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Birthday Party Packages - Delmarva Discovery Center  -  Eastern Shore
(10/1/2013 - 12/31/2014)
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Location :: Eastern Shore
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ESO - Tai Chi with Jose Dovis  -  Belle Haven
(2/3/2014 - 6/30/2014)
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FOR ALL CLASSES: Click here for more info 


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15293 King Street | PO Box 147 | Belle Haven | VA | 23306 



Location :: Belle Haven

Time :: Mondays, 10 - 11 AM    
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Exhibit - The Art of Rug Hooking  -  Onancock
(3/14/2014 - 5/31/2014)
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The Art of Rug Hooking


Ker Place
69 Market Street
Onancock, VA  23417


A new fiber arts exhibit adorning the walls of historic Ker Place in Onancock will greet visitors as the museum reopens for the 2014 season with a special evening event on Friday, March 14.

The Federal period, Georgian-style house serves as headquarters of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society. It was built in 1799-1803 for John Shepherd Ker, a prosperous farmer-merchant, his wife Agnes Corbin Ker and their family.

The exhibit, “The Art of Rug Hooking,” features 22 creations by five artists. It debuted at an opening event on Feb. 14 and will remain on display through May, including for the free “Night at the Museum” on Friday, March 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Along with the exhibit, the museum will unveil two others this spring, highlighting Gov. Henry A. Wise and portraits of Eastern Shore residents and an exhibit of paintings by Richard Toft.

The museum also will be open Sunday, March 16, from noon to 4 p.m. to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Onancock.

Fiber artists whose works currently are on display at Ker Place include Onancock residents Lynne Fowler and Stella Rohde, Chincoteague resident Mildred Joyce, Elissa Crouch of Cambridge, Md., and Loris Blandford of Frankford, Del.

Joyce, 88, began hooking rugs in 1995 after doing other fiber arts including sewing, knitting and quilting.

She now focuses exclusively on rug hooking.

“It brings me immense pleasure. It is something everyone should try,” said Joyce.

Fowler says she thrives on the tactile nature of fiber arts.

“I find peace when I hook rugs, or knit or spin. The simple process of holding the fabric and having it slip through my fingers brings joy,” she said.

Fowler said rug hooking to her “is usually very personal; therefore I seldom have pieces for sale.”

Most of the material she uses is hand dyed.

“It is another way of controlling the process. ... It is fascinating to me to see how a simple piece of white wool can be transformed by a few chemicals and water into something breathtaking in complexity,” she said.

Location :: Onancock

Time :: March 14, 5:30 - 7:30 PM; exhibit continues thru May    
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Brushup - Trio of Watercolor Workshops  -  Belle Haven
(3/20/2014 - 5/15/2014)
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Eastern Shore's Own (ESO) Arts Center

15293 King Street
Belle Haven, VA  23306

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Location :: Belle Haven

Time :: 10 AM      - 1 PM
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Virginia Ecotour Guide Certification Course  -  Eastern Shore
(4/3/2014 - 5/22/2014)
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Location :: Eastern Shore
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Workshop - Figure Drawing  -  Belle Haven
(4/8/2014 - 5/13/2014)
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 15293 King Street
Belle Haven, VA  23306


April Showers 

Bring Bevy of ART CLASSES


Beginning Watercolor 1 DAY WORKSHOP with Thelma Peterson

Saturday, April 5th 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Figure Drawing with Anne W. Holland

Tuesdays, beginning April 8th (6 weeks) 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Beginner to Advanced


Intermediate Watercolor 1 DAY WORKSHOP with Thelma Peterson

Saturday, April 12th 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Pansies in Watercolor 1 DAY WORKSHOP with Diana M. Davis

Thursday, April 17th 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Beginner to Advanced


Oil Painting with Carole Peirson

Mondays, beginning April 28th (6 weeks), All Levels

*Choose your time slot: 

10 a.m. - noon OR 1 - 3 p.m. OR 7 - 9 p.m.


