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Events for the Month of October, 2016

Eastern Shore Master Naturalist 2016 Registration TO END SOON  -  Onancock
(9/8/2016 - 11/10/2016)


Contact:  Nancy Petersen, 757-787-2589

      Registration for the Eastern Shore Master Naturalists 2016
     BasicTraining Class will close 
on August 26, 2015
       but it is not too late to sign up.

Classes will be held on Thursdays,
starting September 8 through November 10, from 9:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m.
at the Historic Onancock School.

            The fee for the 10-week course is $95 which covers all materials and field trips. Registration forms and more information are on the chapter’s web site, www.masternaturalistesva., or contact Mimi Stitt at 757-678-7879.

            The training is an opportunity to explore the Shore’s natural resources with classes and field trips led by experts in its ornithology, geology, forestry, entomology and botany as well as the natural processes that create the barrier islands and the bayside coasts.

            Since the Eastern Shore chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists was chartered in 2007, graduates of the 40-hour course have volunteered thousands of hours to numerous research, stewardship, and educational projects that have enhanced the environment and contributed to a growing base of knowledge about the shore.  Last year, volunteers donated more than 5,000 hours to various projects.

            They have conducted bird counts on Wreck Island, surveyed the bayside beaches for the rare Northeastern Beach Tiger Beetle, helped with oyster restoration projects, removed invasive species such as the Tree of Heaven at the Mutton Hunk Natural Area Preserve, and engaged in hundreds of outreach projects such as the annual Watershed Walk.   Since 2009 more than 440 acres of migratory songbird habitat have been restored by Eastern Shore Master Naturalists. 

Location :: Onancock
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Master Naturalists Basic Training Course  -  Onancock
(9/9/2016 - 11/11/2016)

Eastern Shore Master Naturalists

Basic Training Course

The Eastern Shore Master Naturalists 2016 basic training course will be held on Thursdays, Sept. 9 through Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Historic Onancock School. 

The fee for the 10-week course is $95 which covers all materials and field trips

Space is limited and pre-registration is necessary
The deadline for registration is August 22

More information and to download the registration form
Mimi Stitt at 757-678-7879

Location :: Onancock

Time :: Thursdays, 9 AM - 3 PM    
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Chatham Vineyards Church Creek Wine & Oyster Tours  -  Machipongo
(10/1/2016 - 11/27/2016)

At The Winery



Saturdays & Sundays | October through November

A singular and epicurean opportunity to learn about aquaculture and viticulture on Virginia's Eastern Shore with our partners at Shooting Point Oyster Company aboard the Oyster Queen in Church Creek and at Chatham Vineyards. Weekends in October and November 2016.

The tour includes an immersive three hour experience in wine and oyster tasting that begins with an oyster farming tour on Church Creek aboard the Oyster Queen with Shooting Point Oyster Company. The water tour is followed by a wine tasting at Chatham Vineyards with oysters on the half shell. The tour price includes a bottle of Chatham's Church Creek wine and a dozen oysters per couple to take home.

Saturdays and Sundays, 1 pm sharp, weather permitting.
Limited to six persons per tour. $100/person
Please call the winery for more details and arrangements.




Saturday, November 12 | 4 to 8pm

Raw bar tasting of Shore oysters, unlimited roasted oysters, clam chowder, salad and dessert with a glass of wine, and acoustic music.


Special Events & Festivals



Saturday, October 15 & Sunday, October 16 | 11am to 6pm

Experience Hampton Roads’ most anticipated Wine Festival of the fall season along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. Wine Enthusiast Magazine has named Virginia one of the 10 best wine travel destinations in the world! This year’s fall favorite will showcase more than 30 wineries with over 200 of the Commonwealth’s finest wine varieties.

Festival guests can enjoy the company of friends and family along the Elizabeth River for a weekend-long harvest of Virginia wineries in Town Point Park. Budding sommeliers and everyday enthusiasts can sample and purchase premier wine vintages and enjoy live musical performances, along with gourmet foods and specialty wares.




Celebrate the Eastern Shore’s distinct viticulture and aquaculture offerings and tout the hyper-local benefits of growing grapes within steps of some of the best aqua farming in the country. A full calendar of events includes traditional Shore oyster roasts, wine & oyster festivals, wine dinners, raw bar tastings, and wine & oyster lover's weekend getaway packages. Restaurants and retailers offer signature Eastern Shore oyster dishes, or products, paired with an Eastern Shore wine. But tasting this place is not limited to the Shore! Restaurants all along the East Coast are participating.



Tickets are "Will Call" and held for you at the winery. When placing your order - please select "Pickup at Winery" as the delivery method

Location :: Machipongo
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Cape Charles Town-wide Yard Sale  -  Cape Charles

 Huge Town-wide Community Yard Sale

 Sales will be setup throughout the Town as well as a multi-family sale at the Town Parking lot off of Mason Ave. Lots great stuff! Rain or shine. Please complete the Community Yard Sale Application.


For more information contact:

Recreation/Community Events Coordinator Jen Lewis 
 www.reccoordinator@capecharles.org or 2 Plum Street, Cape Charles, VA 23310. For
questions, please call 757‐331‐4785.


