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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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Elizabeth City State University’s 125th Anniversary Exhibit at Museum of the Albemarle »

Elizabeth City State University’s 125th Anniversary Exhibit at Museum of the Albemarle

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Elizabeth City State University’s 125th Anniversary Exhibit at Museum of the Albemarle

Posted on May 9, 2016 by Elizabeth City Rose
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[Elizabeth City State University’s 125th Anniversary Exhibit at Museum of the Albemarle]

For an inside look at one of America’s top-ranked Historically Black College and Universities, plan now to experience ECSU: A Legacy of Excellence and Resilience at the Museum of the Albemarle.

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Pet-friendly Elizabeth City Area Outings »

Pet-friendly Elizabeth City Area Outings
Man’s best friends are celebrated here in the Harbor of Hospitality. Below are a few suggestions on how your pack can have a doggone good time in the Elizabeth City Area from my four-legged son, Cosmo Rehklau: Your pack can start its day at Muddy Waters Coffeehouse where the baristas have treats on hand for you and your hoomans. The baristas there don’t make your hoomans beverages, they make them tasty works of art. Next up, Page after Page, a dog-friendly literary haven. At this locally owned bookstore, your hoomans can check out the regional book selection and learn more about the history of the region while you cool your paws. If you’re hungry, stop for lunch at Sidney’s Café & Bistro. This restaurant has seating in the atrium area where you and your hoomans can enjoy the natural light that comes through the glass roof of this 1926 building while dining on American cuisine. Best of the all, the tiled atrium floor stays cool in the long dog days of summer. This restaurant receives two paws up. Don’t forget to stop by Nu-Quality Ice Cream where they have treats for your entire pack. This ice cream shop offers different weekly flavors beyond the basic vanilla and chocolate.... READ MORE »

Elizabeth City’s NC Potato Festival History »

Elizabeth City’s NC Potato Festival History
Elizabeth City’s largest event, the North Carolina Potato Festival, is almost here. But did you know this three-day, finger-licking, ride-rollicking, music-loving tribute to the Albemarle area’s potato farmers started on a scale as small as a potato sprout? According to the book Legendary Locals of Elizabeth City, by Margie Berry, the Albemarle Potato Festival was first held in 1940 with a festival parade along Main Street and a beauty pageant that drew women from the 11-county area with hopes to wear the Potato Queen crown. The festival enjoyed a long run, continuing through the 1960s, but by 1970 it had played itself out. In 2008, the festival made a dramatic comeback when N.C. General Assembly passed legislation designating the event the North Carolina Potato Festival—— and it’s been held every year since. For this year’s event, May 20-22, festival organizers have embraced an outdoor theme in celebration of the 100th anniversary of North Carolina’s state parks. In addition to park-focused exhibits, festival-goers will nibble on home-cooked fries, cheer on the “Mister and Miss Tater Tot” contestants and eat their way through... READ MORE »

Elizabeth City State University’s 125th Anniversary Exhibit at Museum of the Albemarle »

Elizabeth City State University’s 125th Anniversary Exhibit at Museum of the Albemarle
For an inside look at one of America’s top-ranked  Historically Black College and Universities, plan now to experience ECSU: A Legacy of Excellence and Resilience, opening May 7 at the Museum of the Albemarle. In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Elizabeth City State University, the exhibit follows a chronological path of the school’s successes and struggles. Visitors will “meet” Hugh Cale, the legislator who introduced the bill to establish the school; travel both the high and low roads as the University and its students endured, embraced and made history through the years; honor the marches for freedom and equal rights through the decades of segregation; and see the paths alumni walked to pave the route for future generations. Featuring school yearbooks, diplomas, student textbooks, gradebooks, athletic uniforms and more, the exhibit pays homage to the roots and fruition of over a century of history. Admission to the museum is free, and the exhibit will be open through February 2017. Check the museum website for hours and more... READ MORE »

Everything Old is New Again: Antiques and Vintage Stores in Elizabeth City (Part 2) »

