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Chincoteague Travel Blog
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Island Time

Posted: April 1st, 2019

Your guide to what’s happening on Chincoteague Island!

We can’t wait to see you on Chincoteague Island.  It’s time to plan that Chincoteague Island vacation!  Visit our website, www.chincoteague.com, for everything you need to know.

Scroll down to find out what’s happening, and what’s coming up, on Chincoteague Island.

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This seal is enjoying the recent warmer weather!  Photo Credit Captain Randy Birch.

Upcoming Events

March 1 – June 1, 2019
Apollo Youth Art Contest

April 4, 2019
Chincoteague Island Library Tales for Tots

April 5, 2019
Friday Nights at the Movies – A Clockwork Orange

April 6 – April 7, 2019
Resin Poured Framed Art

April 6, 2019
Photography Basic with Jamie Young

April 6, 2019
Save the Eggs!

April 6, 2019
CCA: Free Kid’s Art Class

April 7, 2019
The Kitchen Gallery

April 11, 2019
Chincoteague Island Library Tales for Tots

April 12, 2019
Most Memorable Ponies’ Memories with Darcy Cole

April 12 – April 13, 2019
Spring Pony Roundup

April 12, 2019
Friday Nights at the Movies – Chariots of Fire

* For details about these events and a full listing of upcoming events please visit www.chincoteague.com/events.html

Mark Your Calendars

Mark your calendars for these special events coming up later in the season.

April 12 – April 13, 2019 – Spring Pony Roundup

April 19 – 20, 2019 – Easter Decoy & Art Festival

April 21 – Easter Sunrise Service

May 4, 2019 – 51st Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival

June 28, 2019 – Opening Weekend of the 94th Annual Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival

July 4, 2019 – Annual Old-Fashioned Fireworks Dislplay

July 19 – July 21, 2019 – Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival

July 24, 2019 – 94th Annual Pony Swim

News and Announcements

Chincoteague Island Farmers and Artisans Market

The the first Chincoteague Island Farmers and Artisans Market of 2019 will be April 27, 2019.

Great things from farm, field and bay plus quality arts, crafts and attic treasures. The market is your farm to table provider. Look for seasonal fruits and vegetables, seafood, eggs, meat and more! And jewelry, carvings, photos, fabric arts, plants, soaps, and other crafts. Saturdays: April 27 to October 26. Wednesdays: June 12 to August 28. For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueca.org/markets.html.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Summer Hours

On May 1st the Refuge hours will change to 5:00am – 10:00pm.

Pony Report

Capt. Dan of Captain Dan’s Tours spotted the second foal of 2019 on April 1st!

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Photo credit: Captain Dan’s Tours

Come out to the Chincoteague Museum on April 12, 2019 from 2 pm – 4 pm and hear Darcy Cole talk about her most memorable Chincoteague Pony experiences.

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Check out DSC Photography on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dscphotoESV/  

Fishing Report

Captain Steve’s Bait and Tackle annual Flounder Tournament is scheduled for April 26 – May 5, 2019.
Entry is $25 per person for the Flounder Tournament. The BBQ/Cookout/Pot Luck/Prizes will be Friday May 3rd, 2019. Prizes and sponsorships are being finalized but usually over $3,000 in cash/prizes/door prizes awarded.

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Check their website for details: http://www.stevesbaitandtackle.com/ 

The first flounder of 2019 have been landed!  Photo credit: Sea Hawk Sports Center

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Eagle Nest Report

On March 29, 2019 the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge shared this video showing the two adult eagles in their nest, feeding fish to the  eaglet.

Navy Field Carrier Landing Practice Flights in April

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The U.S. Navy is conducting Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility with E-2 and C-2 propeller powered aircraft from Naval Air Station Oceana April 1 – 30. The flight schedule is available at https://www.cnic.navy.mil/content/dam/cnic/cnrma/pdfs/Flight_Schedule.pdf 

 FCLP is the phase of flight training that precedes carrier landing operations. The training at Wallops provides naval aviators critical and required training at a properly configured ashore airfield that simulates, as nearly as practicable, at-sea conditions for day and night flight operations aboard a moving aircraft carrier.

Assateague Lighthouse Tours 

March – April

March-April: Saturday & Sunday 9 AM – 3 PM

OPEN DAILY April 15 – 29 Spring Break

Lighthouse may be closed due to weather or other unsafe conditions. Call (757) 336-3696 for updated information before your visit.

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Refuge Trek Bus Tours

Refuge trek bus tours began running on March 23rd.  Currently tours are operating Saturdays at 10am.  In mid June Refuge Treks will be offered daily (except Wednesdays) through Labor Day weekend.  Please call 757-336-3696 to make reservations.

Visit http://www.piping-plover.org/ for more information.

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Wallops Island Rocket Launches

Upcoming Launches

April 17, 2019
Antares Rocket Launch

Northrop Grumman Corporations’s CRS-11 mission is scheduled to launch aboard an Antares rocket to the International Space Station from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

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For information about viewing rocket launches from Wallops Island visit www.chincoteague.com/viewing-rocket-launches.html

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