Art & Music on the Farm
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Art & Music on the Farm

This wonderful community event is held annually on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.  Cost:  $5/person.

Open from 10 am - 4 pm, the art and music festival draws over 1,200 people each year and features highly-acclaimed, award-winning bands from across Virginia playing a range of musical styles including bluegrass, folk, gospel, chantey and stringband.  In addition, the musicians hold intimate workshops throughout the day to provide participants a glimpse into their background, their inspiration and their art.

For art and garden lovers, we'll have over 50 talented artists and artisans as well as plants, flowers, food and drinks representing the best of the region.

Enjoy wine, flowers, art and music all in a beautiful setting!

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Hog Island Wool Garland Felting Class
May
31
12:30 PM12:30

Hog Island Wool Garland Felting Class

  • Instructor:  Eden Ertle
  • Cost:  $50

 

Spend an afternoon making a beautiful garland to decorate your home. Participants will use Hog Island wool, grown on the Eastern Shore, to make a holiday- specific garland for a favorite season or an everyday garland for a certain room in your house.  These are great for nurseries and children’s rooms, too!  No prior experience with needle felting is needed for this class.

 

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Dogs on the Farm - Basic Obedience
Jun
2
to Jun 30

Dogs on the Farm - Basic Obedience

  • Saturdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • 10:00 a.m.
  • Instructors:  Michelle Surran, Anna Malik and Beth Ann Sabo
  • Cost:  $130

Learn the fundamentals of companion obedience and how to communicate with your best friend.  Your dog will learn mouth manners (take it, leave it, get it, drop it), control behaviors (sit, down, stay) and safety behaviors (wait, recall).  We'll also work on polite leash walking and more, and add games and tricks to keep your dog engaged and learning.  No pre-requisite.  This is where your dog's education starts!

The Dogs on the Farm program has welcomed dogs and their people at the Barrier Islands Center since 2010.  Please contact Beth Ann at Eastern Shore Dog directly by email to reserve your place in dog classes.  bethann@easternshoredog.com.  A $25, non-refundable deposit will hold your place.

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Summer Camp: Pirates, Princes and Princesses Camp (ages 3-6 yrs.)  - SOLD OUT
Jun
18
to Jun 22

Summer Camp: Pirates, Princes and Princesses Camp (ages 3-6 yrs.) - SOLD OUT

  • Instructors: Traci Jones (art) and Heather Travis (music). 
  • Camp size is limited. Pre-registration is required two weeks prior to start of camp. 
  • Cost: $125. 

Calling all pirates, princes and princesses to join us as we visit mysterious lands.  Off we go to days when pirates ruled the seas and royalty ruled the land.  We make castles, crowns, sea monsters, pirate maps and more. ARRRRGGG, your majesty,  this camp is filled with a bounty of music, games, activities and creative art experiences for our noble princes, princesses and sea-faring pirates!  

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Beginning Sewing Class for Kids
Jun
20
1:00 PM13:00

Beginning Sewing Class for Kids

  • Ages 8-12 years
  • Cost:  $10

Children will learn the fundamentals of sewing (how to sew a running stitch, blanket stitch, and how to sew on buttons, and more!) from members of Shore Can Sew, a neighborhood group of the American Sewing Guild.  Sewing is a life-long skill that always comes in handy, saves you money, allows you to create unique one-of-a-kind gifts, plus it can be both relaxing and FUN!  Cost includes sewing notion and a project.

 

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Fish and Mermaid Art Class
Jun
27
to Jun 28

Fish and Mermaid Art Class

  • Wednesday and Thursday, June 27th and 28th
  • 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Instructor:  Bobby Bridges
  • Ages teens to adults

 

Come get your "Garden Art" on!  This popular class is back but geared for adults now!  Participants will be supplied a solid color fish body or mermaid that they will turn into a creative masterpiece through paint, copper patina, and other fabulous details.  The power of your imagination will produce a work of "fish" or "mermaid" art ready to swim in the Eastern Shore breezes in your garden or adorn that perfect spot in your home. 

