Wine Tasting Class
to Apr 25

Wine Tasting Class

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Wine Tasting: A Class in Appreciation of and Education About Wine

Instructor: Carol Tunstall, Wine Buyer, North Street Market, Onancock

Four Classes

Thursdays Evenings, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The four classes will cover the following subject areas with multiple wines available for tasting and experiencing the differences between wines:

  • March 21 - Sparkling Wines: The history of Champagne and sparkling wines. Sample sparklers from Italy, Spain, the U.S. and France.

  • March 28 - Red Wines, from light to bold. Taste the differences in a variety of red wines and learn what foods pair well with each wine sampled.

  • April 18 - Chardonnay from five countries. Experience the differences in taste of this one grape, grown in several different countries.

  • April 25 - Wine and cheese pairing. Experience the "wow" moment when the perfect cheese and wine come together.

Class size

This is a limited seating class. Registrants who sign up for all four classes will receive priority.


$80 for all 4 classes or $25 per class a la carte. Please note date(s) preferred.

You may also mail a check made payable to Historic Onancock School. It must be received no later than one week prior to the class. Hand deliver or mail checks to:

Historic Onancock School
PO Box 467
Onancock, VA 23417

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Beginning Beekeeping
to Mar 16

Beginning Beekeeping

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Thinking about Honey Bees as a hobby? The Beekeeper’s Guild of the Eastern Shore is offering a 2-day course on BEGINNING BEEKEEPING. Everything you need to know to get started with your own honey bees this year!

Saturday, March 9 and Saturday, March 16, 2019

8:30 am - 1:30 pm


Registration fee is $30 and includes:

  • Course registration

  • Text book “Beekeeping Basics” (1 per family registered)

  • Course materials

  • Breakfast/light lunch

  • A 3-month membership in the Eastern Shore VA Beekeeper’s Guild

This two-day course is just the beginning! Participants will meet many beekeepers from the Eastern Shore during the two-day course. We are a friendly group and have 9 meetings per year, an annual picnic and hands-on “open hive” experiences. Membership in the ESVA Beekeeper’s Guild is only $20 and new members are always welcome. To register for the class, please visit our website: www.bgesva.org

For more information call George Brown, President of the Beekeeper’s Guild of Eastern Shore, 757-787-2195 or email George at gtbrown@wengert.com.

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Champagne & Oyster Tasting
4:00 PM16:00

Champagne & Oyster Tasting

Live auction

These original pieces of art will be part of the live auction by Chester Jackson. You can bid on works or art by beloved Shore artists, Mama Girl, Elizabeth Hunt, Maurice Spector, and a work in progress by Billy Crockett.

Another unique item in the auction is a 'barely used' donation by Mark Gonsenhouser's Rugs in Virginia Beach

The rug is 14'3" x 10', green & brown, hand knotted silk and bamboo with a matching 7' 10" x 3' runner. They are exquisite! Both will be on display at HOS for inspection beginning Monday Nov. 12. The appraised value is $10,905.

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Bike & Brew
1:00 PM13:00

Bike & Brew

Bike & Brew is a festival of all things local. Join us at Historic Onancock School (HOS) for an autumn celebration following the 26th Annual Between the Waters Bike Tour of the Eastern Shore of VA, based in Onancock, Virginia. The ride ends at HOS.

Enjoy tastings by our two local craft beer breweries: Black Narrows Brewing Co. of Chincoteague Island and Cape Charles Brewing Co., of Cape Charles. Plus local wine from Chatham Vineyards.

Live music from local favorites: Matt, Wayne & Bill and the Sonic Ukes.

Additional beer, wine and beverages plus great local food for sale. Bring a chair. No coolers allowed. Kids under 10 Free.

Gate admission is $5.00.

Day of Event Tickets

Tasting ticket $20 at the gate on day of event.

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CBES Bike Tour
7:30 AM07:30

CBES Bike Tour


Pedal Virginia's Eastern Shore at the 26th Annual Between the Waters Bike Tour. Event starts and ends at HOS. Four routes wind around the Eastern Shore's pastorial peninsula. Routes are designed for your cycling pleasure with scenic rests stops that overlook tidal waters. Flat terrain, little traffic make for a serene spin. Register here. 

PLUS a Fall Beer and Music Fest from 1-5 pm. Ticket information available soon.

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ESAL Meeting & Presentation by Willie Crockett
6:00 PM18:00

ESAL Meeting & Presentation by Willie Crockett

Hosted by the Eastern Shore Art League. These informative meetings & workshops are open to the public.  You do not have to be a member and there is no charge  to attend.

Willie Crockett, local artist, paints with the strength of a lifelong intimate knowledge of the marshes where he grew up fishing and hunting waterfowl. His paintings are recognized as being among the most honest portrayals of Chesapeake Bay drama and beauty. Best known for his wildlife art, Willie transmits to his painting an ever fresh view of the Eastern Shore landscape, the wildfowl and the marsh. An occasional easy transition into colorful abstracts and flowers speaks for the versatility of the painter and the sensitivity of the man. While best known for his glowing watercolors, Crockett has been working more recently in oils and acrylics as well.

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