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May 26th, 2017

Island Time

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

It’s shaping up to be a beautiful Memorial Day Weekend on Chincoteague Island!  The forecast is sunny skies and temperatures in the 70’s.  Get out and enjoy it!

Visit our website, www.chincoteague.com, for everything you need to plan your Chincoteague Island vacation.

There are a lot of big events happening on Chincoteague Island this weekend and in the coming weeks!  So keep reading for all the details.

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Chincoteague Bay Sunset May 16, 2017

Upcoming Events

May 26 – May 28, 2017
Chincoteague Kiwanis Club Annual Flea Market

Flea market will be located on S. Main Street across from the Fireman’s Carnival Grounds. There will be a variety of items available include, but not limited to, household goods, furniture, appliances, clothing and many more interesting items.
Location: S. Main Street across from the Fireman’s Carnival Grounds
Sponsor: Chincoteague Kiwanis Club

May 26, 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

May 27, 2017
Investigation Station

During this program, participants will investigate a STEM related topic through labs, demonstrations or activities. All Ages. For more details: Visit www.nasa.gov/content/wallops-visitor-center/public-programs.
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: NASA Wallops Visitor Center
Sponsor: NASA Wallops Visitor Center

May 27, 2017
Song for a New World

The Brown Box Theatre Project presents Song for a New World, co-sponsored by CCA and Chincoteague Island Arts Organization (CIAO). Performances take Place in Robert Reed Downtown Waterfront Park, at Dusk. For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/shakespeare-in-the-park.html.
Location: Robert Reed Downtown Waterfront Park
Sponsor: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance

May 27, 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 30, 2017
Tuesday Nights at the Museum: Where Island Tales Are Told

Each Tuesday evening will feature a different speaker and topic, May 30 to August 29. Speaker dates are subject to change, so check the Chincoteague Museum web page for the most up-to-date schedule (link below). The week’s topic is “Crab Pot Demonstration” by speaker “Andy Linton”. For more details: Visit chincoteaguemuseum.com/programs.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Museum of Chincoteague
Sponsor: Museum of Chincoteague

May 31, 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

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

Mark Your Calendars

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!!!

New Foals

Beautiful new foals continue to be born on Assateague Island! The current count is around 45 according Darcy Cole at DSC Photography.

Here are a recent one:

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Photo Credit: DSC Photography

To see all the 2017 born to date, click here http://www.dscphotography.net/2017/2017-Foals

Fishing

Jimmy at Captain Steve’s Bait and Tackle continues to report good catches of Drum and Flounder!

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Baby Eaglets on Assateague

The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge recently posted the following video from the Eagle Cam on Assateague.  They report that the eaglets are nearing their fledge dates and they expect them to begin flying very soon.

Oversand Vehicle Zone Status now on Twitter

The twitter account @ChincoteagueOsv will be the place to get updates on storm and safety related closures to the OSV zones on the Virginia portion of Assateague Island.

Chincoteague Island KOA is hiring
Click here for more information on positions available:
https://goo.gl/km7LnO

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.

Recent Blog Posts

Read about climbing to the top of the iconic Assateague Lighthouse in our most recent Blog story here: http://www.chincoteague.com/blog/?p=354

Exterior of Assateague Lighthouse

Exterior of Assateague Lighthouse

Chincoteague In the News

Celebrating 70 Years of Misty of Chincoteague by Coastal Virginia Magazine.

Next Rocket Launch from Wallops Island

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Ampoule Test
During the flight of a two-stage Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket, ten canisters about the size of a one-liter drink bottle will be deployed to 6 to 12 miles from the 670-pound main payload. Between approximately 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch, blue-green and red vapor will be deployed from the canisters forming artificial clouds. These clouds or vapor tracers allow scientists on the ground to visually track the winds in space. The development of the canister or ampoule ejection system will allow scientists to gather information over a much larger or spatial area than previously allowed when deploying the vapor just from the main payload.
Date: May 31 – June 6, 2017
Time: 4:25 – 4:42 a.m. EDT
Rocket Type: suborbital Terrier-Improved Malemute

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.