Sep
20
to Dec 13

Jazz Workshop (for Teens and Adults) with Barry Groves

  • Wednesdays, September 20th through December 13 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Ages: teens to adult
  • Cost: Free (by audition).
  • Email cbgroves2001@gmail.com for audition

Ever wanted to be in a Jazz band but didn't think you could? It may be easier than you think! Participants will learn to play Jazz tunes and improvise solos "on the fly", based on "fake" books and lead sheets. If you can read chords and/or notation, you can do this! 

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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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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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Dogs on the Farm WInter 2018
Jan
8
to Mar 26

Dogs on the Farm WInter 2018

The Dogs on the Farm program has welcomed dogs and their people to 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.

Classes are also announced and described at www.facebook.com/eastern.shore.dog under Events. A $25, non-refundable deposit will hold your place.

Basic Obedience

Instructors: Michelle Surran or Beth Ann Sabo. 5 weeks, 1 hour each week. Choose one session. Limit: 8 dogs per session. Cost: $130.

  • Session 1: Mondays, 6:00p – 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5
  • Session 2: Saturdays, 11:00a - 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10
  • Session 3: Saturdays, 11:00a – 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24
  • Session 4: Monday evenings, 6:00p – 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26

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!

Intro to Scent Work/ K9 Nose Work

Instructor: Beth Ann Sabo. 5 weeks. Cost: $130.

Mondays, 7:30p - 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5

Join us to get started on your dog's nose work career! This introductory class conditions the search, challenges (and tires) your dog, and will create focus and confidence. Dogs are crated between runs, and have the search to themselves - so any dog will be comfortable in this class. No pre-requisite - nose work is a "no obedience zone." Your dog will thank you for it! Maximum 8 dogs.

Scent Work/K9 Nose Work - Introduction to Odor

Instructor: Beth Ann Sabo. Cost: $130.

5 weeks.  Mondays, 7:00p - 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26

Step up the game for your nose work dog – time to start working target odors! This class is also great for dogs who need more foundation in odor. Prerequisite – Intro to Scent Work/K9 Nose Work or permission of instructor. Maximum 8 dogs.

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Slow Fiber Class with Karyn Belknap
Jan
18
1:00 PM13:00

Slow Fiber Class with Karyn Belknap

Instructor: Karyn Belknap of Ten Good Sheep. Registration required as class size is limited to four persons. 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: Sweetness in a Southern Landscape with Dr. Bernard L. Herman
Jan
19
2:30 PM14:30

Coffee Hour Lecture: Sweetness in a Southern Landscape with Dr. Bernard L. Herman

Friday, January 19th at 10:30 a.m. Cost: FREE

“Sweetness in a Southern Landscape” tells the story of Eastern Shore of Virginia strawberries through the words of people who cultivated, harvested, sold, and ate the delicate fruit. The Eastern Shore strawberry owned a national reputation for excellence from the 1880s into the 1920s. Boxcar loads of strawberries harvested in the morning were sold at the “block” in Exmore and Onley and then shipped to Philadelphia and other northern cities, arriving late at night before finding their way onto city tables the following morning. Eastern Shore growers developed and judged new varieties at local meetings. Home cooks made shortcakes and put up preserves. Children took off from school to help with the harvest. There was a time when Eastern Shore strawberries reigned supreme. 

Dr. Herman is the George B. Tindall Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies and Folklore in the Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Jan
20
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

TWO CLASS OPTIONS: Saturday, January 20 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. OR Saturday, April 14th

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Feb
16
10:30 AM10:30

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

Speaker: Fay Crossley

Friday, February 16 at 10:30 a.m.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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BIC Annual Oyster Roast Fundraiser
Feb
24
4:00 PM16:00

BIC Annual Oyster Roast Fundraiser

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.. 

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

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Coffee Hour Lecture: Virginia's Barrier Islands- Breakneck Change in a Rapidly Changing World
Mar
16
10:30 AM10:30

Coffee Hour Lecture: Virginia's Barrier Islands- Breakneck Change in a Rapidly Changing World

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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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 40 talented artists and artisans and 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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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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Coffee Hour Performance: Eve Watters - A Musical Performance of Harp Music, Songs, and Stories
Sep
15
10:30 AM10:30

Coffee Hour Performance: Eve Watters - A Musical Performance of Harp Music, Songs, and Stories

Performer: Eve Watters, harpist, singer, story-teller. Cost: FREE.

From the National Cathedral to the Australian bush, Eve's performances adventure through our rich heritage of music and tales. She’s been a performing singer, storyteller, harpist and multi-instrumentalist for decades, a passionate collector forever. Her work sparkles with the pure but powerful simplicity of time-honored tradition, to captivate and inspire audiences of all ages today, just as they have done for centuries. She has toured throughout Virginia, around the US, and abroad, and pioneered University of Virginia Health System’s Musician-in-Residence program as a therapeutic musician at patients’ bedsides.

