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Winter 2021

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Elizabeth City's holiday season kicks into high-gear on Friday, Nov. 26, when the switch is flipped to turn on the downtown holiday lights at the Downtown Illumination and

Holiday in the Harbor: EC adds Hot Cocoa Crawl to holiday event lineup

Contents Front Porch

Holiday Celebration. The event, which is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and starts in front of the Pasquotank County Courthouse, draws hundreds of people to the city's downtown every year. Chris Day/The Daily Advance

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Christmas in Glass

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Holiday In the Harbor

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Lighting up the season A Cornucopia of Christmas

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A Tradition Continues Early birds: Planning early essential to successful holiday meals

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Christmas Tree of Life

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Calendar

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EDITORIAL 252-329-9680 Publisher Sean O'Brien Editor Julian Eure 252-368-9287 Correspondents Kesha Williams, Anna Goodwin McCarthy Photography Chris Day

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Laura DeNunzio, a fused glass artist, talks about her work as she puts the final touches on a blue-green owl Christmas ornament for a customer at her kitchen table. Photo credit for both photos is Chris Day/The Daily Advance

HOLIDAYS A TIME OF GREAT BEAUTY, GREAT JOY, GREAT NEED With the holidays fast approaching, we decided to use our winter edition of this year's Albemarle Magazine to profile a local Christmas ornament maker, an area organization that helps the less fortunate afford a potentially lifesaving service, the upcoming holiday events across the five-county region. We also provide some tips, courtesy Shelia Gregory of the Currituck Center of NC Cooperative Extension, on how to get ahead of the holiday meal costs.

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Anna Goodwin McCarthy profiles Laura DeNunzio, a local fused glass artist who crafts a variety of jewelry pieces but is especially busy this time of year creating holiday-themed glass Christmas ornaments, plates and butter dishes from her home kitchen table. McCarthy also profiles the Tree of Life program, which was started 30 years ago by volunteers at what was then Albemarle Hospital. The Tree of Life program has helped about 200 area residents afford the services of the hospital's medical alert system, giving them peace of mind they'll be able to contact someone in case they have a health emergency. Staff writers Paul Nielson, Reggie Ponder and Tyler Newman also detail the upcoming holiday events in Elizabeth City, Camden, Currituck, Hertford and Edenton. We also include as near-complete a list of upcoming holiday events from across the region. From grand illuminations and Christmas parades to turkey trots, gingerbread workshops and chorale performances, the region has a cornucopia of events scheduled this holiday season. Here's hoping your holiday season is merry and bright. And when you can, take a moment to help your fellow man or woman.

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Photos are courtesy Laura DeNunzio.

Photos are courtesy Laura DeNunzio.

Laura DeNunzio shows off one of her fused-glass Christmas ornaments. Some of her other designs are at right. Photo credit for both photos is Chris Day/The Daily Advance

Photos are courtesy Laura DeNunzio.

christmas in glass DeNunzio's fuse technique creates seasonal ornaments, plates, dishes By Anna Goodwin McCarthy Correspondent When light dances off one of Laura DeNunzio’s glass Christmas ornaments, the spirit of the season shines bright. DeNunzio has been a fused glass artist for more than a decade, creating earrings, necklaces, rings and other popular jewelry pieces. But it's during the holidays that her artwork draws even more fans.

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DeNunzio's seasonal designs include glass ornaments, plates and butter dishes that capture the joy of Christmas. On one ornament, Santa’s boots are seen sticking out of a snow-covered chimney. Cheerful snowmen, jolly Santas and a beautiful nativity scene are other designs that can bring a smile to even the toughest Grinch.

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DeNunzio begins her fused glass work with sheets of glass in a variety of hues. DeNunzio said she orders the majority of her glass from a company in Colorado. DeNunzio cuts the glass sheets into smaller sections with a glass cutter. Her designs may incorporate multiple sections of glass for each color used. After cutting out her designs she glues each piece together so they won't fall apart before placement in her kiln. Whether it is a snowman’s scarf or Santa’s hat, each piece has to be cut and glued together. Once the complete piece is placed in the kiln, the glue melts away and the multiple pieces of glass form one single piece of art. DeNunzio said she has used both full fuse and contour fuse techniques to make her ornaments. The amount of time and temperature in the kiln vary according to the technique used. DeNunzio also creates custom design pieces through her business, Laura Lee Designs Glass. The personalized art makes the perfect birthday, anniversary, wedding, graduation or Christmas gift. “No two pieces are exactly the same,” she said. DeNunzio said getting a positive reaction from customers to her pieces makes the work worthwhile. “When I have people tell me how much they like it,” said DeNunzio. “It’s rewarding.” A very special glass design that DeNunzio has made for both customers and members of her family incorporates the ashes of a loved one or beloved pet in a piece of jewelry or wall hanging. The memorial pieces can also be shaped into pendants on necklaces or memorial garden stakes. Originally from Pittsburgh, DeNunzio moved with her

