Art & Music on the Farm
May
25
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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Summer Camp: Pirates, Princes and Princesses Camp (ages 3-6 yrs.) - SOLD OUT
Jun
17
to Jun 21

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

  • Instructors: Traci Jones (art) and Ally Tarwater (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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Learn to Sew:  Beginning Sewing Class for Kids (ages 8-12 years)
Jul
2
1:00 PM13:00

Learn to Sew: Beginning Sewing Class for Kids (ages 8-12 years)

Cost: $10

Learn to sew with 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, and allows you to create unique, one-of-a-kind gifts. Plus, it can be both relaxing and FUN! 

Children will learn the fundamentals of sewing - how to sew a running stitch, blanket stitch, and how to sew on buttons, and more! Cost includes sewing notion and a project.  Class size limited to 10 participants.

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Summer Camp: Big B.I.C. Circus Camp (ages 7-10 yrs)
Jul
8
to Jul 12

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

  • Instructors: Traci Jones (art) and Ally Tarwater (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! Be the ringmaster of your own imagination making circus-themed arts and crafts. There will never be a dull moment at the Big BIC Circus, complete with music, carnival games with prizes, scavenger hunts, face painting, laughter, oohs and aahs and spectacular fun!

 

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Learning to Sew with a Sewing Machine
Aug
6
1:00 PM13:00

Learning to Sew with a Sewing Machine

Cost: $10

Learn to sew with 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, and allows you to create unique, one-of-a-kind gifts. Plus, it can be both relaxing and FUN! 

Children and teens will learn the fundamentals of how to operate a sewing machine. Cost includes a sewing project.  Class size limited to 5 participants.

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Summer Camp: Art and Music in Nature (ages 8-12 yrs) - SOLD OUT
Aug
12
to Aug 16

Summer Camp: Art and Music in Nature (ages 8-12 yrs) - SOLD OUT

  • Instructors: Traci Jones (art) and Ally Tarwater (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 and music. Discover the wonderful colors, patterns, and textures in our own backyard. Children will create their own nature-inspired masterpieces - from mixed media birds and colorful windsocks to tie-dye shirts. The Eastern Shore’s natural beauty will bring out the artist and musician in all of us! 

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Drawing on the Right Side and More Session I
Sep
3
to Oct 8

Drawing on the Right Side and More Session I

Ages 14 to adult
Tuesdays, September 3rd - October 8th
1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Barbara Loomis
Cost: $150

Drawing is a complex skill which can be learned by breaking it down into simple steps:  At its foundation, integrating the right and left sides of your brain. Cost for both drawing sessions includes 14”x17” sketchpad, B, 2B and 4B pencils, a good hand held pencil sharpener, and kneaded gum and white plastic erasers.

In this six-week course, we begin by learning how to see, and then how to translate what we see by depicting its contours, shapes, values, proportions and relationships.  Great for beginners, as well as for those who want to strengthen their focus and drawing skills. 

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Harvesting Salt Around Virginia's Barrier Islands
Sep
20
10:30 AM10:30

Harvesting Salt Around Virginia's Barrier Islands

Speakers: David and Anna Lee
Cost: FREE

After years of dreaming of a coastal lifestyle and launching a barrier islands focused sea salt business, Anna and David Lee pulled the plug on their big city life and moved to the Eastern Shore.  They’ve combined David’s career as a boat captain with Anna’s background as a specialty foods executive to create Barrier Islands Salt Co., Virginia’s first coastal saltworks since the 1700s!

They’ve spent three years perfecting their sea salt, and the result is a bright white, flake sea salt with a clean oceanic flavor and a sweet finish.  Nature does the heaviest lifting for them, giving them the purest water on the east coast to work with.  Come enjoy a morning of learning about the process and history of salt making on the Eastern Shore.