Location :: Cape Charles

Time :: 7 AM      - 12 noon
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BIC- Wool Felted Workshop  -  Machipongo
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Wool Felted Birds Workshop

 Join Eden Ertle of Island View Farm for a hands-on workshop using wool from her local Hog Island sheep. Eden will demonstrate how to make adorable wool birds using the needle felting method.  No prior sewing experience is necessary for needle felting.  Participants will work with the beautiful natural and dyed fibers of Hog Island wool.  Bring a photo of your favorite bird, choose from the books in class, or create an original.  The finished 3D artwork is a sweet little bird that will fit in the palm of your hand.  Enjoy your bird as an ornament or a keepsake gift.

Cost: $40 Call 678-5550 or sign up online at barrierislandscenter.org

7295 Young Street


Location :: Machipongo

Time :: 10 am- noon, 1-3 pm    
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24th Annual Eastern Shore Birding & Wildlife Festival  -  Cape Charles
(10/6/2016 - 10/9/2016)
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 SAVE THE DATES: Thursday thru Sunday, October 6-9


 Festival HQ: Sunset Beach Resort:
32246 Lankford Hwy, Cape Charles, VA 23310.

Location: Trips and tours take place throughout Virginia’s Eastern Shore wilderness areas, wetlands, barrier islands, seaside towns, bayside refuges, historic gardens and more, from Kiptopeke State Park to Chincoteague Island!

What to Expect: Over 95 field trips, boat trips, walking tours, workshops, exhibits, nighttime owl prowls, kayaking, photography contest, keynote presentation, evening social events, tram tours, and lots of fun!

Cost:No overall Festival admission. Free events every day. Free family events all day Saturday at Kiptopeke State Park. No park admission fee that day. Many trips are free. Paid events range from $18 to $83. All trips and workshops, even free ones, require pre-registration online.

Free Social Hour at the Exhibit Hall. 
This year the Exhibit Hall 
will be located in the center of the all new Sunset Beach and Resort which completed a
$15.5 million renovation and reopened July 1.

October 7, 4:00 - 5:15 pm
Mingle with trip guides, birders and nature enthusiasts!

Free Keynote Presentation
October 7, 5:30-7:00 pm
The Miracle of Migration. Learn how a 100-year old treaty makes migration possible and what our birds will need in the next 100 years to survive and thrive. Emily Jo (EJ) Williams is the Vice President of Migratory Birds and Habitats for the American Bird Conservancy (ABC).

Register Today for Best Trip Selection!

Eastern Shore Birding & Wildlife Festival
PO Box 193 Franktown, VA 23354


Location :: Cape Charles
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Chincoteague Bay Field Station- 3-D Print Workshop  -  Wallops Island
(10/7/2016 - 10/9/2016)

Explore Art Through

Nature at CBFS


It's not all about the hard sciences here at the Field Station! We have two truly amazing and unique events coming up this fall and registration is now open. Commuter rates are available for both events.

On October 7-9 we'll host our 3D Printing workshop called Documenting the Natural World taught by practicing artist Darlene Farris-LaBar. Explore a number of ecosystems on the Eastern Shore and use the flora and fauna of the area to inspire your work. Participants will use state of the art 3D software and scanners to design and print objects. This workshop is perfect for beginner and intermediate learners.

Take your nature photography skills to the next level with our 4th annual Delmarva Nature & Wildlife Photography Summit, November 17-20. This is one of the best nature photography workshops around with speakers like Jim Clark and Nikhil Bahl among many others - don't miss it! Register now for our early-bird pricing. 

 34001 Mill Dam Road


Location :: Wallops Island
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Swine and Wine  -  Cape Charles

As the name suggests there is plenty of swine at this event — in the form of tender, smoky pork barbecue, as well as smoked chicken. Guests get a true taste of a southern barbecue dinner with all the fixings, as the meal is accompanied by collard greens, macaroni and cheese, baked beans and coleslaw.

A variety of wine and beer is available including vintages
from local winery 
Chatham Vineyards.

There is live music to keep guests entertained,
and a silent auction features Eastern Shore art, golfing trips,
fishing gear and many other items.

Get a real taste of what parties are like
on the Eastern Shore of Virginia at Swine and Wine.

stay on the Eastern Shore
to benefit your local Boys and Girls club.

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Location :: Cape Charles
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Chincoteague Oyster Festival  -  Chincoteague Island

Chincoteague Oysters known for their salty, briny flavor — bring the island community together every October to celebrate the famous oysters, which are shipped all over the world.

Sample crispy single-fried oysters, freshly shucked raw oysters, golden oyster fritter sandwiches, and succulent steamed oysters.
On top of all of those delicious varieties of oysters,
you can also crack into freshly steamed blue crabs ,
and enjoy bowls of Eastern Shore style clam chowder.

The feast is rounded out by some greens in the form of salads,
and crispy onion-studded hushpuppies.
Beer is available on site or you can load up your own cooler and bring it.

Tickets for this party sell out quick!

