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Chincoteague Travel Blog
Information to help you maximize your Chincoteague Island experience!


Island Time

Posted: March 25th, 2019

Your guide to what’s happening on Chincoteague Island!

Spring is finally here!  The weather on Chincoteague Island, as of late, has been beautiful.  There are a lot of great events coming up on the Island.  We think this is the perfect time to jump start our Island Time newsletter. 

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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Upcoming Events

March 25, 2019
Fun with Resin – Jewelry

March 27, 2019
Acrylic as Watercolor with Jenny Somers

March 28, 2019
Chincoteague Island Library Tales for Tots

March 29, 2019
Internet Basics

March 29, 2019
Apollo 50th Movie Night

March 30, 2019
Model Rocket Launch

March 30, 2019
STEM Lab – Stomp Rockets

March 30, 2019
Chincoteague Bay Field Station – Coiled Basketry Workshop

March 31, 2019
The Kitchen Gallery

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

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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

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

The Ponies on Assateague Island fared well over the winter.  It’s now foal season!  Darcy Cole has reported the first new foal sighting of the year on 3/22/2019.  We look forward to following Darcy’s reports on Facebook and seeing all the new foals this year! 

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

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/ 

Eagle Nest Report

On March 17, 2019 the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge shared the video below and reported that “eaglet is growing strong and the adults are feeding it frequently”.

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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Pad 0A on Wallops Island, Virginia. Photo courtesy of Virginia Space

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

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