 

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Drawing on the Right Side and More Session II
Oct
22
to Nov 26

Drawing on the Right Side and More Session II

Ages 14 to adult
Tuesdays, October 22nd - November 26th
1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Barbara Loomis
Cost: $150

Drawing is a complex skill which can be learned by breaking it down into simple steps:  At its foundation, integrating the right and left sides of your brain. Cost for both drawing sessions includes 14”x17” sketchpad, B, 2B and 4B pencils, a good hand held pencil sharpener, and kneaded gum and white plastic erasers.

Learn more about different drawing media and techniques while practicing, reinforcing, and building on the basic skills introduced in Drawing on the Right Side and More Session I.  In addition to graphite, we will explore use of charcoal.  Learn to find your own mark as you strengthen your eye and drawing muscles.

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Virginia's Barrier Islands and the American Revolution
Nov
15
10:30 AM10:30

Virginia's Barrier Islands and the American Revolution

Speaker: Dr. Theodore Corbett
Cost: FREE

Many assume that nothing happened on the barrier islands of Virginia during the American Revolution because they were uninhabited. Dr. Theodore Corbett will show that the islands prospered as alternative ports of entry for vital munitions because the British had effectively blockaded the Chesapeake Bay.  Occasionally island militia confronted British warships.  Corbett has published nine history books and taught at Salisbury University.

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Cooking in the Poor House Kitchen
May
17
10:30 AM10:30

Cooking in the Poor House Kitchen

Speaker: Dr. Bernard L. Herman

Cost: FREE

In the 1882 Peninsula Enterprise newspaper, there was a brief notice: “At the Alms House on last Saturday night thieves entered the smoke-house on the premises by undermining the foundation, and carried off all the meat, four pies in number, deposited there for the use of the poor of that institution.”

The lecture builds from that notice - delving into themes of hunger, diet, cooking, and resourcefulness on the Eastern Shore at the close of the 1800s, exploring what people ate, how they procured it, who did the cooking, and how it was eaten.

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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Film Screening "From the Marsh": Decoy Carvers from Jersey to Carolina
May
15
5:00 PM17:00

Film Screening "From the Marsh": Decoy Carvers from Jersey to Carolina

Cost: FREE

Come into the workshops of master carvers from up and down the east coast.  Watch them work and listen to Grayson Chesser, Pete Peterson, Cameron McIntyre and others tell about their beginnings, their art and their urge to pass on their knowledge.  The 32-minute film will be accompanied by a question/answer session with the makers of the film, J.P. Hand and Jim Talone.

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Ukrainian Egg Workshop - SOLD OUT
Apr
13
11:00 AM11:00

Ukrainian Egg Workshop - SOLD OUT

Instructor: Sarah Morgan.

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. In pre-Christian times, 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 the rebirth of man.

Participants in this workshop will learn about traditional images and the symbolism of dye colors that they will use to complete their egg projects. All materials, including eggs, dyes, wax, kistky and design guides 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. In case of latex allergy, please bring your own gloves.

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Long Steel Rail:  Songs of the Railroad presented by The Broad Street Ramblers
Apr
12
10:30 AM10:30

Long Steel Rail: Songs of the Railroad presented by The Broad Street Ramblers

Cost: FREE

The mythic status of the railroad in American folklore is unparalleled. Fascination with the machines and men who created the vast steel network that linked city to country and spanned the nation coast to coast resulted in thousands of familiar songs. As with the rest of America, the railroad was fundamental to the transformation of the Eastern Shore in the nineteenth century. The Broad Street Ramblers will celebrate this legacy with a multimedia presentation featuring rare photographs, period recordings, and live music featuring brave engineers, traveling hobos, gandy dancers, and much more!

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ADDITIONAL CLASS! Ukrainian Egg Workshop
Mar
30
11:00 AM11:00

ADDITIONAL CLASS! Ukrainian Egg Workshop

Instructor: Sarah Morgan.

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. In pre-Christian times, 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 the rebirth of man.

