Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
Chincoteague Pony Penning began 87 years ago (1925) as a way to raise money for new firefighting equipment. It is part of the tradition to hold the auction of the ponies the following day of their arrival to the carnival grounds.
Pony Penning auction for 2012 raised over $90,000 for the Chincoteague Vol. Fire Company. Of the sixtyseven ponies bought Thursday morning at the auction eight were "buy-back" ponies. These ponies are re-released to live with the herd on Assateague.
Finally, today, following tradition, the Saltwater Cowboys will round up the remaining ponies from the carnival grounds and herd them down the streets to Assateague Channel where they make their swim back to their home.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
As is customary the ponies will then be herded to the carnival grounds where they will rest and receive medical treatment before Thursday morning's auction. WESR will have live reports from the swim on Wednesday and Thursday's auction.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
April 6 & 7, 2012
Friday, April 6 Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 7 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 7 Auction 7:30 p.m.
Chincoteague Combined School
4586 Main St.
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Local and national carvers and artists of all kinds exhibit and sell their works. Awards are given in various categories. Wooden Easter Eggs decorated by the exhibitors are offered in a silent auction. A live auction of donated works at 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening caps off the weekend.
Admission to the show is $3.00 per day.
(children under 12 are free--no admission to auction)
(updated as applications come in)
Michael & karla adcocK
vic & ellen berg
jay & lilly cherrix
matt mason sr.
ARNOLD O. WEBER
grover cantwell jr.
C. jean ketner-loeffert
carl "spike" knuth
ARNOLD O. WEBER
nancy richards wesT
STAINED GLASS ARTISANS
DEBBIE AGATE-PHOTOGRAPHY, NOTECARDS, "SANDY THE SEAHORSE SAVES THE DAY" BOOK
PAMELA ALTON-NECKLACES, BRACELETS, EARRINGS, PENDANTS MADE WITH SHELLS/BEADS
MOHAMMED ATTIAH--AFRICAN HANDMADE BASKETS
DENISE BENNETT--NOTE CARDS, UPCYCLED WINE BOTTLES, JEWELRY, ETC.
KATHY BOYLE-BRONZE, SILVER & SEA GLASS JEWELRY, ORNAMENTS & PINS
SCOTT BUSH--NATURE & WILDLIFE PHOTOPRINTS
HARRY DANFORTH-NATURE PHOTOS
JOAN DEVANEY--HANDMADE GLASS ORNAMENTS & PENDANTS, MANY WITH NAUTICAL DESIGNS
LOU DOUGHTY-MODEL BOATS
LAURA ELLISON--RESIN JEWELRY
KEVIN FLEMING--WILDLIFE/LANDSCAPE/NATURE PHOTOGRAPHS
DIAMOND FRANDSEN/DEBRA SIMPSON-HANDWOVEN OAK BASKETS, FELT & WOOL ITEMS
IRIS & JOHN GASSER-CLOTHING, YARN, RUGS, PLACEMATS MADE FROM ALPACA & LLAMA WOOL
CAROLINE HERSHEY-CARODAN FARM WOOL SHOP
RON HUGO-DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, LIMITED EDITION PRINTS & FRAMED PRINTS
JOHN INTO & NANCY PRICE--MODEL BOATS
RUTH ANN LUDLAM-NECKLACES, BRACELETS, EARRINGS USING SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES
TINA MCCLOUD-PHOTOGRAPHY, JEWELRY, SCARVES
MILLY'S ORGANICS-HOMEMADE SALAD DRESSINGS
NANCY MITCHELL-GREETING CARDS, PHOTOS
CARSON & BONNIE RILEY-SEA GLASS JEWELRY, CRAFTS & BEACH PHOTOGRAPHY
BARBARA RITTER-CARVING SUPPLIES & BOOKS
MARIE "MINT" SCHLIEF--STERLING & GOLD FILLED WIRE WRAPPED SEMI-PRECIOUS STONE JEWELRY
JOHN & CINDA WALLS-CARVING SUPPLIES
JIM WARREN-METAL & STONE JEWELRY
MARIANNE WARREN--HERBAL SOAPS & LOTIONS
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
TOM’S COVE PARK, CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND, VA
Tickets available at the chamber office at 6733 Maddox Blvd., online @ www.chincoteaguechamber.com , or at these outlets:
Shore Bank Branches in Cape Charles, Exmore, Parksley, Onley, Chincoteague,
Pocomoke & South Salisbury
PNC Bank Branches in Onley, Oak Hall, Chincoteague, & Belle Haven
Tom's Cove Park
All sales final. No refunds.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
"The competition is an art-based educational program that allows students to participate in a nationwide waterfowl arts competition. The process also exposes students to the nation's wealth of migratory waterfowl and motivates students to take active roles in conserving these species," said Virginia Junior Duck Stamp Program coordinator, Aubrey Hall.