husband, Dr. Neil DeNunzio, and their children to Elizabeth City more than 30 years ago. DeNunzio worked as a registered nurse, commuting to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Va. to work 12-hour shifts for a decade. DeNunzio enjoys sharing her passion for art, instructing classes at the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Senior Center. She teaches an alcohol ink painting class Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and a watercolor class Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Adults of all artistic skill levels can participate. “I want them to have a good outcome,” said DeNunzio. “I enjoy sharing my knowledge with people.” DeNunzio is a member of the Albemarle Craftsman’s Guild and been a participant for several years in the Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair. DeNunzio has also displayed her work at the annual Mistletoe Show sponsored by the Elizabeth City Junior Woman’s Club. While both shows were canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, DeNunzio hopes to showcase her art at both when they return. DeNunzio will be displaying her work at Berea Baptist Church’s All Wrapped Up Craft and Vendor Show on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Her work is also available at the Arts of the Albemarle, the Museum Gift Shop at the Museum of the Albemarle, Water’s Edge Boutique and Pine & Porch. For more information about DeNunzio’s art, visit her Laura Lee Designs Glass Facebook page. DeNunzio may also be contacted through Facebook message, email at ndenunz@ gmail.com or phone at (252) 312-6733.

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EC adds Hot Cocoa Crawl to holiday event lineup By Paul Nielsen Staff Writer Elizabeth City's holiday season kicks into highgear on Friday, Nov. 26, when the switch is flipped to turn on the downtown holiday lights at the Downtown Illumination and Holiday Celebration. The event, which is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., starts in front of the Pasquotank County Courthouse. The Daily Advance

From its festive lights along the waterfront and in downtown to numerous activities and events, Elizabeth City is a can’t-miss destination this holiday season. Christmas in Elizabeth City features events from Thanksgiving weekend to Jan. 2 and includes the lighting of the downtown holiday lights, the city’s annual Christmas parade, First Friday ArtWalk and the Lightened

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Boat Parade, and the inaugural month-long Hot Cocoa Crawl. “We have this beautiful waterfront town that gets decorated for the holidays,” said Visit Elizabeth City Executive Director Corrina Ruffieux. “There is a whole slew of holiday-themed events which afford all kinds of different things to do for people.”

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Ruffieux said businesses in the city “really get into the holiday spirit.” “There is the fabulous window-decorating contest around downtown that adds to the festive atmosphere and spirit,” Ruffieux said. “It is a great time to be here.” The season kicks into high-gear on Friday, Nov. 26, when the switch is flipped to turn on the downtown holiday lights at the Downtown Illumination and Holiday Celebration. The event, which is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., starts in front of the Pasquotank County Courthouse. Festivities also include caroling through the heart of downtown to the waterfront, a visit from Santa and his elves, face painting, a Mrs. Claus story hour and "hay ridesleigh ride." Attendees will also be treated to gingerbread cookies, hot cocoa, coffee and a sweets stop. The first weekend in December features First Friday ArtWalk and Lightened Boat Parade on Friday, Dec. 3, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The city’s annual Christmas Parade will be held the next day on Saturday, Dec. 4. The parade gets underway on Ehringhaus Street at 5:30 p.m. Sean Clark, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Parks and Recreation director, said the parade lineup will again be on Westover Street. The parade will then turn right onto Ehringhaus Street, proceed to Road Street and turn left, then right onto to Main Street. After passing downtown, the parade will turn right on Water Street and end after passing Waterfront Park, he said. "Hopefully, we will be able to proceed as planned, but we will continue to monitor the COVID situation as the date approaches," he said. Visitors for First Friday ArtWalk can enjoy artwork, artist demonstrations and live music around downtown Elizabeth City. Santa Claus will also make a visit. The Pasquotank River Yacht Club’s Lighted Boat Parade will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3, on the Pasquotank River. Last year, a regional tourism agency, the Southeast Tourism Society, named the Lighted Boat Parade one of its top events in the southeastern United States for the month of December. The inaugural Hot Cocoa Crawl will be held from Nov. 20 to Jan. 2., and already over a dozen establishments have signed on. The Hot Cocoa Crawl will feature local establishments offering a special hot cocoa beverage during the event. Ruffieux is hoping businesses craft both non-alcoholic and alcoholic hot cocoa recipes. “We want them to create a signature hot cocoa,” Ruffieux said. “What they create is entirely up to them. There will be a trail for people to visit. This will be a great part of the

