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

Published January 17, 2019

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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. 
Best of Virginia 2020
  Virginia Living's Readers' Survey  
Vote now for your favorite restaurants, shops, museums, and more.  
VOTING CLOSES JAN. 31, 2020 AT 11:59 P.M. EST.

Hot off the press! 
The 2020 Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Visitor Guide and 
Membership Directory 
is now available. 

Feel free to pick up the  newest edition and send to family &  friends or place in your business.  
Save the Date  

Jan 27 - 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  CHS After Prom's Pancake Supper Fundraiser .  Sponsored by Don's Seafood Restaurant.  Take-out available.  $8/Adult, $5/Child.  Advance tickets at CHS school office or at the door.   

Feb 2 - 4:00 p.m. Super Bowl Party.  The American Legion Post 159.  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!

Feb 12 - 12:00 p.m.  Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Networking Luncheon.  Held at Don's Seafood Restaurant, 4113 Main Street. Great opportunity to network among local businesses and organizations.  $10/person + tip.  Call Joanne at 757-336-6161 to  RSVP.

Feb 16 - 12:00 p.m.  NASCAR Daytona 500 Party.  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

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. 
What's Happening

Feb 7, 8, 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 Jan 17 online at chincoteagueca.org, H & H Pharmacy and Sundial Books (cash or check only).   Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Feb 8 - 7:00 p.m. Mayor's Masked Ball .  Held at the Chincoteague Center.  
Featuring The Deloreans.  Tickets $50 in advance and can be purchased at the Town Office or Refuge Inn. Enjoy cocktail appetizers, cash bar and silent auction.   Proceeds benefit the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.  Please arrive in a mask. 
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 starting January 15 at Sundial Books or online at www.eventbrite.com To learn more call 757-336-6109. 

Upcoming NASA Launch

When : Feb 9 - 5:39 p.m.
Where : NASA's Wallops 
Flight Facility.
for more information. 
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. 
Herbert H. Bateman Center  Open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Jan 20, 2020 - Fee Free Day in observance of Martin Luther King Jr's Day. 

**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   
Open 7 days a week from  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Dec, Jan, & Feb only open Friday - Monday 
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.  
Heart healthy benefits.  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)
Jan 25 - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Beginner Quilling Class. Instructor  Barbara Randall. Class size limited to 12.  Ages 12 & up.  Cost  $35.   Advance registration is required. Register onlin e CLICK HERE  (credit card) or in person 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 Now thru Jan 25 - Gallery closed.  
Jan 26 - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  New show - "Artist's Choice".Featuring local artwork. 

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.  
Feb 20  - 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.
Jan 23, 30 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Intro to Word: Adult Computer Class.  
Instructor Kathy Michaelian.     
Jan 30 - 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Knitting & Crochet. Instructor Cynthia Wilder.
Feb 13 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Topic: iPhones

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.   

*** Summer Intern Opportunity at the Island Theatre Annex*** Looking for a rising college junior or senior interested in film, theatre or arts management.  Position runs from May - Sept but exact dates are negotiable.   Internship pays a stipend of up to $5,000 depending on negotiated length of internship.  Applicants can send a letter of interest and three references by January 15th Submit  applications to CiAO, P.O. Box 1217, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336. 

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.   
Jan 17 - 7:00 p.m. Big Trouble in Little China  - Sponsored by Pico Taqueria. 
Jan 24 - 7:00 p.m. O verboard - Sponsored by Jim and Margie Gladfelter.

Community Tennis Association of Chincoteague
Daily drop in tennis at Memorial Park.  9:00 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 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.  
New 2020 ESCC Classes via Zoom:  Contact Student Services at 757-789-1729 
or email Artima Tayor at ataylor@es.vccs.edu for more information. 
Now thru March 9 - 10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  College Success Skills
Eight weeks.  Held each Monday.     
Now thru May 11 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:25 p.m. Introduction to Communication.  
Sixteen weeks.  Held each Wednesday. 
March 16 thru May 8 - 10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Introduction to Communication
Eight weeks.  Held each Monday.  

Museum of Chincoteague Island
chincoteaguemuseum.com   7125 Maddox Blvd, 757-336-6117 
Open now Fri. - Sun. 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
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.

The David Landsberger Family YMCA
ymcachesapeake.org 6395 Maddox Blvd, 757-336-6266  
** Zero joining fee until the end of January ** .  Ask about Membership which enables you
 to visit nearly every YMCA location.  

ACTIVE OLDER ADULTS - Socials & Special Events  
Now thru Jan 29 - 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 Jan 29 - 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.  
Jan 23 - 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Game Days .  Board and card games held every second and fourth Thursday of each month.   Free/Members, $5/General Public. 
Jan 23 - 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Birthday Lunch Pot Luck.  Bring a dish and celebrate birthdays with our group.  Cake will be provided.  Free/Member. 
Jan 28  12:00 p.m. Recipe Exchange.  Held every forth Tuesday of each month. 
Feb 4 - 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Valentine Cards for PMRC/Riverside .  Bring supplies.  Free/Member, $5/General Public.  
Feb 7 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Lebanese Mazza Cooking Demonstration.  $10/Members, 
$15/General Public. Instructors Michelle and Bishara. 
Feb 20  - 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  French Conversation Group .  Free. 

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  

Eastern Shore Community College
es.vccs.edu  29300 Lankford Hwy Melfa VA 23410, 757-789-1789
New 2020 Classes via Zoom.  Locations are CBBT Administration Bldg, Tangier Combined School, and Island Community House. Contact Student Services at 757-789-1729 for more information or email Artima Taylor at ataylor@es.vccs.edu.  
Now thru May 8 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. History and Appreciation of Art I.  
Held every Tues/Thurs.  *Not available at the Chincoteague location. 
Now thru May 11 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:25 p.m. Introduction to Communication.  
Held every  Wednesday. 
March 16 thru May 8 - 10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Introduction to Communication
Held every Monday.

Ker Place/Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society
shorehistory.org 69 Market St Onancock VA 23417, 757-787-8012
Feb. 28 - 7:00 p.m.  Notes from "The Green Book" A Musical Showcase.   More than a dozen Shore vocalists and musicians will gather to share hits f rom 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.

The Ropewalk 
ropewalk.com 6262 Marlin Street, 757-336-0512
Jan 29 - 6:00 p.m. Open Mic Night.  Proceeds to benefit "Eastern Shore Dogs Deserve Better". Hosted by The Boyz of Summer.  Enjoy a night of food, live music and support a good cause. 

Waterside Inn
watersideinn.biz  3761 Main St Chincoteague Island VA 23336, 877-870-3434.
"One Sweet Deal Valid February 14, 2020 - February 17, 2020.  R oom rate  $80 per night/plus tax  on any room with 2 Queen Beds or  a King Bed on any floor  & includes a chocolate sweets & treats tray!    This offer is not valid with any other promotion or discount.
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
Sign into VTC's website and add your business or event on this site. If you have any questions call or email to marketing@esvatourism.org

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 January   
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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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