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

Cost:  FREE

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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Don Mann "Reaching Beyond Boundaries"
Feb
15
10:30 PM22:30

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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Annual BIC Oyster Roast Fundraiser
Feb
23
4:00 PM16:00

Annual BIC Oyster Roast Fundraiser

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 (invites mailed in December)

  • Jan. 22nd to general public

    For more info call 757.678.5550

 

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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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Ukrainian Egg Workshop
Apr
13
11:00 AM11:00

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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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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Carving Class with PG Ross - A 3-session class
Nov
10
1:00 PM13:00

Carving Class with PG Ross - A 3-session class

Sunday, November 11, 2018,
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday, November 13, 2018,
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Cost: $125 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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