 

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Summer Camp: Big B.I.C. Circus Camp (ages 7-10 yrs)
Jul
9
to Jul 13

Summer Camp: Big B.I.C. Circus Camp (ages 7-10 yrs)

  • Instructors: Traci Jones (art) and Heather Travis (music). 
  • Camp size is limited. Pre-registration is required two weeks prior to start of camp. 
  • Cost: $125. 

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls… welcome to the greatest camp on earth! The circus is coming to town, BIC style! Stretch your creative muscles as you design out of this world costumes. Clown around with circus paintings and circus faces. Tame clever circus animal sculptures. Swing along to create a balancing trapeze artist! Be the ringmaster of your own imagination at the Big BIC Circus, complete with music, carnival games, costumes, laughter, oohs and aahs and spectacular fun!

 

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Dogs on the Farm - BIC Dog Camp - New Class!
Jul
9
to Jul 30

Dogs on the Farm - BIC Dog Camp - New Class!

  • Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Instructor:  Beth Ann Sabo
  • Cost:  $80

Learn all about your best friend!  This special class is for kids 9-12 and their dogs.  We will work on calming behavior, obedience and handling, and nose games.  Kids will be in charge of the dogs and must be accompanied by a quiet adult.  No pre-requisite.  

The Dogs on the Farm program has welcomed dogs and their people at the Barrier Islands Center since 2010.  Please contact Beth Ann at Eastern Shore Dog directly by email to reserve your place in dog classes.  bethann@easternshoredog.com A $25, non-refundable deposit will hold your place.

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Yoga for Heroes Kids Workshop
Aug
9
1:00 PM13:00

Yoga for Heroes Kids Workshop

  • Workshop offered by Breathe Easy and Smile Yoga Co.
  • Ages 8-12 years
  • Cost:  $25

One recurring theme in yoga is the idea of meeting challenges with patience and perseverance.  The history of the Barrier Islands has countless stories of watermen and members of the Life Saving Service who embodied these virtues, facing the challenges of a livelihood dependent upon the water.  This 90 minute youth yoga program at the BIC begins with storytelling about these real-life heroes and then relating that back to the core issue of embodying heroism in our own lives.  Children will be asked to reflect on their own heroes as we practice yoga poses that embody certain elements of the character of the hero (i.e. balance, strength, bravery).

 

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Summer Camp: Art in Nature (ages 7-12 yrs)
Aug
13
to Aug 17

Summer Camp: Art in Nature (ages 7-12 yrs)

  • Instructors: Traci Jones (art) and Heather Travis (music). 
  • Camp size is limited. Pre-registration is required two weeks prior to start of camp. 
  • Cost: $125. 

Fish, birds, and reptiles…oh my! Come explore the natural world around us through art. Discover the wonderful colors, patterns, and textures in our own backyard. Young artists will create their own nature-inspired masterpieces- from mixed media birds and colorful windsocks to reptile relief pastels and fish printing banners. The Eastern Shore’s natural beauty will bring out the artist and musician in all of us! 

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 Barrier Islands Center Coffee Hour:  Virginia Coast Reserve: Protecting Land and Waters
May
18
10:30 AM10:30

Barrier Islands Center Coffee Hour: Virginia Coast Reserve: Protecting Land and Waters

  • Speaker: Jim McGowan, Land Protection Manager
  • Cost:  FREE

Beginning in 1969, The Nature Conservancy began acquiring lands on the Eastern Shore of Virginia to protect 14 undeveloped barrier islands, migratory bird habitat, and the watersheds that keep our coastal bays clean.  The Virginia Coast Reserve includes the longest expanse of coastal wilderness remaining on the East Coast.  These pristine lands and waters support the Eastern Shore’s thriving shellfish aquaculture industry as well as outdoor recreation including fishing, hunting, kayaking, and nature study.  The Conservancy currently owns 33,000 acres of land in Accomack and Northampton counties, including islands, marshes, woodlands, and farmlands, and manages 12,000 acres of conservation easements held on privately owned land. This talk will cover what land protection is, how lands are acquired, how conservation easements work, and how the Virginia Coast Reserve staff works with our community partners to protect these and other important conservation lands.

