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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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Small Saturday + Art for the Masses = Great Deals, Good Times! »

Small Saturday + Art for the Masses = Great Deals, Good Times!
We have two amazing reasons to head to Elizabeth City on Saturday, Nov. 28. First, it’s Small Business Saturday. Held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the annual promotion encourages seasonal shoppers to patronize businesses that are small and local. In Elizabeth City, we have dozens of fabulous shops that fit the bill, offering original artwork, eclectic home décor and furnishings, to jewelry, apparel and artisan-made wares. Second reason to visit: Art for the Masses, also Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the old Super 10 Store on Main Street. Presented by Arts of the Albemarle, this is a juried show of local artists who are selling their original, quality artwork at affordable prices just in time for the holidays. No item will be more than $200, so this is a great chance to purchase a masterpiece for someone you love (or for yourself!). And when you’ve worked up an appetite from all that shopping, be sure to stop in one of Elizabeth City’s charming independently-owned restaurants for coffee, lunch or dinner. Supporting local businesses is a great way to embrace the spirit of the season! Our downtown friends and neighbors look forward to... READ MORE »

Make it a Hometown Holiday »

Make it a Hometown Holiday
If you’re longing for the warmth of an old-fashioned, hometown holiday, put Elizabeth City on your wish list. Now through December, the “Harbor of Hospitality®” offers a stocking full of family-friendly events and experiences. Come for the day, or stay for the night, to enjoy these seasonal treasures:  Elizabeth City Holiday Celebration, Nov. 27   The lighting of the downtown holiday lights begins at 6 p.m. on Main Street. Caroling, hot cocoa, hay/sleigh rides, cookies and more! Ballet for Young Audiences presents “The Nutcracker,” Nov. 29   Follow Clara on a magical journey to a land where mice battle soldiers, a Nutcracker comes to life and the Sugarplum Fairy dances in the land of sweets. At Arts of the Albemarle’s Maguire Theatre. Elizabeth City Holiday Home Tour, Dec. 4-5  Embrace the holiday spirit by taking a tour of beautifully-decorated historic homes, Dec. 4 (6:30-9 p.m.) and Dec. 5 (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Check Arts of the Albemarle for tickets and info. Lighted Boat Parade at First Friday ArtWalk, Dec. 4  On First Fridays, Elizabeth City’s downtown area swings into high gear from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with music, food and a chance to check out the art studios, restaurants and... READ MORE »

Elizabeth City’s Peace Pole »

Elizabeth City’s Peace Pole
There’s something about Elizabeth City’s waterfront that attracts people seeking peace and inspiration. We see it all the time, from the boaters who dock at Mariners’ Wharf for a day or two’s rest before cruising on to their next destination, to the strollers, picnickers and painters who seek pretty vistas at Waterfront Park. Now, when friends and visitors come to our Pasquotank River shores, they can reflect on something else to complement our tranquil waterfront views –   a Peace Pole, erected and dedicated Nov. 13 by the Elizabeth City Morning Rotary Club. Introduced in 1955 by a Japanese Monk, Masahisa Goi, a Peace Pole is a tower made of various materials (wood, metal, vinyl, stone) and marked with characters that spell out “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” usually in languages that are meaningful to residents of the region where it stands. The Rotary Club selected Nov. 13 to dedicate their pole because it was both World Kindness Day and Random Acts of Kindness Day. And they chose to have the following languages represented on their creation: English – language of the first European settlers, the famed “lost colony” of Roanoke Island French and Portuguese – spoken by the early... READ MORE »

Life is Full of Small Moments »

Life is Full of Small Moments
As tourism director, I host Rose Buddies receptions for visiting boaters. This tradition of welcoming boaters with impromptu wine and cheese parties and roses was started by Fred Fearing and Joe Kramer in 1983. The story of the Rose Buddies receptions was one of the reasons I chose to move to Elizabeth City. I wanted to be part of a community that had a legacy of generosity and hospitality. While these receptions are a small gesture of hospitality, I was recently reminded of the impact one simple act can have on someone’s life. In October, we had the opportunity to welcome Darrell Dail, his son Carey Dail and daughter-in-law Robin Dail, traveling with good friends Jon and Teresa White. They were visiting Elizabeth City and sailing the Dismal Swamp Loop in memory of Darrell’s wife, Gladys Dail. They had planned on touring Elizabeth City and the Dismal Swamp Loop in 2013. However, Gladys was diagnosed with cancer before they could make the trip, and then passed away in January of 2015. We were honored to host a Rose Buddies reception for them. The former mayor of Elizabeth City, Steve Atkinson, was the master of ceremonies at the reception. While Fred, Joe and Gladys were not at... READ MORE »

Al Roker Takes Elizabeth City by Storm! »

Al Roker Takes Elizabeth City by Storm!
#rokerthon 2 hit Elizabeth City by storm this week when NBC reporter and weatherman Al Roker breezed into U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City on Wednesday, Nov. 11 to file a fast-paced weather update to the delight of enthusiastic fans. Talk about a amazing Veteran’s Day surprise for America’s 17th Coast Guard City! The gig, which aired live on NBC-TV media, was part of Roker’s attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the fastest time ever for reporting the weather from all 50 states. Since he began his quest on Friday, Nov. 6 in Hawaii, Roker’s been making his way across the country’s weather map by planes, trains and any other vehicle he can catch. He arrived in Elizabeth City on the #rokerthon airplane at 8:30 p.m. Fueled by adrenaline, no doubt, America’s favorite weatherman took time to greet U.S. Guard employees and their families, chat with a few folks including reporters from WNCN-TV and WECT-TV, and – of course – report the weather using a tablet to pull up regional maps and weather systems. A few minutes later – and he was outta’ there. On to his next stop and, hopefully, a world record. If he makes it, Roker will be in be twice honored. At the inaugural... READ MORE »

