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. Restaurants are about a 1/2 mile from the motel.
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. Afterward we will enjoy an ice cream social provided by the Island Creamery featuring local homemade ice creams.
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. Explore and learn about the newly restored Assateague Lighthouse.
Lunch: Lunch at noon
Afternoon: 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 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.
Dinner: Dinner at 5:00 p.m. This dinner will be waterfront at the Island Resort and feature small plates based on historical recipes paired with wine.
Evening: 6:30 pm Island Cruise. Learn about the island's growing aquaculture industry and see it from the water. Witness direct evidence of changing barrier island environments.
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. Visit the newly restored Assateague Lighthouse.
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 Sheetz." 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 head to the Museum of Chincoteague via bus, where 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..