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From the Director FromTheDirector

September 2014


Welcome to September, a time to regroup after summer's relaxed pace and pick up the pace just a smidge. In Elizabeth City, that means we'll soon be gearing up for one of my favorite events, Historic Ghost Walk. Real-life apparitions with ties from right here in Elizabeth City spin ghostly tales in a progressive tour that takes visitors from one historic site to another. There will be art to admire at Arts of the Albemarle's Annual Landmark Art Show, gridiron action at Elizabeth City State University's homecoming game and beautiful artisan-made crafts for purchase at the Albemarle Craftman's Fair. In addition, Encore Theatre will kick off its 2014-15 performance season with a timely and fun show-"Much Ado About Murder." Read all about it in The Wayfarer and then join us here in the "Harbor of Hospitality" for a bounty of fall fun. 

Happy Travels!  

Charlotte Underwood

Director, Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Make Elizabeth City Your Haunt for Historic Ghost Walk GhostWalk

How would you like to witness President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as he talks about "the date that will live in infamy," hear battle stories from the youngest solider to fight in the D-Day invasion or learn how a local shipyard owner set a civilian record for building the most submarine chasers for the war effort? These are a few of the real-life characters to haunt Elizabeth City during its annual Historic Ghost Walk, Oct. 10-11 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.  World War II in the Albemarle is the theme of this year's event, which will also feature a patriotic USO-inspired show. As a prelude to the event, be sure to catch a special showing of the film "Hellcats of the Navy," starring Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis (Reagan), Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Mariners' Wharf Park, and a sneak-peek of the USO performance, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Maguire Theatre. Presented by the Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association, Ghost Walk is a fall happening like no other, described by its talented volunteers as a combined history lesson, home tour and live theatre. We just call it a great time! Tickets, $12 or $10 with a military ID, are good for both nights and available at The Center at Arts of the Albemarle, 516 E. Main Street in Elizabeth City.  

Fun, Fall Events Blow into Elizabeth City FallEvents

There are plenty of great reasons to visit Elizabeth City, but if you travel this fall you can watch fast and sleek moth boats skim across the Pasquotank River, cheer for the hometown football team, shop for one-of-a-kind crafts and help solve a local murder. Looking for a good time? Look no further than Elizabeth City! 


  • Sept. 5-Oct. 128th Annual Landmark Show
    This excellent juried show will open during Elizabeth City's First Friday ArtWalk, Sept. 5 at 5:30 p.m. Over 50 regional artists will submit paintings inspired by life and landscapes in northeastern North Carolina.
  • Sept. 19-21 | Classic Moth Boat National Championship  
    Three divisions of moth boats will be racing (Vintage, Generation I Classic, Generation II Classic) in this championship hosted by the Classic Moth Boat Association. View the race from Waterfront Park along the Pasquotank River. 
  • Oct. 4 | Outdoor Music Festival
    Elizabeth City Parks & Recreation hosts this free evening of music featuring great local bands:  Out N the Cold, Connected, East Land Drive and Direct Funk. From 5-10 p.m. at Waterfront Park.

  • Oct. 19-25 | Elizabeth City State University Homecoming  
    ECSU students, alumni and fans gather for a week-long series of events to include campus tours, class meetings, concerts and the homecoming parade. A highlight is the homecoming football game featuring ECSU vs. Chowan, Oct. 25 at Roebuck Stadium. 
  • Oct. 24-26 | Albemarle Craftsman's Fair 
    Hand-woven baskets, Armenian needlework, stoneware pottery and fiber art creations. Expertly designed and lovingly made by hand, these are just a few of the traditional crafts that will be featured at the Albemarle Craftsman's Fair, celebrating its 56th year. Weekend passes for the fair are $4 for general admission and $3 for seniors and students.
  • Oct. 24-26, 30-31, Nov. 1 | Much Ado About Murder
    Rich (but rotten) Carlton enjoys punctuating the lives of his family with macabre little surprises. His latest joke is a Halloween party in which guests arrive as their favorite Shakespeare characters. When he is found dead in the study, audience members are invited to inspect the scene and pose questions to find out "who dunnit" in this Halloween-inspired presentation. Shows play at 7:30 p.m., except for a 2:30 p.m. matinee, Oct. 26, at Arts of the Albemarle's Maguire Theatre.
  • Nov. 1 | First in Flight Festival 
    Free airplane rides for kids, vintage aircraft on display, a visit from the famous "Candy Bomber" and chocolate bars that fall from the sky? Oh yeah! The young and young at heart can let their spirits fly at the First in Flight Festival at the Elizabeth City Regional Airport.

Inviting Artists to a Full Moon Splash FullMoonSplash

There's nothing like a full moon over the water to engage one's creative spirit. Elizabeth City is inviting artists to reserve studio space now for "Full Moon Splash," a destination retreat for painters who wish to tap into a one-of-a-kind collective artist experience. Participants can enjoy the camaraderie of other artists as they paint, socialize and immerse themselves in the city's beautiful surroundings and lively arts scene. For a nominal fee, artists have access to downtown studio space, art workshops, demos and social events, including the city's signature First Friday ArtWalk, a progressive celebration of the arts. Another event highlight: the Harvest Moon that is scheduled to rise over the Pasquotank River the week of the event! For registration information and details, visit the
Splash Facebook page or call Arts of the Albemarle at (252) 338-6455.


EC Spotlight: Encore Theatre Company ECSpotlight

A round of applause this month as The Wayfarer shines the spotlight on Elizabeth City's longest-running theatrical troupe-Encore Theatre Company. Begun in 1992 with borrowed props and high hopes, the company came together to stage a production of "Nunsense" that first year, followed by two more shows. Each year since, Encore Theatre has kept up the pace, performing everything from "Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolf" and "The Sound of Music," to original stage productions such as "Chase Down the Sun." The 2014-15 production season kicks off downtown at the Maguire Theatre with "Much Ado About Murder" beginning Oct. 24 with dates through Nov. 1. The schedule continues with "Pump Boys and Dinettes" in late-February and "Born Yesterday" in mid-April. Mark your calendar-and get ready for a little drama, comedy and song and dance. These performers really know how to shine! 


Elizabeth City is the "Harbor of HospitalityŽ," 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

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