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The WHRO Writer's Block
Apr
21
6:00 PM18:00

The WHRO Writer's Block

The WHRO Writer's Block brings together local artists who share a common bond—expressing themselves through writing. Performers include local poets and slam poets, spoken word artists, storytellers, and authors with interludes of music by some of the region’s top musicians. Topics vary from the environment and war to love and race relations. Works range from somber and thought-provoking to lighthearted and comical.

This event will feature musical guest Thelma Peterson and talented local writers, poets, and storytellers performing their work in front of a live audience. Think of a Moth Hour/Acoustic Highway mash up. The show is taped for future broadcast and podcast by WHRV 89.5 FM public radio.

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Coffee Hour Lecture: Down on the Farm - Songs of Land, Labor, and Nature
Apr
20
10:30 AM10:30

Coffee Hour Lecture: Down on the Farm - Songs of Land, Labor, and Nature

  • Musicians: Gregg Kimball and Cluny Brown.
  • Cost: FREE

The American people have produced a rich body of folk music celebrating barnyard animals, extolling farm products, and documenting the hard life of the farmer. It seems especially appropriate to pay tribute to the music of farming at the Barrier Island Center, once the county alms house and a working farm. Gregg Kimball and Cluny Brown, members of the Broad Street Ramblers, will present a multimedia presentation featuring rare photographs, period recordings and live music featuring clucking hens, chatty boll weevils, barnyard dances, frustrated farmers, punishing droughts, and much more!

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 Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED

Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrives. Skills covered in this course include first aid; CPR/AED for adults, children, and infants. This course teaches skills with the American Heart Association’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning of skills. Please dress comfortably for performing CPR on the floor. 

Please email Terri directly to register for the class at tchristman@co.northampton.va.us.  Space is limited.  

Instructor Info: Terri Christman is a Paramedic with Northampton County Department of EMS and has been teaching CPR classes for the AHA for 7 years.

 Cost: $65 per student

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Wool Mandala Hoop Art Class
Apr
12
12:30 PM12:30

Wool Mandala Hoop Art Class

  • Instructor:  Eden Ertle
  • Cost:  $65

Participants will create a mandala using pre-made felt and Hog Island wool for embellishments.  A small amount of stitching experience is necessary for constructing the layers of the design.  All details and artistry of the design will be made using the needle felting method.  The finished piece will be mounted on an embroidery hoop for easy display.

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Coffee Hour Lecture: Virginia's Barrier Islands- Breakneck Change in a Rapidly Changing World - NO SEATS AVAILABLE
Mar
16
10:30 AM10:30

Coffee Hour Lecture: Virginia's Barrier Islands- Breakneck Change in a Rapidly Changing World - NO SEATS AVAILABLE

  • Speaker: Dr. Christopher Hein, Assistant Professor, VIMS. 
  • Cost: FREE

Barrier islands and their back-barrier marshes and bays are found throughout the world, where they are home to diverse ecological communities, large-scale infrastructure, and vibrant communities. Although they are a seemingly permanent feature of our coasts, these islands are both very young (geologically speaking) and among the most rapidly changing landscapes on earth. And no barrier system on the US East Coast changes as swiftly as those found along Virginia's Eastern Shore. This talk will cover the geology, human history, and modern change seen along barrier islands globally, with a particular emphasis on those just off the Wachapreague coast. It will discuss the tools geologists use to study barrier islands, the lessons learned from Cedar and Parramore islands, and the likely future of Virginia's barrier islands. 

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Ukrainian Egg Workshop - SOLD OUT
Mar
3
11:00 AM11:00

Ukrainian Egg Workshop - SOLD OUT

  • Instructor: Sarah Morgan. 
  • Minimum Age: 14 yrs.  
  • Registration Deadline: February 16. 
  • Cost: $65. 

A pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method. The designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax. The earliest examples of intact pysanky have not been found, but egg fragments decorated by the wax resist method have been unearthed during archaeological excavations in Poland. In pre-Christian times, Slavic culture included worship of a sun god, and the bird was the sun god’s chosen creation; thus, eggs the birds laid were seen as magical objects, a source of life. The egg was important for rite-of-Spring festivals, representing rebirth. With the advent of Christianity, the symbolism of the egg was changed to represent, not nature's rebirth, but the rebirth of man. Christians embraced the egg symbol and likened it to the tomb from which Christ rose.

