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May 4th, 2017

Island Time

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

Have you planned your 2017 Chincoteague Island vacation yet?  What are you waiting for?  Now’s the time!  Visit our website, www.chincoteague.com, for everything you need to plan your Chincoteague Island vacation.

Spring is in full swing and there are a lot of big events happening on Chincoteague Island in the next couple of weeks!  So keep reading for all the details.

Upcoming Events

May 4, 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

May 5, 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, Ground Hog Day (1993), is sponsored by Poseidon’s Pantry. For more details: Visit chincoteagueislandarts.org.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Island Theatre (4074 Main Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Island Arts Organization (CIAO)

May 6, 2017
Peculiar Planet

Have you ever wondered about other planets when looking up at the night sky? Join us for a short program to learn about one of the other planets in our solar system. Approximately 15 minutes. All Ages. For more details: Visit www.nasa.gov/content/wallops-visitor-center/public-programs.
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: NASA Wallops Visitor Center
Sponsor: NASA Wallops Visitor Center

May 6, 2017
Puppet Show

Join Sam the Monkey and Puppet Astronauts Jenny and Jeff as they go on an adventure in space. Approximately 30 minutes. Ages 2 – 15. For more details: Visit www.nasa.gov/content/wallops-visitor-center/public-programs.
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: NASA Wallops Visitor Center
Sponsor: NASA Wallops Visitor Center

May 6, 2017
49th Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival

Gates open at 10am…….Seafood is served from Noon until 4pm. Wristbands will be removed upon exiting festival grounds between the hours of noon – 4pm. Eat all you want, but please do not remove food from the festival grounds. We thank you for cooperation in making this a wonderful festival!!! For more details: Call 757-336-6161. Visit www.chincoteaguechamber.com/events/chincoteague-seafood-festival.
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Tom’s Cove Park, 8128 Beebe Rd
Sponsor: Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce

May 6, 2017
Annual Chinco de Mayo 5 x 5 Art Show and Sale

5 x 5 is a creative fundraiser and celebration that takes place after the Annual Seafood Festival on Chincoteague Island. The art show and sale features artworks that are all 5 x 5 inches in size and they all sell for $55. The show and sale starts promtly at 5:55 pm when the artwork is revealed to the public for the first time. But plan to arrive at 5 pm to enjoy food from Bill’s Restaurant, margaritas, sangria, beer, and soft drinks. A spirited musical performance by Greg Shupe and company will add to the festivities. Admission is $5, food and drinks are $5, and donated 5×5 artworks are $55. All proceeds go to the Museum. For more details: Visit http://chincoteaguemuseum.com/programs.
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Museum of Chincoteague
Sponsor: Museum of Chincoteague

May 6, 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

May 6, 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

May 11, 2017
Launch Range Photography Lecture

Learn how the professionals take award-winning photographs. Tips include Lighting, Aperture and Shutter settings, secrets behind F-Stops, DSLR versus Point-n-Shoot cameras, and much more! Presented by Jim Mason-Foley, Wallops Optical Systems Manager. For more details: Visit www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/visitorcenter.
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: NASA Wallops Visitor Center
Sponsor: NASA Wallops Visitor Center

May 11, 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

May 12, 2017
Wallops Homeschool Science Series

Rockets, Second Session – Learn how NASA builds rockets and take a turn building your own! At the end of the lesson we’ll be launching our model rockets into the sky! 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, VA)
Sponsor: NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center

May 12, 2017
Wallops Homeschool Science Series

Rockets – Learn how NASA builds rockets and take a turn building your own! At the end of the lesson we’ll be launching our model rockets into the sky! 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, VA)
Sponsor: NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center

May 12, 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, Blue Hawaii (1961), is sponsored by Dennis/Karen Fishell & Billy/Terry King. For more details: Visit chincoteagueislandarts.org.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Island Theatre (4074 Main Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Island Arts Organization (CIAO)

May 13, 2017
Solar System Activities

Learn about the Solar System through interactive activities. Approximately 30 minutes. Recommended Ages 5-10. For more details: Visit www.nasa.gov/content/wallops-visitor-center/public-programs.
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: NASA Wallops Visitor Center
Sponsor: NASA Wallops Visitor Center

