Spotlight Shines on EC for “NC Weekend” Segment

Elizabeth City Shines 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!

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Don’t Miss Jazz Great Sean Jones at ECSU on Wednesday

seanjonesSean Jones is one of hottest and most revered jazz trumpeters in music today. And he’s performing in Elizabeth City this Wednesday, April 23. That’s right, thanks to Elizabeth City State University and its fourth annual Jazz Festival, the highly lauded horn player will be the featured performer in what is sure to be an evening jazz lovers won’t forget. Jones played lead trumpet for Wynton Marselis’s Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra for years before setting out on his own. Since that time he’s become an educator in his home state of Ohio and a recording artist whose latest CD, “No Need For Words,” brings the beautiful sounds of love to the jazz stage. Jones is touring the country with his own group. He will join the Collegians Jazz Ensemble as a featured soloist in performing music written by Thelonius Monk, Chuck Mangione and others at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center auditorium, a space tailor-made for a concert featuring a jazz great. The evening will open with the festival debut of the ECSU Percussion Ensemble and will also feature a student jazz vocalist. The admission fee is $10 for adults, but no fee for students who present their current school ID at the entrance door. Children under 12 admitted free. So get your tickets, grab some dinner and join us for an evening of jazz you won’t forget.

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Join Charlie Brown and the Gang here in E City!

Charlie Brown at COA Do you remember laughing every time Lucy bested Charlie Brown in the Peanuts comic strip? Or how about when Charlie Brown pined over the red-haired girl? Okay, and then all of those times Lucy swooned over Schroeder while he played his toy piano? Those are the moments that make up the musical production of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” It’s College of the Albemarle’s COAST Players’ spring production and if you like good theatre, this is a show you and the entire family can enjoy. The show depicts a day in the life of Charlie Brown. It features Charlie, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Sally Brown and of course, Snoopy. Each character represents decades of America’s love affair with this iconic comic strip. College of the Albemarle’s theatre arts department understands the love people have for Peanuts so much, they have worked to create the feel of the Peanuts, while staying true to the 1967 musical. That’s the sort of dedication the theatrical arts people here in Elizabeth City have when they take the stage. From professional to amateurs, the actors, musicians and theatre technicians take a whole lot of pride in giving you a special experience each time you take a seat and the house lights go down the stage lights go up. The COAST Players perform in the Performing Arts Center, boasting state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems as well as 900 seats. So come and enjoy an evening of theatre and while you’re here in Elizabeth City, have dinner, take in our art scene or perhaps experience some of our enticing history. We have it all, and we love sharing it with you. That’s why we’re known as The Harbor of Hospitality.

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Two Spring Events, Whether you Pedal or Paddle!

Paddle for the BorderThis is the perfect time of year to get out and enjoy the great outdoors! Whether you pedal or paddle, prefer the open road or tranquil waterway, the Elizabeth City area has two spring events to please both sporting types—the Tarwheel Century Ride, April 26, and Paddle for the Border, May 3. Bicyclists can choose from 33-, 62- and 100-mile rides along rural roads when they register for the Tarwheel Century Ride, now in its 21st year. Organized by the River City Cycling Club, this year’s ride will cover new scenic routes through Camden County—with some of the best “support and gear” stops ever (deviled eggs, smoothies!). A few days later, there’s Paddle for the Border. The leisurely paddling event takes kayak and canoe enthusiasts 7.5 miles along the historic Dismal Swamp Canal, from the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center in South Mills, N.C. to the Dismal Swamp Canal Boat Ramp in Chesapeake, Va. At this date, registrations are still being accepted at the boat ramp site. Elizabeth City is a great place to stay, whether you attend one, or both, of these fun events. Check our lodging and dining guide for accommodations and places to grab a bite, then join us for adventure–or two!

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First Friday ArtWalk Tonight!

FirstFridayArtWalk-Logo-CMYK (2)First Friday ArtWalk is upon us once again! Be there tonight, April 4, 5:30 -7-ish p.m. in downtown Elizabeth City.  There will be a musical interlude by members of Out N the Cold in front of Shay Leslie Boutique and outdoor art demonstrations in front of the Southern Hotel! Tonight’s 15 participating businesses and artists include:

Elizabeth City Bed & Breakfast -108 E Fearing Street, featuring The Salvage Studio. Amy finn is finishing up all her new repurposed projects, refinished furniture pieces and some local photography shots for you before moving away! Come see  and take home a one of a kind piece.

Shay Leslie Boutique - Hosting Brit Scheren jewelry designer. “A handmade, unique jewelry line as rare as you.”

