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Category Archives: Chincoteague Activities

Visit the Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market!

March 11, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Farmers MarketThe Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market and Artful Flea 2016 Grand Opening is coming – April 9th, 9am to 1pm – offering an opportunity to not only buy great local produce, seafood and unusual gifts but also to soak up the relaxing and friendly, Chincoteague Island culture.

The Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market and Second Saturday Artful Flea are some of the surest signs of spring, here on the Virginia Coast. As the sun comes out so, too, do the people and with them, the fruits of their labors. Be it through plant and animal husbandry or … spring cleaning.

The Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday, from April 9th to October 15th, as well as on Wednesdays, May 25th to September 7th, rain or shine. Here you will find local farmers and fishermen, bakers and gardeners, their tables laden with fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood, eggs and meats, breads and other home-baked goods, jams and jellies, plants and flowers for garden and home – and locally sourced from within a 100 mile radius!

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Chincoteauge Island’s Second Saturday Art Stroll

May 14, 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

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The Museum of Chincoteague

February 17, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Fresnel Lens displayed at the Museum Of Chincoteague

Assateague Lighthouse’s original Fresnel lens is on display at the Museum Of Chincoteague

Previously known as The Oyster & Maritime Museum, The Museum of Chincoteague houses the story of Chincoteague Island’s fascinating history.

Located just outside the entrance to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Maddox blvd, The Museum of Chincoteague’s stated mission is to collect and preserve the material culture that reflects the historical progression of the life on Chincoteague Island.

And it’s not all just ponies, I can tell you.

The islands of Chincoteague and Assateague have a history that is the stuff of seafaring legend, complete with shipwrecks and strandings that belie the peaceful and friendly faces the islands now present to visitors.

Take, for example, the January 1650 stranding of Colonel Henry Norwood by his crew on the north shore of Assateague Island. Colonel Norwood and some of his men came ashore in search of food, water, and safe harbor in which they could repair their storm-damaged ship – but the crew remaining onboard got cold feet and scarpered, marooning Norwood’s party to the island’s wilds. Norwood survived to write of the ordeal in his book “A Voyage to Virginia,” a survival ensured in part because of the oysters of Assateague.

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Take the 2014 Polar Pony Plunge on Chincoteage Island!

December 16, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

As with most smaller, island communities, we like to do things our own way here on Chincoteage Island. The Pony Island Horseshoe Drop & Costume Promenade on New Year’s Eve is an example of that and another is the New Year’s Day, Polar Pony Plunge on Chincoteage Island.

Come New Year’s Day afternoon – January 1st, 2014 at 1:14pm (get it?) – you are given the opportunity to display your intestinal fortitude by taking the Polar Pony Plunge. That or you can display your sanity and enthusiasm for those crazy enough to take the aforementioned Polar Pony Plunge.

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Spend New Year’s Eve on Chincoteage Island!

December 9, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Why spend New Year’s Eve on Chincoteage Island? Chincoteage Island is always a fun place to be and New Year’s Eve is no exception.

This year, legendary musician Bill Toms and blues guitarist Chaz DePaolo will once again be performing at the Island Theatre on New Year’s Eve.

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Chincoteague Decoy Show

August 28, 2013 by islandmanor

It’s not surprising that residents of an island would have a fascination with waterfowl. One way our coexistence with our ocean environment manifests itself is through the art of the Chincoteague residents. Some especially beautiful specimens of this work will be on display during the 23rd Annual Chincoteague Decoy Carvers’ and Artists’ Association Decoy Show, taking place over Labor Day weekend, Saturday & Sunday August 31 & September 1, 2013.

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Chincoteague Island Horses in the Winter

December 22, 2012 by islandmanor

Just because you’ve missed the pony roundup for 2012, doesn’t mean you’ve lost your chance to see the infamous Chincoteague ponies during the off season! In fact, many of us locals find that the herds are easier to observe during once the crowds thin down.

There are two herds that graze in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (located on the island just next to ours, Assateague Island). The easiest and most reliable spot to view the southern herd is the pull off on Beach Road (the main road on Assateague Island) across from Black Duck Marsh Pool, which is also a great photo spot. This is the first pull-off after emerging from the 25 mph area on the right. The ponies are in a large area and can often been seen in the marshes and among the pine trees. There is also a pony lookout along the woodland trail — it is a nice hike around to the spot where you can observe the ponies.

