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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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Two Great Events Sept. 20: Pulla Pull-ozza and Moth Boat Regatta »

Two Great Events Sept. 20:  Pulla Pull-ozza and Moth Boat Regatta
Two great events coming up on Sept. 20! The Pulla Pull-ooza  and the National Championship Moth Boat Regatta. The Pulla Pull-ooza is at Morgan’s Corner and gates open at 1:00 p.m. There will be a truck pull from 2:00 until 7:00 p.m., followed by a concert by Out Shyne (a hot new five-piece band) and ending with a concert by Joe Diffie at 9:30 p.m. The Morgan’s Corner track is known as one of the best around, and with the added music will make for a great fun-filled day. Tickets are $22.00 in advance and $25.00 at the gate. The Annual Moth Boat Regatta on the Pasquotank River is Sept. 19- 21.. These small fast single-handed racing sailboats that originated in Elizabeth City in 1929 are so beautiful to watch on our river. That Saturday night, in conjunction with the regatta, the Museum of the Albemarle is having a barbeque and fried chicken fundraiser on their portico from 5:00 to 7 p.m. for just $10.00 per plate. Both events are so much fun for the whole family.  See you on the river front and at Morgan’s... READ MORE »

“And the Winners Are…” AOA Announces Landmark Competition Prizes »

“And the Winners Are…” AOA Announces Landmark Competition Prizes
The winners of Arts of the Albemarle’s 28th Annual Landmark Show were announced Sept. 5 at the First Friday ArtWalk. Juried by Dr. Norman Goodwin of Norfolk, Va., the 1st Place prize went to Margi Wynn for her acrylic collage, “Meet Me in the Park.” (See photo!) Dr. Goodwin praised Wynn’s excellent sense of design and form, use of material and originality in composing this abstract piece.Second Place went to “Alice’s Route to OBX Wonderland,” an oil composition by Barbara Gernat, while Jane Perry’s oil painting, “Albemarle Peanut Factory” took 3rd Place. New this year is the AOA Patron Award, which was determined by the popular vote of First Friday ArtWalk attendees. Only AOA Artist Members are eligible for the award in this category. Jaquelin Perry’s mixed media, sailboat-themed composition, “Racing Oph’s,” was the winner of the Patron Award. Awarded honorary mentions were “Can’t See the Forest…” water media, by Mary Crutchfield; “Getcha Some Shade” oil painting, by Fen Rascoe; “Oyster Roast,” oil and cold wax composition, by Susan Owens, “Very Last Zinnias” acrylic painting, by Jaquelin Perry, and Garden Gala, watercolor collage, by Margi Wynn. Dr. Norman Goodman operated ... READ MORE »

Meet Writer Behind New Book of EC’s Legendary Locals »

Meet Writer Behind New Book of EC’s Legendary Locals
At the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, we have exceptional volunteers.  One of our volunteers is also one of our bloggers, Margie Berry. In addition, she’s a talented writer. Margie has a book coming out Sept. 15 titled Legendary Locals of Elizabeth City.  Not only does she cover the history of our city, she makes us remember the people in our lifetime who made our wonderful city what it is today–and why we are known as the “Harbor of Hospitality.” I could not put the book down! I felt I was back in time seeing and talking with these folks from the past. I would love to mention some of my favorites that she wrote about,  but there are simply so  many.  Margie is donating the proceeds of the book to the Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association which supports historic preservation in and around the city. She plans to have the book for sale at upcoming events, area bookstores, independent retailers, online retailers and through the publisher at or You may also call 1-888-313-2665 to order the book. Congratulations Margie! I know you worked hard on this book that everyone will... READ MORE »

Grammy Nominated Musicians Coming to Elizabeth City »

Grammy Nominated Musicians Coming to Elizabeth City
Elizabeth City enjoys great music performances. If you like concerts, don’t miss hearing Royal Tailor perform live at Mid-Atlantic Christian University during College Preview Weekend, Sept. 26.  These guys are known nationally and have been nominated for a Grammy award. You can hear their music on radio stations like K-Love and Air 1. If you watch their videos, you might think they had too much caffeine; they don’t stop moving! And while they appeal to the younger generations, older audiences also enjoy the band’s musicianship and positive messages. According to singer Tauren Wells, he and band members want people to come and enjoy the music, have fun and enjoy the presence of God. “But we also want to inspire them to go out and do something with that, like it has inspired us,” said Wells. “We want to encourage them to get ready and go get plugged into their community, in their schools, in their churches and make a difference. We want people to know you can be who you want to be, you can achieve what you want to achieve and realize we’ve all been created for something greater than ourselves.” Royal Tailor’s performance is part of the tour entitled “Walls Down Tour.” The tour also... READ MORE »

Fun Fall Events Blow into Elizabeth City! »

Fun Fall Events Blow into Elizabeth City!
There are plenty of great reasons to visit Elizabeth City, but if you travel this fall you can watch fast and sleek moth boats skim across the Pasquotank River, cheer for the hometown football team and shop for one-of-a-kind crafts. Looking for fun, fall events? Look no further. Peruse our fall lineup, pick a date and and plan your visit. The “Harbor of Hospitality” awaits! Sept. 5-Oct. 1 | 28th Annual Landmark Show This excellent juried show will open during Elizabeth City’s First Friday ArtWalk event, Sept. 5 at 5:30 p.m. Over 50 regional artists will submit paintings inspired by life and landscapes in northeastern North Carolina. Sept. 19-21 | Classic Moth Boat National Championship Three divisions of moth boats will be racing (Vintage, Generation I Classic, Generation II Classic) in this championship hosted by the Classic Moth Boat Association. View the race from Waterfront Park along the Pasquotank River. Oct. 10-11 | Historic Ghost Walk Witness President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as he talks about “the date that will live in infamy,” hear battle stories from the youngest solider to fight in the D-Day invasion or learn how a local shipyard owner set a... READ MORE »

