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In this edition: Inside Tump Tours Tide & Thyme Special Surprise from Color Me Chincoteague

Celebrating Twenty-Four Years as the guide for tourist information on and around Chincoteague Island!

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Go Beyond The Hotel Room...

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Museum of Chincoteague Island

Home of the original Assateague Lighthouse 1st Order Fresnel Lens, the famous Chincoteague ponies Misty and Stormy, & Miles Hancock’s decoy carving workshop Come check out our scavenger hunt and hands-on exhibits! 7125 Maddox Blvd. Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 Summer Hours - 11am-5pm Closed Mondays Call 757-336-6117 Adults - $4 Children 12 & under - FREE Active Military - FREE

Chincoteague Island


June 2018 - June 2019

Chincoteague Island’s Guide since 1994


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Rent a bike, visit a festival, enjoy a kayak...and more!

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More than souvenirs: clothing, gifts, beach gear and more!

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Maps of the Island, with all of the important locations marked!

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Delicious options you won’t want to miss!

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From large to small, these are the best around!

On the Cover

“Unicorn Sisters” (c) 2018 is an original work by Chincoteague Island artist Nancy Richards West. This piece can be found at the Lemon Tree Gallery in Cape Charles, VA. Similar artwork by the artist can be seen and purchased at Bad Ponies, 4044 Main Street. In this magazine, see Map locator #14 for Bad Ponies or see more at

Advertising & Sales: For information on advertising with Chincoteague Island Waves, please contact Simplistic Design, LLC. We will be glad to provide rates and explain our services. WAVES is distributed throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and beyond from June to June. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! P.O. Box 290, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 / (757) 894-1564 / ©2018 Simplistic Design, LLC. All rights reserved. This magazine shall not be reproduced or used in total or in part without the written permission of Simplistic Design, LLC. This magazine assumes that material submitted is original and in no way infringes upon the rights of others. Similarly, Chincoteague Waves and Simplistic Design, LLC and/or its owners are not responsible for the content of the advertisements published herein. Chincoteague Waves regrets that prices, schedules, and other information may change after the magazine has gone to press but cannot accept responsibility for such changes. All registered trademarks and trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners. Certain graphic art within the magazine is owned by Nancy Richards West and is used by permission from the owner(s) of such artwork under special arrangement.

Chincoteague Island Churches Please call for service times.

St. Andrew Catholic Church 6288 Church Street - 336-5432

Episcopal Eucharist Service Fox & Holston Funeral Home • 336-3001

Christ United Methodist Church 6253 Church Street - 336-6394

Island Baptist Church 3380 Willow Street - 336-5645

Chincoteague Church of God 5252 Woodland Drive - 336-5161

Union Baptist Church 6365 Church Street - 336-5018 3


There’s lots to do in Chincoteague. All of these businesses have detailed descriptions in this section, and a locator mark for the maps. Try your hand at renting a boat, enjoy some bluegrass music or take one of the Island’s charter boats for a cruise!

2 Closest rentals to the beach & wildlife refuge. We are the island’s largest rental fleet of beach cruisers, tandems, tag-a-longs, kiddie carts, baskets & helmets. For your beach rental pleasures - chairs, umbrellas & boogie boards. Our shop carries bike accessories/parts & a great selection of souvenirs. The friendly staff of The Bike Depot aims to make your visit more enjoyable and relaxing. Let us help you GEAR up for a great vacation. Hourly, Daily & Weekly Rates available. Located next to The Refuge Inn, 7058 Maddox Blvd. Phone 757-336-5511 ext: Bike Shop. Visit us at:

The Bike Depot & Beach Outfitters

CI Waves Featured Artist Nancy Richards West Artwork found only at Bad Ponies Studio & Gallery


Tired of souvenir shops? Visit Bad Ponies Studio & Gallery. The owner, Linda Epstein, welcomes you to the gallery that features an eclectic variety of fine arts from regional artists, Linda included! Look for Nancy West’s sensitive paintings of local birds and wildlife, as well as her landscape paintings of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. Make your visit here a welcome break from the ordinary. 4044 Main Street (around the corner from Bill’s). Also visit 4