Hall also emphasized that "the program is meant to be a fun journey into the world of waterfowl. The artistic skill level of the students is not the focus of the contest. Not only do we want artwork from all children, we enjoy seeing the variety of pictures that the students produce."
All students entering the state contest will receive a certificate of participation. Entries may also receive prizes or honorable mention ribbons. The State Best of Show will represent Virginia in the national competition. National awards include a complimentary trip to the First Day of Duck Stamp Sales Ceremony in Washing-ton, D.C. and a monetary award.
Participants select a bird from a list of native North American waterfowl. Other design guidelines include, but are not limited to: a size of 9"x12"; horizontal orientation; and the absence of lettering, words, or signatures on the front of the design. For more information, contact refuge staff or explore the Federal Duck Stamp website www.fws.gov/juniorduck.
Entries must be mailed to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 62, Chincoteague, Va. 23336 and postmarked by midnight, March 15. Judging will occur Friday, March 19.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. It is both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals commitment to public service. For more information on its work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Upward of 450 people, including scores of firefighters and rescue workers from Virginia, Maryland and Delaware and some three dozen American Legion Riders, gathered Friday at Union Baptist Church on Chincoteague for funeral services for Clark, who died at Peninsula Regional Medical Center after taking ill while fighting a raging brush and woods fire near New Church.
His death was the first line of duty death on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in a decade.
Clark was president of Atlantic Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company and was a lifetime member of both Atlantic and Chincoteague volunteer fire companies.
Clark was remembered as one of "a very special breed of people" -- firefighters -- who "charge in where angels fear to tread" in a eulogy given by the Rev. Bob Reese, who officiated along with the Rev. Maurice Enright.
"Hal died liked he lived -- loving, helping others," Reese said.
Enright said Clark will be remembered as "the mechanic, the carpenter, the 'Mr. Fix-it,' the cook -- there was so much he could do and so much he would do" for those in the community, such as the time when he and fellow firefighters built a wheelchair ramp at the house of an Atlantic man who needed one.
Among the many charitable deeds Clark was known for were cooking at the annual Chincoteague Volunteer Firemen's Carnival and transporting drinking water to the Chincoteague ponies when they needed it during the hot summers, Enright said.
Despite his own grief after tragically losing his son, Todd, in an accident 11 years ago, Clark continued to give to the community, both as a firefighter and in many other ways, the minister said.
After the 45-minute service concluded, Clark's flag-draped casket was carried atop Atlantic Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company Engine 4-5, preceded by a single motorcycle rider, in a funeral procession that wound its way 12 miles across the Chincoteague causeway from the church to the John W. Taylor Cemetery in Temperanceville.
The procession -- which included dozens of firetrucks and ambulances draped in black bunting along with police cars, government agency vehicles and private cars -- left Chincoteague Island under an arch created by the crossed ladders of two fire trucks parked at the foot of the drawbridge, one from Chincoteague and one from Salisbury, with a large American flag hanging from the apex.
