OUT & ABOUT: Your weekly guide to what is happening on and around Chincoteague Island.
Weekly Newsletter

Published February 13, 2020

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NEW MOBILE RESPONSIVE ChincoteagueChamber.com!!

41st Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival
April 10, 2020     Noon - 5:00 p.m. 
       April 11, 2020     9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Chincoteague Combined School
4586 Main Street

Vendor applications now being accepted.
 For more information CLICK HERE or  call
 757-336-6161.   Please consider donating to the 
Pre-Loved Treasures Silent Auction.   

52nd Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival 
May 2, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Toms Cove Park 
8128 Beebe Road

Tickets Now on Sale!  
For more information  CLICK HERE.

Looking for a great way to promote your business? Be a 'Friend of the Festival',
hospitality vendor or secure a space in the Arts & Crafts tent at the 52nd Annual Chincoteague  Seafood Festival on May 2nd! The application is now available at  www.chincoteaguechamber.com/events/52nd-annual-chincoteague-seafood-festival/
If you have any questions call Joanne at 757-336-6161. 
**Summer Tourism Counselor position now open**
The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce
Small office.....Big opportunity!
Application being accepted until March 31, 2020
mail letters of interest or resumes to
Evelyn Shotwell, 6733 Maddox Blvd, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 
To learn more CLICK HERE 

 NASA Launch

When: Feb 14 - 3:43 p.m. 
Coverage begins: 3:15 p.m
Mission: Northrop Grumman Resupply Mission to Space Station (CRS-13)
Where : NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.  Visit nasa.gov/launchschedule for more information. 

Feb 14 - The Chincoteatgue National Wildlife Refuge will close to all access at 12:00 p.m. This includes access to the Oversand Vehicle Zone. The backup date for the rocket launch is Saturday, February 15th at 3:25 pm. If the launch is moved to the 15th, the refuge will close to all access at 11:30 am that day. The refuge will reopen to normal operating hours immediately following the launch. 
Save the Date  

Feb 16 - 12:00 p.m.  NASCAR Daytona 500 Party.  The American Legion Post 159,
4023 Main Street. Open to all members, guests, & the public.  The main dish will be provided by the Legion.  We ask for those attending to bring a covered dish to share.  Beer, wine, 
and mixers available for purchase, or bring your own spirits. 
Visit chincoteaguelegion159.org to learn more. 

Feb 26 - 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Imagination Library Registration.  Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Chincoteague.  Held in conjunction with the Chincoteague Elementary School Pre-K registration.  Children under the age of 5 who live in the Chincoteague Elementary School Community will be eligible for a FREE book each month until their 5 th  birthday.  The books are provided by the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and mailed to the child at no cost to the family.   To learn more CLICK HERE 

Feb 27 - 10 :00 a.m. Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Annual General Membership Meeting .  Held at the new  Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company Hall, 5052 Deep Hole Rd. 
Guest Speaker Dr. Jim Shaeffer of the Eastern Shore Community College.  
RSVP to info@chincoteaguechamber.com or call  757-336-6161 by Feb 20th.

March 21  - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Job Fair . Employers and job seekers are welcome. 
Held at the Chincoteague Center, 6155 Community Drive. Free event. Tables provided for local businesses and employers.  Resume specialist on site to help first time job seekers build a resume or refine current resumes.  Part-time, full-time, and internships positions available. Drinks and snacks available for purchase. Call 757-336-0614 or visit  TheChincoteagueCenter.com for more information or to reserve your space.
What's Happening

Feb 14, 15, 16 - 7:00 p.m. -  All Because of Agatha Play. Sponsored by the 
Chincoteague Cultural Alliance.  Performed by the Chincoteague Island Theatre Company,  6309 Church Street.  Written by Jonathan Troy and directed by  Lexi Hubb.  
Tickets on  sale online at chincoteagueca.org, H & H Pharmacy and Sundial Books (cash or check only).   Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Feb 14 -  4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Feb 15 - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Death By Chocolate .  Sponsored by the Historic Main Street Merchants.   A FREE 2 DAY EVENT!   Valentine's weekend scavenger hunt! Complete your playing card while enjoying delicious chocolate treats at each participating merchant. Cross the finish line at the Chincoteague Center to have your playing card validated and entered in the grand prize drawings. Playing cards can be picked up from any participating merchant. You must be 18 or older to be entered in the grand prize drawing. Visit us on Facebook for a complete list of participating merchants! Call Nicole at 443-614-6801 to learn more. 

Feb 15 - 8:00 p.m. " Rock the Tump" Musical performance by North Carolina's 
Chip and the Old Blocks. Sponsored by the Chincoteague Island Arts Organization. Come prepared to dance to the best of the 60's, 70's, and 80's.  Held at the Island Theatre. Fee is $15.   Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Beer and wine cash bar.   Tickets available at Sundial Books or online at www.eventbrite.com To learn more call 757-336-6109.   