Annual Chincoteague Blueberry Festival


Chincoteague Island Outfitters


Held at the Chincoteague Center, 6155 Community Drive, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336, the Friday, Saturday & Sunday prior to Pony Penning. The Festival features fabulous food, homemade blueberry ice cream, the ultimate blueberry pie, blueberry shortcake and more. Also featured is fun stuff for the kids, live music, and the largest fine arts and crafts show on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Don’t be caught on the hot sand without a chair! We are a vacation equiptment rental business on beautiful Chincoteague Island specializing in your basic needs during your visit! We are always adding to our inventory, so please ask if you don’t see something on our list! Located at 7885 Eastside Road. 757-336-5129 or - Visit our website:

T’s Corner


Family owned and operated since 1936, T’s Corner is famous for our old-fashioned soda fountain service and grill. Catch us on your way to or from Chincoteague at the end of Rt. 175. Large parking area for campers and buses. Also note Corner Videos & Tanning with thousands of DVD and Blu-Ray selections. Corner Videos will happily repair your DVD or Blu-Ray based media. DVD movies, Blu-Ray, computer software disks and games on CD/DVD can all be repaired while you wait. Don’t miss our large selection of FIREWORKS! Mention this ad and receive a firework piece with purchase of $20.00 or more. Open 7 days a week. Call 757824-5935 or visit: 5

14 Fun Things To Do

with Young Kids on Chincoteague & Assateague Joanna & Vic King

If this article had a subtitle, it would be “Besides the Beach.” The beach, for small kids, is basically a giant pool splashing up against a giant sandbox! What could be better? Where else can you plop down on a towel and watch your tiny progeny entertain (and exhaust) themselves for hours on end? Or you can jump in, wading into the water with them on your hip and jumping to keep your heads above the waves. You can let them bury you up to your neck in sand. You can go hunting for seashells. The possibilities are endless. But… few are the families who want to spend every waking minute of their vacation on the beach. And even if you want to - what if it rains? Two notes before we begin: This list is geared towards kids under 10 years old, and especially towards children between the ages of 3 and 8. Once into the double-digits, kids are more and more able to enter into in the same touristy activities that us grown-ups enjoy. Except, um, adult beverages. Also: this list is reflective primarily of our childhoods on Chincoteague and years of vacationing with our three daughters, but we also have numerous friends, family, and Color Me Chincoteague fans to thank for some of these ideas. You know who you are!

1. Feed the ponies you're supposed to feed.

There’s a page in our coloring book that’s caused some controversy: a family in their car on Assateague, face to face with a wild pony, with one brave/foolish fellow leaning out his window to pet the creature. Don’t pet the wild ponies! But you can feed the ponies behind The Bike Depot, right beside the McDonald’s. There are quarter dispensers of feed corn, or you can buy little bags of corn for 50 cents from the Bike Depot or the Refuge Inn gift shop.

2. Ride the trolley for 25 cents.

Got somewhere to go? Take your bikes or your car. Got nowhere in particular to go? Jump on the red-and-green trolley and cruise around the island. Okay, so it does run a useful route. But it’s also fun to putter around, or catch one of their guided tours on Tuesday & Thursday afternoons for a couple bucks per kid. (Kids 2 and under are free - if they’re on your lap.)

3. Climb to the top of the lighthouse, if you dare.

Admission is free and the view is beautiful… but can your kids handle 175 steps both ways? And if not, are you willing to carry them? There are landings to rest at several points, which makes it more manageable with tinies… And the view really is amazing. One other tip: bring bug spray. The hike to the lighthouse can be buggy, and if the wait is long, you don’t want to spend it as mosquito bait.

4. Bike the Wildlife Loop, or all the way out to the beach.

When it comes to experiencing Chincoteague and Assateague, nature is where it’s at. These islands have a beauty all their own. The trails are a worthwhile outing on their own, but biking to the beach is also awesome. After gearing up, (you may need a bike trailer!) you take the Wildlife Loop halfway, then turn off onto Swan Cove Trail, which takes you straight to the beach. We know some families who take this route every single day of their vacation to


experience more nature and the same beautiful beach minus the crowd. And, of course, you may even spot a pony on your way!

5. Touch live sea creatures at Tom's Cove Visitor Center.

There’s so much to love about this little beachside building: the aquarium tanks, the collection of animal bones and shells, the air conditioning… But our kids’ favorite part is the large touch tank filled with sea creatures. You might get lucky and see the conch peeking out of its shell!

