A time-honored tradition is about to be rolled out at Museum of the Albemarle. The Boys Scouts of America will converge on the museum Saturday, March 8 for the annual Pinewood Derby. This event comes with a whole lot of anticipation for the boys and their parents who have worked hard to create the perfect derby vehicle from a block of pinewood. The scouts are given a block of wood with two notches for wheels, four plastic wheels, and four nails. The finished car includes all nine pieces. It can’t weigh more than five ounces and can’t be more than seven inches long/two-and-three quarter inches wide. The scouts will race these handmade vehicles in time trials, vying for fastest car. They’ll also compete in a number of other categories, including best design. The idea is for these kids to get together with a parent and create something special together, like memories. And the museum extends an invitation to you to come and enjoy those memories and make your own. The races begin at 11 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. You can come and watch the races, check out the cars and then enjoy the museum’s many exhibits. See you at the races!
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It may not seem like spring today, but at Port Discover we are gearing up for a season on wheels. As part of our Get on Your Bikes and Ride grant, funded through Vidant Health Foundation, we will be doing some serious riding this spring. You may have seen the photos in The Daily Advance and on Facebook of our new Surrey bike built for five. This bike is available for free check-out through June and for a small fee after that. Come on down and try it out. Thanks to some good advice from Paths of Pasquotank and River City Cycling Club, we sprung for the seven-gear cycle to make it more, let’s say, common-folk friendly. No massive thighs required. Along with a variety of bike safety programs, we will be hosting our Earth Day Festival: Bike Extravaganza on April 26. A bicycle concierge will park your bike, there will be tune-up stations and a variety of bike-powered arts including a bike-powered, tie-dye station – all kinds of activities and live music to get your gears turning. So while we wait for yet another thaw, start dusting off your shoes and get ready to Get on Your Bikes and Ride!
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Do you love a great musical? I mean, a really big Broadway production? Yeah, well a lot of us love them too, but we can’t seem to find the time to get to New York. That’s why living in Elizabeth City is so special. We have a really thriving live theatre scene and College of the Albemarle’s Performing Arts Center wants you to take your seat and prepare for one fantastic ride as the COAST Players stage Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic hit, “Carousel.” Directed by theater arts program director Jeff Emmerich, this production features a cast of seasoned theatre amateurs and professionals and a live orchestra. “Carousel” takes place in 1873 Maine at a seaside carnival. Naïve young mill worker Julie Jordan falls in love with the smooth talking carousel barker Billy Bigelow. Billy and Julie marry, but the ne’re do well Billy can’t seem to find two nickels to rub together. With Julie pregnant, Billy decides to commit a robbery, but he’s killed in the process. In heaven, he’s given one day to return to earth, so he chooses a day where he can see his daughter. The story is moving but perhaps even better are the big production numbers. The COAST Players really know how to put on a show, and with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, the Performing Arts Center is the perfect place to see a live show. Evening shows start at 7 p.m. and that means you have time to grab a bite to eat at one of Elizabeth City’s many fine eateries. And if you’re coming from out of town and you’d like to stay the night, we have plenty of great places for you to rest your head. So reserve your seat to see “Carousel,” and enjoy the show.
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Infuse your inner muse with a shot of vibrant color and motion with visiting artist Susan Tobey White. White’s visit begins with a Demo Day on March 10. From 5:30 to 7 p.m., join us in the McGuire Theater at Arts of the Albemarle for a lively and informative demonstration. Cost for the demo is free for members, $10 for non-members. It will also be offered free of cost to those who sign up for the workshop. Beginning March 11, White will conduct a three-day acrylic workshop, “No Boundaries,” that will include instruction, demonstration and a chance to express yourself in vivid color. A former elementary art teacher from Belfast, Maine, White’s work is strongly influenced by the colors and symbols of children’s art. Her colorful and expressive series, “Dancing the Night Away,” invokes a feeling of nostalgia with scenes of impassioned dancers in crowded halls. As an instructor, White moves her students through exercises that stimulate and inspire. The workshop takes place March 11-13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. It will be held in the AOA’s Twiford Room. The cost is $295. A box lunch will be served. Participants are invited to “Wine on the River” after the first day of painting, at the home of Joe and Carolyn Peel. Held from 5 to 6:30 p.m., this soiree will be an opportunity to mingle with the artist and your fellow participants. On March 13, a mini exhibit of White’s work and an opening reception will be held at the Arts of the Albemarle’s 516 Gallery. To sign up, or for more information, call (252) 335-6877. The Center at Arts of the Albemarle, is located at 516 E. Main Street.
