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

Now is a great time to join the Chamber and secure your space in the 2018 Visitor's Guide, with 110,000 print copies and online presence .
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Please be reminded that the 5% discount for Visitor Guide advertisements ends August 15th! If you have any questions regarding your membership or advertisement, contact Lea Ann at leaann@chincoteaguechamber.com.

All displays from the open house, including the concept design exhibits are available
on the project website: https://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/projects/va/chin-10/
Comments should be submitted via email to NorthChincoteagueBeach@dot.gov.
What's Happening

Aug 11 - Music on the Lawn with Tarrant an Americana, country, alternative country band from Richmond, VA playing original and cover songs - 5:30pm. Cash bar & concessions by Mallards. Event is free & open to the public! Bring a chair. shorehistory.org 757-787-8012.

Aug 14-18Summer Theater Academy9:00am-3:30pm. $125 for the week. Ages 6-13. Brought to you by The Lower Shore Performing Arts Company & The Delmarva Discovery Center. Please bring a bagged lunch, water, sunscreen, bug spray & YOUR SENSE OF ADVENTURE!!! Learn more.

Aug 24 - Waffle Day Business Before Hours at Comfort Suites. 4195 Main Street. In conjunction with the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce. 7am - 10am. Enjoy a delicious breakfast including fresh made waffles while networking with business partners in the community. Vote on new limited edition waffles - on may become the new official flavor for Comfort Suites. Celebrate "Hometown Heroes" - the wonderful people that make Chincoteague the amazing destination it is. Enter for your chance to win door prizes. RSVP by Aug 22 via Evite (chamber members), joanne@chincoteaguechamber.com or 757-336-6161. Learn more.
Save the Date

Oct 7 - 45th Annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival . Tom's Cove Park. Celebrate the seafood festival and the arrival of oyster season! 8128 Beebe Road. 10am - 4pm. Tickets currently on sale! Learn more .
Ongoing Activities
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility 
nasa.gov/centers/wallops/   Launch Info: 757-824-2050
Future Launches
Aug 12-13 Launch Window. Terrier-Improved Malemute  RockSat-X  Suborbital.  6am - 10 am. 
Launch Viewing Information

NASA Visitor Center -  nasa.gov/centers/wallops/visitorcenter      757-824-1344
Open 7 days a week. 10am - 4pm. Free Admission.
Wednesdays - Engineering Challenge. 2pm. Registration required.
Fridays - Rocketry. 2pm. All ages welcome.
Saturdays - Imagination Playground. 11am. Ages 4 - 9. & Peculiar Planet. 2pm. All Ages.
Aug 12 - Astronomy & Night Sky Summer Series. 7:30pm - 10pm. Astronomy 101 Presentations at Herbert H. Bateman Education Center, Assateague Island at 7:30, 8:00, 8:30pm. Night Sky Observations through telescopes & binoculars at North End of Parking Lot #1 from 8:30pm - 9:45pm. Learn more.
Aug 21 - Solar Eclipse Viewing - Noon - 4:30pm. From Wallops 81.5% partial eclipse. Starts 1:22pm. Maximum 2:46pm. Ends 4:05pm. Eclipse glasses for safe viewing, live streaming, resources and solar-themed activities.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
fws.gov/refuge/chincoteague/   757-336-6122   Open 5am - 10pm
New Entrance Fee Rates Effective June 23.   Learn more .
Herbert H. Bateman Center    Open 9am - 5pm
Follow OSV updates on Twitter at @ChincoteagueOSV
South OSV Zone closed completely to all public access as of Jun 22.
Aug 15 - Oct 6 - CNWR Annual Pass Photo Contest -  Calling all amateur photographers! Submit photos of the refuge (taken over the past 2 years) that highlight the best of the scenic landscapes, precious wildlife & small wonders which we all cherish. No photos of lighthouse, ponies, bald eagles, or monarch butterflies.  Refuge staff will select top five photos then local community leaders will pick a winner from these finalists. Winner announced on October 20th and image will be featured on the front of the 2018 CNWR Annual Pass!  C ontest rules & entry form at  www.fws.gov/refuge/Chincoteague .
Aug 25  - Fee Free Day to celebrate the National Park Service Birthday.