Participants in this workshop will receive handouts that include step-by-step instructions, traditional images and their meanings, and the symbolism of the various colors of dye they will use to complete their egg projects. Information on creating more pysanky will be provided as well, in catalogs selling dyes, wax, kistky (the small, funnel-like pens used to write on the eggs with wax), and design guides.

All materials will be provided, but please wear close-fitting clothes and make sure long hair is tied back or up, as we will be heating our kistky with candles. Gloves are supplied; in case of latex allergy, please bring your own.

 

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BIC Annual Oyster Roast Fundraiser - SOLD OUT
Feb
24
4:00 PM16:00

BIC Annual Oyster Roast Fundraiser - SOLD OUT

Join us for our annual sell-out Oyster Roast Fundraising event - always held on the last Saturday in February! Support the BIC while mingling with new and old friends at the best party on the Eastern Shore! Feast on local Eastern Shore oysters and clams, clam chowder, roasted peanuts, pork barbecue, grilled chicken and sides, all in the comfort of a heated tent.

Tickets available to members beginning Jan 2 and to the public (and online) beginning Jan 23 until sold out. 

$75.00 per person; $15.00 for beer on tap or Chatham Vineyards wine (includes refills). 

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Coffee Hour Lecture: Weather: The Good and Bad of Hurricanes, Lightning and other Weather Events
Feb
16
10:30 AM10:30

Coffee Hour Lecture: Weather: The Good and Bad of Hurricanes, Lightning and other Weather Events

  • Speaker: Fay Crossley
  • Cost:  FREE

Fay Crossley, retired Navy Weather Chief Petty Office and retired National Weather Service Data Acquisition Program Manager, will discuss hurricanes, examining previous hurricanes as well as what might be expected in the coming year. He will provide insight into the good and bad aspects of weather and other natural events and will also touch on the role the National Weather Service and NOAA play in our lives.

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Slow Fiber Class with Karyn Belknap - RESCHEDULED to Jan. 26th
Jan
26
1:00 PM13:00

Slow Fiber Class with Karyn Belknap - RESCHEDULED to Jan. 26th

Instructor: Karyn Belknap of Ten Good Sheep. Registration required as class size is limited. Cost: $100.00 per person.

Yarn and fabric production isn't fast, so we'll take it slow. Together we'll discuss the history of spinnable fibers and tools on the Eastern Shore, shepherding, fiber prep and spinning. After learning and practicing the basics of spinning, you'll test drive a variety of spinning wheels and take home a Schacht drop spindle and fiber to continue your spinning adventures.

Karyn is a shepherdess and Professional Juried Virginia Artisan. In addition to a yarn and fiber shop near Onancock, her company provides natural fiber products to retailers across the country.  

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Coffee Hour Lecture: Clash of Armor - The Battle of the Monitor and the Virginia
Dec
15
10:30 AM10:30

Coffee Hour Lecture: Clash of Armor - The Battle of the Monitor and the Virginia

Speaker: Mariner's Museum Staff
Cost: FREE. Registration Strongly Recommended. (appropriate for ages 10 to adult).

The development of ironclad ships during the American Civil War was a technological advance that would forever change the face of naval warfare. Using artifacts from the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia, Mariner's Museum teachers will introduce students to the development of ironclad ships and history’s first ironclad-to-ironclad combat. Students will also be introduced to the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and discover how the wreck site is being excavated and artifacts are being recovered and conserved at The Mariners’ Museum. 

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Twisted Chimney Christmas Workshop and Book Reading
Dec
3
1:30 PM13:30

Twisted Chimney Christmas Workshop and Book Reading

  • Sunday, December 3rd at 1:30 p.m. Book Reading of The Hog Island Sheep in a Twisted Christmas Tale. Cost: Free
  • Sunday, December 3rd from 2-4 p.m. Twisted Chimney Christmas Class. Cost: $25 Class limited to 15 participants.

