May
19
10:30 am10:30

Coffee Hour Lecture: A Closer Look at Hurricanes and Weather

Speaker: Fay Crossley. Cost: Free.

Mr. Crossley retired after a distinguished career with the Navy as a weather observer, weather spy and flight forecaster, and then at NOAA’s National Weather Service.

Fay Crossley will take explore the history of hurricanes in the mid-Atlantic, as well as explore the folklore surrounding weather. He will retrace the origins of “old wives tales,” and whether they are good indicators of coming weather events or just idle talk. 

Reservations strongly recommended. 

Art & Music on the Farm
May
27
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 750 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!

Jun
21
10:00 am10:00

Wool Felted Birds Workshop

Instructor: Eden Ertle. Ages: teens to adults. Cost: $40        

 

Join Eden Ertle of Island View Farm for a hands-on workshop using wool from her local Hog Island sheep. Eden will demonstrate how to make adorable wool birds using the needle felting method. No prior sewing experience is necessary for needle felting. Participants will work with the beautiful natural and dyed fibers of Hog Island wool. Bring a photo of your favorite bird, choose from the books in class, or create an original. The finished 3D artwork is a sweet little bird that will fit in the palm of your hand. Enjoy your bird as an ornament or a keepsake gift. Pre-registration is required.

 

SOLD OUT! Summer Camp: Pirates, Princes and Princesses Camp (ages 3-6 yrs.)
Jun
26
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!  

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

 

Aug
14
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! 

Garden Art with Bobby Bridges
Aug
23
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. 


Apr
21
10:30 pm22:30

Coffee Hour Lecture: We Shall Not Be Moved - Labor Songs and Virginia

Speakers/Performers: Gregg Kimball, Jackie Frost and Sheryl Warner.

Cost: FREE. Registration strongly recommended.

From the textile mills of Danville to the coal fields of Wise County to the tobacco factories of Richmond, workers have rallied to songs of labor. The songs told of heavy work, unjust conditions, and Union struggles, and were typically performed in the musical styles of their native folk traditions. Historian Gregg Kimball will be joined by singers Jackie Frost and Sheryl Warner performing songs by Virginia musical luminaries such as the Carter Family as well as rank-and-file workers who filled churches, labor halls, and strike lines to protest their working conditions. 

Mar
25
2:00 pm14:00

BIC Film Screening at Chincoteague Heritage Day Festival

 Sunday, March 25th at 2 p.m. in Chincoteague

The Barrier Islands Center “On the Road” presents a special screening of the BIC documentary “Our Island Home”

Cost: Free

In this poignant documentary from award-winning filmmaker James Spione, three former denizens of the long-lost settlement of Broadwater on Hog Island recall their unique way of life on this remote barrier island off Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Coffee Hour Lecture/Screening: Beautiful Swimmers Revisited
Mar
17
10:30 am10:30

Coffee Hour Lecture/Screening: Beautiful Swimmers Revisited

Speaker: Author/filmmaker Tom Horton. 
Cost: FREE. Registration Required.

On the 40th anniversary of Beautiful Swimmers, William Warner's 1976 classic book about the blue crab, filmmaker Sandy Cannon-Brown teams up with Chesapeake Bay environmental writer Tom Horton to see how crabs are faring in the bay. Today's Chesapeake is not the same bay in which Warner conducted his inquiries of the iconic blue crab in the 1960s and 70s. Yet much remains. 

In Beautiful Swimmers Revisited, award-winning writer Tom Horton picks up where Warner left off 40 years ago. Horton's journey takes him to all reaches of the Bay, from the York River in Virginia to the Patapsco in Maryland as he visits with watermen harvesting crabs with pots, nets, scrapes and trotlines; scientists conducting winter dredge surveys to predict next year's abundance and research to define the pressures affecting the crab from predators to climate change, and managers who struggle to balance the preservation of the watermen culture with the preservation of the blue crab. 

BIC Annual Oyster Roast Fundraiser
Feb
25
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). 

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). 

Dogs on the Farm (Winter 2017)
Jan
7
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..

 

Twisted Chimney Christmas Workshop and Book Reading
Dec
4
2:00 pm14:00

Twisted Chimney Christmas Workshop and Book Reading

Sunday, December 4th from 2-4 p.m. Instructor: Charlene Huh. Class size is limited, ages 4-12 yrs. Cost: $25

Annual Twisted Christmas Holiday Fun

What a fun way to ring in the holidays! Join author Andrew Barbour as he reads The Hog Island Sheep in a Twisted Christmas Tale - a holiday favorite about an orphan, a very twisted chimney, and those wily Hog Island sheep.

