Showing posts with label Onancock. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Onancock. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Ray Ray's Pet Parade !! Get Your Pet Dressed Up !!

Ray Ray, age 7, invites you and your pet to join him on a parade through Onancock to celebrate animals.

If possible, kindly bring a can of pet food, litter, bleach or other pet supply to donate to the local SPCA.

Dress your pet and strut your stuff!

Bones awards will be given for top 3 costumes.

 Silly people hats are encouraged.

Friendly pets of ALL kinds are welcome.
 Pets must be leashed or carried. Owners are responsible for pet's behavior and bodily functions. Water will be provided.

The parade begins behind the Roseland Theatre and proceeds along the sidewalk to the wharf and back.

Rain date is Sunday, June 9, 1:00.

Good luck, Ray Ray!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

"The Godspeed" Replica Stops In Onancock

The replica of one of the original ships that brought the first English settlers to Jamestown in 1607 paid a visit to Onancock Tuesday night.

The Godspeed showed up at the wharf late Tuesday afternoon.

According to one of the crew members, the Godspeed was on its way back to Jamestown from a tour of the Northern Bay including stops in Alexandria and Annapolis.

He said that they stopped in Onancock because it was "a nice place to stop". The Godspeed will leave early Wednesday morning to cross the bay and head home toward Jamestown.

The Godspeed is the middle sized ship of the three that crossed the ocean over 300 years ago. The other two are the Discovery and the Sarah Constant.

Source;  shoredailynews

Friday, July 15, 2011


Johnny Mo the musical chef
The 6th Annual Music For The Hungry
A family friendly day full of fun, food, beverages and
live music
to support the
Foodbank on the Eastern Shore of VA
Onancock's Biggest Summer Party!
$5 admission
The big top is up at Onancock School for tomorrow's
Music for the Hungry!

Seven bands, noon to 8 p.m. Kids activties, BBQ and more!
Just $5 admission benefits the
Eastern Shore Foodbank.

Location :: Onancock
Time :: Noon     - 8:00 PM
Held on the grounds of The Historic Onancock School
College Avenue
Onancock, VA

Thursday, July 7, 2011

2nd Friday Night Out In Onancock, Virginia

It's time for a Friday Night out for Onancock's monthly art stroll with shopping, dining, wine-tastings, art, kayaking and more!

 Our shops, galleries, and restaurants appreciate your continued support! Sponsored by Onancock Business & Civic Association, ~ Make a weekend of it and visit Chincoteague's Second Saturday Art Stroll July 9 (www.chincoteagueculturalal​

Friday  July 8, 2011
5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM

At the Wharf

Mallards at the Wharf
– Menti...
on “Second Friday” and get ½ off Johnny Mo’s famous mussels.

SouthEast Expeditions at the Wharf – $10 kayak rentals, Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) demo and Kids Camp registration. 757-354-4FUN.

At Historic Onancock School – 6 College Avenue
Visit the many artists in their galleries at the Historic Onancock School.

Gailearai Ealaine – Room 115A – Open 3– 8 p.m. Enter the “creative ways” to use recycled material contest. Winner of a Roseland Theatre ticket announced in September. Refreshments served. 665-4507.

Art in Life Gallery - Room 109 – New works by Rita Whittaker, Maria Gayhart, Dan Bowen, Doug Small and Rose Jeffers. Bidding starts on “Serene Sail” and a free art lesson. 665-1480
On North Street and King Street

North Street Market
– 5 North St. – 4-6 p.m. Wine tasting of four great wines, reasonably priced. Cheese and snacks served.

The Blarney Stone Pub – 10 North St. – The Americana Lovebirds will keep your toes tapping with the music of several generations. Try the rack of lamb or the Irish filet steak.

Janet’s Café – 49 King St. – will offer light, fresh and healthy dinners during Second Friday: salads, pasta, desserts and coffee. Ice Cream season is here! 787-9495

gardenART on King St. – 44 King St. – Holly Grove Vineyard revisits the garden for a refreshing Summer Wine Tasting and Tim Trout returns with “Sea Brass” jewelry and copper marine art. 787-8818

Richardson Gallery – 24 King St. – “Onancock Scenes” by various artists, including Jack himself and Dan Lawrence, showcasing the town in all its aspects. Reception for the artists with light refreshments.

