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March 26th, 2017

Island Time

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

It was a beautiful weekend on Chincoteague Island!  There was a noticeable increase in the number of visitors to the Island.

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, 3/24/2017

Upcoming Events

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

March 30, 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 31, 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, Mary Poppins (1964), is sponsored by Angel Chatter. For more details: Visit chincoteagueislandarts.org.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Island Theatre (4074 Main Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Island Arts Organization (CIAO)

April 1, 2017
Save the Eggs!: Space-themed Egg Hunt and Egg Engineering Challenge

At the Save the Eggs! event, participants will have the opportunity to collect space-themed eggs and prizes during an eggs hunt, create an eggstronaut for an egg drop challenge, and participate in egg science demonstrations, egg rocket races, solar system toss, egg-spoon catapult and more! For more details: Visit www.nasa.gov/content/wallops-visitor-center/special-events.
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center (Chincoteague Road Wallops Island)
Sponsor: NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center

April 1, 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

April 6, 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

April 7, 2017
Wallops Homeschool Science Series

Weather, Second Session – Why does it rain? What causes thunder? Explore these and other wonderful weather mysteries! 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: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center (Chincoteague Road Wallops Island)
Sponsor: NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center

April 7, 2017
Wallops Homeschool Science Series

Weather – Why does it rain? What causes thunder? Explore these and other wonderful weather mysteries! 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: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center (Chincoteague Road Wallops Island)
Sponsor: NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center

April 7, 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, Little Big Man (1970), is sponsored by David/Lue Landsberger. For more details: Visit chincoteagueislandarts.org.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Island Theatre (4074 Main Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Island Arts Organization (CIAO)

April 7 – April 8, 2017
Spring Pony Round-up

The Ponies on Assateague will be rounded up for an overall health check by a Veterinarian. On Friday afternoon (around 4pm) the Saltwater Cowboys will round up the south herd into the southern corral. The southern corral is located along the road that goes out to the beach. Saturday morning (around 7am) the Saltwater Cowboys will round up the north herd into the northern corral. The northern corral is only accessible by walking or biking up the Service Road on Assateague. For more details: Visit www.chincoteague.com/blog/?p=46.
Location: Assateague Island
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company

* 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

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.

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.

CNHA is seeking part time workers

CNHA is seeking applications to work part time in the CNHA Bookstore or the Assateague Lighthouse from April-September. Position is part time up to 30 hours per week, weekend and holiday work is required. Retail cash register experience is preferred but will train. Bookstore duties include stocking shelves, assisting customers, answering visitor inquiries in person and on the phone, taking reservations for bus treks. Lighthouse position requires strong visitor service and communication skills. knowledge of the areas history is a plus. Ideal for semi retired or college students seeking part time summer work. NO PHONE CALLS. Applications may be obtained in person at the Chincoteague Natural History Association Sales Desk located in the Herbert H. Bateman Educational & Administrative Center on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, 8231 Beach Road, Chincoteague, VA 23336.

Business Spotlight

Congratulations to Sundial Books for being named in Best of Virginia’s 10 Best Bookstores in Virginia 2017!

Read more here.

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Chincoteague In the News

Check out #3!

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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

Next Antares Launch

Orbital ATK’s Antares team at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility is making great progress on the company’s eighth Cargo Resupply Mission (known as OA-8) to the International Space Station. The team plans to have Antares fully integrated and ready for the Cygnus payload by May.

Read more here.

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Pad 0A is ready to support missions from Antares home port in Wallops Island, Virginia. Photo courtesy of Virginia Space

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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.