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Published February 13, 2020
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Plan Your Chincoteague Island Getaway on the
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.
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!
Looking for a great way to promote your business? Be a 'Friend of the 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
Feb 14 - 3:43 p.m.
Coverage begins: 3:15 p.m
Mission: Northrop Grumman Resupply Mission to Space Station (CRS-13)
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
- 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.
- 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
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
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 email@example.com or call 757-336-6161 by Feb 20th.
- 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
. 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
for more information or to reserve your space.
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
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.
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
. 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.
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility
Free Admission. Programs will resume March 2020.
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
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.
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.
Assateague Island National Seashore
Toms Cove Visitor Center
Feb only open Friday - Monday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
*Notice* Over sand vehicle permits are now available only Tom's Cove Visitor Center.
Chincoteague Bay Field Station
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!
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.
Chincoteague Cultural Alliance Community Center for the Arts
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.
- Upcoming Play. See news in What's Happening.
- 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
New show - "Artist's Choice".
Meet the artists!
Feb. 15 - Richard Husband.
Feb. 29 - Carl Taylor.
Chincoteague Island Library
Feb 17 - 20 - THE 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.
. Instructor: Lisa Cannon.
Chincoteague Island Arts Organization
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
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 14 -
Princess 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
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
Feb 14 & 15 open for Death by Chocolate Event.
Will resume regular hours starting March 20th.
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.
Jerry West, Researcher.
Feb 25 - 7:00 p.m. Topic:
Donald & Donna Drew of Copper Creations.
The David Landsberger Family YMCA
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
Cost $20/Member, $30/General Public. Held each Wednesday.
Class size up to 8.
& 27 - 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
. Friendly competition with board and card games. Free/Members, $5/General Public.
- 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
French Conversation Group
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.
SPORTS & AQUATICS
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
A new Emergency Operations Center Facebook page will be active during a storm or emergency serving the citizens & visitors of Chincoteague Island. Learn more
Chincoteague Church of God
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
- 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Onsite interviews, no registration and seasonal full time & part time hours available.
To learn more or to apply visit
Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. One photo per entry.
Ker Place/Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society
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
or go to the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society's Facebook page at
Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital
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
and use sponsor code
Shore Craft Beer
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
The American Legion Family Post #159
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
Feb 13 & 27
- 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
. 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'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.
- 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
First Quarterly Meeting. Originally scheduled on Feb 13th. New
to be determined. For more information, contact
Melissa Bakum at admin@email@example.com.
Upcoming WIRA meetings: May 7, Aug 6, Nov 5.
are to be determined.
19056 Parkway, Melfa, VA 23410, 757-787-2460
Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism
Create your free VisitESVA Listing. Sign 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
April 6 - 10:00 a.m. Annual Tourism Summit. To best service you and your business at this year's Tourism Summit, please fill out a 4-minute preliminary survey. CLICK HERE.
16404 Courthouse Road #210,
Cape Charles, VA 23310, 757-678-0010
129 Market Street, Pocomoke City, MD, 410-957-1919
Virginia Travel Post for February
Reach more visitors by adding your business listing and event info to
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Information for inclusion must be submitted to
by Wednesday each week.
Enhance your Chamber website listing by placing a Member Badge
on your website.
Call 757-336-6161 to find out how.
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