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February 27th, 2017

Island Time

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

Like many visitors to the Island, we’ve been soaking up the spring-like weather and trying to take full advantage of it!  We’ve seen many of you on the beach, on the bike trails, around town, and even eating ice-cream.  Come on Spring!

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.

Upcoming Events

March 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

March 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, The Russians Are Coming (1966), is sponsored by David Johnson/Lisa Cannon. For more details: Visit chincoteagueislandarts.org.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Island Theatre (4074 Main Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Island Arts Organization (CIAO)

March 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

March 8, 2017
Annual Senior Luncheon

Open to all Chincoteague Seniors. For more information, call 757-336-3155. For more details: Call 757-336-3155.
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Don’s Seafood Restaurant
Sponsor: Chincoteague Police Department

March 9, 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

March 10, 2017
Wallops Homeschool Science Series

Solar System, Second Session – Which planet is closest to earth? Would you weigh more on Jupiter or Mars? Learn these answers and more as we discover our solar system! Homeschool students ages 5-15 are invited to explore the world of science through free, interactive, NASA supported lessons! For more details: Call 757-824-1344. Email amy.l.barra@nasa.gov. Visit www.eventbrite.com/o/nasa-wallops-flight-facility-visitor-center-12685329043.
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center (Chincoteague Road Wallops Island)
Sponsor: NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center

March 10, 2017
Wallops Homeschool Science Series

Solar System – Which planet is closest to earth? Would you weigh more on Jupiter or Mars? Learn these answers and more as we discover our solar system! Homeschool students ages 5-15 are invited to explore the world of science through free, interactive, NASA supported lessons! For more details: Call 757-824-1344. Email amy.l.barra@nasa.gov. Visit www.eventbrite.com/o/nasa-wallops-flight-facility-visitor-center-12685329043.
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center (Chincoteague Road Wallops Island)
Sponsor: NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center

March 10, 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, Bettlejuice (1988), is sponsored by Pat Farley. For more details: Visit chincoteagueislandarts.org.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Island Theatre (4074 Main Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Island Arts Organization (CIAO)

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

Chincoteague Sunset - February 23, 2017

Chincoteague Sunset – February 23, 2017

Mark Your Calendar

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

March 24 – 26
Heritage Weekend. The Museum of Chincoteague is partnering with the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance (CCA), the Chincoteague Island Arts Organization (CIAO), Chincoteague Island Library, the Chincoteague Natural History Association, Assateague National Seashore, and the Virginia Barrier Islands Center to celebrate Heritage Days. The theme this year for the Museum’s opening weekend and the surrounding events is “When Assateague was Home”. This collaboration highlights the Museum’s current exhibit which features personal memories, photographs, and artifacts relating to Assateague Village from the 19th and 20th centuries.. For more details: Visit Click Here.

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

Bone Marrow Drive in honor of 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 was held February 25th at The Chincoteague Center (6155 Community Drive).

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
A Public Hearing about the water park will be held on March 6th.  For more details, Click Here

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.

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

Chincoteague In The News

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

MSN Lifestyle’s article “Island Vacations You Can Take Without Leaving the Country”Click Here

Business Spotlight

Chincoteague’s Bill’s Prime Steaks and Seafood was recently named a top brunch spot in the State of Virginia!  Check out the article here.

Visit their web site: www.billsseafoodrestaurant.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-lau

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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.