Feb 23 - 3:00 p.m.  "Harriet" at the Island Theatre.  Sponsored by the Chincoteague Island Arts Organization i n recognition of Black History Month. This special, one-time showing is free to the public.   "Harriet" tells the story of Harriet Tubman, American abolitionist, suffragette and social activist who is known for freeing herself and over 70 others through repeated treacherous journeys using the legendary Underground Railroad. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. 
For more information visit chincoteagueislandarts.com.
Ongoing Activities
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility 
nasa.gov/centers/wallops/   Launch Info: 757-824-2050   or VISIT nasa.gov/launchschedule/

NASA Visitor Center nasa.gov/centers/wallops/visitorcenter   757-824-1344 Route 175 Wallops Island, VA. Open Tues. - Sat. 1 0:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
Free Admission.  Programs will resume March 2020. 

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
fws.gov/refuge/chincoteague/   757-336-6122   
Open 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  March 8 - Refuge hours change to 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Feb 17 - Fee Free Day - In celebration of Presidents' Day, admission to the refuge is free.
Herbert H. Bateman Center  Open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

**Notice** The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is working with Ducks Unlimited to replace aging culverts.  Temporary closures in place until the end of February .  No cars permitted on the Wildlife Loop Trail at this time, but you can still hike or bike to the left of the entrance and around Swan Cove Trail.  Visitors will have to turn around to exit the Wildlife Loop.  Black Duck Trail will be closed at Beach Road.  There may be temporary closures on the Service Road during this time.  Thank you for your patience and please stay safe.   
To view the map of affected areas CLICK HERE

Assateague Island National Seashore  
nps.gov/asis/index.htm   757-336-6577 
Toms Cove Visitor Center   
Feb only open Friday - Monday  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Public Programs  - Learn more  
*Notice* Over sand vehicle permits are now available only Tom's Cove Visitor Center. 

Chincoteague Bay Field Station
cbfieldstation.org  34001 Mill Dam Road Wallops Island, VA 23337, 757-824-5636
Providing outstanding and ongoing educational opportunities for Homeschoolers, Road Scholar, Special Events, Youth Camps, Scouts, Family Programs and more.  Celebrate the rich natural resources of the mid-Atlantic Coastal region through hands-on learning.  Call today!

Chincoteague Center
TheChincoteagueCenter.com  6155 Community Drive, 757-336-0614
Each Tues & Thurs  8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. YMCA offers indoor exercise walking. Register in advance at the Chincoteague Center or the YMCA location on Maddox Blvd. Free program. 
Each Mon - Fri - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Walkers welcome.   Free program.  

Chincoteague Cultural Alliance Community Center for the Arts
chincoteagueca.org   6309 Church Street   757-381-7733
Art/Cooking/Theatre Classes   Preregistration online or at Sundial Books (cash or check)
Free Kids Art Class  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Held every 1st Saturday.  Snowflake mobile craft. 
Drop-in Figure Studio - 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Second Sunday every month. 
Island Coffeehouse  - Upcoming Play.  See news in What's Happening. 
Kitchen Gallery - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.   New show - "Artist's Choice".  
Featuring  local artwork.   Meet the artists!
Feb. 15 - Richard Husband.
Feb. 29 - Carl Taylor. 

Chincoteague Island Library 
chincoteague.com/chincoteagueislandlibrary/  4077 Main Street 757-336-3460 
Feb 17 - 20THE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED .   The entire Eastern Shore Public Library system is updating and improving the computer system, switching from Evergreen to Atrium. The change involves transferring all the computer information to the new system. Training of staff will take place during this time.  The Library is scheduled to reopen on Friday, February 21 at 10:00 AM. While we are sorry for the necessary inconvenience, we believe that the patrons will find the Atrium system more user-friendly.

Open Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thurs 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Nancy's Book Club - 2nd Thursday. 11:00 a.m. Guests and new members invited
Island Readers' Book Club - 3rd Tuesday. 7:00 p.m.  Guests and new members invited.  
Feb 27  - 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Teen Book Club. Book will be chosen in advance.  
All are invited to attend.  
Tales for Tots  - Every Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. through May 21. 
The books, songs, finger plays, and crafts are specifically geared to preschool children from  2 years old to 5 years old.  Children must be accompanied by their adult.

Following Library Programs held at   the Island Theatre Annex, 4076 Main St. 
Classes are free. To sign up call  757-336-3640 or you can drop in.
Feb 20 & 27 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Memoir Writing . Instructor: Lisa Cannon. 

Chincoteague Island Arts Organization  
chincoteagueislandarts.com  4076 Main Street   757-336-6109
Island Theatre Annex. Each Monday  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Game play Mondays.  
You bring the games, we provide the tables and chairs.  Admission if free.   

