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January 29th, 2017

This Week on Island Time

Your guide to what’s happening on Island Time… Chincoteague Island Time!

Even in the winter Chincoteague Island is a great place to visit!  Many of the local businesses are still open.  There are no crowds or mosquitoes to deal with!  It’s a great time of year to walk along the beach on a brisk, sunny day and pick up sea shells and driftwood. And Chincoteague Sunsets are still amazing in the winter!

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Sunset photo from South Main Street, Chincoteague. January 26, 20017

Upcoming Events

January 30, 2017
Bingo for Seniors

As a nod to the CCA building’s former life as the Chincoteague Senior Center, we are bringing back Bingo. All are welcome but we are especially encouraging Seniors to come out and enjoy each other’s company. Bingo begins Monday, January 30 and takes place the last Monday of each month – 1:00 – 3:00pm. Games are $.25 each. Play for prizes from local restaurants and shops. For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/.
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance Headquarters (6309 Church Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance

February 2, 2017
Tales 4 Tots

Preschool stories, songs, and crafts for children from two to five years of age. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free & open to all. No registration required. Note that Tales 4 Tots will be canceled if Accomack County Public Schools are closed or have a delayed opening.
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Chincoteague Island Library (4077 Main Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Island Library

February 3, 2017
2017 Classic Film Series

A different classic film is shown at the Island Theatre (4074 Main Street) every Friday evening at 7pm, January through May. Admission is $5. This week’s classic film selection, Sunset Boulevard (1950) , is sponsored by Bad Choices Media. For more details: Visit chincoteagueislandarts.org.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Island Theatre (4074 Main Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Island Arts Organization (CIAO)

February 4, 2017
Free Kids Art Class

All supplies provided. Young kids please bring an adult. Taught by CCA artist volunteers. For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/free-kids-art-class.html.
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance (6309 Church Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance

February 5, 2017
Watercolor Class

Learn to paint snowfall on the refuge using a special kind of salt. Suitable for beginners. Cost is $35 and includes all materials. Contact Daniel Thomas to reserve your spot at 757-336-6222. For more details: Call 757-336-6222. Email danielpthomas@gmail.com.
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Chincoteague Island YMCA

* For a full listing of Upcoming Events please visit www.chincoteague.com/events.html

Mark Your Calendar

February 10, 11, 18, 19
Chincoteague Island Theatre Company Winter Play “The Curious Savage”.  Tickets are on sale now for $10 each, available at H&H Pharmacy, Sundial Books, and at the CCA web site.

February 11
Chincoteague Bay Field Station’s Nature Lovers Dinner and Trivia  at 6pm. www.cbfieldstation.org/nature-lovers-dinner.html

February 17 – February 18
Death By Chocolate. www.chincoteaguemerchants.com/our-events.html

March 18
In Search of Shamrocks. www.chincoteaguemerchants.com/our-events.html

March 24 – 26
Heritage Weekend.  This year’s Heritage Weekend theme is “Remembering the Assateague Village” it is an island wide event with things happening at various location. More info to come. For more details: Visit chincoteaguemuseum.com/.

April 7 & 8
Spring Pony Roundup. For more info visit www.chincoteague.com/blog/?p=46 

April 14 – 15
Easter Decoy and Art Festival.

April 15
Opening day of the Chincoteague Island Farmers and Artisans Market from 9am – 1pm.

May 6
49th Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival at 10am.

May 13
Opening day of the The Artful Flea Market from 9am – 2pm.

June 21
Chincoteague Island Library Sunset Cruise Fundraiser at 6 p.m. aboard the Martha Lou with Captain Carlton Leonard.  Donation:  $40 per person.  Refreshments included.  Tickets available now at the Library.  Reserve early—tickets sold out last year!

2017 Carnival Dates
June 23, 24, 30, July 1 (Fireworks at 10:00 PM), 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26 (Pony Swim, time to be announced), 27 (Pony Auction 8:00 AM), 28, and 29.

July 1
Independence Day Fireworks Celebration at 10 pm.

July 21 – July 23
Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival.