6. Go crabbing or fishing off a pier.

You don’t need a boat to go fishing - there are piers, public and private, where you and your kids can drop a line. Don’t have the gear? You can rent it at Chincoteague Island Outfitters or bait & tackle shops around the Island. While you’re there, ask them about the fishing license regulations for the place you’re planning to fish. If you end up at one of the two public piers, you could also end up catching a beautiful sunset (at the Robert Reed Park - don’t skip the LOVE chairs!) or a sunrise (at the Veteran’s Memorial Park).

7. Take your kids for a pony ride.

Maybe you spotted some of these beauties from afar and your child is enamored? If your kids are filled with fantasies of equestrian experiences, then this is the place to go. The Pony Centre makes it possible to have an up close encounter with a few wonderfully trained ponies from this magical breed. You can drop by for a pony ride or schedule a full riding lesson.

8. Read (or color) a Chincoteague book together.

If your kids enjoy books as much as ours do, take a break from the heat at Sundial Books. Jane and Jon keep a well-curated kids section. Pick up a bedtime story that could turn into a family favorite… and grab an autographed copy of our Chincoteague coloring book while you’re at it! Just four doors down Main Street from Sundial is the children’s room of the Chincoteague Library. They have a free Thursday morning storytime for 3-5 year olds called Tales 4 Tots.

9. Get curious with your little future scientists.

Remember that building surrounded by rockets that you drove by on your way to Chincoteague? It’s worth bringing your little future astronauts to the Wallops Visitor Center. They’ve got some new interactive Earth science exhibits, and most Saturdays they have an activity for younger kids at 11am and one for older kids at 2pm.

10. Watch a family film together, indoors or out.

Chincoteague’s only movie theater shows first-run films between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and they often have a kid-friendly flick occupying the matinee slot. This summer, look out for Pixar’s The Incredibles 2 and Disney’s Christopher Robin. There are also free outdoor films shown across the street in Robert Reed Park, every other Monday - but they start at dusk, which is too late for most little ones, but may work for some older kids.

11. Hit the playground!

A good playground is perhaps the best free way for your young kids to get their energy out while you catch your breath… and the only free playground on Chincoteague is Veteran’s Memorial Park. For one day in late July every year, this park is crammed to the gills with people watching the Pony Swim. The other 364 days, it’s pretty comfortable. The park also has a fishing/crabbing pier (see #6 above) on which you don’t need an individual fishing license!

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12. Splash around at the new waterpark.

While there’s no substitute for the beach, there is now another way to get soaked. If your posse has any waterslide lovers, the new Maui Jack’s Waterpark right off the circle is worth a shot.

13. Make art together.

If your children like to draw, build, cut, paint, color, or otherwise make a creative mess, stop by Classy Hipsy. A shop selling handmade crafts and upcycled furniture, they have a “Crafty Corner” where kids can choose from a number of ready-to-rock art projects. And if you’re on the Island on a first Saturday, check out the Cultural Alliance’s free art class for kids!

14. Eat ice cream. Lots of ice cream.

There are so many delicious places to eat on the Island that the topic of kid-friendly restaurants deserves its own article. But with the closure of Muller’s Ice Cream Parlor, there are only three ice cream joints in town: Island Creamery, Mister Whippy, and Build Your Own Cookie. Each has its own style, but all three are great places to bring the kids. Just prepare yourselves for long lines if you go after dinner!

What do your kids love to do?

We’re sure there are more creative ideas out there for vacationing families... Have you spent time on Chincoteague and Assateague with young children in tow? We’d love to hear from you in the online version of this article: head over to and chime in!

About the authors Joanna King is the author-illustrator of Color Me Chincoteague. Vic King is a chaplain and a web designer. They grew up down the road from each other in Westover, now live in old farmhouse in Baltimore with their three daughters, and find their way to Chincoteague every chance they get.

Worcester County, Maryland Maryland’s Beach and Beyond!

A short drive from Chincoteague will bring you to the delightful southernmost county in Maryland, Worcester County. A microcosm of the state in one county. Enjoy the fun of Ocean City, the Victorian charm of Berlin and Snow Hill and the historic attractions of agricultural and bay influences from Pocomoke City to the Chesapeake. Worth the trip for a day or more, visit: or to discover all the things happening in this vibrant county at Maryland’s Beaches!

Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum


The Delmarva Discovery Center, just minutes from Chincoteague, is the shore’s leading destination for hand-on discovery. A 6000-gallon aquarium, life-size exhibits, special events and more are a thrill for the whole family! The Delmarva Discovery Center, 2 Market Street, Pocomoke, Maryland 21851. Phone 410-957-9933. Visit us at:

Mar-Va Theater Performing Arts Center


We are a renovated vaudeville theater offering regular movies, theater academy in the summer, and a variety of live shows! We are on the National Historic Registry and have become most known for our $5 movies! Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or Instagram for updates! For more details please call 410-9574230 or visit us at: www.marvatheater. com. Located in downtown Pocomoke at 103 Market Street. 9


Teaguer’s Tump Tours

- from a true teaguer perspective-

On an island booming with boat tours, a “Jill of all trades” took a different spin in 2016 by taking to land. Denise Bowden, a true Teaguer, brought Teaguer’s Tump Tours to life after she took a similar tour in the Bahamas. Denise explained, “Thinking of Chincoteague’s rich history and really no avenue to share it, I made it into a reality. This land tour is different than most because you are hearing these stories from a 5th generation Teaguer who has not only researched and gotten stories through family but also has photos for everyone to see during the tour to see what the island was like many years ago.”

As a young girl, I grew up knowing about the original Piney Island from my family and when referencing it, would often confuse people or younger Teaguers. Denise covers that tidbit as well. When asked what it was like growing up on Chincoteague, she said, “Growing up on the Tump was like having your own private playground. Life was easy and laid back. The street lights were your clue to come home. We rode our bikes everywhere and your parents weren’t afraid to let you go out and roam around. Summers were filled with beach and boats and winters were filled with family time around granny’s kitchen table. I miss those days more than I could ever say.”

Knowing the vernacular of the older generation, I asked Denise if she ever had to translate to visitors. She replied, “I actually do translate in the tour some old sayings. Like “hah bout it” which means you agree with what was said and “day blessed lands” which means you are in disbelief.” The tour is approximately one hour, currently making over thirty stops, but it changes a bit every year to add more content. Guests will learn the rich Island history and hear stories from Denise, mostly involving her granny who always had a funny quip or two. Tours are available Fridays and Saturdays at 10 AM or 1 PM. In addition, there is a downtown walking tour on Wednesday evenings at 5 PM. The best way to book is by calling or texting 757-894-3285 and reservations require at least twenty-four hours of notice. (Image from the Teaguer’s Tump Tours Facebook page.)


Behind the scenes of Before the Lighthouse An inside look with Gary Hubb

Tell me about this upcoming movie (shoot)… The upcoming shoot is the first of three productions to be shot over the next two years. This first shoot will be very small in size with just a few characters portraying the earliest settlers on the island. Why this story? After reading books from Kirk Mariner, James E. Mears and writings from Maude Warren and John R. Spears, for instance, I discovered incredible early islander accounts about James Lunn, Ochra Brinney and many others with fascinating stories that need to be seen on the big screen. How did you develop an interest in Chincoteague/Assateague and its roots? My interest started as a little boy camping at Tom’s Cove and seeing the lighthouse come on shortly after being handed a soft serve from Lee Savage in his Whippy truck. Later in life my father told me all about the incredible Mr. Savage and then he would talk about the stories from even earlier islander folk and I was hooked. Fast forward to about five years ago, I realized this could be a special film about a special place and I have now found my passion project. Is there anything you could use from locals? Right now this project is not being funded by anyone so, NO big movie trailers or camera cranes are coming. For this first shoot my cast and crew will be a very small, tight-knit group. I’ve worked with them on other historical projects in the past and now they are mainly donating their time to be apart of this project. I’m funding the essentials needed to bring the crew here - lodging, gas, etc. and of course food to feed them. My family and some friends are also helping with those necessary logistics and without them, this production could not happen. If there is anything that could be graciously used by crew are possible recommendations to a special discount at a local eatery or perhaps just a case of water for the film team. However, the most important thing is the continued local energy and suggestions about what locals would like to see in this story. This is about Chincoteague and to have the locals involved as much as possible would be fantastic. What do you hope audience members take away after viewing? I hope audience members who are visitors to the island take away a further sense of pride and respect for the area and the surrounding wildlife. For the locals, I hope this gives a closer connection to their history and to their ancestors they see on the big screen. How can people find out more or follow your progress? For anyone interested in following the progress, please log on to Facebook, type in your search box, Before The Lighthouse Movie. Once you are on the page click FOLLOW and we will keep you posted on the progress of events. If you do not have Facebook and want to send a message email


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Meet Virginia Creek Chincoteague Island has a new band and they are making quite a few waves!

