OUT & ABOUT: Your weekly guide to what is happening on and around Chincoteague Island.
February is American Heart Month

Plan Your 2017 Chincoteague Island Getaway with the
Chincoteague Visitor's Guide & Membership Directory

Now available online at chincoteaguechamber.com or request a paper copy here  or  call  757-336-6161 .
You are cordially invited to the
Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce

February 15, 2017
(Please note change of date)
10:00 a.m.
The Chincoteague Center,  6155 Community Drive

Maria Grenchik, Executive Director, Museum of Chincoteague Island
Jessi West, Executive Director, The Chincoteague Center
John Peterman, Administrator, Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital



Sponsored by  Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital

Refreshments prepared by  Chincoteague Combined School Culinary Arts Students

RSVP by February 10th to  joanne@chincoteaguechamber.com  or 757-336-6161

Click here for Annual General Membership Meeting press release.
49th Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival
Promote your business at the 2017 Chincoteague Seafood Festival on May 6th as a
"Friends of the Festival" Sponsor, Hospitality Vendor, or Arts & Crafts Vendor
Click here for application.  Deadline is March 24th.
Have You Seen...
...the two new landing pages just created at chincoteaguechamber.com?

No?  Then take a few minutes to view our new Tour Operators landing page with valuable information for tour groups and our  "I Do" page, when planning your most special day on beautiful Chincoteague Island.
Welcome To Our Newest Members!
Upcoming Activities

Feb 3 - Station 1 Pizza Night. New Church Volunteer Fire & Rescue. 4264 Firehouse Street, New Church. 5pm - 8pm. Proceeds benefit ncvfr.org

Feb 3 Winter Lecture Series: Traditional Eastern Shore Waterfowl Hunting.  6pm-7pm. Presented by the ESVA Historical Society and held at the Onancock Baptist Church. Free admission for members. $5 to not-yet members. Purchase tickets at  shorehisotry.org/tickets  or call 757-787-8012. Press release.

Feb 8  - Chamber Member Networking Luncheon - Don's Seafood Restaurant. Second Wednesday of each month from January to June. Bring your business cards and make valuable connections with other Chamber members to grow your business/organization while enjoying a delicious lunch. Noon - 1pm. $10/person + tip. Feb  menu: Roasted Turkey, Fried Fish, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans, Salad Bar, and non-alcoholic beverages. RSVP through Constant Contact email registration request, call 757-336-6161 or email

Feb 10 - Shore Black History Lives, A Conversation: How We Prayed, Played and Made a Way Out of No Way. 6pm - 8pm. Ker Place, 69 Market St, Onancock in collaboration with Why, Yes! Consulting. Highlighting Black History in the 1920's & 30's. Music performed by the Savatino Brothers. Includes hors d'oeuvres & cash bar. Purchase tickets at 757-787-8012 or shorehistory.org/tickets.

Feb 11 - Mega Breakfast Buffet. 8am-10am. Chincoteague American Legion Post #159, 4023 Main Street. Learn more.

Feb 11 - Nature Lovers Dinner & Trivia. 6pm - 8:30pm. Chincoteague Bay Field Station, 34001 Mill Dam Road, Wallops Island. Gourmet buffet paired with great wines, & brews. Trivia is based on the fun dating and mating rituals of the animal kingdom. Winners will receive fabulous prize packages! Purchase tickets at cbfieldstation.org

Feb 12 Virginia Opera. Nandua High School, Onley. 2:30pm. Presented by the Arts Council of the Eastern Shore. Sponsored by Ed Weber Contracting and made possible in part by VCA, NEA and UW of Virginia's Eastern Shore. Visit acesva.org for tickets & more information.

Feb 13 - "The Extremes of Virginia" symposium by August "Augie" Wallmeyer. 5:30 pm. 
Eastern Shore Community College Workforce Development Center, 29300 Lankford Hwy, Melfa. RSVP by 5pm Feb 6 to 757-787-2460.