"We have this beautiful waterfront town that gets decorated for the holidays..." -Corrina Ruffieux Christmas in Elizabeth City concept.” Camden and Currituck counties also plan to hold holidaythemed events this year. The South Mills Fire Department’s annual Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. The parade route starts on Main Street at the drawbridge and ends at Paradise Family Grocery. The Currituck Tree Lightening and Christmas Parade will be Dec. 3 at the Currituck Cooperative Extension building in Barco. The tree lighting is at 6 p.m. and the parade at 7 p.m. Candlelight Christmas tours of Whalehead in Historic Corolla will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays between Nov. 26 and Dec. 18. Admission is $20 and reservations are required by calling 252-453-9040.

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Hertford's Grand Illumination, shown here in 2019, will return Friday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. The event is coordinated by Historic Hertford Inc. Perquimans County Tourism Development Authority

Lighting up the season: Hertford's Grand Illumination marquee holiday event in Perquimans By Reggie Ponder Staff Writer HERTFORD — The upcoming Christmas season in Hertford is shaping up to be a time when lasting memories are made. The Grand Illumination is set for Friday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. in front of the Perquimans County Courthouse. This marquee Christmas holiday event in Hertford is centered around the illumination of downtown Hertford and includes Christmas lights, live entertainment and visits with Santa. Then on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a Christmas season kickoff event will be held at the Perquimans County Recreation Center at 310 Granby Street, Hertford. The Dec. 4 activities will include the 5K Rhythm Run, a Christmas Craft fair, food trucks and kids' activities. Stacey Layden, Perquimans County's tourism director, said the Rhythm Run is put together for Foundation Fitness and the money raised will go toward scholarships that will be awarded through the "Changing the World" scholarship program in memory of Michael Stephen Higgins. The annual Hertford Christmas Parade will also be held in downtown Hertford on Saturday, Dec. 4, getting underway at 2 p.m. For Layden, the Grand Illumination has a special place in her heart because of what it has meant in her own family. "When our twin daughters were 6 years old, they began to have doubts about Santa Claus," Layden said in a press release about the event. "That was, until they met Santa at Hertford’s Grand Illumination. "When they recognized him from a previous Christmas event, they asked, 'Could this be the real Santa?'" she

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continued. "When it was her turn to present her requests, our boldest child asked straightforwardly, 'If you really are Santa, do you know where I live?' He (Santa) looked her straight in the eyes and said, 'I sure do. You live in Belvidere right next to your Nani and Grandaddy.' "The mixture of shock and delight on her face was a memory that I will never forget," Layden said. Layden said memories like that one are a big reason her family continues to be involved in community activities such as the Grand Illumination. Layden said the event "marks the beginning of the Christmas season with all of our holiday favorites: lights, music, and a magical appearance from Santa himself." Historic Hertford, Inc. is the organization coordinating the Grand Illumination. The event will feature performances by the Perquimans Middle School and Perquimans High

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School bands, the Dance Company of Hertford, Hertford Baptist Preschool and musician Joel Taylor. Nancy Lodge and Joyce Gurganus of Historic Hertford said they are excited to bring the event back after having to cancel it last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year's Grand Illumination will continue the tradition of Santa riding onto Church Street in a mule-drawn carriage. "If that doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, nothing will," Layden said in the release. Layden pointed out that holiday events such the Grand Illumination, activities at the recreation center, and Christmas parade are put on by different organizations but they all work together to ensure a festive start to the Christmas season in Hertford. "We want to make it a great weekend for everybody — but especially for kids and for families," Layden said. Later on in the month, on Dec. 16, the Perquimans Restoration Association will host a Colonial Christmas Open House event at the Newbold-White House. According to organizers, the house is minimally lighted and features types of decorations like evergreens, nuts and fruits that would have been common to the era it was built. In past open houses, a harpist has also performed music as visitors file through. Also during past open houses, organizers have staged a simple tree dressed in simple Colonial era decor in the Visitor Center. A bell-ringer has also been on hand to teach visitors how to properly ring a bell. PAL volunteers also make assorted food items including desserts to serve during the free event. Mulled cider, coffee and tea are also served. Past open houses have also featured carol singing and a Yule Log fire outdoors.

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Santa Claus will make his grand entrance during the Edenton-Chowan Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 11. Starting at 10 a.m., parade participants will rumble and march the one-mile length of Broad Street to Edenton's waterfront.

