In this Issue

Good Tidings from the Director  |  Make 2013 Your Lucky Year!  |   "Songs of a Dream" Comes to Elizabeth City 
Experience History with a Stay in a Historic Home  |  Don't Idle, or You'll Miss this Idol Event  |  
Elizabeth City Spotlight

goodGood Tidings from the Director 
January 2013

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! Along with wishing you all a Happy New Year, the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to be sending you this frst issue of our new quarterly e-newsletter, The Wayfarer. As you will read, there is no end of fun things to do here in the "Harbor of Hospitality®," even in the winter! This season, you can experience "Songs of a Dream," featuring Soprano Alfreda Burke and Tenor Rodrick Dixon as part of Elizabeth City State University's excellent Lyceum Chancellor's Series; tour historic sites, then tuck yourself in for the night at one of the cozy historic district B&Bs; catch the Scotty McCreery exhibit at the Museum of the Albemarle; and see why so many folks, locals and visitors alike, gather at The Center for gallery openings, shows, music and a great time. Come for a visit! And please share this e-newsletter with your friends by clicking the forward button below. I look forward to seeing you soon! 


All the best, 

Charlotte Underwood

Director, Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau


makeMake 2013 Your Lucky Year! 

Mainers' Wharf Film Festival From classic outdoor movies on the waterfront green to art-inspired ArtWalks that put a spring in your step, Elizabeth City, N.C. has enough happenings, highlights and special events to fill your travel calendar this month and the next and the next. Located on the Pasquotank River, the "Harbor of Hospitality" has a baker's dozen reasons to visit this year and invites wayfarers to put this coastal Carolina getaway on their schedule. Here's what's on tap in Elizabeth City for 2013: 


JANUARY Step Out with First Friday ArtWalks

The arts bloom year-round in Elizabeth City, so plan an art-inspired getaway during the First Friday ArtWalk events the first Friday of each month.


FEBRUARY Explore Underground Railroad Sites

Tour three National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom markers in the Elizabeth City area. See the itinerary at


MARCH Hear Stories of the Civil War

Based on first-person accounts of local people who lived, fought and endured the Civil War, Under Both Flags: Civil War in the Albemarle, is now showing at the Museum of the Albemarle.


APRIL Catch a Falling Star

Join the State-wide Star Party, April 5 from 9-11 p.m. at the Elizabeth City State University Planetarium.



song"Songs of a Dream" Comes to Elizabeth City

Alfreda Bukeand & Rodrick Dixon Mark your calendar for an exceptional performance when Elizabeth City State University's Lyceum Chancellor's Series presents "Songs of a Dream" featuring Soprano Alfreda Burke and Tenor Rodrick Dixon, Feb. 2 at the Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center. With Walter Swan and the ECSU Concert Choir, the duo will present an array of Broadway favorites, spiritual gems and operatic treasures. Both singers have performed with some of the nation's finest symphony orchestras. The Chicago Tribune described Burke's voice as "voluptuous, creamy and luxuriant," while Dixon's "voice has a quality like polished steel under tension, flexible and ringingly resonant." "Songs of a Dream" will take place Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. Admission is $10, and $5 for children 12 and under and for ECSU students with I.D. Tickets may be purchased at the ECSU Cashier's Office, 1704 Weeksville Road; at Clown'n Around, 209 Charles St., Elizabeth City; or online at  

experienceExperience History with a Stay in a Historic Home  
Forman House B&B

History abounds in Elizabeth City, from the excellent exhibits at the Museum of the Albemarle, to the city's self-guided Civil War Trails and Underground Railroad Network to Freedom tours. History lovers can take their interests one step further by booking a stay in one of the city's beautifully restored B&Bs, located within the downtown historic district. Within easy walking distance of Elizabeth City's waterfront, restaurants, shops, performing arts center and galleries, a quartet of quality accommodations awaits you! 


Culpepper Inn (609 W. Main Street) This three-story Georgian Revival-style mansion was built in 1935 and is located in the center of Elizabeth City's historic district. Both rooms and suites are available. Featuring a spacious yard and pool, the inn hosts live outdoor music on occasion. 

(252) 335-9235 *


Elizabeth City B&B (108 E. Fearing Street) Dating to 1896, the Elizabeth City B&B is cozy, comfy and a great place to reconvene in between Elizabeth City outings. Ask about the history of the adjoining lodge that was once the meeting site for the Grand Order of Odd Fellows. Note: This inn allows pets. 

(252) 338-2177 *


Grice-Fearing House (200 S. Road Street) Circa 1798, the Grice-Fearing House is the oldest house in Elizabeth City and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The beautifully-restored home features elegant suites and a library stocked with books, CDs and good reads for their guests' enjoyment. 

(252) 333-1792 *


Foreman House B&B (311 W. Church Street) Elizabeth City's newest B&B opened last year. The circa 1899 home features casual elegance, beautifully appointed rooms and an English boxwood garden. 

(252) 562-6539 *

dontDon't Idle, or You'll Miss this Idol Event  Scott McCreery

The Museum of the Albemarle is now hosting the exhibit "Scotty McCreery: An American Idol." Learn about the beginnings of this 2011 "American Idol" winner and North Carolina native. Featuring the outfit McCreery wore while singing his "American Idol" duet with Tim McGraw, the Gold Record for his album "Clear as Day" and other memorabilia, the exhibit will be open through late-June. For info, visit

The Center at Arts of the Albemarle

Each quarter, we'll put the focus on an Elizabeth City site, event or personality we feel you have to meet. Doesn't every city have a hidden treasure? This time around, we're headlining The Center at Arts of the Albemarle. Located smack dab in the middle of Main Street, it is both headquarters for the region's premier not-for-profit arts council and party central for what has become a vibrant and fast-growing arts scene. Practically every weekend you'll find an artsy experience in the making:  visual art exhibitions in the galleries; workshops and classes in the upstairs studios; and concerts, plays and children's performances on the stage of the second-floor Maguire Theatre. In addition, The Center is a key player in Elizabeth City's monthly First Friday ArtWalk series, a progressive event that combines gallery openings and a great night out. Check the calendar at, then join us at The Center for art-inspired fun! spotlight

Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Elizabeth City is the "Harbor of Hospitality®," located in Northeastern North Carolina on the Intracoastal Waterway, halfway between Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks. Situated on the Pasquotank River, the city has six National Register Historic Districts and is home to the Museum of the Albemarle, The Center at Arts of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City State University Planetarium, Port Discover Hands-on Science Center and one of the largest U.S. Coast Guard air stations in the Continental United States. Nature-based travelers are drawn to the area's proximity to Dismal Swamp and the abundance of outdoor recreational offerings. For additional information, call Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-866-ECity-4U (1-866-324-8948) or visit For up-to-the-minute info on happenings and events visit

Contact Information:  


  400 S. Water Street, Suite 10, Elizabeth City, N. C.  27909 * (252) 335-5330;
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