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June 8th, 2017

Island Time

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

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.

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

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Chincoteague Bay Sunset June 2, 2017

Upcoming Events

June 9, 2017
Main Street Fun Fridays

The Historic Main Street Merchants members all over Main Street Chincoteague will be participating in this fun new series of events, once a month – May thru October! The fun can include anything from discount coupons to free appetizers to artists, musicians, games and MORE… Events will be occurring throughout the afternoon and evening, some during specific time periods. For more details: Visit www.chincoteaguemerchants.com.
Location: Shops on Main Street Chincoteague
Sponsor: Historic Main Street Merchants

June 10, 2017
Tour of the Solar System

During this presentation, participants will take a tour of the solar system with stops at the sun, the planets, moons and a dwarf planet. Approximately 30 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

June 10, 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

June 10, 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

June 10, 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

June 10, 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

June 13, 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 “Resources for Researchers (Eastern Shore Public Library’s Eastern Shore Room)” by speaker “Cara Burton”. For more details: Visit chincoteaguemuseum.com/programs.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Museum of Chincoteague
Sponsor: Museum of Chincoteague

June 14, 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

June 15, 2017
3rd Thursday Theatre presented by the Chincoteague Island Theatre Company

Performance of Monologues with the Chincoteague Island Writers Project Members of the Writers Project will devise original monologues and each monologue will be assigned to an actor in CITC. The writer and actor will collaborate on bringing the monologue from “the page to the stage” and the actors will perform them. $5 Suggested Donation at the door. For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/upcoming-plays-and-events.html.
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: CCA Community Center for the Arts, 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!!!

Post Pony Roundup Bus Tour – Second Bus Added

The Chincoteague Natural History Association (CNHA) has added a SECOND BUS for the “Post Roundup North Corral Trek” SUNDAY, JULY 23, 4:45 PM. Tickets $20.00 per person, limit 4. Must have name of each ticket holder in order to purchase. Call 757-336-3696 9 AM -4 PM daily to reserve using Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. The CNHA Bus will transport passengers to the north corral to view the ponies after the round up. They will spend aproximately 45 minutes at the corral and then travel back to the Bateman Center.

New Foals

Beautiful new foals continue to be born on Assateague Island! The current count is around 52 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 Flounder!

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Baby Eaglets on Assateague

The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge recently reported that one of the two baby eagles has flown the nest!

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Only one baby eagle left on the nest at the eagle cam.

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

Chincoteague was named one of the “46 Best Beach Towns in America” by Good Housekeeping.

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/travel/g4297/best-coastal-towns-in-america/?slide=43

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: June 11 – June 18, 2017
Time: 9:04 – 9:19 p.m. EDT
Rocket Type: suborbital Terrier-Improved Malemute

RockOn 2017
The June rocket will carry 23 experiments from the RockOn! program, nine experiments from the RockSat-C program and more than 80 small cubes with experiments developed by middle school students in 49 states as part of the Cubes in Space program. This is the 10th anniversary of RockOn whee university and college students and instructors visit Wallops and learn the basics of building experiments for suborbital flight.
Date: June 22 -23, 2107
Time: 6 – 10 a.m.
Rocket Type: suborbital Terrier-Improved Orion

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.