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People will tell you that if you’re looking for the best eateries in town, go where the locals go. That’s true here in Elizabeth City. From the waterfront bistros to our inland diners, we have a nice selection of original restaurants that have been favorites for years. Right on the Pasquotank River one of the old standbys is Grouper’s Waterfront Restaurant. Grouper’s is a great place for dinner and drinks and the fish is always fresh. Across the way is Cypress Creek Grill. Owner Bobby Plough is a transplant from Texas so his barbecue brisket is pretty tasty but he also serves a really mean blackened rockfish and some hefty crab cakes straight out of the waters of coastal North Carolina. Speaking of fish, just up the road from Cypress Creek on Ehringhaus Street is Quality Seafood. Here you can get fresh catch or enjoy something cooked up by the folks in the kitchen. Over on Main Street Sidney’s Bistro is always cooking up something good for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday and Friday nights – it’s an epicurean treat, we promise. If an quick lunch is your thing Bryon’s Hot Dog Stand is a very popular place offering the original Hick Dog – ask for it extra hot. Just down from Bryon’s is one of the most popular restaurants in town, Toyama Japanese Restaurant. Here you can enjoy fresh sushi, sashimi and other Japanese dishes. For more international flavors one block down is Island Breeze, serving Caribbean dishes – the black beans and rice served with jerk barbecue is perfect. And up the block is Thumper’s Downtown. You can find daily specials here along with your favorite beer on tap. Down on Colonial Street try the Colonial Restaurant, a good old fashion diner experience with really great, homemade pie. And there’s more Logan Raye’s, a place with a Key West flare, or Montero’s Restaurant for a more intimate evening. There’s so much more to Elizabeth City’s food scene. So we’d like to invite you to lunch or dinner, and perhaps you can stay for a show. We’ll keep a place for you at the table.
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It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to have a romantic weekend in Elizabeth City. Elizabeth City is, after all, for lovers. Imagine a romantic stroll along the waterfront at Mariners’ Wharf Park. You look out over the Pasquotank River and the moon rises along the horizon. You look at your watch and realize you’d best head in for dinner. You know that you can enjoy a fabulous meal at any of EC’s downtown restaurants. Of course that’s before you head over to the Maguire Theatre at Arts of the Albemarle’s Center. It’s there that you’ll likely catch a show like the upcoming Nora Ephron play, “Love, Loss, and What I Wore.” You might even hop in the car and drive five minutes to College of the Albemarle’s Performing Arts Center where you can see a very professionally produced version of the hit Broadway musical “Carousel.” And after your show, you might be thirsty. If so, you can head over to one of several downtown watering holes for a nightcap. Coasters Downtown Draught House is famous for its incredible selection of beers and Logan Raye’s has a Key West thing going that might require a rum punch before heading off to bed. Of course you’ll want to rest your head in one of our comfortable and well appointed bed and breakfast inns. The next day, after you’ve enjoyed breakfast, if you’re not in a hurry, let us invite you to enjoy the many exhibits at Museum of the Albemarle. Of course these are just a few suggestions. We’re sure if you’re a lover of great places and relaxing weekends, you can find plenty to do here in Elizabeth City. Just remember, we’re here for you, lovers, and we know you’ll love us.
