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By Dave Rosenthal | July 26, 2012
Tens of thousands of people turned out Wednesday for the annual Chincoteague wild pony swim, an event made famous by Marguerite Henry's novel, "Misty of Chincoteague. " About 175 ponies crossed Assateague Channel, and many are auctioned off to support the Virginia town's fire services. The rest of the ponies return to the island. It's the biggest day of the year for little Chincoteague, as tourists pour into town for the swim and auction, as well as related events, such as free showings of the "Misty" movie . For some spectators, the event was a dream come true, according to Baltimore Sun reporter Erin Cox, who was there for the day. "This has been my lifelong dream since I was 8 years old," Robin Dodge, 55, who drove from upstate New York with her husband, told Cox. Sun photographer Karl Merton Ferron captured the event in pictures.
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By Peter Crispino and For The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2014
More than three decades ago, 22-year-old Annapolis native Andy Teeling climbed aboard his 16-foot dory and embarked on an ambitious journey to circumnavigate the 450-mile coastline of the Delmarva Peninsula in a rowboat. After two months of rowing under the summer sun, and with his first semester of college beckoning him back to shore, Teeling's journey was stalled in Chincoteague, Va., 150 miles short of his goal. This week Teeling, 35 years later at age 57, finished the adventure.
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By Edward Flattau | October 30, 2001
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. - I think everyone needs a Chincoteague, especially after the horrific terrorist assault on our nation and individual psyches. For me, Chincoteague is a place to retreat for spiritual reflection and some assurance that there is a divine plan in which order ultimately materializes out of chaos. I never needed that assurance more than immediately after the bloody events of Sept. 11. Chincoteague is more than an abstraction for me. It is actually a 10,000-acre national wildlife refuge situated on Assateague, a barrier island bordering the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast.
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By Rona Kobell, For The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
This would be the one where we stayed home, my husband and I agreed before the recent holidays. No Christmas flight to Texas to visit his family. No four-hour drive through the mountains to Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving dinner with my dad. With two busy careers, an active 8-year-old and a toddler who had taken to saying "no night-night" when it's time for bed, we didn't have the energy. Even a low-maintenance weekend jaunt to New York on BoltBus seemed like too much work. But then the 8-year-old read "Misty of Chincoteague" that wonderful book about a horse born in the wilds of Assateague Island and raised on Chincoteague Island.
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November 20, 1994
The eighth annual Deborah Waterfowl Show will be held Friday and Saturday at Chincoteague High School in Chincoteague, Va.This is a juried exhibition of decoy carvings and wildlife art with demonstrations by many of the artisans. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Deborah Hospital Foundation. Refreshments will be available.Hours are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. An auction will be held immediately after the show on Saturday evening.Admission is $2; free for children under 12. Call (804)
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By Dorothy Fleetwood and Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer | July 24, 1994
Depending on wind and tides, the wild ponies of Assateague will make their swim across the channel to Chincoteague Island some time between 7 a.m. and noon Wednesday. The 69th annual Pony Swim and Auction is expected to bring some 50,000 people to Chincoteague, Va., this week. Once the swim is over, )) the ponies are herded off to the carnival grounds, where they are penned and available for close inspection by prospective buyers. About 80 to 90 foals, ages 3 to 4 months, will be put up for auction between 8 a.m. and noon Thursday.
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By CHRIS GUY and CHRIS GUY,SUN REPORTER | December 1, 2005
Scotts Landing -- David Chamberlain and Luke Breza might seem an unlikely pair to be coaxing a crop of oysters from Maryland coastal waters that haven't harbored the bivalves in years. But their small aquaculture operation in southern Worcester County near Snow Hill is being watched closely by state environmental officials and has been noticed by consumers, restaurants and raw bars who are willing to pay premium prices for the telltale salty taste of Chincoteague oysters - a delicacy one restaurant owner said reaches "almost cult status this time of year" on the Eastern Shore.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | July 25, 2002
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. - They crammed the shoreline looking out across the channel for hours yesterday morning, some standing in the mud, others waist-deep in the marsh and muck. They watched from boats and golf carts, from horses and ladders. They came to see the ponies. On the Wednesday before the last Thursday in July everything stops for them. In a tradition more than 75 years old, 150 or so ponies are rounded up on the southern tip of Assateague Island and herded into the water for a quick swim to shore.
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By Patricia Meisol and Patricia Meisol,SUN STAFF | August 12, 2000
Summer afternoons, when traffic backed up outside her house on a main street in McClean, Va., 9-year-old Laura Crump brought out a plate piled high with lemons along with neon-yellow, 16-ounce cups and started pouring lemonade. A dollar a glass -- an exorbitant price, but people paid it, no doubt because it came with a lemon wedge on the side and perhaps because they were tantalized by the fake ice cream cone Laura and her brother tossed back and forth, pretending to lick, in the sweltering heat.
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July 23, 1995
An article in today's Travel section contains an incorrect date for the annual Chincoteague pony swim. The event will be July 26.The Sun regrets the error.