Fire and rescue departments represented in the procession came from as far away as Greensboro, Md., Ocean City and Dagsboro to the north and Virginia Beach and Hampton to the south.
A crowd including many families with small children and people standing respectfully at attention gathered at the intersection of Chincoteague and Atlantic roads to watch the procession pass by, a process that took some 20 minutes.
Clark was laid to rest at the cemetery with full firefighter honors.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for an entertaining evening with family and friends. Old-time refreshments at old-fashioned prices will be available with proceeds going to its school scholarship fund.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Today families will back their trailers up to the tiny stables that the ponies have been tenderly tucked into over night and load their "next best friend" to take them to a new home.
The remaining ponies will be returned to Assateague Island today. The return trip is just the reverse for them. Some of them have made the trek to the main land before so going home should be rather easy. It's on the quiet island of Assateague that the ponies will be able to roam and graze and occasionally look at the people going by.
I'm wondering if the pony going to a new home has any thoughts.
PONY PENNING: Pony Auction Go here for some wonderful photos
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
This year, the town is providing a free shuttle service for people wishing to attend the swim. The departures will being at 5:00 AM at Chincoteague High School on July 28th. There are various shuttle stops for all who are staying on the island already in hotels and campgrounds. The shuttles will be wheelchair accessible and will run continuously until the pony swim ends.
According to lore, the Assateague Ponies swam to shore when the Spanish Galleon carrying them was shipwrecked. However, after research was completed it is more likely they were simply turned free by settlers. The Penning was originally for livestock owners to claim, brand, break and harness their loose herds. By the 1700's it had become an annual event, complete with festivities for entire community, according to the Chincoteague Pony Penning Website. The first known documentation of the Pony Penning was a pamphlet printed in 1835.
Following the swim will be the Pony Auction. The auctioneer for the even will be Tim Jennings. At last year's Pony Auction, 65 horses were sold, or folds as they are referred, raising $94,100 for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. 5 ponies were "bought back" in last year's auction. "Buy backs" are ponies which are purchased at auction and then returned to the heard on Assateague Island. Several "buy back" groups exist such as Feathered Friends and the Buy Back Babes. Traditionally, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival has ended the Saturday after the Pony Swim. However, this year Chincoteague's Carnival will run until Saturday, August 7th.
More Information History of the Pony Penning
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The second phase in the restoration project involved removing and replacing the glass windows at the top of the lighthouse to seal water leaks.
Funded largely by grants and entrance fees visitors pay to climb the lighthouse, these two projects together cost almost $400,000.
Now, fundraising for the remaining phases of the lighthouse restoration is under way. These include replacing the rest of the lighthouse windows, recentering the stairwell, renovating the upper gallery deck and eventually giving the lighthouse a new coat of paint.
"We don't want to change the fabric of the building, but we want to make sure it can withstand visitors going up," said Refuge Manager Lou Hinds.
Because the lighthouse is a registered historical structure, restoration efforts are being overseen by a Virginia historical official "to ensure the work is correct," Hinds said.
International Chimney Corporation is now working to replace the windows, which are bowing out due to pressure exerted by the wrought iron frames that are expanding as they rust.
"If we don't take steps fairly quickly, additional windows will break, and that is a loss because some of those are original windows," said Hinds.
The Chincoteague Natural History Association is working on a capital campaign to raise funds for the continued restoration of the lighthouse. The association "wanted to be involved in the restoration of the lighthouse, so they began saving money many years ago. That's what's given us such a great start on the restoration," Hinds said.
The CNHA leads tours of the lighthouse, and this summer, five interns from as far away as California have been employed to help.
"Our interns this summer are ... relaying the cultural importance of the lighthouse," said Park Ranger Melissa Perez. "They'll be ... explaining why we're doing what we're doing with the restoration."
She hopes the tours will gives visitors a deeper appreciation for what the lighthouse symbolizes, rather than a single-minded goal of climbing the 198 steps to the top -- although the view of the island from 142 feet is breathtaking.
