File photoIn its fifth year, The Mariners' Wharf Film Festival kicks off Tuesday, June 3.
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File photoIn its fifth year, The Mariners' Wharf Film Festival kicks off Tuesday, June 3.

Summer activity roundup

By BY Robert Kelly - Goss

The Daily Advance

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June to September will keep your dance card full

By Robert Kelly-Goss

Albemarle Life Editor

I have been here nine years and where events are concerned, we’ve come a long way. And now that it’s summertime, well don’t make any plans until you read this.

When I first arrived here, the calendars were full but not as full as they are today. And locals, well they would complain that there is nothing to do in this town, or around the region.

These days, the calendars I manage — the daily Going Out Guide, the Thursday Weekend Guide, or the Saturday weekly planner calendar — are seriously full of events. And the bellyaching I used to hear about a lack of things to do, well that is almost nonexistent.

Today there is a whole lot going on, so much so that there are not enough pages to write about all of it. This summer there is a whole lot going on, so much so that I can only highlight some of the bigger events here. So if you don’t see something here, then please stay tuned to all of those aforementioned calendars for updates, or our Albemarle Life pages for possible stories, because we do aim to please.


Mariners’ Wharf Film Festival

In its fifth year, the Mariners’ Wharf Film Festival was launched by Simone Cooper and eventually the operations of the popular, free event went to Elizabeth City Downtown.

On Tuesday, June 3, the season premier will screen at 8:30 p.m. on the park green.

With the Pasquotank River at your side, a giant screen will show films each Tuesday night through July 29. Rain dates are scheduled.

This year’s fare includes June 3rd’s screening of the iconic “From Here to Eternity,” with a cast so star studded you won’t see the twinkling ones in the sky.

The season will also include “The Talk of the Town,” “Red River,” “Four Daughters,” “Trouble in Paradise,” James Dean and Natalie Wood in “Rebel without a Cause,” “Midnight,” the intense drama starring Henry Fonda, “!2 Angry Men,” and the season will end on a very high iconic note with Tracey and Hepburn in “Adam’s Rib.”

You can read more about the festival by logging onto


Summer Brew Balloo: The Science of Beer

Beer lovers have been selling out this annual event for three years now. Port Discover’s big fundraiser pairs culinary delights with beers of many flavors.

Held at Montero’s Restaurant, Thursday June 5 is Port Discover’s 3rd annual “Summer Brew Balloo: Science of Beer” From 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

Chef Andy Montero will work with beer experts to match creative cuisine with the right beers — beer lovers know that beer choices are vast.

The event is staffed by local celebrity waiters and waitresses who compete for tips that go directly to Port Discover.

Port Discover is a hands-on science center for the entire family, hosting programs that are fun and educational for children, teens and even adults.

For tickets and more information, call 252-338-6117.


Edenton Music and Water Fest

Edenton’s 16th annual Music and Water Festival will get underway June 6 with a sunset paddle.

While there will be two Saturday morning paddles, the festival launches into live music on the main stage at Colonial Park on the downtown waterfront at 10 a.m.

All through the day you’ll hear music on the main stage from the likes of Chuck Hodges, The Upstart Gentlemen — you have to hear these guys, and even roving musicians wandering around while you enjoy arts and crafts vendors and good food.

For more information log onto or call 252-482-3400.


Taste of the Albemarle

On Saturday June 7 Arts of the Albemarle’s annual fundraiser Taste of the Albemarle will take over downtown Elizabeth City at 6 p.m.

This year the giant culinary festival will cover the green at Mariners’ Wharf Park, enticing food lovers to enjoy the many restaurants the area has to offer while overlooking the Pasquotank River.

At 8 p.m. favorite local musicians Out ‘n the Cold will take the stage.

Tickets are $20 and available at Arts of the Albemarle. Call 252-338-6455 for more information.



Elizabeth City will once again host the Juneteenth Celebration at Waterfront Park. This multicultural festival includes music, food, vendors and speakers. It happens June 14.


Fourth of July

Whew! Take a deep breath because this is where a whole lot of planning comes into play, bringing about a whole lot of fun.

This year July 4 is also the first Friday of the month and that means First Friday Art Walk. I spoke with First Friday organizer Rebecca Cross of Elizabeth City Downtown and she says while the details are not entirely hammered out yet, you can add First Friday to your list of things to do on the Fourth.

Aside from the Art Walk, there will be the traditional happenings in downtown Elizabeth City along the waterfront. That means live music and fireworks around 9 p.m.

Over in Edenton, you’ll be able to join the fun, too. They’ll have the annual Beach Party with fireworks and you’ll also get a chance to hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence.

On July 5, Hertford will light up the sky from Missing Mill Park.


Music on the Green

Music on the Green at Mariners’ Wharf Park will start making music on July 29 and run through Sept. 16. Each Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. you’ll get live music from local and regional acts. And it’s free.


Wine and Swine

At the end of summer the Whalehead Club in Corolla will host Wine and Swine, a celebration of good barbecue and fine wine. You’ll get live music and good eats. That happens Sept. 4. It is a ticketed event.


Indian Summer

On Sept. 5 and 6 Hertford will host its annual Indian Summer Festival with good food and music.


Taste of Edenton

Just in time for summer’s end, Edenton will have its annual Taste of Edenton. Good food is on the menu for this ticketed event held on the lawn at the historic Barker House.


More …

Keep up with everything this summer by going to the Going Out Guide. From free movies to happenings and new exhibits at Museum of the Albemarle, we will keep the calendars flowing and the stories coming.