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Edenton to host Breakfast with Santa, Turkey Trot, Kick-off to Christmas, Candlelight Tour By Tyler Newman Chowan Herald EDENTON — With the holidays fast approaching, Edenton and Chowan officials and organizations are already planning a wide variety of activities and events to celebrate the season. Jumpstarting the festivities is the Garden of Eden Holiday Luncheon on Nov. 9. An annual event hosted by the Edenton Women’s Club, the luncheon showcases floral designs and arrangements fitting for the holidays. Demonstrations and pop-up shops will also be available at the event. Later in the month, Christmas looms cheerfully over two end-of-week events. On Nov. 18, numerous downtown businesses are expected to extend their hours during Sip and Shop, allowing residents and visitors alike to get in some Christmas shopping later into the evening. Then on Saturday, Nov. 20, American Legion Post 40 will host its Breakfast with Santa at the post on West Queen Street. Homemade breakfast and professional photos with Santa will be available from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, the town of Edenton will celebrate by hosting the annual Turkey Trot at Queen Anne's Park beginning at 8 a.m. Now in its seventh year, the Turkey Trot raises funding for the Community Snack Program in Chowan County. The program, organized by local resident Nichole Hughes, aims to provide snacks for students in elementary schools through both monetary and direct food donations. The Turkey Trot is open to runners and walkers of all ages and does not require registration. Pets are also welcome. A week later, Edenton and Chowan County will mark the official start to the Christmas season with the annual Kick-Off to Christmas. Taking place all afternoon and evening on Dec. 4, the Kick-Off will feature everything from food trucks and festive trolley tours to visits with Santa and the annual flotilla dressed in holiday lights. Food trucks will be available at Colonial Park starting at 3 p.m. Also available then will be the “Polar Express Experience” aboard Edenton’s historic trolley. At 4 p.m., kids can gather at the park for story time. At 5:30 p.m., residents and visitors can gather for a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony during which Santa will make his grand arrival. At 6 p.m., Santa will hold a meetand-greet with children who want to make a Christmas wish. Then, beginning at 6:15 p.m., the flotilla of local boats and ships decorated in holiday lights will parade on Edenton Bay. Just a day later, on Dec. 5, the Albemarle Chorale will

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hold its annual Christmas Concert at Edenton United Methodist Church on Virginia Road. The free concert begins at 4 p.m. and is open to the public. Throughout December, visitors and residents can take trolley tours of Edenton. The tours will leave from the Penelope Barker House and be available every day but Tuesdays. Christmas shoppers can find artworks by local artists at the Chowan Arts Council. In addition, the Iredell House Dependencies will be festively decorated for the season. Christmas tree connoisseurs can stop by the Cupola House, especially in the early evening, to see trees decorated for the season. While Santa may have made his seasonal debut at the Kick-Off to Christmas on Dec. 4, he is planning on making an even bigger and bolder entrance on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Edenton-Chowan Christmas Parade. Starting at 10 a.m., parade participants will rumble and march the one-mile length of Broad Street to the town's waterfront. Anyone wishing to enter the parade should contact the Chamber of Commerce to register. Wrapping up the holiday season will be the Historic Edenton Christmas Candlelight Tour, sponsored by the Edenton Historical Commission and now in its 40th year. The tour, which showcases many of Edenton's historic homes decorated for the holidays, will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10-11. Tours will depart from the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center at 505 S. Broad Street between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. both days.

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The Edenton Historical Commission's Christmas Candlelight Tour — the 40th annual — will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10-11. Tours will depart from the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center at 505 S. Broad Street between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. both days. Photo courtesy Edenton Historical Commission

40th Candlelight Tour returns to walking tour format From staff reports

EDENTON — After being limited last year by COVID-19 restrictions, this year's Edenton Historical Commission's Christmas Candlelight Tour — the 40th annual — will return to its traditional selfguided, walking tour format. The tour, which showcases many of Edenton's historic homes decorated for the holidays, will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10-11. Tours will depart from the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center at 505 S. Broad Street between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. both days. According to tour co-chair Sally Francis Kehayes, homes in Edenton’s historic westside neighborhood will be featured on the tour. In addition, Wayne James and Friends will perform live Christmas music for the first time in tour history on the porch of a house

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in the middle of the tour route. Kehayes said local residents Chris and Grace Bean brought the idea of hosting the Christmas Candlelight Tour to Edenton in 1981. "The idea caught on and has become the premier tour in eastern North Carolina. It has become a holiday ritual for many individuals and families," she said. Susan Creighton recalls that first tour 40 years ago. “I had the good fortune to be the tour coordinator with Chris Bean and then, afterwards for many years," she said. "I’ve seen families return every year. Couples become engaged, marry, then bring their growing family (to the tour) year after year. Now their children are young adults and they say they wouldn’t miss a Candlelight Tour.”

