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September-October 2015
The fall is a rejuvenating season here in the "Harbor of HospitalityŽ." The landscape transitions to shades of yellow, orange and bronze; cool breezes drift in from the Pasquotank River; and, to the delight of parents region-wide, kids return to school! At the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, our fall is off to a good start too. Our new CVB director, Christina Rehklau, reports to work this month, and I believe you will like her just as much as our board of directors and staff do. With a background in research, marketing and tourism, she brings to the job a wealth of experience that will bolster the work of the CVB in the months and years to come. We're gearing up for a bountiful season of events, beginning with the opening of the stunning Tiffany glass exhibit at the Museum of the Albemarle, a 1920s-era "Bootlegging, Prohibition and Jazz Age"-themed Historic Ghost Walk and what we hope will be a banner football game when the Vikings take on the Lincoln University Lions at Elizabeth City State University's homecoming game. Go Vikings! In addition, our 57th (that's right) Annual Albemarle Craftsman's Fair is coming up, and you can learn about this signature event in our EC Spotlight with crafter and event chairwoman Lisa Winslow. So come to see us! We've lots to offer this season in Elizabeth City.

Abel Sutton
Chairman, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Tourism Development Authority
Elizabeth City Welcomes Christina Rehklau CoastGuard
Visitors to Elizabeth City will have a new face to meet when they stop in at the Convention & Visitors Bureau beginning this fall. Christina Rehklau has joined the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau as its new director, and she reports to work this month. With a background in research, marketing and tourism, Rehklau worked most recently as a research manager for the Virginia Tourism Corporation, where her responsibilities included analyzing tourism data and research and creating target market profiles. Prior to this position, she was the business development manager for meetNKY, a three-county convention and visitors bureau headquartered in Covington, Ky. Earlier in her career, she worked as a project manager for global research marketing companies Ipsos, in Cincinnati, and TNS, in Atlanta. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, management and accounting from Defiance College, and she's from Stryker, Ohio originally. Now, Elizabeth City's her town of choice! So stop in and give a warm welcome to Christina Rehklau.
Photo courtesy of Liza Franco
Tiffany Glass Exhibit Opens Sept. 22 at MOA PotatoFestival
View stunning lamps, stained glass windows and glasswork created by Louis Comfort Tiffany when the exhibition Louis C. Tiffany: Art and Innovation opens Sept. 22 at the Museum of the Albemarle. At 10:15 a.m., Tom Wester, owner of the Wester Gallery in Roswell, Ga., will lead a curator's tour and talk that explores the work of Tiffany (1848-1933) and the significance of the Art Nouveau movement, a widespread and popular style that was part of the late-19th and early-20th centuries. On display will be rare items such as a circa 1910 lamp with an oriental poppy shade and a Cypriot glass base; a number of Favrile glass works including lamp sprays from Whalehead in Historic Corolla; and an urn-shaped vase that was displayed at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific in Seattle, Wash., where Tiffany won a gold medal for his work. In addition, artifacts manufactured by Tiffany and Company will be exhibited. Items displayed are on loan from Wester's collection, other private collections and several institutions. The exhibition will run through fall 2016. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., and admission is free.
It's Bootlegging, Prohibition and Jazz for Historic Ghost WalkSplash
Historic Ghost Walk is more than a ghost tour. This must-see fall happening transports visitors back to a point in time in Elizabeth City history, featuring real-life characters with riveting stories to tell. This year's event will shed light on "Bootlegging, Prohibition and the Jazz Age," with visits from Alvin Sawyer, a noted bootlegger in the Albemarle, and Bennie Halstead, the sheriff's deputy who chased him for decades, among other "ghosts." The Elizabeth City Neighborhood Association presents this combination history lesson and home tour with 1920's speakeasy music and entertainment at Arts of the Albemarle's Maguire Theatre. The 19th Historic Ghost Walk steps off Oct. 9 and 10, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free transportation to and between sites is available. Check in at The Center, 516 East Main Street, Elizabeth City. Tickets are $12 each or $10 with military ID, with proceeds earmarked for historic preservation.
Step into Fall with these Fab Events!Buyboat
Fall is a great season to visit Elizabeth City! In addition to Historic Ghost Walk and the Albemarle Craftsman's Fair (see EC Spotlight, below), we have a full lineup of fun fall events. Come for the day, and stay for the night. From homecoming to Halloween happenings, the "Harbor of HospitalityŽ" beckons!

Through Oct. 31 | Downtown Waterfront Market
The market opened in May, but there's still two months of Saturdays to shop for locally-grown produce, pumpkins and delicious prepared foods. Open Saturdays, from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. on the green at Mariners' Wharf.

Sept. 18-20 | 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. 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 the ECSU vs. Lincoln University, Oct. 17 at Roebuck Stadium. 

Oct. 22-25 | To Kill a Mockingbird at COA Performing Arts Center
See the stage version of this classic American novel by author Harper Lee. The COAST Players production is staged by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois. Check website for tickets and show times.
EC Spotlight: Lisa Winslow, Crafter and Guild Volunteer Spotlight
Don't let the name mislead; you won't find pom-pom pets or Popsicle houses at the Albemarle Craftsman's Fair. The long-running show, Oct. 23-25 at the Knobbs Creek Recreation Center in Elizabeth City, is a showcase of traditional heritage crafts expertly designed and lovingly made by first-class artisans. This marks the fair's 57th year. We were curious about the show's history and participants, so we posed a few questions to Elizabeth City craftswoman Lisa Winslow, who is this year's treasurer and publicity chairwoman.

Who can participate in the Craftman's Fair?
You must be a member of the Albemarle Craftsman's Guild to participate in the fair, but anyone who is a quality craftsman can have their work juried in February or May of any year. If accepted into the Guild you may have a booth in the fair from then on without further jurying. There are no geographical limits to membership, but the jurying process is extensive just to make sure that we carry on the tradition of quality craftsmanship. As a craftsman's guild, we do not allow art.

How did the fair begin?
The fair began in 1959 as a way for hobbyists, especially women at that time, to be able to contribute to the family income. Many of the crafts they made were household items such as brooms, quilts, wrought iron, etc.

What can visitors expect to see this year?
We have a packed house again this year with everything from jewelry to furniture and all categories in between. We also have some very interesting crafts that we haven't had in a while such as a leatherwork, and there will be pottery artists, weavers, metal craftsmen and many more who will be participating for their first time. 

How long have you been a crafter and what do you create?
This will be my 26th year and I am a fiber artist. I hand-dye silk scarves and also create wool felted items. This year I will be focusing on a nature theme with my felted birdhouses and needle felted animals and creations.

What do you enjoy most about this event?
I enjoy the welcoming spirit of the craftsmen family, but I most enjoy the educational aspect of the fair. To see the excitement of craftsmen who genuinely love their craft and enjoy sharing the process. Part of our motto is to teach. Without that many crafts would be lost. You will see pottery wheels turning, weavers weaving and scroll saws sawing, as craftsmen inspire fair-goers to learn a new craft and carry on the tradition.

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  View from the Harbor blog. 

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