Did you make that? The most common question at the Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair »

Did you make that? The most common question at the Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair
One of the most frequently asked questions at the Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair has got to be “Did you make that?” followed by “How?” In its 56th year, this show is one of the oldest demonstrating fairs in North Carolina. With a motto of To Learn-To Create-To Teach, craftsmen are more than willing to answer both of those questions by demonstrating the process right in front of your eyes or by showing you through a series of photographs. Handmade truly means handmade. The Albemarle Craftsman’s Guild members, who have had their work juried in one of the arduous screening processes, are not permitted to make their product using a ready-made commercial kit. So, when you visit the Fair, you will see craftsmen working with hand tools: carving, twisting wire, knitting, as well as those who use heavy tools such as scroll saws, pottery wheels and sewing machines–folks who are ready and willing to chat a bit about their craft. These craftsmen are also aware that without passing on the knowledge of how a craft is made, the craft itself will soon fade away. You will see booths with generations of families who have handed down their skills over the years. One is 105 year-old Emily Harrell... READ MORE »

Wheels Keep Turning in Elizabeth City! »

Wheels Keep Turning in Elizabeth City!
Join us on Aug. 31 for the second of six scheduled Community Bike Rides in downtown Elizabeth City. Enjoy an evening breeze. Get some exercise. Cruise the route as many times as you like between 5 – 7 p.m. on any (or all!) of the following dates: Aug. 31 Sept. 14, and 28 Oct. 5 and 12 Park and unload your bike in the parking lot near Church Street. Your biking route is E. Church Street to S. Elliott Street, S. Elliott Street to E. Main Street, along E. Main Street to S. Poindexter Street and then back to E. Church Street. Although these streets are closed for your biking pleasure, participants should wear helmets while biking. Cyclists can represent their favorite organizations, schools and employers by wearing t-shirts, sun visors and other memorabilia. We’re biking in the Harbor of Hospitality! Won’t you join us? Guest Blog Submitted by:  Kesha Williams READ MORE »

We’ve Got Good Times Covered in Elizabeth City! »

We’ve Got Good Times Covered in Elizabeth City!
Looking for something to do? Elizabeth City has got you covered! Let me tell you how my week unfolded, besides working each day. Tuesday night was another great free Music on the Green concert at Mariners’ Wharf Park with The Million Watt Sons playing. Wednesday night, Chris Palestrant played at Coasters, and was joined by Adam Nixon playing and singing a little with him. Thursday night was the corn hole tournament held by the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce. Okay, my team did not win but we had a lot of fun. All three events had all ages having a great time. Also on Wednesday, it was really neat to see people after 9 p.m. riding their bikes in downtown Elizabeth City. There’s even more coming up! Tonight audiences can enjoy a free kids flick, “Planes,” at Mariners’ Wharf Park. Saturday, we have the Downtown Waterfront Market at Mariners’ Wharf, featuring local farmers and vendors selling fresh produce and delicious foods. Right across the street from the market, Page after Page is having their Summer Reading Celebration. Next Tuesday? It starts all over again, Aug. 26, as we celebrate with another Music on the Green concert. There’s always something happening in the... READ MORE »

Harleys, Hondas and Hope »

Harleys, Hondas and Hope
Motorcyclists will convene in Elizabeth City on Sept. 6 to help bring hope into our world. Although there is little agreement about which bike is better– the Harley or the Honda– most riders agree on the fact that this world could use more hope and happiness. The Mid-Atlantic Christian University Bike Rally and Charity Ride started in 2008 to build up a student scholarship in the cross-cultural studies department at MACU. The university has many successful alumni engaged in working with other cultures effectively. If you enjoy riding your motorcycle with a group, you will want to consider joining this group for a fun morning of riding. Check the registration info, and sign up to ride online. The scenery in Pasquotank County is beautiful and early September temperatures are mild. Layden’s Supermarket is one of the stops along the ride. You just might find a reason to return there for their homemade goodies. When the ride ends back at the waterfront campus of MACU, you will find lunch waiting. The Harold C. Turner Hall venue houses a most inspiring view of the Pasquotank River. You might catch a glimpse of sailboats cruising the Intracoastal Waterway right in front of... READ MORE »

A Ghostly Good Time Awaits, Oct.10-11 in Elizabeth City »

A Ghostly Good Time Awaits, Oct.10-11 in Elizabeth City
Elizabeth City’s Historic Ghost Walk marks its 18th year with a salute to the local men and women of the “Greatest Generation” and their contributions to the war effort. Ghost Walk 2014:  World War II in the Albemarle takes place the evenings of Oct. 11-12, from 5:30 to 9:30 each evening. You’ll meet Jack Hoffler, the youngest soldier in the D-Day invasion, along with Virginia Newbern, a young secretary at the Naval Air Station. There’s also Archie Sanders, whose Elizabeth City Shipyard produced submarine chasers for the war effort. Senator Melvin Daniels will tell about being a teenager on the Outer Banks with the war raging off our shore. President Franklin D. Roosevelt makes an appearance, as well as Andrew “Salt” Williams of the Tuskegee Airmen. Joe Flickinger will tell about training Russian soldiers to fly in Project Zebra. And you don’t want to miss the USO Show happening at AOA’s McGuire Theatre. There will be a special preview of the USO Show on Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Maguire Theatre, for those who want to get a jump on the weekend’s events. Admission is $5, and there will be appetizers and a cash bar. Wrap-around events include a showing of the... READ MORE »