A Chincoteague New Year’s Eve

December 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague New Year's Eve

No Chincoteague Island New Year’s Eve
is complete without the
Pony Island Horseshoe Drop!

There’s no place like Virginia’s Chincoteague Island for unique and beautiful vacations – and that doesn’t end with summer. A Chincoteague New Year’s Eve is a great, one-of-a-kind way to start the new year!

You’d think a small town on a small island would just roll-up the sidewalks once “tourist season” ends but not Chincoteague Island! Sure, we’re a lot quieter and less crowded once vacation season ends but frankly, that’s part of the reason the “off-season” may be the best time to visit! It’s still beautiful here and there’s still plenty to do and see, especially around the holidays.

A Chincoteague New Year’s Eve, for example, is chock-full of that unique island spirit and fun Chincoteague Island is so well known for.

It starts off with the Annual New Year’s Eve Concert at the Island Theatre. Bill Toms and Hard Rain are back this year with their hard mix of rock, rhythm and blues, soul, and folk. Bill Toms played lead guitar and sang back-up for Pittsburgh’s Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers for 19 years and has toured the US and Europe repeatedly, opening for artists like The Band, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Little Feat, and Stevie Ray Vaughn, so you know you’re in for a great show.

After the concert, quick change into your costume (if you want … or haven’t already!) and head down to the Robert Reed Downtown Park for the Pony Island Horseshoe Drop and Costume Promenade!

The Costume Promenade is an annual, silly spectacle that includes costume contests in a variety of categories and, yes, there are prizes! This year’s Costume Promenade theme is Saltwater Cowboys and Seaside Angels. Whether you intend to participate in the shenanigans or not, bring a camera and be prepared for a hilarious time that will includes music and dancing – or something approximating that, anyway.

At midnight comes the countdown and the Pony Island Horseshoe Drop. That’s right, who needs a glittery ball when you have a sparkly horseshoe? Count down to 2015 and give your loved ones a big squeeze!

Finally, if you’re feeling up to it – hey, New Year’s! – the first day of the new year brings … the 2015 Polar Pony Plunge! What better way to celebrate the new year than by throwing yourself into the ice-cold waters of the Atlantic? If you’re still in your costume from the night before, all the better because there are more prizes for crazy costumes and a 2015 Polar Pony Plunge t-shirt you can purchase as proof of your insanity.

and THAT is a Chincoteague New Year’s Eve.

Bill Toms and Hard Rain Chincoteague Island New Year’s Eve Concert
Dec 31, 2015 – 8pm-11:30pm
The Island Theatre – 4074 Main St
chincoteagueislandarts.org

Pony Island Horseshoe Drop & Costume Promenade
Dec 31, 2015 – 10pm – Midnight
Robert Reed Downtown Park
www.chincoteaguechristmas.com

2015 Polar Pony Plunge
January 1st, 2015 – 1:15pm
Assateague Island beach (look for the crowd)
www.chincoteaguechristmas.com

Chincoteague New Year’s Eve Lodging
If you’re planning an off-season Chincoteague Island vacation and are looking for somewhere to stay, 1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast is open year-round! With nine tastefully decorated, luxury rooms, daily gourmet breakfasts, a snack room, game room, beach gear, concierge services, and more, we’re here to make your Chincoteague getaway the best it can possibly be – Happy New Year!

Enjoy a Chincoteague Island Holiday Vacation!

November 15th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island may seem like a summer destination but, in fact, there’s always plenty to see and do here – so why not treat yourself to a Chincoteague Island holiday vacation this year?

We always like to say that, after summer, winter is the next best season to visit Chincoteague Island. The average temperature this time of year is 50 degrees under sunny skies, there are smaller crowds, and there are events and attractions all year long. Plus we’ve unique shops for your holiday shopping, delightful local restaurants and, of course, the incredible, natural beauty of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands!

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1848 Island Manor House – Your Chincoteague Island Vacation Headquarters

October 11th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

take a Chincoteague Island VacationWe here at 1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast had a GREAT summer and we’re proud to have been a positive part of so many people’s Chincoteague Island vacations!

How do we know we played a part in so many fun-filled Chincoteague Island vacations? Because you told us we did!

We’re presently ranked #2 on TripAdvisor’s site for Chincoteague Island bed and breakfasts and the reviews have us blushing with pride

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Fall Wild Pony Roundup 2014

September 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Fall Wild Pony Roundup 2014

Mark your calendars: the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company has scheduled the 2014 Fall Wild Pony Roundup for Oct 10th and 11th, 2014!

Three wild pony roundups occur each year: the July Pony Penning Round Up and two others in the spring and fall. These latter two roundups are conducted for the purpose of an an overall health check on the 130 or so wild horses on Assateague Island, including any of this year’s new foals.

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The Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off 2014!

August 16th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off 2014As we head into the beautiful Chincoteague autumn, a lot of things come to mind, not the least of which is … the annual Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off!

