First off, let me mention that I received a surprise phone call from the locally legendary Captain Barry this week. It seems that he was making some shell jewelry for Christmas presents and called for some advice. Captain Barry is a true original and a Chincoteague icon. I'm happy to call him a friend.
On the subject of Thanksgiving weekend, it seems that Chincoteague has decided that the best way to digest all that turkey and dressing etc. is to celebrate art. The island is absolutely jammed with opportunities to view and purchase locally and regionally produced art, decoys and crafts. It is also a great time to get up close and personal with nature. Evelyn Shotwell from the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce has produced yet another comprehensive list of 'things to do' on Chincoteague Island on this Thanksgiving Weekend and beyond. Personally, I am very thankful for Evelyn's efforts. I'm sure you will feel the same. Happy Thanksgiving all!
We have much to be thankful for. The island was spared serious damage from the nor’easter, more food than we need to eat, and a wonderful community of friends who are there through good times and bad. Take a few moments to embrace all that you have to be thankful for tomorrow and then enjoy some “out & about” time with family and friends.
OUT & ABOUT
November 26: THANKSGIVING—Enjoy time with family and friends.
November 26-29: Waterfowl Weekend at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island National Seashore. Call 757-336-6122 and 757-336-6577 or visit www.nps.gov/asis/upload/waterfowl%20week.pdf and www.nps.gov/asis/upload/waterfowl_weekend_flyer.pdf for schedules of activities.
November 27: Reese Lukei of the Center for Conservation Biology at William & Mary will bring a special presentation entitled “Snow Geese and other Large Birds on the Eastern Shore” at the Herbert H. Bateman Educational Center at 4:00 p.m. Entrance fee waived for program.
November 27-28: 23rd Annual Deborah Waterfowl Show & Auction—Chincoteague Combined School. Friday, Nov. 27—1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.—Saturday, Nov. 28—9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.—Auction at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
November 27-29: Artisan’s Guild Eastern Shore of Virginia Open Studio & Vineyard Tour
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Download free Tour Guide with Map at www.esartisanguild.org or call 757-678-7532 for a hard copy by mail. We have some in the chamber office too.
November 27-29: Robert E. Wilson Photography in the Assateague Lighthouse Oil Shed.
November 28: Fall Pancake Breakfast at the Chincoteague Island Accomack Lodge 243 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tickets available at the door.
November 28: Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:00 p.m. at Robert Reed Waterfront Park. Bring a non-perishable food item and/or a new toy that will be distributed through the Benevolent Association.
November 28: Craft Fair at Chincoteague Elementary School—10 am to 4 pm. Door prizes, lunch, over 30 crafters & artisans, and lots of great Christmas gifts await you. SHOP LOCALLY!!
December 2: Kiwanis Club of Chincoteague Annual Pancake Supper at Bill’s Seafood Restaurant from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets available from any Kiwanis Member, H&H Pharmacy or Mason Oil Co. Money raised will help make Christmas merrier for many this year.
December 1: Caregiver Connection at Hospice Resource Center at 6309 Church Street from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
December 1: Atlantic General Hospital Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for Atlantic ImmediCare Clinic at the Rite Aid in Pocomoke City—4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
December 5: Chincoteague Police Department 5th Annual Toy Run for Kids from Wal Mart parking lot in Pocomoke City at 11 a.m. to Maria’s Restaurant in Chincoteague. Bring a new toy. First 100 riders will receive a free T-shirt.
December 5: OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS PARADE—Main Street Chincoteague—7:00 p.m.—Watch the floats, fire trucks, marching units, horses, old cars and motorcycles while enjoying the lights of the town and the fellowship of friends. Meet Santa at the Firehouse after the parade.
December 5: Need a Santa’s Helper? Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to come to the Delmarva Discovery Center to make holiday crafts, tour the museum and play games while you go shopping. To top off the afternoon they will watch “The Polar Express” at the Mar-Va Theater! Pre-registration is required and a small fee is charged. Call 410-957-9933 for details.
*Visit http://sites.wff.nasa.gov/ or call 757-824-2050 for rocket launch info from Wallops
*NASA VISITOR CENTER: Call 757-824-2298 for fall schedule.
*ASSATEAGUE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: October-November: Friday, Saturday, Sunday-9am-3pm
*ASSATEAGUE ISLAND BUS TOURS: Cancelled for remainder of the season due to storm damage.
For more information, please call the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce at 757-336-6161.