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Kehayes noted a lot has changed from the first tour. "The first tour’s program was handwritten by Peggy Anne Vaughan and reproduced on a school mimeograph machine," she said. "Several individuals on that first tour are now deceased." She noted that Nell Wood, who passed away after celebrating her 102nd birthday a year ago, won't be at this year's tour. However, her home will be the centerpiece of this year's tour. Her porch is where live Christmas music will be performed for the first time ever during the tour.

"This Christmas, she must be celebrating the return of the Candlelight Tour from her special vantage point in heaven," Kehayes said. Clara Stage, co-chair for the 40th tour, is enthusiastic about the tour returning to its traditional format. “Returning to the traditional tour is wonderful," she said. "Please join us in celebrating this 40 year tradition, perhaps starting a tradition of your own!” Tickets are available online at www.ehcnc.org or by calling the Penelope Barker House at 252-4827800.

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Early birds: Planning early essential to successful holiday meals By Sheila Gregory NC Cooperative Extension

Editor's note: This article is a compilation of two articles written for the six-week "Getting Ahead of Holiday Meal Cost" series by Gregory and sponsored by the More In My Basket Program. Getting yourself ready and being prepared for holiday meals can be a challenge. This year may be especially challenging with rising grocery prices and limited supply. So it is important to start planning early. With the resources provided by our partners at morefood.org, Currituck Extension has some tips to help you prepare early and save money on your grocery bill. Whether you are planning an in-person or virtual celebration, a celebration for friends or family, a big group or smaller gatherings, it’s never too early to start holiday meal preparation. If left to the last minute, meal planning can be a challenge. Planning your menu in advance allows you to shop smarter and also gives you the opportunity to be sure everyone’s favorite dish is included. You will shop more efficiently and decrease costs by avoiding unnecessary purchases. Sticking to your menu items and buying in advance over the course of several grocery trips will spread out the expense and lower the impact on your monthly food budget.

Finding and organizing your recipes

You can begin by pulling out your favorite recipes and organizing them by breakfast, entrees, sides and dessert. Once organized, begin reviewing what you have on hand. We all have certain spices that are family favorites. Take an inventory of these items and make a note of which ones are running low. Don’t forget oils and non-stick sprays. If you do not know what meal you will be preparing, compiling a list of these staples will avoid purchasing the same item twice. Your list will save money and remind you to use items on hand first, utilizing them before they expire.

Itemizing cooking utensils

Have you ever reached for a cookie sheet only to find it is warped? Now is the perfect time to purchase any needed replacement pots, pans, baking sheets, or muffin cups. Don’t forget other baking, cooking, and serving supplies, such as parchment paper, aluminum foil, cutlery, and table linens (cloth or disposable). Keep in mind that non-food items such as these are not SNAP eligible so you cannot purchase them with an EBT card. For low-cost items, consider local dollar stores or borrowing from a friend or family member who will not be using their pots/pans. Shopping the bargains and sales

Where you purchase certain items can make a difference in how far your food dollars stretch. Consider which stores offer the best value for the items in your recipes. The best buy on spices and for canned goods might be two different stores. Check grocery store advertisements and compare store offerings. Then select the store that offers the best combination of price and suitable product. Watch for specials through grocery store loyalty card programs such as Food Lion’s MVP or Harris Teeter’s VIC; loyalty cards can lower the food bill at check-out. Paid membership warehouses such as Sam’s Club, Costco, or BJ’s are also great options if you are looking to purchase bulk items. Members of these warehouses are allowed to bring one guest when shopping. If you are not a member, ask a friend or family member if you are able to join them when shopping.

Choosing canned fruits, veggies

As the holiday season approaches, canned foods are likely to be found on the menu. Canned items offer convenience over fresh or frozen since they can be stored in the pantry for extended periods of time (check the label), and in some instances the canned variety of some food items can be preferred. Canned goods offer a wide variety of foods. Canned fruits, vegetables, and meats are found at most local grocery stores and typically cost between $1 and $3, depending on the brand. There are plenty of canned fruit fillings/toppings which may be used for pies or other pastries. Canned fruit fillings still maintain the shape and texture of fresh fruit. Some of the most popular include: apple, apricot, blueberry, cherry, lemon, mixed berry, peach, pumpkin and raspberry. Don’t forget to add vegetables to your list. Canned vegetables can be purchased individually or in a sixpack at some stores. Pick up some green beans for your casserole, mushrooms for the dressing, and so much more. Don’t forget the great cakes and cookies you will bake. Be sure to check the aisle for sweetened condensed milk and coconut milk, both popular items during the holiday season. Plan your meal, make your shopping list, and start with shelf stable canned items! All the canned items mentioned in this blog are SNAP eligible. Preparing for the holidays can be challenging, but following the tips above can make it easier. Let’s kick off holiday meal planning right by finding the best deals. Happy shopping! For more information, contact Sheila Gregory at sheila_grergory@ncsu.edu or via phone at 252-2322261.

