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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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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 »

Writer Paints Pretty Picture of Elizabeth City »

Writer Paints Pretty Picture of Elizabeth City
Want to know why Elizabeth City is known as the “Harbor of Hospitality”? Why our historic places, inviting restaurants and accommodating inns charm visitors seeking an off-the-beaten path, small town experience? Then you’ll want to read this feature article that appears in the July issue of Coastal Virginia magazine. Writer Joe Tennis lays it all out in a engaging narrative that takes him into Elizabeth City by boat, then on foot to sites that pique his interest–and his taste buds. Along the way, he learns a thing or two about the Carolina Loop, a town divided by the Civil War and the best way to eat fresh flounder. Read all about it! READ MORE »

Loop de Loop this Friday with “ArtWalk Loop and Win” »

Loop de Loop this Friday with “ArtWalk Loop and Win”
You’ve been to Elizabeth City’s First Friday ArtWalk, right? So you know there are lots of great artists to meet and venues to experience. But you see a friend on the sidewalk, start catching up and next thing you know, ArtWalk is almost over and you’re still in the same spot! To encourage a little more moving and grooving among all the great stops, ArtWalk organizers will host an “ArtWalk Loop and Win” this Friday, Aug. 7. Here’s how it works. Make point to circle the block and visit the participating businesses. Look around in each venue for a hidden coaster. The first person to find it wins a $50 gift certificate to the ECNCART stores of your choice! Aug. 7 ArtWalk participants will include: Page After Page Bookstore (111 S. Water St) Barbara Davis (Author) Shay Leslie Boutique (613 E. Main St) Jordan Ellinwood (Jeweler) Port Discover (611 E. Main St) “1st Friday Kids Art-In,” Serenity Studio Arts (601 E. Main St) Paula and Roger Ewell (Painters) & Museum of the Albemarle’s Children’s Class Display The Photo Co (601 E. Main St) Moriah Mattix (sewing arts) Tina Clancy’s Art and Antique Connection(116 N. Poindexter St) Sarah Carmichael (Painter/Photographer) & Chris... READ MORE »

Elizabeth City is Coast Guard Proud »

Elizabeth City is Coast Guard Proud
Elizabeth City is Coast Guard Proud, and this week we are hosting a week-long celebration of the brave men and women who keep America’s shorelines safe.Take a look! Monday 8/3 at Firehouse Subs: Hero Appreciation Night with 20 percent off day and night! From 5-8 p.m. there will be kids activities, mascots, fire truck, face painting, non-profits and more. Wednesday 8/5 at Albemarle Lanes:  Free bowling for active military. Rock and bowl in the evening! Thursday 8/5 at The Pines:  Free golf and swimming for active military families. Reserve your tee time by calling (252) 335-0278. Enjoy Burger Bar night specials too. Thursday 8/5 at Living Waters B&B and Bakery:  Enjoy free samples of cupcakes, ice cream and sweet teas for military families. Also enjoy live Alpacas! Just down the road from The Pines. Friday 8/7 at the Museum of the Albemarle:  U.S. Coast Guard stamp dedication event at 1 p.m. Join us for this historic occasion presented by the U.S. Post Office. The public is welcome! Saturday 8/8 at Morgan’s Corner: U.S. Coast Guard Military Appreciation Concert with rising Nashville Country Music Awards Star Ray Scott,  Old Southern Moonshine Revival, Outlaw 21 and... READ MORE »

Now Playing: Music on the Green Festival Series! »

Now Playing: Music on the Green Festival Series!
Are you ready to have a good time, Elizabeth City? The Music on the Green Festival series is now underway! Showcasing homegrown bands (Elizabeth City has quite a few), this free festival kicked off its sixth year July 28 with Bobby Plough & Friends and continues for eight consecutive Tuesday evenings through Sept. 23 from 6-8 p.m. This season boasts an eclectic lineup of artists and genres including CC & the Ryders (Aug. 4), The Violent Years (Aug. 11), Jazz with Connected (Aug. 18) and Mainstream Revolution (Aug. 25), plus more for September! Check the Facebook page for all the details. Summer’s here! So grab a blanket or lawn chair, and mosey on over to Mariners’ Wharf. Whether you seek some good tunes or a cool river breeze, we’ve got you covered! READ MORE »

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 »