CiAO's Island Theatre
islandtheatres.com    4074 Main Street   757-336-6109  
Open all week.  Check website for movies & times.
Friday Night Movies
Series of classic films that are made available through sponsors.  
Tickets $5 each.   Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Feb 14Princess Bride - Sponsored by John and Marty Lane.
Feb 21 - Say Anything - Claude and Cheryl Taylor.

Community Tennis Association of Chincoteague
Daily drop in tennis at Memorial Park.  9:30 a.m.  Mon. - Fri.  Play for a couple of hours.  Players of all levels and ages are welcome.  Free to public. 

Historic Main Street Merchants
Upcoming Death by Chocolate Event. See news in What's Happening. 

Island Community House
islandcommunityhouse.org, 6246 Mumford St.
Each Wednesday -  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Sit & Stitch.
Feb 20 - 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Salsa Dance Class. All ages, no partner needed. 
$5 per person. Instructors Charlin Casiano & Jonjon Almodovar. 
Feb 21 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Active Older Adults Artsy Activities: Card Making with Sandy Richards. Sponsored by The David Landsberger Family YMCA.  
Members: $10, General Public: $15. 
Museum of Chincoteague Island
chincoteaguemuseum.com   7125 Maddox Blvd, 757-336-6117 
Feb 14 & 15 open for Death by Chocolate Event. 
Will resume regular hours starting March 20th.   
Admission: $4.00.   Children (12 years and younger) are admitted free of charge
Active duty military and their immediate families are admitted free of charge
Group rates are available for parties of 15 or more.

Tuesday Nights at the Museum  
Each Tuesday evening will feature a different speaker and topic. Speaker dates are subject to change.  Fee is $4/adults, Free for children 12 yrs & under, active military,  & Museum Members. 
Feb 18 - 7:00 p.m. Topic:  Code Breaking During World War II.  
Speaker:  Jerry West, Researcher.
Feb 25 - 7:00 p.m. Topic:  Copper Creations.
Speaker:  Donald & Donna Drew of Copper Creations.

The David Landsberger Family YMCA
ymcachesapeake.org 6395 Maddox Blvd, 757-336-6266  
ACTIVE OLDER ADULTS - Socials & Special Events  
Now thru Feb 26 - 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Conversational Arabic. Instructor Bishara Shbat.  
Cost  $20/Member, $30/General Public. Held each Wednesday.  Class size up to 8.   
Now thru Feb 26 - 5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Conversational Spanish. Instructor
Richard Werksman.   Cost $20/Member, $30/General Public.  Held each Wednesday.  
Class size up to 8.  
Feb 13  & 27 - 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Game Days . Friendly competition with board and card games. Free/Members, $5/General Public. 
Feb 20  - 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  French Conversation Group .  Free. 
Feb 25 12:00 p.m. Recipe Exchange.  Held every forth Tuesday of each month.
Feb 25 - 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Mardi Gras Celebration.  Free/Members.  30 spots. 

Feb 17 thru March 23 -  Youth Swim. Cost $45/Member, $70/General Public. 
Swim Starters (Ages 6 - 36 months)  4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Preschool (Ages 3 - 5) 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
School Age (Grages K-12) 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
Classes held at the Comfort Suites Indoor Pool,  4195 Main Street.  

Town of Chincoteague
chincoteague-va.gov     6150 Community Drive    757-336-6519 
- A new Emergency Operations Center Facebook page will be active during a storm or emergency serving the citizens & visitors of Chincoteague Island. Learn more
Member News  

Chincoteague Church of God 
churchbythebeach.org  5252 Woodland Drive, 757-336-5161
Feb 27 - 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wings of Hope Grief Support Group Meeting.  Open for those who have lost a loved one or friend.   For ages 7 to 17.  Meets every fourth Thursday of the month for participants to talk, enjoy activities/games, snack and listen to occasional special guest speakers. 

Chincoteague Island KOA & Maui Jack's Waterpark
koa.com/campgrounds/chincoteague/,   mauijacks.com,  6742 Maddox Blvd, 757-336-3111
Feb 29 - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Job FairOnsite interviews, no registration and seasonal full time & part time hours available.  To learn more or to apply visit BWDC.com/careers

Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company
cvfc3.com   5052 Deep Hole Road
Poster Photo Contest.  Winning photo to be featured on the 95th Annual Carnival Poster. Submit your best photo of the Chincoteague ponies.  The winner will be featured on this year's poster.   Submissions need to be in by Feb 14th.  All submissions must be emailed to public.relations@cvfc3.com.  One photo per entry.  

