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Events for the Month of September, 2016

Cape Charles Summer Programs  -  Cape Charles
(8/3/2016 - 9/26/2016)
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Location :: Cape Charles
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The Eastern Shore Art :League Gallery celebrates"Neutrals"' this month.  -  Onancock
(9/1/2016 - 9/30/2016)

Experience the many ways our artists create with neutral palettes.
Sand and sea paintings, black and grey woodcuts, textured stucco doorways, still life's and abstracts, animal portraits and pencil drawings.

We are a cooperative of local artists who love the shore.

Still celebrating second Friday from 5 to 8 PM with light refreshments.
Open Thursday and Friday from 10 to 4 and Saturday from 10 to 3.

Stop in and see whats new-tral!

59 Market Street

Location :: Onancock
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The Library of Virginia presents "Strong Men and Women In Virginia History"  -  Accomac
(9/1/2016 - 9/30/2016)

Strong Men and Women in Virginia History

The Library of Virginia's traveling exhibition, "Strong Men and Women in Virginia History" will be on display in the Eastern Shore Public Library at 23610 Front Street in Accomac. The exhibit, an annual project made possible with support from Dominion, includes text panels about eight Virginians ranging from poets to judges. It honors African Americans, living and deceased, that contributed to other peoples' lives. Library visitors can view the display during hours of operation. School and church groups are invited to tour the exhibit and the library's local history room. The Library of Virginia has educator resource materials related to the project, which includes how to nominate honorees.

For more information about arranging a group tour, educator resources, or other library projects and programs, contact Cara Burton, Director, at 787-3400. These library programs are free and open to the public. You do not need a library card to visit the library and staff will be glad to sign you up for one. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

Eastern Shore Public Library 
(Main Library)
23610 Front Street
P.O. Box 360
Accomac, VA. 23301
Phone: (757) 787-3400;
(757) 678-7800;
(757) 824-5151
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
9 am – 6 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 9 am – 8 pm
Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 1 pm


Location :: Accomac

Time :: 9 AM      - 6 PM
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GEAR presents Fridays at Lemon Tree Gallery and Studio  -  Cape Charles
(9/2/2016 - 9/30/2016)
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Join us every Friday evening from 6-8pm
for a variety of lively fun. 
Free Admission. Refreshments/Cash Bar.

September 2nd:  "Three Quarter Time" with Dan Duke and Dennis Kelly
Open Jam

September 9th: Flatfooting
Live Appalachian Music

September 16th: Fall Exhibit Gallery Opening
Featured Artist: Leland Sharp

September 23rd: Mark Nuckols
                            Live Music

September 30th: Ally Tarwater

To learn more about GEAR: (Global Arts Exchange Roundtable)
please visit the website:

Location :: Cape Charles

Time :: 6 PM      - 8 PM
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The Great Machipongo Clam Shack  -  Nassawadox
(9/2/2016 - 9/30/2016)
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Friday, September 2
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Peter Hartzler performing at The Great Machipongo Clam Shack. Classic acoustic folk, rock, and more! It's Labor Day at The Clam Shack and we have local clams, crabs, craft beer selection, and fun galore! Call 442-3800 or visit for more info.

Saturday, September 3
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - The Exmoreons playing at The Great Machipongo Clam Shack. Join local favorites B.K. Kurzbard and Eddie Dixon for a night of classic blues, rock, and more! Celebrate Labor Day and the end of summer!! Call 442-3800 for reservations. No cover charge.

Wednesday, September 7
6 p.m. - 10 p.m. - First Wednesday Open Mike Night at The Great Machipongo Clam Shack. All the best of the Eastern Shore's talent hosted by Peg Volk! This month's 8 o'clock headliner is Bob Sellers, celebrating his 70th birthday! Reservations highly recommended at 757-442-3800.

Friday, September 9
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Mike Hawker performing at The Great Machipongo Clam Shack. Mike is well-known on the Eastern Shore for his acoustic rendition of your favorite classics! Call 442-3800 or

Saturday, September 10
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - The Reasoners performing at The Great Machipongo Clam Shack. Red Miller and David Parks will be playing classic rock, oldies, and blues favorites. Red hosts WESR's "Shore Made Music" radio show. Come on out and show your appreciation for this supporter of the local music scene! Call 442-3800 for info and reservations.

Friday, September 16
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - The Lowlanders performing at The Great Machipongo Clam Shack. Join David Kohut and Eric White for a fun night of classic Irish tunes and Celtic acoustics. For info call 442-3800

Saturday, September 17
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Jeff Madson performing at The Great Machipongo Clam Shack. Jeff is a Shore favorite with a classic acoustic sound and unique vocals. Good music, good food and good friends are all found at The Clam Shack! Call 757-442-3800 for reservations and info.

