Monday, May 20, 2013
LINCOLN CITY REUNION 2013 by Wanda Armstead Smith
Lincoln City...A Community Never To Be Forgotten!
The flood caused by Hurricane Floyd in 1999 may have devastated the Lincoln City neighborhood in Kinston, but the loss will never break the bond shared between those who survived it. Reportedly over 800 homes were destroyed during the category four hurricane that left many families homeless. (Watch Video) However, due to the efforts of several residents, the community has been reuniting each year since 2008 in celebration and fellowship. This year marks the 6th Annual Lincoln City Reunion, which is held in Kinston each year during Memorial Day weekend. In fact, the Memorial Day weekend was proclaimed by Kinston Mayor BJ Murphy in May of 2012 as "Lincoln City Reunion Celebration." (View Proclamation) This well-organized event is expected to bring in hundreds of past and present Kinstonians coming from all over the globe. Chaired by Bishop Eartha Mumford, the Lincoln City Reunion Steering Committee has put together a wonderful weekend of activities filled with fun for all who plan to attend.
(L-R DJ Uncle Verge & DJ Kid Tree)
For many who grew up around the neighborhoods of Lincoln City, it has been hard to return only to see their homes have been completely wiped out. However, memories of what was once a thriving, close knit neighborhood still live on in their hearts. For one former Lincoln City resident, the trip back to Kinston will indeed hold that special place. The Lincoln City Renuion will welcome home one of Kinston's very own popular DJ's, Virgil Loftin (a.k.a. DJ Uncle Verge), who will be traveling all the way from Atlanta, GA to DJ the event for the first time. "I lived at 1300 University Street for 15 years. The storm totalled my home and now the only thing left is the pine tree I planted in the front yard 15 years ago!", Loftin shares.
After the hurricane devastation, Loftin's family was displaced. He relocated to Atlanta, GA where he's lived every since. "I miss my friends and family in Kinston and I'm glad to be coming home! I can remember as a child growing up in Lincoln City and walking down the dirt roads with Kid Tree and Tony T...We used to go to Dan's Store on the corner of New York and Lincoln Streets...I miss the Commodore and Windmill cookies...And I miss the plum trees we all used to pick. I have fond memories of riding bus 91C (which was the bus that everyone in Lincoln City rode to school)...Also, I miss playing basketball with my friends at the court on the end of Adkin Street by the railroad tracks", he adds. Loftin says proudly, "So tell the world I'm coming home! On Sunday, May 26th, my WQDW friends and I will be doing the music at the Lincoln City Reunion at Holloway Park from 2pm to 6pm with some good clean family fun!"
Kinston DJ, Matthew Banks (a.k.a. DJ Kid Tree), who is also from Lincoln City, will be traveling from Atlanta, GA and joining Loftin on the 1's and 2's at the Official Afterparty on Sunday, May 26th to be held at the Hut (on OK Street off Hwy 258) starting @ 10pm. After the Lincoln City Reunion, DJ Uncle Verge and his crew will have the biggest old school after-party! "We're gonna do it like the Chic! It's a BYOB affair and only $5 to get in!" Loftin adds. (Click Here -To RSVP and for more event details on Facebook)
[PHOTO CAPTION: One of last year's vendors, Garry "Goldwater" Jones, will also be traveling to Kinston, NC from Atlanta, GA to participate, but not as a vendor this time. An accomplished author, he is honored by the interest and support of his books, however, he will take in the event this year as a participant. "I will not be selling books at the Lincoln City Reunion, but you can purchase one while I'm home. This time I want to enjoy myself at the reunion. Seeing people I haven't seen in a while is priceless!," Jones remarked.]
Saturday, May 25, 2013(Pearson Park 1:30pm-7:30pm)
Welcoming Reception for our Guest
-LCR WILL BE JAZZING IT UP
-Food, games, entertainment
-Bring your lawn chairs or blankets
Sunday, May 26, 2013(Holloway Center 10:00am–7:00pm)
A Traditional Picnic in the Park
-Bring lawn chairs or a blanket for outdoor seating.
-Set-up a picnic spot (bring your grill, food, cooler, shades, canopy, etc.) or join us at the Share Table.
-Special Musical Guests
-Hall of History
*Special accommodations for elders and retired teachers.
Order your Lincoln City Reunion T-Shirts
Sizes S, M, L, XL - $12.00
Sizes 1X, 2X, 3X up - $15.00
To order, call Reesie Williams at (919) 583-1559 or Shelley Dorman (252) 686-6505
Make checks payable to “Lincoln City Reunion”
Mailing address: Lincoln City Reunion, P.O. Box 6123, Kinston, NC 28501
Facebook: View Group Here!
Primary Contact Numbers: (252) 566-7711 (252) 320-5211
Additional Contact Numbers: (919) 583-1559 (252) 525-7366 (252) 686-6505
2013 Steering Committee: Eartha Mumford (Chairperson), Reesie Williams, Mildred Brown, Shelley Dorman, Tina McNair, Lester McNair Ass’t: Diane Taylor, Henry Williams, Samuel Rufus
Videos of all previous events are available for purchase by contacting us via this website, or by emailing or calling us per the information below. These will also be available for purchase at every Lincoln City Reunion, where you will also be able to pre-purchase the current reunion video.
WANT TO VIEW MORE REUNION PICS?
Lincoln City Reunion 2012-Click Here!
Lincoln City Reunion 2011-Click Here!
(Courtesy of Bud's Photography)
WHERE IS LINCOLN CITY?
"Lincoln City was created around 1914 when black residents of then-segregated Kinston began purchasing small plots of land in the southeast part of town and building houses on them.
The neighborhood initially comprised three blocks along Oak, Lincoln and University streets. The boundaries expanded over the decades, and everything within the rectangle of Queen Street, Shine Street, Holloway Drive and the Peachtree Wastewater Treatment Plant was considered Lincoln City." David Anderson (Kinston Free Press)
Other Memorial Day Weekend Events:
"Lincoln City Get Funky/Get Loose Party" will be held Sat, May 25th @ 10pm at The American Legion @ 300 N McLewean St in Kinston. Admission is only $10. Brought to you by Willie Dunk featuring DJ Master C. Free food & cash bar. CLICK HERE- To RSVP and for more event details on Facebook
(Disclaimer: This list of events is NOT all inclusive. Contact other event organizers for more info)
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