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!!
The LIghted Pony Shoe
Happy New Year!!!
Santa "Eastern Shore" Style
Chincoteague Party Animals