Materials lists for all classes are available from ESO, 757-442-3226,



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Location :: Belle Haven

Time :: Tuesdays, 3:30 - 5:30 PM    
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NASA Programs  -  Wallops Island
(4/19/2014 - 4/20/2014)
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Location :: Wallops Island

Time :: 11 AM and 1 PM    
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Spaghetti Dinner  -  Cheriton
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Location :: Cheriton

Time :: 5 PM      - 7 PM
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Play - Murder at the Banquet  -  Chincoteague Island
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The Chincoteague Island
Theatre Company


Dinner Theatre


Murder at the Banquet 


Mr. Paul's Kitchen
5030 Chicken City Road
Chincoteague, VA  23336


The performances on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 are

Currently, plans are in the works to add a third performance on Thursday, April 24. Check the CCA web site for updated information later this week. Advance ticket purchase required. 

Location :: Chincoteague Island
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Concert - Voices of the Shore  -  Franktown
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“Voices of the Shore,” a benefit performance for the Boys and Girls Club, will feature performances by world-renowned opera singer Larry Giddens Jr. as well as selections by Dr. Marilyn Kellam, who has performed in regional operas, cabarets, recitals and more than 40 musicals.


Tickets are available at
The Book Bin
Onley, VA

Rayfield’s Pharmacy
Nassawadox, VA

Location :: Franktown

Time :: 7 PM    
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Seminar - Born Between the Bombs  -  Melfa
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Science and Philosophy Seminar

Born Between the Bombs

Ruth Vaskys

Eastern Shore Community College
Lecture Hall
29300 Lankford Highway
Melfa, VA 23410

Ruta Vaskys will lead the seminar and discuss her Lithuanian family history in the context of two World Wars, how they affected her family’s fortune/misfortune, their refugee experience and final immigration to the United States.

Vaskys was born in Europe during World War II as her parents were fleeing between the German and the Russian fronts.  She immigrated to the US at the age of 5 and is now retired from careers as a writer, Occupational Therapist, counselor, educator and entrepreneur.

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These seminars are occasionally rescheduled or postponed on short notice. Prospective attendees are urged to check the Seminar’s website ( within two days of a scheduled date.

The Science and Philosophy Seminar is an informally organized group of adults that meets more or less regularly to explore and discuss a wide array of topics, ranging from philosophical speculation to scientific research.

Individual Seminar members generally lead the group’s meetings. Occasionally, speakers from outside of the group are invited to make presentations to the Seminar. All Seminar presentations are open to the public. No admission fees are charged.

Location :: Melfa

Time :: 12:30 PM      - 2:00 PM
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Blessing of the Fleet  -  Cape Charles

Blessing of the Fleet

Cape Charles Town Harbor
Cape Charles, VA  23310

Save the Date!


The ceremony begins at 5:30 pm

The celebration is at 6:00 pm

Location :: Cape Charles

Time :: 5:30 PM    
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Flounder Tournament  -  Wachapreague
(4/25/2014 - 5/4/2014)







Nikki Wardius


Location :: Wachapreague
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Eastern Shore Museum Heritage Trail  -  Eastern Shore

Eastern Shore Museum Heritage Trail


Celebrate the history and culture of the Eastern Shore with this one day only event. Museums up and down the Shore will be open on Friday, April 25 (the day before the Eastern Shore's Garden Tour) for you to see all the sights and sounds the Shore has to offer.


Admission is free unless otherwise noted


To ensure a smooth visit, please call ahead to the museum(s) you plan to visit


More information about the participating museums

Location :: Eastern Shore
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Music at the Clam Shack - Gus the Bardic Troubadour  -  Nassawadox
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Gus the Bardic Troubadour

playing at



6468 Lankford Highway
Nassawadox, VA 23413 


Irish tunes that will put a spring in your step!

Bring your friends for a wee bit o' fun!


The Clam Shack is the place to be!
 Enjoy our nightly specials and
great seafood!


