2005
Virginia
Chincoteague: Lighthouses, Wild Ponies and Pirates
Small island. Big story. Experience the unique tale of Chincoteague as you join local experts to learn about the Assateague Lighthouse, wild ponies, pirate legends and more!
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Program No. 2005RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in/Register/Welcome Dinner/Orientation/Island History
Chincoteague , Va.
D
Island Motor Inn Resort

Activity note: Note: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the motel cafe to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. The cafe location will be staffed from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: We’ll take a bus to a local waterfront restaurant where we’ll enjoy a plated meal, plus water, coffee, soft drinks, or tea. Beer, wine, and cocktails are available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation: In the Resort's conference room, our Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Following orientation, enjoy a brief lecture on the unique history of Chincoteague Island by your Group Leader.

DAY
2
Assateague Seashore/Museum of Chincoteague/Waterfront Cruise
Chincoteague , Va.
B,L,D
Island Motor Inn Resort

Activity note: Note: Walking distances up to a 1/2 mile; sandy terrain on the beach.

Breakfast: In the Resort cafe' enjoy a continental breakfast buffet plus water, coffee, tea, juice, and milk.

Morning: A five minute drive takes you to Assateague National Seashore, the longest stretch of wild undeveloped beach on the mid-Atlantic Coast. With a local expert, we will walk along the sandy shore discussing dune ecology.

Lunch: At the Museum of Chincoteague Island.

Afternoon: We'll be joined by a spinner who spins the wool of Hog Island Sheep, the same breed of sheep who once inhabited Assateague Island. She will tell you about the role of women in island life during the early years of Assateague Island. Later in the afternoon we'll depart from the motel dock for a cruise of the Chincoteague waterfront and learn how the waterfront has changed over the time. We will also observe the remains of the historic Killick Shoals lighthouse and learn about Chincoteague's historic connections to the mainland.

Dinner: At the Resort, overlooking Chincoteague Bay, we'll enjoy a small plates dinner featuring examples of native island cuisine, each course paired with specially selected wines, and prepared by a local chef using heirloom island recipes passed down from his grandmother. Water will also be available.

Evening: We'll socialize with new friends over dessert while enjoying a one of our famous Chincoteague sunsets.

DAY
3
Wildlife Safari / Painting Demonstration
Chincoteague , Va.
B,L
Island Motor Inn Resort

Activity note: Note: Walking distances up to a 1/2 mile on even terrain; Be sure to remember your camera and binoculars if you brought them.

Breakfast: At the Resort cafe.

Morning: We'll depart the motel by bus to explore the interior of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge with a local expert to look for wild ponies, petite Sika elk, nesting terrapin, otters, bald eagles, Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel and other wildlife. We will be going into an area that is normally closed to the public.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We’ll join local wildlife artist Nancy Richards-West for a painting demonstration at the motel. View a PowerPoint presentation before the painting session, when Nancy will demonstrate how she captures subtle patterns of color, light, and movement distinctive to the nature of Chincoteague.

Evening: Dinner is on your own. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration, visit a restaurant of your choice, or see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

DAY
4
Pontoon Boat Ride/Pirates/ Lighthouse History
Chincoteague , Va.
B,L,D
Island Motor Inn Resort

Breakfast: At the Resort cafe.

Morning: We’ll take the bus to the island harbor where we’ll climb aboard a pontoon boat and head for the oyster grounds and clam beds with our local expert. Get the same close-up view of the Assateague lighthouse from the water that seafarers of old experienced. Travel waters thought to be frequented by 18th and 19th century pirates and hear the lore of shipwrecks and plunder. Keep an eye out for eagles, ospreys and porpoises. Your guide will point out evidence of the constantly changing topography of the barrier islands: Assateague and Chincoteague.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Your group leader will discuss the history, and legends of pirates who frequented the waterways around Chincoteague and Assateague as well as other areas of the mid-Atlantic coast, and you will learn the surprising connection between piracy and a major, venerable Virginia institution.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Museum Director Emeritus Bill Borges illuminates the topic of lighthouse history. He begins describing the history of lighthouses all over the world and focuses in on Chincoteague and Assateague's stunning examples of lighthouse technology.

DAY
5
Demonstration and Talk from a Skilled Practitioner of a Traditional Island Craft / Free Afternoon / Musical Performance
Chincoteague , Va.
B,L,D
Island Motor Inn Resort

Activity note: Note: Walking distances up to a 1/2 mile on even surfaces.

Breakfast: At the Resort cafe.

Morning: We’ll join local wildlife artist Nancy Richards-West for a painting demonstration at the motel. View a PowerPoint presentation before the painting session, when Nancy will demonstrate how she captures subtle patterns of color, light, and movement distinctive to the nature of Chincoteague.

Lunch: At the Resort, we’ll have a grab-and-go boxed lunch with gourmet sandwiches.

Afternoon: Free time for you to shop, sight-see or relax.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: This evening's entertainment features a performance by "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.

DAY
6
Lighthouse Visit / Program Concludes
Chincoteague , Va.
B

Activity note: Note: Check-out is at 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: At the motel.

Morning: A native island waterman will tell you how modern aquaculture is changing the age-old practices and traditions of raising and harvesting clams in Chincoteague waters. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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