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Elizabeth City from the Locals' Point of View

An Elizabeth City Travel Collective

Our blog is 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 and hidden gems. And, expect to hear often about EC events, ‘cause there’s always something shaking here. From travel news to point of views, we’ve got you covered!

Reviving the Much Debated Query – How did Elizabeth City Get Its Name? »

Reviving the Much Debated Query – How did Elizabeth City Get Its Name?

There has always been dispute amongst the residents of Elizabeth City with regard to how Elizabeth City was named. Was Queen Elizabeth I of England or Mrs. Betsy Tooley the namesake?

In the company of some Elizabeth City locals, even insinuating Betsy Tooley was the proprietress and barmaid of a local tavern located on Water Street – with propensities for Rum from the Caribbean Island Territories and thirsty sailors, can be cause for eyebrow raising – further uttering that folklore also alleges that Betsy Tooley ran a brothel is means for complete ostracization.

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Get Your Christmas On in Elizabeth City »

Get Your Christmas On in Elizabeth City

On December 16th and 17th, Arts of the Albemarle (AoA) and Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association (ECHNA) present, “Holiday Home Tour”.
It’s that festive time of year again, and soon Elizabeth City will be decked out in holiday splendor. Homes will be aglow with the warmth of the season, and Arts of the Albemarle and the Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association have teamed up to give you a look at some of them.

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Everything Old is New Again: Antiques and Vintage Stores in Elizabeth City »

Everything Old is New Again: Antiques and Vintage Stores in Elizabeth City

Antiques and vintage items have history and often, a great story attached to their provenance. From their sometimes less-than-perfect but charming details to the stellar workmanship they boast, antiques transport us to bygone eras. Fortunately for residents of Elizabeth City, there are a number of great retail options available for those who want to round out an existing collection or find the perfect, one-of-a-kind collectible.

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Local Lunches under $10 »

Local Lunches under $10

Whether you’re a visitor or a local looking for good food, Elizabeth City has plenty of affordable restaurants to experience. In fact, we have dozens of independently owned restaurants that provide quality food and excellent service for a low cost.

Here are some lunch options that are less than $10:

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Shop & Stay the Weekend in Elizabeth City! »

Shop & Stay the Weekend in Elizabeth City!
Elizabeth City has wonderful options for all your shopping needs. Come for a weekend to pick out the perfect gifts for the upcoming holiday season. From big spenders to savvy savers, shoppers are sure to find perfect additions for the homes of family and friends. Here are just a few local options to browse around town: Paradise Treasures– Looking for chic options for an experienced shopper? Visit Paradise Treasures to find clothing, accessories and more for that special woman in your life. Shoppers are sure to find statement pieces and luxury items to accentuate the stress-free lifestyle. And let’s not forget—shoes for days!   Funked Up Junk– With a name as unique as its offerings, Funked Up Junk is a great little place to pick out “upcycled” furniture and decorations. By giving antiques a new look, the store offers re-purposed items styled with a coastal vibe. Browse the main building or take a peak at the booths next door.   Clown ‘N’ Around– Specializing in jewelry, gifts and home décor, Clown ‘N’ Around is your one-stop-shop for designing your home with themed accents. In addition to offering items like collegiate apparel, this place is one of the only independently owned stores in town to offer party supplies. Order balloons to make your upcoming celebration even more special.   Be sure to visit the shopping section on our website for a complete list of stores. For trip ideas, browse the Things to Do section and Calendar so that you can fully #DiscoverECity! Rebecca Hansen graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. in communication, concentrating in public relations and film studies and with an M.S. in public relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Rebecca has worked with companies such as Bath & Body Works and The Walt Disney Company. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @RebeccaHansenPR  ... READ MORE »

Get Ready for Elizabeth City’s 38th Annual Mistletoe Show! »

Get Ready for Elizabeth City’s 38th Annual Mistletoe Show!
The Elizabeth City Junior Women’s Club Mistletoe Show is on November 12 and 13, held at Knobb’s Creek Recreation Center, for those who wish to purchase hand-made gifts for the holiday season. Over 50 vendors will offer a combination of works from artisans, crafters and direct sales, the show will offer an assortment of gifts including: cornhole boards, jewelry, flags, signs, home décor, doll’s clothing, accessories, wreaths, floral arrangements, wooden coin banks and ornaments. For more information about the Elizabeth City Junior Women’s Club and the Mistletoe Show, visit the organization’s Facebook page and our Mistletoe Event listing.  While you’re there, be sure to check the calendar for more great upcoming events! We have lots of upcoming events and it’s a beautiful time to #DiscoverECity! Liza Franco is a blogger and photographer, linking stories with photos to give the reader a complete vision. Her work includes, lifestyle, commercial, fine art, portraiture photography and photo restoration. See more of her work at Liza Franco Photography & Graphic... READ MORE »

Meet Alexis Joyner: Elizabeth City’s Sculptor Extraordinaire »