“When Eve Watters plays the harp, the willows weep. When she sings, the fishes dance. And when she tells stories, people beg for more."  
- Mid-Atlantic Storytellers Conference      

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Garden Art with Bobby Bridges
Aug
23
to Aug 24

Garden Art with Bobby Bridges

Instructor: Bobby Bridges. Ages: teen to adult. Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited to 10 participants. Cost: $100

Please note class meets on two successive days, Wednesday and Thursday Aug. 23 and 24, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

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 imaginations 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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Aug
14
to Aug 18

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

  • Instructors: Traci Jones (art) and Heather Travis (music). 
  • Camp meets daily August 14-18 from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • 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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Summer Camp: Big B.I.C. Circus Camp (ages 5-10 yrs)
Jul
10
to Jul 14

Summer Camp: Big B.I.C. Circus Camp (ages 5-10 yrs)

Camp meets daily July 10-14 from 9 am to noon.  Instructors: Traci

  • Instructors: Traci Jones (art) and Heather Travis (music). 
  • Camp meets daily July 10-14 from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • 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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SOLD OUT! Summer Camp: Pirates, Princes and Princesses Camp (ages 3-6 yrs.)
Jun
26
to Jun 30

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

SORRY! CAMP SOLD OUT.

  • Instructors: Traci Jones (art) and Heather Travis (music). 
  • Camp meets daily June 26-30 from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • 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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Jan
12
1:00 PM13:00

UVA Science Technology and Society Creative Writing Presentations

A Sense of Place: Perceptions of Coastal Ecosystems and the Written Word. Cost: Free! 
 

University of Virginia students will present their creative writing at the Barrier Islands Center. This special J-term class is part of the STS (Science Technology and Society) program in the UVA School of Engineering. The class is under the direction of UVA faculty members/instructors: Hannah Rogers (Engineering and Society), Art Schwarzschild (Environmental Sciences) and John Casteen (English and Creative Writing). 

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Dogs on the Farm (Winter 2017)
Jan
7
to Feb 5

Dogs on the Farm (Winter 2017)

Instructor: Beth Ann Sabo, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Associate Canine Nose Work Instructor.

Please Note: An email to the instructor at bethann@easternshoredog.com is required to reserve your place in all classes. 

Basic Obedience

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!

Two Sessions (choose one) - 5 classes. Cost: $130.

  • Saturdays 11:00 a.m. 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4 OR
  • Sundays 11:00 a.m. 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/20, 2/5

Introduction to K9 Nose Work 

The next fun activity for dogs is here on the Eastern Shore! Nose Work is a new activity and sport, based on detection dog training techniques. Help your dog rediscover his ability to follow scent to its source. Any dog can do it, regardless of training and social skills. Dogs are crated between runs, and work one at a time on boxes to develop consistent “hunt drive” and focus. Your dog will be introduced to container, interior and exterior searches, as well. No obedience prerequisite – NoseWork class is a “no obedience zone!” Five weeks, limit 6 dogs.

One Session - 5 classes. Saturdays 9:30 a.m. 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4. Cost: $130.

K9 Nose Work - Interiors

For dogs on any odor. We will be working on special challenges to interior searches, including corners, heights, and thresholds. Pre-requisite: Introduction to Odor or by permission of the instructor. Limit 6 dogs. 

One Session - 5 classes. Sundays 11:00 a.m. 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/20, 2/5. Cost $130.

Intermediate Obedience 

Team up with your dog to fine-tune basic behaviors and learn new ones. Leash work includes heel, polite turns, and speed changes. Sit and down stays with distance, duration and distractions will challenge your dog’s focus – and impulse control. If you think your dog was paying attention before, then stand by to be amazed! This class moves quickly and requires work at home. Prerequisite: Basic Obedience, STAR Puppy or permission of instructor.

No sessions this season.

Reliable Recall

Does your dog come when you call, every time you call? If not, then this workshop is for you. A great way to brush up on basic skills that build a reliable recall, and learn games that support this life-saving behavior. Learn how to properly use a long-line to hone this skill. Your dog will also gain experience at recall in the most distracting environment of all - surrounded by other dogs! Basic Obedience required or permission of the instructor.

No sessions this season

Intro to Odor

Teach your dog to search for its first specific (non-food) scent and challenge your dog’s ability to drive to odor source. After basic exercises, your dog will be able to solve new scent problems, including container, interior, and exterior searches. This class prepares your dog for the Odor Recognition Test, competition, and our Nose Work Traveling Class. Pre-requisite: Introduction to K9 Nose Work®

No sessions this season.

