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Published March 14, 2019
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Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Sunday, March 17th 

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.
  Click here  or call 757-336-6161 for more information.   

Seafood Festival Hospitality, 
Arts & Crafts, 
and Friends of the Festival 
applications now available. 

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

Weekend Ongoing Events: March 22 - 24
Photo Contest - Before & After photos of best Clean up, Paint Up, Fix Up projects.  Sponsored by ACE Hardware Chincoteague. Visit Ace for store specials! 
Learn more  facebook.com/chincoteaguechamber

Museum of Chincoteague - 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 7125 Maddox Blvd. Downtown Exhibit, Childrens' Craft, Pick up scavenger hunt sheets. 

Theatre Anex - 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 4076 Main St. Kid's Poster Contest, Historic Photo Displays, Pick up scavenger hunt sheets. 

March 22  - 7:00 p.m. Story Swap. Chincoteague Cultural Alliance, 6309 Church St.  

March 23 - . 
10:00 a.m. Importance of 'Downtown' Lecture, 
Museum of Chincoteague, 7125 Maddox Blvd 
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Art Class with Cindy Faith.  CCA, 6309 Church St. 
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Stories, Readings, Video.   Island Theatre, 4074 Main St. 

March 24 -  
2:00 p.m. Foot Parade.  Photo Contest & Scavenger Hunt winners announced.
Robert Reed Park.  Rain Space: Island Theatre. 
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Movie The Long, Long Trailer.   Island Theatre, 4074 Main St.
** 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
Save the Date

March 20  12:00 p.m. Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Members' Networking Lunch. Don's Seafood Restaurant, 4113 Main St.  Join us for a delicious meal of corned beef & cabbage while networking with local businesses and organizations.  $10. 

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  - 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. Held at the  Chincoteague Island Library, 4077 Main Street. Celebrate "Locals week at the Library" with music from Greg Shupe, light refreshments, wine & soft drinks.  Networking opportunity.  Enter a drawing for a goodie bag filled with area businesses' gift certificates and more.  RSVP by April 8 to Joanne@ChincoteagueChamber.com
National Library week is April 7 - 13. 

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.    

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 23 - 10:00 a.m. 
Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce  Ribbon Cutting for Whiteraven's Nest
whiteravensnest.webs.com 33453 Chincoteague Road, Wallops Island, VA 23337
757-894-4664.    Stop by from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. for Corner Bakery Donuts and Gourmet Coffee To learn more CLICK HERE

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

April 17 - 4:49 p.m. Northrop Grumman Antares NG -11 Rocket Launch. 
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.

March 15 - 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Astronomy Night .  NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center and its partner Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation host this lunar-themed event.  It will begin with an astronomy presentation followed by night sky observations through high-powered telescopes.  Free event. All ages.  

March 16 - 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Puppet Show .  Ages 2 - 5.  FREE
March 16 - 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Tour of the Solar System.  Ages 8 and up.  FREE

March 23 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   Investigation Station.  Test the effect that shape and weight have on the flight of a glider. Ages 8 and up. FREE. 
March 232:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.   Peculiar Planet. Short program presented  about one of the planets in our solar system.   All ages. FREE. 
2019 Youth Art Contest open to Pre-K through 12th grade students.
"Apollo's 50th Anniversary"  is the theme. This NASA-unique theme aims to inspire art through the celebration of Apollo as we push towards returning to the Moon and take the next giant leap in deep space exploration.
June 1Artwork Submission Deadline. For more information
Visit  https://www.nasa.gov/content/apollo-youth-art-contest

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. 
May 11 - Fee Free day in observance of Wild Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Visitors enjoying the Wildlife Loop this spring may notice forestry work on the East side of the trail.  As a part of our ongoing forest management plan, trees will be thinned in that area and up the Service Road.  Please remain on the trails at all times for your safety.  To learn more about Forest Management on the refuge visit   https://www.fws.gov/refuge/chincoteague/  

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

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

Now hiring Surf Lifeguards!  Be part of a team whose purpose is public safety on the ocean front, preventative lifeguarding, lifesaving and search & rescue.  For more information contact Jeff Clark, Chief Lifeguard at 410-629-6094, 757-894-3248 or email Jeff_Clark@nps.gov.  
To apply go to www.USAJOBS.gov  and type in the word "Assateague". 

Toms Cove Visitor Center   
Open 7 days a week from  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

Now thru March 22  Kids to Camp Scholarships.  Accepting summer camp scholarship
applications for overnight and day camps

Summer Day Camps  - 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m, Monday - Friday.   Registration is now open.  Each day has a different coastal theme that allows campers to visit a variety of ecosystems, play games, make crafts, and develop friendships.  Ages 5 - 15. 
For more information visit  http://www.cbfieldstation.org/day-camps.html

March 30 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Coiled Basketry Workshop.  Lean how to weave longleaf pine needles around a handmade ceramic base.  Expert instruction, materials, and lunch provided.  $85/person.  Register at  http://www.cbfieldstation.org/coiled-basketry-workshop.html

