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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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Spend a Fabulous Fourth in Elizabeth City »

Spend a Fabulous Fourth in Elizabeth City
Nothing says Fourth of July like a bang-up fireworks display, and the Elizabeth City Parks and Recreation Department really know how to put on a show! Join us on Saturday, July 4 beginning at 6 p.m. at Waterfront Park for live music, tasty foods, sack races, corn hole games, bucket pong and a watermelon-eating contest. Then as the sun sets, kick back on your beach blanket and get ready for a star-spangled event as fireworks bloom over the Pasquotank River. Oh, if you have a boat, all the better. You can view the spectacle from our free public docks at beautiful Mariners’ Wharf. To make a weekend of it, check our food and lodging guides, or call the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Center for details at 1-866-ECity-4U. Looking forward to seeing by the water’s edge! READ MORE »

Say Yes to I DO! Wedding Exhibit Opens June 27 at MOA »

Say Yes to I DO! Wedding Exhibit Opens June 27 at MOA
Expect to find something old, new, borrowed and blue, when I DO! Weddings in the Albemarle, 1831-2015 opens this Saturday, June 27 at 10 a.m. at the Museum of the Albemarle. This stunning exhibition features more than 100 wedding garments, accessories and other items that illustrate the area’s traditions over nearly two centuries. Among the treasures on view: a 1920s-era wedding gown and six-piece French hand-painted trousseau; ensembles worn by a bride and groom in 1884; and an original cornice and photograph of a most generous wedding gift presented to Ivy Blades Robinson, by her father William Blades, in 1914—a Neo-Classical Revival style home which stands today at 201 E. Main Street in Elizabeth City. Inspiration for the exhibit was born in 2006, when the museum staff assessed the variety and scope of wedding dresses, textiles and artifacts in its collection. “We immediately saw a need to plan an exhibit so that we could properly conserve and display these beautiful pieces,” said Charlotte Patterson, the museum’s education curator. On display through December 2017, I DO! covers more than wedding gowns, however. Visitors will find tailcoats, top hats, trousseaus, shoes,... READ MORE »

Eat, Drink and Dance at this Year’s Taste! »

Eat, Drink and Dance at this Year’s Taste!
Are you ready to eat, drink and be merry, all for a good cause? Arts of the Albemarle’s 11th Annual Taste of the Albemarle is happening Saturday, June 6 at Mariner’s Wharf Park from 6 to 10 p.m.  The “Taste” portion of the event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m., as you enjoy the sounds of Elizabeth City’s own Uphill band and sample delicious fare from 20+ local restaurants. Wash it all down with the beer, wine, sodas and water that will be available for sale throughout the evening. Then get ready to swing with dance band Major and the Monbacks entertainment from 8 to 10 p.m. This Norfolk-based group has created their own blend of rock-n-roll, merging retro 60’s rock-n-roll, psychedelic twang, soaring three-part harmonies and the high energy and horn-laden grit of southern soul. Dance the night away by the balmy breezes of the Pasquotank River after having your fill of delicious local cuisine. By the way, it’s all for a good cause. Taste is a benefit for Arts of the Albemarle, your hub for all things art in Elizabeth City. It doesn’t get any better than that! Tickets are available at the following prices: advanced AOA member ticket $20, advanced non-member ticket $25, advanced... READ MORE »

Welcoming Artists and Visitors to Splash! »

Welcoming Artists and Visitors to Splash!
This week, the “Harbor of Hospitality” is delighted to welcome visiting artists and arts enthusiasts to Splash!  June 1-6, accomplished painters from the south and beyond are visiting our fair city doing what they do best:  creating, collaborating and cultivating relationships among each other. “There is nothing else that compares to Splash,” said Katie Murray, executive director of Arts of the Albemarle (AoA), an event host. “Artists from far and wide come to our little town, are hosted in community member’s homes and spend a week in their happy place—painting, taking workshops and enjoying parties each night. It’s a magical, relaxing experience for the artists and an inspiring and exciting time for Elizabeth City as well.” What’s truly great about Splash is that it is open to artists of all levels as well as art lovers and creative folk of every type. For the artists, Splash will once again offer the Splash Open Studio in the former Super10 space on Main St. Claim your space for the week for $75 (AoA Members) or $100 (Non-members). AoA is offering  eight workshops for all experience levels and mediums including: “Absolutely Abstract Painting” with... READ MORE »

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 »