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Guests dine and socialize on the lawn at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort during Lumina Daze on Aug. 28, 2011.
In Lori Rosbrugh’s first year serving on the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History board, she will be assisting Marjorie Way as a co-chair for Lumina Daze, the museum’s largest fundraiser.
There are no plans to change Lumina Daze, Rosbrugh said, because the event has been such a success in past years. The museum has received positive feedback about the bands and auction events, so organizers hope to take advantage of the positive reviews to build attendance.
For a small group of people, Lumina Daze is not only a fundraiser, but also a yearly reunion. Those who have lived at Wrightsville Beach during the Lumina Hall era come to Lumina Daze to reminisce and catch up. It also provides an opportunity for stories to be passed along to younger generations. Rosbrugh said she hopes that aspect of the event will remain.
"That is part of the charm — the ability to interact with some of our local residents who remember the Lumina in its original format," she said. "I certainly hope they are available and interested in attending and adding that extra dynamic to the event."
Though Lumina Daze is not set to take place until August, preparations are already in progress. Rosbrugh said the museum is working on acquiring auction items. In the past, this has included standup paddleboards and paintings from local artists.
As a mother, Rosbrugh said she wants to help the museum board to further develop museum programs for families with young children.
"I want to encourage more outreach so that children gain a deeper appreciation of our local history," she said.
Rosbrugh was one of four new members recruited to the museum board in 2012 in an effort to revamp the board by attracting new members from varying professions. Rosbrugh is an attorney and practices family law from her office in The Landing.
"Wrightsville Beach has such a story to tell through its history," she said. "It is exciting for me to be a part of a very dynamic group of people that is working to preserve the past so that all of us can enjoy it in the future."
Her favorite aspect of the town’s history is being able to show how simple people’s lives used to be and how they took advantage of their natural assets on Wrightsville Beach.
Before joining the museum board, Rosbrugh served on Wrightsville Beach’s planning board for six years as chairman, among other committees.