OUT & ABOUT: Your weekly guide to what is happening on and around Chincoteague Island.
Congratulations to the Winners of the
38th Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival

Guy Shover -  Curtis Merritt Award of Excellence Award

William Veasey -  Best Carving Display

Yvonne Torelli -  Best Artist Display

Stephen Moore -  Best Photograph of Chincoteague or Assateague

Visit chincoteaguedecoyshow.com  for pictures and bios
of the award winners.

Thank you to all volunteers, exhibitors and attendees for making the event a wonderful success.

49th Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival 
Tickets Are Going Fast!

 10am - 4pm  |  Toms Cove Park
         Gates open 10am  |  Appetizers 11am  |  Full menu 12pm

Front Page News playing from Noon - 4pm
Hospitality Spaces  |  Arts and Crafts Vendors


Be part of the tradition and join us for a day of FOOD, FUN, and GREAT MEMORIES!
Click here for more information. Purchase tickets at chincoteaguechamber.com,
757-336-6161 or Chamber office
Promote Your Business/Organization at 
Chincoteague Seafood Festival
We are still accepting Arts & Crafts Vendors!
Limited space is available.   Click here for application.
What's Happening

Apr 21 - It's An Otterly Wonderful Word - Earth Day Celebration. Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum. 2 Market Street, Pocomoke. 6pm - 9pm. Pre-registration required. Learn more at 410-957-9933 or contact@delmarvadiscoverycenter.org. Learn more.

Apr 21 Steamed Shrimp & Clams Dinner  5pm-7pm. Chincoteague American Legion Post #159. 4023 Main Street. Carry out after 6:30, supplies permitting. Learn more.

Apr 22 Shred-It Day. Only Town Center, 25020 Shore Parkway, Suite 2B, Onley, VA.  9am - Noon. Free community event. Refreshments on site. Sponsored by Chesapeake Investment Planning.

Apr 26 - Lions Club Meeting. The Chincoteague Center. 6155 Community Drive. 7pm - 8pm. Informational meeting about establishing a Lions Club chapter in Chincoteague.

Apr 27 Meet & Greet Open House. T he Chincoteague Center, 6155 Community Drive. 4pm - 6pm. Free & open to the public. Hors d'oeuvres and cocktail hour.  For more information, call 757-336-0614.

Apr 29 - Shore Craft Beer Fest.  Chincoteague Island Carnival Grounds . 3648 Main Street.  12:30pm - 1:30pm VIP Access-Private Tastings & More! 1:30pm - 4:30pm General Admissions Tastings.  $25.00 in Advance  $35.00 at the Door. Free to children and non-drinkers.  Learn more  or contact Ann McGinnis Hillyer at 410-703-1970 or  AMH@Maryland.com

Apr 29 - BriannaMania. The Chincoteague Center. 6155 Community Drive. Meet & Greet 5pm - 6:30pm, Doors open 6:30pm. Bell rings 7pm. Proceeds benefit cancer treatment for Chincoteague resident Brianna Merritt. VIP Ticket $20.  Learn more.
Save the Date

May 6 - 49th Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival. Learn more. 

May 23  - Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Awards Luncheon. The Village Restaurant. Noon. Sponsored by H&H Pharmacy. Enjoy a delicious buffet and celebrate 2017 Outstanding Business Person and Citizen of the Year. RSVP by Evite, joanne@chincoteaguechamber.com or 757-336-6161. Click here for invite.
May 24 - Ribbon Cutting at Chincoteague Island, VA KOA. 10 am. 6742 Maddox Blvd.  RSVP by May 17 via Evite, joanne@chincoteaguechamber.com or 757-336-6161. Click here for flyer.
May 25  -  Business After Hours with the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance. 5pm - 7pm. 6309 Church Street.   RSVP by May 22 via Evite, joanne@chincoteaguechamber.com or 757-336-6161. Click here for flyer.
May 31  -  Business After Hours. Xenith Bank, Chincoteague. 5:30pm - 7:30pm. 6350 Maddox Blvd. RSVP by May 26 via Evite, joanne@chincoteaguechamber.com or 757-336-6161. Click here for flyer.
Jun 1 - Customer Service Seminar. Island Resort. 10am - Noon.  More info to follow.

Jun 22  - Business After Hours. Calvin B. Taylor Bank, Chincoteague. 5pm - 7pm. 4116 Main Street. More info to follow.

