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Intergenerational: Misty and the Wild Ponies of Chincoteague Island

Program Number: 18685RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/3/2014 - 8/8/2014; 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: $729.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Literature
Intergenerational
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    

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. Once you are on the island program transportation is on foot or by school bus.
  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, August 3)
   
 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 a local venue. For your dining pleasure this program includes "A Taste of the Island." We will be dining each evening at a different venue each known for its local 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, August 4)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the Rodeway Inn.
 Morning: 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 group leader discuss dune ecology. For your next stop, our small island has an outstanding museum, rated by Trip Adviser as one of the top 5 attractions on Chincoteague. Explore the museum's exhibits including a rare 1st Order Fresnel lens, surprising shipwreck finds, handmade artifacts from the past and much more.
 Lunch: 12:00 noon lunch
 Afternoon: We will visit the NASA Base Visitor's Center, which is rapidly expanding and taking on a new commercial role with the space station. Learn about the Antares rocket which delivered 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.
 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.
   
Accommodations: Rodeway Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Chincoteague Wildlife Trip; Bateman Center Visit andLecture; Lighthouse; Free Evening
(Tuesday, August 5)
   
 Breakfast: 7:45 leave for breakfast. at Mr. Paul's Kitchen
 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. A local wildlife expert with over 30 years experience, will be our instructor. 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. Take a trip to our newly renovated lighthouse. Your group leader will help you understand the role of this facility in in the Civil War, and it's dramatic "change in location" with the shifting sands.
 Lunch: 12:00 noon lunch.
 Afternoon: Travel to the Bateman Center in the Chincoteague National Refuge. Learn about wildlife in this area and local and Federal conservation efforts.
 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 point you to a variety of restaurants that meet your special tastes.
   
Accommodations: Rodeway Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Mud Mucking; Crafts; Carriage House and Pony Show
(Wednesday, August 6)
   
 Breakfast: 7:45 leave for Breakfast
 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 lunch.
 Afternoon: 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 hand at crabbing and use antique tools from the Museum's collection.
 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: Misty movie; Crab feast;
(Thursday, August 7)
   
 Breakfast: 7:45 leave for Breakfast
 Morning: Relax and enjoy watch the original movie of Misty of Chincoteague at the Island Theater where it premiered. See Misty's hoof prints in the sidewalk outside the newly restored theater.
 Lunch: 11:45 Al-fresco lunch at Reed Park.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon to explore your special interests on the island. Our staff will be ready to help you arrange activities such as horse riding lessons, boat tours, shopping, miniature golf, and even an old fashioned English high tea.
 Dinner: At 5:00. this evening's special treat is a crab feast at Mr. Paul's Kitchen. Experienced "eaters" will be available to help if this is your first crab feast.
   
Accommodations: Rodeway Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Saltwater Cowboy
(Friday, August 8)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 breakfast.
 Morning: Today's guest speaker is a local "saltwater" cowboy and Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman. He will entertain you 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 herd healthy and free.
   
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


A Natural History of Quiet Waters


Author: Curtis J. Badger


Description: This is a wonderfully well-written, easy to understand description of the swamps and wetlands of the East Coast and their importance to our environment, history and culture. It is written from the perspective of someone who has experienced them first hand. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundialbooks.net)



A Walk on the Beach: Into the Field Guide


Author: Laurie Goldman


Description: For the kids; a portable easy to use guide to beach critters designed to get kids excited about exploring waterfront life. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundialbooks.net).



Chincoteague and Assateague Islands (MD and VA) (images of America)


Author: Nan Devincent-Hays


Description: This book provides a short pictorial and narrative description of these two barrier islands, their history and relationship. One is a small town community catering to thousands of tourists who come almost year-round to enjoy the beach and view the wildlife on the other. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundialbooks.net).



Misty of Chincoteague


Author: Marguerite Henry


Description: A Newberry Honor book, for children 8 - 12 years old. This is the story of Paul and Maureen Beebe and their quest to buy the elusive Phantom, a wild Chincoteague pony. On Pony Penning Day, they not only bring in the Phantom, but also her colt, Misty. It is a wonderful heart-warming tale of the efforts of two children to achieve their dream..



Seeds of Evidence


Author: Linda J. White


Description: This recently published novel involves an FBI Special Agent on leave at her Grandmother's home on Chincoteague, who becomes involved in the investigation of the murder of a young Latino boy. Available at Sundial Books on Chincoteague (www.sundialbooks.net).



Stormy, Misty's Foal


Author: Marguerite Henry


Description: This sequel to "Misty" describes the events on Chincoteague during the Ash Wednesday storm in 1962. Misty is about to give birth and the book details the actions the Beebe's take to ensure a safe birth. It also covers the role Misty and her foal play in raising donations to restore the island after the storm. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundialbooks.net)



Treasure on Chincoteague Island


Author: Karen Simpson-Tweedie


Description: This book for the kids is a sequel to the "Hidden Key" taking place on Chincoteague. It introduces two new characters, Brian and Ashley, as they discover new things about the island and its secrets. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundialbooks.net)



Watermen and Wild Ponies, A Chincoteague Waterman Remembers Life on Chincoteague and Assateague


Author: Robert H. Mears and Lorna Gagneux


Description: An informative and touching chronicle of the life-long friendship of two business partners who catch and sell fish, oysters and clams for over 30 years until the early 1960's. It reflects the flavor of living and making a livelihood on Chincoteague and the early settlement of Assateague. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundialbooks.com)





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