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September 25, 2013
As Baltimore area natives who retired to Chincoteague in 2006, we have a first-hand view not just of the launches but of the development of the various programs, infrastructure, policies and commercial by-products related to NASA's Wallops Research Facility in Virginia ( "The Eastern Shore's space-age opportunity," Sept. 23). Many people who visit the Virginia Eastern Shore say it is like "going back in time. " That is an accurate observation. We hope the upcoming report on the potential for space-related economic development here is grounded in reality.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
A fighter jet that crashed off Chincoteague Island in Virginia this month was recovered in pieces from more than 100 feet below the ocean's surface during a 15-day salvage operation that ended this week, according to the Navy. Among the salvaged wreckage was the jet's flight data recorder, which could reveal more information on how the aircraft went down. The D.C. Air National Guard pilot of the F-16C Falcon, based out of Joint Base Andrews in Prince George's County, survived the accident after ejecting and being rescued by the Coast Guard.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
The crowd - thousands of men, women and children, dressed for the heat in T-shirts, shorts and bathing suits - had been waiting on the beach for hours. Finally, the ponies appeared on the opposite shore. A roar went up. And then the heavens opened. Dark clouds thundered, streaks of lightning ripped the sky, and a cold rain soaked the multitudes. For the first time in at least half a century - and, possibly, ever - the famed Chincoteague ponies made their annual swim from their refuge off the Eastern Shore to this island in Virginia on Wednesday morning in a slashing thunderstorm.
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By Dave Rosenthal | July 26, 2012
Tens of thousands of people turned out Wednesday for the annual Chincoteague wild pony swim, an event made famous by Marguerite Henry's novel, "Misty of Chincoteague. " About 175 ponies crossed Assateague Channel, and many are auctioned off to support the Virginia town's fire services. The rest of the ponies return to the island. It's the biggest day of the year for little Chincoteague, as tourists pour into town for the swim and auction, as well as related events, such as free showings of the "Misty" movie . For some spectators, the event was a dream come true, according to Baltimore Sun reporter Erin Cox, who was there for the day. "This has been my lifelong dream since I was 8 years old," Robin Dodge, 55, who drove from upstate New York with her husband, told Cox. Sun photographer Karl Merton Ferron captured the event in pictures.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
— As the herd of wild ponies emerged on the horizon Wednesday morning, Robin Dodge looked across the water to see her childhood fantasy come true. More than 145 horses were poised at the Assateague Channel for the annual 75-yard swim, a tradition that has outlived most people on this tiny Virginia island. "This has been my lifelong dream since I was 8 years old," said Dodge, 55, who drove from upstate New York with her husband. Moments later, a voice crackled over the loudspeaker, assuring a crowd that would eventually swell to 40,000 that this was not a dream: "If you can hear me talking, you're here now. " Unlike petting Black Beauty, watching the Pony Swim of Chincoteague is a fantasy that can be lived in adulthood.
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February 21, 2012
Eileen Pollock's ruminations on her possible retirement to Baltimore ("Retirees can boost Baltimore's population," Feb. 16) draws similar but reverse parallels to my own life choices. I too grew up in Baltimore, having been born there in 1950, and like Ms. Pollack I have a history with Hopkins (I retired from the institution). However, I moved to Chincoteague, Va., upon my own retirement, for many of the same reasons Ms. Pollock contemplates returning to Baltimore from New York City.
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By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Staff Writer | July 29, 1992
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. -- Dozens of wild ponies grazed yesterday in a corral on Assateague Island, where they usually roam free among the marshes and woodlands.Today, most of the ponies will swim across the narrowest point -- about 600 yards -- between Assateague and Chincoteague islands in an annual event that attracts tens of thousands of spectators.Tomorrow, about 60 foals will be auctioned at the Fireman Carnival Grounds on Main Street in another annual event -- the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company fund-raiser.
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February 21, 2012
Eileen Pollock's ruminations on her possible retirement to Baltimore ("Retirees can boost Baltimore's population," Feb. 16) draws similar but reverse parallels to my own life choices. I too grew up in Baltimore, having been born there in 1950, and like Ms. Pollack I have a history with Hopkins (I retired from the institution). However, I moved to Chincoteague, Va., upon my own retirement, for many of the same reasons Ms. Pollock contemplates returning to Baltimore from New York City.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2011
About 130 wild ponies were herded across a strait between Assateague and Chincoteague islands Wednesday during the 86th July crossing, said a spokeswoman for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, which runs the event. More than 40,000 people watched as members of fire company's committee of "Saltwater Cowboys" guided the herd from atop their horses, said Denise Bowden. It took 4 minutes and 40 seconds for the herd to make the passage across 75 yards, she said. The tide was low and the herd was able to walk about half the distance across, Bowden said.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2011
The pony swim is a summertime tradition that's not to be missed. The wild ponies at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island — the Virginia portion of it — are rounded up for a swim across the channel to Chincoteague Island, where they will be herded down Main Street and auctioned off at the carnival grounds. The event takes place on the last Wednesday of July. The plan: The action starts at "slack tide," which can be any time between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., as the ponies swim across the Assateague Channel, south of Memorial Park on the east side of Chincoteague Island.
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