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Dawson’s Creek Wrap Party

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‘Creek’ co. party, bid farewell

They wanted to go out with a bang.

The party to end all parties for Dawson’s Creek had the food, the music, the stars, the booze and the fireworks you’d expect. And those who have been to their fair share of wrap parties said this was one of the best.

On Saturday, Elijah’s Restaurant and The Pilot House in downtown Wilmington were closed to customers so the cast, crew and friends of the WB series, which is ending its six-season run this year, could get together one last time.

At 7 p.m., the first partygoers had already made their way through the entrance, which was patrolled by security guards, donned their Dawson’s Creek tags, and had started to eat and drink.

By the time the party was well under way, Creek stars Katie Holmes, James Van Der Beek, Joshua Jackson, Michelle Williams, Kerr Smith and Busy Philipps were all in attendance. American Pie star Chris Klein (Ms. Holmes’ boyfriend) also showed up.

But it seemed more people were interested in the food. After all, there was a fountain of chocolate – melted chocolate bubbling up to fall down in three cascades. And beside it there was a mountain of fruit, cookies, marshmallows and cakes to swirl in the fondue.

You can understand the distraction.

There also were workers wearing Dawson’s Creek T-shirts passing around trays of goodies, such as bacon-wrapped scallops, spring rolls, mini oyster po’ boys and smoked salmon. A rowboat on the deck was filled with ice and topped with fresh oysters, steamed shrimp and crab claws.

Inside, there were buffets with salads, a mashed potato bar, entrees and desserts (including a sundae bar).

Party organizers also brought in a sushi chef who kept making a selection of rolls and nigiri for the guests. The sushi bar also had cups of edamame and carafes of cold sake. Most people, though, including the stars, bellied up to the bar for martinis, wine and shots.

A couple of hours into the party, fireworks, coordinated to Paula Cole’s theme song, were launched over the Cape Fear River.

Then, executive producer Paul Stupin gave a short talk, and guests watched an outtake reel from the show.

After that, Mr. Potato Head, a band from Raleigh, started the party music. Of course, that brought people to the dance floor, including cast member Nina Repeta and her husband, Mike.

Throughout the night, people wandered through the playground, catching some fresh air on the River Walk, playing pool at tables brought into Elijah’s, or checking out the props brought in to decorate the party. There were fake movie posters used in various episodes of the show, and crew members had hung the “Home of the Minutemen” sign from the fictional Capeside High School outside.

Though the party was scheduled to end at 11 p.m., there were reportedly still people there in the wee hours of the morning.

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