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March 20th, 2017

Island Time

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

Happy first day of 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.

Chincoteague Sunset - 3/20/2017

Chincoteague Sunset – 3/20/2017

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 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 Days

The Chincoteague Museum is partnering with the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance (CCA), the Chincoteauge Island Arts Organization (CIAO), Chincoteauge 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 “Remembering Assateague Village”. This collaboration highlights the Museum’s current exhibit, “When Assateague was Home”. The exhibit has been expanded and the various Island organizations have come together to create a weekend full of events to celebrate, and educate people about, Assateague Village and its people. Please check the Museum website (link below) for details about specific events and times. For more details: Visit chincoteaguemuseum.com/programs.
Location: Various Locations (click below for details)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Museum

March 24, 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, Never On Sunday (1966), is sponsored by Spiro/Margaret Papadopoulos. For more details: Visit chincoteagueislandarts.org.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Island Theatre (4074 Main Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Island Arts Organization (CIAO)

March 25, 2017
The GLOBE Observer Citizen Science App: Clouds

Want to be a citizen Earth scientist? Download the GLOBE Observer app and join us to learn how to record sky observations, identify cloud types, and compare them to NASA Satellite images to help scientists understand the sky from above and below. This program will be presented by NASA Wallops Flight Facility’s Brian Campbell, Senior Earth Science Education and Communication Specialist. This program is free and open to all ages! For more details: Visit www.nasa.gov/content/wallops-visitor-center/special-events.
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center (Chincoteague Road Wallops Island, VA 23337 )
Sponsor: NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center

March 25, 2017
Chincoteague Story Telling Guild

Refreshments at 6:30pm and Story Telling starts at 7pm at the Chincoteague Island Library, 4077 Main St. Free admission. The Chincoteague Storytelling Guild is a partnership of the Chincoteague Island Library, the Museum of Chincoteague Island, and the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance (CCA). CCA continues to work with the Virginia Storytelling Alliance to advance the art of storytelling in all its forms. For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/chincoteague-storytelling-guild.html.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Chincoteague Island Library (4077 Main Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance

March 27, 2017
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.
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: CCA Community Center for the Arts (6309 Church Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance

March 28, 2017
Poetry “Crash Course”

Do you rap or wrap? Do you haiku? Do you? Are your struggles epic? Do you rhyme to pass the time? Are you a closet sonneteer? Or is open form your norm? Then you should think about CCA’s “Poetry Crash Course”! Taught by a poet for poets, poet wannabes, and just folks! Cost: $20 For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/adult–youth-classes.html.
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: CCA Headquarters, 6309 Church St
Sponsor: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance

March 30, 2017
Autobiography “Crash Course”

Who was your best friend in first grade? Do you still talk? What do your children need to know about your grandfather. Is the old neighborhood still there? Still the same? What do you remember? Who do you remember? Isn’t it time you write all this down or get it on tape? This stuff is important! Think about CCA’s autobiography Crash Course “Let Me Tell You Something About Myself.” You owe it to yourself, your children, and the grand-kids! Cost: $20 For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/adult–youth-classes.html.
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: CCA Headquarters, 6309 Church St
Sponsor: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance

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

Mark Your Calendar

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

Two baby eagles on the nest at the Refuge! The live feed isn’t online, but you can stop by the visitor center to watch the nest footage in person!

Two foals have been born on Assateague so far this year

Foal #1

Foal #1 – Photo Credit: DSC Photography

Foal #2

Foal #2 – Photo Credit: DSC Photography

Spring Pony Roundup Info from Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company (CVFC) and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge will welcome visitors to view the Spring Roundup at the South Pony Corral on the evening of Friday, April 7 and the morning of Saturday, April 8. Please enjoy this opportunity to view the ponies while observing safety precautions posted by the CVFC. As a safety precaution, the Service Road will be closed Saturday April 8 at D-dike to all visitors until roundup activities are completed in the afternoon.

SECOND BUS ADDED FOR SPRING POST ROUNDUP TREK

THE CNHA WILL ADD A SECOND BUS LEAVING THE BATEMAN CENTER AT 2:30 PM ON SATURDAY APRIL 8. A MINIMUM OF 20 TICKETS MUST BE SOLD FOR THIS TREK IN ORDER TO ROLL THE BUS. MINIMUM MUST BE MET BY APRIL 1. TICKETS ARE $25.00 EACH AND MAY BE RESERVED USING VISA, MASTERCARD, OR DISCOVER, BY CALLING 757-336-3696. IF MINIMUM NUMBER OF TICKETS IS NOT SOLD BY APRIL 1, ALL TICKETS FOR THIS TREK WILL BE REFUNDED. THIS TREK IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN AGES 8AND UNDER.

Town of Chincoteague received a $1.5 million grant from CNWR

The Town of Chincoteague has received a $1.5 million grant from the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge to develop a multi-use trail along Maddox Boulevard and additional side streets in order to improve public safety and ease of access to the preserve.

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

Business Spotlight

Teaguer’s Tump Tours

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Local history, legends and lore! Learn about our heritage, our industries long gone and our colorful characters. Tours are led by a multi-generational Teaguer. Ride in the comfort of a passenger van. You will have opportunities to ask plenty of questions. See places you’ve never been and learn about events that you never knew. Daily land tours Monday through Saturday. Reservations required.

Click here for more information.

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.