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View from the Harbor

An Elizabeth City Travel Collective

When it comes to capturing the variety of experiences to be had in Elizabeth City, View from the Harbor really delivers. Written by a team of local writers who are “in the know,” this travel collective zooms in on where to grab a bite, see a show, get creative, dock your boat, shop for a treasure, take a tour or groove to a great local band. You’ll be the first to know about fun happenings at Elizabeth City’s trio of must-see sites—the Museum of the Albemarle, Port Discover Hands-on Science Center and The Center at Arts of the Albemarle. And, expect to hear often about EC events, ‘cause there’s always something shaking here in the “Harbor of Hospitality.” Subscribe now to receive View from the Harbor in your in-box. And tell your friends. From travel news to point of views, we’ve got you covered!

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You’ve Got to Experience Elizabeth City’s Events »

You’ve Got to Experience Elizabeth City’s Events
There are plenty of great reasons to hit the road to Elizabeth City, N.C.– scenic views, eclectic shops, tasty places to grab a bite, inviting inns. So do you really need more excuses to visit? Let’s just say our lively line-up of spring and early summer events is an added incentive. Check your schedule, come for a visit and see our online calendar for even more things to do! 4th Annual Culpepper Rebellion 5K Mud Run, May 30:  America’s dirtiest 5k” features obstacle jumping, mud crawling, water sliding and rope swinging at Morgan’s Corner Pulling Park. Splash, June 1-6:  A week-long destination retreat for artists and arts enthusiasts featuring art demos and workshops by Audrey Phillips, Chad Hughes and Peter Marsh, among many others, in Elizabeth City. Check the Splash Facebook page for breaking news! Elizabeth City 300 National Truck and Tractor Pull, June 5-6:  Featuring powerful vehicles and dirt-grinding action, the Elizabeth City 300 will get your motor running as drivers reach tire speeds of over 150 mph. At Morgan’s Corner Pulling Park. Mariners’ Wharf Film Festival, on Tuesdays, June 2 to July 28:  Enjoy classic movies on an outdoor screen, Tuesday nights at 8:30... READ MORE »

Get Your Fresh Fruits and Veggies! »

Get Your Fresh Fruits and Veggies!
The opening of the Downtown Waterfront Market is a harbinger of good times to come on Elizabeth City’s waterfront. This year’s market season opened May 2, and over the next four months, local farmers, food purveyors and artisans will gather each Saturday on the green at Mariners’ Wharf to sell peas, radishes, lettuces, asparagus and strawberries for springtime meals, and blueberries, tomatoes, squash, string beans, corn and okra later in the summer. “The market is as good for the vendors as it is for local shoppers,” said Market Coordinator Courtney Birdsall. “There are very few small farms and business people who prepare fresh foods, so to support them makes a huge difference to their livelihoods.” Billed as a “vine-ripened, just-picked, fresh-made good time,” the market draws about 25-30 vendors each week, selling not only homegrown produce, but baked and canned foods, plants, flowers and arts and crafts. Market goers can also hear live music and see cooking demos throughout the season. The Downtown Waterfront Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October 31. Check their Facebook page to see what’s fresh each... READ MORE »

The Potato Festival is Here! »

The Potato Festival is Here!
Potatoes are a big business in northeastern North Carolina, with more than 4,000 acres of spuds grown here in Pasquotank County specifically for potato chips. That’s our cue to invite you to visit the N.C. Potato Festival this weekend in Elizabeth City, May 15-17. The fun begins Friday evening with a kick-off party and continues Saturday and Sunday with live music, rides, the National Potato Peeling competition, “Little Miss Tater Tot” contest, cool drinks and great eats. Just like the potato industry, the festival is a big deal. Check the schedule and musical lineup on Facebook or ncpotatofestival.com. Hope to see you here!     READ MORE »

Elizabeth City to be 17th “Coast Guard City,” May 29 »

Elizabeth City to be 17th “Coast Guard City,” May 29
Ever since the U.S. Coast Guard made Air Station Elizabeth City its base in 1940, residents have welcomed and supported their beloved “Guardians of the Coast” and the important work they do keeping U.S. shorelines safe. On May 29, the special relationship between the base and community will become official when U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft designates Elizabeth City a “Coast Guard City.” A city earns the acclaimed distinction by making special efforts to acknowledge the professional work of the U.S. Coast Guard men and women assigned to the area. Throughout the years, Elizabeth City leaders and residents have championed their presence, from hosting an annual Coast Guard Week celebration to offering special discounts to personnel in local shops and businesses. Elizabeth City will be the 17th U.S.city designated with the honor, and events are planned to mark the celebration, including an historic building dedication on the U.S. Coast Guard base, a time capsule dedication and special activities to be held during the N.C. Potato Festival, May 15-17. Mark you calendar and join us for the celebration May 29. Elizabeth City loves the U.S. Coast... READ MORE »

Dig in to the N.C. Potato Festival, May 15-17 »

Dig in to the N.C. Potato Festival, May 15-17
Celebrating one of northeast North Carolina’s largest crops, the N.C. Potato Festival is a spud-tacular good time, from the rip-roaring Midway rides to live music, tasty foods and the “Little Miss Tater Tot” pageant. This year, the festival celebrates the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Coast Guard’s presence in Elizabeth City and its designation as a “Coast Guard City” with a rescue swimmer as the festival’s mascot, tours of the USCG Kennebec and a USCG 7.5k Fun Run/Walk May 16 at 8 a.m. at Charles Creek Park. Over the festival weekend, visitors can also view the results of a Coast Guard-themed art contest at the Museum of the Albemarle (on display through May 29). The exhibit features works by Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County public school students, and winners will be announced and prizes presented on May 16 at 12 p.m. on the festival’s Mariners’ Wharf stage. Come for the day, and then stay for the night. It’s all things potato—all weekend long! READ MORE »