Students then stay to decorate their own yummy house complete with a twisted chimney just like the one located in the historic almshouse attic. Holiday refreshments will be served. Ho, Ho, Whoa! 

Bird Carving Workshop (for Children and Adults)
Dec
3
Dec 4

Bird Carving Workshop (for Children and Adults)

Instructor: P.G. Ross. Class size is limited to 10 participants. Registration is required. Cost: $90.

Please note that workshop takes place over two days: December 3 from 1-4 pm AND December 4 from 1-3 pm. 

In this year's variation of PG Ross' popular workshop, participants will make a full sized cardinal. Ross will share stories of duck hunting and good old common sense wisdom while learning the basics of carving.  

Nov
29
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.

Oct
25
1:00 pm13:00

Candle Making Class: Rolled and Dipped

Instructor: Mary Clements. 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.

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

"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

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!

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!

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.

ART SHOW: Ecological Reflections - Linking Art and Ecology
Apr
23
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.

 

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.  

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.                                  

 

                           

 

Parent/Child Decoy Carving Class
Dec
5
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. 

 

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.

Boat Safety Course
Sep
19
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.

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.

BIC Coffee Hour Lecture Series: Dunes and Grasses: A Hog Island Experiment
Jul
17
10:30 am10:30

BIC Coffee Hour Lecture Series: Dunes and Grasses: A Hog Island Experiment

Speaker: Elsemarie deVries. Cost: Free.

BIC Coffee Hour Lecture Series: Dunes and Grasses: A Hog Island Experiment

UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student Elsemarie deVries will present her research on the topography and vegetation on Hog Island.

Dune grasses thrive in the harsh environment of the beach, and the dunes that grow along with the grasses provide protection for the island, marsh, bay, and mainland. In an effort to better understand the interactions between grasses and sand accumulation, grasses were planted on Hog Island in May 2014.  Elsemarie will explain the motivation for the experiment and present results from 2014 and early 2015.  She will also describe her work analyzing dunes along the East Coast with satellite imagery and topographic data as well as present some high resolution photographs of the experiment site.

Elsemarie deVries just finished her first year as a Ph.D. student in Dr. Laura Moore’s lab at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill in the Geological Sciences Department. When working on Hog Island, she stays in Oyster, VA at the Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Station and enjoys the Eastern Shore life. She graduated from Wheaton College (IL) last May and hails from Somerset, Pennsylvania.

May
30
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.

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.

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. 

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. 

Apr
12
May 10

Dogs on the Farm - Basic Obedience

Sundays from 11:30am - 12:30pm for 5 weeks: 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10. 
Cost: $125. Limit: 8 dogs.

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! 

NOTE: this class is FULL, but please email Dogs on the Farm Instructor Beth Ann Sabo (link below) or call 703-789-7715 about upcoming classes.

Apr
10
Jun 6

Birding with the BIC

Instructor: Roberta Kellam. Registration required as class size is limited. Cost: $50.00 per person. (Please note varying Friday and Saturday dates, times and locations for classroom study and field trips.)

Living on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is a privilege for so many reasons, not the least of which is our location on the coastal flyway for migrating birds. If you are looking for a new hobby around birds and bird-watching or are an experienced birder, this class is for you! Roberta Kellam will guide you through the basics of field gear (such as binoculars and field guides), how to recognize birds by groups and how to identify species by their field marks, behavior and sound. You will learn about the best places and times to see birds, and how to make your own back yard into an enticing habitat for birds. The class will meet a few times at the Barrier Islands Center and other sessions will be birding field trips around the Eastern Shore.

Bring binoculars if you have them; some will be available for loan.

Classroom Study at the BIC:

  • April 10 (Friday) 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • May 22 (Friday)  2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Field Trips:

  • April 18 (Saturday):  Field trip – 8:00 a.m. – noon.  Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
  • May 9 (Saturday):  Field trip – 8:00 a.m. – noon.  Location TBD
  • May 22 (Friday): Field trip – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Evening Whimbrel Watching
  • June 6th (Saturday) Field trip – 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Eastern Shore Virginia National Wildlife Refuge
Mar
13
10:30 am10:30

Gone But Not Forgotten- The History of the Ferry Service on the Eastern Shore

BIC Coffee Hour Lecture Series

Speaker: Ron West. Cost: Free (Rescheduled from Feb 20)

Ron West’s talk and slide show will cover the era of the Cape Charles and Kiptopeke ferry service. Car ferries began to operate from Cape Charles to Norfolk in the 1920s. That ended with the opening of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in 1964. Come relive those restful 90-minute rides across the Bay and learn the history of the area.