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6 Days | 5 Nights
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Donna from Little Rock, AR Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
This is truly one program that you "can't judge the book by its cover". Crisfield on first impression is poor. However, after you open your mind and begin to learn about the riches of this town, you will be so much more appreciative of the next crab and oyster dinner you have. The coffee at Gordon's is the best.

Willard from Budd Lake, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
This program was my first and far exceeded my expectations. The field trips were informative and well run. Our leader, Charlie, was very personable and appeared to interact with all and made everyone feel special and appreciated. After this trip, I will look for another Road scholar trip to take in the near future.

Joseph from Audubon, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
The "Best of the Chesapeake Bay" program was enjoyable, educational, invigorating, just right in activity level, very well run, sociable, allowing ample time for rest or individual exploration, and accommodating to the individual needs of all participants. I was wholly satisfied and would recommend it to others.

Lois from Indianapolis, IN Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
I came away from Crisfield feeling like I had been totally immersed in the local culture for five days.

Clayton from Churchville, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/03/14
A most enjoyable experience, and this was our first Road Scholar trip. The program is well planned and the schedule came off as planned with Charlie's and Tim's guidance. We learned many new things and unlearned some of what we thought we knew about the Chesapeake Bay. The seafood was the best ever, cooked to perfection. Our group was fun, interesting and congenial. We enjoyed being with everyone.

Eugene from Chicago, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
This is a great program for people interested in learning about the Chesapeake Bay and the history of its coastal and island communities.

Dianne from Pottstown, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/03/14
This being my first trip with the Scholars I wasn't sure what to expect. Well, if this isn't the best I can't imagine one better. Charlie, Tim and all the guides were passionate about Crabs, Oysters and the whole area. The food was excellent and Smith Island Cake is "oh my" My fellow program attendees were friendly and gracious.

Jennifer from Dallas, TX Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/03/14
This is a really good one! Not flashy, but fun, down-to-earth, relaxing and informative. In particular, the food is just great. Charlie and Tim are the best. I can totally recommend this to anyone having curiosity about the area and its way of life. Thanks for a great trip!

Diane from Columbia Cross Roads, PA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/03/14
This program in Crisfield was wonderful. We learned so much and had a very good time. No worries, no out-of-pocket expenses, and great hosts. Oh, and did I say anything about the food? Such good seafood. The host Charlie, made sure we had scrapple for breakfast. It was good!!! The two boat trips were so nice. I would highly recommend this program to people who love to learn about the area and eat seafood.

Frieda from Gaithersburg, MD Number of programs attended: 34
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/12/14
I knew nothing about the area or the subject before I decided to register. I learned a lot and enjoyed it more than I expected.

Fred from Raleigh, NC Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/12/14
This is great program. You learn about the life of the waterman and you become immersed for 5 days in this "out of the way Chesapeake Bay community." There are enough activities that the time seems to go fast. The leadership is excellent. Nice people, good seafood, and a friendly community. (go for it)

William from Glen Mills, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/13/14
Bill & Betty from Glen Mills,PA Our 17'th program and one of the best.We have lived within a few hours drive of the Chesapeake and Crisfield for over 50 years, but learned more in 5 days than the previous 50 years about the seafood industry in this area and especially the people--their values and culture. A very, very good program.Thanx to all.

Harriet from Milton, MA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/13/14
A delightful week of learning about crabbing and oysters, and the way they all all enjoy their work and town. Everyone is pleasant and our particular group were wonderful and enjoyed meeting at meals. Charlie the tour guy was great. A good take.

Gary from Bloomington, IL Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/13/14
I think this was by far the best Road Scholar we had done. This was our 6th Road Schoar

Karen from Columbus, OH Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/01/14 - 06/06/14
This was an excellent and interesting program. If you go, please realize that Crisfield is a very small place. Don't choose this program if you dislike being on a ferry boat, don't like crabs, or dislike small towns. The coordinator, Charlie, and Tim from the Crisfield Heritage Foundation are both excellent and make the program!

Sylvia from Lynchburg, VA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/18/14 - 05/23/14
GO on this program to learn all about the waterman culture of the Chesapeake Bay! You'll gain an appreciation of the hard-working men and women who make our access to fresh delicious seafood possible. The leaders are all experts in their field; they share their knowledge easily and with such good humor they kept us laughing the whole time.

Barbara from Macon, GA Number of programs attended: 26
Date attended: 05/18/14 - 05/23/14
This is an excellent program. The leader is knowledgeable, interesting and has a great sense of humor. All the presenters are very good. Definitely recommend the program.

Helen from Amherst, MA Number of programs attended: 81
Date attended: 05/11/14 - 05/16/14
This Chesapeake Bay program was super. We learned the history, politics and economics of the area. We especially learned all about the fishing by Watermen, for crabs and oysters. All our presenters were excellent. The visits to Tangier Island and Smith Island, introduced us to the food and culture of the area. The food was very good overall, with a strong emphasis on shellfish as might be expected from the program agenda. Our coordinator Charlie Petrocci had great knowledge of the fisheries and culture of the bay. He also had a great personality. I recommend this trip. Photos will be posted online at: www.umassk12.net/photo

Gary from Island Park, NY Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/09/14

Dotty from Clovis, CA Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/18/13
It was fascinating to see and learn about a part of the country where the history and lifestyle is completely different from mine. The director made everyone relaxed with his sense of humor. He had us laughing from the first introductions to the goodbyes.

