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

Published February 7, 2019

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2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of Virginia is for Lovers 
and we are celebrating all year long with 50 YEARS OF LOVE.

40th Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival
April 19, 2019  Noon - 6 p.m.
  April 20, 2019  9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Chincoteague Combined School 
4586 Main Street 
Still accepting vendor applications. 
Please consider donating to the Pre-Loved Treasures Silent Auction.
or call 757-336-6161 for more information.   

Seafood Festival Hospitality, 
Arts & Crafts, 
and Friends of the Festival 
applications now available. 
  Click here or visit

51st Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival
May 4, 2018  10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Tom's Cove Park
8128 Beebe Road

Tickets Now On Sale!  Learn more

A Community Resources page is now posted on our website.  Available is a list of businesses and organizations to help those with ongoing needs.
Learn more https://www.chincoteaguechamber.com/community-resources/
** Summer Tourism Counselor position now open** 
The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce 
Small office .... Big opportunity!
Applications being accepted until March 31, 2019
Mail letters of interest or resumes to 
Evelyn Shotwell, 6733 Maddox Blvd, Chincoteague, VA 23336
or email: eshotwell@chincoteaguechamber.com
Save the Date
Feb 13 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Member  Networking  Luncheon.  Don's Seafood Restaurant, 4113 Main St.  Bring your business  cards and make valuable connections with other Chamber members to grow your business/organization while enjoying a delicious lunch.  $10/person + tip.  

March 23 - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Summer Employment Job Fair.  Held at the Chincoteague Center, 6155 Community Drive, 757-336-0614. Offering free spaces for businesses all over the Eastern Shore.  Resume help offered for job seekers.  

April 10 - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Accomack-Northampton Regional Job Fair
Held at the Eastern Shore Community College Workforce Development Center, 
29300 Lankford Hwy, Melfa, VA 23410. Exhibitor applications available now.  
Reserve your spot by March 28.  Fee is $25 per table. 
Learn more https://es.vccs.edu/dates/

April 12 & 13Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company  Pony Spring Round-up
Learn more https://www.chincoteaguechamber.com/pony-penning/spring-fall-round-info/ 
What's Happening

Now until April 18 -  The American Legion Post #159 of Chincoteague. 
5th Annual Hometown Heroes Military Banner Program.
Active duty military members and veterans who served our country can be honored by having their picture featured on a patriotic banner in the town.  Banners displayed from Memorial Day to Veteran's Day. Applications available at either the American Post, 4023 Main Street or the town office, 6150 Community Drive. $20.00 application fee needs to be submitted by April 18.  For questions contact Jim Russell at P.O. Box 244 Chincoteague, VA 23336 or Lynda at Lynda.hensen@gmail.com. 

Feb 9 - 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.  Fusion Wrestling & The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department presents JESSLEMANIA 2. Held at the Chincoteague Center, 6155 Community . Drive. Proceeds benefit Chincoteague Resident Jessi Taylor.  Don't miss your chance to meet all the stars of Fusion Wrestling, The Monster Factory & Ring of Honor. For more information or to purchase tickets CLICK HERE  https://www.thechincoteaguecenter.com/briannamania
Feb 15 - 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Feb 16 - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Death by Chocolate presented by The Historic Main Street Merchants of Chincoteague.  A FREE 2- Day Valentine Event! Join us for this popular, sweet-filled adventure on beautiful Chincoteague Island.  Playing cards can be picked up at any participating business.  Then visit each participating Main Street Merchant for a chocolate delight and playing card validation.  Raffle giveaway and final event will be held at the Chincoteague Center.  Prizes, food and chocolate will be there. (Must be 18 years old to win) Contact Nicole Miller at nicole@chincoteaguecomfortsuites.com or call 443-614-6801 for more information. 

Feb 16, 17, 22, 23 - 7:00 p.m. - "Moon Over Buffalo"  by Ken Ludwig and directed by Lexi Hubb. Presented by the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance. Enjoy an evening production of a hilarious comedy. Tickets on sale online at  http://www.chincoteagueca.org/, Sundial Books and H & H Pharmacy.  