No Cover Charge


Call 757-442-3800 for reservations


Check out the full event calendar at the Clam Shack's website


Location :: Nassawadox

Time :: 7 PM      - 9 PM
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Recycling - Trash to Treasure Contest  -  Kiptopeke
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Location :: Kiptopeke

Time :: 9 AM      - Noon
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Brown Dog "dirt sundae" Season Opening  -  Cape Charles
(4/26/2014 - 4/27/2014)
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Location :: Cape Charles

Time :: Noon      - 8 PM
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Low Country Shrimp Boil  -  Cape Charles
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Cape Charles Museum
814 Randolph Avenue
Cape Charles, VA  23310

 April 26 is also the House and Garden Tour on the Eastern Shore,
a great time to visit.

Menu features the famous Alabama shrimp boil recipe -- shrimp cooked with red potatoes, special “Old Timer” sausage shipped in from Alabama, corn on the cob, onions and peppers.

Seating is available inside the Museum
or outdoors under the tent.

Location :: Cape Charles

Time :: 5 PM      - 9 PM
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Oyster Roast - YMCA Camp Silver Beach  -  Jamesville
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Location :: Jamesville

Time :: 3 PM      - 7 PM
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House and Garden Tour  -  Eastern Shore
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Eastern Shore of Virginia

House and Garden


All sites open 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, rain or shine


$40 per person. Single site ticket $15. Children age 5 and under free; 6-12 half-price. Children age 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be purchased on tour day at any home open for tour. Homes may be visited in any order.

Advance Tickets

$35 through April 25 at all Virginia Shore Bank locations: Cape Charles, Exmore, Onley, and Chincoteague; the Book Bin, Onley; Ker Place, Onancock and Rayfield’s Pharmacy, Nassawadox and Cape Charles. Cash or check only.

Info and Group Tours

Betsy Seybolt

Phone: (617) 275-6998


Mills Wehner

Phone: (757) 693-0788


Sponsored By

The Garden Club of the Eastern Shore

The Garden Club of Virginia


Website by Full Circle Designs

Mona Cossitt (757) 787-3207



Dawn Byrd

Phone: (757) 710-1118


Traci Jones

Phone: (757) 695-1201


Save the Date

Next year's tour is April 25, 2015

Lunch Options

Eastville: Eastville Inn

Machipongo: Machipongo Trading Company

Wachapreague: Island House*

Onancock: Bizzotto’s Gallery and Café, The BANK Coffee House*,
Janet’s General Store& Café*, Mallards at the Wharf

*Offering box lunches

Directions to Tour Area

From the South

Rt. 13 (Northampton Blvd) in Virginia Beach to Chesapeake Bay

Bridge Tunnel and continue north on Rt. 13.

From the North

Delaware Memorial Bridge to Rt. 1 South to Rt. 13 South.

From Washington/Baltimore

Rt. 50 East across Bay Bridge at Annapolis and continue on Rt. 50 East to Route 13 South at Salisbury.

Directions to Each Site

Visit properties in any order

Eyre Hall

215 Eyre Hall Dr., Cheriton, Va 23316. Entrance is on the west side of Rt. 13 between Cheriton and Eastville (across highway from Rt. 636).


6189 Mattasippy Dr., Exmore, Va 23350. From Rt.13 between Exmore and Belle Haven, turn onto Rt. 183W (Occohannock Neck Dr.) for 4.7 miles. Right onto Rt. 611 (Concord Wharf Rd.), first left onto Rt. 612 (Old Neck Road) for 1 mile. Left onto first paved road, Rt. 707 (Mattasippy Dr.), follow to end. Left onto gravel driveway and follow signs.

Mount Hope

29015 Drummondtown Rd., Locustville, VA 23404. From Onley (Four Corner Shopping Plaza), turn east onto Rt. 179 (W. Main St.) Go .5 miles to light, go straight across Coastal Blvd. onto Rt. 789 (Locustville Rd.) for 3.2 miles. Right onto Rt. 605 (Drummondtown Rd.) and follow signs.


