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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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Shop Downtown, Save Big! »

Shop Downtown, Save Big!
Our new year Downtown Discount Cards are here!  Elizabeth City Downtown Inc., has produced a discount card with savings and specials from 22 downtown businesses ranging from 10 percent off your dry cleaning at Rochelle Cleaners to 10 percent off a paint party for four at Studio 511. Or how about free coffee or tea with a lunch entrée at Cypress Creek Grill or free earrings with a $20 purchase at Two & a Half Women? And that’s just for starters! Available at many participating businesses and at ECDI, the cards are only $5 each and can be used until the end of October 2015. All proceeds go to ECDI for downtown revitalization efforts.  You’ll find great gifts and stocking stuffers this holiday season when you shop downtown! For info, call 252-338-4104. READ MORE »

Elizabeth City is a Holiday Town »

Elizabeth City is a Holiday Town
Now that we have kicked off the holidays with this past weekend’s Downtown Holiday Celebration, we are truly in the holiday spirit here in the “Harbor of Hospitality.” December presents a month brimming with concerts, shows and special events. Take a peek below and you will see what I mean! For info on these happenings and more be sure to check our events calendar for all the details. December 3 – Virginia Symphony Brass Ensemble at Arts of the Albemarle December 5 – First Friday ArtWalk in Downtown Elizabeth City December 6 – Museum of the Albemarle’s3rd Annual Holiday on the Harbor Open House December 6 – The Elizabeth City Christmas Parade in Downtown Elizabeth City December 6 – Holiday Expo at Berea Baptist Church December 10 – “Back Home for the Holidays” – A Broadway Benefit at Arts of the Albemarle December 11 –”A Christmas Carol”at College of the Albemarle December 13 –”Christmas Under the Stars” star show at the Elizabeth City State University Planetarium December 14 – The Albemarle Chorale Concert at First United Methodist Church December 21 – “Christmas on Main Street” holiday performance at Arts... READ MORE »

All Aboard! The Polar Express Pulls into MOA this Saturday »

All Aboard! The Polar Express Pulls into MOA this Saturday
All aboard! The Polar Express pulls into the Museum of the Albemarle this Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as part of a fun-filled holiday open house. Featuring a toy train exhibit, reminiscent of scenes from the popular children’s book by author Chris Van Allsburg. During the holiday open house, visitors can: View the Polar Express O-scale train village, courtesy of the Albemarle Railroad Club, and watch the locomotive as it climbs to the North Pole Play in the newly-renovated Children’s Discovery Room, featuring interactive exhibits with a railroad theme Savor American Heritage Historic Chocolate demonstrations and tastings, sponsored by the Heritage Division of Mars, Inc. Share their holiday wishes with Santa A highlight of the day will be three showings of “The Polar Express” film (10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.). On the museum grounds, “Jingle Bell” carriage rides ($5 per person, with Carolina Carriages) and pony rides ($3 per child, with Circle S Stables) will be available. Also on site will be the 3rd Annual Holiday on the Harbor, with arts, crafts and baked good for purchase. Wrap up your visit at the Museum Gift Shop for the... READ MORE »

VSO Brass Ensemble Makes Joyful Noise Dec. 3 »

VSO Brass Ensemble Makes Joyful Noise Dec. 3
Don’t miss the musical event of the holiday season! The Virginia Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble makes its third return appearance at Arts of the Albemarle’s Maguire Theatre. For one night only, Wednesday, Dec. 3, ring in the season with the soaring notes of Christmas and seasonal classics from this world-class, 18-piece ensemble. Brought to you by Gateway Bank, One Main Financial and Townebank, the performance begins at 7 p.m. Conductor Dr. Paul Bhasin, of the College of William and Mary’s School of Music, brings a virtuoso blend of traditional and contemporary selections, with an unparalleled dose of wit and artistry. Tickets are $25 for AOA members and $30 for non-members. They may be purchased at Arts of the Albemarle, (252) 338-6997. Don’t wait—there are still good seats available, but they’re going fast! READ MORE »

Treasures to be Found on Small Business Saturday »

Treasures to be Found on Small Business Saturday
Elizabeth City’s shopping scene is a dream-come true for those who seek unique and one-of-a-kind gifts, thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of the area’s independent business owners. From original artwork and eclectic home décor and furnishings, to jewelry, apparel and artisan-made wares, treasures are to be found in the “Harbor of Hospitality.” And the hard-working merchants who own these stores are hoping to see you Nov. 29 for Small Business Saturday. Held the Saturday after Thanksgiving—between Black Friday and Cyber Monday—the shopping holiday encourages seasonal shoppers to patronize businesses that are small and local. And while you are downtown, be sure to try one of the area’s great independently-owned restaurants when you’re ready to grab a tasty bite to eat. Supporting local businesses is a great way to embrace the spirit of the season! Downtown businesses look forward to seeing you soon! READ MORE »