On Market Street
Inn & Garden Café – 145 Market St. – Attitude Adjustment Hour 5–8 p.m. Reservations: 787-8850

Dawn – 63 Market St. – Will be open in all her glory until 7 p.m.

Great Space ETC – 61 Market St. – Have a cold beverage and see and sit in our new furniture. New fabrics, home scents, lamps, tabletop and gifts. Great square candles too!

Eastern Shore Art League Gallery – 59 Market St. – The summer themes continue with “Shore Fun.” Light refreshments served.

Red Queen Gallery – 57 Market St. – Baltimore painter Melanie Heacock, Karen Tweedie’s new jewelry designs based on lemonade, and Christine Sanders’ “fusion art.” Light refreshments served.

Crockett Gallery – 39 Market St. - Come see Willie Crockett’s new creations and get 20% off this evening! Willie is a Tangier native and an Onancock treasure.

Purls – a yarn shop – 27 Market St. – Stop in and knit with “green” yarns of corn, milk and soy.

Edward Jones – 25 Market St. – Challenge Mary McKenna and try your luck for a hole in one on the corn hole board. You may even win a prize! Refreshments will be served.

Market Street Antiques – 20 Market St. – The store is loaded with a variety of treasures. Make sure to stop by and take a peak! Refreshments served.

Reminder:  Onancock is pet friendly!  Look for the sticker in the window........

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Early Morning Accident Involving ATV Claims One Life

On July 3, at approximately 0112 hours, Virginia State Police Trooper B. Lewis was called to a two vehicle accident at 21000 Fairgrounds Road , in Onancock, that resulted in a fatality.

A 2004 Pontiac GTO, Driven by Larry Lee Ricketts II, 39 YOA of Hacksneck, VA, was traveling eastbound Route 126 when it came upon a 2002 Kawaski ATV , driven by Robert Brownlie, traveling in the eastbound lane. Mr. Ricketts swerved to avoid the ATV, lost control of his vehicle, ran off the road, overturned, and struck a tree.

Mr. Ricketts died on the scene. His passenger, Andrew Netherv, was seriously injured and flown to Norfolk General.

Robert Brownlie, 28 YOA, of Accomack was charged with operating an ATV on a highway, no taillights, and riding with no helmet.

Alcohol was not a factor.


Friday, June 10, 2011


June 10, 2011
5pm to 8pm
Participating shops, restaurants and galleries stay open late featuring local artists, demonstrations and specials. Sponsored by the Onancock Business & Civic Association (OBCA).

On North Street and King Street
North Street Market – 5 North St. – 5-7 p.m. Wine tasting/sampling of easy drinking summer wines, with cheeses and olives to match.
The Blarney Stone Pub – 10 North St. – The original Irish Pub on the Eastern Shore will feature the music of Greg Evans on the patio.
Janet's Cafe – 49 King St. – will offer light, fresh and healthy dinners during Second Friday: salads, pasta, desserts and coffee. Ice Cream season is here! 787-9495
King Street Exchange – 49 King St. – Check out Onancock’s new home goods consignment store! If you are looking for a perfect painting or chair to finish off a room, or have a treasure you’d like to see, stop in and talk to Kathy. Inventory changes daily!
gardenART on King St. – 44 King St. – 7th Anniversary Garden Party Celebration. New plants, gifts, and home accents at special anniversary prices. Holly Grove Vineyards will be in the garden with their award winning wines. 787-8818.
Richardson Gallery – 24 King St. – A show of paintings "Toasting Spring." New work by various artists with a spring theme. Reception for the artists with light refreshments.
At the Wharf

Mallards at the Wharf – Feed-a-Mind fundraiser for the Eastern Shore Literacy Council with celebrity waitstaff and Johnny Mo on the deck. Mention "Second Friday" and get half off Johnny Mo's famous mussels.
SouthEast Expeditions at the Wharf – Special guest: Bill McCarter of Eastern Shore Hang Gliding will have a glider you can get into. $10 kayak rentals and Kids Camp registration. 757-354-4FUN.
At the Historic Onancock School - 6 College Avenue