Feb 15-17 - Winter Coastal Ecology Homeschool Program  at Chincoteague Bay Field Station. Visit cbfieldstation.org/homeschool to learn more about this & other upcoming programs.

Feb 15 - Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Annual General Membership Meeting sponsored by Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital. The Chincoteague Center. 6155 Community Drive. 10am.  Please note the change of date.

Feb 16 - Virginia Eastern Shore Coastal Resilience Open House - Assessing Risk & Identifying Solutions for Coastal Flooding, Sea-Level Rise, & Habitat Changes. 6pm - 8:30pm. Eastern Shore Community College  Workforce Development Building,  29300 Lankford Highway, Melfa.

Feb 17Steamed Shrimp & Clams Dinner. 5pm - 7pm. Chincoteague American Legion Post #159, 4023 Main Street. Carry out available after 6:30pm supplies permitting. Learn more.

Feb 17 - Winter Lecture Series -  Bayside vs. Seaside: Different Playing Fields. 6pm - 7pm. Presented by ESVA Historical Society & held at Onancock Baptist Church. Local award-winning writer CL Marshall will look at two local areas which are filled with fowl, but have diverse terrain. Free admission to members. $5 to not-yet members. Purchase tickets at 757-787-8012 or

Feb 17-18Death By Chocolate. Feb 17 4pm - 8pm. Feb 18 10am - 4pm. Contact Ruthann or Donna at 757-336-3434 for participating businesses & info. Sponsored by Historic Main Street Merchants. chincoteaguemerchants.com

For a complete list of upcoming events and details visit chincoteaguechamber.com/events
Save The Date

April 14-15  - 38th Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival . Sponsored by Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce. Apr 14 - Noon-6pm. Apr 15 - 9am-4pm. Chincoteague Combined School. 4586 Main Street. Silent auctions; one of hand-painted and carved wooden Easter eggs and a Pre-Loved
Treasures, which will benefit the  Chincoteague Pony Drill Team. Vendor applications are still being accepted . View our  newly redesigned website.

Now accepting donations for Pre-Loved Treasures Auction.  It's never too early to start your Spring Cleaning!  Donations can be dropped off to the Chamber office, 6733 Maddox Blvd., Mon-Sat 9am-4:30pm. Please include your name, mailing address and brief description of items.

May 6 - 49th Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival. Learn more. "Friends of the Festival" sponsorship, hospitality and vendor applications are now being accepted. Click here for application.

Jun 23 - Opening Night of 92nd Annual Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival. Learn more.

Jul 26 & 27 - 92nd Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim & Auction. Learn more.

Oct 7 - 45th Annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival. Learn more.
Ongoing Activities
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility 
nasa.gov/centers/wallops/  Launch Info: 757-824-2050
Next Launch Window:  Apr 13-27.   Time: TBD.  Mission: Technology Development
Vehicle: Terrier-Improved Malemute   Type: Sub-orbital