How did Virginia Creek begin? Virginia Creek began in February of 2017. Mutual friends Luke Britton and Ivan Cowan had discussed forming a band for several years, but finally in February of 2017 they both agreed to move forward and began their search for other musicians. They commissioned Dalton Elliott as lead vocalist, Alex Taylor on Bass, and Joshua Miller on Lead Guitar. Ivan and Luke fill out the rhythm section on drums and rhythm guitar respectively.

Do you perform originals, covers, or both? We consider ourselves an original band, however quite a few of our performances are 4 hours in duration, so we tend to throw in quite a few re-makes/covers.

Is it true that you have recorded an album? Yes! We recorded a 3 song “EP” in January of this year with an amazing producer named Ben Grosse. We went to his studio “The Mix Room” in Burbank California, and it was an amazing experience. The title of our EP is “Rise and Shine”.

Who are your influences? Our influences are all across the board. Blues, Rock, Country. As far as influential artists are concerned, I think we all agree that we can find something positive in just about any artist new or old.

Where can people see you perform? We will be making an appearance on Delmarva Life on Friday June 8th at 5pm on WBOC. We will be performing 2 songs off of our EP, and an interview. The following Friday we will be performing at Castaways RV Resort and Campground from 6 pm to 10 pm. Castaways is located in West Ocean City, Md.

Is there anything weird/unique you do to prep yourselves for performing? Any good luck/vibe routine? Weird or unique.....hmm......thats a good question. Individually I think we all have our private rituals, but as a band we do have one requirement before every performance. We put our hands together as we stand in a circle and on 3...we shout “WSBAMF”!!! Yes that’s right...”WSBAMF”. What does that mean??? Only the boys of Virginia Creek are privy to that. Continued on page 25... 18

Shopping As with other sections, each business listed has a detailed description in this section, and a location marker that you can reference on the map. These merchants offer a wide variety of products to take home or services while you are here.

6300 Maddox Blvd. Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 757-336-3115 - telephone 757-336-1947 - fax

7001 Lankford Highway Oak Hall, VA 23416 (Food Lion Shopping Ctr.) 757-824-4477 - telephone 757-824-4011 - fax

H&H Pharmacy is the area’s full service, independent pharmacy. We can fill your prescriptions from home if you forget it while on vacation. Copy & fax service is available at each location. Designing Women


We specialize in fresh and silk arrangements and are ready to meet your needs during your visit! Getting married on the beach? No problem. That’s one reason why silks are one of our specialties! Give us a call. Located at 7179 Thomas Circle off of Eastside Road. (Behind Chincoteague Island Outfitters!) Phone 757336-1505, 757-894-2412, or 757-894-7601 - Like us on Facebook too!

H & H Pharmacy

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The Shore’s independent pharmacy, offering a wide variety of first aid remedies, non-prescription drugs, beach supplies, and film, in addition to our pharmaceutical services. Out of state prescriptions filled, fax and copy service available. Come in and look over our large gift and jewelry selection. Need a prescription from home filled here? No problem. Give us a call. Located at 6300 Maddox Blvd. Phone 757-336-3115, fax is 757-336-1497 or our additional location: 7001 Lankford Hwy. Oak Hall, VA in the Food Lion Shopping Center. Phone 757-824-4477, fax is 757-824-4011. 19

