OUT & ABOUT: Your weekly guide to what is happening on and around Chincoteague Island.
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45TH ANNUAL CHINCOTEAGUE OYSTER FESTIVAL
October 7, 2017     |     10am - 4pm
Tom's Cove Park
$45/person (under age 5 is free)
Purchase at 
757-336-6161 or 6733 Maddox Blvd.

Oysters! Oysters! Oysters! On the Half Shell, Steamed, Single Fried and Frittered.
Clam Fritters, Clam Chowder, Shrimp Cocktail, Salad Bar, Hot Dogs, Hush Puppies, Boardwalk Fries, Coffee/Hot Chocolate, Water & Soft Drinks.
Domestic/Craft Beers and Desserts for purchase.

Live music by festival favorite Island Boy.

Gates open at 10am. Appetizers served at 11am. Full festivities at Noon.

Be a part of the tradition and celebrate the arrival of oyster season.
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What's Happening

Sept 29 - The Taste of Chincoteague  -  Canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Sep 29 - mid DecArchitecture & Change: Preserving the Eastern Shore. Ker Place.
69 Market Street,  Onancock. Learn about the architectural histories & interesting stories of the Shore's more unique homes including  Evergreen. Learn more.

Sept 30 - Fee Free Day at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in honor of National Public Lands Day.

Sept 30 - 18th Annual Chili Chowder Cook-off and Car ShowSponsored by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. Chincoteague Island Carnival Grounds. Free Admission. LIve Music. Arts & Crafts Vendors. Great Food. Raffles. Family Fun. Little Miss Chili Pepper and Mr. Hot Stuff Competition and more. 11 AM - 5 PM. Food service beginning at Noon. Learn more or call 757-894-8771.
4th Annual Car Show -  Chincoteague Island Carnival Grounds. Registration 10 AM - Noon. Trophies awarded at 3 PM. $10 registration fee benefits new CVFC Fire House. First 50 registrations receive a commemorative dash plaque. Trophies for Best In Show, Fire Company's Choice, Mayor's Choice, and Top 30 People's Choice. Learn more.

Oct 4Lunch 'n Learn: Top 5 Small Business HR Mistakes 11:30am - 1pm. ESVA Chamber of Commerce, 1905 Parkway, Melfa. Space is limited. R eserve your seat at  757-787-2460 or  info@esvachamber.org . Free to ESVA Chamber members. Non-chamber members $20.

Oct 6 - Station 1 Pizza Night. New Church Volunteer Fire & Rescue. 5pm-8pm. 4264 Firehouse Street. New Church.  Learn more.

Oct 7  -  45th Annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival . Tom's Cove Park. Celebrate the arrival of oyster season, enjoy delectable oysters & more! 8128 Beebe Road. 10am - 4pm. Tickets currently on sale!  Learn more .

Oct 7-8 & 14-15The Chincoteague Island Theatre Company presents Death of a Dead Guy6:30pm. Doors open 6pm. Chincoteague Cultural Alliance Community Center for the Arts, 6309 Church Street. $35 t icket includes play & three-course meal catered by Kendall's Kitchen. Purchase tickets at H&H Pharmacy, Sundial Books, & online.  Learn more.

Oct 11 Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Members Networking Luncheon. Join us at Don's Seafood Restaurant on the second Wednesday of each month from October to April for our Member Networking Luncheons. Bring your business cards and make valuable connections with other Chamber members to grow your business/organization while enjoying a delicious lunch. Noon - 1pm. $10/person + tip.  Learn more .

Oct 13-14 - Fall RoundupLearn more.

Oct 13 - Grand Opening Reception for The Dogwood Branch. A quality consignment shop benefiting the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society.  3 North Street, Onancock.  5pm - 8pm.  Learn more
 
Oct 13Carolers Bingo7pm. Doors open 5:30pm. New Church Volunteer Fire & Rescue, 4264 Firehouse St, New Church. $20 for 20 games w/ 9 boards each. Prizes are the collectible Byers Choice Carolers. At least 20 door prizes. Food & refreshments for sale. To purchase tickets, call 757-894-1953 or purchase at the door.

Oct 142nd Annual Cork & Canvas. Noon - 5pm. Chincoteague Island, VA KOA. 6742 Maddox Blvd. Virginia wines, live music, great food, artisan market and kids entertainment. Benefits Special Olympics Virginia. Learn more & purchase tickets at  VACorkCanvas.com.
Save the Date

Oct 18 - Financial Wellness Fair . Sponsored by Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce. Hosted by The Chincoteague Center. 6155 Community Drive. 9:30am - Noon. Meet with Bankers, Financial Advisors, Insurance Agents, Realtors, & Other Mercantile Services and learn how they can help you cultivate your financial wellness. Participants include Chesapeake Investment Planning, LLC, Dockside Properties, Edward Jones - Willie C. Randall, Merrill Lynch - Mary McKenna, MPI - Mercantile Processing, Inc., PNC Bank, Seaside Properties, LLC, Taylor Bank, The Baxter Insurance Group - Nationwide Insurance and Xenith Bank.
Event is free and open to the public. Giveaways. Refreshments & more. Learn more.

