Tune in to WUNC-TV this week, and you will see some familiar Elizabeth City faces! Our own First Friday ArtWalk and other “Harbor of Hospitality” sites will be the focus of a “North Carolina Weekend” travel segment that will air: April 24 at 9 p.m.; April 25 at 8:30 p.m.; and April 26 at 10 a.m.
Host Deborah Holt Noel, and a UNC-TV film crew, traveled to Elizabeth City to cover the April 4 ArtWalk—and, boy, did she have a good time! At First Friday, Deborah met with Arts of the Albemarle Director Rhonda Twiddy and Katherine Wassink, a featured ArtWalk artist. Elizabeth City Mayor Joe Peele and City Manager Rich Olson stopped in to say hello, and Deborah was even able to get a sneak-peek of Holly Wright’s rehearsal for the next Center Players production.
From AOA, Deborah headed to Two and A Half Women to meet Tina Clancy, then on to Shay Leslie Boutique to see Kathy Munden. For added EC-style ambiance, Out ‘n The Cold was entertaining the crowd on Main Street! Then, it was on to The Shoppes at the Southern Hotel, where Deborah spoke with Nick Nixon of Floor 2 Ceiling Designs, popped in at the Pasquotank Trading Co., and chatted with Courtney Birdsall of Serenity Studio Arts to find out more about her business in addition to the Downtown Waterfront Market. Before the night was through, Deborah also hit Muddy Waters Coffeehouse, where they were roasting beans, and Page After Page to speak with their featured artist Carolyn Peel. Afterwards, it was dinner and a concert at Cypress Creek Grill, courtesy of our local musician Bobby Plough. During her visit, Deborah also was able to visit the Museum of the Albemarle and Port Discover Hands-on Science Center, which included a Surrey ride along the downtown waterfront.
The final segment is expected to be about 15 minutes long. Who will be featured and how it will unfold is yet to be seen! But one thing, I know for sure—Elizabeth City presented its best that night, showcasing both the creativity and hospitality of our wonderful community. Thank you to all who made it a shining moment. I’ll be watching—and I hope you will too!