Joyce from Ft Lauderdale, FL Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/22/13 - 09/27/13
Charlie, are main speaker, was very clever and entertaining. It was a fascinating trip. Visiting the islands was a great experience.

Catharine from Elmer, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/04/13
This program was great in all respects. Excellent speakers and organization. The only reason to avoid this trip would be if you don't like seafood or the water!

Lois from Brandon, VT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/22/13 - 09/27/13
We only got in the program 3 days prior to the program starting so we didn't receive the materials.

Robert from Annandale, VA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/22/13 - 09/27/13
We loved this program! The instructors were among the best we've had in all of our Road Scholar programs. They were knowledgeable, passionate and entertaining. I would recommend this program to anyone, whether or not they have a particular interest in the fishing industry. For me, it was an opportunity to learn a lot of extremely interesting material about a topic I had not previously even thought much about.

Marilyn from Severna Park, MD Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/22/13 - 09/27/13
This program will expose those who live geographically away from this area to a different lifestyle where the livelyhood of the residents is probably very different from your hometown area. It gives one a look at a simple and rewarding life style where hard work and dedication will pay off in a great and simple way of life.

William from Cape Coral, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/08/13 - 09/13/13
Excellent program, would do it again. Dr. Bill Fanizzo

Lynda from Houston, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/09/13 - 06/14/13
This was my first RS, and what a great introduction. I agree with others that the speakers were exceptional -- and Charlie set the tone for a great week. Austin's demo of the crabs' molting was something I'll never forget. The lodging is nothing fancy, but clean. If you go, ask to stay in "The Cove". There's a great deck to sit and watch the marina.

Robert from Ocean View, DE Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/09/13 - 06/14/13
Some really brilliant speakers: Tim of the Museum, Austin of the crab shanty; Janice of Smith Island; and the Tangier Island guide. Charlie the host was very good.

Virginia from Ocean View, DE Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/09/13 - 06/14/13
I came away with a real appreciation for a waterman's life. And women of the water too.

John from Bridgeport, CT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/09/13 - 06/14/13
Many thanks to Charlie, Tim, Chris, Kathy, and Janice!!! My first Roads Scholar trip. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot about the "watermen" (and women) and the Chesapeake Bay. Loved the boat rides to Tangier and Smith Islands and all the great sea food. :-)

Inge from Florham Park, NJ Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 06/09/13 - 06/14/13
WOW!! Thank you Charlie, Tim, Chris and Kathy.
And Thank You Road Scholar for this fabulous learning experience.

Judith from Ashland, OH Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 06/09/13 - 06/14/13
So much new information for me, presented in a delightful manner.

Carl from Windham, ME Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 06/02/13 - 06/07/13
Best of the Bay-Crisfield,Md. Had my eye on this program for 10 years and was not disappointed-it was first class!

Sandi from Edgewater, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/02/13 - 06/07/13
Great leaders, speakers, and participants. Disappointed not to have hard shell crabs.

Ann from Aurora, OH Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 06/02/13 - 06/07/13
Very enjoyable !

Sidney from Aurora, OH Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 06/02/13 - 06/07/13
It was fascinating to learn how a community can fight to survive in changing times. People who are attempting to maintain a lifestyle through good and bad economic times. How the effect of government regulations can affect their way of life.

Gaylene from Athens, GA Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 05/19/13 - 05/24/13
This program was very informative on the seafood industry and we really learned from the locals on the islands and the mainland about their lives and what they experience daily doing the hard work they do. All of the leaders were wonderful and fun!! The food was plentious (as always)and very good. As usual, we ate all that was offered and are having to leave our pants unbuttoned, having to fast a few days and step up the exercise to get rid of the pounds I am sure we have put on...I'm not even going to step on a scale! This was a fun time!!

George from Ridge, MD Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/10/13
This was our second Road Scholar program. It was very enjoyable and allowed participants to see a segment of society they might not otherwise be able to appreciate in the same manner. The trips to Tangier Island and Smith Island, which are the highlights of the trip, were enjoyable although it might have been helpful if our stays on the islands had been somewhat longer. One of the principal reasons this program is so popular and successful is the program coordinator, Charley Petrocci. Although he is not from the area, he has lived there for many years and has managed the program for at least 21 years. He knows the area and its history well and is knowledgeable in many areas, including the islanders, the wildlife, and all aspects of a waterman’s life. And his great and ever present sense of humor both keeps the program on schedule as well as keeps one’s spirits from flagging at the end of a long day. He is ably assisted at times by Tim Howard, the curator at the Crisfield Museum, which serves as the home base for the program. Tim is also very knowledgeable about the history of the area, comes from a family that has been in Crisfield for generations and has owned a seafood processing plant. Other presenters were also quite informative. As far as accommodations, the Captain Tyler Paddle Wheel motel is pretty much barebones and shows signs of age, like much of Crisfield, but is clean and was suitable for our stay. It would have been nice if coffee had been available in the rooms or lobby but at least there was a mini-frig and microwave. Best of the Bay is a very worthwhile and informative program and we recommend it highly.

Davi from Chevy Chase, MD Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/10/13
The program totally exceded our expectations. Made crabs, oysters, and a waterman's way of life absolutely interesting. We learned so much and enjoyed the beauty of the Bay and its islands.

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