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Nicholas Sparks hosts family weekend in April

Posted March 28, 2012

North Carolina author Nicholas Sparks talks about his new book, "Safe Haven."

Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks is hosting his first Celebrity Family Weekend, complete with a preview of the film adaptation of his book "The Lucky One," next month in his hometown of New Bern. 

The weekend, which is planned April 20-22, will offer visitors a chance to meet celebrity athletes, artists, authors and musicians. A film festival featuring adaptations of Sparks' books is planned throughout the weekend at the historic Athen’s Theatre in New Bern.

"Tour the charm of New Bern’s 300-year-old historic sites, many of which I highlight in my books. Play a beautiful, waterfront golf course lined with ancient oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. Run the track on which I coached my state champion track teams," Sparks writes on the event's website.

Proceeds from the weekend will benefit Hope for the Warrior, Paws with a Cause and global education initiatives for youth. 

Tickets are available for individual events.

The most expensive ticket is a brunch at Sparks' home on April 22, which will cost you $1,250 per person. For the die-hard Sparks' fan without that kind of money, a luncheon where you can mingle with Sparks is being held April 20 and costs $250 per person. It will feature an auction including autographed memorabilia from Sparks' films. 

Other events include:

Family Fun Night (April 20) - Enjoy magicians, arts and crafts, bounce houses and mingle with celeb guests. $35 per ticket 

Golf with celebs (April 21) - $1,500 per person or $6,000 for a foursome. Tickets just to view the action are $25. 

5K & 1 mile Fun Run (April 22) - If you register before Saturday, it is $30 for the 5K timed run/walk and $20 for the 1 Mile Fun Run. Early registration guarantees you a t-shirt in your size. After Saturday, the registration goes up $10.

So, what is your favorite Sparks' book or film? Remember: "The Notebook" gave us the greatness of Ryan Gosling. 

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  • carolinagal78 Mar 29, 10:42 a.m.

    I've been to a Nicholas Sparks book signing and he was very polite. He even let everyone that wanted take pictures w/him. He is my favorite author and I would go to another signing. I didn't see any of the behavior noted in the previous comment.

  • awomnsptofview Mar 29, 2:02 a.m.

    I love Mr Sparks. He writes awesome CLEAN books, no trash hidden inside. He is loyal to his NC roots. All money is going to great causes. Just because you ( and I ) can afford this, does not mean we should bash his efforts. Shame on you. As for the no talent remark made in an earlier post....lol lol...

  • boolittlek Mar 28, 5:32 p.m.

    Wouldn't be easier to donate my money directly to charity rather than paying for the privilege of hanging around a talentless hack?

  • UNCfuturealumi Mar 28, 4:53 p.m.

    corey3rd...thank you

  • corey3rd Mar 28, 4:11 p.m.

    Nicholas Sparks is mean in person. You'll never meet a bigger uptight diva. He yelled a friend's daughter during signing in Cary because she mentioned her name when saying hi. "You were told I won't sign your name in the book!" he barked at her. The girl nearly had heatstroke as an extra in one of his movies and this is how he treated her. I wouldn't get paid to be in the same room as him again.