Ker Place/Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society
69 Market St Onancock VA 23417, 757-787-8012
Feb 28 - 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Notes from "The Green Book" A Musical Showcase.  More than a dozen Shore vocalists and musicians will gather to share hits from Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington to the Temptations and the Supremes as they help unfold the story of dangers black motorists faced during the perilous mid-1900's.  Admission $10 at the door.  Held at the Mary N. Smith Cultural Enrichment Center,  24577 Mary N. Smith Road in Accomac.  For more information about the event, call 757-787-8012, visit  shorehistory.org/events   or go to the Eastern Shore of Virginia  Historical Society's Facebook page at  facebook.com/ESVHS.  

Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital
riversideonline.com/shore/  20480 Market Street  Onancock, VA 23417, 757-302-2100
Feb 19 - 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. American Red Cross Blood Drive Held in the hospital's conference room.  Donors of all blood types are welcome, as are Power Red donors.
Blood donation requirements include a minimum weight of 110 pounds and minimum age of 17.  A 16-year old may donate blood with written parental consent.  No upper age limit for donating blood.   Donors are encouraged to eat a meal prior to giving blood and drink plenty of water.  No appointment is necessary, but having one will speed the process.  Make an appointment at redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code SMHosp

Shore Craft Beer
shorecraftbeer.com  4 Bay Street, Suite D Berlin MD 21811, 410-703-1970
Feb 29  - 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. VIP $50. 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. General Admission $35. 
Love on Tap Craft Beer Festival.  Local Craft Beer, Live Music, Games & More!
Spend your bonus 2020 leap day with us at the Ocean City Convention Center. Whether you want to have an extra hour to chat with the brewers and try their beers or you want to enjoy 3 hours of tasting over 30 of our world class, locally made brews. To purchase your 
festival tickets  CLICK HERE.

The American Legion Family Post #159
chincoteaguelegion159.org 4023 Main Street, 757-336-9749
2020 Hometown Heroes Active Duty and Veteran's Military Banner Program.  Personalized patriotic banners throughout the town are displayed beginning Memorial Day until they are presented to the honoree or honorees family through Veteran's Day.  Applications are available at the American Legion Post # 159, Chincoteague Town Office , and the Chincoteague Chamaber of Commerce. To learn more call 757-894-1356.  

The Marina Restaurant
captscovegyc.com 3323 Dock Ct Greenbackville VA 23356, 757-824-3465
Feb 13 & 27 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Trivia Night .  Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. 
Feb 14 - 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Valentine's Dinner.  Three course prix fixe menu for $35 per person or full menu available.  Reservations recommended.  
Feb 15 - 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Jamin' with The Webers.  Open mic night. 
Live music and no cover charge.  
Feb 21 - 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Eastern Electric Band.  American band featuring rock & blues. 
Feb 28 - 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Dinner & Music. Perfromance by Craig Romano & Greg Palaski.

Whiteraven's Nest
whiteravensnest.webs.com,   6382 Maddox Blvd, 757-894-4664
Feb 14 - Whiteraven's Nest's Grand Re-Opening .  New location features an open-air market, garden area, and pet & feed section featuring Crimson & Clover of Chincoteague.  
Come by and join us as we celebrate being on Island Time permanently now and being a part of Chincoteague's annual event - Death By Chocolate.   Becca is making a 'special' Death By Chocolate Smith Island cake for our slices. You don't want to miss out and your Valentine will love you.   ️Orders are being taken and we will have some minis and slices available.
Feb 15 - 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Opening Weekend Celebration
(weather permitting).  The Chincoteague Pony Drill Team will join in the festivities. Their beautiful Misty descendant, Misty's Morning Glory, will be on site with drill team members to meet & greet. Whiteraven's Nest is a proud sponsor selling our gourmet coffees and contributing a portion of each sale to the Drill Team.

WIRA Wallops Island Regional Alliance
wiralliance.org 757-824-0600
First Quarterly Meeting.  Originally scheduled on Feb 13th.   New 
date  to be determined.  For more information, contact  Melissa Bakum at admin@wira@alliance.us.   Upcoming WIRA meetings: May 7, Aug 6, Nov 5.  
Locations  are to be determined.  
Partner Chambers 

19056 Parkway, Melfa, VA 23410, 757-787-2460

Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism
visitesva.com  19056 Parkway, Melfa, Virginia 23410, 757-787-8268
Create your free VisitESVA ListingSign into VTC's website and add your  business or event 
on this site. Simply scroll to the bottom of the homepage then click "Industry" on the left hand side.  If you have any questions call or email to marketing@esvatourism.org.  
April 6 - 10:00 a.m. Annual Tourism SummitTo best service you and your business at this year's Tourism Summit, please fill out a 4-minute preliminary survey.  CLICK HERE.   
Northampton County Chamber of Commerce  northamptoncountychamber.com  
16404 Courthouse Road #210,  Cape Charles, VA 23310, 757-678-0010

Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce  pocomokechamber.com
129 Market Street, Pocomoke City, MD, 410-957-1919

Virginia Travel Post for February   
Get your free Virginia.org listing!  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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