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

Published February 15, 2018

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Plan Your Chincoteague Island Getaway to ChincoteagueChamber.com
The 2018 Chincoteague Visitor's Guide & Membership Directories are now available!
Stop by the Chamber office to pick one up...or a bundle....or a case. Have them in stock for the spring season! 

Interesting in receiving one in the mail to plan your memorable getaway?   Click here to request a copy.
Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Receives $10,000 Grant from Virginia Tourism Corporation "Crush Friday" Program Marketing Fu nd  Learn more .

39th Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival
March 30, 2018     Noon - 6pm
March 31, 2018     9am - 4pm

Chincoteague Combined School
4586 Main Street

Vendor applications now being accepted. Learn more.
Donations of Pre-Loved Treasures are now being accepted. Stop by the Chamber office Mon-Sat 9am - 4:30pm with your donation and a brief description/history of it for promotional purposes. This year's Pre-Loved Treasures Silent Auction will benefit the Chincoteague High School Band!
50th Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival

May 5, 2018    10am - 4pm
Toms Cove Park
8128 Beebe Road

Tickets Now On Sale!  Learn more.
Sponsor, Hospitality & Arts & Crafts Vendor Application now available. Deadline is March 16th. Learn more

Nomination Ballots are now being accepted. Stop by the Chamber office or email info@chincoteaguechamber.com for ballots. 

Ballots must be in the chamber office  by 4:30pm April 27th to be considered.

What's Happening

Feb 16-19 - 21st Annual Great Backyard Bird Count . Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Stop by the Herbert H. Bateman Educational & Administrative Center any day during the count. 9am - 4pm.

Feb 16Steamed Shrimp & ClamsChincoteague American Legion Post #159, 4023 Main Street. 5pm - 7pm. Carryout available after 6:30pm, supplies permitting. Learn more.

Feb 16-17 Death By Chocolate. A free event!  Created & sponsored by Historic Main Street Merchants. Learn more or call Ruthann or Donna at 757-336-3434 for the participating businesses & info.

Feb 17 - Entrepreneurial Workshop. Eastern Shore Community College Workforce Development Center. 29300 Lankford Hwy., Melfa. 10am - 2pm. Free. Lunch provided. RSVP by Feb 12 at 757-789-7979. Learn more.

Feb 17Bill Toms & Hard Rain: Good For My SoulDoors open 7:30pm, Show begins 8:30pm. 4074 Main Street. $20 tickets are available online at ciarts.org & at Sundial Books, 4065 Main St. Sponsored by CIAO. Wine & beer sold with proper ID. 

Feb 17-18 - "Enchanted April"7pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. The CCA Community Center for the Arts. 6309 Church Street. Based on the 1922 novel The Enchanted April & premiered on Broadway in 2003.Tickets are $15 at H&H Pharmacy, Sundial Books & online at chincoteagueculturalalliance.org.

Feb 18A Taste of Persia2pm - 5pm. Island Theatre, 4074 Main Street. Workshops on drumming and whirling, performance by world-renowned musician Amir Vahab & samples of Persian cuisine.  Bring a drum to participate in the Drumming Circle & wear loose clothing to join in Whirling. $15 admission. No refunds or exchanges. Purchase tickets at Sundial Books or online at chincoteagueislandarts.org

Feb 21 -  Annual General Membership Meeting . The Annex on Main Street. 10am. RSVP to joanne@chincoteaguechamber.com or 757-336-6161 NO LATER THAN 9AM ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Learn more .

Feb 23Frederick Douglas Live Speaking Tour With Nathan Richardson. 6pm - 7:30pm. Onancock Baptist Church, 1 Crockett Ave, Onancock. $5 for members, $8 for not-yet members of the Eastern Shore Historical Society. Purchase tickets at shorehistory.org or at the door.

Feb 24 - Cemetery Clean UpMuseum of Chincoteague Island has partnered with Town of Chincoteague's Cemetery Committee to clean up Christ Union Baptist Cemetery in honor of Black History Month. 9am - Noon. Please bring hedge cutters, clippers, hand saws, rakes & protective clothing. Meet at Christ Union Baptist Cemetery on Willow Street (behind the Carnival Grounds.) Volunteers of all ages & abilities are welcome! No RSVP. Contact Maria Grenchik at 757-336-6117 or museumofci@gmail.com with questions.

Feb 24Heritage Celebration10am - 3pm. Eastern Shore Community College, 29300 Lankford Hwy, Melfa. Free admission. Artists, carvers, crafts, kids activities, live music & food. For more info, call 757-789-1797 or email wlecato@es.vccs.edu

Feb 24Rich JohnsonDoors open 6:30pm. Concert starts 7pm. The Annex, 4076 Main Street. Limited to 50 seats. $10 tickets available at Sundial Books (757-336-5825) 4065 Main St or at the door. Sponsored by CIAO. Wine and Beer sold with proper ID. Learn more.
Save the Date
Mar 14 Members Networking Luncheon Don's Seafood Restaurant. Noon - 1pm. 4113 Main Street.  Bring your business cards and make valuable connections with other Chamber members to grow your business/organization while enjoying a delicious lunch.  Menu: Corned Beef, Cabbage, Boiled Red Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad Bar and Beverage. $10/person + tip payable to Don's Seafood.

Mar 16 - Crush Friday Launch Party. Steamers Seafood Restaurant. 6251 Maddox Blvd. 5pm - 7pm. Light fare. Orange Crushes. Karaoke. Giveaways. Raffles. RSVP required by March 12 to joanne@chincoteaguechamber.com or 757-336-6161. THIS IS A CHAMBER MEMBER ONLY EVENT.  Don't let the party stop there - Crush Friday at Steamers the rest of the night - Open to the public after 7pm.