Nancy Working was never optional in my youth. At the delicate age of fourteen, I was told it was time to get a work permit. After my first year in the seasonal working world, I took on a second job in an upscale gift shop on Chincoteague in the Landmark Plaza. The company had three stores and this one was my favorite because of the adjoining bar with piano music. It was also here that I discovered my first Nancy Richards West work. Years later, I began working in a museum where one of my duties was managing the store. I remember my first conversation with Mrs. West, babbling on aimlessly about how much I loved her work. It should be no surprise that a selling point for future ownership of this magazine was the fact that she was the cover artist. Nancy’s studio is a beautiful space with plenty of light beaming in over her works, some in progress and others completed. It is easy to see where she finds her inspiration given the beautiful view. When she is not painting, she loves to hike, spend time with family, interact with animals, grow things in the garden and read. She said, “I guess my love of nature is a major force in my life.” I asked, “Have you always been an artist or been interested in being an artist?” To which she replied, “I have been interested in art ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon. My formal art training began when I was 10 years old. I was chosen to participate in a weekend talented and gifted program that began at Carnegie Museum (Pittsburgh) and continued on to Carnegie Tech (Carnegie Mellon University) when I was 13 or 14. I studied art in college, studied at an atelier in PA, and have continued my studies several times a year by taking workshops.” I was unsure if she would remember, but I asked if she remembered the first piece she sold. She told me that not counting sympathy purchases by family, or huckstering arts and crafts to dorm mates, her first real painting sale was at a street fair in Williamsburg when she was 21 or 22. If you follow Nancy at all, you have seen new work with a different flair in the last few years. Wanting to know more myself, I asked how her work has shifted over the years. “I began as a portrait painter when I was fresh out of college, until I realized how difficult it is to paint what someone thinks they look like, or wishes they looked like. Painting “vanity paintings” was definitely not going to make me happy. I prefer painting kids on the beach and grizzled watermen. Then I found that birds and animals really do not

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care about their hair styles, and I love nature. Wildlife art was a great fit. Perhaps 20 years ago, I embraced plein air painting (painting outdoors, directly from nature). And in the past few years I have challenged myself with learning sumi-e painting (traditional asian brush stroke painting), by far the most challenging art form I have ever undertaken.” The simplistic and delicate nature of her sumi-e paintings look as though they are done with ease, but alas, I do not paint, so I trust her judgement. When asked about the biggest challenge behind this profession, she said, “Making a living without giving up your principals about what constitutes good art.” To me, that response explains her consistent essence in each piece she produces. Her advice to up and coming artists was rather simple… learn computer skills. She explained that marketing is such a large part of building a career in art, and without computer and internet skills, it is very difficult to get your artwork out to the world. Of all of the places in the world, some would wonder why choose to settle in Chincoteague? Nancy boasts that the natural beauty of Chincoteague and Assateague, and the wonderful people were the main draws. She also enjoys living in a small town where you have neighbors who know and care about you. Fortunately for us, it does not appear that Nancy will be retiring anytime soon. Upon mentioning retirement, she said, “Only when I retire permanently from this world.” Nancy Richards West plein air painting on the beach. (Photo from Instagram.) Be sure to follow Nancy on Facebook (Nancy Richards West Studio) and Instagram (@nancyrichardswest).


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Where can fans purchase your music? You can purchase our new EP “Rise and Shine” on Itunes, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, or pretty much anywhere digital music is sold. If you would like a physical copy of our EP (which I would highly recommend), visit and click “buy”. Free shipping.

How can people find out more information including where to see you live? If anyone would like to find our more information on where we will be performing, visit our Facebook page and click on the “events” tab. Thank you very much for expressing interest in our band Virginia Creek! Facebook: Virginia Creek Band Instagram: virginia_creek Facebook • Instagram • Twitter


Where to Find Paintings and Artwork by

Nancy Richards West Facebook: Nancy Richards West Studio Instagram: @nancyrichardswest 757-990-1421

Bad Ponies Studio and Gallery 4044c Main Street 301-481-7263 Linda M. Epstein, Owner


Flying Fish


4086 Main Street 757-336-1731 Tom & Margie Bolean, Owners

Must Have Food We are so fortunate to have nationally known ice cream businesses and a food blogger on our beautiful Island! Follow Tide & Thyme’s recipes for a delicious meal followed by a cool, sweet treat!

18 This locally owned and family operated business has been serving the Island’s Best Soft Serve Ice Cream since 1950. Now, we are home to the Island’s newest coffee shop, proudly brewing Fresh, Fair Trade, 100% Organic Rise Up Coffee. Hot and cold brew, lattes, mochas, we have it all. Be sure to try our newest addition, coffee smoothies, perfect for a hot summer day. We also carry a variety of fresh, made from scratch donuts, muffins, and cupcakes, along with our homemade waffle cones, milkshakes, famous cyclones, and so much more. New this year, New York style bagels and fresh baked cinnamon rolls. Something to please everyone’s appetite. Relax on the porch while browsing the web on our free wi-fi. Stop by and browse our gift shop, or for speedy service, try our drive thru. The sweetest stop in town! Summer hours: Open daily at 7am for donuts and coffee, serving ice cream 11:00-10:30. Call for off season hours. Plenty of parking, buses welcome. Located at 6201 Maddox Blvd., Phone 757-336-5122.