Feb 23 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cemetery Clean Up.  The Museum of Chincoteague and the Town of Chincoteague's Cemetery Committee are partnering to clean up the Christ Union Baptist Cemetery.  Located on Willow Street (behind the Carnival Grounds).  
Volunteers are welcome.  For questions call the Museum at 757-336-6117.

March 10 - 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - 6th Annual O'Nancock's St. Patrick's Parade & Celtic Festival69 Market Street,  Onancock, VA 23417.  Celtic Festival held on the grounds of Kerr Place in Onancock.  Enjoy vendors, live entertainment, Highland Game demonstrations and more.  Parade starts at 2:00 p.m. For participant and sponsorship information CLICK HERE
http://www.onancock.org/.  Call Joy at 757-787-2170 for parade information. Call Nancy at 
757-710-3089 for festival information. 

March 15  4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
March 16  - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Search for Shamrocks presented by The Historic Main Street Merchants of Chincoteague. Join us for this popular, scavenger hunt adventure to celebrate the wearin' o' the green on Chincoteague Island.  Playing cards can be picked up at any participating business.  Then visit each participating Merchant all over the island for a clue to find the shamrocks and to have your playing card validated. Once you have completed your playing card, come to Blue Crab Treasures, 4080 Main Street,  any time during the event, to be registered for the gift drawings. Costumes are optional, but definitely add to the fun! Raffle drawings of gifts for adults (over 18) and separate drawings for children will be held at the Island Theatre, starting at 4:15 pm. You must be present at the Island Theatre to win. Contact Sue Johnson at Blue Crab Treasures at 757-336-5507 (shop) or 757-894-5486 (Sue's cell) for more information.   

March 26, 27, 28  - 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-06 FREE Safe  Boating Class .  Held at the Atlantic Firehouse. 10071 Main Street, Atlantic, VA 23303. Upon completion of this class will entitle students to be issued the VA Boating Safety Education card.
Ongoing Activities
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility 
nasa.gov/centers/wallops/   Launch Info: 757-824-2050

Coming in April!  Antares NG -11 Rocket Launch.  Date and time will be announced soon.
Learn more https://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/home   

NASA Visitor Center nasa.gov/centers/wallops/visitorcenter   757-824-1344 Route 175 Wallops Island, VA. Tues - Sat  10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Free Admission.

Feb 22  - 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Homeschool Program - Rocketry
Investigate the solar system as an artist explorer! Discover what you can learn about our cosmic neighbors, as well as the Earth, through the elements of art. FREE program open to 1st grade (6 years old) to  4th grade  (10 years old) students  ONLY .
Learn more https://www.nasa.gov/content/homeschool-program
Registration will OPEN on  Eventbrite  on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 9 a.m.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
fws.gov/refuge/chincoteague/   757-336-6122   Open 6:00  a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Herbert H. Bateman Center  Open 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Feb 18 - Fee Free day in observance of President's Day

Chincoteague Natural History  Association   piping-plover.org  757- 336-3696

Assateague Island National Seashore  
nps.gov/asis/index.htm   757-336-6577 

Toms Cove Visitor Center   
Open Fridays - Mondays 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Public Programs  - Learn more  

Chincoteague Bay Field Station
cbfieldstation.org  34001 Mill Dam Road Wallops Island, VA 23337, 757-824-5636

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.  Heart healthy benefits.  Free program.   Learn more 

Chincoteague Cultural Alliance Community Center for the Arts
chincoteagueca.org   6309 Church Street   757-381-7733
Art Classes   Preregistration online or at Sundial Books (cash or check)  
Feb 12 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Painting Your Favorite Dog with Lynne Lockhart.  Learn how to photograph, sketch and paint your favorite dog from a nationally recognized animal artist.
Cost: $40. To sign up and pay  CLICK HERE 
Feb 13 & 27- 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Acrylic Painting with Jenny Somers offered on either date. Cost:$35.  To sign up and pay   CLICK HERE
Feb 28 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Painting with Values with Linda Epstein. Painting using the nine-stepscale from black to white plus exercises in color.  $80 including some supplies. to sign up and pay CLICK HERE
Free Kids Art Classes -  First Saturday of every month. 'DRAW Your Own HOUSE - from Inside + from Outside' 1:00 p.m.  
Kitchen Gallery - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Held every Sunday.  Featuring local artwork.
Feb 10 - Studio Figure Drawing/Painting  
Community Bingo  - Last Monday of the month. 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. 20 games $5. 