Art in Life Gallery - Room 109 – Stop by for door prize tickets for a free art lesson, info on the New York bus tour, Saturday workshops, and summer art camp. 665-1480 or
Gailearai Ealaine – Room 115A – Open 1-8 p.m. See Marge's pieces using recycled material. Sign up for the Art Club for an opportunity to hang your work Second Friday. Refreshments. 757-665-4507.
On Market Street

Great Space ETC – 61 Market St. – Come by, have a cold beverage and see and sit in our new furniture. New fabrics, home scents, lamps, tabletop and gifts. Great square candles too!
Eastern Shore Art League Gallery – 59 Market St. – The theme of this month's show is "Splash," so get ready to dive right in! See how our local artists treat the subject of water. Light refreshments.
Red Queen Gallery – 57 Market St. – Wonderful watercolors from Diana M. Davis, photographs and sea glass jewelry from Gertraud Fendler. Light refreshments will be served.
Crockett Gallery – 39 Market St. - Come see Willie Crockett's new creations and get 20% off this evening! Willie is a Tangier native and an Onancock treasure.
Edward Jones – 25 Market St. – Join Mary McKenna for tasty refreshments, games and giveaways to celebrate summer. Schedule a free portfolio review to be well positioned in the current market.
Market Street Antiques – 20 Market St. – The store is loaded with a variety of treasures. Make sure to stop by and take a peak! Refreshments served.
Our town welcomes furry friends of residents and visitors
alike! Look for a Pet-Friendly Decal in the windows of busi
that welcome well-behaved, leashed dogs inside. We
have two pet-friendly B&Bs and several pet-friendly events.
nessesPlease respect our town leash law and if you forget your waste
bag, you’ll find one in the dispensers around town.

For more information:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Arrest Made In Onancock

According to Major Todd Godwin of the Accomack County Sheriff's Office, a joint investigation between the Accomack County Sheriff's Office and the Onancock Police Department has resulted in the arrest of an individual for two commercial burglaries and the theft of jewelry from a third incident.

On January 23, 2011, an extensive amount of jewelry was reported stolen from a residence on Bowditch Road near Onancock and on February 9, 2011 breaking and entering reports were received from the Corner Bakery and the General Store, both in the town of Onancock.

An investigation into these incidents was initiated and a suspect was developed resulting in the arrest of 22 year old Brandon Gregory Durrua of Onancock, Virginia on February 11, 2011.

Durrua was charged with (2) counts of breaking and entering and (2) counts of grand larceny and is incarcerated in the Accomack County Jail with bond denied.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Workers Claim Bones At Construction Site

ONANCOCK -- Could Onancock's new $12 million wastewater treatment plant be built on top of a burial ground? Paul Smith of Wattsville talks about what he says are skeletal remains that he turned over to the town of Onancock on Tuesday. Smith, a pipe layer, said he found the bones while working on the town's new wastewater treatment plant but alleges he was threatened by the project manager not to disclose the discovery.

A worker at the site alleges the manager for the construction project swore workers to secrecy after human skeletal remains were found on the site last year.

Paul Smith, a pipe layer who was laid off last week from the nearly completed project, this week brought a collection of bones he says were found there to the Onancock Town Office.

"We found bodies all over that job site," said Smith, who until he was laid off, worked for Galway Bay Corp. of Mount Braddock, Pa., the company building the plant.

"It must have been an old cemetery," he said.

Smith said workers told the manager about finding bones that appeared to be human, but he allegedly told them to keep quiet.

"If we say anything, we're ... done, is what he told us," Smith said. "It was all about the mighty dollar."

The bones Smith handed over to the town included a human jawbone, some teeth, a femur attached to a hip socket and another leg bone -- all of which he said were dug up during the plant's construction.

He also said another worker had found a complete human skull.

The remains were turned over to the Accomack County Sheriff's Office and will be taken to the medical examiner's office in Norfolk, Va., for identification, said Major Todd Godwin.

A second worker, Thomas Parks of Onancock, said he found "probably 20 or 30 bones" that appeared to be human at the site. He also claims he was told by the boss not to say anything.

"I just started stockpiling them," Parks said, adding that the manager's dismissal of the discoveries troubled him. "I was really frustrated about him not saying anything about it -- this is my home; I grew up here."

