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Events for the Month of October, 2015

Eastern Shore Master Naturalists Training  -  Onancock
(9/10/2015 - 11/12/2015)

Registration is underway for the

Eastern Shore Master Naturalists
2015 Basic Training Course

Thursdays, Sept. 10 through Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Historic Onancock School
6 College Avenue
Onancock, VA 23417

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

Space is limited and pre-registration is necessary

For more information and the registration form
Susan Vreeland at 757-442-7029

Location :: Onancock

Time :: Thursdays, 9 AM - 3 PM    
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Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Course  -  Melfa
(9/22/2015 - 11/17/2015)



The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is accepting applications for its Eastern Shore adult education course, VoiCeS (Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards), which runs September 22 to November 17, 2015. 

 Eastern Shore Community College
29300 Lankford Highway
Melfa, VA  23410

The course of evening classes focuses on water quality and stewardship, and features in-depth sessions taught by Bay experts from CBF and other regional institutions and organizations. 

Course topics will include:

  • Local and Baywide restoration efforts
  • Chesapeake Bay history, culture and ecology
  • Current and upcoming legislation
  • Citizen action and advocacy
  • Fisheries updates
  • Agriculture and the watershed

A Bay-related field trip is included in the course, as is discussion of Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint aimed at restoring creeks, rivers, and the Bay. Following the class work, participants will be asked to perform a minimum 40 hours of Bay-related volunteer service. Successful graduates receive CBF’s designation as a “Chesapeake Steward.”

A $30 fee per individual ($50.00 per couple)
will cover the costs of materials and field trips

Registration is available online

or call Tatum Ford

Location :: Melfa

Time :: Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:30 PM    
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Advanced Boating Skills  -  Machipongo
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Location :: Machipongo

Time :: 10 AM      - 4 PM
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Birding & Wildlife Festival  -  Eastern Shore
(10/8/2015 - 10/11/2015)
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Based in Cape Charles, Virginia, the Eastern Shore Birding and Wildlife Festival is the perfect opportunity to experience the peak of fall bird migration and the wonders of wildlife in a pristine coastal environment.  Surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula provides a natural “funnel” effect for migrating hawks, warblers and other songbirds in the Fall. While you’re here, explore historic towns and seaside villages, where the traditional waterman’s lifestyle still thrives.

 2015 Keynote Speaker Jeff Bouton

of Leica Sports Optics

 Please join us for Mr. Bouton's talk

Friday, October 9, 2015
5:30 pm

The Palace Theater
305 Mason Avenue
Cape Charles, Virginia

Admission to the Opening Cermony and Keynote Talk is free and open to the Public. There will be a reception prior to the Opening Cermony at 4:30pm at the Cape Charles Volunteer Fire Hall.


  • Get out on the water!  We have expanded our boat trip offerings to make sure that everyone can get a first-hand look at the marshes, islands and bays that make up the Virginia Coast Reserve, one of the last coastal wilderness areas on the eastern seaboard.

  • Bring your Binoculars and Field Guide!  Last year, birders saw an incredible 162 bird species during the three day festival weekend!

  • Plan your stay!  Check out the Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism web page (www.esvatourism.org) for information on accommodations, restaurants, and other things to do and see while you’re here.

  • Watch the weather forecast!  Fall weather can be changeable, and the best birding often accompanies unpleasant weather.  Most trips will go rain or shine, unless weather is severe.  Boat trips will be called by the Captain. 

  • New this year is the Saturday Night Oyster Roast, with fresh local Eastern Shore Oysters. Saturday 5pm-8pm at the Harvey Building in Oyster. $35/person.

  • Follow us on Twitter (@ESVA_Birder) and Facebook!  Festival announcements and Rare Bird Alerts will be posted regularly from now through the end of the Festival.


Location :: Eastern Shore
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Second Friday  -  Onancock

Second Friday in Onancock!

Second Friday is when shops in Onancock are open late

Free wine tasting at the North Street Market 4:00 - 6:00

The BANK Coffee House offers live music 6:30 - 8:30

Red Queen Gallery offers art & more

Location :: Onancock

Time :: 4:00 PM      - 8:30 PM
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Brews, Bands, BBQ & Oysters  -  Cape Charles
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Location :: Cape Charles
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Birding Festival Oyster Roast  -  Oyster
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Location :: Oyster
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Advanced Boating Skills  -  Machipongo
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Location :: Machipongo

Time :: 10 AM      - 4 PM
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2nd Saturday Art Stroll  -  Chincoteague Island
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2nd Saturday

Art Stroll


Main Street and Maddox Boulevard
Chincoteague Island, VA  23336



On the 2nd Saturday of each month from April through November, participating galleries and shops on Main Street and Maddox Boulevard offer an array of special events from 5 to 9 pm (and sometimes earlier in the day).  Arts and crafts, demonstrations, book signings and readings, art exhibits, tastings, music, and the unexpected!