Mar 30-31 - 39th Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival. Chincoteague Combined School. 4586 Main Street. Vendor applications still being accepted. Learn more.

Apr 13-14 - Spring RoundupLearn more.

May 5 - 50th Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival. Tom's Cove Park. Tickets on sale now. Learn more.
Ongoing Activities
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility 
nasa.gov/centers/wallops/   Launch Info: 757-824-2050
Future Launches: Black Brant IX Sounding Rocket  ASPIRE  Suborbital 
Window Mar  20 Time TBD. The Visitor Center will open for launch viewing. 

Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 4pm. Free Admission.
Feb 17 - Out of This World Cub Scout STEM Day. Rescheduled from Jan 20. 7am - 12pm. Check in begins 8:30am.  Registration through the  Delmarva Council  is required. Learn more .
Feb 22 -  Sounding Rocket Lecture Part 1: The Life Cycle of Sounding Rockets 5:30pm. Eric Roper will discuss the entire mission life cycle of a Sounding Rocket from inception to launch and beyond. This is a 3 part series. Free Admission. Learn more or call 757-824-1344.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
fws.gov/refuge/chincoteague/   757-336-6122   Open  Nov - Mar 6am - 6pm.
Herbert H. Bateman Center   Open 9am - 4pm
Feb 19 - Fee Free Day in honor of President's Day.

Chincoteague Natural History  Association      piping-plover.org      757- 336-3696
Lighthouse - Call ahead to be advised of possible weather or safety closures.
Presidents Day Weekend - Fri Noon - 3pm, Sat - Mon 9am - 3pm. Weather permitting.
March - Saturdays 9am - 3pm & Sundays 9am - 1pm. Weather permitting.
April & May - Saturdays & Sundays 9am - 3pm

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
Summer Classes Available - Learn more.
Internships & Volunteer Opportunities Available - Learn more.
Summer Camp Registration Opens - D ay & residential summer camps for ages 5-18! 
Visit cbfieldstation.org/youth-camps for more info or to register!

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 
Kitchen Gallery - Saturdays. 10am  - Noon.
Community Bingo - Last Monday of the month. 1pm.
Winter Classes -  Advance registration required online or at Sundial Books (cash/check).
2018 Photo Contest Enter photos taken anywhere on Chincoteague or Assateague anytime in the past 15 years. Categories are:  Around Town,  On the Refuge,  Personalities,  Island Festivities. Learn more . Images must be submitted by June 1, 2018.
Wanted! Vocalist, Bands & Solo Performers for Chincoteague Island Farmers & Artisans Market. Saturdays thru October 9am - 1 or 2pm. Call Markets Manager at 717-495-7155.
Feb 25Intake for Kitchen Gallery Show: Buildings & Machinery4:30pm - 6pm.

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 - Thursdays Now - May 24.  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
Adult Coloring Program - Mondays. 1pm - 3pm. Coloring supplies & one coloring page provided. You may bring your own. Learn more.

Island Theatre
islandtheatres.com   4074 Main Street   757-336-6109     Check website for times.
Friday Night Classic Films  - 7pm. Doors open 6:30pm. Admission $5/person. Learn more.
Feb 16 - The Hundred Foot Journey (2014)
Feb 23 - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Feb 23Intermediate Level Bridge Lessons 10am. The Annex, 4076 Main Street. Eight weekly lessons  focused on the bridge player who knows the basics & would like improve their skills. $35 t uition, payable at the first session includes companion text & helpful game card.  Register at ciarts.org & click on Annex.

Museum of Chincoteague Island
chincoteaguemuseum.com   7125 Maddox Blvd.   757-336-6117   Closed for the Season .
Miles Hancock Workshop has moved to its new home at the Museum of Chincoteague Island. Check out the progress in its renovation. Press Release .

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

Eastern Shore Community College     29300 Lankford Hwy., Melfa     757-789-1723
Mar 3 - Customer Service for Healthcare Professionals. Instructor Ann Williams. 8am - 4pm. $125. Learn more and register.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Chincoteague Island      3913 Main Street
Feb 16-18 - Valentine's & Death By Chocolate Getaway Weekend. $179/night. Includes 1 night stay, $60 gift card to The Ropewalk, box of chocolates & bottle of champagne. Stay a second night at a discount rate. Make reservations at 757-336-0043 or online.

Pirate Ship Adventures of Chincoteague -  BUSINESS FOR SALE
For information please contact Lucky Schierl at 336-423-6601.

Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital       20480 Market Street,  Onancock      757-302-2100
RSMH temporarily will not allow visitors ages twelve and younger until the threat of transmitting influenza has decreased.  
Feb 20 - American Red Cross Blood Drive. 1 1am - 3pm. Hospital conference room.  No appointment required but having one will speed the process.  Make appointment at redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code SMHosp.

The Ropewalk     6262 Marlin Street      chincoteague.ropewalk.com
Tuesday Night Bingo. 8pm-11pm. Free to play. Prizes. 
Regional Business-To-Business Showcase
March 14, 2018     |      4pm - 7pm
The Smithfield Center
220 N. Church Street, Smithfield, VA 23430

Expose your business to possible suppliers and network with prospective clients.
Admission is open to owners, managers and employees of businesses of the Hampton Roads Region (includes Eastern Shore of VA).
For more info, contact the Isle of Wight-Smithfield-Windsor Chamber of Commerce
at 757-357-3502, email chamber@theisle.org or visit theisle.org
Virginia Travel Post of February - News & Opportunities for the Virginia Travel Industry - Grants, Marketing, Content Requests

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 .

Apr 9 - Eastern Shore Tourism Summit9:30am - 2:30pm. Eastern Shore Community College. 29300 Lankford Highway, Melfa. Free admission & lunch.                           Prizes. Learn more & register here.
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