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MARSH Fest: The Eastern Shore Craft Beer and Science Festival

August 11, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

MARSH Fest 2017MARSH Fest promises an afternoon of food, music, art, craft beer, and hands on experiences with local farmers, artisans, and researchers. September 23rd, 2017 on Chincotague Island.

What do craft beer, live music, art, science, farming, and nature all have in common? Why MARSH Fest, of course!

MARSH Fest is an opportunity for hands-on experiences with farmers, artisans, and researchers while enjoying craft beers, local food, and live bands. It’s a unique chance to discover the very best that the Eastern Shore has to offer.

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Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival 2017 – Seriously Delicious Fun

July 7, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival 2017The Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival is delicious food, live music, and the largest arts & crafts event on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. July 21 – 23, 2017

Chincoteague’s Blueberry Festival, a can’t-miss experience for anyone in the area, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Each year, it seems like the festival grows in both size and attendance. It’s become almost as much of a tradition as the annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim weekend that it precedes!

And why not? How can anyone say “no” to such a mouth-watering array of blueberry treats?

From plain, fresh, juicy blueberries to both familiar and unusual blueberry dishes, you’ll find it at the festival! Blueberry pancakes and muffins, blueberry sandwiches and salads, blueberry syrups, and – of course – desserts. It simply wouldn’t be Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival without Sugarbakers’ Ultimate Blueberry Pies!

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Chincoteague Seafood Festival – An Eastern Shore Tradition Since 1968

April 3, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Seafood Festival 2017Come one come all to the annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival. Fresh clams, oysters, fish, shrimp, and more await your appetite, Saturday May 6th, 2017 on Chincoteague Island!

There’s nothing quite as tasty as fresh caught and prepared seafood served out of doors – and that description fits the Chincoteague Seafood Festival to a ‘T’! This springtime event has been an annual tradition for almost 50 years! And why not?

The festival provides a diner-friendly venue for sampling the best-of-the-best local seafood, and a variety of it. There are even non-seafood entrees, like friend chicken, on the menu for those of you so inclined.

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The 38th Annual Chincoteague Island Easter Decoy & Art Festival!

March 6, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island 38th Annual Easter Decoy & Art FestivalSpring is nearly here and with it comes the 38th Annual Chincoteague Island Easter Decoy & Art Festival! April 14th and 15th, 2017.

The Chincoteague Island Easter Decoy & Art Festival is an annual tradition that attracts artists from all around the country. Carvers spend the year preparing their finest works for the show and they’re not alone. Painters and photographers, too, come with their best pieces for display and sale.

The opportunity to peruse the work and chat with the artists who created it always makes for a fascinating time. This is especially true if you take a piece home with you, as it will have the added value of the personal experience connected with it.

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Tour Historic Chincoteague On Bike Or On Foot

February 15, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Tour Historic Chincoteague on a self-guided bike or walking history tour!Chincoteague Island has a fascinating history. From the Gingo-Teague tribe to the Civil War Battle of Cockle Creek, the island has stories to tell. Discover these stories and many more when you tour historic Chincoteague Island on a walking or biking tour!

Chincoteague Island is the perfect place to set off on foot or on a bike. As we’re on a small island, everything is nearby and we have the perfect blend of small town and wilderness. There are miles of trails on the islands, both in town and through the forests. There’s even a trail out to Assateague Lighthouse.

This ease of getting around the island is one of the reasons that Miss Molly’s Inn has bikes for our guests to use. They really are a wonderful way to explore our island!

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Get Set To Get Wet At Chincoteague Island Polar Pony Plunge 2017!

December 12, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Polar Pony Plunge 2017It’s nearly that time again: January 1st, 2017 and the Chincoteague Island Polar Pony Plunge! Come celebrate the first day of the New Year with an invigorating dip in the surf off Assateague Island!

Every year the good people of Chincoteague Island and a healthy helping of visitors celebrate New Year’s Day by flinging themselves into the bracing Atlantic waters off Assateague Island.

And you can join them!

