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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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Battle of the Musicals! Catch Two Great Shows Beginning this Week »

Battle of the Musicals! Catch Two Great Shows Beginning this Week
Make it dinner and show x 2 in Elizabeth City, when Pump Boys and Dinettes, presented by Encore Theatre, and West Side Story, part of the COA Performing Arts Center series, share a nearly identical theatrical run. No need to choose; plan to attend both of these classic shows: Pump Boys and Dinettes, Feb. 27-28; March 1, 5-7 The Pump Boys sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country, and the Dinettes run the Double Cupp diner next door. Together they fashion an evening of country western songs that received unanimous raves on and off-Broadway. With heartbreak and hilarity, they perform on guitars, piano, bass and, yes, kitchen utensils. Plays at Arts of the Albemarle’s Maguire Theatre. www.encoretheatre.org West Side Story, Feb. 26-28; March 1, 5-8 Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the American Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. This landmark Broadway musical is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time. A At the COA Performing Arts Center. www.albemarle.edu/pac  ... READ MORE »

Cheers! AOA Brings Downtown Wine (and Beer) Walk to EC »

Cheers! AOA Brings Downtown Wine (and Beer) Walk to EC
Elizabeth City has an Art Walk, a Ghost Walk, and now… a Wine Walk! On Saturday, Feb. 28, Arts of the Albemarle presents its inaugural Wine (and Beer) Walk. Beginning at 2 p.m., participants can stroll the streets of historic downtown Elizabeth City, while stopping at restaurants, bars. and boutiques. They will sample wine or beer at each, as well as food at select locations. Participants include: Sydney’s Café and Bistro, Cypress Creek Grill, Two and a Half Women, Page after Page Bookstore, Thumper’s Downtown Bar and Grill, Carolina Restaurant, Logan Raye’s, Grouper’s, Dockside, and the Center, Arts of the Albemarle. Presented by the Center Society, AOA’s young professional networking group, the event is a fundraiser for Arts of the Albemarle. Tickets are $15 for Center Society and AOA members; $18 for non-members. Purchase tickets online or call (252) 338-6997. See you at the Wine Walk! READ MORE »

Winner and Runner-up in Inaugural Jump-Start Elizabeth City Announced »

Winner and Runner-up in Inaugural Jump-Start Elizabeth City Announced
Nestlerode Orthopedic Rehabilitation, LLC  is the winner of the Jump-Start Elizabeth City Downtown Business Plan Competition, and the Photography Co., is the runner up, contest sponsors announced today. Launched in September 2014 by presenting sponsors Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc. and the Elizabeth City Area Committee of 100, the competition was open to entrepreneurs interested in opening or relocating their business in Elizabeth City’s downtown before Nov. 13, 2015. A total of seven applicants submitted their business plans, and judges decided on the winners this week. “Both businesses are making significant capital investments in their downtown businesses, and both presented well thought-out marketing plans,” said Wayne Harris, director of the ECPCEDC and chairman  of the Jump Start Evaluation Committee. “They understand the need to pursue diversified income streams. And just as importantly, these businesses will introduce a steady stream of fresh eyes to the charms of downtown Elizabeth City.” Nestlerode Orthopedic Rehabilitation, which is relocating from the Charlotte area, will offer physical therapy services in the 2,300 square-foot office suite... READ MORE »

Empty Bowls Across the Albemarle »

Empty Bowls Across the Albemarle
The 2nd Annual Empty Bowls of the Albemarle, a fundraiser for the Food Bank of the Albemarle, will be held on Wednesday, March 18 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Everyone is treated to soup, bread, dessert and a selected handcrafted bowl to take home as a reminder of the empty bowls across the Albemarle. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Last year the tickets sold out early and it was such a wonderful event with area restaurants donating a variety of soups and volunteering their time along with other volunteers (celebrity servers) from the area. Bowls are being made by local artists and art education students from elementary through high school. Tickets go on sale this week at AoA and at www.afoodbank.org. Don’t miss the worthy event. READ MORE »

Friends of Downtown »

Consider becoming a “Friend of Downtown” Elizabeth City. We value your interest in and support of a better quality of life in our downtown community! Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc. (ECDI) has been a member of the North Carolina Main Street Program since 1988.  For the past 26 years, our Downtown Organization has proudly worked to revitalize our downtown district following the four points of the Main Street approach to revitalization: Organization, Design, Promotion and Economic Restructuring.  We even have earned National Accreditation with the Main Street Program for the past three years in a row! ECDI is always working to improve the environment for the success of our property owners and small business owners and to be a centralized welcoming location for all of our community to gather to play, shop, dine, do business and stay.  ECDI’s vision remains that “Downtown Elizabeth City and its waterfront will be a premier destination for unique shopping, dining and cultural events, continuing to enhance Elizabeth City’s legacy as the “Harbor of Hospitality”.” Some of the projects and events ECDI was involved in recently include the Grand Illumination and Holiday Celebration; Mariner’s... READ MORE »