Arts of the Albemarle - Featured Artist Jenkins’ Gallery:  Margie Sawyer’s “Preserving the Places We Love” Exhibit.  This exhibit is in collaboration with North Carolina Coastal Land Trust.  A portion of the proceeds from any sales will be donated to the trust. Katherine Wassink, fiber artist, is exhibiting in the 516 Gallery.

Muddy’s - Hosting Linda Fox, of “The Dancing Fox,”  with reclaimed/ repurposed treasures. We will also be sampling wine and beer from SoHo Organic Market, while enjoying a demo coffee roasting.

Sidney’s Café and Bistro - Featuring artwork of Kelly Cameron before she retires to the mountains.

Cypress Creek Grill - “Live at the Creek” music by Bobby Plough and Friends at 8:30pm.

Floor 2 Ceiling Designs - will be hosting photographer Liza Franco with her “The Extraordinary Ordinary” display and “Pipe Dreams” creations by Leslie Williams.

Page After Page Bookstore – Featuring artist Carolyn Peel. Paintings and cards, plus author John G Sauls- new book release Devils Oath.

Two and A Half Women – Will have a new room opening in the gallery featuring the redesigns of two very talented artists Keith Carawan and Peggy Robertson. They upcycle various pieces into new furniture pieces. Their use of paint is stellar! Drop in and see them along with over 100 other artists on display daily. Lots of new things for spring! (Please note that the address on the rack card for Two and a Half Women is listed incorrectly on Main Street; they are located at 116 N. Poindexter Street.)

Pasquotank Trading Company – Featuring ItalianFreckles – It’s a Glass Thing.”  Michelle Hatfield will have her current line of turquoise and coral jewelry on display, plus “Living Art” by Bev Toole.

Selig’s – With music, wine and the photography of Leah Simpson and Mary Cherry. Heirlooms, custom-made children’s clothing. Lisa Rohrssen’s work is in sterling silver and copper. Because of her love and background in paper with texture and color, Lisa is drawn to interesting ways to texture and color her metal.

Studio 511 – Grand opening of Hope Comito Malott’s new art studio (formerly Kelly’s Color Studio)! Hope offers private and small group art lessons, Make It Take It Tuesdays, original local art, unique vintage supplies for making art and vintage collectibles.  Paint parties are available for your large group.

Serenity Studio Arts – local fiber artist, Jackie Muller will have many of her pieces on display. Loom-woven rugs, wraps, tie pillows and more. Try your hand at weaving on a loom as well! Also featuring illustrator Dean McKeever from Massachusetts with original watercolor paintings and #ifoundsomeart blocks for sale. Maybe you will be lucky enough to find one along the way while you stroll downtown. Keep an eye out! Plus, Museum of the Albemarle paint and cookie Art on display!

Port Discover – Kids’ art in for members, plus “Birds’ the Word” Walkabout.

Paradise Treasures/Wonderland – Featuring artist Glenn Hopkins.


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Great News from Elizabeth City!

The Great Race Traverse City Gentlemen, and women, start your engines! Have you heard the news? More than 100 antique automobiles will cruise into Elizabeth City, N.C., June 25, as a featured lunch stop during Hemmings Motor News Great Race, the world’s premier antique car rally. If you’re not familiar with the Great Race, I’ll explain. Now in its 31st year, the event is more of a time/speed/distance rally that an actual race. Drivers and their navigators begin June 21 in Ogunquit, Maine, then drive their vintage cars (Hudsons, Model-Ts, classic coupes) over 2,100 miles down the Atlantic Coast, passing through 13 states, before finishing in The Villages, Fla., on June 29. We are delighted that the competitors have planned their lunch stop in Elizabeth City, June 25. The motorists will begin arriving at Waterfront Park after 11:30 a.m., at one-minute intervals, and stay until 1 p.m. Spectators may visit with the participants and view the vintage automobiles. All Great Race stops are free to the public. The Great Race is presented by Hagerty, and the Elizabeth City lunch stop is sponsored by our friends at Perry Auto Group DBA Performance Chevrolet & Carolina Chrysler Dodge Jeep, with support from our team here at the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. The featured photo shows a previous race stop in Traverse City, Michigan. See what fun they’re having? So put June 25 on your calendar, and come out to Elizabeth City to see the antique cars and meet the drivers. We are looking forward to the good time! Photo courtesy of The Great Race.