With Thankful Hearts … »

With Thankful Hearts …
Here in Elizabeth City, we are grateful for … History, arts and science sites Tasty places to grab a bite A welcoming harbor around the bend Cozy places for the night’s end Boaters who regale us with cruising tales Lovely shops with marvelous sales Fun-filled weekends where visitors abound Claiming, “Elizabeth City is our kind of town!” Happy Thanksgiving from the Harbor of Hospitality! READ MORE »

Lights, Fun and Holiday Cheer, Nov. 28. Where Else? Downtown! »

Lights, Fun and Holiday Cheer, Nov. 28. Where Else? Downtown!
Join us for the Annual Downtown Holiday Celebration this Friday, Nov. 28 from 6-8 p.m., brought to you by Elizabeth City Downtown Inc. (ECDI)!  We will kick-off the celebration with the Grand Illumination at the Pasquotank County Courthouse (206 E. Main Street) at 6 p.m. with caroling, entertainment by Arts of the Albemarle’s Center Players and the lighting of the downtown Christmas lights.  Following the illumination there will be plenty of family activities and opportunities to visit our open downtown restaurants and shops!  See Santa at Port Discover, hear a story read by Mrs. Claus at Page After Page Bookstore, see Olaf the snowman at In Stitches and get your face painted in the Virginia Dare Arcade hallway–and much more.  Plus there will be free refreshments at PNC Bank provided by ECDI board members and Muddy Waters Coffeehouse, and refreshments at other open businesses such as Two & a Half Women and more.  Be sure to ride the free hay ride/sleigh ride and join in a familiar holiday song with the College of the Albemarle carolers around downtown.  You can even vote for your favorite Christmas tree while strolling around downtown (sponsored by DBPA)! Then, be sure... READ MORE »

Sky Full of Fun at the Khan Planetarium »

Sky Full of Fun at the Khan Planetarium
Here’s an out-of-this-world experience for visiting guests this holiday season–reserve seats for one of the star and laser presentations at the Khan Planetarium at Elizabeth City State University. Housed in a 30-foot hemispherical dome with comfortable seating, the planetarium’s star theater features a Spitz 512 star projector that can depict the sky as seen from anywhere on earth. Depending on the time of year, visitors can choose from laser shows featuring holidays and the seasons, such as the Thanksgiving-themed show coming up Nov. 24 and holiday show Dec. 13. All of the scheduled programs are free and open to the public by reservation. Groups of 20 or more may schedule their own show, and those with less than 20 may join a group that is already schedule. Call for details at (252) 335-3SKY. READ MORE »

A Stocking Full of Holiday Events! »

A Stocking Full of Holiday Events!
Here in Elizabeth City, ourholiday event lineup is as long as Santa’s list! The holidays officially begin this weekend with our Downtown Holiday Celebration and runs through December with a terrific schedule of concerts, workshops and seasonal shows. Check your calendar and plan to join us for one, two or three of these happenings, and be sure to visit our online calendar for details and late-breaking event additions! Nov. 28 | Elizabeth City’s Downtown Holiday Celebration  Ring in the holidays with the downtown lighting ceremony, caroling, hay/sleigh rides, Santa and Mrs. Claus, refreshments and more. 6:00-8:00 p.m. in downtown Elizabeth City. Dec. 3 | Virginia Symphony Brass Concert  Don’t miss this holiday concert by the talented Virginia Symphony Brass Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. at Arts of the Albemarle’s Maguire Theatre. Dec. 6 | Elizabeth City Christmas Parade  Enjoy parade floats, marching bands and Santa! Starts at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street. Dec. 12 | Gingerbread Workshop  Kids of all ages can learn the history of gingerbread and decorate a gingerbread house from the Lovin’ Oven. 3:30-5:00 p.m. at Museum of the Albemarle. Dec. 21 | Christmas on Main  Elizabeth City’s most... READ MORE »

Spend Tonight with The Victory Belles! »

Spend Tonight with The Victory Belles!
If you’re looking for a patriotic way to mark Veterans Day, we’ve got just the ticket here in Elizabeth City! Join us this evening at the College of The Albemarle performing arts center to hear the harmonizing trio known as The Victory Belles. These talented ladies travel the globe delighting audiences with their spirited performances, colorful costumes and lovely voices,  singing hits such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” and “God Bless America.” Don’t miss this all-American, 1940s-style show tonight at 7 p.m. It’s a red, white and blue happening you don’t want to miss! READ MORE »