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Happy New Year! From the Director

January 2014 director

There's something about the New Year that is rejuvenating for both body and soul. It's a chance to open a new calendar, make a fresh start and adhere to the improvements we plan to make in the year ahead. This month, Arts of the Albemarle is hosting an exhibition that is sure to brighten your start to 2014 when it hosts The Saint John's Bible Illumination Project, Jan. 3-31. I hope you will resolve to make a trip to Elizabeth City to experience this exhibit of 10 hand-written, illustrated prints from this exquisite Bible that was commissioned by Saint John's Abbey and University. While you're here, take part in our January events and other exhibits. Then return in February to see special performances and enjoy a Valentine's weekend getaway. Best wishes from all of us in Elizabeth City for the wonderful New Year at hand. Looking forward to seeing you soon!


Happy New Year,  

Charlotte Underwood

Director, Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Elizabeth City to Shine Light on The Saint John's Bible Illumination Project in January saint-johns

Theology and the arts will merge in Elizabeth City, N.C., this winter when Arts of the Albemarle hosts The Saint John's Bible Illumination Project, Jan. 3-31, 2014. Visitors can view and reflect on this exhibit that features 10 hand-written, illuminated, or illustrated, prints from The Saint John's Bible, while participating in special programs to enhance the experience. 


Commissioned by Saint John's Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn., in 1998 and completed in 2011, The Saint John's Bible is the first hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible created since the invention of the printing press. 


Featuring highly-detailed, hand-written text and luminous artwork that illustrates the written word, the project was executed by Master Calligrapher Donald Jackson, along with a collaborative team of scribes, artists, theologians and scholars. A truly ecumenical endeavor, The Saint John's Bible was crafted using traditional materials, including vellum, ancient inks, and gold and silver leaf. It was written with quill pens made from goose, turkey and swan feathers.


Admission to see the St. John's Bible Illumination Project is freeCheck the Arts of the Albemarle's online calendar for updates on programs and weekly "Seeing the Word" discussions focusing on this special exhibit. Arts of the Albemarle is located at 516 E. Main Street in downtown Elizabeth City. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details, call (252) 338-6455.

Don't miss:
"An Evening with Tim Ternes,"
director of The Saint John's Bible Project

Tuesday, Jan 7 at 7 p.m. | Admission $10
Arts of the Albemarle, 516 E. Main Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27907
(252) 338 6455 |

Treat Your Sweetie to a Weekend Getaway weekend-getaway

Valentine's Day lands on Friday this year-a great excuse to make a couples-only weekend of it in the "Harbor of Hospitality"! Downtown Elizabeth City has an array of cozy B&Bs and small inns from which to choose, some of which are located on the historic register. Once you've arrived, simply park and relax. Shopping, dining and sightseeing are all within walking distance to your accommodations. May we suggest these touring options that are sure to make your sweetheart smile?

  • Step back in time at the Museum of the Albemarle, with displays that take you through 400 years-plus of Albemarle area history. Perfect for history-lovers!

  • Pick up a copy of the Elizabeth City Historic Walking Tour brochure and stroll along the city's Main Street Residential District.

  • Explore the downtown's cluster of one-of-a-kind shops where you can browse for books, art, home décor, jewelry or a special treasure.

  • Check out our artsy side! The focal point for a vibrant visual and performing arts scene, The Center at Arts of the Albemarle presents a full schedule of art exhibitions, concerts, plays, workshops, classes and more. Stop by to see what's on tap.

  • Enjoy a romantic dinner. Elizabeth City prides itself on its independently-owned restaurants, which serve up everything from Tex-Mex to Sushi, as well as ample portions of fresh-caught seafood.

For a complete list of accommodations, restaurants, shopping and touring options, visit or contact the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau. Our friendly staff will be happy to help you create a romantic itinerary!

Winter Event Roundup winter-events

Resolve to have a little fun in 2014, Elizabeth City-style! Mark your calendar to join us for one, or all, of these wonderful winter events:

  • Monthly | Elizabeth City's First Friday
    ArtWalk Series

    Held the first Friday of each month, the fun starts at 5:30 p.m. with a featured artist's exhibition at Arts of the Albemarle on Main Street, followed by receptions at neighboring galleries, retail shops, restaurants and more.

  • Jan. 18 | Exhibit Opening - Al Norte al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina

    Arrive at 9: 30 a.m. for a light breakfast and stay for the ribbon cutting of Museum of the Albemarle's first bilingual exhibit at 10:00 a.m. Jose Galvez, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, documented the emerging Latino population in North Carolina to reveal the diversity and strength of the state's growing community. This traveling exhibit features 51 images of work, worship and celebration.

  • Feb. 21-23, 27-28 | "Love, Loss and What I Wore"

    Elizabeth City's talented Encore Theatre Company presents this satirical and witty comedy about the relationship between women and their wardrobes. Shows play at 7:30 p.m. at Arts of the Albemarle's Maguire Theatre. The Feb. 23 show is a matinee at 2 p.m. Admission $16.

  • Feb. 22 | An Evening of African American Music and Performing Arts

    Presented in collaboration with Albemarle Voices for Diverse Culture, this evening event features Museum of the Albemarle staff and students from Elizabeth City State University in performances that celebrate African American culture. Takes place from 7-9 p.m. at MOA.

  • Feb. 27-28; March 1-2, 6-9 | Rogers and Hammerstein's "Carousel"

    The College of the Albemarle's Performing Arts Center presents this classic American musical at its Community Theatre Auditorium. Check the COA calendar for ticket prices and other info.


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;
Discover the Good Life Daily in the Harbor of Hospitality!