Lumina Daze benefits Wrightsville Beach Museum for more than 20 years

Lumina Daze benefits Wrightsville Beach Museum for more than 20 years

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - A Wrightsville Beach tradition is back for its 22nd year Sunday.

Lumina Daze will be held at the Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach from 6 - 9 p.m.

The event, always held the Sunday before Labor Day benefits the Wrightsville Beach Museum. Museum Executive Director Madeline Flagler says its a celebration of community in Wrightsville Beach.

"It's been going on for over 22 years. We celebrate the Lumina Pavilion and the kind of activities going on there. We have the Wilmington Big Band playing Big Band music in the main ballroom, we have the Imitations doing beach music and people dancing shag out by the pool on the patio," she said.

In addition to dancing there will also be a live auction, food, and drinks.

The event was first held before the museum was in its current cottage space and the tradition has continued each year since.

"The museum right now is in a 1909 building that was moved off the beach to save it. We just moved a 1924 building that we hope to be in by in certainly by the first of the year but hopefully before that. In the little cottage we're in now we have it like a house museum," Flagler said.

Flagler said up to one third of the museums yearly budget comes from Lumina Daze, which allows them to preserve more history in town.

When you are able to preserve some of these older buildings it allows you to hook into that history.  Very often these new buildings that are built, they could be built in Corolla, they could be built in Florida, they could be on the West Coast. But these little buildings really say Wrightsville Beach very specifically," Flagler said.

Tickets cost $45 and can be purchased here.

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