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CHRISTMAS TREE OF LIFE:

Program ensures vulnerable can afford medical alert system By Anna Goodwin McCarthy Correspondent

The strands of lights shaped in the form of a Christmas tree on the front lawn at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center during the holiday season are not just another decoration. It's a Tree of Life, and for three decades it's helped honor the work of volunteers and community residents to help others less fortunate afford a medical alert system that can ensure they get quick medical help should an emergency arise. The Tree of Life program was started by volunteers at what was then known as Albemarle Hospital about 30 years ago. The goal was to assist people who could not afford the medical alert response system known then as the Lifeline Program. Today, the system is called the Sentara PERS, or Personal Response System. According to Sentara’s website, Sentara PERS is a “24-hour-a-day personal emergency response system that ensures personal security and peace of mind for those who wish to maintain a satisfying, independent lifestyle by continuing to live in the familiar surroundings of their home.” The personal response system includes a waterproof pendant button that can be worn on the wrist or around the neck like a necklace. It's simple to use: the user pushes a button if they feel they need help. An operator — one is available 24 hours a day — assesses the caller's needs and then, depending on what's required, can call

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A Christmas tree of lights on the lawn at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center is illuminated every year as part of the Tree of Life program that helps area residents who can't afford Sentara's medical alert system. The Sentara Personal Response System helps ensure residents can get quick medical help should an emergency arise. Photo courtesy Karen Mathews


Karen Mathews, guest services coordinator at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, said the Sentara Personal Response System gives the system user, their family members and friends “peace of mind” and allows the user to live independently and "stay in their home longer."

either “family members, friends, neighbors or the rescue squad,” says Karen Mathews, volunteer/ guest services coordinator at Sentara Albemarle. Mathews said Sentara PERS gives the system user, their family members and friends “peace of mind” and allows the user to live independently and "stay in their homes longer." Not everyone can afford Sentara PERS' monthly cost, however. And that's where the Tree of Life program comes in. Community residents can purchase a light for the Tree of Life for $10 or a star for $25. All proceeds pay for Sentara PERS' monthly cost for those who can't afford it. Mathews said donations to the Tree of Life program help an average of seven people a year afford Sentara PERS, and since the program's inception 30 years ago, that number has grown to about 200. “It is such a good cause,” she said. Mathews said an average of 150 to 180 people donate to the Tree of Life program each year. Many like to honor family members or friends with their donation. Others purchase a light or star in memoriam of someone they've lost. Mathews said persons honored with a light on the tree will receive an acknowledgment card of the honor. If the donation is in memory of someone, a memoriam card can be sent to their family member. Mathews said people who have received the cards in the past have reacted positively and were happy to be honored. “It is amazing how it made the recipients feel,” she said. Mathews said members of the community are helping the annual program by sending out both donation forms and acknowledgement cards. Judy Stallings is helping coordinate the Tree of Life preparations this year, and donations to the Tree of Life are being accepted through Nov. 30. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Tree of Life volunteers used to host a ceremony inside the hospital in conjunction with the lighting of the Christmas tree of lights on the hospital lawn. Mathews said the ceremony would draw members

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of the public and include the singing of carols. Because of COVID, however, there was no indoor tree last year. Tree of Life volunteers did light the tree outside the hospital, however, and conduct a virtual ceremony at which the names of those honored with a light or star were scrolled on a screen. Because of the pandemic, there will be no indoor tree again this year, Mathews said. Tree of Life volunteers do plan to conduct another virtual ceremony where the names of those honored with a light or star will be scrolled on the screen. The ceremony can be viewed online at Sentara Albemarle's Facebook page, Mathews said. The Tree of Life program is also selling white ceramic Tree of Life ornaments that can either be given as gifts or hung on the Christmas tree at home. Tree of Life ornaments, which include the Tree of Life logo, cost $10 and went on sale Nov. 1 at the hospital's gift shop. For more information about the Tree of Life program or information about how to volunteer at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, contact Mathews at 384-4676. More information is also available at https://www.sentara.com/ medicalser vices/ser vices/ home-care/ser vices/ sentara-pers.aspx/.

