1504
Maryland
Keepers of the Light: Great Lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay
Explore the lighthouses of Chesapeake Bay, learning the story of the people who kept them, hearing lectures by experts and discovering renowned cuisine and maritime culture.
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Program No. 1504RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Solomons, MD
D
Holiday Inn Solomons-Conf Center & Marina

Activity note: Hotel check-in at 3:00 p.m. Easy walking through the museum.

Afternoon: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Program Registration come to the Road Scholar table in the lobby of the Holiday Inn in Solomons to register with the program staff and get your welcome packets, up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location for dinner and orientation, If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in at the hotel. Late afternoon meet in the front lobby of the hotel to board one of two van trips to the Calvert Marine Museum.

Dinner: Gather to socialize and taste some local wine, beer, apple cider and cheese while appreciating the view under Drum Point Lighthouse prior to dinner. Enjoy a delicious catered meal that will be held near the Drum Point Lighthouse which is on the premises of the Calvert Marine Museum.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader, Lori Cole, will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. There is some opportunity to explore the museum before returning to the hotel.

DAY
2
Blackistone and Piney Point Lighthouses, and Lecture.
Solomons, MD
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Solomons-Conf Center & Marina

Activity note: Touring two lighthouses will include walking a quarter mile to various sites and climbing stairs. Then boarding a water taxi for a ten minute ride and walking one mile round trip at a slight incline to get to Blackistone Lighthouse.

Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast at the Holiday Inn.

Morning: Board a private bus at the Holiday Inn and head to St. Clement's Island Museum on Coltons Point the site where colonists first landed in Maryland. Board a water taxi to reach St. Clements Island and meet your expert guide who will tell history and stories of this island and original lighthouse as you walk to the Blackistone lighthouse. Along the way you will notice a large white cross, a memorial to the first colonists who sought religious toleration. Take the opportunity to imagine living in the original lighthouse from 1848 as you visit the exact replica built in 2008.

Lunch: While on the island, enjoy a box lunch at the pavilion.

Afternoon: The bus will take us to Piney Point Lighthouse, another lighthouse built by John Donahoo and the surrounding area. Take a short walk to the lighthouse where an expert will eagerly describe its history and allow you to climb to the top for a view of the Potomac River. Rotate through two other exhibits that depicts life on the Potomac River before returning to the Holiday Inn.

Dinner: Enjoy a wonderful barbeque dinner from Boomerangs Restaurant in the museum’s third floor lounge.

Evening: Ralph Eshelman will present "Guiding Lights: A History of Seamarks" in the Harms Gallery at the Calvert Marine Museum.

DAY
3
Southern Lighthouses, Smith Island, and Lighthouse History
Solomons, MD
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Solomons-Conf Center & Marina

Activity note: Participants must be able to climb in and out of the boat and be able to sit on backless bench seats. Optional walking 1 to 1.5 mile. Participants are on the water for 3 ½ hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon. Be prepared for spray, rain, and waves. In the event of extreme weather conditions an alternate activity will be substituted with the intent that the lighthouse boat tour will be held on a different day later in the week.

Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast at the Holiday Inn.

Morning: Enjoy the adventure of cruising on the Chesapeake Bay while viewing lighthouses and wildlife. Board a genuine 44 foot fishing charter boat with a cabin and partially covered stern deck with a bathroom. We will head south into the waters of the Chesapeake Bay to view Point No Point, Point Lookout and Smith Point lighthouses, complete with historical background information about each lighthouse provided by a expert.

Lunch: Arrive at Smith Island for lunch served family style (an island tradition) at the Bayside Inn Restaurant. There is some time to walk around the island and tour the Smith Island Museum.

Afternoon: Depart Smith Island and see Solomons Lump and Hooper Island Lighthouses while the expert will tell you about these lighthouses before returning to the museum.

Dinner: Dinner will be catered in the third floor lounge of the museum.

Evening: Relax and listen to the musical performance in the Calvert Marine Museum’s Harms Gallery.

DAY
4
Cove Point Lighthouse, Fossil Hunting, Cruise, Crab Fest
Solomons, MD
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Solomons-Conf Center & Marina

Activity note: At Cove Point beach will be walking on uneven surface and sand and be able to board a sailboat in the evening.

Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast at the Holiday Inn.

Morning: Stephen Godfrey, Curator of Paleontology will talk about the significance of twenty million year old fossils found locally in the Calvert Cliffs. Calvert Marine Museum's aquarists will demonstrate a feeding of the museum's three river otters while talking about the care of the animals.

Lunch: Lunch at Kingfishers Seafood Bar & Grill, a local favorite restaurant.

Afternoon: Depart for Cove Point for an expert lead talk on Cove Point Lighthouse and then fossil hunt on Cove Point beach.

Dinner: Enjoy the evening with a Maryland Blue Crab Fest at the Corbin Pavilion on the grounds of the Calvert Marine Museum after the evening cruise.

Evening: Meet under the Drum Point Lighthouse to board at 5:00 p.m. for a relaxing evening cruise on the Dee of St. Mary’s. Learn about this skipjack, a sailing vessel that was used for dredging oysters.

DAY
5
Maryland Archeological Conservation Laboratory
Solomons, MD
B,L
Holiday Inn Solomons-Conf Center & Marina

Activity note: Two hour walking tour at Maryland Archeological Conservation Laboratory which includes periodic seating along the tour.

Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast at the Holiday Inn.

Morning: Travel by bus from the Holiday Inn to Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum spend two hours an expert will guide you through the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory. Enjoy Maryland history through time from the artifacts excavated primarily from the museum grounds and other local sites. If you get tired, there are a few seats along the way.

Lunch: Picnic boxed lunches will be enjoyed at Jefferson Patterson Park overlooking the Patuxent River.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Dinner on your own. Select from a wide array of local eateries and fine dining restaurants.

Evening: At leisure. Explore beautiful Solomons Island. Walk along the boardwalk and see the Patuxent River sunset.

DAY
6
Lighthouse Art Workshop.
Solomons, MD
B,L

Breakfast: Complementary breakfast at Holiday Inn

Morning: Lighthouse art workshop. Build a half model of the Drum Point Lighthouse and take this souvenir home with you. This wood side view model is nine and a half inches by eight and a half inches by one and a half inches tall.

Lunch: Enjoy final meal from our chef and share some of your memorable moments while wrapping up a fun-filled week.

Afternoon: 1:00 p.m. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don't forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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