Nov 3 - Stronger Community Through Stories Free Storytelling for Your Business Seminar.
Lead by Donald Davis "Dean of Storytelling". Chincoteague Cultural Alliance Community Center for the Arts. 6309 Church Street. 1pm - 2pm. In adjunt to the Chincoteague Storytelling Festival. Light refreshments provided or bring a bag lunch. RSVP by Oct 31 to
cndy_fth@yahoo.com or 757-894-1953. Learn 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
Oct 3-14 Launch Window. ASPIRE Black Brant IX   Suborbital. 6:45 am - 10:15am. Visitor Center opens at 6am.
Nov 10Antares/Cygnus launch to resupply International Space Station. 8:02am.
Launch Viewing Information

NASA Visitor Center -  nasa.gov/centers/wallops/visitorcenter      757-824-1344
Open Tues - Sat. 10am - 4pm. Free Admission.
Registration for October Homeschool Science Series now open. Learn more.
Sep 30 Imagination Playground 11am - Noon. Ages 4-9.
Sep 30Tour of the Solar System2pm - 2:30pm. All Ages.
Oct 7Space Story Time11am - 11:30am. Ages 2 - 5.
Oct 7Peculiar Planet2pm - 2:20pm. All Ages.
Oct 14Rigamajig11am - Noon. Ages 7-12.
Oct 14STEM Saturday: Water Bottle Rockets2pm - 3pm. Ages 6 and up. In person registration required.


Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
fws.gov/refuge/chincoteague/   757-336-6122   Sept o pen 5am - 10pm. Oct open 6am - 8pm.
Herbert H. Bateman Center      Open 9am - 5pm
Now thru Oct 6 - CNWR Annual Pass Photo Contest Learn more.

Chincoteague Natural History  Association      piping-plover.org      757- 336-3696
Lighthouse - Seasonal operations & weather permitting 9am - 3pm. Closed Noon-12:30pm.
RefugeTrek - Weekends at 10am & 4pm. $14 adults. $7 children. 


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


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 Oct 28. 9am - 1pm.  New vendors welcome. Preregistration required.  Call or text 717-495-7155 for more info.
Kitchen Gallery - Sundays.  3pm - 5pm. Flight - Now thru Oct. 15From rockets to birds, airplanes to balloons and more! 
Community Bingo - Last Monday of the month. 1pm.
Sept 29 Chincoteague Story Telling Guild Refreshments at 6:30pm. Story Telling at 7pm. Free admission.
Oct 142nd Saturday Artful Flea9am - 2pm. 
Oct 142nd Saturday Art Stroll5pm - 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 Sept 28 - Kingsmen (R)


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.
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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

Marina Bay Hotel & Suites      3801 Main Street      757-336-3500      staymarinabay.com
Hurricane Relief - Will donate part of the hotel's entire month's revenue to Harvey victims. They are also arranging a local fund drive to help with the hotel's pledge.  Make a donation directly to the victims of hurricane Harvey, simply by staying at the Marina Bay Hotel.

Waterside Inn      3761 Main St     877-870-3434     watersideinn.biz
Sep 29-30 - Walking The Plank Art Show. Fri  4pm - 9pm.  Sat 30 9am - 9pm.  Free Admission. Contact Waterside Inn for special weekend rates.
Vote  for Southern Living's "2018 South's Best Awards"
at  southernliving.com/southsbestvoteVoting is open to October 7, 2017.
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.

Attention Museum Directors, Boards & Volunteers
Chesapeake Connections: Training for Impactful Visitor Experience
A Workshop for Museum Professionals in Virginia -  Virginia Tourism Corporation & the National Park Service are teaming up to help small local museums create engaging and meaningful visitor experiences.  Participants will learn basic interpretive techniques, how to incorporate hands-on techniques, where to look for potential funding sources, and how to marketing museums and programs.  The workshop will also explore ways for new programs to connect to the themes of the upcoming Virginia commemorations, the USA 250 initiative, and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.
 
Feature speakers will include local tourism directors, representative from Virginia Tourism Corporation, and representatives from the National Park Service.  This will be a hands-on workshop and every participant will leave with a binder of program ideas and marketing opportunities.
 
October 26, 2017 Comfort Suites, Chincoteague, Virginia
Workshops will be 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with sign-in starting at 9:30 a.m.
Registration Required. Click here to register.
 
There is no cost for the workshop. Advance registration is required. Light refreshments will be provided.  For more information contact Kate Marks Hardy with National Park Service at  410-260-2480   Kate_marks@nps.gov  or Staci Martin with Virginia Tourism Corporation at 757-390-7330  smartin@virginia.org


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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