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)  
March 20, 27 & April 3  - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Acrylic as Watercolor with Jenny Somers. Wednesdays of instruction.  Cost is $140 and includes supplies. 
For more information CLICK HERE 
March 25 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Fun with Resin Jewelry. Instructor is Joan Devaney.  
Students will makes four or more pendants, such as a butterfly wing. Class size limit is 12.  
Ages 14 & up. Cost $45. For more information CLICK HERE
Drop-in Figure Studio - 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Second Saturday every month. 
Free Kids Art Classes  - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. First Saturday of every month. Make "chicks, flowers and bunnies". Celebrate Spring!    
Kitchen Gallery - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Held every Sunday.  Featuring local artwork.
Community Bingo  - Last Monday of the month. 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. 20 games $5. 
Island Coffeehouse
March 16 -  7:00 p.m. Performance by Jeff Madson & Off The Hook. Popular guitarist and vocalist with specialty in country, rock, folk and jazz.  Tickets $5/adults, $3/students. 

Annual Photo Contest: entries taken until May 15.  Enter any photo taken between
 Jan. 1, 2018 and May 15, 2019.  No categories this year! Prizes awarded. Learn more

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. 

March 153:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Computer Basics Learn basics like how to start your computer, save and re-open a file, and create a folder in this class. Free class.  Register by emailing us at chincoteagueIslandlibrary@yahoo.com.  Space is limited!  For more information email Wells Gregoire at wgregoire@espl.org.  This is brought to you by the Eastern Shore Public Library.  

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  
March 15 - Cool Hand Luke (PG)
March 22 - A League of Their Own (PG)

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. 

Historic Main Street Merchants
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: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 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  

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

Trail Name Contest - Submit your most creative names for trails which will connect the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge to the historic downtown.  Suggestions open until March 31st.  Contact Kelly at kelly@chincoteague-va.gov or for more information VISIT 
Member News  

American Legion Post 159
chincoteaguelegion159.org  4023 Main Street, 757-336-9749
March 15 - 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Steamed Shrimp and Clams  Dinner.  Carry out available after 6:30, supplies permitting.  Entertainment by  Phil Rhythm  to follow.

Captains Cove Golf & Yacht Club
captscovegyn.com  3370 Captain's Corridor, Greenbackville, VA 23356, 757-824-3465 
March 17 - 9:00 a.m. Irish Open Golf Event.  Enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast and play 18 holes.  Price: $15 Cart Plan, $25 Members, $35 Guests.  Prizes for top finishers.  Register by calling 757-824-3465 ext 118 or in the Proshop. 

Chatham Vineyards 
chathamvineyards.com  9232 Chatham Road, Machipongo, VA 23405, 757-678-5588
March 16 & 17 -  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.  No tickets are necessary.  

Chincoteague Island Family YMCA
ymcachesapeake.org 6395 Maddox Blvd., 757-336-6266
March 15 - 12:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m. St. Patrick's Day Luncheon. Held at the Island Community House, 6246 Mumford St. Registration is required so we can plan lunch numbers.  
Call to reserve. 

Island Baptist Church
islandbaptistchurch.net  3380 Willow St, 757-336-5645
March 15 - 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Women's Ministry Event. Enjoy food, fun, fellowship and door prizes!  RSVP'S preferred. Visit our website or call 757-336-5645. Come join us! 

Ledo Pizza
6477 Maddox Blvd, 757-336-6597
Now hiring  - Waitresses, servers, kitchen help.  Will open the last weekend of March. 
Contact Mike at 443-365-7733.     

Maria's Family Restaurant 
6506 Maddox Blvd, 757-336-5040
March 14 - Now open for breakfast, lunch, & dinner. Mon - Sun 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.  
Now hiring - Waitresses, servers, kitchen help.  Contact Mike at 443-365-7733.

Mister Whippy 
misterwhippy.com  6201 Maddox Blvd, 757-336-5122
March 15  - OPENS FRIDAY 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Come and enjoy breakfast! 
Fresh donuts and coffee choices. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until season begins. 

Ray's Shanty
raysshanty.com  32157 Chincoteague Road, New Church, VA 23415, 757-824-3429
March 14  - Now Open. Call for ahead for times

Tall Pines Harbor Campground
tallpinesharbor.com  8107 Tall Pines Lane, Temperanceville, VA 23442, 757-824-0777
March 15 thru 17 - St. Patrick's Chili Cook-off .   Bring your pot of chili or a chili fixing and join our annual St. Patrick's Day Chili Cook Off.  Categories:  Most Original and Best All Around.  Make your 2019 reservations to defend or steal your titles!! 
March 22 thru 24 - Paint N Sip.  All you 'Rustic Rembrandts' bring your favorite bottle of wine or other beverage and get in touch with your creative side as we paint! 

The Marina Restaurant at Captain's Cove
captscovegyc.com  3323 Dock Court, Greenbackville, VA 23356, 757-824-3465 ext. 161
March 15 - 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. A Slightly Open Mic. Featuring Andrew Ward & Anthony White of 8 Track Mind.  Irish food and drink specials. 

Tom's Cove Aquafarms
tomscove.net  757-336-1945
Now offering hatchery tours!  Mon - Frid. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Come give us a visit.
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 March
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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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