Beth Ann Sabo is a Certified Nose Work Instructor (NACSW), Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed, and has been training dogs since 2006. The Barrier Islands Center has hosted the Dogs on the Farm program since 2010, contributing to a community of well-behaved dogs and informed owners. Find Eastern Shore Dogs on FB at www.facebook.com/eastern.shore.dog..

 

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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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Introduction to Essential Oils
Oct
15
10:30 AM10:30

Introduction to Essential Oils

Instructor: Lara Hubbard. Cost: $20. Saturday October 15 at 10:30 am

Essential oils contain the life force of the plant from which they are derived. Although essential oils are often thought of for their healing properties, their uses also range from household products like all-purpose cleaners and deodorizers to beauty products like body butter and foot scrubs.

In this introduction class, we will discuss the most common oils used - both “singles” and “blends.” We will then break out into a workshop and have some fun!! Participants will experience the oils first hand and will learn the craft of a few DIYs with oils. All the items you make, you will take home to enjoy!

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Oct
14
1:00 PM13:00

Find Balance: An Oola Infused Class

Instructor: Lara Hubbard. Cost $20 per person. Friday October 14 from 1:00-3:00 pm. 

Faith, family, field, fitness, friends, fun and finance - when these areas of our lives are balanced, we are living Oola. The purpose of this class is to help you find your purpose and help you live your life Oola. We are going to have fun, work hard, and even experience some specially blended essential oils. This is not a "how to" class, it is the beginning of your journey towards an Oola life!

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Sep
16
10:30 AM10:30

Coffee Hour Lecture: Results from 25 years of Monitoring Our Barrier Island Ecosystems

Speaker: Dr. Art Schwarzschild. Cost: Free.

Art Schwarzschild is the site director for University of Virginia Anheuser Busch Coastal Research Center. He will give an overview of their findings from many years of studying Virginia’s Barrier Islands as part of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program.

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ART SHOW: Ecological Reflections - Linking Art and Ecology
Apr
23
to May 14

ART SHOW: Ecological Reflections - Linking Art and Ecology

Explore the beauty and ecology of Eastern Shore Salt Marshes with University of Virginia's Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center and the Virginia Coast Reserve Long Term Ecological Research Program at this Art and Ecology Exhibition.

Dr. Art Schwarzchild, research faculty member in the Department of Environmental Sciences of the UVA College of Arts and Sciences and site director at the University’s Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center in Oyster, developed an art and ecology workshop to help local public school teachers integrate environmental sciences into their classes through the melding of art and science. A three-day for-credit class provided local and regional art teachers an opportunity to learn and practice the techniques used in plein air painting, along with an introduction to the ecology and environmental issues impacting salt marshes. 

The art exhibit in the Education Building will feature the teacher’s seaside plein-air paintings created during the class.

 

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Jan
28
11:00 AM11:00

Financial Workshop

Confronting the Elephant in the Room: How to Talk with Family about Money, Life and Death

Led by Laurie Zittrain Jones, Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch. Option of either 11 am luncheon workshop OR 5:30 pm workshop with hors d'oeuvres and drinks on Thursday January 28. Cost: FREE. 

A recent retirement study found that the majority of adults have not talked in depth with their parents of adult children about their wishes and plans for the rest of their life. These conversations can be very difficult, and too many families put them off until a crisis occurs. 

Please join Laurie for a roundtable discussionto understand why these issues can be so difficult, and learn some strategies to overcome the emotional obstacles to starting these important family discussions.

Reservations: Pat Check at 757-789-7904 or patricia_check@ml.com. 


Merrill Lynch Wealth Management makes available products and services offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, a registered broker-dealer and Member SIPC, and other subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation.

  • Are Not FDIC Insured
  • Are Not Bank Guaranteed
  • May Lose Value

©2015 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved.  

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Jan
14
11:00 AM11:00

Financial Workshop

Reaching Your Goals: Wealth Management Strategies for Women

Led by Laurie Zittrain Jones, Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch. Option of either a luncheon OR 5:30 hors d'oeuvres and drinks on Thursday, Jan. 14.

This workshop is designed for women and will focus on understanding your investment personality, portfolio strategies, retirement planning, caregiving, philanthropy and estate planning. It will also help you clarify your financial priorities and goals while showing how to more effectively use your resources to build and preserve your wealth. 

Reservations: Pat Check at 757-789-7904 or patricia_check@ml.com


Merrill Lynch Wealth Management makes available products and services offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, a registered broker-dealer and Member SIPC, and other subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation.

  • Are Not FDIC Insured
  • Are Not Bank Guaranteed
  • May Lose Value

©2015 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved.                                  

