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Intergenerational: Misty and the Wild Ponies of Chincoteague Island

Program Number: 18685RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/14/2013 - 7/19/2013; 6/21/2015 - 6/26/2015; 7/5/2015 - 7/10/2015; 7/12/2015 - 7/17/2015; 7/19/2015 - 7/24/2015; 8/2/2015 - 8/7/2015; 8/9/2015 - 8/14/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Chincoteague Island, Virginia
Price starting at: $539.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Literature
Intergenerational
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Program intended for grandchildren from 8 - 12 years of age.

Share a magical adventure with your grandchild on Chincoteague Island, setting of the beloved children's classic “Misty of Chincoteague.” Relive the real-life dream of siblings Maureen and Paul Beebe who worked so hard to buy the pony they loved. Follow local experts into the marshes, woods and unspoiled beach where the ponies still roam, as well as other settings in town associated with the inspiring book and movie. Feel the sea breeze on Assasteague and capture a feeling of life as it was in a simpler time.




Highlights

• Meet a real saltwater cowboy and delight in tales of the pony roundup, which is much the same now as it was when Misty was young.
• Thrill to the performance of the pony drill team, visit the Beebe Ranch — Misty’s former home — and see her in her current home at the Museum of Chincoteague.
• Explore refuge areas normally restricted to visitors and come close to wild ponies, bald eagles, terrapin, deer and elk.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one-half mile on level ground.



Coordinated by Museum of Chincoteague Island.




Chincoteague Island

One of several islands along Virginia’s Eastern Shore separating the Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic Ocean, Chincoteague Island is world-famous for its oyster beds and clam shoals, quaint Victorian-era villages and pristine beaches, and is the gateway to Assateague Island National Seashore and the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge.



Accommodations
Motel within walking distance of historic downtown Chincoteague and a short drive to Assateague Island. Home to its own Chincoteague pony, Lightning.
Meals and Lodgings
   Rodeway Inn
  Chincoteague , Va. 5 nights
 Rodeway Inn
Type: Motel
  Description: The Rodeway Inn is located on Maddox Blvd., walking distance to downtown Chincoteague, and a short drive to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague National Seashore. The conference room is on the second floor of the motel. The outdoor pool is available during the warmer months. Bike rental is available on the island. Patios and pavalion available for your use.
  Contact info: 6273 Maddox Blvd.
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 USA
phone: 757-336-6565
  Room amenities: All rooms include refrigerators, microwaves, coffee pots, ironing boards, hair dryers,and internet access.
  Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool. Guest laundry.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Determined by time of year. Participants wishing to arrive a day early or stay over an extra night should make arrangements directly with the motel. Be sure to tell them that you are with an Road Scholar program to get a special rate.
  Check in time: 2:30 PM
  Additional nights after: Determined by time of year. Participants wishing to arrive a day early or stay over an extra night should make arrangements directly with the motel. Be sure to tell them that you are with an Road Scholar program to get a special rate.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration is between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. on the first day of the program. You will be staying at Rodeway Inn that night.
  End of Program:
The program will end at about 11:00 a.m. on the last day of the program. You will be staying at Rodeway Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available at the motel
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Chincoteague , Va.
  Nearest highway: Rte. 13
  Nearest airport:  Salisbury, Md.
  From End of Program
  Location: Chincoteague , Va.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Baltimore, Md.

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

   

Car rental is available at the airport. It is a 3 to 3 1/2 hour drive from the airport to Chincoteague Island.

 

Washington, D.C.

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

   

Car rental is available at the airport. It is a 3 to 4 hour drive from the airport to Chincoteague, depending on traffic.

 

Salisbury, Md.

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

   

Car rental is available at the airport. It is about 55 miles from the airport to Chincoteague Island.

 

Norfolk, Va.

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

   

Car rental is available at the airport. It is about 120 miles from the airport to Chincoteague Island.

 
Driving Directions
  All points north or south You will be traveling either north or south on Rte. 13. Turn east onto Rte. 175 at T's Corner in Oak Hall, Va. Rte. 175 will bring you onto Chincoteague Island. When you exit the bridge, drive directly across Main St. Look for the Rodeway Inn on the left, directly after The Island Creamery.
  Chincoteague Island The weather on Chincoteague Island is seasonal. It is usually cool in the early morning and evening, but warms up nicely during the day. Participants wishing more information about the area may contact the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce at 757-336-6161.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration; Orientation; Local History; Ice cream social
(Sunday, July 14)
   
 Afternoon: Please plan on arriving at the motel between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. for registration.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at 5:30 at Etta's Restaurant. For your dining pleasure this program includes "A Taste of the Island." We will be dining each evening at a different island restaurant, each known for its fine cuisine and friendly service.
 Evening: This evening's activities include a schedule review, a colorful history of our local area as well as an ice cream social at the Island Creamery featuring local homemade ice cream.
   
