Friday, January 15, 2010

One Tree Hill Fan Fest

One Tree Hill, which is filmed here in downtown Wilmington, is hosting a Fan Fest. I've copied the press release from the Tourism Development Authority below.





Contact:  Connie Nelson, Communications/PR Director                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

910-341-4030, ext. 120 or 910-617-2370 (cell)                                                         January 15, 2010





Wilmington, NC: On Sunday, January 17 a “One Tree Hill” Fan Reunion will commence in Wilmington, North Carolina where The CW Television Network series is filmed. Organized and planned by a fan of the show, the reunion will bring 30 fans from across the United States, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom.


The concept of a “One Tree Hill” (OTH) fan reunion first took shape when Christy-Anne Arancibia created a live online chat room for fans during the show’s sixth season (2008). A single reunion comment generated a flurry of interest so the Florida fan attempted to organize one back in March 2009. When that reunion attempt failed to materialize, Christy-Anne decided to reach out to social media and OTH fan websites. She also used an external registration site to register participants. Six months in the making, the “One Tree Hill” Fan Reunion is scheduled for January 17-19, 2010.

Fans will meet for the first time during a welcome orientation and group dinner on Sunday. Their itinerary includes a private tour of EUE/Screen Gems Studios; a motorcoach tour of locations used during the show’s seven seasons; and a dinner at Hell’s Kitchen, a location for “One Tree Hill” (The CW, 2003-present) and “Dawson’s Creek” (The WB, 1998-2003). Monday evening’s activities include viewing the current episode of “One Tree Hill.” Fans will also have an opportunity to explore the destination on their own prior to their departure on Tuesday. Several international participants will arrive early and/or extend their stays beyond the reunion dates. 

“The fans are looking most forward to the studio tour," states Christy-Anne. When asked what one surprise would make the top of their wish list, she responded: "We would love to run into the cast and crew that give us this amazing show week after week."

Planning the reunion was not without challenges. According to Christy-Anne, keeping registration costs affordable and making reservations without knowing how many people would actually register were especially challenging. She praises the Wilmington area businesses that have helped make the reunion a success, with a special thanks to the Hilton Wilmington Riverside’s staff for their friendly service. Christy-Anne hopes that “One Tree Hill” is picked up by The CW for an 8th season so she can reunite the group of fans next year.

Wilmington & North Carolina's Cape Fear Coast is not only a great place to “Come & Play,” it’s also a great place to “Come & Film.” The region has starred in hundreds of film and television projects. Visitors can experience “Hollywood East” with weekend tours of EUE/Screen Gems Studios ( and the Hollywood Location Walk, a guided tour of Downtown TV/movie locations ( There’s also a “Walk of Fame” honoring local celebrities in the parking area of The Cotton Exchange Free “One Tree Hill” FAQ Sheets are available at area visitor centers and online at

 For a FREE Visitors Guide for Wilmington & North Carolina’s Cape Fear Coast, call 1-866-266-9690, or visit                                      


NOTE TO MEDIA: Photo opportunity with OTH Fan Reunion group at the EUE/Screen Gems Studio gate on Monday, Jan. 18, 2010 at 9:45am. If interested, please RSVP to Connie Nelson: 910-617-2370.



Come & Play!
Wilmington and North Carolina's Cape Fear Coast 
Wilmington • Carolina Beach • Kure Beach • Wrightsville Beach

Best regards,

Connie Nelson, Communications/Public Relations Director,
Wilmington/Cape Fear Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau
24 N. Third Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 341-4030, ext. 120
(910) 341-4029 (fax)
(866) 266-9690

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