NEWS UPDATE: Mrs. Claus lights town tree, parties at flotilla launch

by Daniel Bowden
Friday, November 23, 2012

While some families waited out in the cold at Wrightsville Beach Park so their children could tell Santa what they hoped to find under the tree this year, others slipped into sharp suit jackets and slinky cocktail dresses to mingle at the Anchors Away North Carolina Holiday Flotilla Launch Party at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort.

The award-winning kitchen staff of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort prepared a post-Thanksgiving feast featuring a variety of foods from coconut shrimp to Asian chicken dumplings. Amid beach-themed Christmas trees decorated with colorful fish ornaments, guests fixed plates and soaked in the holiday spirit while browsing silent auction items in the lobby.

Items for auction included original artwork from around Wrightsville Beach, as well as gift certificates for local businesses such as Surf Camp.

Guests from all around the Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach social scene could be seen enjoying the party. Even Mrs. Claus was in attendance, fresh from the town tree lighting and the flotilla Captain's Meeting.

When 8 p.m. rolled around, “Raleigh's premiere party band,” BrickHouse, drew guests into the ballroom and played hits from across the generations. Its funky jams brought children and adults alike up out of their seats and on to the dance floor.


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