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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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Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair is All About The Bling! »

Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair is All About The Bling!
Out of the 70-plus artists who will be exhibiting in the Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair, Oct. 24-26, there are a dozen or so that make and sell jewelry. That being said, most jewelry artists use several techniques in their craft creating unique quality pieces. Take glass for instance. Using glass, artists create flame-worked beads, fused glass pieces, glass with metals incorporated within the glass, handmade dichroic glass and copper enameling (using a copper base with glass designs melted on the surface of the copper). Sterling silver and gold are used in just as many variations such as to encase dichroic glass or semi-precious stones or to cut large flat pieces into designs. Other craftsmen are skilled in wire wrap, wrapping semi-precious stones, ceramic pieces, beach glass and more. Expert craftsmen bend and twist silver, copper and gold wire and other metals to create one-of-a-kind earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Some also crochet wire and others crochet fiber threads to create jewelry. Then there are the woodcarvers who create carved or laser etched jewelry and sculpting with polymer clay and precious metal clays. By looking at the shiny beaded necklaces and earrings you... READ MORE »

AOA’s September Jewelry Artist: Dorothy Ansell »

AOA’s September Jewelry Artist: Dorothy Ansell
Arts of the Albemarle’s featured jeweler for September is fused glass and metal artist Dorothy Ansell. Ansell creates shiny and colorful cabochons that she forms into pendants, earrings and necklaces. Using specialty glasses like dichroic glass, and utilizing techniques like enameling, Ansell creates free-form, abstract pieces that really catch the eye. Believing that beautiful handcrafted glass deserves a beautiful handmade finish, Ansell found her way to metal-working. While living in the southwest, she studied silver-smithing in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. There, she learned how to set bezel glass with sterling silver. Ansell started designing jewelry at the age of 5, using things found in her mother’s button box. Since then, her horizons have expanded, and she is designing jewelry that incorporates her two loves, glass and metal. After moving to North Carolina and enrolling in College of the Albemarle, she has learned other ways to bring glass and metal together. For example, copper and glass are both metals that can be used to finish glass designs. Stop by The Center at Arts of the Albemarle this month to see Ansell’s captivating glass and metal jewelry.... READ MORE »

Like a House Concert, but at your Favorite Draught House »

Like a House Concert, but at your Favorite Draught House
Coasters Downtown Draught House has been one of my favorite local places for years now. Wednesday nights are reserved as “Girls Night at Coasters,” where my friends and I connect and catch up weekly. Coasters is a traditional neighborhood pub, just like Cheers, according to Dan Herlihy, the manager. Owner Debbie Swain often refers to it as her living room away from home. She wants you come and relax with friends, while enjoying great beer, and feel as comfortable as you would in your own living room. With 24 beers on tap you can definitely find great beer! And it certainly has the comfortable feeling of your living room away from home. Now you can enjoy live music at Coasters thanks to the initiative of Dan. It’s been awhile since downtown Elizabeth City has had a regular acoustic music venue. Dan wanted to bring that back. He reached out to some of his music connections from previous jobs and everything fell into place. What types of music can customers expect? According to Dan, “A little of everything, a variety. Danny Jordan plays some country, some rock. Adam Nixon has a bluesy side. Bobby Plough leans toward his originals. I’m trying to find the niche that the customers... READ MORE »

Elizabeth City State University Welcomes New Chancellor »

Elizabeth City State University Welcomes New Chancellor
View from the Harbor is an ideal forum for sharing news from within our community, and last week Elizabeth City State University had the pleasure to welcome our new chancellor, Dr. Stacey Franklin Jones, who is also our first female chancellor. Last week, Dr. Jones took the stage of the Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center for the first time to address students, staff, faculty, alumni and guests from the community, including Dr. Kandi  Deitemeyer, president of College of the Albemarle, and Dr. Clay Perkins, president of Mid Atlantic Christian University. She received a thunderous applause from the audience and assured them “it’s a new day” at ECSU. Join us in welcoming Dr. Jones to Elizabeth City! This guest blog was submitted by Kesha Williams, ECSU’s Director of Media Relations, University Relations and Marketing READ MORE »

Two Great Events Sept. 20: Pulla Pull-ozza and Moth Boat Regatta »

Two Great Events Sept. 20:  Pulla Pull-ozza and Moth Boat Regatta
Two great events coming up on Sept. 20! The Pulla Pull-ooza  and the National Championship Moth Boat Regatta. The Pulla Pull-ooza is at Morgan’s Corner and gates open at 1:00 p.m. There will be a truck pull from 2:00 until 7:00 p.m., followed by a concert by Out Shyne (a hot new five-piece band) and ending with a concert by Joe Diffie at 9:30 p.m. The Morgan’s Corner track is known as one of the best around, and with the added music will make for a great fun-filled day. Tickets are $22.00 in advance and $25.00 at the gate. The Annual Moth Boat Regatta on the Pasquotank River is Sept. 19- 21.. These small fast single-handed racing sailboats that originated in Elizabeth City in 1929 are so beautiful to watch on our river. That Saturday night, in conjunction with the regatta, the Museum of the Albemarle is having a barbeque and fried chicken fundraiser on their portico from 5:00 to 7 p.m. for just $10.00 per plate. Both events are so much fun for the whole family.  See you on the river front and at Morgan’s... READ MORE »

“And the Winners Are…” AOA Announces Landmark Competition Prizes »

