Motel check-in available from 3:00 p.m. Getting on/off a bus; short transfer to/from dinner.
Program Registration: 3:00-4:30 p.m. After you check in and have your room assignment, join us in the motel café to register with the program staff, get any updated information, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, you will receive your welcome packet when you check in to the hotel, with information on where and when to meet the group for Orientation.
We’ll take a bus to a local restaurant.
Orientation: In the motel’s conference room, our Group Leader 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. We will review COVID-19 protocols and will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and requirements throughout the program. We will be divided into three groups and receive our group assignments. Each group will experience each segment, but not in the same order. By the end of the program, all groups will have had the same experiences, and we will be able to understand the historic and modern island culinary traditions, especially those related to the bounty of the sea. Life and events on Chincoteague Island are governed by the tides: high tide, low tide, and slack tide — the times between high and low tides when there is no perceptible current at all. Therefore, our actual activity times, especially those on the water, may vary somewhat from day to day based on the tides and on the tidal flow. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/current conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. To close the evening, we’ll have a brief lecture by our Group Leader on the unique history of Chincoteague Island. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.