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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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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 »

Two Great Musical Events at ECSU »

Two Great Musical Events at ECSU
Mark your calendar for two excellent musical events coming up next week at Elizabeth City State University: On Tuesday, April 14, ECSU welcomes the United States Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center. The Commodores, the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, have been performing the very best of big band jazz for the Navy and the nation for over 40 years. They have appeared on TV shows, played nearly all major jazz festivals and toured across the United States and abroad. This vibrant, dynamic group is constantly striving for musical excellence and the pursuit of new and exciting ways to communicate with their audiences. The concert is free. For more information, contact Mr. Douglas Jackson in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, 252-335-3377. Then on Wednesday, April 15, come back to hear Pop/R&B and jazz saxophonist Marcus Anderson (see photo at top) at the Fine Arts Center for the university’s fifth Jazz Festival at 7:30 p.m. Anderson, a native South Carolinian, studied at North Carolina Central University before touring with PRINCE, Sheila E. and Anthony Hamilton. Anderson has been honored to open concerts for several artists and to perform... READ MORE »

Hop on Down(town) to First Friday ArtWalk »

Hop on Down(town) to First Friday ArtWalk
Tomorrow, April 3, is our monthly First Friday ArtWalk in Downtown Elizabeth City! You’re invited to join us and visit our participating businesses and their featured artists from 5:30 to 7:00ish. You don’t want to miss this one!  Page After Page Bookstore will be featuring Karen Yankosky, author of “Good Luck With That Thing You’re Doing!” and artist Liza Franco.  AoA’s April featured artists are include: 516 Gallery – Peggy West & Alla Rossow; featured jewelry artist – Laura DeNunzio; Jenkins’ Gallery – AoA’s First Inaugural “Center Painters & Potters Show and Competition” – AoA’s 1st Members Only Show! Two and a Half Women will be doing an Easter Egg Hunt during ArtWalk with the grand prize egg worth $50 and second place egg being worth $25. Eggs will be hidden throughout the store for patrons to find. While you’re there, check out two brand new artists to Elizabeth City: Jerry Skipper with large original mixed media acrylic (very affordable) and Mark Keffer, owner of Nautical Pen. He is offering large, original pen/ink originals for just $75! Sidney’s Café and Bistro will feature artist Megan Berry. Her art is mainly landscapes, with nature being her... READ MORE »

Spring Events to Bloom in Elizabeth City »

Spring Events to Bloom in Elizabeth City
Spring events are ripe for the picking in Elizabeth City! Take a look at what’s on the horizon, then mark your calendar and come for a visit. For complete, up-to-the-minute listings, see our online calendar at www.harborofhospitality.com. National Women’s History Month Planetarium Show | March 25   Join the Khan Planetarium at Elizabeth City State University for video presentations, laser light show and live night sky demonstration, celebrating Women’s History Month. Free, by reservation only. Check the schedule for times. The Center’s 6th Anniversary Concert | March 28   Don’t miss this special birthday concert at The Center, featuring Elizabeth City’s favorite hometown band, Out ‘N the Cold! The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Maguire Theatre. Encore Theatre Presents “Born Yesterday” | Opens April 17   When a nouveau riche garbage king arrives in Washington DC to make crooked deals, he decides his ex-chorus line girlfriend needs an education to become more sophisticated. See “Born Yesterday,” April 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m., matinee April 19 at 2 p.m. at the Maguire Theatre at The Center, Arts of the Albemarle. Tarwheel Century Ride | April 25   Bicyclists can... READ MORE »

Teens Talk Tech at Port Discover’s Tech Café »

Teens Talk Tech at Port Discover’s Tech Café
Teenagers love coffee—and all things tech. Bring the two components together, and you’ve got a great formula for a good time! With a goal of making today’s specialized technology accessible to Elizabeth City area youth, Port Discover has launched Tech Café, a weekly onsite gathering spot featuring themed programs that explore science in a relaxed and social environment. Tech Caf topics cover everything from game theory and stop motion animation to electronics and more. On Fridays, Middle School students can attend for $5 if they’re a Port Discover member or $8 for non-members. On Saturdays, the fee is $5 for High School students and young adults to age 20. Sessions run from 7-10 p.m. Grab a cup of coffee and join the conversation! READ MORE »

Celebrate ARTiGras at AOA! »

Celebrate ARTiGras at AOA!
New Orleans has Mardi Gras, but Elizabeth City can now claim ARTiGras! To mark the sixth anniversary of The Center, Arts of the Albemarle (AoA) has planned a Mardi Gras-inspired celebration, March 14 at 7 p.m. A champagne reception in the gallery kicks off the night, with live jazz by Wayne James and Friends. Then guests will dine on N’awlins’-style heavy hors d’oeuvres by Montero’s, enjoy a special guest performance by The Center Players and dance to the sounds of Society’s Best. A silent auction will also be offered, including beach weekends and a mountain getaway. The hub of all things art in Elizabeth City, AoA renovated and relocated to the historic Lowry-Chesson building in 2011. Naming it The Center was an excellent idea. Since it re-opened, the Main Street venue has been the hub for countless exhibitions, concerts, theatrical performances, classes, workshops and First Friday ArtWalk receptions. Time flies when you’re having fun! For ARTiGras details, check out www.artsaoa.com. READ MORE »

March, March, March to First Friday ArtWalk »

March, March, March to First Friday ArtWalk
Join us downtown for another evening of art and fun this Friday, March 6 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. That’s right–it’s First Friday ArtWalk! Several downtown businesses and galleries will be open late to feature artists from around our area for your enjoyment. Come out and bring the whole family, and then stay for dinner at one of our great downtown restaurants! Here is what you will find in Downtown Elizabeth City on Friday: Serenity Studio Arts will feature local artist Dale Corbin with his original abstract acrylic paintings. Also on display, paintings from Museum of the Albemarle’s  Paint & Cookie art class. Footprint Christian Resources will host Robin Price, author of ” UNDRESS HIM. ” Positively inspiring, thought provoking and engaging for the 21st century woman.” One of her T-Shirts will be given free of charge with the purchase of her book. Ms. Price is also planning to have a Puzzle Match. Shay Leslie Boutique will showcase Clarence Munden, featuring ” My Morning Walks” mobiles and windchimes crafted from sea glass, fulgulrite, shells and other blessings from the sea. Arts of the Albemarle’s Jenkins’ Gallery... READ MORE »

Come to our Downtown Commercial Property Open House »

Come to our Downtown Commercial Property Open House
Would you like a chance to own a downtown building, or to open a business in a downtown location? Come to our Downtown Vacant Property Open House, presented by Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc., on Tuesday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The following properties will be open for viewing: 700 E. Main Street (former City Wine Sellar) 513 E. Main Street (former Seligs) 400 S. Water Street (WaterWorks Building) 200 E. Fearing Street (corner Poindexter & Fearing) 117 N. Water Street (City Cut Rate Building) 615 East Main St. (Pure Oil Building) 105 South Water St. (former Cupcakery & Choc House) 210 N. Poindexter Street (former bakery) 216A N. Poindexter Street (former hair salon) 604 E. Fearing Street; 305 E. Main Street (former mental health building) An agent or representative will be available at these properties to give you more information on each property. Free coffee will be available and you can enter for a door prize drawing! Looking forward to seeing you... READ MORE »