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Make Elizabeth City Your Haunt for Fun, Fall Events
Ghostly Tours, Tastings and Tailgating Highlight October Calendar
(Elizabeth City, N.C., Sept. 20, 2010) – Elizabeth City ghosts—and famous wayfaring apparitions—will haunt a host of stately sites during the 14th Annual Historic Ghost Walk (www.HistoricGhostWalk.org), Oct. 1-2 in Downtown Elizabeth City. Presented by the Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association, the self-guided tour leads visitors to eight homes and buildings listed on the National Register. At each stop, costumed actors, portraying real-life characters, spin their stories. Learn how bandleader Guy Lombardo raced the Tempo VII to the finish during the 1955 International Cup Regatta, or what happened to newsman Walter Cronkite in 1991 when he rode out Hurricane Grace at Mariners’ Wharf.
The Center, at 515 E. Main Street, is the headquarters for the tours, which run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., with complimentary transportation provided between sites. Tickets, good for both nights, are $12, or $10 with a military ID. For $8, visitors may enjoy fried chicken, barbeque and all the fixings at the Virginia Dare Arcade. Call 1-888-936-7387 for details.
In addition to Historic Ghost Walk, Elizabeth City has a great line up of fun fall events. From wine tastings to tailgating, the “Harbor of Hospitality®” beckons in October!
- Wine Down in the Country, Oct. 1
German wines will be featured Oct. 1 for this special wine-tasting event at Weeksville Vineyards & Cellars. Tasting tickets are $15 and includes light hors d’oeuvres and a souvenir glass. For reservations call (252) 330-2622 or visit www.WeeksvilleVineyards.com
- Arts of the Albemarle Designer House, Oct. 10-24
The “wonders of wood and water” is the theme of Arts of the Albemarle’s 2010 Designer House at Riverside. This new, custom-designed waterfront home features beautiful wood, green features and relaxed living against the backdrop of the Pasquotank River. Benefitting Arts of the Albemarle, pre-sale tickets are $12 through Oct. 9 and $15 beginning Oct. 10. Visit www.drcshowhouse.com for details about the opening gala, on-site café and special design events. Call (252) 338-6455.
- 2nd Annual Harvest Festival, Oct. 23
Fun, seasonal activities highlight the 2nd Annual Harvest Festival, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Downtown Elizabeth City! Contests will include scarecrow stuffing, donut eating, pumpkin carving, pumpkin seed spitting, best Halloween costume—and even a scary story competition. Food, drinks games and more! The Elizabeth City Downtown Business & Professional Association hosts. For information, visit www.ExperienceDowntownElizabethCity.com or call (252) 619-4022.
- Haunted Albemarle, Oct. 28
The Museum of the Albemarle’s Jr. Docents will present a “Night at the Museum” as characters from the museum interact with guests, providing a glimpse of the stories behind the exhibits. A special hands-on Halloween-themed activity will be available for this free family program. From 4 to 6 p.m. at the Museum of the Albemarle (www.museumofthealbemarle.com)
- 52nd Annual Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair, Oct. 29-31
Bringing together craftsmen from North Carolina and Virginia, this fair features authentic reproductions of early crafts for sale and demonstrations at Knobb’s Creek Recreation Center. Choose from jewelry, pottery, fiber arts, ceramics, woodcarving, basketry, stained glass and more! Admission: $4 for adults and $3 for seniors and full-time students. Call (252) 335-4680 or visit www.albemarlecraftsmansfair.com
- Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) Homecoming Oct. 30
It will be ECSU vs. Chowan College at the Vikings’ annual homecoming game, Oct. 30 at Roebuck Stadium. A parade and other celebrations make this a great weekend for ECSU alumni and fans. Call (252) 335-3388 or visit www.ecsu.edu
- Halloween Planetarium Presentations, Oct. 30-31
See how the nighttime sky appears in October, or enjoy Halloween-themed laser light and star shows. The special presentations are free, but reservations are required. Call the Elizabeth City State University Planetarium (http://www.ecsu.edu/planetarium/) at (252) 335-3759 for times.
Elizabeth City is located in Northeastern North Carolina on the Intracoastal Waterway, halfway between Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks. Known as the “Harbor of Hospitality®,” 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 the nation’s largest U.S. Coast Guard base. Nature-based travelers are drawn to the area’s proximity to the Dismal Swamp and the abundance of outdoor recreational offerings. For additional information, call the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-866-ECity-4U (1-866-324-8948) or (252) 335-5330 or visit www.DiscoverElizabethCity.com
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