Chincoteague Island Library 
chincoteague.com/chincoteagueislandlibrary/  4077 Main Street 757-336-3460 
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  
Tales for Tots - 10:00 a.m. now until May 23, every Thursday. Preschool ages 3 to 5.  
Adult Coloring, Crafts, and Needlework - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Held every Thursday during the winter months. Open to anyone interested in relaxing and socializing. Materials for coloring books provided. 

February is Black History Month.  Visit to see a few of the many resources available at the Chincoteague Island History.  

CiAO's Island Theatre
islandtheatres.com   4074 Main Street   757-336-6109  Check website for movies & times.  
Friday Nights at the Movies  All movies $5.00
Feb 8 - 7:00 p.m. Stripes (R)
Feb 9 - 7:00 p.m. Celebrating the Beatles! See the Beatles first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show followed by the movie Yellow Submarine. Free admission.  
Feb 15 - 7:00 p.m. No Way to Treat a Lady (not rated)

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

Historic Main Street Merchants
Feb 15 & 16 - Death by Chocolate.  Details listed in What's Happening. 
March 15 & 16 - Search for Shamrocks.  Details listed in What's Happening. 

Museum of Chincoteague Island
chincoteaguemuseum.com   7125 Maddox Blvd, 757-336-6117 
Hours: Closed for the Winter but will reopen March 22 - 24 for Heritage Days.
Celebrate at the Museum - Venue spaces available: The Legacy Pavilion or in the Museum.   Ideal for weddings, birthdays, music, lectures, meetings and social events.  Learn more  

Feb 12  7:00 p.m. Tuesday Nights at the Museum: Speaker Stan Opiel of Mudboy Guitar Works topic is Handmade Cigar Box Guitars. 

Feb 19 - 7:-00 p.m. Tuesday Nights at the Museum: Speaker Dale Spilker of High Tide Fabrication topic is Duck & Game Calls. 

March 1 & 2 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Decoy Carving Class with Russell Fish. You will carve, paint, and finish a bufflehead hunting decoy.  Cost is $110 per person (includes all toools & materials).  Ages 14 & up.  Class is limited to 8 students.  Pre-registration required by Friday, February 22nd.  Call, email or stop by the museum to sign up.  museumofci@gmail.com. 

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. 
- 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  

A & N Electric Cooperative
anec.com  21275 Cooperative Way, Tasley, VA 23441, 757-787-9750
February newsletter available to view.  Powerful Solutions.
Learn more  http://members.questline.com/Newsletter.aspx?accountID=196005&nl=24778&userID=18635586

American Legion Post 159
chincoteaguelegion159.org 4023 Main Street, 757-336-9749
Feb 9 - 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  Breakfast Buffet.   Baked Goods Sale.

Blue Crab Treasures
4080 Main Street, 757-336-5507
Feb 10 - 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Rock Painting with Kathy Butler.
Get creative while painting rocks.  Register by calling Sue at the shop or 757-894-5486.  Cost is $30 per person or $25 if paid before the date of the class.  All supplies, beverages and snacks included in the registration fee. 

Chatham Vineyards
chathamvineyards.com  9232 Chatham Road, Machipongo, VA 23405, 757-678-5588
Feb 16 thru 18 - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Winter Wine & Oyster Weekend.  Enjoy half a dozen fresh shucked oysters and a glass of wine for $15.  Your choice of Church Creek wine by the glass.  Not tickets are necessary. 

Delmarva Discovery Museum
DelmarvaDiscoveryCenter.org 2 Market St., Pocomoke City, MD, 21851, 410-957-9933
Feb 16 - 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Blue Jeans Ball.  Music by Front Page News.  Food & beverages, 50/50 cash prizes, raffle auction.  Tickets: $45 per person and must be 21 or over to attend.  Contact Christy at 410-957-9933 for tickets.  Event held at the Snow Hill Fire Hall, 
4718 Snow Hill Rd., Snow Hill, MD 21863. 