Saturday, September 24
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - The Exmoreons playing at The Great Machipongo Clam Shack. Join local favorites B.K. Kurzbard and Eddie Dixon for a night of classic blues, rock, and more! It's always a good time with B.K. and Eddie on stage! Call 442-3800 for reservations. No cover charge.

Friday, September 30
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - The Lowlanders performing at The Great Machipongo Clam Shack. Join David Kohut and Eric White for a fun night of classic Irish tunes and Celtic acoustics. For info call 442-3800


Location :: Nassawadox
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NASA WFF Visitor Center Upcoming Programs & Events  -  Wallops Island
(9/3/2016 - 10/8/2016)
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Saturday, September 3, 2016

11 a.m. – Puppet Show: Join Sam the Monkey and Puppet Astronauts Jenny and Jeff as they go on an adventure in space. Ages 2 - 5.

2 p.m. – Rocketry: Learn about the sub-orbital sounding rockets and see the principles in action by launching model rockets or straw rockets.
*The straw and model rocket launches are weather permitting. If we are unable to launch straw and model rockets we will conduct a Rocketry presentation in the Visitor Center Auditorium. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

11 a.m. – Story Time: Bring the little ones to story time where we explore various science topics from gravity to electricity, to what makes a rainbow. Ages 4 – 6.

2 p.m. – Space Station Saturday: Do you know who is on the International Space Station right now? Did you know they are working on amazing experiments 250 miles above your head? During this program we will explore what is happening onboard the ISS and how the astronauts are handling life in space.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

11 a.m. – Space Racers: Space Racers is a new animated preschool television program that follows young spaceship cadets as they soar through the solar system learning about the power of scientific investigation and observation, the wonders of space exploration and the importance of working together as a team. Prior to the Space Racers television series showing, we will do an activity related to the episode. Ages 4 – 8.

2 p.m. – A Tour of the Solar System: During this Science on a Sphere presentation, we will take a tour of the solar system with stops at the sun, the planets, moons and a dwarf planet. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

11 a.m. – Investigation Station: Details Coming SOON!

2 p.m. – Peculiar Planet: Have you ever wondered about other planets when looking up at the night sky?  Join us for a short program to learn about one of the other planets in our solar system. 

Launch Information:

Date: Second Half of September
Backup Dates: To Be Determined

Launch Window: Morning 

Mission: Cargo Resupply to the International Space Station

Vehicle: Antares

Type: Orbital

The Visitor Center hours of operation for the Antares launch are to be determined. 

Save the Date:

October 8, 7 – 10 p.m.                              International Observe the Moon Night

The NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center and its partners the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation will be celebrating the Moon on October 8th from 7 - 10 p.m. 

Location :: Wallops Island
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Cape Charles Farmers Market  -  Cape Charles
(9/6/2016 - 9/27/2016)


The Cape Charles Farmers Market will continue operating from 4 PM until 6:30 PM every Tuesday through the end of October, and from 4 PM to 6 PM until Tuesday, November 15th, weather permitting. 

The market is a weekly event sponsored by the Cape Charles Historical Society on the grounds of the Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center, 814 Randolph Avenue. For more information, visit the new website at, or by email, at 

Contact Market Manager, Kimb Denny, at 757-607-6483.

Location :: Cape Charles

Time :: 4 PM      - 6:30 PM
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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 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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The Local - Horseshoe Crab Art Challenge  -  Cheriton
(9/23/2016 - 11/27/2016)

Friday- 10-1, 2-5
Saturday - 10-1


The entries for the Horseshoe Crab Art Challenge will be on display at the Cheriton Artisan Walk. The winners will also be announced at this time.

Local Artisans will be selling their work, music will be provided by Bay Soundz and Beasley's mouthwatering BBQ and Banana Pudding will be available.

Come on over to Cheriton...Eastern Shore of Virginia's "SMALL TOWN WITH THE BIG HEART since 1886"!

Location :: Cheriton

Time :: 5 PM      - 7 PM
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An e-newsletter from Dutch artist Carole Boggemann Peirson - Artwork & Events  -  Eastern Shore
(9/24/2016 - 11/26/2016)
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Outdoor Workshops

Now, we're back to 'normal', or something close to that anyway. I'm getting ready to teach two outdoor (plein air) workshops, one in Virginia Beach, Virginia this Saturday, September 24 (still a few spots left, but you have to act quickly!) and one plein air workshop here on the Eastern Shore, VA on Saturday, October 1. Please click on 'upcoming workshops' for more information: UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Plein Air Onancock Art Show & Sale

I will be participating in the 9th annual Paint Onancock event in which a number of local artists will be participating. We will be painting in and around Onancock, Virginia from Tuesday, October 4 through Friday, October 7 (noon). The Show & Sale will be held at the Red Queen Gallery in the same town on Friday, October 7 from 5-8pm during which the attendees will select the People's Choice Award. For more information, visit:

