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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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Feel the Texture … Meet the Albemarle Craftman’s Fair Fiber Artists »

Feel the Texture … Meet the Albemarle Craftman’s Fair Fiber Artists
This is the third in a series of posts about the artisans represented at the Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair, coming up Oct. 24-26 at the Knobb’s Creek Recreation Center here in Elizabeth City. The group of craftsmen highlighted today are fiber artists. Take the opportunity to touch all of the different textures of textiles, from soft and fuzzy to smooth and more. So many of us think of fiber as quilting but let’s go further. Yes there are wonderful quilters in the show with gorgeous quilts and wall hangings, but included in this category are knitting, crocheting, Armenian needlelace, sewing, felting from raw wool, along with hand-dyed, batik and hand painted silk, weaving, spinning and paper craft. One would even dare to include the wonderful leathercraft, where you will be able to purchase a purse or a leather belt custom sized and designed for men and women. The accessories available are amazing. Take the variety of scarves made from yarns that are spun on site and knitted, crocheted and woven into beautiful garments or felted from raw wool with just layers of fibers, water and agitation. Choose from the lovely hand-dyed scarves, some with layered color using a... READ MORE »

Moon Fest Shines Light on Dinner, Auction and Music Nov. 5 »

Moon Fest Shines Light on Dinner, Auction and Music Nov. 5
Don’t miss “Moon Fest”! On Wednesday, Nov. 5, as part of downtown Elizabeth City’s Moon Splash Artist Studio week, Elizabeth City Downtown Inc. will host a wonderful catered fundraising dinner at Christ Episcopal Church at 6:00 p.m. Baked chicken, meatloaf and Louisiana chicken with all the fixin’s (prepared by Island Breeze Grill), beer and wine, and moon pies (from the Living Waters B&B) for dessert! There will be a live auction of window panes–painted and decorated by local artists–and a silent auction of great items including a child’s bicycle and a beautiful jewelry set from Two & A Half Women! Only $20 per ticket. Plus, come early at 5:00 p.m. to hear the Elizabeth City State University Concert Choir in the sanctuary for free! Enjoy the stained glass of the church and the decorative glass of the art windows, all with the harvest moon theme and to help with continued downtown revitalization! For information, call (252) 338-4104 or email Then … save the date for Elizabeth City’s Downtown Holiday Celebration, Friday, Nov. 28 from 6-8:00 p.m. Join us for the lighting... READ MORE »

Elizabeth City to Welcome Artists Seeking Inspiration and New Vistas »

Elizabeth City to Welcome Artists Seeking Inspiration and New Vistas
Celebrating creativity and a brilliant harvest moon over the Pasquotank River, accomplished artists from the south and beyond will travel to the “Harbor of Hospitality,  Nov. 2-9, to take part in the Moon Splash Artist Studio, a destination retreat for painters who wish to connect to their art and fellow artists in a scenic coastal setting. Carolyn Peel, an Elizabeth City resident and artist came up with the idea for the artist retreat which she says ” is all about the spirit of making art and learning from each other.” Much of the week’s activities will take place in a communal downtown studio space where participants can let their creative spirit soar. Workshops, demos and community events are planned, and more than 80 artists are expected to attend. Highlights of the Moon Splash Artist Studio will include: Demos by painters Jane Filer, Bob Rankin and Chad Hughes, from the North Carolina Triangle area Plein air painting sessions with Dawn Kinney Martin, of Atlanta Watercolor sessions with Maine artist Susan Tobey White A community artist talk with abstract painters Audrey Phillips, Martica Griffin and Charlotte Foust Studio assistance from artists Kelly... READ MORE »

Make EC Your Haunt for Historic Ghost Walk, this Weekend! »

Make EC Your Haunt for Historic Ghost Walk, this Weekend!
How would you like to 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 civilian record for building the most submarine chasers for the war effort? These are a few of the real-life characters to haunt Elizabeth City during its annual Historic Ghost Walk, Oct. 10-11 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.  World War II in the Albemarle is the theme of this year’s event, which will also feature a patriotic USO-inspired show. As a prelude to the walk, be sure to catch a sneak-peek of the USO performance, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Maguire Theatre. Presented by the Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association, Ghost Walk is a fall happening like no other, described by its talented volunteers as a combined history lesson, home tour and live theatre. We just call it a great time! Tickets, $12 or $10 with a military ID, are good for both nights and available at The Center at Arts of the Albemarle, 516 E. Main Street in Elizabeth City. READ MORE »

A Round of Applause for EC’s Encore Theatre Company »

A Round of Applause for EC’s Encore Theatre Company
A round of applause as we take a moment to shine the the spotlight on Elizabeth City’s longest-running theatrical troupe—Encore Theatre Company. Begun in 1992 with borrowed props and high hopes, the company came together to stage a production of “Nunsense” that first year, followed by two more shows. Each year since, Encore Theatre has kept up the pace, performing everything from “Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolf” and “The Sound of Music,” to original stage productions such as “Chase Down the Sun.” The 2014-15 production season kicks off downtown at the Maguire Theatre with “Much Ado About Murder” beginning Oct. 24 with dates through Nov. 1. The schedule continues with “Pump Boys and Dinettes” in late-February and “Born Yesterday” in mid-April. Mark your calendar—and get ready for a little drama, comedy and song and dance. These performers really know how to shine! READ MORE »

Community Bike Rides Set for Oct. 5, 12 »

