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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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Spring Events to Bloom in Elizabeth City »

Spring Events to Bloom in Elizabeth City
Spring events are ripe for the picking in Elizabeth City! Take a look at what’s on the horizon, then mark your calendar and come for a visit. For complete, up-to-the-minute listings, see our online calendar at www.harborofhospitality.com. National Women’s History Month Planetarium Show | March 25   Join the Khan Planetarium at Elizabeth City State University for video presentations, laser light show and live night sky demonstration, celebrating Women’s History Month. Free, by reservation only. Check the schedule for times. The Center’s 6th Anniversary Concert | March 28   Don’t miss this special birthday concert at The Center, featuring Elizabeth City’s favorite hometown band, Out ‘N the Cold! The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Maguire Theatre. Encore Theatre Presents “Born Yesterday” | Opens April 17   When a nouveau riche garbage king arrives in Washington DC to make crooked deals, he decides his ex-chorus line girlfriend needs an education to become more sophisticated. See “Born Yesterday,” April 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m., matinee April 19 at 2 p.m. at the Maguire Theatre at The Center, Arts of the Albemarle. Tarwheel Century Ride | April 25   Bicyclists can... READ MORE »

Teens Talk Tech at Port Discover’s Tech Café »

Teens Talk Tech at Port Discover’s Tech Café
Teenagers love coffee—and all things tech. Bring the two components together, and you’ve got a great formula for a good time! With a goal of making today’s specialized technology accessible to Elizabeth City area youth, Port Discover has launched Tech Café, a weekly onsite gathering spot featuring themed programs that explore science in a relaxed and social environment. Tech Caf topics cover everything from game theory and stop motion animation to electronics and more. On Fridays, Middle School students can attend for $5 if they’re a Port Discover member or $8 for non-members. On Saturdays, the fee is $5 for High School students and young adults to age 20. Sessions run from 7-10 p.m. Grab a cup of coffee and join the conversation! READ MORE »

Celebrate ARTiGras at AOA! »

Celebrate ARTiGras at AOA!
New Orleans has Mardi Gras, but Elizabeth City can now claim ARTiGras! To mark the sixth anniversary of The Center, Arts of the Albemarle (AoA) has planned a Mardi Gras-inspired celebration, March 14 at 7 p.m. A champagne reception in the gallery kicks off the night, with live jazz by Wayne James and Friends. Then guests will dine on N’awlins’-style heavy hors d’oeuvres by Montero’s, enjoy a special guest performance by The Center Players and dance to the sounds of Society’s Best. A silent auction will also be offered, including beach weekends and a mountain getaway. The hub of all things art in Elizabeth City, AoA renovated and relocated to the historic Lowry-Chesson building in 2011. Naming it The Center was an excellent idea. Since it re-opened, the Main Street venue has been the hub for countless exhibitions, concerts, theatrical performances, classes, workshops and First Friday ArtWalk receptions. Time flies when you’re having fun! For ARTiGras details, check out www.artsaoa.com. READ MORE »

March, March, March to First Friday ArtWalk »

March, March, March to First Friday ArtWalk
Join us downtown for another evening of art and fun this Friday, March 6 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. That’s right–it’s First Friday ArtWalk! Several downtown businesses and galleries will be open late to feature artists from around our area for your enjoyment. Come out and bring the whole family, and then stay for dinner at one of our great downtown restaurants! Here is what you will find in Downtown Elizabeth City on Friday: Serenity Studio Arts will feature local artist Dale Corbin with his original abstract acrylic paintings. Also on display, paintings from Museum of the Albemarle’s  Paint & Cookie art class. Footprint Christian Resources will host Robin Price, author of ” UNDRESS HIM. ” Positively inspiring, thought provoking and engaging for the 21st century woman.” One of her T-Shirts will be given free of charge with the purchase of her book. Ms. Price is also planning to have a Puzzle Match. Shay Leslie Boutique will showcase Clarence Munden, featuring ” My Morning Walks” mobiles and windchimes crafted from sea glass, fulgulrite, shells and other blessings from the sea. Arts of the Albemarle’s Jenkins’ Gallery... READ MORE »

Come to our Downtown Commercial Property Open House »

Come to our Downtown Commercial Property Open House
Would you like a chance to own a downtown building, or to open a business in a downtown location? Come to our Downtown Vacant Property Open House, presented by Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc., on Tuesday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The following properties will be open for viewing: 700 E. Main Street (former City Wine Sellar) 513 E. Main Street (former Seligs) 400 S. Water Street (WaterWorks Building) 200 E. Fearing Street (corner Poindexter & Fearing) 117 N. Water Street (City Cut Rate Building) 615 East Main St. (Pure Oil Building) 105 South Water St. (former Cupcakery & Choc House) 210 N. Poindexter Street (former bakery) 216A N. Poindexter Street (former hair salon) 604 E. Fearing Street; 305 E. Main Street (former mental health building) An agent or representative will be available at these properties to give you more information on each property. Free coffee will be available and you can enter for a door prize drawing! Looking forward to seeing you... READ MORE »

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 »