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


Island Time

Posted: April 14th, 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.

Upcoming Events

March 1 – June 1, 2019
Apollo Youth Art Contest

April 15, 2019
Game Day Mondays at the Annex

April 17, 2019
Antares Rocket Launch

April 18, 2019
Chincoteague Island Library Tales for Tots

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

April 19, 2019
Friday Nights at the Movies – Fly Away Home

April 20, 2019
Explore Earth & Space

April 20, 2019
Investigation Station

April 20, 2019
Island Coffeehouse

April 21, 2019
Easter Sunrise Service

April 21, 2019
Shop The Dock 2019

April 21, 2019
The Kitchen Gallery

April 25, 2019
Chincoteague Island Library Tales for Tots

April 26, 2019
Story Swap

April 26 – May 5, 2019
Captain Steve’s Bait and Tackle: Flounder Tournament

April 26, 2019
Friday Nights at the Movies – Saturday Night Fever

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

April 21, 2019 – Easter Sunrise Service

April 27 – 28, 2019 – Live Performance of PIPPIN at the Island Theatre

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 is in the running for “Best Coastal Small Town”

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Chincoteague Island is a nominee in for Best Coastal Small Town in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards.  Please click here and vote for Chincoteague Island once per day until polls close on Monday, May 6 at noon ET.

Island Support for Jenny

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A gala event to benefit local artist Jenny Somers, who has been diagnosed with cancer, will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2019.  Click here to learn more.

Chincoteague Island Farmers and Artisans Market

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

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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

Foals continue to be born on Assateague.  Foal #5, pictured below, was recently born in the South Corral.

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Photo credit: DSC Photography

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

Fishing Report

Captain Steve’s Bait and Tackle reports that fishing is good, with Drum running in the surf and flounder being caught in the back bay.  Stop by Captain Steve’s for all your fishing needs.

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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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Eagle Nest Report

On April 4, 2019 the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge shared sad news from the eagle’s nest and reported that the eaglet had died.

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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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If you can’t make it here for the launch, but you live along the East Coast (especially the mid-Atlantic region), there is a good chance the launch will be visible in your area.  Check the visibility map below.

Visibility Map

Click here for information about viewing the launch.

Viewing the launch online

The launch will be streamed live on the Wallops Ustream Channel (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-tv-wallops) and NASA TV (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/).

Stay connected

Be sure to check the status of the launch on a regular basis because launch dates and times are subject to change or cancelation in advance or at the last minute.   A variety of unforeseen circumstances can cause a launch to be postponed.

Launch Status Information

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