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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Coffee Hour Lecture: Blackbeard the Pirate
Oct
20
10:30 PM22:30

Coffee Hour Lecture: Blackbeard the Pirate

Presenter: Ben Cherry

Cost: FREE. Registration strongly recommended.

Relive the 17th and 18th centuries with and infamous pirate. Blackbeard the Pirate is brought to life in this special performance by Ben Cherry. Through his research, costumes and authentic props, he gives a spellbinding rendition of this famous pirate's life. It's historic fun. Appropriate for all ages. 

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