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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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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 »

Elizabeth City for the Holidays? Read all About It! »

Elizabeth City for the Holidays? Read all About It!
Just because the days are shorter and temps are cooler doesn’t mean it’s time to slow down. Beginning now through the end of the year is a great season to visit the “Harbor of Hospitality”– and you can read all about our holiday happenings when you subscribe to The Wayfarer, the official e-newsletter of the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Click here to subscribe and get set to receive the latest travel news every other month. Our November-December has just been issued, and you can read all about the sleigh full of Elizabeth City events that will put a twinkle in your eye — from our annual Downtown Holiday Celebration, complete with caroling, hot cocoa and Santa Claus, to a full roster of seasonal concerts, performances and workshops. The Museum of the Albemarle is hosting a special exhibit that will bring out the child in all of us:  the charming Polar Express toy train village. Look for info about this exhibit, along news of Small Business Saturday coming up Nov. 29 and a special spotlight on an Elizabeth City treasure–the Khan Planetarium at Elizabeth City State University. Please subscribe today to The Wayfarer!... READ MORE »

Create, Collaborate and Cultivate with Splash, Nov. 2-9 »

Create, Collaborate and Cultivate with Splash, Nov. 2-9
What is Splash? It’s a week-long smorgasbord of creative happenings in downtown Elizabeth City! Nov. 2-9 you can indulge your inner artist with studio sessions, plein air sessions, workshops and lectures. There is something for everyone, novice and expert artists alike. Wrap-around events include a Moon Fest Dinner hosted by Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc., and River City Rhythm and Brews, a celebration of music and micro brewery beer. The main event is the Moon Splash Artist Studio, a creative space set up at the old Super 10 building on Main Street. For a $100 registration fee artists can set up their easels to paint all day-or all week. Artists in Residence will be on hand to provide instruction and give demonstrations. Margie Sawyer (Elizabeth City), Bob Rankin (Raleigh) and Tunde Afolayan (Boone, N.C.) will each take a turn as Artist in Residence during the week. Watch the creative process in action as renowned Chapel Hill artist Jane Filer creates a painting from start to finish at the Splash studio. Splash will also include beginner and refresher workshops by visiting artists. Susan Tobey White (Maine) will teach a watercolor workshop Dawn Kinney Martin (Atlanta) will lead... READ MORE »

Let Your Spirit Fly at the First in Flight Festival, Nov. 1 »

Let Your Spirit Fly at the First in Flight Festival, Nov. 1
If you look to the skies in Elizabeth City this weekend, you may see chocolate treats falling from the wild blue yonder! The First in Flight Festival returns on Saturday, Nov. 1, featuring vintage and modern aircraft displays, free airplane rides for kids and the famous candy drop—a re-enactment of the Berlin Airlift of 1948-49. Join us from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elizabeth City Regional Airport. If you’ve been to the festival before, you know it’s a lot of fun. Back by popular demand are event favorites, including free airplane rides for children ages 8-17, offered by the Experimental Aircraft Association’s “Young Eagle Program”; military and civilian aircraft for viewing; a remote control air show presented by Radio Active Air Shows; and free lunch for the first 1,000 people, courtesy of McDonald’s. New this year will be the Bandit Flight Team featuring two Chinese YAKs on display and the Chrome Pony Mustang Club with antique Mustang cars for viewing. The First in Flight Festival wouldn’t be complete without a fly-over and launch of chocolate bars from the Spirit of Freedom, a restored 1945 Douglas C-54. The re-enactment is based on the famous Berlin Airlift, during which... READ MORE »

All Aboard the MOA Express! »

All Aboard the MOA Express!
We had a great time at the Museum of the Albemarle this past weekend, as we debuted a new look for the children’s Discovery Room, centered on trains in the Albemarle region. The new theme focuses on the coming of the railroad to our region and represents a trip back in time to 1881 to early 1900s.The interactive exhibit represents a downtown street (you might recognize Poindexter St.) with store fronts and activities that took place when you rode into town on a train. Pack your bags, get your ticket at the Elizabeth City and Norfolk Railroad Station and enjoy the adventure on the MOA Express when it stops at the D. W. Woodhouse Dry Goods, the Albemarle Enquirer Newspaper Office and Kramer Brothers and Company. Catch the John W. Garrett ferry and have a picnic at the park, or just sit and reminisce about times gone by. There is something for all ages to enjoy. So, all aboard! Come to the museum for a look at this wonderful new exhibit. READ MORE »

Albemarle Craftman’s Fair this Weekend … the Show Comes to Life! »

Albemarle Craftman’s Fair this Weekend … the Show Comes to Life!
Framework up – booths in place – craftsmen in costumes! Finally the 56th Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair opens Friday and will be ready for your enjoyment! Make sure to bring your holiday shopping list with you and spend the weekend, shopping and chatting with these skilled master craftsmen. There are pottery wheels whirling a slab of clay into that one of a kind bowl or vase, scroll saws cutting intricate designs, metals being hammered into the perfect piece of jewelry and tiny saws and dremels being used to build the miniature boats to scale. It’s a lot going on but don’t worry because your gate entry is good for the entire three-day weekend. Come and go as you please but look out, this show may just get you in the mood to try your hand at a craft! I guarantee you will leave with an understanding of what it takes to design and finish a quality handcraft and perhaps a piece of two for your own personal collection. We look forward to seeing you this Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Submitted by Lisa Winslow, an Elizabeth City artist and Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair guild... READ MORE »

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 »