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Island Time

Posted: April 1st, 2018

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

It’s finally starting to feel like Spring on Chincoteague Island… 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.

Chincoteague Sunset – 3/18/2018

Upcoming Events

April 2, 2018
Coiled Basketry Workshop

April 2, 2018
Adult Coloring Program at the Library

April 5, 2018
Tales 4 Tots

April 6, 2018
Adult and Youth Art Class

April 6, 2018
2018 Classic Film Series

April 7, 2018
Kitchen Gallery

April 7, 2018
Pasta Making with Laura Davis

April 7, 2018
Free Kids Art Class

April 12, 2018
Sounding Rocket Lecture Series Part 3 – Launching from Wallops Island

* 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 13 – April 14, 2018 – Spring Pony Roundup

April 21, 2018 – Chincoteague Island Farmers and Artisans Market reopens

May 5, 2018 – 50th Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival

June 29, 2018 – First night of Chincoteague Fireman’s Carnival

July 20 – 22, 2018 – 31st Annual Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival

July 25, 2018 – 93rd Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim

News and Announcements

Brianna Merritt Benefit

Brianna Merritt is a 10yr old Chincoteague-er who is now fighting Acute Myeloid Leukemia for the second time. A benefit will be held on May 12th, from 12 pm – 7 pm at ChincoTiki Carribean Bar and Grill on Main St. 

Tickets: $20
Live auction 12-4
Live Entertainment by Virginia Creek 5-7
50/50 raffle
Other raffles
Lots of door prizes
All proceeds go to her and her family.
To donate things for auction Contact Luke Britton 757 894 3503 or Ray Wimbrow 757 894 3083.

Pony Report

Here is the current list of the 2018 Foals including dam, sire, color, gender, and first seen date, as reported by DSC Photography.

1 – Kimmee Sue & Ken. Chestnut Filly. First seen 2/26/18.
2 – Catwalk Chaos & Prince. Palomino Pinto. First seen 3/5/18.
3 – Dreamer’s Gift & Ken. Chestnut. First seen 3/8/18.

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

Riptide and his mares have been spending a lot of time outside the fence and along beach road

Fishing Report

Capt. Steve’s Bait & Tackle reported the following 2018 Flounder regulations:

Capt. Steve’s Spring Flounder Tournament is scheduled for April 20 – 29, 2018.  Check their website for details: http://www.stevesbaitandtackle.com/ 

Eagle Nest Report

The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge shared this eagle video on 3/9/2018 and reported no eggs have been spotted yet.

Assateague Lighthouse Hours for April 2018


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


Attention Vendors

VENDORS, FARMERS, CRAFTSPEOPLE, ANTIQUE DEALERS interested in doing business at Second Saturday Artful Flea, Chincoteague Island Farmer and Artisan Market, Holly Day Market and Wildlife Art Gallery should register now at Chincoteagueculturalalliance.Org

New Refuge Trek Tour Bus

The Chincoteague Natural History Association recently introduced their new CNHA Refuge Trek bus!  The new bus accommodates 30 passengers with two wheelchair spaces, and the windows OPEN for photographs! Refuge trek tours will begin March 30. Visit http://www.piping-plover.org/ for more information.


Recent Blog Posts

The 2018 Spring Round Up will take place  Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th, 2018.

Get all the details here: https://www.chincoteague.com/blog/?p=793


Wallops Island Rocket Launches

Recent Launches

Two rockets have been successfully launched from Wallops Island in the past week. 

On March 25, 2018 four student projects successfully launched at 6:51 a.m. EDT on a NASA suborbital sounding rocket from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, reaching an altitude of 107 miles.

Watch the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project launch and ocean splashdown.

The Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment (ASPIRE) mission lifted off at 12:19 on a Black Brant IX sounding rocket March 31st.  ASPIRE tested a parachute that could be used on future missions to Mars. 


Upcoming Launches

Name: OA-9/CRS-9

Date: no earlier than May 2018

Time: TBD

Type: Antares


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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