 

                           

 

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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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Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

Art Exhibit and Reception: "Protected Landscapes"

Art Exhibit and Reception presented by the Virginia Eastern Shore (VES) Land Trust. Tickets are $10 at the door and include refreshments and light snacks. 

Protected Landscapes is a conservation and art exhibit featuring local artists and VES Land Trust permanently preserved land. The exhibit will provide viewers with an intimate experience of VES Land Trust protected lands through the eyes of local artists. At the opening night exhibit, viewers will have the chance to mingle with the artists and easement donors. All artwork will be available for sale. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the VES Land Trust and its mission. All Artwork will remain on display through October 30, 2015.

 

For more information, please contact VES Land Trust at 757.442.5885 or veslt@verizon.net or visit their website at www.veslt.org.

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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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Dog Social and Greetings Workshop
Jul
18
8:00 AM08:00

Dog Social and Greetings Workshop

Saturday July 18 from 8:00-9:30am. Any dog, any age, any skill level.  Cost: $25 per dog.

Instructor: Beth Ann Sabo, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Associate Canine Nose Work Instructor

Teach your dog the polite way to meet new people and other dogs, and brush up on canine courtesy and socialization skills. We’ll start by practicing the most polite behavior of all – Sit! Learn polite approaches by a friendly stranger, and join the fun of “passing exercises.” Great way to help your dog develop new skills and meet other people who love their dogs.

Please register in advance with the Barrier Islands Center online or by calling 757.678.5550. You will be contacted by email after you register with details of what to bring with you.

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May
30
to Jun 27

Dogs on the Farm Obedience Classes

Saturdays at 8:30am for 5 weeks: 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27. Limit: 10 dogs. 
Cost: $130.

Instructor: Beth Ann Sabo, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Associate Canine Nose Work Instructor

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! 

Pre-registration by email to bethann@easternshoredog.com is required.

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May
15
10:30 AM10:30

Extreme Brownies! Lecture, Book Signing and Tasting

Speaker: Connie Weis. Cost: Free.


Join us for a book signing with Connie Weis, the chef/author of Extreme Brownies: 50 Recipes for the Most-Over-The-Top Treats Ever. Connie will have books to sell, which make great gifts for any family members or friends who enjoy baking. She will bring tasting samples, so have a light breakfast!

Connie will be happy to answer any of your baking questions, and will share some anecdotes about how she finally managed to get her cookbook published, including her connection with Mrs. Judith Jones, Julia Child's Editor at Knopf.

About the Author

Connie's passion for food landed her a job in the specialty food business as the merchandise manager/buyer for the Taste Unlimited stores in southern Virginia. She has been an executive pastry chef, director of food development, restaurant consultant, food editor, and has appeared on the TODAY show with Kathie Lee and Hoda to do a cooking segment with her brownies.

Besides cooking and baking, Connie's interests include organic gardening, with the plants started in her greenhouse fed by eggshell (from brownies) enriched compost. She currently participates as a part-time vendor at the Old Beach Farmers Market with her business, Brownies & S'more in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she resides with her husband Don.

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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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Apr
17
10:30 AM10:30

Tracking Whimbrel and Connecting Cultures Throughout the Western Hemisphere.

BIC Coffee Hour Lecture Series

Speaker: Dr. Bryan Watts, Director of the Center for Conservation Biology at William & Mary. Cost: Free.

The effective conservation of migratory species requires an understanding of their entire annual cycle.  Prior to the development of size-appropriate satellite transmitters, very little was known about migration pathways for most shorebird species using the Atlantic Flyway.  Between 2008 and 2014, the Center for Conservation Research deployed 35 satellite transmitters on whimbrels (a large shorebird) and tracked birds for a total of more than 300,000 miles back and forth between breeding areas in the high Arctic and winter sites primarily in the tropics.  The clear, emergent message of this work is that whimbrels connect many locations and cultures throughout the hemisphere and that their recovery depends on our ability to work together with singular purpose. Virginia’s Eastern Shore represents a critical link in the chain of conservation sites that whimbrels depend on to survive.

 Bryan Watts is the Mitchell A. Byrd Professor of Conservation Biology and Director of the Center for Conservation Biology, a research unit shared by the College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University.  He received a B.S. from Virginia Tech, a M.S. from the College of William and Mary and a PhD from the University of Georgia.  Watts co-founded and has directed the Center for more than 20 years and overseen more than 500 research projects focused on finding solutions to conservation problems.  The overarching mission of the Center is to ensure the viability of bird populations throughout the Western Hemisphere.  The recipient of 350 grant awards, author of more than 250 publications and mentor to dozens of undergraduate and graduate students, Dr. Watts continues to be passionate about the study of bird ecology. 

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