“And the Winners Are…” AOA Announces Landmark Competition Prizes
The winners of Arts of the Albemarle’s 28th Annual Landmark Show were announced Sept. 5 at the First Friday ArtWalk. Juried by Dr. Norman Goodwin of Norfolk, Va., the 1st Place prize went to Margi Wynn for her acrylic collage, “Meet Me in the Park.” (See photo!) Dr. Goodwin praised Wynn’s excellent sense of design and form, use of material and originality in composing this abstract piece.Second Place went to “Alice’s Route to OBX Wonderland,” an oil composition by Barbara Gernat, while Jane Perry’s oil painting, “Albemarle Peanut Factory” took 3rd Place. New this year is the AOA Patron Award, which was determined by the popular vote of First Friday ArtWalk attendees. Only AOA Artist Members are eligible for the award in this category. Jaquelin Perry’s mixed media, sailboat-themed composition, “Racing Oph’s,” was the winner of the Patron Award. Awarded honorary mentions were “Can’t See the Forest…” water media, by Mary Crutchfield; “Getcha Some Shade” oil painting, by Fen Rascoe; “Oyster Roast,” oil and cold wax composition, by Susan Owens, “Very Last Zinnias” acrylic painting, by Jaquelin Perry, and Garden Gala, watercolor collage, by Margi Wynn. Dr. Norman Goodman operated ... READ MORE »

Meet Writer Behind New Book of EC’s Legendary Locals »

Meet Writer Behind New Book of EC’s Legendary Locals
At the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, we have exceptional volunteers.  One of our volunteers is also one of our bloggers, Margie Berry. In addition, she’s a talented writer. Margie has a book coming out Sept. 15 titled Legendary Locals of Elizabeth City.  Not only does she cover the history of our city, she makes us remember the people in our lifetime who made our wonderful city what it is today–and why we are known as the “Harbor of Hospitality.” I could not put the book down! I felt I was back in time seeing and talking with these folks from the past. I would love to mention some of my favorites that she wrote about,  but there are simply so  many.  Margie is donating the proceeds of the book to the Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association which supports historic preservation in and around the city. She plans to have the book for sale at upcoming events, area bookstores, independent retailers, online retailers and through the publisher at or You may also call 1-888-313-2665 to order the book. Congratulations Margie! I know you worked hard on this book that everyone will... READ MORE »

Grammy Nominated Musicians Coming to Elizabeth City »

Grammy Nominated Musicians Coming to Elizabeth City
Elizabeth City enjoys great music performances. If you like concerts, don’t miss hearing Royal Tailor perform live at Mid-Atlantic Christian University during College Preview Weekend, Sept. 26.  These guys are known nationally and have been nominated for a Grammy award. You can hear their music on radio stations like K-Love and Air 1. If you watch their videos, you might think they had too much caffeine; they don’t stop moving! And while they appeal to the younger generations, older audiences also enjoy the band’s musicianship and positive messages. According to singer Tauren Wells, he and band members want people to come and enjoy the music, have fun and enjoy the presence of God. “But we also want to inspire them to go out and do something with that, like it has inspired us,” said Wells. “We want to encourage them to get ready and go get plugged into their community, in their schools, in their churches and make a difference. We want people to know you can be who you want to be, you can achieve what you want to achieve and realize we’ve all been created for something greater than ourselves.” Royal Tailor’s performance is part of the tour entitled “Walls Down Tour.” The tour also... READ MORE »

Fun Fall Events Blow into Elizabeth City! »

Fun Fall Events Blow into Elizabeth City!
There are plenty of great reasons to visit Elizabeth City, but if you travel this fall you can watch fast and sleek moth boats skim across the Pasquotank River, cheer for the hometown football team and shop for one-of-a-kind crafts. Looking for fun, fall events? Look no further. Peruse our fall lineup, pick a date and and plan your visit. The “Harbor of Hospitality” awaits! Sept. 5-Oct. 1 | 28th Annual Landmark Show This excellent juried show will open during Elizabeth City’s First Friday ArtWalk event, Sept. 5 at 5:30 p.m. Over 50 regional artists will submit paintings inspired by life and landscapes in northeastern North Carolina. Sept. 19-21 | Classic Moth Boat National Championship Three divisions of moth boats will be racing (Vintage, Generation I Classic, Generation II Classic) in this championship hosted by the Classic Moth Boat Association. View the race from Waterfront Park along the Pasquotank River. Oct. 10-11 | Historic Ghost Walk Witness President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as he talks about “the date that will live in infamy,” hear battle stories from the youngest solider to fight in the D-Day invasion or learn how a local shipyard owner set a... READ MORE »

Did You Make That? The Most Common Question at the Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair »

Did You Make That? The Most Common Question at the Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair
One of the most frequently asked questions at the Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair has got to be “Did you make that?” followed by “How?” In its 56th year, this show is one of the oldest demonstrating fairs in North Carolina. With a motto of To Learn-To Create-To Teach, craftsmen are more than willing to answer both of those questions by demonstrating the process right in front of your eyes or by showing you through a series of photographs. Handmade truly means handmade. The Albemarle Craftsman’s Guild members, who have had their work juried in one of the arduous screening processes, are not permitted to make their product using a ready-made commercial kit. So, when you visit the Fair, you will see craftsmen working with hand tools: carving, twisting wire, knitting, as well as those who use heavy tools such as scroll saws, pottery wheels and sewing machines–folks who are ready and willing to chat a bit about their craft. These craftsmen are also aware that without passing on the knowledge of how a craft is made, the craft itself will soon fade away. You will see booths with generations of families who have handed down their skills over the years. One is 105 year-old Emily Harrell... READ MORE »