Beautiful Town »

Beautiful Town
Visitors to Elizabeth City are quick to tell us that our “Harbor of Hospitality” is a lovely coastal destination with scenic views, fun things to do and good southern manners that would please even the most discerning grandmothers. Now, thanks to a far-reaching website, millions more are now privy to our city’s many charms. Culturetrip.com, which reaches more than 2 million visitors monthly, has named Elizabeth City one of “The Top 10 Most Beautiful Towns in North Carolina.” In the article, correspondent Lani Seelinger boasts of our great central location in the northeast, our abundance of antebellum-style homes and the one-of-a-kind shops and galleries located in our historic downtown. We are in good company too, as the listing includes our friends in Asheville, Pinehurst, Wilmington and more. Read it for yourself, and then plan a trip to Elizabeth City. We think that’s a beautiful idea! READ MORE »

Artists Converge on Elizabeth City with SPLASH: June 1-6 »

Artists Converge on Elizabeth City with SPLASH:  June 1-6
Did you know our little town on the Pasquotank has become an arts destination? It’s true. Just ask local artist Carolyn Peel, who organized not one, but two SPLASH weeks in 2014. What is SPLASH? It’s a week-long event, sponsored by Arts of the Albemarle, for artists and art lovers of all types. SPLASH 2015 takes place June 1-6, when artists from as far away as Canada come together to create, collaborate, and cultivate in a community that welcomes artists and celebrates the arts. A plethora of events and classes will fill the week.  SPLASH Open Studio is a communal workshop space located at the old Super 10 building on Main Street. For a fee ($75 AOA members, $100 non-members) artists get a table and space to paint from 10 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Saturday. The first 30 artists to sign up get free residential lodging. Open Studio artists also get to participate in Drawing Circle, led by Jeff Whelan, and demos, discussions, and collaboration with other attending artists, as well as free admission the SPLASH Piano Bar on Thursday night. On Wednesday, June 3, Joe and Carolyn Peel will host a Low Country Boil at their home. Cost of admission is $25. The festivities, including... READ MORE »

The E in Elizabeth City is for Events! »

The E in Elizabeth City is for Events!
Now that spring is here and the weather has warmed, we are excited to share about a few of the upcoming outdoor activities downtown. Starting the first Saturday in May is the opening of the Downtown Waterfront Market. Join us in Mariners’ Wharf Park for fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, hand-made crafts, and more, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. May 15-17 is the 2015 North Carolina Potato Festival brought to you by Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc. This three-day festival has something for everyone! From over 130 vendors, live music all day and mechanical rides for all ages, to special activities like the Potato Peeling Contest, Little Miss Tater Tot Competition, Cornhole Tournament, Auto and Motorcycle show. It will be fun for the whole family. Plus this year’s theme honors our U.S. Coast Guard base’s 75th anniversary! During the first week in June, we’ll have Art Splash again, bringing together local and out-of-state artists for workshops, social activities and an opportunity to share each other’s artwork. Closing out Splash Week is the 11th Annual “Taste of the Albemarle,” brought to you by the Arts of the Albemarle on Saturday June 6. Come... READ MORE »

Plug In to a Creative Summer with AOA’s Summer Camps »

Plug In to a Creative Summer with AOA’s Summer Camps
Summer vacation is coming up fast. Wondering how to fill those long, hot days with activities for the kids? Wonder no more—Arts of the Albemarle has a great slate of summer camps to cater to every creative interest, from music and dance, to jewelry-making, acting and painting. AOA’s Summer Camp schedule kicks off June 22-25 with Summertime Fun Arts Camp for ages 8-12. Artist Margie Sawyer leads this fun interactive camp, which includes painting scenes at the Elizabeth City waterfront, as well as studio work. The cost is $75 members/$85 non-members. Summer Clay Camps, led by Paul Foreman and John Peel, are back by popular demand. Four weekly sessions are offered this year, for ages 5 and up. Students will make birdhouses, bowls and other 3-dimensional objects. Cost is $85 members/$95 non-members. Summer Dance Camp with Leigh Cornu kicks off July 6, with a morning session for ages 8-12, and an afternoon session for ages 13-18. Professional dancer Cornu returns for a second year to lead this two-week dance camp, which will culminate in a performance for family and friends on Friday, July 17. Cost is $165 members/$175 non-members. AOA Summer Music Camp takes place July 20-24. Under... READ MORE »

K-Camp performing live at ECSU’s Viking Fest »

K-Camp performing live at ECSU’s Viking Fest
K-Camp will be performing live at ECSU’s Viking Fest on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 5:00 pm.  The fresh sound of K-Camp is being coined as “New Atlanta.” His family introduced him to music at an early age and while growing up he was influenced by music icons such as Andre 3000, Tupac Shakur and Biggie.  In high school, K-Camp embarked upon his career in rap.  It wasn’t long before the Atlanta native hit the music scene with his popular single, “All Night” which instantly gained momentum in the south.  He later followed up with a Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charting single, “Do It” with Mykko Montana. His new album is set to be released Summer of 2015.   READ MORE »