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Has Elizabeth City’s Encore Theatre got a show for you! Beginning Feb. 21, ”Love, Loss and What I Wore” opens at The Center’s Maguire Theatre. Before it became an Off-Broadway sensation, the play started life as a best-selling book. It was adapted for the stage by Norah Ephron (“Sleepless in Seattle,” ”How Harry Met Sally”) and her talented sister Delia and continues to play to packed houses around the world. One critic says, “If there is one thing females of the species have in common, it’s a deep and abiding love/hate relationship with their wardrobe.” Another: “This show illustrates what one wears to the party is sometimes more memorable than the party itself.” It mixes the satirical, the tender and the downright silly into a wonderfully witty evening of fun. Local audiences will recognize the talented cast, which includes Debra Johnson, Holly Wright, Robyn Eure, Laurie Hull and Rebecca Cross. Performances will take place: Feb. 21, 22, 27, 28 and March 1 @ 7:30 p.m. | matinee Feb. 23 @ 2 p.m. This show will entertain men and women, young (13+) and old alike! Tickets available now at Arts of the Albemarle, 516 E. Main Street for $16 each. We hope to see you there! (Article written with assistance by Sue Thomson; graphic from Encore Theatre Company)
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Want to expand your knowledge about painting? Come down to The Center, Arts of the Albemarle, on Thursday, Feb. 20 for an ArtTalk and demonstration with Barbara Wachter. A resident of Charlottesville, Va., Wachter is February’s featured artist in AOA’s Jenkins Gallery. Her featured work— landscapes, streetscapes, and studies of people—are lovely examples of contemporary impressionism. For the ArtTalk, Wachter will be appearing in AOA’s Dee Hull Everist Gallery from 4 to 5 p.m. and will demonstrate the steps of creating a painting, beginning with a raw canvas and ending with the finished piece. Admission is free and open to the public. Coffee and light fare will be served. RSVP by calling The Center at (252) 338-6455. The Center is located at 516 E. Main Street here in Elizabeth City.
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A couple of women with a big idea made a difference three years ago when they organized the first-ever Elizabeth City First Friday ArtWALK. It was a shot for something fun, creative and entertaining and they hit the bulls eye. From the first ArtWALK to this month’s third anniversary, the monthly gathering of artists and art patrons in downtown Elizabeth City has been a big hit. To celebrate the third anniversary of this popular event, the organizers and business people along Elizabeth City’s downtown waterfront have pulled together some very talented artists and a few entertainers to make this thing sing tonight, begining at 5:30 p.m. First of all, you’ll have a chance to see a fire-eater perform as you walk from venue to venue. And when you’re not inside one of 11 establishments enjoying original art from regional artists and artisans, you can hang outside on Main Street with the region’s favorite band Out ‘n the Cold. The boys will be performing unplugged in front of Shay Leslies. ArtWALK pedestrians can start their journey on Road Street at the west end of downtown. That’s where they will find Spoonful of Sugar. From there you can walk over to Floor 2 Ceiling Design, Pasquotank Trading Company, and Serenity Studio Arts. Head east down Main Street and you’ll see the fire eater in front of the courthouse before you reach Kelly’s Color Studio for a show artists Kelly Cameron and Hope Malot are calling, “Poultry in Motion.” Across the way from Kelly’s you’ll find Arts of the Albemarle where they’re showing three artists. Around the corner on Poindexter Street Two and a Half Women feature over 100 artists and their ArtWALK guest. Back on Main, will you enjoy the live music, you’ll also want to head inside Shay Leslie’s to see the inspired artwork of Rebekah Brown – she carves intricate designs into emu, duck, and goose eggs. Around the corner on Water Street Page After Page Book Store will feature an artist and further down the street at Museum of the Albemarle, you can catch the photography of Liza Franco while enjoying the many exhibits, including the reopening of their popular Coast Guard exhibit. And when you’re done touring, you’ll likely have worked up an appetite so we recommend dinner at either Cypress Creek Grill or Sidney’s Bistro and Café. So come downtown, celebrate the arts and enjoy everything we have to offer you.
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Oh, man, has this weather been like a yoyo or what? First it’s 60 degrees and then it’s winter again. Here in Elizabeth City, we just got a whole lot of snow dumped on us but you know what? Cold and snow won’t keep us down. Like the Energizer bunny, we just keep on going! Sure, getting around in all of that snow has been kind of sluggish, but folks know that when something good is worth doing, well they’re going to do it. That means getting to downtown, along the Pasquotank River. It means having lunch at the Cypress Creek Grill and enjoying owner Bobby Plough’s famous Texas barbecue brisket. Or perhaps you might want to join Karen Patrick at Sidney’s Bistro and Café for a warm breakfast. Or maybe you’ve taken a snowy stroll down historic Main Street and you need to warm up your toes. Audra and John Marx offer the best cup of coffee in Elizabeth City at Muddy Waters Coffee House. These are just some of the people and place you’ll find in Elizabeth City, no matter what kind of weather we’re experiencing. And don’t forget when you come to downtown Elizabeth City, we’re the place where you’ll find History (Museum of the Albemarle), Art (Arts of the Albemarle), and Science (Port Discover). Elizabeth City H.A.S. It and we want to share it with you.
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