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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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One Up, Two Down + Little Dickie and the Misfits! »

One Up, Two Down + Little Dickie and the Misfits!
Mark your calendars for Friday, Aug. 28, for an unparalleled musical evening at Arts of the Albemarle’s Maguire Theatre. One up, Two Down is a folk/bluegrass group made up of three passionate young musicians hailing from three countries joined by the Pacific Ocean. The “One Up” is North Carolina native Andrew Small, who was born in Elizabeth City. Small is a double bassist who holds a masters degree from Yale University School of Music. He is joined by George Jackson, of New Zealand, and Dan Watkins, of Australia, who comprise “Two Down.” Jackson is the seventh generation in a long line of New Zealand fiddlers, dating back to the first settlers. Watkins, of Newcastle, Australia, is a strong vocalist with an encyclopedia of songs which he flat-picks on his guitar. The trio produces a mix of old time acoustic bluegrass and American folk tradition.Having met at a band camp in Florida, these young musicians epitomize the modern music era where distance is less of a barrier and music is shared through social media. They recently recorded their debut album EP in Nashville. Opening for One Up, Two Down is local musical group, Little Dickie and the Misfits. Led by Out N the Cold veteran... READ MORE »

Meet “Chef of the Coast,” Andy Montero »

Meet “Chef of the Coast,” Andy Montero
Restaurant owner and chef Andy Montero is a man about town. When he’s not whipping up mahi and crab étouffée or ratatouille lasagna at Montero’s, an Elizabeth City landmark, he’s catering social events, serving on community boards or raising funds to support neighborhood schools. Now, Montero’s fans can learn more about his rise as a restauranteur and try out a few of his recipes, featured in a new book, Chefs of the Coast:  Restaurants and Recipes of the North Carolina Coast. Written by restaurant reviewer and food critic John E. Batchelor, the publication is part guide book, part cook book, covering popular dining spots from Corolla to New Bern. Look for Montero’s recipes for shrimp and grits with Andouille sausage, as well as gingered salmon. Then plan a visit to Elizabeth City to sample these signature dishes for yourself! Chances are, you’ll see Montero too. Like we said, he’s a man about... READ MORE »

Singer Ray Scott to Headline U.S. Coast Guard Concert, Aug. 8 »

Singer Ray Scott to Headline U.S. Coast Guard Concert, Aug. 8
If you like country music, get ready to have a good time! Rising Nashville Country Music Awards Star Ray Scott will headline this year’s Coast Guard/Military Appreciation Concert, Aug. 8 at Morgan’s Pulling Park in Elizabeth City. Presented by the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce, the concert is a highlight of Coast Guard Appreciation Week, Aug. 3-9, during which enlisted and civilian employees of the U.S. Coast Guard Base Elizabeth City are recognized for their work to keep America’s shorelines safe and their contributions to the community. Chamber President Kelly Thorsby says the concert is the perfect celebration of Elizabeth City’s recent U.S. Coast Guard designation as the 17th Coast Guard City, as well the 75th anniversary of Base Elizabeth City. And we couldn’t agree more! You’ll recognize Scott from his songs “Those Jeans,” “Drinkin’ Beer” and his current radio single, “Ain’t Always Thirsty.” Joining Scott will be Old Southern Moonshine Revival, Outlaw 21 and American Idol contestant, Emily Minor. FYI: The Outlaw 21 band features drummer Dale Beatty who was the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year for his organization, Purple Heart Homes that benefits handicapped veterans.... READ MORE »

Chesapeake Bay Buyboats are Comin’, Aug. 5-7 »

Chesapeake Bay Buyboats are Comin’, Aug. 5-7
For the past decade, members of the Chesapeake Buyboat Association have taken its fleet of historic fishing boats to the water in an annual reunion tour, with stops at selected ports of call that connect to the Chesapeake Bay. Elizabeth City will be a featured stop on this year’s 11th annual tour, Aug. 5-7, offering the public a rare chance to view 10 of the historic boats and learn about their origin. The graceful wooden vessels, also known as deck or oyster boats, were prevalent in the Chesapeake Bay and North Carolina sounds in the early-to-mid 20th century. Providing a time-saving service between the oyster fisherman and the processing houses, buyboat owners cruised to where the fisherman worked on the water, loaded their boats with the freshly-caught bivalves and headed directly to the shucking houses to drop off that day’s catch. This year’s reunion tour will begin in Poquoson, Va., and make its way to Elizabeth City via the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. The boats will be docked along the downtown waterfront at Mariners’ Wharf, Aug. 5-7, and open to the public to view on Thursday, Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For info on the Elizabeth City stop,... READ MORE »

Step up to Downtown Wine (and Beer!) Walk, July 25 »

Step up to Downtown Wine (and Beer!) Walk, July 25
Arts of the Albemarle’s Downtown Elizabeth City Wine (and Beer!) Walk is happening Saturday, July 25, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Spend a balmy afternoon sampling some of the area’s best wines and craft beers as you stroll Elizabeth City’s charming downtown. Here are the steps (no pun intended!) for attending the Wine Walk: Buy a ticket for the event—either at Arts of the Albemarles’ The Center, 516 E. Main Street, or by calling (252) 338-6455. Or go on-line to to get the ticket link. The day of the event, check in at AOA, where you’ll show your ticket and get a wristband and map of participating locations. From there, you’ll stroll to the various locations (in no particular order). Show your wristband and try 2-4 samples of beer or wine at each location. Feel like some munchies? Some locations will also have food! The Downtown Wine (and Beer!) Walk is presented by The Center Society, AOA’s networking group for local young professionals in the mid-twenties to early forties age group. Interested in joining? Call AOA at 338-6455. There are only 200 tickets for this event. Walk, so don’t wait…get yours today!... READ MORE »

