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Information to help you maximize your Chincoteague Island experience!


February 13th, 2017

Island Time

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

We hope that you’re planning on visiting Chincoteague this year. Visit our website, www.chincoteague.com, for everything you need to plan your Chincoteague Island vacation.

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Upcoming Events

February 15, 2017
“Our Best Friends” Photo Contest

CCA is part of WaggaPalooza, a fun event to raise money for an Island Dog Park. You can help by entering CCA’s “Our Best Friends” Photo Contest. Enter and YOU MAY WIN a painting or photographic portrait of your pet or gift certificates from popular Island businesses. Submit photos of your dog–or any dog–by February 15. The photos may have been taken anywhere anytime. The entry fee of $10 per photo will go to creating the dog park.All photo entries will be on display at WaggaPalooza at the Chincoteague Community Center on February 25th. Hope to see you there! For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/dog-photo-contest.html.
Sponsor: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance

February 15 – February 17, 2017
Winter Coastal Ecology Homeschool Program

Welcome to our winter coastal wonderland! Learn about winter consetellations and winter tree I.D. Warm yourself by a campfire and listen to stories while you roast marshmellows. Migrating birds abound and sandy beaches yield a bounty of shells. Come explore the shore during this special time of year. This program is open to all ages but is geared towards 8 to 14 year olds. For more details: Visit www.cbfieldstation.org/winter-coastal-ecology.html.
Location: Chincoteague Bay Field Station (34001 Mill Dam Road, Wallops Island, VA 23337)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Bay Field Station

February 16, 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 16, 2017
Decadent Desserts Fundraiser

Enjoy Fabulous Sweets with Wine & Good Company at the home of baker extraordinare Fred Scholer. Proceeds will benefit Chincoteague Cultural Alliance. Tickets are $20 and are available at H&H Pharmacy and Sundial Books (cash or checks only) and online. Only 40 tickets available so purchase yours early. For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/.
Time: 7:00 PM
Sponsor: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance

February 17, 2017
Steamed Shrimp & Clams Dinner

Steamed Shrimp & Clams Dinner. 5pm-7pm. At the Chincoteague American Legion, Post 159, 4023 Main Street. Carry out available after 6:30, supplies permitting. For more details: Visit www.chincoteaguelegion159.org/site/eventscalendar.php?y=2016&m=10#listing1713.
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Chincoteague American Legion (4023 Main Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague American Legion, Post 159

February 17, 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, The Birds (1963), is sponsored by Hollyhocks. For more details: Visit chincoteagueislandarts.org.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Island Theatre (4074 Main Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Island Arts Organization (CIAO)

February 17 – February 18, 2017
Death By Chocolate

A 2-DAY EVENT THIS YEAR! 4:00-8:00pm on Friday, Feb. 17 and 10:00-4:00 on Saturday, Feb. 18. Journey from business to business with a playing card and answer a question or get a business card from each participating merchant. Eat chocolate along your journey! Stay for the prize drawing at the Island Theater on Saturday and have fun exploring all Main Street has to offer — MAKE A WEEKEND OF IT — we hope to see you! Questions? Give Ruthann or Donna a call at (757)336-3434 for the participating businesses and info. For more details: Call (757)336-3434. Visit www.chincoteaguemerchants.com/our-events.html.
Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Participating Merchants on Main Street
Sponsor: Historic Main Street Merchants of Chincoteague

February 18, 2017
Winter Play “The Curious Savage”

“The Curious Savage” – The Chincoteague Island Theatre Company presents the 1950 comedy by John Patrick about a wealthy elderly woman who is put into a psychiatric hospital by her stepchildren. Directed by Lexi Hubb. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets go on sale January 20 for $10 each. Fairfied Inn and Suites is offering a “Stay and Play” package pairing a hotel stay with tickets to the show. For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/theatre.html.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: CCA Community Center for the Arts (6309 Church Street)
Sponsor: The Chincoteague Island Theatre Company

February 19, 2017
Winter Play “The Curious Savage”

“The Curious Savage” – The Chincoteague Island Theatre Company presents the 1950 comedy by John Patrick about a wealthy elderly woman who is put into a psychiatric hospital by her stepchildren. Directed by Lexi Hubb. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets go on sale January 20 for $10 each. Fairfied Inn and Suites is offering a “Stay and Play” package pairing a hotel stay with tickets to the show. For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/theatre.html.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: CCA Community Center for the Arts (6309 Church Street)
Sponsor: The Chincoteague Island Theatre Company

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

Mark Your Calendar

February 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 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.

April 21 – 30
Captain Steve’s Flounder Tournament stevesbaitandtackle.com

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

New Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Facebook Page

The Town of Chincoteague launched a new Facebook page for the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  When the EOC is active, the public will be informed about important public information, updates and news releases that deals with the safety of the citizens and visitors of Chincoteauge Island on this new Facebook Page.  You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/civaeoc/

Three Eagle Eggs Laid on Assagteague Island

Three eggs are on the eagle nest.  Expected hatch dates are March 7th, 10th, and 13th.  The nest camera isn’t online, but you can view it in person at the Refuge Visitor Center from 9am – 4pm any day!

Bone Marrow Drive for Brianna Merritt
In honor of our very own Brianna Merritt, Chincoteague is holding a community bone marrow drive. Saturday, March 4th from noon to 4:00pm at the Chincoteague Center.

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 events 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

Business Spotlight

Chincoteague’s Island Resort Inn was recently named one of the “15 Best Romantic (Weekend) Getaways in Virginia”!  Check out the article here: https://www.thecrazytourist.com/15-best-romantic-weekend-getaways-virginia/

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Visit their web site: www.islandresortinn.com

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.