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Information to help you maximize your Chincoteague Island experience!


March 13th, 2017

Island Time

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

Currently we have clear, sunny skies and cold air on Chincoteague Island.  A Coastal Storm is expected to arrive this evening, bringing high winds, rain, and maybe even a little snow.  Heavy snow is expected for our friends in the North, please be safe!

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.

Sunset on the Chincoteague Bay 3/12/2017

Sunset on the Chincoteague Bay 3/12/2017

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 15, 2017
Beginner’s Quilting – Quilting the Quilt

Enjoy a jammed-packed class of techniques to turn a small quilt top into a finished quilt. You will learn how to baste a quilt, tie or straight machine stitch the quilt layers together and how to bind your finished quilt. There will also be a demonstration of free-motion machine quilting and discuss labeling your finished quilt. 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 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

March 17, 2017
Steamed Shrimp and Clams

The American Legion will be serving Steamed Shrimp and Clams from 5-7 PM. Carry out available after 6:30, supplies permitting. For more details: Visit www.chincoteaguelegion159.org/site/eventscalendar.php?y=2016&m=15#listing1736.
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Chincoteague American Legion Post
Sponsor: Chincoteague American Legion Post

March 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 Bells of St. Marys (1945), is sponsored by Tom/Maribeth Lane. For more details: Visit chincoteagueislandarts.org.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Island Theatre (4074 Main Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Island Arts Organization (CIAO)

March 18, 2017
Island Coffeehouse

Each month, the Island Coffeehouse presents a variety of arts in a listening room environment. Enjoy performances by acoustic musicians and spoken word artists, view some visual art, and savor food and drinks in a convivial atmosphere. Doors open 6:30 pm; Performances begin 7:00pm. Fee: $5; $3 for students aged 22 and under. For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/coffeehouse.htmlytelling-guild.html.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance (6309 Church Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance

March 18, 2017
In Search of Shamrocks

Join the Main Street Merchants in March in celebrating this event and spring with a day full of fun and prizes, searching for shamrocks up and down Main Street Chincoteague. Don’t forget to wear your green! For more info, please contact Laurie Walton (484)995-6001.
Sponsor: Historic Main Street Merchants of Chincoteague

March 23, 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 24 – March 26, 2017
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/.
Sponsor: Museum of Chincoteague Island

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

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

Two Baby Eagles born on Assateague

The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge has announced that two of three Eagle eggs have hatched.  In the video below you can just make out the newly hatched eaglet getting food from the parent. The live feed isn’t online, but you can stop by the visitor center to watch the nest footage in person!

Waterpark Update

On March 6, 2017 in a 5-1 vote the Chincoteague Town Council approved a conditional use permit allowing the construction of a water park at Maddox Campground.

Over Sand Vehicle (OSV) zone changes…

On March 15, the Hook OSV zone closes & North OSV zone opens.  OSV permit required.

More info about the North OSV zone: https://www.nps.gov/asis/planyourvisit/upload/OSV-NorthZone2016web.pdf

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.

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.

The Best Western Chincoteague Island is look for a night auditor

Click here for more information

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

Buyback Ponies will soon return to Assateague

Here is a quick video taken 3/12/2017, of the Buyback Ponies at the Carnival Grounds. They will be released back into the wild on Assateague during Spring roundup April 7-8. The entire heard on Assateague will be rounded up during that time for vet checks.

Learn about the ‘Buyback’ ponies here: http://www.chincoteague.com/blog/?p=228

More about the Spring Pony Roundup here: http://www.chincoteague.com/blog/?p=46

Business Spotlight

The Village Restaurant

Newly remodeled and reopened!  Check out their web site.

The Village Restaurant Seafood Platter

The Village Restaurant Seafood Platter

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.