on the Ponderosa
2pm FAN FUN: BONANZA TRIVIA
3pm BONANZA Ep The Gift
WEBINAR: Susan McCray
4pm BONCON 99: GUEST PANEL #3
5pm WEBINAR S11 DVD HIGHLIGHTS
6pm BONANZA Ep Ponderosa Matador
WEBINAR: Art of Music Vidding
7pm-9pm BONANZA LIVE Ep Viewing
'Gabrielle' with LIVE Guest Q&A
by Michael McGreevey
9pm SING-A-LONG with the Cartwrights
9am David Dortort & Autry Dedication
10am BONCON 99: GUEST PANEL 4
11am BONANZA Ep Queen High
WEBINAR HISTORY OF BONANZA EPS
12noon WEBINAR REPLAY S11 DVD
WEBINAR The History of David Canary
1pm BONCON 02 GUEST PANEL 2
2pm BONANZA Woman of Fire
WEBINAR; The Cartwright Horses
3pm BONCON 02 GUEST PANEL 2
4pm BONANZA Ep Hayburner
WEBINAR Fan Fiction Part 2
5pm BONCON 09 GUEST PANEL 1
6pm IN MEMORIAM & CLOSING
7pm BONCON 05 GUEST PANEL 1
- Live access to all
Panels, Screenings, Webinars, Networking and Events
- Access to any Panels, Webinars, special Past Convention Highlights
for up to 30 days.
- Live access to all
Panels, Screenings, Webinars, Networking and Events for one day of your choosing
- After Convention access to programs you may have missed
for up to 30 days and
ONLY for your day paid for.
ie: Sunday Admission for ONLY