Participants in this workshop will learn about traditional images and the symbolism of dye colors that they will use to complete their egg projects. All materials, including eggs, dyes, wax, kistky and design guides 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. In case of latex allergy, please bring your own gloves.

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"The Art of Bird Photography"
Mar
15
10:30 AM10:30

"The Art of Bird Photography"

Speaker: George Budd

Cost: FREE

George Budd, a nature photographer on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, will give a one hour presentation on bird photography. His work emphasizes use of light and composition to develop artistic images of birds. This illustrated talk will include discussion of challenges typically encountered, including photographing moving subjects and adjusting exposure for challenging lighting conditions.

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Annual BIC Oyster Roast Fundraiser - SOLD OUT
Feb
23
4:00 PM16:00

Annual BIC Oyster Roast Fundraiser - SOLD OUT

Enjoy an authentic Eastern Shore style oyster roast while supporting the Barrier Islands Center’s work to preserve coastal traditions and culture.

Local Eastern Shore oysters and clams, BBQ, chicken, chowder, and fixin’s. Incredible SILENT AUCTION with items donated by talented local artists and artisans, local experiences and more! Heated dining tent, but dress warmly!

$100 per person (beer and wine included)

Tickets available:

  • Jan. 2nd to BIC members.

  • Jan. 22nd to general public

    Please call 757-678-5550 to order.

 

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Don Mann "Reaching Beyond Boundaries"
Feb
15
10:30 AM10:30

Don Mann "Reaching Beyond Boundaries"

Speaker:  Don Mann
Cost:  FREE

Don Mann’s highly-accredited and popular presentation comes from his colorful and action-packed life as a Navy SEAL Team SIX commando, an internationally renowned endurance athlete and as a New York Times Best-Selling author.  He has changed countless lives by sharing his unique “Reaching Beyond Boundaries” philosophy.

Don’s message includes equal doses of inspiration and strategy.  He shares insights into his personal philosophy of setting micro-goals to achieve macro-goals, while instructing organizations how to employ that same philosophy to achieve both personal and professional success.

 

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Inaugural Arthur Schwarzschild Memorial Lecture featuring Dr. Orrin Pilkey and Mary Edna Fraser
Jan
18
10:30 AM10:30

Inaugural Arthur Schwarzschild Memorial Lecture featuring Dr. Orrin Pilkey and Mary Edna Fraser

SOLD OUT - THIS IS RESERVATION ONLY ADMITTANCE

Dr. Orrin Pilkey (Professor Emeritus of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Duke University) and Charleston, South Carolina batik artist Mary Edna Fraser are the inaugural Arthur Schwarzschild Memorial Lecture speakers.  Their presentation will meld science and art as they talk about the beauty and fragility of the world’s barrier islands.

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Carving Class with PG Ross - A 3-session class
Jan
12
1:00 PM13:00

Carving Class with PG Ross - A 3-session class

Saturday, January 12, 2019,
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, January 13, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday, January 15, 2019,
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

SOLD OUT

Participants will learn the basics of carving while making a traditional Black-bellied Plover shorebird decoy. PG uses traditional tools and techniques based on characteristics of live birds, and is strongly influenced by both past and modern carvers who fashion birds in the gunning tradition. Class is open to children and adults.

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Wreath-making Workshop
Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

Wreath-making Workshop

Instructor:  Sarah Morgan

Cost:  $75

Celebrate the holiday season on the Eastern Shore by learning to make your own fresh, beautiful wreaths using locally sourced greenery and decorations.  This workshop, taught by local artist Sarah Morgan, provides participants with the techniques and materials to create wreaths using wire and various evergreens such as boxwood, juniper, cedar, and more.  Although materials are provided, you may want to bring gloves, pruning shears, and anything special you might want to wire to your wreath.  Class is limited to 10 participants.

