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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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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 elizabethcitydowntown@embarqmail.com. 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 »