Don's Seafood Restaurant
donsseafood.com, 4113 Main Street, 757-336-5715
Feb 14 - Special Valentine's Day Dinner.  Your choice of stuffed flounder, grilled rockfish, NY strip steak & scallops, clams linguine or chicken carbonara.  Assortment of d elicious desserts.

Eastern Shore Community College 
es.vccs.edu 29300 Lankford Hwy, Melfa, VA 23410, 757-789-1789
Feb 16  - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Entrepreneurial Workshop
Take your idea for a highly scalable business to the next level.  Attend our upcoming workshop where  Old Dominion University's Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will present a workshop by Jerry Cronin.  H osted by the Eastern Shore Community College. Call now to resister for this free workshop 757-789-7979.  Learn more  https://youtu.be/-AZqWIuIJbI  

March 11 thru 14  - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ServSafe Classes.  Food safety training and certification is being offered.  This is for Managers of food service operations for hotels, restaurants, schools, clubs, non-profit organizations and other institutions that offer food services.  Purchase the recommended textbook at ESCC bookstore.  Register online at 
es.augusoft.net   For assistance call 757-789-7979.  Classes held at the 
Chincoteague Center,  6155 Community Drive. 

Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society
shorehistory.org  69 Market Street, Onancock, VA 23417, 757-787-8012
Feb 15 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. "A Celebration of Negro Spirituals". P erformers from all over the Shore will share their talents while we explore signal and map songs used by slaves in their journey along the Underground Railroad.  Held in the gym of Mary N. Smith Cultural Enrichment Center, 24577 Mary N. Smith Road, Accomac.   Admission: $10 at the door; cash or check only; no advance ticket sales. 

Poseidon's Pantry
poseidonspantry.com 6219 Maddox Blvd, 757-336-6666
Feb 14  - Opening with new winter menu.  Featuring new grilled cheese sandwich variations, soups and chili. 

Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital
riversideonline.com 20480 Market Street, Onancock, VA 23417, 757-302-2100
Feb 11 - 2:00 p.m.  Healthy U FREE Wellness Class. Topic is Healthy Heart.  R egistered dietitian educator available during this class. 
RSVP: 757-302-2174 or Kelly.honeycut@rivhs.com or Theresa.bailey@rivhs.com

Feb 20 - 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. American Red Cross Blood Drive.  Donors of all blood types are welcome as are Power Red donors.  Make an appointment at  www.redcrossblood.org
and use sponsor code SMHosp. Minimum age of 17 and minimum weight of 110 pounds.   

Feb 22 - 8:00 a.m. Heart-to-Heart Day. Heart related education and medical screenings.  Dr. Lloyd J. Kellam III will share his expert advice. Free but space is limited.   Call to reserve a spot at 757-302-2297. 

The Marina Restaurant
captscovegyc.com 3323 Dock Ct, Greenbackville, VA 23356, 757-824-3465
Feb 14 - 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Valentine's Day Meal for Two!   $55 for choice of soup or salad, entree and dessert.  Reservations recommended. 

Town of Onancock 
onancock.com  15 North Street, Onancock, VA 23417, 757-787-3363
Full time Harbormaster position available.  Applications now being accepted  
at the Onancock Town Office or can be downloaded at www.onancock.com .  
Applications are due by February 15. 

Tryfan Gallery
danielpturnerthomas.com 757-336-6222
Feb 10 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tryfan Gallery: Watercolor Class - "Winter Colors on the Refuge"  Watercolor class instructed by Daniel P. Turner Thomas.  Learn how to use a limited pallet to create a winter scene.   Class held at the Chincoteague Island Family YMCA
6395 Maddox Blvd. Fee is $35 and includes all materials.  For more information email danielptthomas@gmail.com.  
Partner Chambers 

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

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 .

New Job Postings! 
The Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission is now seeking strong candidates for the following positions:  Executive Assistant (full-time) & Assistant Executive Director (full time)
For job descriptions or to apply,

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