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Brent Heath of Brent and Becky Bulbs presents:  Bulbs as Companion Plants
Nov
16
10:30 AM10:30

Brent Heath of Brent and Becky Bulbs presents: Bulbs as Companion Plants

Cost:  FREE

This seminar will provide answers for anyone planning to plant bulbs in a fresh, newly prepared empty garden or in an already existing one. Participants will learn how to combine bulbs, perennials, annuals, ground covers and flowering shrubs  to create a beautiful year-round garden.

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Meet the Carvers
Oct
19
5:00 PM17:00

Meet the Carvers

  • Carvers: Richard Belote, Grayson Chesser, Ryan Dockiewicz, Arthur Leonard, Kenny Marshall, Carleton "Cork" McGee, Ian McNair, Mark McNair, Pete Peterson, and P.G. Ross
  • Limited Tickets - $50 each - available beginning September 1, 2018

 

 

Barrier Islands Center is pleased to announce the third biennial "Meet the Carvers" evening, a wonderful opportunity to join with Eastern Shore decoy carvers, learn about their carving techniques and keep an important cultural heritage alive for generations to come.

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Barbara Spilman Lawson, Storyteller and Author - "Wild and Wonderful Storytelling Program"
Oct
19
10:30 AM10:30

Barbara Spilman Lawson, Storyteller and Author - "Wild and Wonderful Storytelling Program"

Cost:  FREE

Award-winning storyteller/actress Barbara Spilman Lawson has been entertaining audiences for over 25 years.  Barb’s “Stories with a Twist” are  full of wild, wonderful stories and songs from all over the world. Barb brings goofy and glorious characters to life as she weaves her hilarious tales.

Meet a family of Cuban mice, listen to a bird from Thailand sing a ridiculous song, and yodel with an Austrian in the Alps!  Join Barb for a fun-filled storytelling adventure as she shares hilarious folk tales, fairy tales, fables and songs from places near and far, ending with a familiar tale read by ten different crazy characters! 

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Dogs on the Farm:  Brain Games
Oct
14
to Oct 28

Dogs on the Farm: Brain Games

  • Sundays, October 14, 21, 28 (3 weeks)
  • 12:30 p.m.
  • Instructor:  Anna Malik
  • Cost:  $85

Watch your dog become calm and focused as he solves problems through games!  Real-life skills will make your dog happy - and mentally tired.  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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Dogs on the Farm - Basic Obedience (choose session)
Sep
29
to Oct 27

Dogs on the Farm - Basic Obedience (choose session)

  • First Session:  Saturdays, September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, 9:00 a.m.
  • Second Session:  Saturdays, October 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 10:30 a.m.
  • Instructor:  Michelle Surran
  • 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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Dogs on the Farm:  Reliable Recall
Sep
24
to Oct 8

Dogs on the Farm: Reliable Recall

  • Mondays, September 24, October 1, 8 (3 weeks)
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Instructor:  Beth Ann Sabo, CNWI, CPDT-KA
  • Cost:  $85

A great way to brush up on skills that build a reliable recall, and learn games that support this life-saving behavior.  Basic obedience required or permission of the instructor.

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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Special Performance by musician Emile Menasché
Sep
21
10:30 AM10:30

Special Performance by musician Emile Menasché

Cost:  FREE

Enjoy a special morning of music by Emile Menasché,  who composed the original scores for all five BIC documentary films.  A graduate of NYU’s acclaimed Tisch School of the Arts, Emile scores films and TV projects, plays, writes and produces music, and also writes books and journals about music.

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Dogs on the Farm:  Social Skills (new class!)
Sep
10
6:30 PM18:30

Dogs on the Farm: Social Skills (new class!)

  • Instructor:  Beth Ann Sabo, CNWI, CPDT-KA
  • Cost:  $25

Practice obedience behaviors in a group setting to help your dog brush up for the CGC, or just gain continued socialization.  Note:  This is not a play class - dogs will not touch noses!

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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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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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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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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 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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