Good Times Roll at Mariners’ Wharf Film Festival »

Good Times Roll at Mariners’ Wharf Film Festival
It’s a fact. We love to have a good time here in Elizabeth City, especially in the summer when the sun goes down. That’s when you’ll find locals and visitors alike gathered along the green at Mariners’ Wharf. If it’s June or July, they are taking in a flick on an outdoor screen at the Mariners’ Wharf Film Festival. With a focus on classic American films, the 2015 festival opened with “Summer Stock,” “Rio Grande” and “Key Largo,” among other enduring films. The July lineup includes “Edge of the City” (July 7), “The Awful Truth” (July 14), “A Stolen Life” (July 21) and the original 1940 production of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” (July 28). Showtime is at 8:30 p.m., and admission is free. So bring your blanket or low-backed lawn chair and join us for a good time! READ MORE »

Spend a Fabulous Fourth in Elizabeth City »

Spend a Fabulous Fourth in Elizabeth City
Nothing says Fourth of July like a bang-up fireworks display, and the Elizabeth City Parks and Recreation Department really know how to put on a show! Join us on Saturday, July 4 beginning at 6 p.m. at Waterfront Park for live music, tasty foods, sack races, corn hole games, bucket pong and a watermelon-eating contest. Then as the sun sets, kick back on your beach blanket and get ready for a star-spangled event as fireworks bloom over the Pasquotank River. Oh, if you have a boat, all the better. You can view the spectacle from our free public docks at beautiful Mariners’ Wharf. To make a weekend of it, check our food and lodging guides, or call the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Center for details at 1-866-ECity-4U. Looking forward to seeing by the water’s edge! READ MORE »

Say Yes to I DO! Wedding Exhibit Opens June 27 at MOA »

Say Yes to I DO! Wedding Exhibit Opens June 27 at MOA
Expect to find something old, new, borrowed and blue, when I DO! Weddings in the Albemarle, 1831-2015 opens this Saturday, June 27 at 10 a.m. at the Museum of the Albemarle. This stunning exhibition features more than 100 wedding garments, accessories and other items that illustrate the area’s traditions over nearly two centuries. Among the treasures on view: a 1920s-era wedding gown and six-piece French hand-painted trousseau; ensembles worn by a bride and groom in 1884; and an original cornice and photograph of a most generous wedding gift presented to Ivy Blades Robinson, by her father William Blades, in 1914—a Neo-Classical Revival style home which stands today at 201 E. Main Street in Elizabeth City. Inspiration for the exhibit was born in 2006, when the museum staff assessed the variety and scope of wedding dresses, textiles and artifacts in its collection. “We immediately saw a need to plan an exhibit so that we could properly conserve and display these beautiful pieces,” said Charlotte Patterson, the museum’s education curator. On display through December 2017, I DO! covers more than wedding gowns, however. Visitors will find tailcoats, top hats, trousseaus, shoes,... READ MORE »

Eat, Drink and Dance at this Year’s Taste! »

Eat, Drink and Dance at this Year’s Taste!
Are you ready to eat, drink and be merry, all for a good cause? Arts of the Albemarle’s 11th Annual Taste of the Albemarle is happening Saturday, June 6 at Mariner’s Wharf Park from 6 to 10 p.m.  The “Taste” portion of the event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m., as you enjoy the sounds of Elizabeth City’s own Uphill band and sample delicious fare from 20+ local restaurants. Wash it all down with the beer, wine, sodas and water that will be available for sale throughout the evening. Then get ready to swing with dance band Major and the Monbacks entertainment from 8 to 10 p.m. This Norfolk-based group has created their own blend of rock-n-roll, merging retro 60’s rock-n-roll, psychedelic twang, soaring three-part harmonies and the high energy and horn-laden grit of southern soul. Dance the night away by the balmy breezes of the Pasquotank River after having your fill of delicious local cuisine. By the way, it’s all for a good cause. Taste is a benefit for Arts of the Albemarle, your hub for all things art in Elizabeth City. It doesn’t get any better than that! Tickets are available at the following prices: advanced AOA member ticket $20, advanced non-member ticket $25, advanced... READ MORE »

Welcoming Artists and Visitors to Splash! »

Welcoming Artists and Visitors to Splash!
This week, the “Harbor of Hospitality” is delighted to welcome visiting artists and arts enthusiasts to Splash!  June 1-6, accomplished painters from the south and beyond are visiting our fair city doing what they do best:  creating, collaborating and cultivating relationships among each other. “There is nothing else that compares to Splash,” said Katie Murray, executive director of Arts of the Albemarle (AoA), an event host. “Artists from far and wide come to our little town, are hosted in community member’s homes and spend a week in their happy place—painting, taking workshops and enjoying parties each night. It’s a magical, relaxing experience for the artists and an inspiring and exciting time for Elizabeth City as well.” What’s truly great about Splash is that it is open to artists of all levels as well as art lovers and creative folk of every type. For the artists, Splash will once again offer the Splash Open Studio in the former Super10 space on Main St. Claim your space for the week for $75 (AoA Members) or $100 (Non-members). AoA is offering  eight workshops for all experience levels and mediums including: “Absolutely Abstract Painting” with... READ MORE »