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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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Harleys, Hondas and Hope »

Harleys, Hondas and Hope
Motorcyclists will convene in Elizabeth City on Sept. 6 to help bring hope into our world. Although there is little agreement about which bike is better– the Harley or the Honda– most riders agree on the fact that this world could use more hope and happiness. The Mid-Atlantic Christian University Bike Rally and Charity Ride started in 2008 to build up a student scholarship in the cross-cultural studies department at MACU. The university has many successful alumni engaged in working with other cultures effectively. If you enjoy riding your motorcycle with a group, you will want to consider joining this group for a fun morning of riding. Check the registration info, and sign up to ride online. The scenery in Pasquotank County is beautiful and early September temperatures are mild. Layden’s Supermarket is one of the stops along the ride. You just might find a reason to return there for their homemade goodies. When the ride ends back at the waterfront campus of MACU, you will find lunch waiting. The Harold C. Turner Hall venue houses a most inspiring view of the Pasquotank River. You might catch a glimpse of sailboats cruising the Intracoastal Waterway right in front of... READ MORE »

A Ghostly Good Time Awaits, Oct.10-11 in Elizabeth City »

A Ghostly Good Time Awaits, Oct.10-11 in Elizabeth City
Elizabeth City’s Historic Ghost Walk marks its 18th year with a salute to the local men and women of the “Greatest Generation” and their contributions to the war effort. Ghost Walk 2014:  World War II in the Albemarle takes place the evenings of Oct. 11-12, from 5:30 to 9:30 each evening. You’ll meet Jack Hoffler, the youngest soldier in the D-Day invasion, along with Virginia Newbern, a young secretary at the Naval Air Station. There’s also Archie Sanders, whose Elizabeth City Shipyard produced submarine chasers for the war effort. Senator Melvin Daniels will tell about being a teenager on the Outer Banks with the war raging off our shore. President Franklin D. Roosevelt makes an appearance, as well as Andrew “Salt” Williams of the Tuskegee Airmen. Joe Flickinger will tell about training Russian soldiers to fly in Project Zebra. And you don’t want to miss the USO Show happening at AOA’s McGuire Theatre. There will be a special preview of the USO Show on Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Maguire Theatre, for those who want to get a jump on the weekend’s events. Admission is $5, and there will be appetizers and a cash bar. Wrap-around events include a showing of the... READ MORE »

Paint a Landmark–Win Some Money! »

Paint a Landmark–Win Some Money!
Calling all artists! What inspires you as you look around our beautiful area? A building? A landscape? Maybe even a lone object? Pull out your paints and whip out a canvas:  Arts of the Albemarle is now accepting entries for the 28th annual Landmark Show. Artists 18 years of age or older may enter two paintings to be juried for cash prizes. The entry fees are $40 for AOA members and $50 for non-members. (Another reason to become a member!) The competition will award a top prize of $500, a second-place prize of $400, a third-place prize of $300, in addition to an AOA Member Award. This special award will be presented to the best art work in the show by an AOA member. Art work must be inspired by Elizabeth City and its surrounding area. The juror for the show is Dr. Norman F. Goodwin, a native of Norfolk, Va. A retired adjunct professor of fine arts, he owned an art gallery for 20 years and is the founder of D’Art Center in Norfolk. His work hangs in the permanent collections of the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. Need more info? We’ve got it right... READ MORE »

Make a Fall Bouqet at MOA »

Make a Fall Bouqet at MOA
Autumn will be here before you know it! And the arrangement you see here is a sample of what you can design during the Museum of the Albemarle’s first-ever Fall into Decorating Designer Workshop, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. here in Elizabeth City. You can choose to make an arrangement similar to this one, or a cornucopia or even a wreath.  We will also be incorporating burlap, which is so popular now, into our crafts. I remember my mom making crafts with burlap in the 60s.  Register for the workshop by submitting the form at the link below before Sept. 5 and the cost is $25 for Friends of MOA members and $35 for non-members. After this early-bird deadline, the cost increases by $5. Bring your work gloves and wire cutters and join us for a crafty time, delicious lunch and then take home a beautiful arrangement made by you!  No decorating skills required. Submitted by Charlotte Patterson, Museum of the Albemarle Education Coordinator 2014 Fall into Decorating Workshop... READ MORE »

Paint, Metal and Wax: AOA’s August Artists Dazzle with Color and Design »

Paint, Metal and Wax: AOA’s August Artists Dazzle with Color and Design
This month, Arts of the Albemarle is featuring three regional artists, who will knock your socks off—Rick Nilson, Randy Hodges, and Susan Owens. Rick Nilson’s oil paintings cover the walls of the Jenkins Gallery. A resident of the Outer Banks since 1987, Nilson is a native of South Dakota who once worked as a landscape architect. He first picked up a brush and started painting in 2007; now he can’t imagine doing anything else. Nilson paints with a vibrant realism. His colors and brush strokes are bold, his perspectives intense. Many of his paintings feature Outer Banks cottages and landmarks, as well as beach scenes, boats, sea shells and sea birds. Now and then you will see a cow or sheep painting thrown in—a nod to his native South Dakota. Sharing the Jenkins gallery is metal artist Randy Hodges. Known on the Outer Banks as “The Manteo Blacksmith,” Hodges is a former civil engineer who began blacksmithing in 1980. His metal artwork includes small sculptures made from scrap iron and found materials such as driftwood. The pieces are delightfully whimsical and imaginative. His horseshoe crab sculpture and railroad tie bottle opener are sure to draw a smile. Washington County... READ MORE »