Perez said education is an important step in gaining public support for the CNHA's capital campaign, and Hinds agreed that "it's the community's lighthouse ... so having community support is important."
The CNHA is currently working with the Curtis Group, a Virginia Beach-based organization that aids in nonprofit fundraising, to survey the public about attitudes regarding the lighthouse and restoration "to find out what fundraising approaches will work best," said CNHA Executive Director Beth Hanback. The CNHA aims to raise $1.5 million for the restoration project and to establish an endowment fund for the future maintenance of the lighthouse.In addition to the study, which Hanback hopes will be completed in three to five weeks, the CNHA is working to plan events including National Lighthouse Appreciation Day on Aug. 7 and a lighthouse benefit concert on Oct. 2.
The timeframe for the remainder of the restoration project depends on funds received. The final step of the process will be stripping the lighthouse of its old, lead-based paint and applying a new coat.
"Literally the icing on the cake is going to be when the lighthouse is repainted," Hanback said.
The lighthouse was completed in 1867 and had six keepers until the lens was converted to electric operation in 1933. The Coast Guard still operates the lens.
Visitors can go inside the lighthouse Thursday through Monday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. -- but those wishing to climb to the top should arrive by 2:30 p.m. Adults pay $4 to climb, and children under 12 pay $2. All entrance fees contribute to restoration efforts.
Anyone wishing to donate to the restoration project can send checks to the Assateague Lighthouse Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 917, Chincoteague, Va. 23336. Call the CNHA at 757-336-3696 for more information.
"In the end, it takes the public and donations from the public ... to help us achieve our goal of complete restoration," Hinds said.
Friday, July 2, 2010
The carnival will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week. Saturday night there will be fireworks in celebration of our nation's birthday. Since July the Fourth falls on a Sunday, the fireworks will go off at 10 p.m. in front of the carnival grounds.
There will be no parking at the carnival grounds on July 3, Saturday. The island's Pony Express will be available for free starting at 5 p.m. The Pony Express will shuttle visitors to the carnival grounds from Chincoteague High School and from stops on Main Street, south of Church Street.
The shuttle service from the high school will start at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. The shuttles will be available after the fireworks to get visitos back to the high school and stops along Main Street.
The carnival will be open the first three days from 7 to 11 p.m.
Open dates for this year's carnival are July 1-3, July 9-10, July 16-17, July 23-24 and July 26-31. The carnival will also be open Aug. 6-7,
This year's world famous Pony Swim will take place July 28 and the Pony Auction will be held July 29.
This is the 85th annual Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival and everyone is invited to enjoy the food, fun, rides and games.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
The additional revenue will be used to offset the maintenance costs of beach parking facilities and safety services on the Virginia end of Assateague Island National Seashore, as well as additional costs of visitor service projects.
Eighty percent of all money collected from the passes with the exception of the Federal Duck Stamp remains at the refuge to be used for visitor services and facility improvements. In 2009, the refuge utilized recreation fee dollars for repairs on the historic Assateague Lighthouse, annual maintenance of roads, trails, beach parking lots, visitor safety services (lifeguards), fee collection, and law enforcement support. These are some of the many projects that your fee dollars have provided.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
CHINCOTEAGUE — Take advantage of the warm June evening and come out for the 2nd Saturday Art Stroll, sponsored by the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance, on Saturday, June 12 from 6-10 p.m. The participating shops and galleries have an array of special events in store this month. Most take place throughout the evening, unless specifically noted
Start the stroll at Threadgoodes on Main Street where Chincoteague’s own WCTG will be broadcasting live from 5-7 p.m. to celebrate Threadgoode’s second anniversary.
Next door, at Bayside Arts, watch a carving demonstration by Mark Pleasanton.
Bayside Arts also has an exhibit of Chincoteague scenes painted on elementary school bricks by Gary Taylor.
