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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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Everything Old is New Again: Antiques and Vintage Stores in Elizabeth City »

Everything Old is New Again:  Antiques and Vintage Stores in Elizabeth City
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 »

Shana Tucker performing at AOA April 29 »

Shana Tucker performing at AOA April 29
Singer, songwriter and cellist Shana Tucker defies being categorized. She describes her musical style–a mix of jazz, funk, classical and R & B–as ChamberSoul. Compared to the likes of Joni Mitchell and Diana Krall, Tucker will perform at Arts of the Albemarle’s Maguire Theatre on Friday, April 29 at 7:30. Tickets are $20 for AOA members, $25 for non-members, and $10 for students with ID. Tucker’s solo career began in Durham in 2009, where she quickly became a star in the firmament of the Triangle Music Scene. She has opened for such luminaries as Norah Jones and the Indigo Girls. Tucker is currently performing in the musical cast of KA by Cirque du Soleil at the MGM Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, dividing her time between Vegas and her beloved North Carolina. Having benefitted from a public school music education, Tucker “gives back” by working with students in schools, community centers and summer camps. Don’t miss this amazing musician. Tickets are on sale now at the Center, Arts of the Albemarle, 516 E. Main Street, Elizabeth City. 252-338-6455. Shana Tucker’s performance is presented by Wells Fargo READ MORE »

Let’s Get Out There and Have Some Fun! »

Let’s Get Out There and Have Some Fun!
Rio de Janeiro will be the site of the 2016 Olympic Games, but there’s no need to travel that far to find your inner athlete! The Elizabeth City area offers plenty of recreational activities and spring sporting events to entertain both athletes and sight-seers, no matter your skill set. Whether you pedal or paddle, run or walk, we’ve got you covered. TarWheel Century Ride | April 16 Bicyclists can choose from 33-, 62- and 100-mile rides along rural roads when they register for the Tarwheel Century Ride. Organized by the River City Cycling Club, this year’s ride will cover scenic routes through Camden County, with some of the best “support and gear” stops ever (deviled eggs, smoothies!). Pre-register online, or sign up on site the day of the event. Earth Day Festival & 5K Run for the River | April 23  Not only is Elizabeth City’s Earth Day 5K a great opportunity to stretch your legs with a run through our river-front downtown area, but there’s fun to be had after the race. Hosted by Port Discover Hands-on Science Center, the accompanying festival features environmental booths, STEM-based challenges, crafts, raffles, food and bike rides. For more info about this N.C. Science... READ MORE »

African American Music Trails of North Carolina Photography Exhibit »

African American Music Trails of North Carolina Photography Exhibit
Did you know that eastern North Carolina has a rich musical heritage? It’s true. Such luminaries as Thelonius Monk, Little Eva (of Loco-motion fame) and Roberta Flack (who once taught music in Wilson) can trace their roots back to the eastern part of the Tar Heel State. And the infamous James Brown? Five members of his band hailed from his native Kinston. With this great tradition in mind, the African American Music Trails of North Carolina was formed. Meandering through Goldsboro, Kinston, Wilson, Tarboro and Rocky Mount, one can trace the footsteps of the great musicians of jazz, gospel, and funk, while sampling local food, seeing local landmarks and enjoying local events. For details, visit During the month of April, Arts of the Albemarle’s Jenkins Gallery will feature the “African American Music Trail Photography Exhibit,” in collaboration with the NC Arts Council. Sixty-six framed photographs by renowned photographers Cedric Chatterley and Titus Brooks Heagins will tell the story of eastern North Carolina’s rich African American music tradition, along with a variety of historic photographs from private collectors. The exhibit will include... READ MORE »

Keep an Eye Out for the N.C. Potato Festival »

Keep an Eye Out for the N.C. Potato Festival
One of the things that we find most appealing (pardon the pun) about the N.C. Potato Festival is the organizing body’s sense of whimsy. Each year, the planning committee selects a festival theme with ties to timely news or events. This year, the festival will honor the N.C. State Parks’ 100th anniversary with a nod to exploring the great outdoors. Festival organizer Cindy Williams said the committee is planning a number of park-related activities, but she’s not ready to spill the potatoes just yet. She did, however, provide this charming visual. Our best advice is to mark your calendar for May 20-22 and expect this tribute to the region’s potato farmers to feature Midway rides, the National Potato Peeling Contest, potato sack races and the crowning of the Little Miss Tater Tot Queen – and surprises to be announced. We’ll have all the details soon, so keep your eyes... READ MORE »

Come to the Ultimate Wedding Expo this Weekend! »

Come to the Ultimate Wedding Expo this Weekend!
It is well known in the wedding industry that more people become engaged in the period from November to January. Makes sense, right? A ring under the Christmas tree, or a New Year’s Eve surprise. If this happened to you, and you are dreaming of your ultimate wedding, plan to attend the Ultimate Wedding Expo, March 6 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Museum of the Albemarle (MOA) here in Elizabeth City. Presented by The Bridal Lounge and MOA, the Expo is designed to provide area brides with a unique, one-stop experience showcasing the very best in the region’s wedding industry. “Whether you are planning a wedding or event in the near future, or just love learning more about our local vendors, this event is for you,” said Sandra Sutton, owner of The Bridal Lounge, an Elizabeth City-based wedding planning business. “Everything you need to plan your special occasion is under one roof, and our wedding professionals are happy to help you make it memorable and perfect one.” Couples can visit with 30 businesses specializing in wedding venues, catering, wedding cakes, bridal gowns, wedding rings, favors, dance lessons, honeymoon destinations, skin care products, entertainment, floral... READ MORE »

Elizabeth City, North Carolina through the Eyes of Locals »

Elizabeth City, North Carolina through the Eyes of Locals
Recently we asked Elizabeth City residents to share their favorite area photos with us. We received some wonderful images and below is just a sampling of the photographs we received. To see more of this “Discover Elizabeth City” gallery, click on any of the images below and you will be directed back to our Facebook album containing all of the photos we received. And, when you have a moment, let us know what you think with a comment or two on our Facebook page! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and tag your photos with #DiscoverECity. In northeastern North Carolina, we are fortunate to be surrounded by rivers, sounds and the Intracoastal Waterway. Here are some examples of what to expect when you visit our region. Take your time and relish the riverside view while biking, walking or running. Complimentary bikes for visitors are available at the Visitors Center. Photo by Mandy Roberts Elizabeth City is home to the American Moth Boat, pictured above. The first American Month Boat was created by Captain Joel Van Sant of Elizabeth City in 1929, and his boat was named the “Jumping Juniper.” The Moth Boat tradition is carried on with races during the month of September. Photo... READ MORE »