Mister Whippy

15 Be sure to visit the Island Creamery, where our frozen desserts are handmade in small batches in our kitchen, ensuring the highest quality. Smell the aroma of freshly baked waffle cones as you enter the Creamery. Choose from 36 flavors daily of homemade ice cream, sorbet and no fat low carb and low calorie frozen yogurt. Relax with a café latte or cappuccino on our deck. Choose your favorite flavor to be made into a delicious ice cream cake for your next special occasion. We’ve been serving our neighbors and making friends since 1975. Come enjoy our homemade ice cream - we feel it’s the freshest, most delicious ice cream you’ll find anywhere. Surf the web on our free wireless internet. Open daily year round from 11am to 10 pm. Call for off-season hours. Groups welcome. Please call to ensure sufficient staffing in the off-season. Bus parking available. Located at 6243 Maddox Blvd. Phone 757-336-6236. www . islandcreamery . net

Island Creamery

In the Kitchen with Laura Davis of Paella is one of those dishes that was always on my “to make” list, but I just never got around to. Honestly, I don’t know why I waited so long to give it a whirl. Chicken, spicy chorizo, shrimp, clams, white wine, saffron – all cooked together, with a hefty portion of rice acting as a bed to absorb all that goodness. I love one dish meals to begin with. But, the flavor that comes out of this simple – yet sophisticated dish, is un-paralleled. Yeah, I know it’s traditionally made with mussels. But, that’s something we don’t come by too often here on the Eastern Shore. They tend prefer rocky coastlines, and we have alot of marshy muddy coast here. That being said, I love this Eastern Shore twist of the littleneck clams. Juicy and tender – they add wonderful flavor to the paella. That I’m not so sure you’d get with mussels to begin with… I’ve never had a paella pan (don’t believe in uni-taskers), but if you have a heavy dutch oven – you’re all set! A quick sear of the chicken and chorizo, followed by a saute of onion and garlic. Tomatoes, wine, chicken stock saffron, and bay leaf create a rich broth in which the rice cooks, along with the chicken and chorizo, in the oven. The seafood is added for the last few minutes, so it doesn’t get overcooked in the process. To attain the soccarat, or the crispy edge on the bottom of your paella, just takes a few minutes on the stovetop once the paella is removed from the oven. And trust me, it’s worth it. Don’t skip this step. An easy garnish of a lemon wedge and some fresh parsley, a green salad, and a bottle of wine – and you’ve got a lovely meal fit for company! 26

Laura Davis

Eastern Shore Paella 3/4 pound large shrimp (21 to 25 per pound), peeled and deveined 3 chicken thighs 10 garlic cloves, minced or pressed through a garlic press (2 generous tablespoons) 1 Tbsp paprika kosher salt olive oil 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into strips 8 oz chorizo sausage, casings removed 1 red onion, diced 1 (14.5 oz) can tomatoes – drained, minced, and drained again 2 cups medium-grain rice 3 cups chicken broth 1/3 cup dry white wine (I used Chardonnay) hefty pinch saffron threads, crumbled 1 dried bay leaf 15-20 small (littleneck) clams, scrubbed and rinsed 1/2 cup frozen peas 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley 1 Lemon, cut into wedges, for serving

Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position; heat the oven to 350°F. Toss the shrimp, 1 tablespoon oil, 3 teaspoons of the garlic, and 1 tsp of salt in a medium bowl; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed. Season the chicken thighs with salt and 2 tsp of paprika; set aside. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking. Add the pepper strips and cook, stirring occasionally, until the skin begins to blister and turn spotty black, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the pepper to a small plate and set aside. Add the chicken pieces to the pan in a single layer. Cook, without moving the pieces, until browned, about 3 minutes. Turn the pieces and brown on the second side, about 3 minutes longer; transfer the chicken to a medium bowl. Reduce the heat to medium and add the chorizo to the pot; cook, stirring frequently, until deeply browned and the fat begins to render, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the chorizo to the bowl with the chicken and set aside. Continued on page 28... 27