24291 Meadville Lane, Onancock, VA 23417. In Onancock turn south on Rt. 718 (Hill St.) for 1 mile, continue south on Rt. 638 (Cashville Rd.) for 0.7 miles to Locust Grove Rd. and follow signs.

Hills Farm

19065 Hills Farm Rd., Greenbush, VA 23357. From Rt. 13 at the Accomac stoplight, turn west onto Rt. 764 (Accomac Rd.) for 1 mile. Cross Rt. 316, take Rt.783 (Adams Rd.) for 2 miles. Bear left onto Rt. 661 (Drummonds Mill Rd.), go to stop sign and turn left onto Rt. 658 (Bayside Rd.) Continue 0.7 miles, bear right onto Doe Creek Rd. Hills Farm will be on right.

Area Information

Eastern Shore Tourism Commission

(757) 787-8268

The Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce

(757) 787-2460

Northampton County Chamber of Commerce

(757) 678-0010

Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce

(757) 336-6161


Other Places of Interest

*National Register of Historical Places

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island National Seashore

8231 Beach Rd., Chincoteague Island, VA 23336. Tom’s Cove Visitor Center offers beachcombing exhibits and a touch tank. The Herbert H. Bateman Center is the winner of several "green architecture" awards for sustaining the environment. You can climb the 1833 Assateague Lighthouse, and view a rocket at the NASA Visitor Center on Wallops Island.

*Ker Place

69 Market St., Onancock, VA 23417. This brick mansion built in 1799 is home to the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society and is a restoration project of the Garden Club of Virginia. Guided tours on the hour from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and a special exhibit for Historical Garden Week. (757) 787-8012 or

Historic Cokesbury Church

75 Market St., Onancock, VA 23417. Built in 1854, this Greek revival building is the oldest church in Onancock. (757) 787-4873 or

Hopkins and Bros. Store

2 Market St., Onancock, VA 23417. Dating to 1842, one of the oldest general stores on the East Coast includes artifacts and an old steamboat ticket office. (757) 787-8558 or

Locustville Academy

28055 Drummondtown Road, Locustville, VA. Locustville Academy was a two-room schoolhouse built in 1859. It is now a museum and is the only schoolhouse to maintain its original character and educational purpose on the Shore. (757) 787-7480 or email

Eastern Shore Railway Museum

Located on Dunne Ave. off Rt. 176 in Parksley. Discover the history of the railroad on the Delmarva peninsula since the mid-1800’s. Open April 1 to Nov. 30. Also open by appointment. (757) 665-7245 or email

*Historic Northampton County Courthouse and Court Green

16404 Courthouse Rd., Eastville VA 23347, has one of the earliest and most complete continuous court records in the country. Docents on site for tours. No fee.

*Barrier Islands Center and Almshouse Farm

7295 Young Street, Machipongo, VA 23405. Though the islands are now mostly deserted, this museum provides photos, artifacts and written accounts of those who once called them home. Also preserved here is the most complete almshouse complex extant in the United States. (757) 678-5550 or No fee.

*Cape Charles Museum Welcome Center and Historic District

814 Randolph Avenue, Cape Charles, VA 23310. Enjoy views of the Chesapeake Bay, shops, galleries and restaurants in this Victorian railroad town. (757) 331-1008 or

Eastern Shore Welcome Center

Located east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Toll Plaza
Information and restrooms
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thanks to Shore Bank for its support of
Garden Tour on the Eastern Shore

Location :: Eastern Shore
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NASA Programs  -  Wallops Island
(4/26/2014 - 4/27/2014)
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Location :: Wallops Island

Time :: 11 AM and 1 PM    
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Evening of Storytelling  -  Accomac

Evening of Storytelling


Accomac Library
23610 Front Street
Accomac, VA  23301


The Friends of the Eastern Shore Public Library present an evening of good old-fashioned storytelling with award-winning storyteller Anthony Burchard.


Burchard, a native of York County, has performed at storytelling festivals around the country.  His show is family storytelling for adults and children who listen like adults.


      The evening is free and refreshments will be served


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Location :: Accomac

Time :: 7 PM    
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