Immerse Yourself in the World of Author Bland Simpson, Nov. 6 at Page After Page »

Immerse Yourself in the World of Author Bland Simpson, Nov. 6 at Page After Page
Elizabeth City is filled with talented people, many of whom are inspired to paint, sing, write, act or create by nature of our striking location on the Pasquotank River and Albemarle Sound. Author and musician Bland Simpson is one such individual. He grew up in Elizabeth City and has written six books chronicling life on and near the water here in North Carolina’s northeastern pocket. Simpson is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a long-time pianist for the Tony Award-winning string band The Red Clay Ramblers. He and his wife, Ann Cary Simpson, a conservationist and photographer, have just published their third book together, Little Rivers and Waterway Tale: A Carolinian’s Eastern Streams. The tome is filled with stories of those who have lived and worked on the “little rivers” that define North Carolina’s Sound Country as it meets the Atlantic. Meet the authors, Nov. 6 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m., at a book-signing event at Page After Page (111 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City) – and immerse yourself in the Simpsons’ water-inspired... READ MORE »

Get Rhythm and Brews, Nov. 7 in EC »

Get Rhythm and Brews, Nov. 7 in EC
Spend a crisp autumn evening sipping craft beer while listening to the sounds of everyone’s favorite local bands—it doesn’t get any better than that! Back by popular demand, Arts of the Albemarle presents its 2nd Annual River City Rhythm and Brews event, Saturday, Nov. 7 at Mariners’ Wharf Park. Over 40 varieties of North Carolina and Virginia craft beer will be available for sampling. Presented by TowneBank and AOA’s Center Society, things get rolling at 6:00 pm with live musical entertainment by Little Dickie’s Misfits and CC and the Ryders. Little Dickie is none other than Elizabeth City’s own Dickie Sanders, with the Misfits being various musicians from local bluegrass band Out N the Cold. Sharing the musical bill is CC and the Ryders. A combination of funk, rock and reggae, CC and the Ryders have been playing northeastern North Carolina for the last 20 years. Ticket prices are $25 in advance for AOA members and the military; $30 in advance for non-members; and $35 for all tickets at the door. There is also a special $10 ticket price for designated drivers, who will receive a complementary non-alcoholic beverage. Don’t miss this wonderful evening of brews and music by... READ MORE »

SPLASH into EC’s Art Scene, Nov. 2-7 »

SPLASH into EC’s Art Scene, Nov. 2-7
Elizabeth City is becoming quite the arts destination. Arts of the Albemarle’s second SPLASH week of 2015 takes place Nov. 2-7, with artists from all over coming to town to teach classes, lecture or just plein air paint our local scenery. What is SPLASH? It’s a week-long gathering of artists, both local and far-flung, to collaborate, share and enjoy spontaneous creativity. Are you an artist or wanna-be artist? Sign up for the SPLASH Open Studio. Held in the old Super 10 store on Main Street, Open Studio is a communal work space for artists. The fee ($75 for AOA members, $100 for non-members) includes a table and space to paint all day from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Also included is participation in Drawing Circle led by Jeff Whelan, and admission to the SPLASH Piano Bar on Thursday night. Other SPLASH Week happenings include Plein Air Workshops with Mike Rooney and a plethora of classes. Classes include painting with cold wax, abstract painting, monoprinting, French watercolor and a beginner’s acrylic class. For full class descriptions go to An Oktoberfest Cookout will be held at the home of Roger and Ursula Tolson on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 6... READ MORE »

Permission to Come Aboard? Yes! Tour the Elizabeth II this Weekend »

Permission to Come Aboard? Yes! Tour the Elizabeth II this Weekend
On the Elizabeth City waterfront, I spy something brown, red, white, blue and reminiscent of a seafaring era gone by. Do you see it too? The Elizabeth II, a 16th-century representative ship, sails into Elizabeth City today, with school and public tours planned through the weekend at Waterfront Park. First launched in 1984 in Manteo, N.C., to celebrate America’s 400th anniversary, the Elizabeth II is representative of ships that brought English explorers and colonists to America in the Elizabethan era. On board you can get a glimpse of life above and below deck, relayed by costumed re-enactors spinning centuries-old tales. Powered by three sails and adorned with red, white and blue accents, the wooden ship is a sight to behold whether it’s underway or docked, as it will be this weekend in Elizabeth City. Pasquotank County fourth graders will tour the ship on Friday, Oct. 23. Then on Saturday, Oct. 24, the vessel will be open to the public for free tours from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily. The voyage is sponsored by the Friends of Elizabeth II, a 501c3 non-profit organization supporting history, education and arts programs, with support from the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors... READ MORE »

Meet Me at the Fair! »

Meet Me at the Fair!
When the 57th Albemarle Cratfsman’s Fair rolls around this weekend, you’ll want to be there! A one-price ticket is your admission to all three days, Oct. 23-25, at the Knobbs Creek Recreation Center here in Elizabeth City. This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever before with over 75 craftsmen selling and demonstrating their work. Over 50 craft categories will be represented, including leatherwork, painted gourds, pottery, jewelry, fiber art, papercraft, glass art, fishing rods, lures, metal work, wood working, dolls, basketry and so much more. Hint, hint:  It is a great place to fill your holiday gift list and get something special for yourself! When the Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair began in 1959, it was designed to help hobbists (mostly women) contribute to the family income by selling handcrafts. The homemakers were already making them as useful household items such as brooms, quilts, leather goods and woven apparel. Just like back then, the current fair does the same thing, but on a much larger scale. As you enjoy shopping, you will also be entertained with the craftsmen who will be demonstrating and sharing their techniques on pottery wheels,scroll saws... READ MORE »