Chincoteague Natural History  Association      piping-plover.org      757- 336-3696
Lighthouse - Open 7 days a week weather permitting 9am - 3pm. Closed Noon-12:30pm.
RefugeTrek - Every day except Wed at 10am & 4pm. $14 adults. $7 children. 

Assateague Island National Seashore  
nps.gov/asis/index.htm   757-336-6577 
Changes to America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass effective Aug 28. Learn more .
Toms Cove Visitor Center   Open 9am - 4pm

Chincoteague Bay Field Station
cbfieldstation.org      34001 Mill Dam Road, Wallops Island     757-824-5636
Daily & Overnight Summer Camp registration  now open cbfieldstation.org/youth-camps
Aug 18 - Serving Up The Shore - Farm to Table dinner celebrating locally grown & produced foods at CBFS Dining Hall. 6pm. Tickets $100/person. For menu & to purchase tickets, visit  cbfieldstation.org/serving-up-the-shore

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 - Sat. thru 10/28. Wed. thru Sep 6. 9am - 1pm.  New vendors welcome. Preregistration required.  Call or text 717-495-7155 for more info.
Kitchen Gallery - Sundays.  3pm - 5pm. 
Community Bingo - Last Monday of the month. 1pm.
Aug 10 - Summer Cinema Series  - Bend It Like Beckham. Robert N. Reed Downtown Waterfront Park. Dusk.
Aug 12 - The Artful Flea - 9am - 2pm.
Aug 12 - 2nd Saturday Art Stroll - 5pm - 8pm
Aug 17 - 3rd Thursday Theatre  - 8pm.  Three 10-minute plays. $5 s uggested donation.
Aug 19 - Island CoffeehouseDoors open 6:30pm. Performance 7pm. Fee: $5; $3 students

Chincoteague Island Library
chincoteagueislandlibrary.org      4077 Main Street     757-336-3460
Open Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat - 10am - 5pm. Thurs 1pm - 7pm. 
Summer Reading Program - Child (K-grade 12) Register then keep tract of minutes spent reading on a reading log. Return logs by Aug 17 to be eligible for a canvas bag with Back to School supplies. Each participant will receive 2 free tickets to a special Delmarva Shore Birds baseball game in early August.
Tales for Tots - Thursdays thru Aug 17. 10am. Ages 2-5 accompanied by parent at Library. Pony Swim week - program at 1 pm. 
Young Explorers - Thursdays thru Aug 17. 10am.  Ages 6-10 accompanied by parent at CIAO Annex.  Pony Swim week - program at 1 pm.
Nancy's Book Club - 2nd 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     Check website for times.
Now thru Aug 10  - The Emoji Movie (PG)
Wednesdays in August - Fright Nights with classic horror movie. Theatre Annex. 8pm.  $5 admission includes drink & snack. 4076 Main Street.
Aug 16  - Wednesday Fright Nights at the Theatre Annex - Last Man on Earth 8pm. 4076 Main Street. Admission is $5 and includes a small drink & a snack. Learn more at  chincoteagueislandarts.com

Museum of Chincoteague Island
chincoteaguemuseum.com   7125 Maddox Blvd.   757-336-6117   
Open Tues - Sun 11am - 5pm.
$4 Adults. Free 12 years & under, active military, & museum members.  Field trips available.
Tuesday Nights at the Museum: Where Island Tales are Told.  7pm. ( Except July 4) thru Aug  29.   Learn more .
Aug 15  - Ellen Johnson, Eastern Shore Railroad History

The Chincoteague Center
thechincoteaguecenter.com     6155 Community Drive     757-336-0614
Game Night - Wednesdays from Jun 14 - Aug 30 (except Jul 26). 6pm  - 8pm. Great selection of board games for the whole family. Snacks & refreshments for sale.  $3/person. $8/family. O pen to the public!

Town of Chincoteague
chincoteague-va.gov   6150 Community Drive   757-336-6519 
- 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

A&N Electric Cooperative     anec.com      757-787-9750
ANEC is re-introducing its Co-op Connections Card program. Each member served by the Cooperative can get a free Co-op Connections Card & use it to get discounts at local participating businesses. In return for participating, the Cooperative helps with promotion of the program for those businesses. Learn more.

Capt. Zack's Seafood Carryouts      4422 Deep Hole Road     captzacksseafood.com
Aug 12  - Cruisin" With Capt. Zack's. 4pm until you leave. Come enjoy some classic and not so classic rides and enjoy dinner too.

