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April 21st, 2017

Island Time

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

Today is perhaps the warmest day this year on Chincoteague Island, about 80 degrees and sunny!  Spring is in full swing and there is a lot happening on the Island.  Keep reading for everything you need to know!

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

April 21 – April 30, 2017
Captain Steve’s Flounder Tournament

Captain Steve’s Annual Spring Flounder Tournament will be held for 10 days April 21st – April 30th. With our pig roast and get together on April 27th. So mark your calendars. The first 50 people to sign-up will get Captains Bags. Tournament Prizes include: 1st – $1000, 2nd – $500, 3rd – $300, 4th – $250, 5th – $250 Costa Sunglasses, 6th – $200 Penn Gold Combo, 7th – $100 Capt. Steve’s GC, 8th – $100 GC to Famous Pizza, 9th – $100 GC to Marias, 10th – $100 GC TO Steamers. For more details: Visit stevesbaitandtackle.com.
Sponsor: Captain Steve’s Bait and Tackle

April 21, 2017
Steamed Shrimp & Clams Dinner

Steamed Shrimp & Clams Dinner. 5pm-7pm. At the Chincoteague American Legion, Post 159, 4023 Main Street. Carry out available after 6:30, supplies permitting. For more details: Visit www.chincoteaguelegion159.org/site/eventscalendar.php?y=2016&m=10#listing1713.
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Chincoteague American Legion (4023 Main Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague American Legion, Post 159

April 21, 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, Blow Up (1966), is sponsored by Miss Mollys Island Manor House. For more details: Visit chincoteagueislandarts.org.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Island Theatre (4074 Main Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Island Arts Organization (CIAO)

April 22, 2017
Earth Right Now, Our Changing Planet

Learn about our home planet, what NASA scientists are discovering and how you can play a role in these investigations. For more details: Visit www.nasa.gov/content/wallops-visitor-center/public-programs.
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: NASA Visitor Center (Route 175)
Sponsor: NASA Visitor Center

April 22, 2017
Earth Day Craft

Create art with natural materials found on Earth. For more details: Visit www.nasa.gov/content/wallops-visitor-center/public-programs.
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: NASA Visitor Center (Route 175)
Sponsor: NASA Visitor Center

April 22, 2017
Chincoteague Island Farmer & Artisan Market

The best from farm, field and bay. Farm products, artisans, food and music! Food, fun. Come to shop. Come to sell. Experience Chincoteague Island Farmers Market! “Your farm to table provider”. Look for seasonal fruits and vegetables, seafood, eggs, meat and more! For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/chincoteague-island-farmers-market.html.
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance (6309 Church Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance

April 24, 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

April 27, 2017
Chincoteague Center Meet & Greet Open House

Come take a look around and learn what’s new and what’s changed at the Chincoteague Center in the past year! Meet the people who keep this popular local event venue up and running to provide you with the BEST possible options for your special occasion, festival, convention or meeting! Network with other local residents and business owners while enjoying free hors d’oeuvres and a relaxing after-work cocktail hour! FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC For more details: Call 757-336-0614. Email center@thechincoteaguecenter.com. Visit www.facebook.com/events/269828173427558/?active_tab=about.
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Chincoteague Center (6155 Community Drive)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Center

April 27, 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

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

Mark Your Calendar

April 29
Shore Craft Beer Fest Chincoteague

April 29
BriannaMania Wrestling Benefit at the Chincoteague Center.

May 6
49th Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival at 10am at Tom’s Cove Campground.

May 6
Annual Chinco de Mayo 5 x 5 Art Show and Sale at the Museum of Chincoteague.

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

Pony Swim Announcement from the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company

URGENT NEWS!!! This year’s pony swim (Wednesday, July 26, 2017) will be one of the earliest in many years so we are trying to get the word out now. Expected swim time is between 6:00am and 8:00am. This is the plan unless we have some unforeseen event that would force us into a later time. So, plan now, prepare accordingly for an early event. PLEASE SHARE!!!

Ropewalk Chincoteague Grand Opening

Ropewalk Chincoteague will officially open on Friday, May 5th at 11:00 AM! They will be offering a Grand Opening buffet of free hors d’oeuvres from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and drink specials all day.

Flounder Tournament

Captain Steve’s 2017 Flounder Tournament started today, April 21st, and continues through April 30th.

Fishing has been heating up recently, with flounder, drum, and striped bass.

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6 year old Camden Speidel lands his first ever Black Drum fishing with his dad on April 17th.

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.

New Foals

New foals continue to be born on Assateague Island.  The latest count from Darcy Cole of DSC Photography is 10!  To see them all click here http://www.dscphotography.net/2017/2017-Foals

Chincoteague In the News

Chincoteague has the best beach in Virginia according to MSN!  Click below to learn more.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tripideas/the-best-beach-in-every-single-us-state-yes-there-are-beaches-in-iowa/ss-BBu0uAq?li=BBnb7Kz#image=47

Next Rocket Launch from Wallops Island

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Sounding rocket tech development “SubTec-7”
This will be a test of a technology development for the deployment of payload components in support of future sounding rocket missions.
Date: May 16 – 19, 2017
Time: 5 – 8 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.