Studio Renovation & Open Studio Tour

I feel it's almost Christmas because I'm super excited about a big studio renovation that's nearing completion! With the professional help of our friend and contractor Scott Simms from Coastal Craftsman Builders, we're finally turning the garage into a beautiful studio/gallery. It will be so nice to finally have a space where the mice don't use the edges of my stacks of colored paper to decorate their nest with! We're looking forward to showing off the new studio during the Annual Artisan Guild Holiday Open Studio Tour on Friday, November 25 & Saturday, November 26 (Thanksgiving weekend). I hope you'll put these dates on your calendar to come and check out the gorgeous result and celebrate the start of the Holiday Season with us! My friend and guest artist W.T. Wilkins, will be showing his stunning wood turnings in my studio as well.

Thanks for following my artwork and art events and we look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Happy fall,


Location :: Eastern Shore
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Northampton Historic Preservation Society presents Lecture on the Lawn at Park Hall - Oldest Standing Residence in  -  Eastville
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The fall installment of the "Lecture on the Lawn" series begins at 2:00 PM at Park Hall in Eastville.  Presented by the Northampton Historic Preservation Society (NHPS) the public is invited to bring a lawn chair and enjoy an informative and entertaining afternoon "on the lawn."  

Nestled in a picturesque setting, Park Hall, the oldest standing residence in Eastville, can easily be overlooked on Willow Oak Road.  Since its construction in 1750 there have been many additions and changes making Park Hall a gem to be cherished.  The continuing and attentive care of the present owners, Andrea and David Scott, is obvious and will serve to perpetuate this unique old home for years to come.  The property includes a 19th-century smokehouse and a small cemetery with graves that include members of the Parker, Stratton and Thomas families. 

Attendees will hear about the history of Park Hall and the stories of the families who have lived in the beautifully preserved historic home. 

The Lecture on the Lawn begins at 2:00 pm and should last approximately one hour. Attendees should bring a lawn chair. 

A $10 donation is requested.  Rain date is Sunday, October 2nd at 2 PM

For directions and more information visit or call 757-695-4620.

Location :: Eastville

Time :: 2 PM    
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Accomac Library- "Personal Memories and Memorabilia of Germany and America during and after WWII"  -  Accomac
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Guest Speaker

 "Personal Memories and Memorabilia of Germany and America during and after WWII with Ellie Cackowski,"

Accomac Library, 23610 Front St.

Location :: Accomac

Time :: 7 PM    
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ESO- Watercolor Class with Diana Davis  -  Belle Haven
(9/27/2016 - 10/18/2016)
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 Loosening Your Creative Spirit with Diana M. Davis

Tuesdays beginning Sept. 27th ( 4 Tuesdays) 10am-1pm < cost is $165, Materials not included. 

 This is a class for beginners to experienced, learn techniques and exercises in watercolor, including texture and wet in wet. Loosening up and exploring the amazing way the water reacts to the colors and just how creative you can be. Each week take a painting home. You may buy your supplies from Diana.  Hope to see you Tuesday. Please call and register at 442-3226. 

Location :: Belle Haven

Time :: 10 AM      - 1:00 PM
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Lemon Tree Gallary- Pine Needle Basketry Class with Joe Beatty  -  Cape Charles
(9/27/2016 - 10/4/2016)
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Pine Needle Basketry Class with Joe Beatty

Artisan, Joe Beatty, leads this class in pine needle basketry. Learn the art of coiled basketry using pine needles and thread. Bring an heirloom button or beads to incorporate into your basket. This class stretches over two class meetings.

September 27th and October 4th
1 PM - 5 PM
Cost: $80 (Materials included)

301 Mason Ave.
Please call for more details and registration. 757-331-4327


Location :: Cape Charles

Time :: 1 PM      - 5 PM
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Veteran's Assistance  -  Cape Charles
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September 28, 2016

Location :: Cape Charles

Time :: 9 AM      - 1 PM
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Lemon Tree- Live Music- Ally Tarwater, Flutist  -  Cape Charles
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Fridays at Lemon Tree Gallery and Studio 

 Ally Tarwater, Flutist

Breathtaking classical music

Free Admissiion   Refreshments/ Cash Bar  

All Are Welcome.
301 Mason Ave. Cape Charles 757-331-4327

Location :: Cape Charles

Time :: 6 PM      - 8PM
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Taste Of Chincoteague  -  Chincoteague Island

Mark your calendar for this event, kicking off Chincoteague’s Annual Restaurant Week with “Taste of Chincoteague” – an evening of fine food samplings from local eateries, accompanied by adult contemporary music and unique local and regional artwork. Connecting local seafood lovers with local seafood restaurants–oysters, crab cakes, and fresh fish are on the evening’s menu. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.

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Location :: Chincoteague Island

Time :: 5 PM      - 8 PM
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