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Take Wing For Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend 2016

October 14, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend 2016Thanksgiving is almost here if you can believe it, and with it comes the annual Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend. November 25 – November 26, 2016.

Assateague Island is part of the Atlantic Flyway; the path that migratory waterfowl and other birds use to stay ahead of the changing seasons. The Atlantic Flyway extends from the offshore waters of the Atlantic Coast, through the prairie provinces of Canada, to Alaska’s Arctic Coast.

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44th Annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2016

September 12, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2016Tickets are on sale right now for the 44th annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival! Scheduled for October 8th, 2016, this beloved event regularly sells out, so get your ticket, now!

Chincoteague Island is known for its seafood – particularly its oysters! Chincoteague oysters, also known as Chincoteague Salts, are a special treat. You see, Chincoteague Bay is not fed by any real source of fresh water. Consequently, oysters grown here get the full Atlantic salt treatment.

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Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show and Decoy Festival

August 15, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show 2016The arts come to life in September during the annual Chincoteague Island Decoy & Art Festival plus the Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show & Sale!

Chincoteague Island is the kind of community that attracts artists and art-lovers. This fact is made apparent throughout the year through various art-related activities and events.

The month of September is no exception with not one but two different art related events!

The Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show & Sale
annually brings more than 50 fine artists to for some plein air painting on Chincoteague and Assateague.

What is “plein air” painting?

Plein Air comes from the French phrase “En plein air,” meaning “in the open air.” Plein Air painting is painting outside. It is also painting in against time, against the movement of the sun and clouds, the changing of the light. This necessity to capture a scene before it changes lends a sense of energy and excitement to the work. This kind of effect is an important component of impressionist paintings, like those of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Claude Monet.

The artists paint at locations of their choosing around the islands. You may even see some of them at work, should you be here Friday or Saturday before the show. The sale on Saturday night allows you to meet the artists, discuss their works and, if you choose, buy on of their beautiful Chincoteague landscapes home with you! Be sure to come early, as the best pieces sell quickly.

Chincoteague Island Decoy & Art Festival 2016The Chincoteague Island Decoy & Art Festival is another island tradition.

Finely detailed decoy carvings are the focus of this show but other kinds of carvings are on display, too, along with wildlife paintings, photography, jewelry, and other fine creations. The Chincoteague Decoy Carvers and Artists Association works to preserve the tradition of decoy carving, an appreciation for wildlife, sporting, and the natural world.

Much of what is on display will be for sale, giving you the opportunity to take home a one-of-a-kind treasure. You’ll also have the chance to talk to the artists and learn some of their inspiration and techniques. Vendors will also be on hand with art supplies, food, and drink.

Don’t miss these annual Chincoteague Island art events!

Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show & Sale

Saturday, September 10, 2016 – 6pm to 9pm
United Methodist Church Social Hall, 6253 Church St

www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/

Chincoteague Island Decoy & Art Festival 2016

September 3, 9am-5pm – September 4, 10am-4pm
Chincoteague Center, 6155 Community Dr

For more details, visit www.thechincoteaguecenter.com

Lodging in Chincoteague
No matter what brings you to Chincoteague, Miss Molly’s Inn is a wonderful choice for accommodations. A historic home in the downtown area, we put the island at your fingertips. Stay at our Chincoteague Island B&B for timeless comfort, value, and the traditional warm island welcome!

Chincoteague Island Movies & Music at the Dock

July 8, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Movies & Music at the DockChincoteague Island makes for a wonderful summertime playground with lots of sun and fun for all. Once the sun goes down, the fun doesn’t go with it – Robert Reed Park provides plenty to do with a series of movies and music at the dock all summer long!

There’s so much to do on Chincoteague Island – cruises, biking, shopping, beach-combing, the wild ponies, visiting Assateague lighthouse, and more. Once the sun goes down, it’s time for a good dinner, refreshments, and … there are still many choices!

An evening stroll along the beach can be lovely, or you can spend a quiet night in. For those looking for a touch more fun, however, there’s always Music at the Dock or Summer Cinema in the Park, both held at Robert Reed Park during the summer.

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