Then head over to Maddox Boulevard to continue the stroll. Island Cottage Collection features “By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea” paintings by ICC Gallery Artists, sea glass by Suzie Hazel, handmade jewelry by Laughing Dog Studio, homegrown herbal soaps and lotions by Marianne Warren, wind chime making by Sue Eyet and live music with Bill Troxler playing hammered dulcimer. Next door at Island Arts, Donnie Thornton demonstrates painting on feathers.
From there, stroll over to Church Street where the Linda Nerine Gallery features hand carved cedar, crocheted beaded jewelry, vintage fabric jackets and scarves and a baby boutique.Back on Main Street, stop in at Island Butterfly and have a portrait sketched by local artist Tracey Taylor Arvidson. Stop next door at Wine, Cheese & More, which offers a tasting with wines from South Africa from 6-9 p.m. There is no charge but a donation to the CCA scholarship fund is appreciated. Then cross the street to visit Psychotronic Music and Beads, where Mia Weldon demonstrates glass bead making and DJ Michael stirs up the sounds of formative years. A few steps away, visit Flying Fish gallery and check out the hand blown glass fish in the octopus garden.
Go back across Main Street and visit the newest 2nd Saturday participating shop: Island Style. Then walk down to Sundial Books where local author Jim Carpenter will sign copies of “From Tears to Memories I and II,” his book about local gravesites, 6-8 p.m. Then head over to Cleveland Street. and visit Egret Moon Artworks for a demonstration of the art of Batik. Stop by and watch how hot wax, colorful dyes and a piece of material can change a life, 6-8 p.m. Back down on Main Street, the Kite Koop and Book Store features live and lively music and treats.
End the evening with the ever-popular 2ndS Soirée at aNopheles Blues. This month the Soirée celebrates the birthday of Weegee, king of the N.Y. 9 to 5(am) news photogs and the noir nobility. Dance to the Beat of Billie (Holiday). It’s proper to schmooze at aNoPheles Blues.
Keep in mind that while the shops and galleries listed above have special events scheduled this month, other members feature art, books, antiques and specialty foods in their shops and many provide special treats during the art stroll. These include the Bookhounds, Guinevere’s & Vintage Rose, the Osprey Nest Gallery and Ron Hugo Photography.
The Chincoteague Cultural Alliance is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization formed to enhance community life by fostering and promoting the growth and vitality of arts and culture on Chincoteague Island and Delmarva’s Eastern Shore. Program support is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Town of Chincoteague. For more information, visit http://www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/ or call 757-336-5636.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
This year's ceremony will feature an introduction of the colors by the U.S. Coast Guard Color Guard. The Rev. Kevin Eley of the Union Baptist Church will lead the group with prayers for those lost at sea and the Blessing of the Fleet.
A. J. Bowden will provide spiritual songs and lead the group in singing "God Bless America."
This year's ceremony will be a joint effort of the Charterboat Association and the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance.At 3 p.m., before the blessing, the alliance will present a concert, "Music At The Dock," featuring Bob Zentz. Zentz is a former member of the U.S. Coast Guard and sings from experience. He has performed on radio, television and concerts all over the United States.
After the Blessing of the Fleet, the participating boats will form a parade down the Chincoteague Channel led by a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, ending up in Curtis Merritt Harbor. All boaters, recreational, commercial and others are welcome to bring their boat to the blessing and participate in the parade.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Enjoy all-you-can-eat steamed clams, oysters and clams on the half shell, clam and oyster fritters, fried fish, clam chowder.
Some new food items this year, in addition to the mainstay items we all love: Sauteed Shrimp and Cole Slaw from Exmore Diner, Seafood Pasta Salad from Bill’s Restaurant, award winning Seafood Chowder from Island House Restaurant and Iced Tea from Bojangles
TICKET OUTLETS (while they last)
Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce
Davis Auto Center
Davis Home Center
PNC Bank - Onley, Oak Hall, Chincoteague, and Pocomoke Branches
Shore Bank Branches
Chamber of Commerce website: www.esvachamber.org