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Eastern Shore's Own (ESO) Arts Center   --   Belle Haven
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Ongoing Art, music, writing classes, monthly cabarets, bi-annual Ballet productions, theatre, poetry, summer art camp and much more.

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


Phone 1:  757-442-3226  

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Lemon Tree Gallery and Studio   --   Cape Charles
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Clelia Sheppard still feels nostalgia for her native Italy—the art, the landscape, the savoring of life’s pleasures. But after 25 years of living on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, she has developed another true love of land and culture. Artist, non-profit maven, and now entrepreneur, Sheppard is deepening her roots in Cape Charles with Lemon Tree Gallery and Studio, an interactive space that will build on the town’s new tradition of global and local arts.

Sheppard is not alone. Since 2011 her daughter Renata has gathered international artists to create films and interactive art pieces in the historic small town by the Chesapeake Bay. A choreographer and artist, Renata is now spearheading her creative placemaking initiatives under a new organization: GEAR— Global Exchange Arts Roundtable.

“We’re reimagining the non-profit model,” says Renata, who envisions GEAR as a channel to nurture interaction between people and places through the arts, science, and technology. “Sharing space allows us to maximize efficiency and impact for both the community and the artists.” GEAR will produce Experimental Film Virginia as well as Friday Nights at Lemon Tree, when the gallery’s stage will come alive with interactive experiences for both children and adults. “We’re bending the definition of a gallery,” says Clelia. “This is not a place where you go in silently and stare at the wall. Friday nights there will be discussions, classes, readings, dancing, theatre, comedy, music. Any day you might find one of our artists working in their studio, or you might want to sit down yourself at our community table or at our pottery station and create something of your own.”

Lemon Tree, which occupies the space formerly known as the Stage Door Gallery, is Sheppard’s new venture after directing Arts Enter Cape Charles for nearly two decades. “Now I can concentrate on evolving as an artist while being an active participant in the lives of other creative people, which inspires me,” says Clelia, who will manage the gallery with former co-director of Arts Enter, Mary Ann Roehm.

Renowned water colorist Thelma Peterson and emerging painter Bethany Simpson join Clelia as Lemon Tree’s permanent artists-in-residence. Rebecca Daryl Smith, a fiber artist from Brooklyn, is the featured visiting artist for the inaugural exhibition, which runs from April 9-June 19. The Lemon Tree Collective will include works by both local and regional artists from an eclectic range of genres, including plein air, realism, abstract, and modern art. Friday Nights at Lemon Tree will include flatfooting with live Appalachian music and occasional Salottos, inspired by the Italian version of art salons.

“The goal is to have a conversation built on respect and curiosity,” says Renata, who is working to connect Cape Charles to Hampton Roads, and Hampton Roads to metro areas like New York. DC, Richmond, and beyond.

301 Mason Avenue
Cape Charles , VA  23310

Website:  www.LemonTree.Gallery

Phone 1:  757-331-4327  

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Chincoteague Cultural Alliance   --   Chincoteague Island
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Theater -- Art Classes -- Special Events


CCA Classes

CCA classes are held in the CCA Headquarters

Topics include Greek Cooking, Printing on Paper and Fabric, Dyeing with Native Plants and other classes in art, live music, food, photography and crafts. Check the CCA website for details!

The FREE Art Class are held for Kids on the 1st Saturday of each month.

Free parking

6309 Church Street
Chincoteague Island , VA  23336


Phone 1:  717-495-7155  

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Island Theater   --   Chincoteague Island
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This 1945 Chincoteague Island landmark has true retro charm from the original green and pink terrazzo lobby to the Art Deco-style interior. Playing first run and independent films the Island Roxy occasionally hosts live performances. Don't miss the famous pony - Misty's hoof prints set in sidewalk out front where she thrilled children at the 1961 premiere of her movie "Misty of Chincoteague" by walking the theatre aisles.

PO Box 771, 4074 Main Street
Chincoteague Island , VA  23336

Phone 1:  757-336-6301  

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Chair Place, The   --   Craddockville
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Old time country music venue

Open jam sessions every Thursday night from 8 - 10:30 pm.  Check for changes in schedule.  Occasionally special bands play.

33638 Craddockville Road
Craddockville , VA  23341

Phone 1:  757-442-7290  

Phone 2:  757-350-5222   (Mobile)

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Arts Council of the Eastern Shore (ACES)   --   Exmore
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The Arts Council of the Eastern shore (ACES) is a non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to the cultural enrichment of the people of Accomack and Northampton Counties. Our mission is to provide awareness and appreciation of performing and visual arts as well as an opportunity to attend and participate in high quality, professional arts activities.

PO Box 1122
Exmore , VA  23350


Phone 1:  703-725-6132  

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Great Machipongo Clam Shack   --   Nassawadox
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Try the Shore's Great Crabcakes!

6468 Lankford Highway
Nassawadox, VA  23413

The Clam Shack is open 9 am to 9 pm daily

Eat in, Picnic outside or Drive-through

Fresh, local seafood dishes - select steaks, ribs, BBQ for landlubbers

Clams, crabs, oysters and shrimp -
served in a casual, welcoming setting

Large selection of local goods, cookbooks and wines
Home of the "Ship of Wine" - many $5 and $6 bottles

Large retail seafood selection and we pack to travel


Local musicians often play during the dinner hours

No cover charge



Come play, teach, learn, watch and enjoy a game of chess! 
Bring your own chess set or use one that's set up and available for play Refreshments served
It's your move!



Call 442-3800 for more details!

A beautiful way to while away an evening with good music and good food!


6468 Lankford Highway
Nassawadox , VA  23413


Phone 1:  757-442-3800  

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Roseland Theatre   --   Onancock
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Mainstream movies Fri, Sat & Sun. Also the home of Onancock International Films, presenting distinctive international films the second Thursday of each month (see Calendar of Events)

PO Box 178, 48 Market Street
Onancock , VA  23417


Phone 1:  757-787-2010   (Movie Info)

Phone 2:  757-787-2209   (Office)

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North Street Playhouse   --   Onancock
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Located in the enchanting bayside town of Onancock, The North Street Playhouse is the only regularly producing theatre company on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The Playhouse is committed to presenting top-notch productions of plays by some of the world's best playwrights, winning critical acclaim and the affection of locals and visitors alike. Also the venue for original ballet performances, the community orchestra and other events.

34 Market Street
Onancock , VA  23417


Phone 1:  757-787-2050  

Phone 2:  866-703-7262  

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Gidden's Do Drop Inn   --   Weirwood
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Occasional Music Venue

Local bands and music, sometimes with food.

8204 Bayford Road
Weirwood , VA  23416

Phone 1:  757-442-2139  

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