9th Annual Lafayette Birthday Celebration
September 11-12, 2015
In 2015, Lafayette’s ship, the Hermione, once again sails from France to America. Join us as we celebrate his
birthday during “the year of Lafayette!” 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 11
6:30 PM Arias and Artifacts at Methodist University
Come to Davis library on campus to view letters written by Lafayette, as well as a treasure trove of early 19th
century Lafayette memorabilia, while enjoying some light refreshments. Afterwards, stroll over to Hensdale Chapel for a short concert of French
music presented by vocalist Gail Morfesis and Friends.
Saturday, September 12
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Lafayette Birthday Farmers Market
Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum
8:00 AM Lafayette Birthday 3k Pooch Run
Starts in Cross Creek Park.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Lafayette Trail Tour
Follow in Lafayette’s footsteps! This year’s tour includes the Phoenix Masonic
Lodge and Cool Spring Tavern for the first time. Tickets only $30 per person and
includes coffee and croissants and a light lunch. Reservations required. Call 910-678-8899 for tickets.
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Lafayette/Rulnick Open Fencing Tournament
At the All-American Fencing Academy on Donaldson Street. Foil and sabre events.
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Lafayette Birthday Sidewalk Sale
Historic Downtown shops and restaurants
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Festival of Yesteryear
Museum of the Cape Fear, Arsenal Avenue “Living History” highlighting the Colonial Period and Revolutionary War
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Lafayette District Scouting Expo
Cross Creek Park
12 noon Army Ground Forces Dixie-Land Band
Lafayette Plaza, Cross Creek Park Music that will definitely make you feel like
celebrating! Free birthday cake and ice cream to the first 100 guests!
6:00 - 9:00 PM French Wine and Cheese Tasting
Tasting The Wine Café
7:00 PM “Lafayette and the Greek Revolution”
UNC Professor History and Lafayette author Lloyd Kramer. At the Market House. Free admission but donations will be accepted.