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March 6th, 2017

Island Time

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

After a stretch of spring-like weather, cold temperatures have returned to Chincoteague Island.  Temperatures are expected to climb back above 60 by mid-week!

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.

2017 Foals

The first foal of 2017 has been born on Assateague Island, VA!  She is a Chestnut Pinto Filly, and was first seen by Darcy Cole of DSC Photography on Sunday (3/5/17).

For you Chincoteague Pony enthusiasts (who know them all by name) the proud parents are Anne Bonny and Legacy.

A running list of new foals as they are born will be posted here.

First foal of 2017

First foal of 2017 – Photo Credit: DSC Photography

First foal of 2017

First foal of 2017 – Photo Credit: DSC Photography

Upcoming Events

March 5 – March 26, 2017
Chincoteague Community Art Show

Community Art Show, Sundays 3-5pm, from March 5th to March 26th, 2017. For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/.
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: CCA Headquarters, 6309 Church St
Sponsor: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance

March 8, 2017
Beginner’s Quilting – Piecing a Rail Fence Crib Quilt Top

This is a fun, easy beginner’s quilt. Learn how to square up and rotary cut fabric, sew strip sets using a 1/4″ seam, cut strip sets to resew into blocks and press seams properly. Join us for a morning of fun while I walk you through the steps to piece together this charming crib quilt top. Cost: $45 For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/adult–youth-classes.html.
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: CCA Headquarters, 6309 Church St
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 (Wallops Island, VA 23337 )
Sponsor: NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center

March 10, 2017
Wallops Homeschool Science Series

Solar System, First 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: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center (Wallops Island, VA 23337 )
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)

March 11, 2017
Mega Breakfast Buffet

The Chincoteague American Legion Post will be serving a Mega Breakfast Buffet from 8 to 10 AM. For more details: Visit www.chincoteaguelegion159.org/site/eventscalendar.php?y=2016&m=15#listing1736.
Time: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: Chincoteague American Legion Post
Sponsor: Chincoteague American Legion Post

* 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

New Restaurant

The Jackspot will reopen as Ropewalk this Spring.  The Ropewalk is an open-air waterfront chain restaurant, with with locations in both Delaware and Maryland.  Planned upgrades include the addition of sliding doors for an open-air dining experience, a barge bar on the water, a playground, cornhole boards and a fire pit.  They are aiming to open Ropewalk, Chincoteague, in late April.

New Campground

The former “Maddox Campground” will reopen as “Chincoteague Island KOA” on Memorial Day.

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 Bay Field Station Employment Opportunities

http://www.cbfieldstation.org/employment.html

Chincoteague In The News

16 Things We Love About Chincoteague Island – by Country Living, March 2, 2017

The 20 Most Magical Island Getaways in America – by Country Living, March 2, 2017

Check out this cool video about Chincoteague Seafood, posted to Giant Food’s Facebook page on March 2, 2017.

Business Spotlight

“Tide and Thyme” Food Blogger, Chincoteague’s very own Laura Davis.  Laura was recently featured on “Delmarva Life” by our regional CBS affiliate WBOC.

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: No earlier than May 2, 2017
Time: 4 a.m. EDT
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.