April 11
May 9
June 13
July 11
August 8
September 12
October 10
November 14

Evelyn Shotwell
Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce
6733 Maddox Boulevard
Chincoteague, VA  23310




Location :: Chincoteague Island

Time :: 2nd Saturdays, April - November, 5 - 9 PM    
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Oyster Festival  -  Chincoteague Island
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All you can eat from Noon to 4 p.m.
Gates open at 10:00 a.m.


on the half shell, steamed, single fried, fritters, 
clam chowder, clam fritters, steamed crabs, 
salad bar, french fries, hush puppies, hot dogs, 
Coke and more.....

This event is held to promote the seafood industry and  
mark the arrival of the oyster season.

It is an all you can eat festival consisting of
oysters - raw, steamed, fritters, and single fried;
steamed crabs; clam fritters; clam chowder;
hush puppies; salad bar; hot dogs; 
and various beverages. 

There will be live entertainment for everyone's enjoyment.
An Extravaganza Raffle is held.
The winner will receive T-shirts, tickets, lodging, gift certificates for
meals and much more for the following year's festival.

A favorite at the festival is the "Best Place/Space Award."
This is given to the best decorated area. Call the chamber for details.

There will also be a variety of souvenirs available for purchase. 

This is an advance-ticketed event
Tickets sell out quickly
There are usually no tickets sold at the gate
Order e-tickets online
 at www.chincoteaguechamber.com

$40 per person
Children under 5 are free

All Sales are Final

Festival Held Rain or Shine

No pets inside the festival grounds

Tom's Cove Campground
8128 Beebe Road
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
(757) 336-6498


Evelyn Shotwell
Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce
6733 Maddox Boulevard
Chincoteague Island, VA  23336


Location :: Chincoteague Island

Time :: 10 AM      - 4 PM
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Earth Science Week  -  Wallops Island
(10/11/2015 - 10/17/2015)
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Location :: Wallops Island
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Third Thursday Book Club - One Book for Everyone  -  Onancock

Naomi Makemie Presbyterian Church
89 Market Street (Market & Lee)
Onancock, VA  23417

06/18/15     A Sea Story

09/17/15     Local History

               10/15/15     One book for everyone

       11/19/15     Virginia Tourism
                                A book by P. D James 

New members welcome.  Just come to a meeting.  Everyone  is invited.

The group is not affiliated with a church 
and there is no membership fee.

Location :: Onancock

Time :: 1 PM      - 3 PM
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Field Station Friends Weekend  -  Wallops Island
(10/16/2015 - 10/18/2015)
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Field Station

Friends Weekend

Join us for a weekend of reconnecting and fun during out annual Field Station Friends Weekend, October 16-18. Get involved in current research projects, meet some of our active faculty members, and enjoy the natural wonders of the Eastern Shore!

Family fun activities  |  Learn about current research    Beach BBQ  |  Research Cruise, Kayaking, & Birding   Reconnect with your CBFS/MSC Family!

All are welcome!

 Tentative Schedule for Field Station
Friends Weekend

Friday 10/16 - Check in

Saturday 10/17
AM: Boat Trip, Living Shoreline, Guard Shore Trip
PM: Boat Trip, Kayaking, Birding
Evening: Beach Party BBQ

Sunday 10/18 - Beach Walk on Wallops Island

Location :: Wallops Island
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Ker Art Festival and Maritime Exhibit  -  Onancock

Local artisans, boat building workshops, maritime exhibit and more!


Contact: Hilary Hartnett Wilson





Location :: Onancock

Time :: 10 AM      - 5 PM
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Lecture on the Lawn Series - Stratton Manor  -  Cape Charles
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 “To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history but to articulate it.”

- Daniel Libeskind


EASTVILLE and CAPE CHARLES - For those who want a short respite from a busy on-the-go lifestyle and who love historic and beautiful sites, the Lecture on the Lawn series presented by the Northampton Historic Preservation Society (NHPS), provides a brief escape from the hectic 21st century.  This fall join NHPS “on the lawn” as they explore the history of two remarkable houses, Elkington and Stratton Manor.

