OUT & ABOUT: Your weekly guide to what is happening on and around Chincoteague Island.
Join beautiful Chincoteague Island on 
Saturday, December 2nd 
(inclement weather date is Friday, December 8th)
to celebrate a 38-year Christmas tradition...
Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade
 This year's theme is 'A Misty-cal Christmas'

6pm - Enjoy the sounds of 'The Salt Marsh Ramblers" performing in Robert N. Reed Downtown Park. 

6:30pm - Invocation and Town Lighting in front of the Chincoteague Island Library.

7pm - The annual Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade begins. Fill the sidewalks on Main Street from Maddox Boulevard to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company Fire House to see enchanting floats, bands, marching units, decorated boats, fire companies from ac ross the Eastern Shore, equestrian teams, classic cars, and more. Keep an eye out for Santa too!

After the parade's conclusion, the festivities continue at the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company Fire House; 4028 Main Street. Visit with Santa while enjoying refreshments served by the Kiwanis Club of Chincoteague. Cheer for parade participants when trophies are awarded by the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce. Best is Show trophy to entry that best depicts the theme 'A Misty-cal Christmas' - 
in honor of the 70th anniversary of Marguerite Henry's children's novel  Misty of Chincoteague .

What's Happening

Nov 11 - Antares CRS-8 / OA-8 Orbital launch to resupply International Space Station. Window 7:37am - 7:42am. Visitor Center open Nov 10 8:30am - 5pm and Nov 11 3:30am - 2pm to support launch.  Launch Viewing Information  nasa.gov/centers/wallops/   Launch Info: 757-824-2050

Nov 11-12 - Fee Free Days in honor of Veterans Day WeekendChincoteague National Wildlife Refuge  Learn more.    757-336-6122   Open  Nov - Mar 6am - 6pm. CLOSED NOV 11 UNTIL AFTER ANTARES LAUNCH

Nov 11 - Bottle of Joy3:30pm. The Annex next to Island Theatre. 4074 Maddox Blvd. A play for ages 4-11 performed by the Georgetown University Children's Theater. $5 admission.

Nov 15 Lunch 'n Learn: Retail Boot Camp for Preparing Your Storefront for the Holidays.
11:30am - 1pm. Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce, 19056 Lankford Hwy, Melfa. Sponsored by the ESVA Chamber Foundation and The Small Business Development Center. Call 757-787-2460 or info@esvachamber.org

Nov 18 - Black, White & "Read" All Over Gala. Happy Hour 6pm. Dinner 7pmMusic by The Virginia Creek Band. $50/person. Purchase tickets at Xenith Bank, Chincoteague Island Library and Sundial Books. Proceeds benefit the Chincoteague Island Library and Library programs. Learn more.
Save the Date

Nov 29 - Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting at the Taylor Bank Virginia Loan Production Office . 5pm - 7pm. 25020 Shore Parkway, Suite 1C, Onley, VA 23418. Tours, Entertainment, Refreshments in the Oyster Room following Ribbon Cutting.RSVP to joanne@chincoteaguechamber.comLearn more.

Dec 2 - 38th Annual Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade. Click here for parade applications (general entries, bands and fire companies) and to learn more.
Ongoing Activities
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility 
nasa.gov/centers/wallops/   Launch Info: 757-824-2050
Future Launches

NASA Visitor Center -  nasa.gov/centers/wallops/visitorcenter      757-824-1344
Open Tues - Sat. 10am - 4pm. Free Admission.
Nov 18Space Story Time11am - 11:30am. Ages 2-5.
Nov 18Rocketry2pm - 2:30pm. All ages.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
fws.gov/refuge/chincoteague/   757-336-6122   Open  Nov - Mar 6am - 6pm.
Herbert H. Bateman Center   Open 9am - 4pm

Chincoteague Natural History  Association      piping-plover.org      757- 336-3696
Lighthouse - November schedule weather permitting
Nov 10 - Noon - 3pm     |     Nov 11 - 9am - 3pm     |    Nov 12 - 9am - 1pm
Nov 24 - 9am - 3pm     |     Nov 25 - 9am - 3pm     |     Nov 26 - 9am - 3pm

Assateague Island National Seashore  
nps.gov/asis/index.htm   757-336-6577 
Toms Cove Visitor Center    Open 9am - 4pm

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 (not Nov 4)
Kitchen Gallery - Sundays.  3pm - 5pm. Graveyards and Ghosts from Oct 22 - Nov 12.
Community Bingo - Last Monday of the month. 1pm.
Nov 11 2nd Saturday Art Stroll 5pm - 8pm. 

Chincoteague Island Library
chincoteagueislandlibrary.org      4077 Main Street     757-336-3460
Open Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat - 10am - 5pm. Thurs 1pm - 7pm. 
Tales for Tots - Ride Into Reading. Thursdays now thru Dec 14 (except Thanksgiving Day).  10am. Ages 2-5. No registration required. Must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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 Nov 16 - Thor: Ragnorak (PG13) 7pm  
Dec 14 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG13) 7pm - Advanced Show - Tickets now on sale

The Annex     
Nov 13 - Pre-Registration for GED classes beginning Jan 2018 . 5pm - 7pm. Call 757-789-1794 by Nov 15 if you are not able to attend but would like to sign up. Minimum of 5 required to hold class.

Museum of Chincoteague Island
chincoteaguemuseum.com   7125 Maddox Blvd.   757-336-6117   
Open Fri - Sun 11am - 5pm.   $4 Adults. Free 12 years & under, active military, & members .

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

Catalina Angelina's Boutique of Chincoteague  6759 Maddox Blvd.   catalinaangelinas.com
Nov 11 - Winter Holiday Fashion Show. Noon -  5pm for vendor event & 2pm - 3pm for fashion show. Vendors Needed - all vendors welcome but arts and crafts preferred. 

Chesapeake Investment Planning     cipadvisor.com     757-787-4279 x107
Do you know what you are paying for?  Learn more

Eastern Shore Rural Health       esrh.org
Nov 1 - Dec 15 - Health Insurance Marketplace Open. Learn more at healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596. Learn more about free local help.

Nov 11 - Exmore Hospice Thrift Store Hosting Warehouse Clearance Sale 8am - 1pm. 
Shoppers will find furniture, clothing, household items, sports equipment, books, movies and more.  Bring own plastic grocery bag & fill it with clothing for only $5/bag.  3306 Lankford Highway.

Riverside Shore Nurse,Cheryl Warren, BSN, RN, CCRN, is a finalist for the 7th annual Virginia Chapter March of Dimes Nurse of the Year award. 

WESR 103.3 The Shore/Coastal Country 105.7 & 1330 AM  757-787-3200
ShoreDailyNews.com is now brand new! Log on today for local news and information for the Eastern Shore Today.   Click the Contests and Promotions Page and enter your information to win a laser etched Ozark Trail Tumbler or one of two grand prizes.
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