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North Carolina Albemarle Sampler Weekend

Posted on 05/22/2017 by Visit Elizabeth City

Immerse yourself in what the Albemarle region is all about the first weekend in June at three events that will inspire your imagination and give you a taste of local life through art, wildlife sightings and local fare. The first Friday of each month, Elizabeth City’s downtown turns itself into a living art gallery from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for its monthly First Friday Art Walk. On Friday, June 2, the art inspired festivities will start at 10:00 a.m. as visiting artists and locals will be around the downtown demonstrating their craft. One of the artists you might meet on Friday is Jane Filer. Jane is a passionate painter from Chapel Hill who pours love into everything she does and shines a light on everyone she meets. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet this dynamic and inspiring artist as she will be exhibiting her works and sharing her love for all things art on Friday. [caption id="attachment_13694" align="alignnone" width="300"] Jane Filer's art pieces are magical and expressive.[/caption] Catherine C. Martin has been painting for many years. This Raleigh area based artist describes her art as “a very personal experience that comes from the soul and reflects both sorrow and joy in life.” Her work is very emotional and can be categorized as expressionist painting. Her paintings are spontaneous, vibrant with color, and accentuated with extreme value. [caption id="attachment_13696" align="alignnone" width="300"] Catherine C. Martin has been perfecting her craft since she was 10.[/caption] Dawn Kinney Martin, a plein air artist from Atlanta, says, “I love the challenge of working on location. I strive to create expressive paintings that elevate the ordinary and encourage the viewer to appreciate the beauty of the day to day.” Dawn loves the beautiful coastal landscapes subjects that the Elizabeth City area has to offer, and she will be working in the Elizabeth City area on Friday. [caption id="attachment_13695" align="alignnone" width="355"] Dawn Kinney Martin painting in downtown Elizabeth City.[/caption] Don’t let the fun end on Friday night as we have two more festivals that will be worth staying the weekend for.  Here is a complete list of lodging options in Elizabeth City where you can stay and enjoy the entire weekend of festivities. Elizabeth City’s neighbor to the south, Plymouth, NC, will be having its annual North Carolina Black Bear Festival. The festivities begin on Friday, June 2 and continue through Sunday, June 4. Black bear tours will be available throughout the festival. [caption id="attachment_13677" align="alignnone" width="960"] See black bears up close on guided tours.[/caption] We recommend checking out the Bear Necessities Paddle that begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 3. The Washington County Historical Society/Port o’ Plymouth Museum is offering an exciting paddle route. This pristine paddle trip is in the heart of the Roanoke River Delta. It is an area marked by natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and a rich history. The paddle departs Mackey’s Marina and paddlers will explore Kendrick Creek for 2.5 miles and then paddle back to the marina for a total of 5 miles. [caption id="attachment_13679" align="alignnone" width="960"] Kendrick Creek offers guests many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.[/caption] The bears are here waiting to see you. Will you be there? [caption id="attachment_13678" align="alignnone" width="960"] She waiting for you.[/caption] Are you ready to eat, drink and be merry in Elizabeth City? Arts of the Albemarle’s 13th Annual Taste of the Albemarle is happening Saturday, June 3 at Mariners’ Wharf from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The “Taste” portion of the event takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., as you sample delicious fare from 20+ local restaurants. Wash it all down with the beer, wine, sodas and water that will be available for sale throughout the evening. [caption id="attachment_13681" align="alignnone" width="960"] Experience local specialty dishes at the Taste of the Albemarle.[/caption] Then get ready to dance with the band Out 'n the Cold from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dance the night away while enjoying the balmy breezes of the Pasquotank River after having your fill of delicious local cuisine. [caption id="attachment_13684" align="alignnone" width="884"] Out 'n the Cold will be performing live music while guests dance the night away.[/caption] Tickets are available online or call AOA at (252) 338-6455 to purchase tickets. Even better—stop by the gallery at 516 E. Main Street and check out the current exhibition. Advance ticket prices are as follows: Arts of the Albemarle member ticket $20, advanced non-member ticket $25, advanced military/law enforcement/first responder ticket $20, and advanced student ticket $10 (with student ID). All at-the-door tickets (day of the event) are $25. See you at there! Don't miss out on this weekend of festival fun! Happy travels!  

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