When reached for comment, Galway Bay President Greg Maynard said he became aware of Smith's allegations only a half hour before when he received a telephone call from Onancock Town Manager Sandy Manter.

Manter was out of town Wednesday and a receptionist at the town office referred all inquiries to the Sheriff's Office.

Maynard said after speaking with Manter he called the project manager, who denied knowing about human remains being found at the site.

The manager in question had "no knowledge of it happening; it was never reported to him by the workers," Maynard said.

Some 20-30 workers were on the job and many knew about the grisly discoveries, Smith said.

"All the electricians knew. Anybody that was on a backhoe knew," Parks said.

Smith said he kept the bones he found inside a shed at his home.

"It was an emotional burden," he said, but added he feared his livelihood would be endangered if he revealed their existence.

Parks moved back in with his parents after he was let go from the job and said the bones he found, mostly leg bones, are packed away among his stored belongings in a box from the job site labeled "mixed parts."

"That's just a bad joke," he said.

Parks said he originally thought reburying the bones himself once construction was completed would be "a respectful thing," but said he now plans to turn them over to authorities.

Last fall, two 19th century headstones were found at the plant site and an archaeologist was brought in to investigate. He concluded they likely came from a cemetery in Belle Haven.

Smith said he and other employees were "told to get out" and given three days off without pay during the period when the archeological survey was conducted.

Workers found the skeletal remains about 200 feet north of where the headstones were found, in a location between an old concrete tank and some metal tanks, Smith said.

Parks said the hole from which he saw human remains being pulled out was "at least 6-8 feet deep." The location is now covered by concrete, wires and pipes, he said.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


According to Major Todd Godwin, on Tuesday, August 24, the Accomack County Sheriff's Office received a report from the Town of Onancock regarding bones that were allegedly found at a construction site near the Onancock Treatment Plant.

The remains were discovered by a former employee of a contractor for the Town of Onancock and were taken to the town office. Further investigation revealed that during the early stages of construction at this site, a headstone from 1800's was found and work was ceased until the site was cleared by the James River Institute for Archaeology and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

Major Godwin stated the skeletal remains are being transported to the Medical Examiners Office in Norfolk, Virginia and the investigation is continuing.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Traveling Circus Stops In Onancock

ONANCOCK -- The spectators at a circus focus on the performance. The performers at the traveling circus that arrived in town for three shows this week focused on the spectators.

"The audience forgets about the things going on in their lives," said Ringmaster Rebecca Ostroff. "They become the act. It's so close, so kinetic."

After several years without stopping on the Eastern Shore, the Lewis and Clark Circus returned Monday and Tuesday to a warm welcome at the Onancock School grounds despite cloudy, rainy skies.

All ages came out to enjoy the one-ring, European-style circus featuring acts like trapeze artists, acrobats, clowns and animal acts, all under a big yellow-and-red-striped tent.

Traditional circus fare including cotton candy, popcorn and funnel cakes, and a midway featuring a petting zoo, face painting and camel rides made for a circus experience reminiscent of bygone days.

While for some the circus marks a fun evening out, for performers like Ostroff, it is a lifestyle.

Ostroff began her performing career as a dancer in New York City. In 1986, a friend convinced her to go to the International All-Star Circus to try her hand at it.

"My friend said I could earn $450 in three days," she said. "That was a lot in those days."

Realizing circus work allowed her to fulfill her passion for dance, Ostroff was hooked.

"I decided to get a trapeze and join," she said. "I ran away with the circus officially in 1987."

Since then Ostroff and her husband have worked under many circuses, she as a trapeze and silkscreen artist, he as a live musician. Ostroff began with the Lewis and Clark Circus in 2004.

In March of this year, Ostroff took over as ringmaster of the show, "because I like to talk," she joked.

She says that while circuses have had to downsize, the experience is "similar to how it was in the old, old days."

This year's big top housed performances ranging from the lighthearted antics of Jose Jose, a clown with a zest for music, to breath-holding physical feats as one performer dangled from the top of the tent by only her teeth.

All in all, about 30 people travel with the circus.

"We're like a family. We are a family," said Ostroff, saying her favorite part is "when people come and they love it."