May 13, 2017
STEM Saturday: Engineering Challenge – Payload Drop

Assemble a team of family or friends and accept the challenge! Discuss a challenge Wallops’ engineers solve every day, then work together with your team to overcome a similar type of engineering challenge. Approximately 60 minutes. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Space Limited and Registration Required. Registration will open at the Visitor Center at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017. For more details: Visit www.nasa.gov/content/wallops-visitor-center/public-programs.
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: NASA Wallops Visitor Center
Sponsor: NASA Wallops Visitor Center

May 13, 2017
2017 Mother Earth Day Festival & Second Saturday Artful Flea

Each year on the day before Mother’s Day, CCA honors our Mothers and Mother Earth with a festival featuring: arts & crafts, live music, fun activities for kids, environmental exhibits, electronics recycling, plant sale, antiques & collectibles, PLUS the Farmers Market: great things from farm, field & bay. For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/mother-earth-day.html.
Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 6309 Church Street, Chincoteague
Sponsor: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance

May 13, 2017
23rd Annual International Migratory Bird Celebration

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is the only international education program that highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Each year IMBD explores a different aspect of migratory birds and their conservation. This year, many events will take place on May 13. For more details: Visit www.fws.gov/refuge/chincoteague/.
Location: Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
Sponsor: Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

May 13, 2017
Youth Art Contest

Calling all young artists! It’s that time of year, when aspiring young artists are encouraged to showcase their talent by entering their work in a children’s art contest. The contest helps celebrate International Migratory Bird Day 2017 that will be held at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, May 13. This art contest, sponsored by the Historic Main Street Merchants Association, is open to multiple age groups: K-2 grades; 3-5 grades; 6 -8 grades, and 9-12 grades. First, second and third place winners in each age group will receive cash prizes donated by Tommy Clark, owner of Don’s Seafood Restaurant. For more details: Visit www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/childrensartcontest.pdf.
Location: Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
Sponsor: Historic Main Street Merchants Association

May 13, 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

May 13, 2017
The Artful Flea Market

CCA hosts the Artful Flea featuring an amazing array of arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles and attic treasures. Plus food, music and fun for all. Come early and pick up fresh local produce and seafood at the Chincoteague Farmers Market – also being held at the same location until 1:00 PM. FREE PARKING, FREE ADMISSION All Season. For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/the-artful-flea.html.
Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance (6309 Church Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance

May 13, 2017
2nd Saturday Art Stroll

On the 2nd Saturday of each month, from April through November, participating galleries and shops on Main Street and Maddox Boulevard offer an array of special events from 5 to 8pm (and sometimes earlier in the day). New this year is the 2nd Saturday Scavenger Hunt! Stop at each participating shop to get your “InfoMAP” marked and enter to win the monthly prize. Monthly special events include Arts and crafts, Demonstrations, Book Signings and readings, Art exhibits, Tastings, Music, And the unexpected! For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/2nd-saturday-art-stroll.html.
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Main Street and Maddox Boulevard
Sponsor: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance

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

Mark Your Calendar

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!!!

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.

CIAO is opening a new Annex

The Chincoteague Island Arts Organization is opening a new Annex next to the Island Theatre.  The Annex will be used for films, concerts, community meetings and more.  Join them for the Grand Opening of the new Annex Friday, May 5, from 5 pm – 7pm.  Live music and light refreshments.

Baby Eagles

The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge recently shared this video, of two baby eagles on the nest, to their Facebook page.

New Foals

New foals continue to be born on Assateague Island.  The latest count from Darcy Cole of DSC Photography is about 25!  To see them all click here http://www.dscphotography.net/2017/2017-Foals

Here are a couple:

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Photo Credit: DSC Photography

Chincoteague In the News

Check out this Pony Swim article from ihearthorses.com.

http://ihearthorses.com/annual-pony-swim-protects-wild-horses-draws-crowds/

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: 5:45 – 8:45 a.m. EDT
Rocket Type: Suborbital – Black Brant IX

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.

Pad0A

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.