An island favorite, the Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off is fun, sun, food, music, crafts, contests, and more. Hosted by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, the 2014 Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off offers chowder and chili aficionados from around the area a chance to compete – and taste! – delicious variations of chili and chowder. You’ll see numerous examples of these dishes, prepared under cover, from secret recipes handed down generation by generation, as well as brand new twists on these classic, comfort-food favorites.

Despite the name, this entertaining event is not all just chili and chowder. Alongside these two, presiding dishes, you will also find hot dogs, hamburgers, ice-cream, and delicious beverages to slake your thirst. Nor is the cook-off just about food!

The 2014 Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off also includes live music, an arts and crafts show with fun activities, and new this year, the Chincoteague Island Classic Car Show! Arrive in your classic car and join in the fun! The first 25 cars to register will receive a commemorative dash plaque and all participating cars will be judged on a number of different points to be eligible for one or more of 10 available trophies, 8 of which are people’s choice.

Speaking of judging, you do not want to miss the highlight of the Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off: the Little Miss Chili Pepper and Mr. Hot Stuff competition. Child contestants from the area, between the ages of 4 and 7, will do their best to woo the crowd and judges for the coveted titles – always an irresistible crowd pleaser. This event takes place at 11am, before the start of the Chili Chowder Cook-Off, so be sure to arrive early!

The Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off

September 27, 2014 – 12pm to 5pm

Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off Lodging
Planning on attending the 2014 Chili Chowder Cook-Off? Make your Chincoteague Island getaway that much more special with a stay at the historic 1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast. Island Manor House B&B has air conditioning and wifi throughout all 9 of our guest rooms and the inn. Our wonderful gourmet breakfasts will leave you ready to explore miles of pristine, undeveloped, Chincoteague Island beaches. Come stay with us and learn the meaning of comfort!

Visit the Captain Timothy Hill House

July 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Captain Timothy Hill House on Chincoteague IslandThe Captain Timothy Hill House is the oldest known house on Chincoteague Island – but was only recently discovered and was almost demolished!

European settlers began occupying Chincoteague Island in the late 1700′s. Built in the early 1800′s, the Captain Timothy Hill House is the only building remaining from that initial wave of settlement.

The story of Captain Timothy Hill has him shipwrecked on Assateague Island and, upon making his way to Chincoteague, settling here and building the house. Succeeding generations of Hills occupied the house up until 1954. Thereafter, it was apparently left vacant and to rot.

Threatened with destruction in 1980, the by then anonymous Captain Timothy Hill House was moved from its original location where it continued the process of falling in on itself. Fast forward to 2009 and Chincoteague resident Louisa Flaningam seeing the dilapidated remnants of the tiny home and thinking: “that’d make a good bicycle shed.” Others had long considered it an eyesore and had lobbied to have it torn down, not realizing that the home had already weathered 200 years on the island.

Covered in tarps, the roof caved in, and suffering from extensive wood rot, the Captain Timothy Hill House was moved again. In preparing it for its new life as a shed, the rotting weatherboard was removed and there, beneath, was discovered the tight, dovetail jointed corners of classic log-plank construction – an unmistakeable indicator as to the building’s advanced age. Further investigations revealed that the building had once had a wooden chimney, making the Captain Timothy Hill House only one of two buildings still standing in Virginia with such a feature.

One of the many ship carvings on the outside of the Captain Timothy Hill House on Chincoteague Island

One of the many exterior ship carvings

Then the couple dozen sailing ships carved into the houses exterior were noticed. Simple, line-art depictions of ships that would have been a very common sight on the Chincoteague of the early 1800′s. As other details emerged and the home’s history began taking shape, it was clear that the Captain Timothy Hill House could not be converted into a bicycle shed but, rather, might benefit from a restoration, and so work was begun.

Restored to its colonial era condition and honored with listing on both The Virginia Landmarks Register and The National Register of Historic Places, the Captain Timothy Hill House serves as a museum of early Chincoteague and America. Open Fridays from 1-3 p.m. during the summer season, a docent is on hand to explain the history and details of the home and life in the early 1800′s.

The Captain Timothy Hill House

5122 Main St.
Chincoteague VA 23336

captaintimothyhillhouse.com

Captain Timothy Hill House Lodging
Visiting the Captain Timothy Hill House is a great way to step back to a earlier, simpler time – but you can’t stay there. Why not stay at historic 1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast? We can also provide you with amenities and service that are a combination of the best that today can offer with a a sense of those simpler, quieter times. Explore the quaint charm of Chincoteague Island and let us be your home away from home.

2014 Chincoteague Blueberry Festival

June 17th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Chincoteague Blueberry FestivalBlueberries – is there a more perfect food? The blueberry is both sweetly delicious and a healthy snack. Perhaps that’s why this otherwise humble, little fruit has its own celebration: The Chincoteague Blueberry Festival!

Scheduled for midsummer – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 25th, 26th, and 27th, 9am to 4:30pm – Chincoteague’s Blueberry Festival promises a great time for all – and blueberries!

Of course, one of the best parts of the festival are all the fresh, juicy, blueberries you get to eat – but you have to act fast or risk missing them when they sell out – and they will! Luckily you can pre-order yours from Dick Jones at: 540-273-2963. The same is true of Sugarbakers’ wildly popular Ultimate Blueberry Pies, available whole or by the slice. Call Sugarbakers at 757-336-3712 to make sure you get yours.

