Friday, May 2, 2008

Elizabeth City Historic Preservation Commission Celebrates National Preservation Month

May has been designed as the Fourth Annual National Preservation Month, by the National Trust for Historic Preservational. And while this year's theme - This Place Matters - is new, the idea behind preservation month remains the same: celebrating the country's diverse and irreplaceable heritage evidenced by the histroic structures around us.

Elizabeth City is rich in these historic structures; and the Elizabeth City Historic Preservation Commission invites everyone to join them in celebration of our architectural heritage through this month-long series of programs, tours, and how-to workshops.

Tax Credits for Historic Preservation
With Reid Thomas, Restoration Specialist, North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Saint Phillip's Episcopal Church - corner of McMorrine Street and Chruch Street.

Walking Tour of the Main Street Historic Districts
With Bonnie Calliotte. 9:30 am - 10:45 am. Pure Oil Station - southwest corner of Main and Water Streets.
The Preservation and Care of Trees for Historic Preservation and Beyond
With Debbie Sauls. 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. Pasquotank County Library Parking Lot.

Challenges of Historic Restoration in Elizabeth City - A Panel Discussion
With local residents and developers who have taken on extensive preservation projects. 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Old Council Chambers - A.P. Midgett Municipal Building, 302 East Colonial Ave., 3rd Floor.

Downtown Beautification Day
Come help clean up downtown and plant new flowers - bring hand shovel and gloves. 9:00 am - 11:00 am. Virginia Dare Arcade, 507 East Main Street. Organized by Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc. (ECDI)

Turning the Lowry-Chesson Building into The Center
With Lisa Winslow, Executive Director of Arts of the Albemarle, and Skip Sanders, A.R. Chesson Contractors. 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Arts of the Albemarle Gallery, 609 East Main Street.

What is Preservation North Carolina? & Preservation Successes at Fort Bragg
With Claudia Deviney, Regional Director, Preservation North Carolina Northeast Office, and Michelle Michael, History By Design. 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Pasquotank County Library Community Room.

Right Way Restoration Workshop
Come to one, or come to all three! Encore Theatre, 613 East Main Street.
  • Restoring Wooden Windows
    With David Hoggard, Double Hung Windows. 9:00 am - 10:00 am.

  • Painting Primer
    With Dave Powers, Tom's Painting. 10:00 am - 11:00 am.

  • Walls and Woodwork
    With Rick Boyd, The Traveling Tool Guy. 11:00 am - 12:00 pm.

  • ECHNA Preservation Auction and Raffle
    Live auction, Chinese raffle, door prizes, buffet dinner, and bar. Tickets $20.00 - available at Muddy's and the UPS Store. 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm. Backyard of 301 West Main Street. Organized by Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association (ECHNA)

    Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free and open to the public. RSVP is appreciated - email:, or call: (252) 337-6672 extension 289. Light refreshments will be served.

    Funding for these programs provided be ECHNA - Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association.

    Contact: Patrick Detwiler, Historic Preservation Commission Chair
    252-384-4018 (day), 252-338-5397 (evening)

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