Catalina Angelina's Boutique     6759 Maddox Blvd.     catalinaangelinas.com
Now thru Aug 19 - Back to School Model Search - Open to Accomack County residents ages 6 and up. Apply in person with 8x10 headshot. Ten finalists will be invited back for photo shoot with pictures posted on Facebook for voting. Model with the most likes will be announced at close of Sep 2 Fashion Show. Prizes for top three models.

Eastern Shore Rural Health     esrh.org  
Now thru Aug 28Special Back to School Days!  Physicals required for school sports & to enter PreK & kindergarten plus required immunizations for kindergarten and 6th grade students will be available the following special hours along with FREE dental screenings.
Onley Community Health Center   Aug. 15 and 16 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Atlantic Community Health Center Aug. 14, 21, and 28 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Call the Atlantic center at 824-5676 or the Onley center at 787-7374 to make an appointment. 
Each child seen will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Walmart gif t card!

Edward Jones - Willie C. Randall     4045 Lankford Highway, Exmore     757-442-4010
Now thru Aug 28 - 8th Annual School Supply Drive. Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm. 

Ker Place / Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society     69 Market Street Onancock
757.787.8012     marketing@shorehistory.org     shorehistory.org
Summer camp registration happening now. Learn more.

Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital      20480 Market Street,  Onancock      757-302-2140
Steven Weissfeld M.D. Full Time Orthopedic Surgeon Bolsters RSMH Team.

Aug 19Hospice Thrift Store in Exmore Hosting Warehouse Sale. 8am - 1pm. 3306 Lankford Highway.

Aug 23 - American Red Cross Blood Drive. Due to a  summer shortage of blood donations, $5 Target gift card to blood donors in the month of August are being offered.  11am - 3pm in hospital's conference room. A ll blood types welcome, as are Power Red donors.  Donors are encouraged to eat a meal prior to giving blood and drink plenty of water.  No appointment necessary, but having one will speed the process at redcrossblood.org. U se sponsor code SMHosp.  Donors should bring valid photo ID.
Virginia Farm Winery Study
The Office of the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry is seeking input for a Virginia Farm Winery Study. To read the letter from the Secretary's office which provides background information on this study, along with links to the survey, click here. The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.   Need assistance with the online survey? Contact Judie Talbot, IEN Senior Associate, at jat5yc@virginia.edu or at 775-720-0214.   Questions about the Farm Wine Study? Contact Megan Seibel, Deputy Secretary, at  Megan.Seibel@governor.virginia.gov  or 804-692-2513 or 804-298-4161.
Virginia Living Magazine is  now accepting entries for their
6th Annual Made in Virginia Awards
Celebrating Virginia craftsmanship and ingenuity in Food, Drink, Design and Gear
Awards are open to any Virginia-based business whose products are manufactured in the state and will be available through the end of the year. There is no cost to enter. Click here to complete entry form & learn how to share samples of your product with them. Deadline Aug 25.

Please send photos of tourism businesses that are new in your community in the last four years and tell us about them. Think about hotels, restaurants, craft brewers, wineries, distilleries, festivals/events, trails, museums, attractions, outdoor experiences and etc. Email to  vtcresearch@virginia.org

CONTENT NEEDED! Want to be included in a blog or an article on Virginia.org? Check out our content marketing calendar for things we are working on. You must be listed on Virginia.org for possible inclusion in any blog or article. Log into the Admin Tool to get started. Email Robin at rmamunes@virginia.org  for assistance or Patricia at  pkeppel@virginia.org for blog questions.   View content calendar for 2017.

VTC has launched an Instagram campaign to promote August Craft Beer Month, starting on Aug. 1. Complete details available at vatc.org/craftbeermonth  to toast to all the amazing breweries in Virginia! We are  encouraging consumers to post a photo or video to Instagram in a "toast" style about their favorite Virginia beer, brewery or craft beer experience using the hashtags #ToastVA and #VAcraftbeer, then "pass the mic" by tagging a friend to do the same.  All participants will be entered to win weekly drawings for Virginia is for Craft Beer Lovers swag, and the two breweries with the most engagement will win giant Virginia is for Craft Beer Lovers neon signs. 
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  info@esvatourism.org .
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