EC Soon to Be Coast Guard City USA »

EC Soon to Be Coast Guard City USA
In just a few months, if everything goes as planned, Elizabeth City will be a Coast Guard City USA. That esteemed designation is given to communities that are considered to be a hospitable to Coast Guard personnel and their families. Here in the “Harbor of Hospitality,” we have welcomed, embraced, supported and celebrated our hard-working friends and neighbors at Air Station Elizabeth City for as long as I remember. According to a recent report in the Daily Advance, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zufunkft said he “signed off on Elizabeth City’s application” July 17, and there is a 90-day waiting period before the designation is confirmed. The article said he is confident that things will go through as planned.We are too. The Coast Guard has long history of protecting our shores here in northeastern North Carolina—beginning with their roots as the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service to the global missions they conduct today. They have proudly served our country for the past two centuries. In Elizabeth City, we look forward to serving them as an official Coast Guard City in the years to... READ MORE »

Take a Spin in Elizabeth City! Family Bike Rides Start Aug. 17 »

Take a Spin in Elizabeth City! Family Bike Rides Start Aug. 17
Beautiful downtown Elizabeth City wants you to ride with us. We want you to bring your bike starting Sunday, Aug. 17 and enjoy riding around our downtown waterfront. We’re so serious about this that town officials have designated bike routes and will close streets so on six different Sundays you can enjoy family bike rides from 5 – 7 p.m., with a different route each time. Bring your bike and helmet to our staging area at Mariners’ Wharf Park, situated along the Pasquotank River. From there you’ll learn the route, and you and your family can enjoy riding on closed streets as much as you want during these designated hours. The Aug. 17 route will be E. Church Street to Elliott Street, then south to E. Main Street. You’ll then ride down E. Main Street to S. Poindexter Street and back to Church Street. The route will take you through downtown and you can catch a glimpse of some of what Elizabeth City has to offer, as well as enjoy our beautiful scenery. Staff from Albemarle Regional Health Services will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about the route. Port Discover, our hands-on science center for the whole family, will be on hand to loan... READ MORE »

Throw Some Clay at AOA! Bob Smithson Demo on Saturday, August 9th »

Throw Some Clay at AOA! Bob Smithson Demo on Saturday, August 9th
We’ve all seen beautiful and innovative pottery on display in art galleries around town, but have you ever wondered how such pieces are made? Wonder no more. Potter and sculptor Bob Smithson will hold a pottery clay throwing demonstration at 11:30 on Saturday, August 9th at the Center, Arts of the Albemarle. Using a potter’s wheel, Smithson will show how a shapeless hunk of clay is transformed into a stunning work of art. Smithson, who lives in Currituck County, is an environmental engineer by trade. He suddenly decided to explore his creative side 15 years ago, training in pottery and sculpture at D’Art Center in Norfolk, Virginia. Smithson is known in some circles as the “whimsical potter,” for his more imaginative and amusing pieces, which tend to evoke a smile. His work varies widely in theme and technique. There is something for everyone, with no two pieces alike. Smithson will bring some of his sculptures along to show how exciting pottery can be. The Center, Arts of the Albemarle is located at 516 E. Main Street. For more information, please call 338-6455. READ MORE »

Check Out Our Relaunch of the EC Website with a New Design »

Check Out Our Relaunch of the EC Website with a New Design
Have you seen the new Elizabeth City website? We just re-launched it this week with a lively new look, easy-to-use trip planning features and calendar listings brimming with things to do. Take a look at and let us know what you think! The site is designed to aide both visitors and residents, while providing an overview of the region’s attractions, events and visitor-oriented businesses.  Therefore, you’ll find lots of great info including: Colorful, rotating homepage images that focus on the Elizabeth City waterfront setting, hometown feel, history of hospitality and unique array of attractions and activities. A “Featured Fun” slideshow that promotes our signature sites, including the Museum of the Albemarle, Port Discover, Arts of Albemarle and others An event listing showcasing upcoming activities for the weeks ahead Detailed lodging, restaurant and shopping information A link to this site—our new “View from the Harbor” blog, written by a collective of local writers who provide an insider’s view of life in Elizabeth City A “Meetings and Celebrations” section to help meeting and wedding planners An expanded “Things to Do” section with everything from... READ MORE »

A Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard »

A Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard
This week is Coast Guard Appreciation Week, and businesses and organizations here in Elizabeth City have planned a week-long schedule of ways to thank our friends and neighbors at Air Station Elizabeth City. From Firehouse Subs’ Hero Appreciation Night (7/28) and the Pines of Elizabeth City’s free golf and pool offer (7/29) to Albemarle Lanes’ Military Rock-and Bowl (7/30), there are special activities, as well as free and discounted offers, available for USGC workers each day of the week. And don’t forget that the Museum of the Albemarle has a wonderful exhibit that focuses on the Coast Guard’s presence here in northeastern North Carolina—Out of the Blue: Coast Guard Aviation. Navigating two centuries of Coast Guard history from its 1790 beginnings to its present-day missions, the exhibit helps to explain the work these guardians conduct daily to protect our shores. This week, be sure to take a moment to reflect on the history of the Coast Guard and thank these guardians who keep our nation’s coastline... READ MORE »