What’s to Love About Elizabeth City? Everything! »

What’s to Love About Elizabeth City? Everything!
Valentine’s Day is coming up, and when people ask me how Elizabeth City celebrates this special sweetheart’s day, I tell them, “Let me count the ways!” For starters, the date falls on a Saturday this year—the perfect excuse for couples to plan a romantic overnight getaway. Elizabeth City features a number of cozy B&Bs and small inns, in addition to brand-name accommodations located throughout the city. Some are offering special rates, including the Hampton Inn. Your best bet is to check our lodging guide to see which place interests you and plan accordingly. If you arrive early in the day, be sure to visit the Museum of the Albemarle for a stroll through more than 400 years of Albemarle history, and stop by Arts of the Albemarle for a peek in its visual arts gallery, featuring original work from North Carolina artists. If you’re traveling with kids, you’ll want to visit Page After Page, an independent bookseller along the downtown waterfront. The owner is hosting a children’s Valentine’s party featuring games, stories, Valentine’s crafts and a snack. The cost is $5 and the fun is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. What’s more romantic than a night under the stars with your... READ MORE »

Warm Up with Winter Events! »

Warm Up with Winter Events!
As you see, there’s no hibernating in the winter here in Elizabeth City. From our monthly First Friday ArtWalk celebrations to events that make you think, we have plenty of ways to make this season bright! Here’s what’s cooking over the next two weeks. Keep an eye on this blog; Valentine’s Day event news, and more, to come! Feb. 6 | First Friday ArtWalk   Showcasing local visual artists and venues the first Friday of each month, Elizabeth City’s First Friday ArtWalk makes for a pedestrian-friendly good time! The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. with a featured artist’s exhibition at The Center at Arts of the Albemarle on Main Street, then stroll to neighboring galleries, studios, retail shops and restaurants as the celebration progresses a few blocks here, a few blocks there. www.artsaoa.com Feb. 12, 13 | The President’s of Mount Rushmore The faces of United States presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt are preserved forever in stone on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. In this unique and creative play, the presidents tell their fascinating stories in an educational and entertaining way. History will literally, “come to... READ MORE »

Break out the Popcorn at AOA with Wednesday Night Movies »

Break out the Popcorn at AOA with Wednesday Night Movies
Looking for something fun to do to while away a cold winter night? Come on down to the Center, Arts of the Albemarle, for our Wednesday night movie series. Movies in Maguire debuted earlier this week with “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and will run through early-April with an array of classic films. Shows start at 7 p.m. in AOA’s Maguire Theatre. Admission is $5. Popcorn and other concessions will be available for purchase, as well as adult beverages. The series continues with “The Goonies” on Jan. 28, “Singing in the Rain” on Feb. 11,”Brave” on March 11, “Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” on March 25, and “The Wizard of Oz” on April 8. AOA’s Executive Director Katie Murray came up with the idea of the movie series. “I figured it was a good way to bring people downtown on a weeknight in the winter,” said Murray. “Besides, who doesn’t love a great movie?” The Center, Arts of the Albemarle is located at 516 E. Main Street. For more information, call (252) 338-6455. See you at the movies! READ MORE »

Come for a Winter Visit! »

Come for a Winter Visit!
Chilly temps shouldn’t keep you from experiencing new travels. The winter months are a good time to visit Elizabeth City. Rejuvenate body and soul with a stay in one of our cozy lodgings, coupled with any-or all-of these fun excursions: Step back in time at the Museum of the Albemarle. A branch of the N.C. Museum of History, the museum is packed with more than 750 artifacts, beautifully interpreted and displayed in the Our Story exhibit. Look for:  the canon recovered from the ship purported to be Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge; a miniature replica of the James Adams Floating Theatre, the inspiration for author Edna Ferber’s popular novel, “Show Boat”; a horse-drawn “steam pumper” fire engine; and a 1954 Moth Boat that originated in Elizabeth City. Take a winter walk at the Dismal Swamp State Park. There are nearly 17 miles of trails in this park that fronts the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. The season’s bare branches make it an excellent site for spotting both birds and views. When you’re ready to warm up, head to the park visitor’s center, where you can tour exhibits that interpret the history and biological... READ MORE »

What is Nanotechnology? »

What is Nanotechnology?
Do you know what nanotechnology is? Find out when Bob Brungard of Hockmeyer Equipment Corp. explains what it is and how it’s applied right here in Elizabeth City at Port Discover’s Science Café, Thursday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Island Breeze Grill (220 N. Poindexter St.). If you like great conversation, intriguing topics and a comfortable atmosphere to enjoy it all in, Port Discover’s Science Café is the perfect event for you to attend! Our Science Café is a monthly event where participants are given the opportunity to learn about and discuss science topics presented by local experts. The public is invited to come and join in what is sure to be a lively discussion. Tables are on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to come early and order dinner or drinks. To find out more about this program please call (252) 338-6117 or email portdiscover@portdiscover.org.  Hope to see you there! READ MORE »