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Bread Builders: Build the Oven, Bake the Bread

Program Number: 15222RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/6/2013 - 10/11/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Eastport, Maine
Price starting at: $995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Food & Wine
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Build a full-size, clay bread oven and unlock the baking secrets to the best sourdough, artisan and traditional breads you’ll ever eat. Amid the beauty of coastal Maine during the fall, master a variety of methods for creating delectable bread dough and learn how to capture the yeasts unique to your own environment. Field trips explore the region’s rich heritage and enhance your culinary studies with visits to an organic farm, a 150-acre blueberry farm and a local lobsterman.




Highlights

• Take part in the hands-on construction of a full-size Quebec clay oven with an experienced craftsman.
• Knead the dough as you work through recipes, capture wild yeast and perfect bread baking techniques.
• Enjoy local interaction with the extraordinary places and people of Down East Maine and explore FDR's "summer cottage,” Campobello Island and the easternmost lighthouse in the continental U.S.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking during field trips. Bread baking classes and oven building are very active, require standing for long periods.



Coordinated by Washington County Community College.




Eastport

A rocky coastline, charming old homes and pristine ocean breezes combine in this memorable port city, an unspoiled harbor of fishing boats and sailing vessels.



Accommodations
B&Bs in historic district, within walking distance of the Bay of Fundy.
Meals and Lodgings
   Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
  Eastport, Maine 5 nights
 Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Type: Bed and Breakfast
  Description: 1. Kilby House Circa 1887: tel. 207-853-0989 122 Water Street Overlooking scenic Passamaquoddy Bay, this restored Queen Anne Victorian inn offers ambiance furnished with antiques and family heirlooms, a fireplace in the drawing room, and grand piano in the music room. It is an easy walk to the shops and restaurants of the historic downtown waterfront. 2. Milliken House Circa 1846: Tel. 207-853-2955, 29 Washington Street The Milliken House Bed and Breakfast, located just 2 blocks from Eastport’s historic waterfront, offers a complimentary glass of port or sherry in the large double living room, containing two marble fireplaces where there is cable television, board games, and a fire on coldish days. There are five guest rooms on the second and third floors, uniquely furnished with lovely Victorian Renaissance and Eastlake furniture and decorated with the mementos left behind by the Milliken family. 3. Todd House Circa 1775: tel. 207-853-2328, 1 Capen Avenue Built on Todd's Head during the Revolutionary War, the Todd House is a classic New England full Cape Cod-style with a massive center chimney and a unique "good morning" staircase and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The spacious yard affords an ever-changing view of the bay and its islands. 4. Weston House Circa 1810: tel. 207-853-2907, 26 Boynton Street Located on a hill overlooking Passamaquoddy Bay, you will find large lodging accommodations that are furnished with collections of antiques and oriental rugs. This house has offered hospitality to numerous travelers through the years. In fact, John James Audubon stayed here while awaiting passage to Labrador in 1833.
  Contact info: Historic downtown Eastport, ME and waterfront
Eastport, ME 04631 USA
phone: 207-853-4877 xProgCoordinator
  Room amenities: Elegant furnishings with reading lamps.
  Facility amenities: All B&B's are within walking distance of one another within the historic district of Eastport. To find out which house will be yours for this program, please contact the program coordinator at 207-853-4877.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: call for details. 207-853-4877 To book additional nights before or after, please call the program coordinator, Jeanne Guisinger at 207-853-4877.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call for details. 207-853-4877 To book additional nights before or after, please call the program coordinator, Jeanne Guisinger at 207-853-4877.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Sunday, October 8, 2013, 6:30 pm. You will be staying at Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine that night.
  End of Program:
Friday, October 13, 2013, 10:00 am You will be staying at Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. We will be visiting Roosevelt International Park which is located on Canadian Campobello Island. A valid US Passport or recognized sovereign national Passport required for attendance on program. Make sure first time or renewing passports is done 6 months in advance.
  Parking availability:
Ample free parking at each bed & breakfast.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Eastport, Maine
  Nearest airport:  Bangor International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Eastport, Maine
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Eastport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
West's Transportation
phone: 800-596-2823

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25 (2012 price), plus $15 for transport from Perry Corner to Eastport
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3.5 hours 

   

Service runs to/from Bangor once daily, leaving Bangor at 3:15 pm and arriving in Perry at 6:30 pm. Program coordinator needs to be notified for transport to Eastport (207-853-4877). Return to Bangor is scheduled daily at 10:00 am, arriving in Bangor at 1:15 pm. Requires careful coordination with flight arrivals and departures. For more detail visit: www.westbusservice.com

 

Eastport, Maine

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
WCCC Shuttle
phone: 207-853-4877
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$125 per adult, $75 per child
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

120 miles

   

WCCC shuttle will run from Bangor to Eastport on Sunday, leaving Bangor approximately 2:00 pm, arriving in Eastport about 4:30. The purpose of the shuttle is to ensure that everyone will make the whole program, so it's necessary that your flight arrive by 2:00.The shuttle will leave Eastport at close of program on Friday, arriving in Bangor approximately 1:30 pm, This service is for Road Scholar participants only. Direct transportation to/from site without extra stops. Reservations required.