Everything Old is New Again: Antiques and Vintage Stores in Elizabeth City (Part 2)
At the light-filled Center Cross Homespun Goods (112 S. McMorrine St., 252-340-1968), with its mix of antique and vintage items ranging from the 1800s to the 1960s, one might eagerly decide to take up drinking espresso just to purchase some of the dainty porcelain demitasse cup and saucer sets on display. Owner Cheryl Sutton, who opened the store in 2014, admits she’s rarely met an estate sale or auction she doesn’t like and credits her mother for her appreciation of fine old furniture. An avid viewer of Antiques Roadshow and American Pickers, Cheryl loves everything she buys and is particularly drawn to “functional pieces that serve a purpose in the home and are not just ‘show’ pieces.” With a setting that resembles a welcoming living room, the store is stocked with several ‘Gone with the Wind’ lamps, an ornate Victorian chair, a metal food press with a stand and wood pedestal, and a copper coffee samovar.   For anyone renovating a historic house, The Jack Frost-Johnson Architectural Salvage Store (504 Hughes Blvd., 252-340-1106) operated by the Elizabeth City Historical Neighborhood Association (ECHNA), is an invaluable resource. Store director Rick Boyd notes that most of... READ MORE »

AOA’s Summer Camps in Elizabeth City—Sign ‘Em Up! »

AOA’s Summer Camps in Elizabeth City—Sign ‘Em Up!
Been wondering what to do with the kids over the long summer break? Wonder no more—Arts of the Albemarle has a plethora of summer camps for children ages 5 through 18. From photography to theater, painting to pottery, there’s something sure to appeal to you child’s interests.  Here’s a run-down of what’s on tap: The Summer Camp series kicks off June 20 with Beauty Meets the Eye Photography Summer Camp with instructor Shayla Doyle. This three-day camp, for students ages 6-12, will teach young photographers what makes photographs interesting. Students must have a non-phone camera. Several summer clay camps grace the summer schedule. Kids Summer Clay Camp #1 is June 27-30, while Kids Summer Clay Camp #2 is held July 18-21. Kids Summer Clay Camp #3 will be August 8-11.  For older kids, there are three Teen Summer Clay Camps for ages 13-18. The first will be July 11-14, with #2 on July 18-21, and #3 on August 8-11. All clay camps are instructed by Paul Foreman and John Peel. Musical Theatre Camp, for ages 12-18, will be held July 11-22. Led by Center Players luminaries Lauren Luther and Corey Bradford, and alumni Pearl Kelly-Goss and Tyler Campbell, students will receive instruction... READ MORE »

Everything Old is New Again: Antiques and Vintage Stores in Elizabeth City (Part 1) »

Everything Old is New Again:  Antiques and Vintage Stores in Elizabeth City (Part 1)
Antiques and vintage items have history and often, a great story attached to their provenance. From their sometimes less-than-perfect but charming details to the stellar workmanship they boast, antiques transport us to bygone eras. Fortunately for residents of Elizabeth City, there are a number of great retail options available for those who want to round out an existing collection or find the perfect, one-of-a-kind collectible. Jennifer and Rick Ladich, owners of Coppersmith Antiques & Auction Company (123 S. Hughes Blvd., 252-331-5814), have sold antiques and vintage items for the past 25 years. Within their large space filled with furniture, glassware and porcelain from the 18th century to the mid-century decades of the 1950s and ‘60s, the Ladichs offer appraisal services and auction and estate sale services, as well. They also rent booths to dealers, which has created an antiques mall under one roof. While Rick has been interested in antiques his entire life and purchased his first collection (glass bottles) at age 12, Jennifer’s curiosity about them piqued after meeting Rick 18 years ago. With her newfound knowledge, she purchased a “unique, turn-of-the-century oak china... 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. The 2016 market season opens May 7, 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 the end of October. Check their Facebook page to see what’s fresh each... READ MORE »

Kayaking Adventures in Elizabeth City »

Kayaking Adventures in Elizabeth City
The Albemarle Region is rich in opportunities to experience outdoor adventures. This week we caught up with Don Campbell, one of Elizabeth City’s local kayakers, who shared tips and info on how to have a safe and scenic waterway adventure here in the “Harbor of Hospitality.”   What’s been your experiences kayaking in the Elizabeth City Area and Albemarle Region? Don: Everywhere I have gone in my kayak has been amazing, from the Elizabeth City downtown waterfront views at sunrise and sunset to the deep end of a finger creek in primordial scenery.  I have seen all kinds of snakes, birds, turtles, deer, bears, otters and minks. I have had an eagle almost hit me with a dropped fish, and an alligator eyeballing me in a pond. Even when I am not catching fish, I always have my waterproof camera and can get a great shot of my surroundings. I highly recommend our area for kayakers and kayak fishing enthusiasts.   Where are some of the places to kayak in the area? Don: There are lots of places to kayak all around us. I launch regularly from Charles Creek Park (located on Riverside Ave) in Elizabeth City. Since I am usually launching just before sunrise, (early a.m. for lighter... READ MORE »