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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:  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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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:  Intro to K9 Nose Work
Oct
7
to Nov 4

Dogs on the Farm: Intro to K9 Nose Work

  • Sundays, October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4 (5 weeks)
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • Instructor:  Anna Malik
  • Cost:  $130

This introductory class conditions the search, challenges (and tires) your dog, and will create focus and confidence.  Dogs are crated between runs.  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:  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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED

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

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

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

 Cost: $65 per student

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

Wool Mandala Hoop Art Class

  • Instructor:  Eden Ertle
  • Cost:  $65

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ukrainian Egg Workshop - SOLD OUT

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Parent/Child Decoy Carving Class
Dec
5
to Dec 9

Parent/Child Decoy Carving Class

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

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

 

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Boat Safety Course
Sep
19
to Oct 10

Boat Safety Course

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

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

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

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Apr
29
9:00 AM09:00

Small Composting Workshop

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

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

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