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MOA is More than Exhibits

MOA Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City is a whole lot more than exhibits. You might say that the museum is a one-stop opportunity for family fun and creative activities just about any day of the week. Take next Tuesday, April 1 for example. No fooling around here, you can learn how to make soap. The folks at Museum of the Albemarle call this event “Back to the Past.” The aim here is to let you experience history, rather than simply observing it through all of the wonderful exhibits. Cheryl Paz of Merrywood Farm will demonstrate the art of soap making. Paz is well known in and around the region for her handmade soaps and other bath products made from goats milk. The demonstration is 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., it’s free and worth your while. Another opportunity to get up close and personal with the past is through the museum’s History for Lunch program. Once a month the museum invites a guest lecturer to present interesting historical facts, artifacts and more. Friends of the Museum Kim Baumbaugh and museum educator and costume specialist Charlotte Patterson will talk about fiesta costumes. Baumbaugh is a Hispanic-American who grew up in Southern California. She’ll talk about the various costumes that are a part of personal heritage. This talk is in conjunction with Al Norte, Al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina, the museum’s first bilingual exhibit celebrating the diverse Latino cultures that make up northeastern North Carolina. History for Lunch is a free program. It happens at 12:15 p.m. All you need is lunch. So come on over, check out any one of these free events and find out why Museum of the Albemarle and Elizabeth City is one big historical happening.

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“8-Track” Opening Soon!

8trackbannerAre you ready for “8-Track”? Encore Theatre Company is rehearsing now for this 70s musical review with a bit of drama! Talented Elizabeth City thespians are putting the polishing touches on this toe-tapping, smile-inducing show that will have you dancing and singing along. Mark you calendar. Shows are coming up April 25- 26 and May 1-3 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee April 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale at Arts of the Albemarle’s Maguire Theatre for $16 each.  The cast includes Dale Brandt (tenor), Joel Taylor (baritone), Lauren Luther (soprano) and Pearl Kelly-Goss (alto). The show is directed by  Erin Garrett, musically directed by Steve Raisor and choreographed by Velda Jones. Put on your leisure suits, halter tops and platform shoes and get ready to boogie down through 10 years of ground-breaking music! With its propulsive rhythms and dazzling harmonies, “8-Track” is a fast-paced musical romp through one of the most impassioned decades of the 20th century. This Baby Boomers’ dream come true features the music of The Emotions, The Carpenters, Labelle, Barry Manilow, Marvin Gaye, The Doobie Brothers, The Bee Gees, Helen Reddy, K.C. and the Sunshine Band and many more. Rediscover the heart and soul of the 70s with this joyously rousing, moving and often downright hilarious musical in concert! (Graphic and information courtesy of Encore Theatre Company)

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April at AOA—Artists Margie Sawyer and Katherine Wassink

Patterns in the Pasquotank RiverWelcome spring with two of the area’s favorite artists, Margie Sawyer and Katherine Wassink. On April 4, First Friday ArtWalk features the work of Margie Sawyer in a special exhibit, “Preserving the Places We Love.” The exhibit is in collaboration with the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, which seeks to preserve the resources and traditions of the coastal communities of the state. A portion of the sales revenue from this exhibit will be donated to the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust. Her painting, “Patterns in the Pasquotank River,” is featured here. Margie is an award-winning artist who teaches painting at College of the Albemarle, as well as providing lessons at her studio. The 516 Gallery will feature the fiber art of Katherine Wassink. Katherine’s unique, framed fiber art creates a tapestry of interesting techniques, eclectic findings and luxurious fabrics, adding a unique dimension to the art scene. Her fiber creations combine color, composition and texture, and must be seen in person to be truly appreciated. Join us in April at The Center at Arts of the Albemarle to celebrate the works of these fine local artists!

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New Facilities for Boaters at Mariners’ Wharf

Boaters Showers Recreational boaters who cruise into Elizabeth City now have a place to freshen up and take a hot shower. Just in time for the spring travel season, new restroom and shower facilities have just opened in the Mariner’s Wharf building along the downtown waterfront. Steps from the docks, the new facility includes separate men’s and women’s restrooms, one large shower room with a commode and sink, as well as a second shower room that is accessible for people with disabilities. The restrooms are free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. There is a $5 cash fee to use the showers, payable at either the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau office or the Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc. office. These offices are closed on Saturday and Sunday. Both the restroom and shower facilities are heated. So you see, we take our city’s reputation as the “Harbor of Hospitality®” seriously, and we hope our boating visitors enjoy these new amenities! For more info about docking at Mariners’ Wharf and to download our free “Cruise the Carolina Loop” guide, visit

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