OUT & ABOUT: Your weekly guide to what is happening on and around Chincoteague Island.
May 7-13 is National Travel and Tourism Week. Learn more.
May is  Business Appreciation Month
A special thank you to our valued members for their continued support of the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce. We appreciate you and all you do. 
 
A huge  THANK YOU  to all
 Sponsors, Booth Captains, 
Volunteers & Patrons of the
49th Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival!

  The event was a great success thanks to your support and dedication.

  ON SALE NOW...
45th Annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival - October 7, 2017
50th Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival - May 5, 2018

Be part of these Chincoteague Island traditions! 
Join us for FOOD, FUN, MUSIC and GREAT MEMORIES!
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit chincoteaguechamber.com,
Welcome to Our Newest Members

What's Happening

May 12 - Shore Fest Golf Tournament. Eastern Shore Yacht & Country Club. Buffet lunch. Golf. Awards reception and prizes. Register at 757-787-2460 or info@esvachamber.org

May 12 - Bingo. New Church Volunteer Fire Department. 6pm - 9pm. 4264 Firehouse St., New Church. Benefits NCVFD and Kegotank Elementary School BETA Club. Admission $5. Learn more.

May 13-19 - Town of Chincoteague Spring Clean-up, Paint-up, Fix-up Week to coincide with Mother Earth Day Celebration

May 13 - Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. 11am. Catalina Angelina's Boutique of Chincoteague Virginia, Pine Plaza on Maddox Blvd. Learn more.

May 18-28 Flounder King Tournament.  Sponsored by Capt. Bob's Marina. Learn more.

May 20-26 - Town of Chincoteague Boating Safety Week

May 21-27 - Town of Chincoteague 2017 Hurricane Preparedness Week
Save the Date

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 26 - Ribbon Cutting. Tara Grinna Swimwear. 3pm. 6196 Maddox Blvd. More info to follow.
 
May 31  -  Business After Hours. Xenith Bank, Chincoteague. 5pm - 7pm. 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. Learn more & register.

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 .

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:
May 16-19 Launch Window - Black Brant IX SubTec-7 Suborbital 5:45am-6:40am Time Window
 
NASA Visitor Center - 
Open Tues-Sat 10am - 4pm   Free Admission 757-824-1344
May 11 - Launch Range Photography Lecture. 5pm. NASA Visitor Center.   Learn more.
May 12  - Homeschool Science Series - Rockets! 10am - 12pm. Ages 5-15. Optional parent professional development offered. Register here.
May 13 - Solar System Activities. 11am - 11:30am. Recommended Ages 5-10.  Learn more.
May 13 - STEM Saturday: Engineering Challenge - Payload Drop. 2pm - 3pm. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Space limited & registration required.  Learn more.
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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
fws.gov/refuge/chincoteague/   757-336-6122   Open 6am - 8pm
Herbert H. Bateman Center    Open 9am - 4pm
May 1323rd Annual International Migratory Bird Celebration. 10am - 3pm.  2017 Conservation theme is "Helping Birds Along the Way" - focuses on the importance of stopover sites, which offer a safe refuge to rest and refuel before continuing on the next stage of their journey, and their habitats. Press release. Schedule of Events.

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.
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Assateague Island National Seashore  
nps.gov/asis/index.htm   757-336-6577 
Toms Cove Visitor Center   Open 9am - 4pm
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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
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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.
May 13 Mother Earth Day Festival & 2nd Saturday Artful Flea Opening Day.  9am - 2pm. Featuring an amazing array of arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles and attic treasures. plus food, music and fun for all. Learn more.
May 132nd Saturday Art Stroll. 5pm - 8pm. 
May 18 - 3rd Thursday Theatre presented by the Chincoteague Island Theatre Company. 8pm. A Staged Reading of The Book of Liz, a goofy, laugh-out-loud comedy written by Amy Sedaris and David Sedaris. *Contains mature language. Not suitable for all audiences* $5 suggested donation at the door.
May 20 Island Coffeehouse.  7pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. $5 cover charge ($3 for 21 and under with ID). Homemade sweets, coffee, wine, beer & soft drinks available.
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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
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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. 
May 12 - Blue Hawaii (1961) sponsored by D & K Fishell and B & T King
May 19Rebel Without A Cause (1955) sponsored by Sea Shell Motel
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Museum of Chincoteague Island
chincoteaguemuseum.com   7125 Maddox Blvd.   757-336-6117
Open Fri-Sun 11am - 5pm for the spring season.
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Town of Chincoteague
chincoteague-va.gov   6150 Community Drive   757-336-6519 
- Spring paving projects have begun Learn more.
- 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.
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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

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
May 20 - Exmore Hospice Thrift Store Hosting Warehouse Sale. 8 am - 3pm. Bring your own  plastic grocery bag & fill it with clothing for only $5/bag. All  shoppers offered a 30% discount on store merchandise  3306 Lankford Highway, Exmore.

Waterside Inn     watersideinn.biz     877-870-3434
Celebrating their 30th Anniversary in June! Be a part of the excitement! From Apr 19 - Jun 7 enjoy a very special deal - stay 3 consecutive nights and save 30%! Valid Sun - Thur only. Cannot be combined with any other promotion or discount. Not valid on current reservations.
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 .
Scenic Virginia Announces Kick-Off of 2017 Photo Contest deadline May 15 Learn more.
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