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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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Hit the Paradise Jazz Club Before Ghost Walk Next Weekend! »

Hit the Paradise Jazz Club Before Ghost Walk Next Weekend!
You know Historic Ghost Walk is coming up Oct. 9-10, right? And you know that this combined house tour, history lesson and live theatre will focus on tales of “Bootlegging, Prohibition and the Jazz Age”? Well, Elizabeth City Downtown , Inc. was inspired to have a little jazzed up fun of their own by hosting the Paradise Jazz Club for two nights only, Oct. 9-10, at the corner of Main and Water streets (former site of the City Wine Sellar) in downtown Elizabeth City. Before you head out to Ghost Walk, hit the club any time between 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. and enjoy a delicious lasagna dinner with salad, bread and drinks. Dine in or take dinner to go. Jazz babies can purchase wine and beer on site. AND … there’s jazzy live entertainment by Elizabeth City favs Adam Nixon and Chris Palestrant. A benefit for ECDI, tickets are just $8 and benefit downtown improvements. So mark your calendar for not just one, but two, fine fall events next weekend – Historic Ghost Walk and the Paradise Jazz Club! Guest post submitted by Cindy Williams READ MORE »

October’s AWESOME in Elizabeth City! »

October’s AWESOME in Elizabeth City!
Welcome to October! Not only is this a great month to pull on a sweater, sip a PSL and watch the autumn leaves drift by your window, it’s a terrific time to get out about about to experience these fun fall events: Now Open! | Louis C. Tiffany: Art and Innovation Exhibit  Featuring lamps, vases, windows and glass work from the renowned American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) and artifacts from the Tiffany and Company studio, the exhibit is free and open to the public for a year.  At the Museum of the Albemarle. Details at Oct. 9-10 | Historic Ghost Walk  “Bootlegging, Prohibition and the Jazz Age” is the theme of this year’s walk that is a combined house tour, history lesson and live theater with 1920’s speakeasy music and entertainment. Ghost Walk takes place from 5:30 to 9:30 pm both nights. Tickets are $12 and $10 for military and first responders. Read more at Oct. 19-25, | Elizabeth City State University Homecoming  ECSU students, alumni and fans gather for a week-long series of events to include campus tours, class meetings, concerts and the homecoming parade. A highlight is the homecoming... READ MORE »

Ghost Walk Returns with Bootlegging, Prohibition and the Jazz Age »

Ghost Walk Returns with Bootlegging, Prohibition and the Jazz Age
It’s time once again for your annual dose of local history! The Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association presents its 19th annual Historic Ghost Walk, October 9 and 10. This year’s combination house tour, history lesson, and live theater will feature Bootlegging, Prohibition and the Jazz Age in the Albemarle. All “ghosts” will appear at sites in Elizabeth City’s downtown historic district. Local residents coming back to life include Alvin Sawyer, northeastern North Carolina’s most notorious bootlegger, and Bennie Halstead, the state revenue officer who chased him through woods, swamps and fields for almost 50 years. The ghost of evangelist Reverend Billy Sunday returns to Elizabeth City to preach about the evils of Demon Rum. Judge I.M. Meekins will tell of his years as a federal judge in New York City, and how he brought North Carolina-style justice to liquor traffickers up north. Governor Blucher Ehringhaus will tell about the Prohibition Era and the legacy it left behind. The ghost of Josephus Daniels talks about his stint as Secretary of the Navy, and his unpopular decision to ban alcohol aboard naval ships. And anti-Saloon League worker Prudence T. Drinkwater rounds... READ MORE »

Wayfarers Welcome to Subscribe to … The Wayfarer! »

Wayfarers Welcome to Subscribe to … The Wayfarer!
Don’t know if you’re aware, but the Elizabeth City Area  Convention & Visitors Bureau publishes a fun, little bi-monthly e-newsletter called The Wayfarer. It’s filled with news of travel happenings, upcoming events, museum exhibitions and entertainment options that will pique the interest of visitors and residents alike. There’s even an EC Spotlight each issue, featuring an interesting person, place or site that really makes our city sing. Our September-October issue is now live, and you can view it by clicking here. This time around read about this year’s jazzed up Historic Ghost Walk (Oct. 9-10), complete with a 1920s bootlegging theme. Meet the CVB’s new director Christina Rehklau, who reports to work this month; and discover what Elizabeth City crafter Lisa Winslow loves about being a participant and volunteer with the annual Albemarle Craftman’s Fair. It’s all right there in The Wayfarer. Read it while it’s hot! And be sure to subscribe so you receive it every other month. READ MORE »

Tantalizing Tiffany Exhibit Opens Sept. 22 at MOA »

Tantalizing Tiffany Exhibit Opens Sept. 22 at MOA
Consider the lamp shade dripping with brilliant-colored poppies; a slender golden vase, perfect for containing a Calla Lily or two; and a stained glass window of a young woman bowing into a bramble of lime-colored flowers. There’s a bouquet of beautiful glass to behold when the exhibition Louis C. Tiffany: Art and Innovation opens Sept. 22 at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, N.C. Featuring glasswork from the renowned American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) and artifacts from the Tiffany and Company studio, the exhibit is free and open to the public for a year. Visitors who come on opening day can take in a curator’s tour and talk at 10:15 a.m. by Tom Wester, owner of the Wester Gallery in Roswell, Ga. He will discuss the work of Tiffany and the significance of the Art Nouveau movement, a period during the late-19th and early 20th centuries during which art was reflected in architecture, interior design, graphic art and decorative arts including jewelry and furniture. Items featured in Louis C. Tiffany: Art and Innovation are on loan from Wester’s collection, other private collections and several institutions. On display will be rare items mentioned above,... READ MORE »