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Holiday

Calendar Editor's note:

The following events are scheduled for the rest of November and December but could be postponed or canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some events require a fee for admission.

NOVEMBER EVENTS NOV. 13 Christmas Expo The Elizabeth City Flea Market will host its 2nd annual free Christmas Expo featuring 40 vendors at 1895 Weeksville Road, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13-14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Santa will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NOV. 19 Turkey Drop The Turkey Drop to benefit Open Door Food Pantry of Perquimans will be held at Hertford United Methodist Church, 200 Dobbs St., Hertford, Friday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. Turkeys and Thanksgiving side items are needed.

NOV. 20 Craft and vendor show The Edge Class at Berea Baptist Church will hold its annual All Wrapped Up Craft and Vendor Show at 2033 N. Road St., Elizabeth City, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food trucks available. Contact: Tiffany Quigley at 252-619-3415.

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Breakfast with Santa American Legion Post 40 will host its Breakfast with Santa at the post on West Queen Street from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Homemade breakfast and professional photos with Santa will be available.

Designers Workshop Museum of the Albemarle will host its Designers Workshop: Deck Those Halls from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will design a wreath or make a Christmas tree ornament. Cost is $30 for Friends of the Museum members, $35 for non-members. Contact: (252) 335-1453. Catered boxed lunch and all materials included.

NOV. 25 Crabdaddy Festival The town of Edenton will host its annual Turkey Trot at Queen Anne's Park beginning at 8 a.m. The Turkey Trot raises funding for the Community Snack Program in Chowan County. The Turkey Trot is open to runners and walkers of all ages and does not require registration. Pets are also welcome.

The town of Hertford’s Grand Illumi nation will be held Friday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. in front of the Perquimans County Courthouse . The town’s marquee Christmas holida y event includes illumination of downtown Hertfo rd, live entertainment and visits with Santa. Submitted photo

NOV. 26 Holiday Celebration Elizabeth City will hold its annual Holiday Celebration and Downtown Illumination event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Events begin in front of the Pasquotank County Courthouse and include caroling through the heart of downtown to the waterfront, a visit from Santa and his elves, face painting, a Mrs. Claus story hour and "hay ride-sleigh ride."

Candlelight tour Candlelight Christmas tours of Whalehead in Historic Corolla will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays between Nov. 26 and Dec. 18. Admission is $20 and reservations are required by calling 252-453-9040.

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Pancakes and Pajamas Camp Cale will host Pancakes and Pajamas from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Attendees will enjoy Christmas-themed crafts, activities, a telling of the Nativity story and visit by Santa. The event also includes a pancakes and sausage meal and a hot chocolate bar. Deadline to register is Nov. 29. Cost is $40 for a table of eight or $6 per person. Register at campcale.com/.

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NOV. 27 Turkey Trot The annual Turkey Trot 5K & 1 Mile Family Fun Run will start from Waterfront Park in Elizabeth City beginning with registration at 8 a.m. Entry fees are $35 for the 5K by Nov. 14, $40 afterward; and $15 for the Family Fun Run. Proceeds will go to Kids First, Inc.

NOV. 30 Wreath fundraiser The Chowan County 4-H will host a wreath and garland fundraiser. Available for pickup in different sizes are Fraser fir wreaths, Fraser fir/white pine wreaths, boxwood wreaths, Christmas stars and white pine garland. All greenery comes from Pardue Farms in Alleghany County. Contact: Chowan County 4-H at 252-482-6585.

Museum of the Albemarle will host a Gingerbread House workshop at the museum in Elizabeth City from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees will design a ginger bread house decorated with Grinch-like candies reflecting the museum’s Christmas decorations for Who-Seusmville. Contact: Lori Meads at 252-335-1453.

Christmas ArtWalk Downtown Elizabeth City will host its First Friday Christmas ArtWalk from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Artists and their works will be featured at downtown businesses and other venues. Event also features live music.

Lighted Boat Parade The Pasquotank River Yacht Club will host its Lighted Boat Parade on the Pasquotank River at 7 p.m. Attendees can watch the parade of boats decked out in Christmas lights from Mariners' Wharf Park, Mariners' Wharf, Waterfront Park or Mothboat Park.

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Grand Illumination The town of Hertford’s Grand Illumination will be held at 6 p.m. in front of the Perquimans County Courthouse. The town’s marquee Christmas holiday event includes illumination of downtown Hertford, live entertainment and visits with Santa.

Currituck Tree Lighting The Currituck Tree Lightening and Christmas Parade will be held at the Currituck Cooperative Extension building in Barco. The tree lighting is at 6 p.m. and the parade at 7 p.m.

