Boat parade, art walk to brighten downtown


Lighted boat parade at Mariners' Wharf last year.


From staff reports

Thursday, November 30, 2017


The Lighted Boat Parade and the Friday Art Walk in downtown Elizabeth City will add a festive start to the coming weekend.

Shops have decorated windows for downtown's Holiday Window Display Contest, and Santa will be appearing during the Art Walk from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Pasquotank River Yacht Club's Lighted Boat Parade on the waterfront starts at around 6:30 p.m. and can be viewed at Moth Boat Park or Mariners’ Wharf Park. While the festively decorated and lighted boats circle the harbor, onlookers may cheer them with green and red glow sticks that Elizabeth City Downtown Inc. will be handing out.

“The Lighted Boat Parade is a great event to celebrate our local nautical heritage," said Deborah Malenfant, executive director for Elizabeth City Downtown Inc. "It’s fun to stand on the boardwalk at the waterfront and watch the decorated boats circle. The efforts of the boat owners to take part in this event is appreciated, because we know it can be pretty darned cold out there on the water.”

During the art walk, participating businesses host artists in their shops to show their work and meet visitors. Fourteen retailers are participating in the First Friday Art Walk, including two that are new to downtown. Scents and Savvy in the Virginia Dare Arcade will feature handmade body products and Fine Tuning Guitar Shop on Poindexter Street will offer live music and refreshments.

Participating businesses and guest artists include:

· Muddy Waters Coffee, 100 W. Main St., Local crafts-person Gift Fair. Woodworking, ceramic nativity scenes, purses, jewelry, kids crafts, more. Refreshments 5-7.

· Twice is Nice Thrift & Consignment, 102 E. Main Street, Nathan Purdue, 14-year-old artist who makes wrapped and polished glass shell and beaded jewelry; Artist Alisa Harris

· Scents and Savvy, 507 E. Main St, Suite O (Upstairs in the Arcade), Valerie Miles, handmade soaps, essential oils, drakkar beads, aromatherapy necklaces

· Selig’s Jewelers, 513 E. Main St., SPCA

· Honey & Hive Boutique, 510 E. Main St., Gennis Edwards with Salty Mae Jewelry

· Body Kinect Wellness, 601 E. Main St., Woodworkers Jim Day and Ron McCall; COA Ceramics; Music

· Eclectic Jewelry & Design, 513 E. Fearing Street, Priscilla Gordon, Monogram Artist

· Lazzy Frog Boutique / The Framery, 603 E. Fearing Street, Artist To Be Determined

· Page After Page Bookstore, 111 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City Prints by Andrew Nelson; Handmade cards by Lana Boyd-Good; Jewelry by Holly Cain

· Shay Leslie Boutique, 613 E. Main St., Locally made and sourced jams/other food items by First United Methodist Church for hurricane relief

· Corner of Main & Poindexter, ECDI Information Central, Maps 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

· Tina Clancy’s Art & Antique Connection, 116 N. Poindexter Street, Local USCG Christmas Ornaments by Heidi Rivera; Christmas wrapping (fee)

· Footprint Christian Resources & Gifts, 206 N. Poindexter Street, Carol Rolling, Ornament Painting Demo

· Fine Tuning Guitar Shop, 201 N. Poindexter St., Live Entertainment by Robert “Bird” Haynes, local guitar player and song writer. Refreshments.

· Arts of the Albemarle, 516 E. Main Street, Jenkins Gallery – Sue Bark “Celebrating Color”; 516 Gallery – Donna Lesondak “Repurposed, Piece by Piece”; Annual Holiday Boutique; Book signing with Stan Colson AKA Douglas Quin

· Coasters Downtown Draught House, 216 N. Poindexter Street, Live music with Acoustic Legend after Art Walk

*Drop the Kids off at Port Discover, 611 E. Main Street, before the Art Walk -- Please have children checked in by 6:00 pm, as the events at Port Discover are structured.

For information, contact 252-331-3355 about boat parade and 252-338-4104 about the art walk.

Downtown Restaurants/Pubs open during the event include: Cypress Creek Grill, Island Breeze Grill,

Toyama Japanese, Groupers Waterfront Restaurant, Sidney’s Café & Bistro, Hoppin Johnz New South Cuisine,

Flour Girls Café & Bakery and Paradiso Roma Ristorante.