NASA Visitor Center -  Open Tues-Sat 10am - 4pm   Free Admission 757-824-1344 
Gift Shop closed until March.
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
fws.gov/refuge/chincoteague/   757-336-6122   Now thru March  Open 6am - 6pm
Contractor Cutting of Trees during Fall & Winter - Learn more
South OSV Zone is open to 4x4's w/ permit, pedestrians, and horseback. North OSV closed until March 15.
Sediment logs located along Beach Road - Learn more.
Herbert H. Bateman Center    Open 9am - 4pm
Chincoteague Natural History  Association      piping-plover.org      757-336-3696
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 
Registration for Spring Break & Summer Camps  is now open at: cbfieldstation.org/youth-camps
Registration for summer internships and summer and travel courses happening now.
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
Feb 10-11 & 18-19 - Chincoteague Island Theatre Company - The Curious Savage. 7pm. Doors open 6:30pm. Tickets $10. Available at H&H Pharmacy, Sundial Books &  chincoteagueculturalalliance.org
Feb 15Photo Contest for the Chincoteague Dog Park deadline. Entry fee $10 per photo. Entries will be displayed at WaggaPalooza at The Chincoteague Center on Feb 25. Prizes will be awarded.
Feb 16 - Decadent Desserts Fundraiser at the home of baker extraordinaire Fred Scholer to benefit CCA Building Fund. 7pm - 9pm. Tickets $20. Available at Sundial Books, H&H Pharmacy & chincoteagueculturalalliance.org . Only 40 spaces available.
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. 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. 
Feb 3 Sunset Boulevard  (1950) sponsored by Bad Choices Media
Feb 10 - National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) sponsored by Seaside Vacations
Feb 17 - The Birds (1963) sponsored by Hollyhocks
Museum of Chincoteague Island
chincoteaguemuseum.com   7125 Maddox Blvd.   757-336-6117
In Search of Exhibit Material. Learn more.
Reopens in March.
Town of Chincoteague
chincoteague-va.gov   6150 Community Drive   757-336-6519 
Waterpark Update - The Planning Commission has forwarded their recommendations to Mayor and Town Council, who will hold a public hearing and if satisfied will render their decision at that time. The Town is still excepting comments from citizens regarding the waterpark and will do so until the public hearing is held. If you have any questions, please contact  Ron  Marney, Pl anning Director,  Town of Chincoteague, Inc. at rmarney@chincoteague-va.gov.
Member News

Christ United Methodist Church      6253 Church Street
Mondays -  Manna Cafe Chincoteague Island  serves free hot lunch for those living in the Chincoteague Island community. Christ United Methodist Church Social Hall. 11am - 1pm. Contact Fran at 908-812-4857 or  fran@brandchamps.com

Comfort Suites      4195 Main Street      757-336-3700      chincoteaguecomfortsuites.com 
Offering a "Shore Deal" for Delmarva Residents.  $75 rate from now until Mar 31.

Daniel P. Turner Thomas / Tryfan Gallery     757-336-6222      danielpturnerthomas.com
Feb 5Watercolor Art Class. 1pm-4pm at Chincoteague Island Family YMCA. 6395 Maddox Blvd. Beginner's class entitled "Snowstorm on the Refuge." $35 including all materials. Payment due in advance to reserve your spot. Limited to 12 (six places left).

Fairfield Inn and Suites Chincoteague     757-336-0043     website
Feb 10-12 or Feb 17-19 - Stay & Play Package - includes tickets to Chincoteague Island Theatre Company performance of The Curious Savage.
Feb 17-19 - Romace Package - includes breakfast, chocolates, bottle of champagne, $60 gift card to Bill's Restaurant and late 2pm check out. 

Peninsula Regional Medical Center      peninsula.org
The Women's Heart Program at PRMC's Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute is a free heart disease risk assessment that includes: cholesterol & HDL testing; ankle/brachial index; resting 12-lead EKG; blood pressure & pulse oximetry testing; a Coronary Risk Profile & more. A follow-up care plan & exercise/nutrition recommendations included.  Free appointments offered every Tues & Thurs morning throughout February. Call 410-543-7026 for an appointment. Labwork is included & is also free.

Pirate Ship Adventures     757-894-5714     littlepirateadventures.com
Looking for a fun-filled summer job? Pirate Ship Adventures is now hiring Pirate Management and Staff for the 2017 season. Hourly plus tips. Great weekend Hours. Starting EASTER weekend. All employees will be drug tested and background checks are required. Contact us on Facebook or call (757) 894-5714.

Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital     757-414-8000     riversideonline.com
Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital at 9507 Hospital Ave in Nassawadox will close at  7 A.M. ON SATURDAY, FEB. 25. If you need medical attention after that date and time, please go to the new RSMH at 20480 Market Street in Onley. We look forward to providing care for you and
your family at our new location.

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