Getting on/off a bus. Walking up to 1/4 mile on sidewalk, gravel walk, and inside buildings; climbing up/down flights of stairs; and standing for short intervals.
In the Adams Lodge dining room 7:30-8:30 a.m., the breakfast buffet offers a variety of choices with milk, orange juice, coffee, tea, water included.
9:00 a.m. For our first interactive presentation in the Adams Lodge classroom, we’ll be joined by Linda Cross Godfrey, an expert lecturer on life at the local shores, the Passamaquoddy Tribe, and the Roosevelts on Campobello Island. Linda will discuss what we mean by life at the glorious edge, nature, the First People, and the 1900s Rusticators. After a beverage break, we’ll welcome our next presenter, Robert Godfrey, a nationally known expert seen on The History Channel and The Weather Channel. We’ll learn how to read a Tide Table, and about the mighty and magnificent waters of Passamaquoddy Bay, the Bay of Fundy, and Old Sow Whirlpool.
Adams Lodge dining room 12:00 Noon, we’ll have a plated meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
We will gather for another expert presentation by Donald Soctomah, Tribal Historian of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, who is the author of books on the tribe including “Remember Me: Tomah Joseph’s Gift to Franklin Roosevelt.” Tomah Joseph was a Passamaquoddy elder and former chief who made his living as a guide, birchbark canoe builder, and basket maker. He taught young Franklin how to canoe and made a beautifully decorated birchbark canoe for him that remains at Campobello. We will also see and hold Passamaquoddy artifacts as old as 14,000 years as well as a hand-made canoe, like the one in the aforementioned book, that is a central feature of the historic display at the Roosevelt Park’s Visitor’s Center. Next, we’ll take the shuttle bus to the Park’s Visitor Center to view a film on Roosevelt Park and the Center’s historic display. We will also explore Red Cottage, the summer home where Franklin and Eleanor and their children spent summer holidays. FDR’s parents began coming to Campobello in 1883 and it became young Franklin’s favorite place. Red Cottage was next door to the Roosevelt home and the owner later sold it to Sara Roosevelt with the stipulation that she give it to newlyweds Eleanor and Franklin, which she did. Docents will lead our visit.
Adams Lodge dining room plated meal.
We’ll be joined by island storytellers who are fishermen and women as well as 7th to 9th generation residents who will share stories about strong islanders of land and sea. We’ll also have an interactive knot-tying demonstration and try our hands and tying simple knots to appreciate one of FDR’s hobbies. To conclude, we’ll participate in a discussion inspired by Brian Flynn’s book, “The Voices of Fishermen – On Superstitions” and enjoy a short musical performance.