Cantastic Canstruction on Display at MOA »

Cantastic Canstruction on Display at MOA
Elizabeth City has its Charles Creek Bridge, but did you know it has the Brooklyn Bridge as well? Pop into the Museum of the Albemarle this month and you will see a clever 20-foot long replica of this New York City landmark, created by the U.S. Coast Guard volunteers with cans of peas, corn, soup and tomato sauce. The “Canstruction” display is fun, yes, but it serves a greater need. September is Hunger Action Month. Throughout the country, similar projects are being held to inspire residents to help replenish the shelves of their local Food Banks by the month’s end. Here in our area, the Food Bank of the Albemarle feeds the hungry in 15 northeast North Carolina counties, including Pasquotank County. They work with more than 130 non-profit member agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, day care centers, after- school programs, backpack programs, mobile food pantries, shelters, adult day care centers, supplemental nutrition programs and  more. According to the Food Bank, their most urgent needs are canned meats, vegetables and fruits, plus pasta, juices, cereal, rice, beans and diapers. You can drop off donations at their facility on Tidewater Drive during regular business... READ MORE »

See Samuel Barber String Quartet, Sept. 19 at AOA »

See Samuel Barber String Quartet, Sept. 19 at AOA
Arts of the Albemarle’s Executive Director, Katie Murray, is keen to ramp up AOA’s musical performance calendar in the coming year. She fully expects to follow up the great success of bluegrass band One Up, Two Down in August with The Samuel Barber String Quartet on September 19. AOA’s Maguire Theatre will host this unique chamber group that is performing with renown all over the country. Consisting of four members of the Philadelphia Virtuosi, one of America’s premier chamber orchestras, the group is made up of Alisha Dossumova, Nina Vieru, Dennis Krasnotsky and Rajli Bicolli. The foursome sought to plumb the depths of chamber music aesthetics from days gone by for a uniquely distinct tone that would set them apart from everyone else. Audiences of all ages are enjoying the result. The Samuel Barber Quartet recently premiered a new composition, “Alaska,” by Elizabeth City musician Chris Palestrant. Don’t miss this exciting musical evening. Tickets are $20 AOA members; $25 non-members. Call AOA at (252) 338-6455 or stop by The Center, 516 E. Main Street, for tickets. READ MORE »

WRAL-TV’s Tarheel Traveler Says “I DO!” to Elizabeth City »

WRAL-TV’s Tarheel Traveler Says “I DO!” to Elizabeth City
Elizabeth City tourism folks had the pleasure of hosting reporter Scott Mason of WRAL-TV to the “Harbor of Hospitality” earlier this month. His assignment? To cover the wonderful I DO! Weddings of the Albemarle, 1831-2015 exhibit at the Museum of the Albemarle for his “Tar Heel Traveler” series. As you can see from this picture, Scott (in top hat) had a great time! And you can view his report by clicking on the link to this WRAL-TV Report . Many thanks to Wanda Lassiter and Charlotte Patterson, with MOA, who showed Scott around. And, if you haven’t seen this lovely exhibit, please plan a visit to Elizabeth City soon. You’ll find more than 100 beautifully restored wedding dresses, suits, top hats, trouseaus, shoes, purses and  memorabilia that illustrate area wedding traditions over nearly two centuries. While touring, be sure to step into the special Wedding Experience nook (where this pictures was taken!) and try on wedding dresses and tuxedos, put toppers on a wedding cake and leaf through idea books to help you plan your own wedding. Your presence is requested. Say “I DO!” and discover the weddings exhibit at... READ MORE »

AOA’s Landmark Show and Competition Returns in September »

AOA’s Landmark Show and Competition Returns in September
Calling all artists! Do you have a special painting of a local structure, landscape or other landmark that you’d like to place in competition? Arts of the Albemarle’s annual Landmark Show and Competition is returning for its 29th year in September. The competition is open to all two-dimensional works of art from artists 18 years of age or older. There is an entry fee of $40 for AOA members and $50 for non-members. Work must be received by Friday, Aug. 28. By popular demand, this year’s Landmark Show will return to its original mission—to feature a notable landmark of the region. All entries must clearly represent a subject distinct to the seven-county region of northeastern North Carolina. No abstract pieces will be accepted this year. Also, all work must be dry, framed, properly wired and ready for hanging. Gallery wrapped canvases will be accepted. The juror for this year’s competition is Chad Hughes, an adjunct professor at N.C. Central University in Durham. The 1st Place award will be $500, 2nd Place award $400, and 3rd Place award $300. A special award, the AOA Member Award, in the amount of $200, will be presented to the best AOA member artwork in the show. This award will... READ MORE »

Beautiful Buyboats on WRAL-TV »

Beautiful Buyboats on WRAL-TV
The Chesapeake Bay Buyboats are a beautiful sight. If you are familiar with these graceful wooden vessels, you know that these historic “oystering” boats used to traverse the Chesapeake Bay and North Carolina sounds beginning in the 1920s. Elizabeth City had the pleasure of hosting 10 of these historic boats during a reunion tour that tied up at Waterfront Park last week. Television reporter Scott Mason, known across North Carolina as the “Tarheel Traveler,” covered the news in this report that aired Aug. 12 on WRAL-TV in Raleigh. Take a peek here, for a nostalgic look at the buyboats! READ MORE »