The Halloween Happening – this all-hallows eve, Chincoteague Island Theatre Company gives you a chance to tune into the past with two ghoulishly good, olde-time radio plays: “The Canterville Ghost” and “The Vampire’s Desire.”
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Hosted by The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, the 14th annual return of the Chincoteague Island Chili-Chowder Cookoff will bring amateur and professional chefs from all over, all of them just itching to compete and share their delicious, sometimes secret, culinary concoctions, be they chili or be they chowder. Read the rest of this page »
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The 2013 Plein Air Art Exhibition and Sale will be held on Saturday, September 14 from 6 – 10 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church Social Hall, at 6253 Church Street. This is the tenth annual Plein Air Art Show.
“Plein Air” is a French term that means painting in the open air – working directly from the landscape as it appears in the moment. More than forty artists from many states paint for two days throughout Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. What a wonderful landscape to capture!
Get out and take a walk! Let the clean air off the sea penetrate deep into your lungs and cleanse you. And while, you’re at it, enrich your soul a little bit with some art.
The Art Stroll takes place at galleries and shops around the island from 6 – 10 p.m. on the Second Saturday of each month during the summer. You can meet the artists, working in a wide variety of visual media, listen to live music and enjoy fun for the whole family.
Beat the heat this summer and get to the beach! Along with all the usual summer entertainment – swimming, fishing, beach combing and suntanning, we’ve got a great event coming up in Chincoteague this month. Join us for the Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival – taking place the weekend of July 19-21.
Along with arts, crafts, food and live music there will be lots and lots of the super-food blueberries!
The festival is taking place indoors and outdoors at the Chincoteague Center, 6155 Community Dr. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be over 100 artisans from 12 states for our Arts & Crafts Event – it is the largest of its kind in Eastern Virginia.
And of course, lots of blueberries and blueberry products. You can pre-order fresh blueberries to pick up at the festival by calling Dick Jones at 540.273.2963. Save money this way and make sure they don’t sell out before you get a chance to buy a box. You can also pre-order the “ultimate blueberry pie” from Sugarbakers, by the slice or whole – they also tend to sell out quickly. Call them at 757.336.3712.
Other delicious blueberry products available at the festival include blueberry shortcake, homemade blueberry ice cream and breakfast items like blueberry pancakes and muffins.
Live Music at the Blueberry Festival
Here are some highlights from the lineup:
Saturday July 20
9:00 a.m. – Hemlock Hollow ~ This duo performs familiar favorites.
1:00 p.m. – Greg Shupe and the Men with Issues Band ~ An acoustic group playing country, bluegrass, blues, folk and even some pop and swing music with a few original tunes as well.
See the full lineup on the Chincoteague Blueberry Festival website.
Lodging for Summer Travels to Chincoteague
Whether you come for the blueberry festival, the Pony Swim, fishing or simply relaxation on the beautiful Atlantic seashore, our Bed and Breakfast is in the heart of the Chincoteague and provides modern comforts in a historic and bucolic atmosphere.
Do you have plans to celebrate Independence Day weekend? Well, you better make them fast because it is just around the corner!
We only have a couple more openings for the 4th of July – and its no wonder with all the fun this little island hosts!
Start with the 88th Annual Chincoteague Island Volunteer Fireman Carnival, taking place July 3 – 6. Come out for rides, games, great Eastern Shore food, raffles and tons of family friendly fun!
Chincoteague Lodging for 4th of July Weekend
If you want to stay with us for Independence Day weekend, consider spending the 3rd and 4th at the Island Manor House and then spend Friday night July 5th camping on the beach – it will add some adventure to your trip! Then, you can return to the lap of luxury when you check in at Miss Molly’s on Saturday July 6th.
Join in the small town fun of our carnival in a picturesque seaside setting!
Some of the best fishing grounds on the Mid-Atlantic Coast are found in the waters surrounding Chincoteague Island. Fish either the inland waterways surrounding the Island or venture into the open Atlantic Ocean for deep sea fishing. Whatever your preference, fishing in Chincoteague is going to be a fun and productive experience.
Chincoteague Fishing Report
Check out our local bait and tackle shops for current fishing reports. Steve’s bait and tackle shares great photos of local catches that will make your mouth water!
Chincoteague Fishing Charters
Wanna get your own boat for the day or have a captain bring you to their favorite fishing inlets? Whether you want to go out deep sea fishing or cast for flounder in the bays, a fishing charter is a great way for to spend a summer day in Chincoteague. Check out the Charter Boat Association web page to find the Captains that are the best equipped to suit your fishing needs and desires.
Chincoteague Flounder Fishing
By far one of the most popular fish to hook, flounders are prevalent in the spring and early summer months in the channel. By June, Flounder are competing with croakers for food.