Chincoteague Island ponies

The Horses live in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge year-round

The northern herd grazes in an area that can be accessed from the service road that runs north from the end of the wildlife loop. It is a longer hike – about 3-4 miles. You will pass a small corral and cross a cattle gate and after the cattle gate, you enter the Chincoteague horse’s area. The ponies can be anywhere north of the cattle gate – – some see them on the road and in the marshes and flats. If you come across them on the road, give them a wide berth and time to adjust to your presence. The ponies graze in a large area so it is possible that you will not see them.

Remember, the ponies are WILD ANIMALS — keep a safe distance do not attempt to pet or feed them. The males in particular can be intimidating and unpredictable. This is especially true with the northern herd since the service road runs through their area, but there are times when the ponies get out of the southern corral and can be on beach road or the wildlife loop.

We hope to see you on the island soon!

 

Chincoteague Holiday Home Tour

November 13, 2012 by islandmanor

The 2012 Holiday Home Tour will feature a dozen extraordinary Chincoteague Island homes! This event is popular with local as out-of-town guests. For locals, it is a chance to mingle and see each other in a leisurely setting during the colder winter months, when we aren’t out on the beach – all the time. For visitors, the Holiday Home Tour is an opportunity to look around the inside of remarkable and historic homes. The home on the tour represent the architectural integrity and diversity of our eclectic community. Decked out in their finest for the holidays, the tour homes will have docents on duty to point out the rich history, architecture, distinctive features and decorations of each home. Purchase tickets ($20) at Threadgoodes (4211 Main St.) or call 757.336.6858.

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2012 Fall Series Chincoteague Acoustic Music Concerts

August 16, 2012 by

Thank goodness for the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance! This Chincoteague arts organization is behind so many of the cultural events which enrich the Chincoteague Island community. In addition to the Movies in the Park, the Second Saturday Art Stroll and other events, the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance also sponsors a wonderful series of acoustic musical concerts.

If you love listening to professional musicians playing “unplugged,” the 2012 Chincoteague Concert Series is truly a treat!

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The 2012 Chincoteague Concert Series

Saturday ~ September 29 @ 7:30 pm: North Sea Gas
A lively and popular Scottish folk band, buy your tickets now. They’re popular for a reason! Traditional instruments such as tin whistles, bodhrans, bouzouki plus banjo, fiddle and guitar combine beautifully with three part harmonies and rich vocals.

Saturday ~ October 27 @ 7:30 pm: Ken Bloom
A skilled musician with wit and charm to boot, Ken returns by popular demand. Enjoy Celtic, Eastern European and other traditional selections played on a wide array of instruments including dulcimer, guitar, concert zither, Northumbrian small pipes, clarinet and more.

Saturday ~ November 10 @ 8 pm: Allegheny Baroque
The harmonious sounds of this classical ensemble are sure to please. Listen to soothing and moving chamber music performed on harpsichord, violin and cello.

All concerts are performed at the Chincoteague Senior Services Center at 6309 Church Street.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or 1-2 weeks before each event at H&H Pharmacy at 6300 Maddox Boulevard, (757) 336-3115 or Sundial Books at 4065 Main Street, (757) 336-5825. All Advance tickets are $15 and will be held at the door for pickup. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets bought at the door are $18. Keep in mind that all ticket sales are final!

We hope you enjoy these delightful live music offerings during your stay at our Chincoteague B&B. If you need help making arrangements to see these shows, the staff at our inn near Assateague will be happy to help you.

2012 Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company’s Carnival

July 1, 2012 by

The 87th Annual Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival begins on June 29-30. It opens 7 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through July, with Chincoteague 4th of July fireworks (actually on July 7th) at 10 p.m. and Pony Penning week July 23-28. On the weekend of July 13-14, the carnival’s proceeds will go toward the building fund, so be sure to go and support the volunteer firefighters of the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company!

Bikers follow Pony Parade to Chincoteague Carnival Grounds

Experience a great month of events and support a great cause at the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company Carnival.

This Chincoteague favorite event has all the fun, rides, live music, games and food you long for in a summertime carnival. Stuff your mouth with cotton candy and get on the ferris wheel! Don’t forget to enter the raffle. There are great prizes this year, including a 16-foot Bayliner Boat with motor and trailer, and a golf cart that’s legal to cruise down the street.

Join the fun and support the local Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company! For more information and a detailed schedule of events, please visit www.cvfc3.com.

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