Jul 26  - 92nd Annual Pony Swim - The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company has announced IMPORTANT NEWS!!! This year's pony swim will be one of the earliest in many years. Expected swim time is between 6am and 8am. This is the plan unless we have some unforeseen event that would force us into a later time. So, plan now and prepare accordingly for an early event.
Ongoing Activities
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility 
nasa.gov/centers/wallops/  Launch Info: 757-824-2050
Future Launches:
Launch Window:  No Earlier Than May 2      Time: TBD      Mission: Technology Development
Vehicle: Black Brant IX      Type: Suborbital
NASA Visitor Center - 
Open Tues-Sat 10am - 4pm   Free Admission 757-824-1344
Apr 22Earth Day Themed Craft.  11am. Learn more.  
Apr 22 - Earth Right Now, Our Changing Planet.  2pm. Learn more .   
Apr 28STEM in the Sky Astronomy Series: Jupiter & Constellations Event. 7pm - 10pm. Learn more.
Apr 29Investigation Station. 11am. Learn more.
Apr 29Peculiar Planet. 2pm. Learn more
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
fws.gov/refuge/chincoteague/   757-336-6122   Open 6am - 8pm
Herbert H. Bateman Center    Open 9am - 4pm
Youth Art Contest Celebrates 2017 International Migratory Bird Day  -  M ail or deliver entries to Comfort Suites, 4195 Main Street, Chincoteague, VA  23336 on or before April 28 Contact  
Sally Bowden at  757-336-6122 x 2314 with questions.
Public Comment Sought on Proposed Fee Changes Until April 25. Learn more.
Chincoteague Natural History  Association      piping-plover.org      757-336-3696
Lighthouse - Open Sat & Sun weather permitting 9am - 3pm.
RefugeTrek - 10am. Sat & Sun but subject to change. $14 adults. $7 children.
Assateague Island National Seashore  
nps.gov/asis/index.htm   757-336-6577 
Toms Cove Visitor Center   Open 9am - 4pm
Chincoteague Bay Field Station
cbfieldstation.org      34001 Mill Dam Road, Wallops Island     757-824-5636 
Daily & Weekly Summer Camp registration  now open cbfieldstation.org/youth-camps
Register for summer college education and travel courses
Chincoteague Cultural Alliance Community Center for the Arts
chincoteagueculturalalliance.org   6309 Church Street   757-336-6117
Free Kids Art Classes - first Saturday of every month. 1pm
Chincoteague Island Farmers and Artisans Market - Saturdays until 10/28. Wednesdays- May 31 to September 6). 9am - 1pm.  New vendors welcome. Preregistration required.  Call or text 717-495-7155 for more info.
Apr 24 Senior Bingo.  1pm - 3pm. 25 cents per game. Prizes from local restaurants and shops.  
Apr 28Chincoteague Story Telling Guild. Refreshments at 6:30pm and Story Telling at 7pm. Free admission.
Chincoteague Island Library
chincoteagueislandlibrary.org      4077 Main Street     757-336-3460
Open Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat - 10am - 5pm. Thurs 1pm - 7pm. 
Tales 4 Tots Winter Season - Thursdays now thru May 25. (unless Accomack County Schools are closed or have a delayed opening.) 10 am. Ages 2-5 with adult 
Nancy's Book Club2nd Thursday. 11 am. Guests and new members invited
Island Readers' Book Club - 3rd Tuesday. 7 pm  Guests and new members invited
Island Theatre
islandtheatres.com   4074 Main Street   757-336-6109
Winter Film Series presented by Chincoteague Island Arts Organization ciarts.org
Fridays from Jan 13 - May 19. Tickets $5. 7pm. 
Apr 21 - Blow Up (1966) sponsored by Miss Molly's Inn & Island Manor House 
Apr 28 High Fidelity (2000) sponsored by Sundial Books
Museum of Chincoteague Island
chincoteaguemuseum.com   7125 Maddox Blvd.   757-336-6117
Open Fri-Sun 11am - 5pm for the spring season.
Town of Chincoteague
chincoteague-va.gov   6150 Community Drive   757-336-6519 
- In search of Shuttle Drivers for Pony Swim on  Jul 26 . Contact Kelly or Karen for more info.
- Watch Town meetings  live. Just click on the "Watch Town Meetings Live" button at the top right corner of their website or click here.
The Town's informational television station has moved from Channel 9 to Channel 190.
A new Emergency Operations Center Facebook page will be active during a storm or emergency serving the citizens & visitors of Chincoteague Island. Click here for link.
Member News

American Legion Post #159       4023 Main Street     757-336-9749
Chincoteague Hometown Heroes Banners honoring active duty members who live on the island or whose immediate families live on the island. Stop by the legion or Town of Chincoteague Office to pick up application. No cost to the honoree or applicant/sponsor for 1st year, $30 fee for 2nd or 3rd year applicants. Deadline Apr 25.

Fairfield Inn & Suites, by Marriott, Chincoteague Island      shorecraftbeerfest.com
Book your stay for April 28-30, Shore Craft Beer Hotel Package, including Overnight Accommodations, Breakfast for 2 each day & 2 tickets to the Shore Craft Beer Festival.  Book online or call the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott directly at 757-336-0043. Learn more.

The Fairfield Inn & Suites, by Marriott, Chincoteague Island is seeking  local Chincoteague businesses interested in offering some type of discount to island guests the weekend of the 1 st Annual Shore Craft Beer Festival. This is f ree of charge to all businesses and an incentive to drive visitors to your business. Visitors would show you their ticket stub and/or have a flyer listing all the businesses with specials that weekend. E mail patty.shea@marriott.com for more info.
Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital NEW LOCATION 20480 Market Street,  Onancock 757-302-2140 
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Reach more visitors by adding your business listing and event info to  esvatourism.org, the free comprehensive website for tourism on Virginia's Eastern Shore. For more info, email
Scenic Virginia Announces Kick-Off of 2017 Photo Contest deadline May 15 Learn more.
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