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Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 3 minutes; stir in the remaining garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes; cook until the mixture begins to darken and thicken slightly, about 3 minutes. Stir in the rice and cook until the grains are well coated with the tomato mixture, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the chicken broth, wine, saffron, bay leaf, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Return the chicken and chorizo to the pot, increase the heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil, uncovered, stirring occasionally. Cover the pot and transfer it to the oven; cook until the rice absorbs almost all of the liquid, about 15 minutes. Remove the paella from the oven. Uncover the paella; scatter the shrimp over the rice, insert the clams hinged-side down into the rice (so they stand upright), arrange the bell pepper strips in a pinwheel pattern, and scatter the peas over the top. Cover and return to the oven; cook until the shrimp are opaque and the clams have opened, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and place onto stovetop, uncovered, over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, rotating the pot 180 degrees after about 2 minutes for even browning of the bottom. Recover dish and let stand about 5 minutes. Discard any clams that have not opened and the bay leaf. Sprinkle the paella with the parsley and serve, passing the lemon wedges separately. You can follow Laura on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. 28


Chincoteague Island attracts visitors from around the world, each with their own tastes and preferences on how they like to be pampered (or not) while on vacation. This wide variety of lodging options includes motels, efficiencies, camping, and house rentals.

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Eastern Shore Properties & Retreats can assist you with all of your property needs. We have many charming yearround, and vacation homes, waterfront and non-waterfront, as well as commercial properties for sale. We can help with the entire process of buying a home - from finding the perfect lot - to assisting you with finding a contractor to build your “dream home� or finding a place for your new business. We also offer properties for sale in the surrounding areas. Regarding vacation rentals, Eastern Shore Retreats maintains a select group of homes for your vacation dream come true. We have homes located throughout the island; some in town, others close to Assateague Island or overlooking the Assateague Channel and the lighthouse. All of our homes are equipped with everything needed for an enjoyable stay. We can accommodate from two to eight guests and summer rates range from $400 to $1700 (plus tax and cleaning fee). Our hope is that we can match you and your family with the right home to insure a memorable vacation while in Chincoteague. We also offer rental schedules to meet your needs? Contact them at 757-336-3121 or 757336-1088, or by email at Visit online: or

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6570 Coach’s Lane, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 • Assateague Inn

1 The Assateague Inn offers picturesque accommodations ranging from rooms to efficiencies for romantic getaways and business gatherings, with a dock available for crabbing, picnicking or just relaxing. Plenty of room for boat trailers in our large parking lot. Located one block off Maddox Blvd. From Chicken City Road, (Right at third stop light on Maddox from bridge) at 6570 Coach’s Lane. Contact us at 757-336-3738 or Visit our website: 22 An island favorite offering distinctive rooms and suites located very close to the beach and wildlife refuge. All rooms are pet-free and non-smoking. Amenities include indoor/outdoor pool, sun & stars deck, hot tub, sauna, fitness room, conference room, high-speed wi-fi, continental breakfast, and our very own Chincoteague Ponies in the pasture next door. During 2014, we are celebrating our 41st year of Island Hospitality. Choose the recently renovated Refuge Inn for your next getaway. Our family-owned and operated hotel will exceed your expectations. Located just before the bridge to Assateague Island and the wildlife refuge: 7058 Maddox Blvd, Chincoteague Island. Phone (757)3365511 or toll free (888)257-0036. Visit us at for discounts & specials.

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23 Modern motel rooms, efficiencies, suites and cottages. Our location is ideal, being just one block from town. A summer kitchen, picnic tables, bar-b-ques, free wireless internet, pool, in-room coffee, refrigerators, phones, shade trees and flowers everywhere, combined with moderate rates make us one of the most popular motels on the island. 3720 Willow Street, all major credit cards welcome. Email us at info@seashellmotel. org, visit us at 27 We are a family campground located on Chincoteague Island. Tom’s Cove overlooks Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island National Seashore Park. Our guests can enjoy outdoor recreation at its very best. Whatever your camping pleasure, Tom’s Cove is a favorite way of life for those fun-minded adventurers who enjoy saltwater fishing, boating or crabbing in the ocean and bays, beachcombing and hiking in the wildlife refuge, or just peaceful contentment where the sand whispers to the sea. We are open March 1 - November 30. We have a country store, large swimming pool, clubhouse with snack bar, playground, boat ramp, and wifi for guests to enjoy. Located at 8128 Beebe Road. Telephone (757) 336-6498, fax (757) 336-6738. Like us on Facebook! - Visit our website for more info!

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