Accommodations: Rodeway Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Museum; beach; NASA; Beebe Ranch
(Monday, July 15)
   
 Breakfast: Leave for the Museum of Chincoteague Island and an al fresco island breakfast
 Morning: Our small island has an outstanding museum, rated by Trip Adviser as one of the top 5 attractions on Chincoteague. With your expert guide, explore the museum's exhibits including a rare 1st Order Fresnel lens, surprising shipwreck finds, handmade artifacts from the past and much more. A 5 minute drive takes you to Assateague National Seashore, at 37 miles the longest stretch of wild, undeveloped beach on the mid-Atlantic coast. Have a suit on hand as there will be plenty of opportunity to go in the water. As you take a walk on the sandy shore, listen to your guide discuss dune ecology.
 Lunch: 12:00 noon lunch at the NASA picnic area.
 Afternoon: We will visit the NASA Base which is rapidly expanding and taking on a new commercial role with the space station. Learn about the Antares rocket which will deliver supplies to the space station. Try on a space suit. Travel from there to the Beebe Ranch, home of Misty. Explore the stable where she lived. Tour the island by bus.
 Dinner: 5:30 p.m. dinner at Don's. a local downtown favorite.
 Evening: Tonight you will learn about the famous Chincoteague pony herd, from when they first landed on our shores to their current existence on Assateague. Your Group Leader, Cindy Oehm will regale you with their fascinating history. She will enlighten you as to the care they receive from the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company and the mutual benefit reaped by the town and the herd. See Misty's footprints in front of the local Island Theater and enjoy the fabulous sunset from Robert Reed Downtown Park.
   
Accommodations: Rodeway Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Chincoteague Wildlife Trip; Bateman Center Tour and Lecture; Free Evening
(Tuesday, July 16)
   
 Breakfast: 7:45 leave for Mr. Paul's
 Morning: Explore the interior of the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge to look for wild ponies, petite Sika elk, nesting terrapin, otters, bald eagles, Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel and other wildlife. Jenny Somers, a local birding expert with over 30 years experience, will be our guide. We will be going into an area normally closed to the public, so be sure to bring your camera for this trip. Also carry along your binoculars if you have them.
 Lunch: 12:00 noon enjoy lunch from Woody's Beach BBQ
 Evening: Tonight you are on your own to explore and take advantage of a variety of experiences such as a boat cruise, a trolley trip around the island and/or shopping. We will guide y9oun to a variety of restaurants that meet your special tastes.
   
Accommodations: Rodeway Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Mud Mucking; Misty Movie; Carriage House and Pony Show
(Wednesday, July 17)
   
 Breakfast: 7:45 leave for Mr. Paul's
 Morning: Put on your old shoes and get ready to get down and dirty! This morning we go mud mucking in Tom's Cove looking for marsh creatures. National Park Service rangers will lead you on an exploration of the mud looking for clams, oysters, crabs and other assorted crustaceans.
 Lunch: 12:00 noon return to the motel to clean up and enjoy a box lunch.
 Afternoon: Relax and enjoy watching the original movie of Misty of Chincoteague at the theater where it premiered.
 Dinner: Kids will enjoy crafts and pizza at Ledo's while the adults have crab cakes at the Village Restaurant.
 Evening: After looking through the Pony Center's collection of pony memorabilia, including Misty related items, enjoy a show produced by the Chincoteague Pony Drill Team led by Kendy Allen. The Center features veterans of the pony swim and a number of Misty descendants.
   
Accommodations: Rodeway Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Island Experiences; Crab feast; Saltwater Cowboy Graduation
(Thursday, July 18)
   
 Breakfast: 7:45 leave for Mr. Paul's
 Morning: Practice your observation skills by seeing if you can complete the infamous museum scavenger hunt. Learn about horseshoe crabs, living fossils over 150 million years old, and their role in modern medicine. Try your fishing acumen at crabbing and clamming with tools from the museum's collection.
 Lunch: 11:45 leave for Maria's
 Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon to explore your special interests the island. Your guides will be ready to help you arrange activities such as horse riding lessons, boat tours, shopping, miniature golf and even an old fashioned English tea.
 Dinner: At 5:00. this evening's special treat is a crab feast in Memorial Park. Experienced "eaters" will be available to help if this is your first crab feast.
 Evening: This evening's guest speaker is a local "saltwater" cowboy and Chincoteague Volunteer fireman. He will entertain your with stories of the local fire company volunteers who care for the Chincoteague Pony herd. He has a special video of the ponies and will explain how the firemen keep the ponies healthy and free.
   
Accommodations: Rodeway Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Lighthouse Visit
(Friday, July 19)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 at Mr. Paul's
 Morning: You will take a trip to our own lighthouse on Assateague. Your guide will help you understand the role of this facility in the Civil War, and the dramatic "change in location" with the shifting sands. Learn first-hand about the restoration activities underway. Our program will end at the completion of your visit to the lighthouse.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Beautiful Swimmers


Author: William W. Warner


Description: For more than three decades, William Warner's Pulitzer Prize-winning exploration of the Atlantic blue crab and the Chesapeake Bay has delighted thousands of readers and become a modern American classic. Nature enthusiasts and fans of fine literature alike will find "Beautiful Swimmer"' a timeless and enchanting study, in the tradition of Rachel Carson's "Edge of the Sea" and Annie Dillard's "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek."



Misty of Chincoteague


Author: Marguerite Henry


Description: A Newberry Honor book, intended for children 8 - 12 years old. With the same feel as "Lassie" and "Black Beauty," it is the story of two children and their love for a beautiful pony. Written in 1947, it is still a popular book, and is required reading for 5th grade students in 26 states. "Nobody could capture the Phantom. She was the wildest mare on Assateague Island. They said she was like the wind, that the white "map" on her shoulders was her mark of freedom."



The Last Waterman


Author: Glenn Lawson


Description: A true story of a Chesapeake waterman, struggling to keep alive a way of life passed on from one generation to the next for hundreds of years. "What really bothers me is that a man soon won't be able to make his way on the Bay, no matter how hard he works. The water just doesn't have much life left in it. You asked me what's the worst problem on the Bay. That's it, no life in the water."





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