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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
Aug 14-18 - Summer Theater Academy. 9:00am-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), firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-336-6161. Learn more.
Save the Date
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!
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility
NASA Visitor Center -
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
New Entrance Fee Rates Effective June 23.
Herbert H. Bateman Center
Open 9am - 5pm
Follow OSV updates on
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
Fee Free Day
to celebrate the National Park Service Birthday.
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
Changes to America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass effective Aug 28
Toms Cove Visitor Center Open 9am - 4pm
Chincoteague Bay Field Station
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
Chincoteague Cultural Alliance Community Center for the Arts
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.
3pm - 5pm.
- Last Monday of the month. 1pm.
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
Chincoteague Island Library
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
Now thru Aug 10
The Emoji Movie
Wednesdays in August - Fright Nights with classic horror movie. Theatre Annex. 8pm.
$5 admission includes drink & snack. 4076 Main Street.
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
Museum of Chincoteague Island
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.
Except July 4) thru Aug
- Ellen Johnson,
Eastern Shore Railroad History
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
- 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
A&N Electric Cooperative
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.
- Cruisin" With Capt. Zack's. 4pm until you leave. Come enjoy some classic and not so classic rides and enjoy dinner too.
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.
Now thru Aug 28 -
Special 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
Summer camp registration happening now.
Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital
20480 Market Street,
Steven Weissfeld M.D.
Full Time Orthopedic Surgeon Bolsters RSMH Team.
Aug 19 - Hospice 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
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 email@example.com or at 775-720-0214.
Questions about the Farm Wine Study? Contact Megan Seibel, Deputy Secretary, at
or 804-692-2513 or 804-298-4161.
Virginia Living Magazine
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
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VTC has launched an Instagram campaign to promote
August Craft Beer Month
, starting on Aug. 1. Complete details available at
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.
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