DEC. 4 Christmas kickoff A Christmas Kickoff Weekend in Perquimans will be held at the Perquimans Recreation Department at 310 Granby St., Hertford, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event will feature a 5K Rhythm Run, craft bazaar, kids activities and food trucks. Contact: Amy Tinsley at 312-2595 or Stacey Layden at 910-409-8021.

Christmas parade The annual Hertford Christmas Parade will also be held in downtown Hertford at 2 p.m.

Kick-Off to Christmas Edenton and Chowan County will host the annual KickOff to Christmas event starting with food trucks at Colonial Park and the "Polar Express Experience" aboard Edenton's historic trolley at 3 p.m. A Christmas tree-lighting ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. followed by a Santa meet-and-greet with kids at 6 p.m. The annual parade of boats and ships decorated in holiday lights on Edenton Bay will follow at 6:15 p.m.

Christmas at Who-Seumville Museum of the Albemarle will host its Chrismas at Who-Seumville from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event will feature the Tiny Tot Christmas Train from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; screenings of the film "The Polar Express" at 10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.; pony rides (for $3) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; carriage rides (for $5) from noon to 4 p.m.; and Santa visit from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Christmas parade The Elizabeth City Christmas Parade will get underway at 5:30 p.m. The parade will line up on Westover Street, turn right onto Ehringhaus Street, proceed to Road Street and turn left, then right onto to Main Street. After passing downtown, the parade will turn right on Water Street and end after passing Waterfront Park.

DEC. 5 Albemarle Chorale The Albemarle Chorale will perform its annual Christmas concert at Edenton United Methodist Church on Virginia Road at 4 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

DEC. 9 'Best Christmas Pageant' College of The Albemarle's Performing Arts Center will present performances of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at the PAC in Elizabeth City Thursday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m.; Friday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. For ticket information, contact 335-9050.

DEC. 10 Candlelight Tour The Historic Edenton Commission's Christmas Candlelight Tour of Edenton's historic homes decorated for Christmas will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10-11. Tours will depart the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center at 505 S. Broad Street between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. both days.

DEC. 11 Christmas parade The Edenton-Chowan Christmas Parade will start at 10 a.m. Parade participants will rumble and march the one-mile length of Broad Street to the town's waterfront. Anyone wishing to enter the parade should contact the Chamber of Commerce to register.

South Mills parade The South Mills Fire Department’s annual Christmas Parade will be held at 11 a.m. The parade route starts on Main Street at the drawbridge and ends at Paradise Family Grocery.

B&B open houses Elizabeth City Bed & Breakfasts will host free Christmas open houses from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Inns participating include the Culpepper Inn at 609 West Main Street; the Blue Ruby at the Grice-Fearing House Bed & Breakfast at 200 South Road Street; the Philemon House at 613 Maple Street; the Foreman House Bed & Breakfast at 311 West Church Street; the Pepperbery Inn at 313 West Main Street; and the Richardson-Pool-Glover House at 301 Culpepper Street.

The Albemarle Chorale will perform its annual Christmas concert at Edenton United Methodist Church on Virgi nia Road Sunday, Dec. 5, and at First United Methodist Chur Elizabeth City on Sunday, Dec. ch in 12. Both free concerts are at 4 p.m. Submitted photo


DEC. 12 Albemarle Chorale The Albemarle Chorale will perform its second Christmas concert at First United Methodist Church in Elizabeth City at 4 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

DEC. 16 Colonial Christmas The Perquimans Restoration Association will host a Colonial Christmas Open House event at the Newbold-White House from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. PAL volunteers make assorted food items, including desserts, to serve during the free event. Mulled cider, coffee and tea are also served. Past open houses have also featured carol singing and a Yule Log fire outdoors. Elizabeth City will start from & 1 Mile Family Fun Run in at 8 a.m. The annual Turkey Trot 5K beginning with registration 27, Nov. rday, Satu City Waterfront Park in Elizabeth The Daily Advance

DEC. 31 The Divas! Arts of the Albemarle will host "The Divas!," a performance by several local singers performing rock, jazz and show tunes, at 516 East Main St., Elizabeth City, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Contact: (252) 338-6455

O Holy Night! Three gospel choirs will perform holiday music at Arts of the Albemarle's Maguire Theatre at 516 East Main St., Elizabeth City, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18. Contact (252) 338-6455.

New Year's Eve party Arts of the Albemarle will host a New Year's Eve Party starting at 9 p.m. Event will include dance music, champagne and hors d'oeuvres. Cost is $35. Contact: (252) 338-6455.

Happy Holidays!

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