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Friends with Benefit Charity Events has cancelled its Haunted Villaweek Bash because of water damage to the Tric warehouse
WILMINGTON – Thanks to Hurricane Dorian, “One Tree Hill” fans will have to make other plans this Halloween.
Although the storm largely spared the region from the brunt of its strength earlier this month, it didn’t pass by without leaving a mark on a landmark filming location from the Wilmington-shot series.
The South Front Street warehouse that housed the Tric nightclub set during during filming on The CW series suffered extensive water damage, forcing Friends with Benefit Charity Events (FWB) to cancel its October fan events that would have reunited villainous cast members from the show.
Dubbed a Haunted Villaween Bash, the Oct. 25-27 event would have seen stars like Paul Johansson (the show’s central sinister figure, Dan Scott), Daphne Zuniga (viperous Victoria Davis), Jana Kramer (fallen actress Alex Dupre) and Torrey Devito (ax-wielding Nanny Carrie) return to Wilmington to celebrate the series and reflect the bad deeds of their alter egos.
FWB staff member Brittany Purtell said the decision to cancel the hotly anticipated event was due to safety concerns and uncertainty whether the leaks in the warehouse roof could be fixed in time.
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“It was a really heartbreaking decision to make, but they did not feel the venue was safe for us to use until it is fixed and safety is our main concern,” she said. “There were puddles and leaking in the building even after Dorian passed.”
This isn’t the first time an FWB event has been jeopardized by Mother Nature. After Hurricane Florence battered the region last year, the warehouse suffered even more extensive damage, which took five months to repair.
The space was cleaned and dressed up for FWB’s first event in February, which they followed with a smaller bake sale-themed event this summer featuring cast members Moira Kelly and Barbara Alyn Woods.
Villaween would have been the first local fan convention appearances for Zuniga and Kramer, who was going to host a live recording of the Whine Down podcast she hosts with husband Michael Caussin.
With their fall schedule suddenly cleared, the FWB team will focus on getting everything safe and secured for the second annual A Weekend in Tree Hill event in February.
“Everything we can do to keep all of our events in Tric is our ultimate goal,” Purtell said. “We are also doing everything we can to make sure February is happening as planned.”
Already signed on for the February event are former cast members Hilarie Burton, James Lafferty, Chad Michael Murray and Zuniga.
For more information on the FWB February event, visit FWBCharityEvents.com.
If “One Tree Hill” fans need their convention fix this fall, they can still attend EyeCon’s first Raleigh-based fan reunion event running Oct. 25-27. The weekend gathering of fans will get underway in Wilmington before transitioning to Raleigh for photo ops, autograph sessions and Q&As with cast members like Murray, Lafferty and Bethany Joy Lenz. Visit EyeConfla.com for more information.
Reporter Hunter Ingram can be reached at 910-343-2327 or Hunter.Ingram@StarNewsOnline.com.