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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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Catch ‘em While You Can: Classic Flicks on an Outdoor Screen at the Mariners’ Wharf Film Festival »

Catch ‘em While You Can: Classic Flicks on an Outdoor Screen at the Mariners’ Wharf Film Festival
You have two more opportunities to come to Elizabeth City and enjoy our outdoor movies. The Mariners’ Wharf Film Festival has been showing classic Hollywood films under the stars, along the Pasquotank River, for six seasons now. Everything from “Rebel Without a Cause” to “The Apartment” and more has been projected upon that large screen on the park green. Beneath a star-filled sky, you can sit back on a lawn chair or stretch out on a blanket and watch the classics unfold. On Tuesday, July 22, the festival  presents “12 Angry Men,” featuring the all-star cast of Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb and Jack Klugman, as a split jury struggles over the looming verdict of a murder trial. The following Tuesday, July 29, marks the last film of the season. The festival goes out in style with Hollywood royalty, as Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy put their famed on-and-off-screen chemistry to work in “Adam’s Rib.” The films are free, and a popcorn vendor is on hand. But you’re invited to bring dinner and if you’d rather not pack a picnic basket, any one of Elizabeth City’s eateries would more than happy to accommodate you with a... READ MORE »

For Cool Travel Tips, Read All about It in The Wayfarer »

For Cool Travel Tips, Read All about It in The Wayfarer
Do you subscribe to The Wayfarer? This is the official tourism e-newsletter for the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau—and I encourage you to sign up! Our July issue just debuted and is brimming with suggestions for keeping cool over the dog days of summer. There’s the Mariners’ Wharf Film Festival and our wonderful Music on the Green series, both held by the breezy river’s edge. If you’re looking to keep the kids entertained, Arts of the Albemarle is offering a terrific lineup of summer theatre and art camps to help contain all that “summer’s-finally-here” energy. Finally, next time you’re in Elizabeth City, check out our fast and free Wi-Fi hotspot that covers a 20-block area in the heart of our downtown. EC-Net is a high-tech amenity that we’re pleased to offer our traveling friends. It may be hot, but life is cool here in the “Harbor of Hospitality.” Read all about it The Wayfarer! Charlotte... READ MORE »

Calling All Artists! AOA’s TERVIS Tumbler Contest! »

Calling All Artists! AOA’s TERVIS Tumbler Contest!
Imagine your own work of art gracing the front of a TERVIS tumbler. Arts of the Albemarle is looking for the perfect painting or drawing to be featured on TERVIS tumblers that will be for sale in AOA’s gallery gift shop. Artists of all ages and levels of experience are asked to submit works of art that best represent Elizabeth City’s waterfront. The entry fee is $25.00 per piece of art. Applications for AOA’s TERVIS Tumbler Contest must be received by July 31. The winner will be promoted through AOA’s social media, eNews and website, and will have their art featured on hundreds of commemorative cups. TERVIS tumblers are insulated drinking cups that keep beverages hot or cold. They are dishwasher safe and made in America. Their clear plastic design is the perfect vehicle for a colorful and imaginative piece of art. Pick up your application form today, or download one from this link. Soon, people all over town could be imbibing drinks from TERVIS tumblers customized with your concept of Elizabeth City’s famed waterfront. So get busy creating and send in those entries!   Margie Berry, Arts of the... READ MORE »

For a Good Read, Susan Hinkle’s Got You Covered »

For a Good Read, Susan Hinkle’s Got You Covered
On occasion, “View from the Harbor” will feature a spotlight on an Elizabeth City area attraction, restaurant, shop or local personality we think you’ll find of interest. Susan Hinkle, owner of the independent downtown bookstore Page After Page, fits the last two of these categories. To find out why she’s passionate about her store—and her customers—read on!  What is your background-and what inspired you to open a book store in downtown Elizabeth City? My background was in a technical field. I led the top global technical team for Foxboro-Invensys, a process control company. That’s a far cry from the bookstore world, yet customer service is number one, whatever position you have. Page After Page hosts a number of store events. Tell us about the latest one, Vibes & Verses. Vibes & Verse is a newly-named monthly event that we re-worked to combine poetry and music. We decided on the combo when attendees of our yearly poetry bash asked us to have more frequent events. Last year we started the 2nd Friday’s Music event, as a few of our visiting authors were musicians as well. Since the book signings included music, it attracted many area musicians as well as... READ MORE »

Celebrate the U.S. Coast Guard Saturday at MOA »

Celebrate the U.S. Coast Guard Saturday at MOA
People who love the Museum of the Albemarle know that the Museum of the Albemarle loves the U.S. Coast Guard. The folks at MOA love the Coast Guard so much that they created an entire exhibit, Out of the Blue, about the service branch’s history, focusing on aviation. Elizabeth City is, after all, home the sprawling Coast Guard air base and the famed rescue swimmer training facility. July is the Coast Guard’s anniversary, so this Saturday, July 12, the museum will commemorate it with special events to be held throughout the day. After you’ve had a chance to tour the exhibit, listen to a reading of ‘Mayday! Mayday!’ A Coast Guard Rescue by Chris Demarest at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. In the museum’s auditorium, you can view a documentary titled “Coast Guard: Helicopters to the Rescue” at 1 p.m. Outside on the green, kids will have a chance to ride a pony and everyone can meet Coast Guard artist Doug Lane and register to win a poster of one of his aviation cartoons. It all happens right here in Elizabeth City, home to aviators and rescue swimmers alike. So come down and help us celebrate the men and women in true blue. We’ll see you... READ MORE »

Students’ Artwork Brighten Windows—and Community »