Spring time flounder fishing in Chincoteague Bay depends highly on two factors: water clarity and temperature. Most fisherman agree that flounder start biting when water temperatures reach 50 degrees. The best fishing of the year is usually in water between 60 and 70 degrees.
Water clarity is just as important as temperature. Flounder feed by sight and if the water resembles chocolate milk the fish will have a hard time seeing your bait. Usually the creeks and the western shore (in a west wind) retain more clarity.
Virginia Beach Fishing Trip Planned for this Summer?
Thrill your wife and invite her on the fishing trip with you. Even if she isn’t into fishing, when the two of you stay at Miss Molly’s Bed and Breakfast, she will be thrilled to spend the day on the seashore and a wonderful night in this lovely, historic Chincoteague Inn.
Next month, the infamous Chincoteague Pony herd will be rounded up for vet checks. The southern herd will be rounded up on Friday April 6 and the Northern herd on Saturday April 7. You will be able to see the Southern herd in the Southern Corral, just off the road that takes you to the beach.
This is one way to see the Chincoteauge Ponies all together besides the main pony swim in July. If you’re not into crowds, this is an alternative.
Observing Ponies on Assateague
You don’t have to attend a penning or the pony swim to see the wild herds on Assateague.
To see wild ponies, first head to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island.
There are a few parking pull-offs on Beach Road, but if you don’t have much luck there, your next best bet is to take a walk along Woodland Trail, also off Beach Access Rd. The trail is paved for part of the way. About half a mile into the trail, there is a pony viewing spot. It is clearly marked. Note: The mosquitoes can be vicious, so bring spray!
You can also sign up for a tour of the wildlife refuge and the opportunity to see more wild ponies at the Visitor Center. The tours are at 10 and 4. If you are interested in this tour, be sure to sign up for it early because they fill up quickly.
To get more of an up-close encounter with the ponies, head to an unusual location: McDonald’s! The McDonald’s on Maddox Boulevard is right next door to the pony pen. Often there are seven or eight ponies and with their foals. For a quarter, you can get corn feed out of a dispenser and feed the ponies.
Please consider Miss Molly’s your home away from home when you visit Chincoteague.
On the Second Saturday of each month, from April through November, the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance sponsors the 2nd Saturday Art Stroll. This is a creative community event featuring art of all media: arts and crafts demonstrations, exhibits, live music, readings and book signings, wine tastings…and the unexpected! This year’s last Second Saturday event is November 10!
The Art Stroll takes place at participating galleries and shops around the Chincoteague Island from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. In many cases, there are also special events during the day at the downtown park. Come out and meet local artists, see exhibits of a wide variety of visual arts, listen to live music and more!
Here are some examples of fun events that have taken place at past 2nd Saturdays. Call the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance for details about November’s Second Saturday at 757-336-0044.
Threadgoodes – Carol Mabin signs copies of her Watson House Cookbook from 6 – 8 p.m.
Threadgoodes – The Pampered Chef, 1-3:00pm
Island Butterfly – Oil and water color painter Lucy Roehm
Flying Fish – Stained glass by Tom Bolean
Island Arts – Fish Carver Ed Kuhm
Osprey Nest Gallery – Painting by Kevin McBride
The Working Artists Studio – June Mohr and Gail Reichard – painting pictures of boats, 6-9pm
Flying Fish Gallery – new spoon jewelry by Margie Bolean
Wine, Cheese and More – Virginia wines are featured, 6-9pm. Tastes are free but donations to the CCA Scholarship fund are appreciated.
Why don’t you book a weekend stay at our Chincoteague bed and breakfast, where you can explore all of the fun and art the island has to offer? This is a great time to get away and have some quality time with a spouse or girlfriends before the chaos and obligation of the holiday season.
Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company hosts a number of beloved events throughout the year. One such event is the annual Chili-Chowder Cookoff, held the third weekend in October. This is the first time the fire company is hosting and they invite locals and visitors to participate and enjoy.
On Saturday, October 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. come with your appetite to the carnival grounds at 3648 Main Street! The admission to the Chili-Chowder cookoff is free. Along with delicious stews, expect an arts & crafts fair, a raffle and prizes for the best chili and chowder.
There will be live music at the annual festival and the adorable the Little Miss Chili Pepper & Mr. Hot Stuff competition. Any little boys or girls interested should apply by October 13, 2008. The children will be onstage answering questions and have the option to display a talent if desired. Ages 3 to 6 may enter. The competition is always a crowd pleaser and lots of fun! First place winners win a $25 savings bond and ride in the Christmas Parade representing the Main Street Merchants.
And of course, there will be tons of chowder and chili to eat! Don’t worry, hamburgers hot dogs and ice cream will be for sale as well.
Food will be served at noon until it’s all gone!
For more information, visit Chincoteague.com/cvfc3 or call (757) 894-8771.