Lafayette Birthday Celebration
September 5-6, 2014
This is North Carolina’s official Lafayette Birthday Celebration, as recognized by the NC General Assembly and the United States House and Senate!
Friday, September 5
6:00 PM Arias and Artifacts at Methodist University
A treasure trove of early 19th century Lafayette memorabilia, recently gifted to Methodist University, will be unveiled at Davis Memorial Library. Drop by between 6PM and 7:30 to see ceramics and other beautiful items painted or engraved with Lafayette’s likeness. Lafayette was treated like a rock star in America and the popularity of these items during that time has its counterpart in today’s merchandising of the famous and popular. Dr. Robert Crout, adjunct professor of history at College of Charleston and a Lafayette historian, will give a short gallery talk. Light refreshments will be served in the library. At 7:30, soprano Gail Morfesis and Friends will present a short concert of French music by Bizet, Ravel, and Debussy and others in Hensdale Chapel across from the library. Performing with her will be baritone David Duke, a former professor of voice at Methodist, harpist Andrea Blanchfield from Raleigh, and international pianist Jesse Davis.
Saturday, September 6
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Lafayette Birthday Farmers Market
The Farmers Market on the grounds of the Transportation Museum at the corner of Franklin and Maxwell Streets has become a popular Downtown destination on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. The nice folks there have dedicated this Saturday’s market to the city’s namesake hero! After Napoleon Bonaparte seized power in France in 1802, Lafayette retreated to his chateau outside Paris where he became quite the farmer! Come downtown and browse the farmers’ tables for delicious, locally-grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, breads, and honey. While you’re there, visit the exhibit Lafayette in Fayetteville inside the Transportation Museum.
325 Franklin Street. 910-433-1457
www.fcpr.us/transportation_museum.aspx also on Facebook
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Lafayette Trail Tour
Bruce Daws, Fayetteville’s City Historian and Commander of the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry, will lead you on a fascinating trip through time as you retrace General Lafayette’s footsteps during his visit to Fayetteville in 1825. Your journey starts at 9am at the F.I.L.I. headquarters on Burgess Street with coffee and croissants. There will be some walking but an air-conditioned bus will help make your journey a relaxing experience. You will also get to spend some time viewing Lafayette in Fayetteville, an exhibit of Lafayette artifacts at the Transportation Museum. After the tour, you will experience a special treat – a French country pique-nique (picnic) catered by Sherefé, Fayetteville’s finest Mediterranean restaurant, on the second floor of the 1831 Market House! Wine or tea is included! Tickets are only $30 per person and include the tour, the morning coffee, and the pique-nique. Space is limited to 30 individuals and early registration is strongly recommended. Call 910-678-8899 or visit City Center Gallery & Books at 112 Hay Street.
The Lafayette Trail is an official Heritage Driving Trail of the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. A preview of the sites you will be visiting is available at www.visitfayettevillenc.com
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Lafayette/Rulnick Open Fencing Tournament
“Fight like a man!” A Frenchman that is! Lafayette’s grandfather was commander of the Black Musketeers, the elite unit of master swordsmen in service to the French King and the basis for the classic novel The Three Musketeers. Come to the All-American Fencing Academy and watch this exciting competition, now in its eighth year. Congratulations to last year’s winners – Matt Harris with the All-American Fencing Academy from the Fayetteville, NC club won 1st in the Mixed Epee, while Nima Sarrafan took 2nd and Gerhard Guevarra from the All-American Fencing Academy and Greg Spahr from Cape Fear Fencing Association tied for 3rd. Charles Chow from the North Carolina Fencing Development Program in Chapel Hill, NC took 1st in the foil event. While John Page from the Fayetteville’s All-American Fencing Academy took 2nd and Grayson Katzenbach from the Charlotte Fencing Academy and Alexander Hoirup from Mid-South Fencers Club tied for 3rd. The tournament this year will occur on Friday and Saturday. Friday evening will feature the youth fencers while Saturday will host the foil and epee tournaments for all fencers, teens through adults.
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Lafayette in Fayetteville Exhibit
The newest exhibit at the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum features items related to Lafayette’s visit to Fayetteville in 1825 during his Grand Tour as the “Guest of the Nation.”
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Lafayette Birthday Sidewalk Sale
The Downtown Alliance of Fayetteville invites you to come shopping with Fifi the pink poodle! It’s an old-fashioned sidewalk sale in honor of the French hero of the American Revolutionary War and Fayetteville’s namesake! There will be specials on French wine, French fashions, books on France, and many, many other things that aren’t French but which you just might need as a gift for a friend or for yourself! Be sure to check out the restaurant specials too! www.faydta.org
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Festival of Yesteryear: a Celebration of Early America
Come to the Museum of the Cape Fear and Celebrate Lafayette’s birthday by travelling back in time to the American Revolutionary War, when this young French nobleman fought alongside colonial troops from Brandywine to Yorktown. Focusing on the Colonial and Revolutionary War periods, this program features re-enactors demonstrating various aspects of daily life including woodworking, music, toys and games, and militia drills. Living history groups include Camp Flintlock, the Tryon Palace Fife and Drum Corp, the North Carolina Highland Regiment, and Captain Dry’s Militia Company. Be sure to visit Apprentice Alley, where children can participate and learn a variety of trades through hands on crafts and activities. Concessions on site. This is a FREE event!
The Museum of the Cape Fear is located at 801 Arsenal Avenue in Haymount, next to Downtown Fayetteville. For more information, contact Megan Maxwell at 910-486-1330 or visit
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Lafayette District Scout Expo
Venture Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Cubs representing the newly-renamed Lafayette District of the Occoneechee Council will offer a display of scouting activities and tips on how your son or daughter can get involved. Drop by Cross Creek Park in downtown Fayetteville, one of the city’s nicest green spaces. Grab a hotdog and soda while there, sold by the Scouts at one of their stations.
1:00 PM Army Ground Forces Band
The French influence is big in Louisiana and so is Dixieland Jazz! Come downtown to Lafayette Plaza in Cross Creek Park to hear this uniquely American style of music performed by the Army’s finest musicians. The “Dixie Sergeants” is one of several ensembles of the Army Ground Forces Band that perform concerts all over the country as the Musical Ambassadors of the American Combat Soldier.
Free birthday cake and ice cream to the first 100 guests!
6:00 - 8:30 PM French Wine and Cheese Tasting
Drop into The Wine Café (108 Hay Street ) after the sidewalk sale and learn all about French wines from the experts! There will be tasting stations and French cheese to help you discover the best pairings for your palate. There is no admission charge but come early because this popular event always fills up fast. It’s a fun evening for anyone who wants to learn more about wine!