Students’ Artwork Brighten Windows—and Community
Business owners at the Shoppes at the Southern Hotel had a wonderful vision to place original artwork in the windows of the vacant floors of their building. In May, Laura Carsey approached Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc. about the idea, and the non-profit group got the ball rolling. ECDI Director Rebecca Cross spoke to artist John Peel about coordinating the art project with local school art classes. With the help of Rick and Kelly Boyd and Darrell Cross, the plywood boards were picked up, cut, primed and delivered to local schools for the students to create their paintings. Within the school system, the following educators and volunteers lent a hand: Mrs. Alvarez at Weeksville Elementary School, Mrs. Whitfield at Sheep Harney Elementary School, Mr. Forman at J.C. Sawyer Elementary School, Nichole at Elizabeth City Middle School, and Joni Stuart and John Peel at Northeastern High School. Rick Boyd, Darrell Cross and Glen installed the fun, bright creations in June. Come by and see the results of this innovative community project. While you’re there, take a look at the innovative shops and boutiques that make up the Shoppes at the Southern Hotel. What a beautiful addition to our... READ MORE »

Great, Greater, Greatest! »

Great, Greater, Greatest!
On June 25, hundreds of our citizens turned out to Waterfront Park to see 95 vintage cars participate in the Great Race. This famous cross-country rally began June 21 in Oguniquit, Maine and ended June 19 in The Villages, Florida. The event pits teams against the clock and with each other, and the scores for each team are the result of a team’s ability to follow all designated course instructions precisely. Elizabeth City was a featured lunch stop June 25, and the competitors started cruising into the Harbor of Hospitality beginning at 11:30 a.m. We were overjoyed with the community turn out! At the opening ceremony Elizabeth City Mayor Pro Tem Anita Hummer gave the welcome for the city, and Jeff Dixon, chairman of the County Commissioners, gave the welcome for the county. Dale Smith, deputy chief of operations with the Elizabeth City Fire Department was in charge of the Color Guard, who did a great job. Dale worked tirelessly with us the entire time. Darrell Cross sang the National Anthem, and the ceremony ended with remarks from the major sponsor Wayne Perry with The Perry Auto Group. Parks and Recreation Director Bobbi and I made sure each driver and navigator were served... READ MORE »

July 4th + 1st Friday ArtWalk = Red, Hot Fun »

July 4th + 1st Friday ArtWalk = Red, Hot Fun
July Fourth brings lots of activities and excitement to downtown and the waterfront! It all begins with our popular First Friday ArtWalk at 5:30 p.m. Galleries and businesses downtown are staying open late (until about 7:30) to host guest artists and refreshments for the evening. See a variety of arts—from the Annual July Studio Clean-Out Show featuring pieces from the studios of several artists at AOA, to mixed media jewelry at Studio 511 and Shay Leslie Boutique, to Albemarle Homeschool Support League 1st Annual Student Art Show at Serenity Studio Arts, and much more. Then stay for all of the family friendly activities at the waterfront put on by ECPC Parks & Rec. Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with the National Anthem and will include several live local bands like “Connected,” “DJ Taz” and “East Land Band” plus lots of activities such as sack races, a watermelon eating contest and a juggler. There will also be food vendors, fire trucks and police cars on display all culminated in a beautiful fireworks display at 9:10 pm. See you downtown! READ MORE »

Studio Clean-Out Show and Traveling Spoon Exhibit, July 4! »

Studio Clean-Out Show and Traveling Spoon Exhibit, July 4!
Don’t just wait around for those fireworks to go off, head downtown for Arts of the Albemarle’s First Friday ArtWalk, July 4! The Center, at 516 W. Main Street, will feature its annual July Studio Clean-Out Show. Some of your favorite local artists have ransacked their studios and brought to light some great pieces, including framed and unframed paintings and photographs, matted original paintings, pottery and jewelry. Artists participating are Phil Cameron, Mary Crutchfield, Barbara Gernat, Betty Haar-Salvo, Robert Kelly-Goss, John Peel, Hunter Michael, Maxine Poulos, Susan Owens, Penny Akin, Catherine Simmons, Bob Smithson, Aaron Johnson, Dottie Ansell and Theresa Dailey. The 516 Gallery will feature Spoon Portraits, a traveling exhibit by Pocosin Arts Metals Guild. Think you know what a spoon looks like? Fuggedaboudit. This amazing exhibit interprets the spoon in its most imaginative forms. Pieces run the gamut, from earthy to delicate, from airy to primitive—and everything in between. Metal is combined with clay or glass in many pieces to form spoons that are whimsical, humorous, metaphorical—delightful! In addition to the spoons, guild members will offer jewelry, sculpture... READ MORE »

Is Bigger always Better? »

Is Bigger always Better?
Although I don’t always agree that bigger is better, in this case I do. Port Discover is working on creating a bigger presence in our area. It seems a good place to start is by explaining more about what we already do. Did you know that along with being open free to the public five days a week, we also regularly serve a five-county area and provide over 300 programs a year to schools and other organizations? Over the past two years, we have reached an average of 15,000 people per year. Although we are very proud of our hard-working staff and what we accomplish on a small budget, we know we can do even more. Over this summer, look for exciting updates as we begin to create our new Tech Café for middle and high school students. Many of our outreach programs already extend to this age group but, our Port Discover Center has been geared to the younger set ages 3 -12. We are looking to expand those offerings, while providing a fun and safe atmosphere for older kids and young adults to get their science groove on. In order to do this, we will be looking for donations of paint and supplies, computer and technology equipment and good old fashion labor. So help us spread the word! If you... READ MORE »