Thomas Savage, considered to be the first permanent European settler on the Eastern Shore, received a tract of land from Debedeavon, Chief of the Accawmacke tribe, in the 1600s.  Known as Savage’s Neck, the land has seen a number of beautiful homes over the centuries, including Elkington.  Built in the last half of the 18thcentury, Elkington was named in honor of the first Thomas Savage’s wife, Hannah “Ann” Elkington.  During the 1800s and 1900s this “big house, little house, colonnade, and kitchen” style home was either inherited or sold by the Parker, Upshur, Scott, Willing, Nottingham, and Willis families.  Elkington’s exquisite architectural details should not be missed.

In 1790, Thomas L. Savage sold the property to John Stratton who served in the U. S. Congress from 1801-1804 and was a descendant of the builders of Stratton Manor, next in the Lecture on the Lawn series.

Located on Carr Lane in Cape Charles, Stratton Manor was built in 1764 on land deeded to Benjamin Stratton in 1636.  Stratton was a farmer and chair maker.  His son, William, inherited the property and the land was farmed by members of the Stratton family until 1878.  Construction details include Flemish bond finishes, chevrons visible in gables, and a modillioned cornice and dormer windows.  A number of outbuildings remind one of life in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Present owner, Karl Wagner, will share the history and the efforts put forth to preserve this Old Plantation Creek home.

The Lecture on the Lawn series will begin at Elkington, at 2:00 pm Sunday, September 27th.  The lectures should last approximately one hour and guests are asked to bring a lawn chair.  A $10 donation is requested upon arrival.  The next lecture, at Stratton Manor, will be held on Sunday, October 18th at 2:00 pm.  Both events are weather dependent.

For directions to each historic home please visit

For more information contact
Northampton Historic Preservation Society

P.O. Box 501 ~ Eastville, Virginia ~ 23347

The Northampton Historical Preservation Society is dedicated to continuing its century long history to ensure the preservation of Northampton County, Virginia historical properties and culture for residents and visitors today and in the future through interpretation, education, advocacy programs, and restoration.


Location :: Cape Charles

Time :: 2 PM    
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Soule Arnold Oyster Roast and Clam Steam  -  Exmore
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Soule Arnold Oyster Roast

and Clam Steam

Under the Big Tent

Downtown Exmore, VA  23350

Roasted Oysters
Steamed Clams
Pulled Pork BBQ w/sides
Clam Chowder

Live Music
Pound Net


Sponsored by
Exmore Rotary Club

Location :: Exmore

Time :: 6 PM    
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CBES Bike Tour  -  Cape Charles
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CBES 23rd Annual

Between the Waters Bike Tour

Cape Charles, VA  23310

Tucked between the Bay & Sea, experience the exhilaration of discovering the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline left on the eastern seaboard. Cruise Virginia's Eastern Shore and be amazed. From the welcoming charms of CapeCharles, peddle past golden fields, through historic hamlets, to serene seaside vistas. Feel good that your participation raises funds to protect this rare gem!

With over two decades of bike tours under our wheels, we at Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore look forward to providing all you need for an unforgettable cycling adventure.

4 ROUTES: 100 -60-40-25 on flat terrain are expertly marked. (SAG) Rest Stops include snacks and a full picnic lunch in scenic settings.

BONUSES for Bike Tour Participants

  • FREE FUN RIDE on Friday, Oct 23
  • Our popular, authentic EASTERN SHORE OYSTER ROAST set on a historic farm, Saturday, Oct 24, 6 PM. [$40] Limited Tickets.

Combine our Southern hospitality and decades of Bike Tour experience and you'll know why our bikers rave and return year after year.

What are you waiting for? Register NOW & SAVE

Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore CBES
PO Box 882
6388 Courthouse Road



Location :: Cape Charles
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Flint Knapping Workshop  -  Wallops Island
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Flint Knapping


Chincoteague Bay Field Station
34001 Mill Dam Road
Wallops Island, VA 23337

Learn the ancient skill of stone tool making with our Flint Knapping Workshop on October 25th. Working with glass and flint, participants will focus on the proper form and early stages of reduction. Tools and materials are provided. This workshop is perfect for beginner to intermediate knappers.

Pre-registration is required

Location :: Wallops Island
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