Community Bike Rides Set for Oct. 5, 12
Elizabeth City State University students students Donyai Moffatt, Kiyana Merritt and D’Andra Drewitt recently joined area residents at Mariner’s Wharf for the Community Bike Ride series in downtown Elizabeth City.  Elizabeth City Parks and Recreation will have a limited number of bikes available for check out for these events, coming up Oct. 5 and 12 from 5-7 p.m. Walkers are welcome to participate too! During the month of October, you may also wear pink t-shirts or pink ribbons in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month or purple t-shirts or purple ribbons in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month. The rides begin at Mariners’ Wharf. From there you can wind your way along the following streets, closed for the bike ride: Start at Mariner’s Wharf–from there use E. Church Street to S. Elliott Street, S. Elliott Street to E. Main Street along E. Main Street to S. Poindexter Street back to E. Church Street. Walkers are welcome to use the sidewalks on the same streets. If you haven’t come out for the Community Bike Ride series, give it a whirl. Bring your own bike–or check out one from Parks & Rec. Not only is it a good workout, you’ll... READ MORE »

Jump-Start your Start-up with A Cool $5K »

Jump-Start your Start-up with A Cool $5K
Need a cool incentive for kicking your start-up business plan into high gear? On Friday, economic development leaders here in Elizabeth City, N.C. unveiled details of its Jump-Start Downtown Elizabeth City Business Plan Competition during a 10 a.m. launch party at 513 E. Main Street. The grand prize: A $5,000 cash award for start-up capital and an impressive array of business services valued at more than $3,500. “We’ve got the spark you’re looking for in Elizabeth City,” said Wayne Harris, director of the Elizabeth City | Pasquotank County Economic Development Commission (ECPCEDC), a supporting sponsor. “This plan is ideal for entrepreneurs who are looking to open a start-up business or seasoned business owners who wish to relocate to a charming downtown locale by the water’s edge. We’re open to all ideas, from high-tech office services to independently-owned boutiques and restaurants.” The Jump-Start competition is open to people 18 years or older who are interested in opening or relocating their business in Elizabeth City’s downtown before Nov. 13, 2015. Any type of business is eligible, so long as they are not already located in the downtown area before they enter the... READ MORE »

Events a’ Plenty in Elizabeth City »

Events a’ Plenty in Elizabeth City
No need to check your calendar to know that fall has arrived in Elizabeth City. You can tell by our bounty of great fall events! Starting in October:  First Friday Art Walk, Historic Ghost Ghost Walk, the Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair, College of The Albemarle’s presentation of “Peter Pan” and “The Three Bully Goats Gruff,” Elizabeth City State University’s Homecoming Week, Encore Theatre’s “Much Ado About Murder” and Elizabeth City’s Fright Nights Then in November: First Friday Art Walk, Moon Splash (a week-long artists’ retreat), Veteran’s Day with a show by the fabulous Victory Belles at College of The Albemarle, the 37th Annual Mistletoe Show, Museum of the Albemarle’s Designer Workshop-Deck the Halls, Elizabeth City Downtown Inc.’s Holiday Celebration, December’s First Friday Art Walk, “A Polar Express Adventure” with the Albemarle Railroad Club and a Gingerbread Workshop at the Museum of the Albemarle, the Jaycee Christmas Parade, the Virginia Symphony  Holiday Brass Orchestra and “A Holly Jolly Christmas Show” at Arts of the Albemarle. Events? As you can see, we’ve got ‘em!... READ MORE »

Kids and Moms (or Dads)—Paint with your Food at AOA! »

Kids and Moms (or Dads)—Paint with your Food at AOA!
Parents are always after their kids to eat their vegetables. Now they can paint with their vegetables at Arts of the Albemarle’s “Mommy and Me” art classes. Artist Kris Whelan will host two organic painting classes on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 to 10:30 am, and from 11 to 12:30 pm. Instead of paint brushes, students will use broccoli, mushrooms, okra, celery and apples to create a floral motif. The vegetables can be crosscut to print different shapes, or just used as paint brushes. “There are few rules, it’s purely creative,” says Whelan. Whelan started painting in 2008, after observing (and critiquing) artist husband Jeff Whelan for the past 20 years and having home-schooled their four children. Mommy and Me classes take place in the Twiford Room, 3rd floor of The Center, Arts of the Albemarle at 516 E. Main Street. The fee is $35 for members and $40 for non-members, which includes one parent and one child, age 4 through 8. All supplies, plus cookies and lemonade, are provided. Call the Center at (252) 338-6455 to reserve your spot! READ MORE »

Blog, blog, blog … »

Blog, blog, blog …
It has been a while since I have posted a blog. It seems there is so much to do here at Port Discover, it is hard to find time to write about it. I have recently been inspired however by another blogger from Elizabeth City. I have been following this blogger for the past few weeks and find I await with anticipation to see what she will say or do next. Now I may be a bit biased, as this blogger is my daughter, Pearl Kelly-Goss. She is blogging about her life after Northeastern High School. She has saved her money, turned 18 and flown the coup so to speak. She is spending some time back packing around Europe. I encourage you to check out her blog at As I heard myself encouraging her to continue blogging about her exotic travels, I felt a twinge of guilt; so here we are. Although Elizabeth City may not seem as exotic as traveling to Europe, we do offer our touch of the world brought home. Earlier this month, Port Discover kicked off our fall season of Science Café at Sidney’s Café on Main Street with another former Northeastern High School alumnus who has been doing some travellng, Morgan Hightshoe. Morgan did a fantastic job of presenting his research... READ MORE »