OUT & ABOUT: Your weekly guide to what is happening on and around Chincoteague Island.
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Entrance Fee Changes Effective June 23, 2017 -  Learn more.
What's Happening

Jun 16 - Father's Day Dinner Fundraiser. Chincoteague Church of God. 4:30pm - 6pm and 6:30pm - 8pm. Adults $20. Children 5-10 $10. Under 5 free. Drinks, entree & dessert. Take out available. For more info, call 757-336-5161.

Jun 17 - Le Tour de Shore Bike Ride - 25k, 50k, 100k or 100 miles. Rest stops, snacks & BBQ lunch included. For more info & to register, visit esvachamber.org or contact the Chamber at (757) 787-2460.

Jun 19  - Ribbon Cutting at Chincoteague Island Family YMCA. 4:30pm. 6395 Maddox Blvd. 
Tour the facility and see Phase One capital construction improvements i ncluding state-of-the-art health & wellness center  with all new cardiovascular, strength & free weight equipment.  Meet the staff. Learn about membership and class opportunities.  Enjoy refreshments & network with other Chamber  and community members.  RSVP to joanne@chincoteaguechamber.com by June 18. Learn more.

Jun 21 - Chincoteague Island Library Sunset Cruise "First Night of Summer" Fundraiser
6pm. Aboard the Martha Lou with Capt. Carlton Leonard. $40/person includes food & drink. Purchase tickets at the Library or Sundial Books. Sell out event. Learn more.

Jun 22  - Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting. Taylor Bank. 5pm - 7pm. 4116 Main Street. Tours, Entertainment and Refreshments served at Don's Seafood following ribbon cutting. Learn more .

Jun 23-24 - Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival-Opening Weekend. 7pm - 11pm. Opening ceremony & welcome on Friday. Food, Fun, Games, Raffles & Attractions for the entire family! cvfc3.com Carnival and Pony Swim information.

Jun 24 - 1st Annual Cornhole Tournament and All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feast. 4pm - 9pm. New Church Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company, 4264 Firehouse Street, New Church, VA. Click here for full details.To purchase crab feast tickets, cornhole tournament spots or more information, call 757-824-8724.
Save the Date

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
Jun 16-18 Launch Window - Terrier-Improved Malemute Ampoule Test Suborbital 9 :04pm-9:19pm Time Window. Visitor Center opens at 8pm for launch viewing.
Jun 23-23 - Launch Window -  RockOn Launch. Visitor Center opens at 5am for launch viewing.
Launch Window: 6am - 10am.  Type: Suborbital  Vehicle: Terrier-Improved Orion Sounding Rocket
Click here for  press release with details on the student mission 

NASA Visitor Center -  nasa.gov/centers/wallops/visitorcenter
Open Tues-Sat 10am - 4pm   Free Admission 757-824-1344
Jun 17 - STEM Saturday: Engineering Challenge - Flight.  12pm - 1pm. Ages 6 and up. Space limited. Registration required.
Jun 17 - Smartphones for Science: Globe Observer App. 2pm. Free. Open to all ages.
Requirements: Download the GLOBE Observer app ahead of time at  observer.globe.gov/about/get-the-app
Jun 24 - Space Story Time & Craft. 11am - 11:30am. Ages 2 - 5 years old. 
Jun 24 - Peculiar Planet. 2:00pm -.2:15pm. All Ages.
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 and @ChincoteagueOSV

Chincoteague Natural History  Association      piping-plover.org      757- 336-3696
Lighthouse - Open Fri, Sat & Sun weather permitting 9am - 3pm. Closed Noon-12:30pm. As of Jun 16 open 7 days a week.
RefugeTrek - 10am. Sat & Sun but subject to change. $14 adults. $7 children. As of Jun 23 operating every day except Wed at 10am & 4pm.
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
Sign up for Homeschool and SPARK Family programs.
Daily & Overnight Summer Camp registration  now open cbfieldstation.org/youth-camps
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. 
Jun 17 - Island Coffeehouse,  7pm. Doors open 6:30pm. $5 cover charge ($3 for 21 and under with ID). Homemade sweets, coffee, wine, beer & soft drinks available.
Jun 23 - Chincoteague Story Telling Guild. Refreshments at 6:30pm. Story Telling at 7pm. Free admission. 
Jun 24 - CCA Annual Photo Contest Show and Reception. Showcases winners of the 2016 Chincoteague Cultural Alliance Photo Contest.
Chincoteague Island Library
chincoteagueislandlibrary.org      4077 Main Street     757-336-3460
Open Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat - 10am - 5pm. Thurs 1pm - 7pm. 
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
Jun 15-22 - Wonder Woman (PG13)   
Museum of Chincoteague Island
chincoteaguemuseum.com   7125 Maddox Blvd.   757-336-6117     Seeking Volunteers.
Open Tues - Sun 11am - 5pm.
$4 Adults. Free 12 years & under, active military, & museum members
Field trip opportunities available.
Tuesday Nights at the Museum: Where Island Tales are Told.  7pm. ( Except July 4) thru Aug  29.   Each Tuesday evening will feature a different speaker and topic ranging from  basket weaving, tracking peregrine falcons, sounding rockets, crab pot making, and local shipwrecks. Learn more .
Jun 20 - Denise Bowden,  Saltwater Cowboys & Pony Penning
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 
- Seeking Pony Swim Volunteers -  The Town needs volunteers to ride the buses as guides to assist visitors and bus drivers that are not from the Island. They will tell about the day's events, where to go, answer questions, and makes sure bus drivers stay on the designated route.
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

96.5 CTG is now hiring locally for several positions. Learn more.

Blue Crab Bay Co.     23698 Atlantic Drive, Melfa     bluecrabbay.com
Jun 16-18 - Summer Open House. Fri 9am - 5pm. Sat 10am - 4pm. Sun 12pm - 4pm.  Enjoy clams casino dip & gazpacho made with Sting Ray Bloody Mary Mix. Enjoy light refreshments. Shop new arrivals. Exclusive discounts and offerings. Learn more.  

Daniel P. Turner Thomas / Tryfan Gallery     3594 Main Street      757-336-6222     danielptthomas@gmail.com
Jun 25 - Summer Watercolor Class - Great Blue Heron. 1pm - 4pm. Held at Chincoteague Island Family YMCA. 6395 Maddox Blvd. Some experience required.

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      riversideonline.com/shore    
20480 Market St., Onancock     757-302-2100 / 800-834-7035 
RSMH facility has earned accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography in the areas of Adult Transthoracic and Adult Stress.
Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program Applications are OPEN & are due back no later than June 27 by 5pm.  Note that if you want to take advantage of a draft review, the draft deadline is June 6 by 5pm. This program is designed to stimulate new tourism marketing programs through the creation of tourism partnerships, to leverage partners' marketing budgets, and to extend the "Virginia is for Lovers" campaign. Learn more.

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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