 
Driving Directions
  Bangor, Maine From Interstate 95, take exit 182A and follow signs to Bar Harbor and Route 1, which will put you on I-395. Take Exit 4 and follow directional signs to Route 9. Stay on Route 9 until it ends at Route 1 near Calais. Turn right on Route 1 and follow Route 1 south through Calais, continuing south approximately 20 miles through Robbinston and Perry. At the intersection of Route 1 and Route 190, you will make a left and drive into Eastport (about 7 miles). Route 190 deadends at Water Street in downtown Eastport. Complete directions to your assigned bed & breakfast will be in your information packet.
  From the South via Route 1 From the south, travel north on Route 1. Travel through towns such as Ellsworth, Machias, Pembroke and Perry. When you reach the intersection of Route 1 and Route 190 in Perry, make a right on Route 190 and follow the above directions.
Equipment Requirements: You will need to bring rubber boots for stomping clay and gloves for handling the clay as part of the oven construction. This is hands-on participation class. You should count on getting your hands and clothes messed up. Think about bringing your "cleanest dirty shirt". An apron for cooking classes is desirable.
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: Arrival and Registration and Welcome
(Sunday, October 6)

Note: Orientation and meet your instructors



   
 Afternoon: Check into your assigned bed & breakfast. Your registration packet will be delivered by the program coordinator
 Dinner: Vans will take you to an Eastport restuarant for dinner and orientation. You will meet the Bread Builders staff and get a preview of the baking and building objectives. You will be working with a highly skilled baking expert who will introduce to favorite bread recipes. The building of the clay oven will be completed under the supervision of a skilled masonary craftsman.
   
Accommodations: Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Construction on Oven Begins and First Baking Class
(Monday, October 7)

Note: Stomping clay and enjoying the bread



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty home-cooked New England breakfast at your inn.
 Morning: You will be picked up by van at your inn and travel to the Bread Builders' class site to begin construction on the oven. Classes will begin with a study of traditional sourdough and demonstrations of how to capture the wild yeast of your own environment. After the bread has been started, the process of building the Quebec clay oven will begin. You will study the design to understand how it works and why the dimensions are key to the process. Be sure to bring your work gloves. We will be forming the basic framework for building our oven.
 Lunch: Enjoy a catered picnic lunch. You may even get to sample the bread-of-the-day
 Afternoon: Travel via vans to an organic farm and visit with the farmer who will give a scythe demonstration. You may want to experience the hands-on-feel yourself.
 Dinner: Enjoy a dinner prepared by the staff at the Perry Grange in Perry. You will enjoy lively interaction with the Ladies of the Grange.
 Evening: Visit with the wife of a local lobsterman who heads the family's seafood business. She's a business partner, a marine biologist, and a great story teller.
   
Accommodations: Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: New bread recipes and clay work begins
(Tuesday, October 8)

Note: Stomping clay, forming beautiful loaves of bread, and visiting the Canada's Campobelo Island, FDR's "summer cottage" and West Quoddy Head



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty home-cooked New England breakfast at your inn.
 Morning: You will be picked up by van at your inn. Classes continue at Bread Builders' work site. After today's bread ( a speciality you won't want to miss) has been started, construction of the clay oven framework will be the first order of the building project. It could get messy. Bring your rubber boots, your work gloves and a good pair of rubber gloves.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch. You will definitey get to sample breads you have been working with.
 Afternoon: Travel by van to visit the West Quoddy Light and Museum, the eastern-most point of land in the continental U.S. You will enjoy spectacular views of a rugged coast overlooking Canadian Campobello Island and Grand Manan. Traveling on through Lubec, Maine, we will visit Roosevelt Cottage International Park on the Canadian island of Campobello Island, the summer home of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt. While at RCIP, we'll take the time to visit the bog with a resident naturalist.
 Dinner: Enjoy a delicious home cooked chowder supper prepared by a group of local ladies you won't want to miss.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening exploring Eastport after dark,
   
Accommodations: Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Some surprises in the kitchen, oven starts to take shape
(Wednesday, October 9)

Note: Oven Taking Shape!



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty home-cooked New England breakfast at your inn.
 Morning: You will be picked up at your in by the van for a continuation of classes at the Bread Builders' site. Today's bread will take a look at artisan breads--inventing recipes, free forms, and new textures. After the bread has been started, oven builders will get back to the working clay, water, and straw of oven construction. It's going to get even messier, but it's going to take shape and we'll be having a lot of fun..
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own in Eastport before we depart on the schooner..
 Afternoon: We'll sail aboard the schooner Ada C. Lore enjoying the sites of Head Harbor Passage. while hoping to interact with the abundant marine life--whales, seals, porpoise, and eagles and seabirds.
 Dinner: Surprise supper party in Eastport catered by one of Maine's best ethnic restaurants.
 Evening: Live entertainment
   
Accommodations: Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Finishing touches and review of week's progress.
(Thursday, October 10)

Note: "Cooking With Fire" Workshop



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty home-cooked New England breakfast at your inn.
 Morning: Return to Bread Builders building site for final details on finshing the clay oven and to gather plans and recipes.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served at an exclusive Eastport location.
 Afternoon: Get ready for lots of fun with the class that pulls all of the information you've gathered all week in a class with an authentic oven builit by a previous class. "Cooking with Fire" will highlight the use of the clay oven, . Your instructor is an expert in the field, as well as an experienced bread builder himself..
 Dinner: Graduation festivities.
 Dinner: We enjoy a pizza supper prepared in the clay oven.
   
Accommodations: Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Leisurely breakfast and fond farewells
(Friday, October 11)

Note: Saying Goodbye



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty home-cooked breakfast at your B&B.
 Morning: After a leisurely breakfast at your B&B, and after bidding farewell to new found firends, spend some time exploring Eastport's scenic charms--those things you've seen all week but never got the chance to investigate.
   
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.


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