Afternoon: Registration at the motel between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m.
Dinner: Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. For your dining pleasure, this program includes "A Taste of Island" We will be dining each evening at a different island venue, each known for its local cuisine and friendly service.
Evening: Learn firsthand 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 educate you about their fascinating history. She will enlighten you as to the care they receive from the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department and the mutual benefit reaped by the town.
Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
Morning: A 5 minute drive takes you to the Assateague National Seashore, at 37 miles the longest stretch of wild, undeveloped beach on the mid-Atlantic coast. As you take a walk on the sandy shore, listen to your guide discuss dune ecology.
Lunch: Lunch at noon
Afternoon: Our small island has an outstanding museum, rated by Trip Adviser as one of the top attractions on Chincoteague. With your expert guide, explore the museum's exhibits including a rare 1st order Fresnel lighthouse lens, surprising shipwreck finds, handmade artifacts from the past, and much more. Uncover the unique 300-year old history of Chincoteague and Assateague as you learn how and why its resilient people survived and adapted despite isolation, storms, wars, and changing economies. Depart from the motel dock, and enjoy a late afternoon cruise along the Chincoteague waterfront as a guide points out places of historic interest and describes how the waterfront has changed over time.
Dinner: Dinner at 5:00 p.m. This dinner, overlooking Chincoteague Bay, will feature small plates, prepared by a local chef, using island heirloom recipes paired with wine.
Evening: Following dinner, enjoy desert while socializing with new friends as you watch one of Chincoteague's spectacular sunsets.
Breakfast: Breakfast at 8 a.m.
Morning: Explore the interior of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge to look for wild ponies, petite Sika elk, nesting terrapin, otters, bald eagles, Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrels, 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 that is 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: Lunch at noon.
Afternoon: Study the techniques of local wildlife artist Nancy West, who is internationally recognized for her sensitive interpretations of this beautiful coast. Through Power Point and an actual painting session, Nancy Richards-West will demonstrate how she captures the subtle patterns of color, light, and movement distinctive to the waterways, creatures, and skies of Chincoteague.
Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 p.m.
Evening: This evening's entertainment features "3 Sheets." This local trio will delight you with a performance of Celtic, nautical, and traditional music. They will entertain you with witty banter while teaching you about their songs and instruments.
Breakfast: Breakfast at 8 a.m.
Morning: We’ll be joined by a local artisan who spins wool from Hog Island Sheep, the very breed of sheep that used to roam free on Assateague Island. This skilled artisan is the keeper of an important story: what life was like for the women on Assateague Island. The practice of spinning wool and knitting is a window into their lives. Our program will end after the morning demonstration at about 11:00 a.m..