Meet Alexis Joyner: Elizabeth City’s Sculptor Extraordinaire
When you look at Alexis Joyner’s sculptures, it becomes obvious that familial relationships are at the core of his work. “I find myself drawn to the special bond between mother and child,” Joyner notes. “I often address social issues and concerns and I like to gently remind young folk that they don’t need to reinvent the wheel.” A native of Southampton County, Virginia, Joyner created his first three-dimensional pieces at age 12 by carving faces on walking sticks and canes. More serious explorations began at Virginia State College where he produced Mama, a soft-shaped canvas painting in the fall of 1974 and in 1975, his first large wood piece. Entitled Cherry, a depiction of Nat Turner’s wife rendered in black walnut, it is an homage to the legendary slave revolt of 1831 that occurred in the county where Joyner was born. Joyner would go on to earn an MFA from Norfolk State and Old Dominion Universities where he cites Dr. Rod Taylor (NSU) and Mr. Victor Pickett (ODU) as significant influences as well as the work of sculptor Elizabeth Catlett. “She was fearless in making statements and social commentary and her works were finished to a point of near perfection,” he says. Joyner’s work, which he describes as “visual sermonettes,” has been exhibited in a variety of venues, most recently at NSU’s James Wise Gallery, and select pieces can be seen at Arts of the Albemarle (516 E. Main St.).   Inspired by history, nature, and memories, Joyner spends five to six days a week in his private studio (223 Rosecroft Dr.; 252-562-3957; by appointment) and while he enjoys working with a variety of media, wood and clay have been constants for him. “I have a complete love affair with wood,” he says. “Besides its beauty and warmth, it doesn’t require special equipment or a complicated process to finish a piece. Wood is an immediate process. Oh, and did I mention it’s a one-way process that includes mindless sanding and sanding and sanding? This is the part of the process I would love to farm out!” To view more of Alexis Joyner’s work, visit his Facebook page or give him a call and visit his studio.  You’ll be amazed at the beautifully carved textures and rich wood tones of his sculptures, as well as his 40 years worth of collecting the tools of his trade!   Simone Cooper is a publicist and branding specialist who is also a mid-century modern fanatic. When she’s not assisting clients with messaging, you can find her hunting for furniture and housewares from the 1960s.     Liza Franco captures the moments of life that will one day be someone’s memories and links for generations to come.  Her work includes, lifestyle, commercial, fine art and portrait... READ MORE »

Elizabeth City has a Stocking Full of Holiday Events! »

Elizabeth City has a Stocking Full of Holiday Events!
Here in Elizabeth City, our holiday 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. 25 – Dec. 24 | Polar Express Train Exhibit at Arts of the Albemarle.  Please check here to see the various dates and times.   Nov. 25 | 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. 2 | Double the fun with First Friday ArtWalk and the Lighted Boat Parade!   Dec. 3 | Elizabeth City Christmas Parade – Enjoy parade floats, marching bands and Santa!  Starts at 5:30 pm on Main Street.  For more information, please contact the Elizabeth City Parks & Recreation.   Dec. 3 | Jazz by Candlelight presented by River City Community Development Corporation.   Dec. 3 | Experience sights and sounds of the holiday season at Museum of the Albemarle!  Enjoy an O-scale train, watch The Polar Express feature film, explore the gift shop, ride a pony and visit with Santa.   Dec. 8 | COA’s Performing Arts Center presents, “It’s a Wonderful Life”  Please click here for dates and showtimes.   Dec. 10 | The Jolly Holiday Show, featuring Jeanne Jolly & The Mistletoes, singing holiday favorites.   Dec. 16 | Holiday Home Tour of Elizabeth City – Get in the holiday spirit by taking a tour of historic homes that are beautifully decorated for the holiday season! Dec. 31 |Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Museum of the Albemarle’s Casino Royale. Includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, voucher for play chips at gaming tables, complimentary drink ticket, and a champagne toast at midnight!  #DiscoverECity and see how we celebrate the... READ MORE »

Elizabeth City’s “Splash” Explained »

Elizabeth City’s “Splash” Explained

Anyone walking through Main Street can tell that Elizabeth City is home to talented artisans. The town hosts different art-inspired events, from craft fairs to art classes. One such event is Splash, hosted by Arts of the Albemarle from Oct. 30 until Nov. 5.

This week-long workshop offers a variety of techniques that enriches the community and produces extraordinary pieces. Listen to folks play an assortment of instruments such as the didgeridoo, violin, drums and more while artists transform inspiration into one-of-a-kind creations.

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Did You Make That? The Most Common Question at the Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair »

Did You Make That? The Most Common Question at the Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair
One of the most frequently asked questions at the Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair has got to be “Did you make that?” followed by “How?”   In its 58th year, this show is one of the oldest demonstrating fairs in North Carolina. With a motto of “To Learn-To Create-To Teach”, craftsmen are more than willing to answer both of those questions by demonstrating the process right in front of your eyes or by showing you through a series of photographs. Handmade truly means handmade. The Albemarle Craftsman’s Guild members, who have had their work juried in one of the arduous screening processes, are not permitted to make their product using a ready-made commercial kit.   So, when you visit the Fair, you will see craftsmen working with hand tools: carving, twisting wire, knitting, as well as those who use heavy tools such as scroll saws, pottery wheels and sewing machines–folks who are ready and willing to chat a bit about their craft.  You will find that many of the artists are dressed in period clothing or clothing that pertains to their particular craft, which creates a wonderful atmosphere and feel for the show.   These craftsmen are also aware that without passing on the knowledge of how a craft is made, the craft itself will soon fade away. You will see booths with generations of families who have handed down their skills over the years. One is the family of Emily Harrell who shared a booth with her daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter–all quilters and all skilled in Armenian Needlelace.  Sweet Ms. Emily passed away this year at the age of 107 and will be terribly missed.  Her legacy and the skills she taught her family will continue to be enjoyed and shared with others for many years to come. This three-day weekend fair promises to pique your interest, give you the opportunity to purchase quality traditional crafts and give you the answer to “How did you make that?” Make sure to visit our website and to catch a glimpse of the Fair watch the video produced for “My Heart Will Always Be in Carolina”. If you enjoy the arts and crafting, you may also like Splash and The Mistletoe Show. By guest blogger, Lisa... READ MORE »