BIC’s Twisted Christmas Fun!

Join author Andrew Barbour at 1:30 pm as he reads the BIC holiday favorite about an orphan, a very twisted chimney, and those wily Hog Island sheep. Karyn Belknap of Ten Good Sheep will do a wool spinning demonstration on a traditional wheel.

Then at 2 pm, children (ages 4-12) will decorate their own yummy house and twisted chimney- and make a sheep ornament. Ho, Ho, Baaa! What a fun way to ring in the holidays!

Please sign up for the class in advance by registering online or by calling BIC at 678.5550.

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Nov
17
10:30 AM10:30

Coffee Hour Lecture: Implications of Climate Change on Red Knots Using Virginia Barrier Island Stopover Habitat

Speaker: Erin Heller. Cost: Free.

Erin Heller is a third year PhD student in Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. Her dissertation research focuses on a threatened migratory shorebird species called the red knot (Calidris canutus rufa) that stops-over along Virginia's barrier islands.

Red knots were listed as federally-threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2015 after experiencing an 80% population decline. Because red knots are long distance migrants, travelling upwards of 15,000 km twice/year from wintering to breeding grounds and back, numerous factors across continents may have contributed to this decline. Erin will discuss her research on what factors may limit red knots during their spring stopover along Virginia's barrier islands and why these limitations are important to the red knot's success.

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Container and Mold Candle Making Class
Nov
14
1:00 PM13:00

Container and Mold Candle Making Class

Instructor: Mary Clements. Registration required. Cost: $40.

Each participant will make at least one large and one small container candle. Students will learn about the basic equipment needed for safe wax work, wick sizes and prepping, and types of containers suited for candles. As a bonus, participants can learn about skin care products made from beeswax, including recipes.

Participants will also learn about beeswax, including how to make it, how it is harvested and cleaned, and other traditional uses.

Please sign up in advance online or by calling the BIC at 757.678.5550.

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Carving Class with PG Ross (for Children and Adults)
Nov
11
to Nov 12

Carving Class with PG Ross (for Children and Adults)

Saturday, November 11 1:00-4:00 p.m. AND Sunday, November 12 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Class open to both children and adults (maximum 10 students). Cost: $100 per person

Participants will make a traditional style "robin snipe" (aka red knot) shorebird decoy. Ross will share stories of duck hunting and good old common sense wisdom while learning the basics of carving. Ross grew up gunning waterfowl on marshes and waters on the Eastern Shore. Using and admiring handmade wooden decoys inspired him to start whittling in his mid-teens. Today, he makes decoys using traditional tools and techniques that are based on characteristics of live birds. However, their form has been strongly influenced by both past and modern carvers who fashion birds in the gunning tradition.

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Owl or Turkey Ornament Felting Class
Oct
25
1:00 PM13:00

Owl or Turkey Ornament Felting Class

  • Instructor: Eden Ertle. Ages: teens to adults. Cost: $40        
  • Wednesday, October 25th from 1-3 p.m. 

Join Eden Ertle of Island View Farm for a hands-on workshop using wool from her local Hog Island sheep. Participants will work with the beautiful natural and dyed fibers of Hog Island wool and make adorable ornaments using the needle felting method.  The finished product will fit in the palm of your hand and be a sweet ornament or playful table decoration for your Halloween or Thanksgiving feast. No prior sewing experience is necessary for needle felting. 

Please sign up in advance online or by calling the BIC at 757.678.5550.

 

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Coffee Hour Lecture: Blackbeard the Pirate
Oct
20
10:30 PM22:30

Coffee Hour Lecture: Blackbeard the Pirate

Presenter: Ben Cherry

Cost: FREE. Registration strongly recommended.

Relive the 17th and 18th centuries with and infamous pirate. Blackbeard the Pirate is brought to life in this special performance by Ben Cherry. Through his research, costumes and authentic props, he gives a spellbinding rendition of this famous pirate's life. It's historic fun. Appropriate for all ages. 

