Friday, February 26, 2010

Chincoteague Island YMCA Tai Chi and Self Defense Classes

Grand Master Elton Trower, a world renowned martial arts master, will be instructing both a Tai Chi and Self Defense Class offered by the Chincoteague Island Family YMCA.

Each course is six weeks in length held on Thursdays starting March 25. Tai Chi will be offered at two different time slots: 3:30-4:30pm or 6:30-7:30pm.

Tai Chi boasts benefits of reduced stress, increased flexibility, improved muscle strength, improved stamina, energy, and more! Cost of course will be non-member $85 and YMCA member $75. Self Defense class will be 5-6pm and welcomes people of all ages.

Cost of course will be non-member $75 and YMCA member $65. Both classes are being held at the Chincoteague Senior Center located on Church St. To register and find out more information call 757 336-6266. Or stop by the local YMCA at 6446 Maddox Blvd.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Visiting Bloxom Winery

One of the gems of Virginia's Eastern Shore is Bloxom Winery, a small winery just off the highway near Bloxom, Virginia. The winery is owned and operated by Robert and Francesca Giardina. The couple grow 6 acres of Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapevines, producing several fine estate bottled wines.

Robert Giardina is of Italian and Spanish descent. He was born in Casablanca where the French Colonial culture influenced his passion for wine making. Mrs. Giardina, also from Casablanca, oversees the kitchen as well as helping with the wine making operation. Among her specialties are chocolate candy, unique crackers, ciabatta bread and Italian cuisine.

In addition to offering wines, cheeses and snacks, the couple serves dinners on weekends. Their authentic Italian cuisine includes family style pasta as well as wood fired Artisan pizza. The winery also hosts a summer festival that includes music, artists, wine stomping and other family activities.

Much of the wine is sold on premises during the summer season, wine tastings, Bloxom Festival and at weekend dinners. Wines are also available at selected shops on the Eastern Shore from Chincoteague Island south to Cape Charles Virginia.

Contact Information:

Bloxom Winery
26130 Mason Rd
Bloxom, VA 23308
(757) 665-5670

Friday, February 19, 2010

Coast Guard, Navy Assist Sinking Fishing Boat

On February 18, 2010 the Coast Guard was called on to assist a distressed fishing vessel with four crewmembers onboard approximately 69 miles east of Chincoteague.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Northland received a distress call from the crew of the fishing vessel Travis & Natalie stating they were taking on water and needed assistance.

The Northland's crew set a course for the sinking boat, and it took them approximately two hours to reach its position. In the meantime, Coast Guard watchstanders at the 5th Coast Guard District headquarters in Portsmouth, Va., directed Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., to launch and assist.

Air Station Elizabeth City launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew, equipped with dewatering pumps, to assist. They contacted the Navy's Fleet Forces Atlantic Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility Virginia Capes to request that the air space surrounding the Travis & Natalie's position was clear to prevent the risk of collision, according to Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Michael Miller, the watchstander on duty at the air station.

After that, Miller said he received a call from the Navy Second Fleet, and they were very eager to volunteer their services.

"The Second Fleet informed us that there was a U.S. warship in the area and they were willing to have an aircraft launch and fly over to put eyes on scene until the Coast Guard helicopter could arrive," said Lt. Donald Flusche, a 5th District watchstander.

A Second Fleet airplane launched and located the distraught vessel and remained until the helicopter arrived to transfer dewatering pumps to the crew of the Travis & Natalie.

Upon the Northland's arrival, a small boat crew from the cutter boarded the fishing boat to investigate the source of flooding and assist with dewatering efforts. They discovered that a net float had broken the rudder packing, causing the water to enter. They have stopped the flooding.

"This is just another example of how the Coast Guard and the Navy are always working together," Flusche said.

source: USCG press release

Gull Hummock Gourmet Market Wine Tasting - Friday, February 19th

Gull Hummock Gourmet Market Wine Tasting
Friday, February 19th
4 - 6 pm

Gull Hummock Gourmet Market will be offering three new wines this week. They are all "Wow" wines and come to you from Australia and New Zealand.

Gull Hummock will be tasting a Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from New Zealand.
The Australian wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon called Wagtail. They are all really good!

Gull Hummock Gourmet Market will also be offering some true "comfort" foods including a fresh batch of homemade cinnamon bread.

Gull Hummock Gourmet Market ~ 213 Mason Av ~ Cape Charles, VA 23310 ~ 757-331-1500 ~ February 19, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Winter Waterfowl in Virginia

In spite of the cold temperatures, this is an excellent time to visit a Virginia wildlife refuge and try your hand at wildlife photography or just enjoy watching waterfowl up close.


This is a male shoveler duck seen at Assateague Island Virginia. Shovelers feed by dabbling for plant food, often by swinging its bill from side to side and using the bill to strain food from the water.

For more information on viewing waterfowl at Assateague and Chincoteague Islands, visit

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Art & Soul Coming to Hampton VA

Art & Soul is coming to Hampton, VA May 20-24, 2010.

This retreat is an artistic event that presents diverse mixed media classes; featuring fiber,metal, fabric and paper arts taught by a select group of professional instructors.

Enjoy a class from: Sally Jean Alexander, Lisa Kaus, Julian Coles, Stephanie Lee, LK Ludwig, Misty Mawn, Linda & Opie O’Brien, Melanie Testa and others.

The event is more than a retreat and learning process, it is an experience!

Register on line at:

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Fishermens Rally in Washington DC - February 24th 2010

A national grassroots effort is currently underway to get coastal fishermen to the rally in DC on February 24th.

The Virginia Beach Fishing Center is sponsoring a bus to go to Washington DC on February 24th. The bus will leave the Fishing Center at 7:00am Wednesday morning and will return some time that evening. The bus is limited to 50 people. If you would like to go, there is a sign up sheet at the Fishing Center.

As per the US Capitol police, "there is no parking available for private automobiles, buses, or other vehicles on Capitol Grounds. Buses may utilize Garfield Circle, at the intersection of First Street and Maryland Avenue, S.W., and Union Station, at 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., to drop off passengers." Bus companies and bus drivers can contact Union Station authorities for drop-off and parking information at 202-898-1950.

If you or your group is organizing one of these bus trips to Washington, please let your bus company know that all buses entering DC are subject to a $50 permit fee.

Visit for all required bus permit information.

Cape Charles Virginia

Cape Charles Virginia is a historic town near the tip of the Delmarva penninsula. The town was a bustling center of business in the 1800's and first half of the 20th century, with most of its business related to the railroad which terminated in the harbor where rail cars were transferred to barges for transport across the Chesapeake Bay. The rail hub still exists and remains in use. Today Cape Charles is a thriving community with excellent food, shops, art galleries, golf courses, bed and breakfasts, festivals and other attractions.

Virginia Blue Crabs

Virginia is famous for its blue crabs, mostly in the Chesapeake Bay. Commercial crabbers supply much of the region with top quality crabs. Blue crabs are served steamed whole, as fried or broiled soft crabs, or in dishes such as crabcakes.

The Commonwealth of Virginia

The Commonwealth of Virginia is an American state on the Atlantic Coast of the USA. Virginia is known as the "Old Dominion" and sometimes as "Mother of Presidents", because it is the birthplace of eight U.S. presidents.