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Chincoteauge Island’s Second Saturday Art Stroll

May 14th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

see art like this wonderful painting by Dawn Tarr at Chincoteauge Island's Second Saturday Art Stroll

see wonderful art like this beautiful painting by Dawn Tarr at Chincoteauge Island’s Second Saturday Art Stroll

Chincoteague Island is known for many things – its art community not the least. And what’s one of the best ways to see Chincoteague art? Why, the Second Saturday Art Stroll, of course!

The second Saturday of each month, April though November, 6pm to 9pm, participating galleries and shops around Chincoteague Island host local artists, their art, live music, and so much more: the Second Saturday Art Stroll!

Sponsored by the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance, the Second Saturday Art Stroll is a marvelous chance to see a wide variety of art and art exhibits, meet and chat with local artists, learn about process through various arts and crafts demonstrations, attend readings and book signings, enjoy live music, sample wines, cheese, and … who knows! Surprise and enjoyment are on-tap during Chincoteauge Island’s Second Saturday Art Stroll.

Participating Second Saturday Art Stroll venues on Chincoteague Island are:

aNoPheles Blues Gallery
Osprey Nest Gallery
Egret Moon Artworks
Poseidon’s Pantry
Flying Fish Gallery
Quilts by the Sea
Horse with No Name
Sundial Books
Herbs and Artistry
Threadgoodes
Island Arts
Wine, Cheese, and More
Island Butterfly Gems & Gifts

As an example of what you can expect, here’s what May 2014′s, Earth Day themed Second Saturday Art Stroll included:

A unique collection of natural health and handmade artwork at Herbs and Artistry, Multi-media art by Cindy Faith-Oehm and a Mother’s Day card workshop at Island Arts. Quilts by the Sea featured a demonstration on using a sewing machine to make a fabric basket with a simple straight stitch while Osprey Nest featured a host of paintings by artist Kevin McBride.

There was a Washington State wine tasting at Wine Cheese and More and Poseidon’s Pantry celebrated World Fair Trade Day with a talk on fair trade products and a chance to taste some of them. Sundial Books featured author Ken Poyner, who was signing his new book of short stories, Constant Animals.

Egret Moon Artworks held a demonstration on making a pot out of recycled newspaper and tips on getting your summer vegetable garden started while Threadgoodes was hosting Amy of Massage Away giving chair massages. Flying Fish Gallery displayed an exhibit of sea shells and genuine stones in silver and gold and aNoPheles Blues discussed the changing monetary value of art and a painting that bought $28.6 million in 1993.

What’s in store for June 14th’s Second Saturday Art Stroll – check back here to find out – or better yet, come to Chincoteague Island, book a summer getaway stay at Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast, and find out in person!

2014 Chincoteague Seafood Festival

April 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Chincoteague Seafood FestivalSpringtime on Chincoteague Island means the return of lots of things but one of the best is fresh seafood and the Chincoteague Seafood Festival!

Chincoteague Island’s community started out as a small fishing village and, to this day, some of the best Mid-Atlantic Coast fishing waters are right here, around the island. This time of year, local anglers bring in a variety of fish, including striped bass, drumfish, and flounder. Throw in Little Neck clams and Chincoteague oysters and you have yourself the makings of a feast!

The Chincoteague Seafood Festival is a 46 year-old tradition here on the island and remains one of the best opportunities for you to sit down in the wonderful spring sunshine of Chincoteague Island and fill your bellies with fresh bounty from the sea.

Here’s a sample of the fare that will be available at the festival:

  • Little Neck steamed clams
  • single fried oysters
  • fried fish
  • full salad bar
  • sweet potato fries
  • shrimp
  • clam fritters
  • boardwalk fries
  • clam strips
  • raw oysters and clams
  • grilled chicken
  • clam chowder
  • hushpuppies
  • water and soft drinks – beer may be purchased separately

 
Live music will be provided by the Island Boy Band and there will be an Arts & Crafts show under the Big Tent so you can work up an appetite … or walk off your meal!

The 2014 Chincoteague Seafood Festival

Saturday, May 3rd, noon to 4pm
Tom’s Cove Park
8128 Beebe Road
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
For more information and tickets, please visit: www.chincoteaguechamber.com/events/chincoteague-seafood-festival

Chincoteague Lodging for the Seafood Festival
As of this writing, Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast still has rooms available. Consider a stay at our historic inn and soak up the timeless charm of Chincoteague’s island community. Even today, the island retains much of its small fishing village charm and the Chincoteague Seafood Festival provides a wonderful venue for sampling the best of the best of our local seafood. Don’t miss it.

The 2014 Spring Pony Roundup

March 10th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Spring Pony Roundup

It’s almost spring and that means the 2014 Spring Pony Roundup is just about upon us. The 2014 Spring Pony Roundup is scheduled for April 11th and 12th.

What’s the 2014 Spring Pony Roundup all about, anyway?

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