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Candle Making Class: Rolled and Dipped
Oct
10
1:00 PM13:00

Candle Making Class: Rolled and Dipped

Instructor: Mary Clements. Tuesday, October 10th from 1-4 p.m. Cost: $40.

Each participant will make at least one rolled and one pair of dipped candles. Participants will learn about basic equipment needed for safe wax work. Students will make a rolled candle from a preformed foundation and create their own sheets for rolls. They will learn pouring tips, as well as how to decorate and package candles.

Participants will also learn about beeswax, including how to make it, how it is harvested and cleaned, and other traditional uses.

Please sign up in advance online or by calling the BIC at 757.678.5550.

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Athlete Ornament Felting Class
Sep
26
1:00 PM13:00

Athlete Ornament Felting Class

  • Instructor: Eden Ertle. Ages: teens to adults. Cost: $60        
  • Tuesday, September 26th from 1-3 p.m. 

Join Eden Ertle of Island View Farm for a hands-on workshop using wool from her local Hog Island sheep. Create your own Hog Island wool ornament of an athlete of your choice. Participants will choose their favorite sport -football, hockey, basketball, baseball, etc. and learn how to form the body and how to add the details of the jersey. Participants are encouraged to bring photos of their favorite player or the favorite of a friend.

Please sign up in advance online or by calling the BIC at 757.678.5550.

 

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"Meet the Carvers" Reception and Exhibit
Oct
21
5:00 PM17:00

"Meet the Carvers" Reception and Exhibit

Featured carvers: Grayson Chesser, Cork McGee, Cameron McIntyre, Ian McNair, Dick Eddie Belote, P.G. Ross, Arthur Leonard, and Pete Peterson.

Come join us for a reception, exhibit, and casual conversations with some of Virginia’s finest carvers. These talented artists will have a range of their work on display and will also have some of their pieces for sale. Whether you are a dedicated collector, first-time buyer, sportsman or just curious about decoy carving, you will not want to miss this evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres, art, traditions and stories. 

Cost: $50 per person. Limited tickets are available beginning September 1st.

Call 678-5550 or purchase tickets online (beginning September 1) at barrierislandscenter.org

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Parent/Child Decoy Carving Class
Dec
5
to Dec 9

Parent/Child Decoy Carving Class

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. AND Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $90 per participant. Class size limited to 12 people. Students MUST register and pay at least 7 days in advance. 

What could be more fun than carving a bird? How about sharing the experience with your child or parent? Parents (or grandparents) and their child can learn and practice the technique of carving together under the guidance of P.G. Ross. Each person will make a cork canvasback (choice of drake or hen) and finish the class with a pair of canvasbacks, one made by the parent and one by the child.  NOTE: the class is open to individuals as well as child/parent combos. 

 

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Boat Safety Course
Sep
19
to Oct 10

Boat Safety Course

Taught by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-02. Class meets 4 consecutive Saturdays, September 19, 26, October 3, 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $35. 

This class will teach safe boating skills to help lay the groundwork for years of boating fun. The course is designed for the average boater and will cover topics such as: types and features of boats, trailering, safe fueling, basic maintenance, rules of navigation, and finding your way on the water, loading, operating, anchoring and docking your boat, state and federal legal requirements, and how to handle boating emergencies. By 2016 all recreational boaters who operate a vessel having a 10 hp motor or more will have to take and pass a safe boating class. The test at the end of class will satisfy that requirement. 

Pre-registration is required. To register, call Russell Vreeland at (757) 442-7029 or the Barrier Islands Center.

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Apr
29
9:00 AM09:00

Small Composting Workshop

Instructor/Coordinator: Ursula Deitch, Northampton County Ag Extension Agent. 

Virginia Cooperative Extension/Virginia Tech will be hosting this day-long workshop at the Barrier Island Center. It is geared towards small farmers, back yard “farmers”, and Master Gardeners who want to learn the science behind composting, composting methods, stages of composting, and how to improve your compost piles efficiency.  Portions of this workshop will be held outside so dress accordingly.  Lunch will be provided.  Please contact Ursula Deitch, Northampton County Ag Extension Agent at ursula@vt.edu or 757-678-7946 ext. 25 for information and registration. 

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