Greetings from the snowed – in Chincoteague Island, Virginia!
Though it does occasionally snow here on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, it’s darn rare that we get a bona fide, sockeroo of twelve inches or better type blizzard like we experienced this weekend. Generally, a few inches of snow will close the schools and drain the local food stores of toilet paper, milk, bread and canned soups, but snow accumulation of this amount simply shut down the entire peninsula.
Chincoteague Island is particularly beautiful when it snows. The salt marshes take on an eerie serenity when covered with snow. Scharlene Leonard resident designer and co-owner of the Island Butterfly on Main St. has a fantastic photo that she took of a Chincoteague Pony in the snow some years back. I highly recommend that you visit and take a look at this beautiful photograph. Trust me, you will want a copy for yourself.
I am long overdue in sending a shout out and big time kudos to Captain Barry of Captain Barry’s Back Bay Cruises. So, finally here it goes, Captain Barry please accept a Chincoteague Insider major salute. Captain Barry offers arguably one of Chincoteague Island’s finest guided boat tours. He is also a great humanitarian! While everybody else was watching the news of the tragic earthquake in Haiti, Captain Barry packed his bags and headed for that devastated island to offer help. This is not the first time Captain Barry Frishman has done this sort of thing, he went to Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami in 2004 and has been to Haiti to assist the needy prior to this trip. If you would like to assist with Captain Barry’s efforts, please call 757-336-6508.
On a somewhat lighter note, my own household ran out of our store of succulent, delicious blueberries that we purchased at this years Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival.
Now, you would think that 50 lbs. of blueberries in the freezer would be enough to get you through the winter at very least, but no! Obviously, I will have to Preorder more blueberries next year. You can do the same by visiting http://www.ChincoteagueBlueberryFestival.com. The Chincoteague Blueberry Festival will be held July 23rd, 24th,&25th, 2010 at the Chincoteague Center. Mark your calendar and be sure not to miss this fabulous annual event.
Until the next time…Enjoy the beauty of Chincoteague Island in the Snow.