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Location :: Chincoteague Island

Time :: 10 AM      - 4 PM
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Master Gardeners at Onancock Market  -  Onancock
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Master Gardeners will feature their new cookbook, gardening and plant information, plant clinics and plant sales. If you have questions about a plant you have, please bring a photo or a sample in a clear plastic bag.

For further information, call ESVMG Hotline 678-7946 (ext. 29), or E-mail: esmgva@gmail.com, or check the website atwww.easternshoremastergardeners.com.


Location :: Onancock

Time :: 8 AM      - 1:00 PM
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Northampton Agricultural County Fair  -  Machipongo
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Location :: Machipongo

Time :: 10 AM      - 2 PM
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2nd Annual Town Car Show  -  Exmore

Save the Date!



Location :: Exmore

Time :: 10 AM      - 2 PM
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BIC- "Meet the Carvers" Reception and Exhibit  -  Machipongo
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"Meet the Carvers" Reception and Exhibit


 Cost: $50.

Featured carvers: Grayson Chesser, Cork McGee, Cameron McIntyre, Mark McNair, Ian McNair, Dick Eddie Beloit, P.G. Ross, Arthur Leonard, and Pete Peterson. Come join us for a reception, exhibit, and casual conversations with some of Virginia's finest carvers. These talented artists will have a range of their work on display and will also have some of their pieces for sale. Whether you are a dedicated collector, first- time buyer, sportsman or just curious about decoy carving, you will not want to miss this evening of wine, hors d'oeuvres, art, traditions and stories.

  Limited tickets are available beginning September 1st. Call 678-5550 or sign up online at barrierislandscenter.org

7295 Young Street

Location :: Machipongo

Time :: 5 PM      - 8PM
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Exmore Rotary Soule Arnold Oyster Roast Exmore Town Park - 3380 Main Street  -  Exmore
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Gathering in a town park to feast on fresh, local seafood is just about as down home as it gets on the Eastern Shore of Virginia…and the Soule Arnold Oyster Roast and Clam Steam offers just that!

This annual event boasts an all you can eat buffet of salty, roasted seaside oysters, fresh steamed clams, creamy clam chowder made from the folks at Terry Bros Seafood, smoky pork barbecue, coleslaw and desserts.

A cash bar will be available for the purchase of beer and wine,
and a silent auction will be held.


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Location :: Exmore

Time :: 6 PM      - 9 PM
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BIC Coffee Hour Lecture Series: "Sea Level Rise and Virginia's Coast"  -  Machipongo
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 Barrier Islands Center's Coffee Hour Lecture Series:


"Sea Level Rise and Virginia's Coast"

Speaker: Skip Stiles.

Cost: Free. Skip Stiles of Wetlands Watch has been working on sea level rise adaptation in Virginia for nearly ten years. He will provide an outline of what we know about sea level rise impacts in Virginia and the Eastern Shore and what we are doing about it. We will explore ways to learn more about the topic and there will be a chance for conversations to explore the topic in depth.

Call 678-5550 or sign up online at barrierislandscenter.org

7295 Young St.


Location :: Machipongo

Time :: 10:30 AM    
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24th Annual Between the Waters Bike Tour  -  Wachapreague

24th Annual Between the Waters Bike Tour

Cruise Virginia's Eastern Shore tucked between the
Bay & Sea, and discover the longest stretch of
 natural coastline remaining on the east coast.
Starting at the seaside village of Wachapreague,
pedal along golden fields through historic hamlets
to the waters that weave through this pristine

Designed for hobbyists to uber cyclists with choice
of 4 Routes: 100 miles - 60 - 40 - 25.
Flat terrain, no traffic country roads. 

To retain the communion between rider
and the natural surroundings, the tour
is capped at 1,000 riders. 

Early registration is highly recommended.

Prior to September 15, cost per adult is $50.00,
afterwards its $65. Each rider receives a full 
picnic lunch, rest stops stocked with snacks 
and beverages, map and cue sheet, access
to SAG service, a chance to participate in
the free Friday Fun Ride, and event T-Shirt
if ordered when registering. 

With over 2 decades of bike tours under
our wheels, Citizens for a Better Eastern
Shore (CBES) looks forward to providing
all you need for an unforgettable cycling
adventure. HAVE FUN! FEEL GOOD!  
Your pedaling to protect a rare coastal gem. 


Location :: Wachapreague

Time :: 7 AM      - 6 PM
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BIC- Candle Making Class with Mary Clements  -  Machipongo
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Candle Making Class with Instructor Mary Clements

Rolled and Dipped. Cost: $40.

Each participant will make at least one rolled and one pair of dipped candles. Participants will learn about basic equipment needed for safe wax work. Students will make a rolled candle from a preformed foundation and create their own sheets for rolls. They will learn pouring tips, as well as how to decorate and package candles. Participants in this class will learn about beeswax, including how to make it, how it is harvested and cleaned, and other traditional uses.

Call 678-5550 or sign up online at barrierislandscenter.org

7295 Young Street

Location :: Machipongo

Time :: 1 PM      - 4 PM
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Veteran's Assistance  -  Cape Charles
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October 26, 2016

Location :: Cape Charles

Time :: 9 AM      - 1 PM
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