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A Chincoteague New Year's Eve! 
Jan. 5, 2011 1:05 pm 
Updated: Jan. 12, 2011 8:39 am
This was my third New Year's Eve spent on Chincoteague Island and it was truly a memorable one for several reasons.  The first being all the snow that fell and created havoc.  But, this year Chincoteague celebrated New Year's a little differently.  And, if they want my opinion - I loved it! 

This year marked the First Pony Shoe Drop at Midnight.  This was a lighted "horseshoe" that was suspended on the flag pole and the mayor (I think he was the mayor, at least) had the honor of "dropping the ponyshoe" at midnight.   There were about 200 people who came to the Waterfront Park to see 2011 begin.  Many people were dressed in crazy costumes, music was playing, hot chocolate was offered to everyone, and at 11:45 everyone "paraded" around the park.  Everyone was having a great time.  I thought of it as an extremely mini-version of Times Square.  I hope they do it again next year!

Then, on New Year's Day there was a Pony Polar Plunge at the beach.  This event was held on 1/1/11 at 1:11 pm.  Those who dared ran into the ocean, most running out as quick as they could!  People were once again dressed in crazy costumes, or bikinis or speedos. 

It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves and having such a blast.  I tried to talk my son into doing the plunge, but he didn't want to. I think he was getting a kick out of watching everyone else.  Maybe next year....

We spent the rest of New Year's Day hiking on the refuge, and having one last meal at Bills Seafood Restaurant, one of our favorites.  The picture of Santa being pulled by lobsters was displayed on top of Bill's Restaurant.  I had an awesome salmon dish with a maple/pecan glaze on it.  Then, after we finished dinner, we headed over to the Island Creamery for one last ice cream.  I had already tried and loved their caramel rum crunch ice cream, so my last visit for the trip I had to have Marsh Mud. Marsh Mud is for serious chocolate lovers only.  It is THE BEST chocolate ice cream anywhere.  Once, several years ago, my daughter could not go with us on vacation and she complained she would really miss having marsh mud ice cream.  So, we surprised her by bringing her home a quart of it.  Yes, we brought home a quart of ice cream, and it's a 10 hr. drive!  We simply packed it in a cooler with dry ice, and that ice cream was as hard as a rock when we got home! 

Last night for dinner we finished up the oysters we had brought home with us, so nothing is left but the memories for this trip.  June will be here shortly!!
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Jan. 5, 2011 1:15 pm
Sounds like a wonderful New Year's Eve & a great way to start the New Year!
Jan. 5, 2011 1:22 pm
Great blog! Sounds like such a fun time!
Jan. 5, 2011 3:33 pm
Sounds like you had a great New Year! How much of that ice cream is left? Are you dressing up next year? I'm glad you all made it back safe and sound. Can't wait for your next blog, till then : )
Jan. 5, 2011 3:37 pm
I'm glad that you and your family had such a good time. I'm envious.
Jan. 5, 2011 4:20 pm
sounds like a great trip...i'd love to watch a polar plunge, but no dipping for me!!
Jan. 5, 2011 8:26 pm
Great pictures! I am still jealous Mother Ann!
Jan. 6, 2011 6:47 am
I love it! Glad you had such a good time! I would love to do the same some New Year's Eve!
Jan. 6, 2011 10:55 am
too funny, we have the polar bear plunge, but rather than running into the ocean, we jump through a hole in the ice-well not we...they. You would not cacthc me jumping into ice water unless my arse was on fire, hmmm even then it would depend on how hot it got-stop drop and roll would be a thought:) Thanks for the story.
Jan. 6, 2011 1:26 pm
No, I won't be dressing up. I do like to watch everyone else, though. Watching the polar plunge was enough for me - going into that freezing water... ummm.... I'll pass thank you! LOL
Jan. 7, 2011 5:29 pm
I'm going to make reservations right now for next New Year! Seriously, what a lovely place to celebrate the New Year, and thanks for filling us in on the horseshoe drop. Honestly, when I read your other blog about the drop...I misread/misinterpreted and had visions of someone dropping horseshoe crabs from way up high!! Geez, glad you cleared that up for me =p
Jan. 7, 2011 6:09 pm
Wyattdogster - that is a funny vision of horshoe crabs being dropped from way up high!! We did see quite a few horseshoe crab shells on the beach, though. :-)
Jan. 10, 2011 9:28 am
Mother Ann.... would like to learn more about Chincoteague. Can you help me?
Jan. 10, 2011 12:47 pm
Pinkabooh - sure. Go to this website: www.Chincoteague.com that site will give you lots of information. Any specific questions, post on here, and I'll be happy to try and answer for you. Chincoteague Island is a wonderful, beautiful place by the sea. It is not highly commercialized like Ocean City with lots of bars and restaurants. There are plenty of good restaurants on the island, and a few places you can get a drink, but the hottest nightlife you'll find is probably a good round of miniature golf. :-) In recent years a few chain hotels have popped up, but for the most part lodging is local, smaller hotels.
Jan. 11, 2011 6:43 am
I'm looking to go the last part of March, what do you think? I've never been there before and after reading one of your blogs thought, wow, we need to check this place out. Do you have a certain company that you use to rent your house? We would like to bring our two dogs also.
Jan. 11, 2011 2:06 pm
We rent off an individual. Most of the rentals do not allow pets because no pets are allowed on the refuge whatsoever. We take our dogs because they're used for hunting. When we go out to eat or whatever we crate them just to be sure they won't destroy anything in the strange house. In the summer we leave them home. If you check out the Chincoteague.com website it lists all the accommodations available and it will tell you which ones allow pets. I've never been there in March, only summer and winter, so I'm not sure what restaurants or shops would be open. I think I've heard they are all starting to open up again around that time. You definitely do need to go there - it is truly a wonderful place IMO. :-)
Jan. 12, 2011 8:39 am
Thanks so much for your help.
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I've been married for 32 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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