July 26
2017 Pony Swim (the swim time will be announced at the Carnival).  For more info go to the Pony Swim Guide at  www.chincoteague.com/pony_swim_guide.html

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News & Announcements

Black Narrows Brewing Company receives grant

Congratulations to Josh, Jenna, Bob, Wendy, and Katie at Black Narrows Brewing for their $11,000 grant from the State of Virginia’s Department of Agriculture.  Black Narrows Brewing Company has committed to sourcing up to 70% of their ingredients from local Virginia farms.  They are gearing up for opening in 2017 in the former shucking house of Little Bay Seafood Company on Chincoteague Island.  Black Narrows Brewing Company will be the first craft brewery on the Eastern Shore of Virginia!

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Chincoteague Dog Park
Planning and fundraising activities have begun to support the creation of a Chincoteague Dog Park.  A “WaggaPalooza” fundraiser will be held February 25th at The Chincoteague Center (6155 Community Drive).  Check our event calendar for details.

Tales for Tots
The Chincoteague Island Library is hosting “Tales for Tots” every Thursday at 10 a.m. through May 25, 2017 (unless Accomack County Schools are closed or have a delayed opening).  Preschool stories, songs, and crafts for children from two to five years of age.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Free & open to all.  No registration required.

Waterpark Update
In a 3-2 vote Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, the Town Planning Commission approved passing a recommendation to the town council that the park obtain a conditional use permit from the town.  Commissioners voted to limit their height to 36 feet, which is congruent with the town’s zoning ordinance. Commissioners requested that developers build an additional 50 parking spaces on top of the proposed 156 at the waterpark. A Public Hearing about the water park will be held on March 6th.

When Assateague was Home
The Museum of Chincoteague Island is extending and expanding its exhibit “When Assateague was Home”. All are welcome to view the updated exhibit when the Museum reopens in late March. The exhibit features personal memories, photographs, and artifacts relating to Assateague Village from the 19th and 20th centuries. The Museum is urgently asking anyone who has stories, memories, and/or artifacts (to loan or photograph) relating to Assateague Village to please contact us. If you’re willing to share a memory, the Museum will set up an interview with you. Please contact the Museum at (757) 336-6117 or museumofci@gmail.com

Bingo for Seniors
The Chincoteague Cultural Alliance is starting Bingo for Seniors! Come out and enjoy an afternoon of fun and socializing. Games are only $.25 each. Win prizes from local restaurants and shops. Last Monday of each month, 1:00 – 3:00pm. For more details visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/bingo-for-seniors.html.

Manna Café
EVERY Monday the Manna Café serves FREE hot lunch to people who live in the Chincoteague community.  The lunch is served in the Social Hall at Christ United Methodist Church (6253 Church Street) from 11am until 1pm.

12 Great Places to Go In 2017
Chincoteague Island made Money Magazine’s list of “12 Great Places to Go In 2017 – and How to Do Them on a Budget” – Click here to read the article

Spring Break & Summer Camps
Spring Break & Summer Camps are now open for 2017 at Chincoteague Bay Field Station. Learn more at: www.cbfieldstation.org/youth-camps

New Town Manager
Town of Chincoteague is seeking a new Town Manager. More information and application can be found on the Town’s Website.  chincoteague-va.gov/

Business Spotlight

This week’s Business Spotlight is Chincoteague’s newest hotel, the Marina Bay Hotel & Suites.  A unique, boutique hotel with a Chincoteague Island theme, inspired by the beauty and culture of Chincoteague Island and Coastal Virginia! The hotel features 76 thoughtfully designed rooms with distinct water views, free high speed internet, outdoor pool, tiki bar, fire pits and boat slips. They also offer a complimentary deluxe gourmet breakfast every morning and a private marina.

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The newly opened Marina Bay Hotel & Suites

Next Rocket Launch from Wallops Island

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Sounding rocket tech development
This will be a test of a technology development for the deployment of payload components in support of future sounding rocket missions.
Date: April 13 – 27, 2017
Time: TBD
Rocket Type: Suborbital

For information about viewing rocket launches from Wallops Island visit www.chincoteague.com/viewing-rocket-launches.html

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Sara Daisey authors the Chincoteague.com Blog. She resides on Chincoteague Island with her husband Ted and three children, Garrett, Morgan, and Jenna.