8271
Maryland

Maritime Heritage in Crisfield, Maryland & the Chesapeake Islands

The Chesapeake Bay is known for its maritime traditions, scenic islands and renowned cuisine. Come see for yourself as you enjoy cooking demonstrations, lectures and more!
Rating (4.79)
Program No. 8271RJ
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6 days
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4.79 Average
Harry
(5)

Outstanding program providing a tremendous insight into Crisfield, Tangier Island, and Smith Island as well as the seafood industry (from oysters to crabs and soft crabs). All presenters/leaders provided a great history of this area and the water men who make seafood their life. Even though we live in Maryland, we nevertheless were treated to a valuable history lesson on this entire area. This program was the best program we have taken with Road Scholar.

Michele
(5)

Crisfield is such a quaint place. The people are great. The trips to both Tangier and Smith Island are something you will never forget. This trip was great.

Patsy
(5)

This was my first RS trip in several years due to health issues. It was just as good as I remember the preceding 38! The motel, while basic, was clean and the staff wonderful! Also wonderful were our program staff, our presenters, and our transportation folks! I am a foodie, and we were treated to a plethora of crab and other seafood dishes. The field trips to Tangier and Smith Islands gave us a wonderful view of a very different - and sadly probably vanishing - way of life celebrating independence, self-reliance, and community values as well as an intimate connection to Chesapeake Bay for livelihoods. Our group arrived on the ebb of a high tide flooding of the entire town of Crisfield. The water went down quickly, and the town - and our program - moved ahead without missing a beat! I was shocked to hear someone checking out of our motel because "there is nothing to do here!" We were busy and involved the whole time. Just goes to show "you find what you look for!" That is one of my fav things about RS - we get to see the "other side" of people and places -

Susan
(5)

See the environment of the lower Chesapeake Bay and the industries and people who live on and around the bay. There is seafood harvesting and processing, the watermens unique community and culture, and the actvities of the Crisfied Coast Guard Station to discover and enjoy.

Kris
(5)

Don't miss this one! I live as far inland as one can be, in America. I loved the leaders who taught about the crabbing industry. It was great to meet the locals, and travel to Tangier Island, and Smith Island. The food was great. Well worth it.

Carol
(5)

As a Rookie to the Road Scholar experience, I was thrilled with the program, the educators, the food.. just everything. I learned so much about a part of the US that I have never visited. The history, the people... It was an exceptional trip and I am already planning my next adventure!

James
(1)

My wife and I showed up at the Somers Cove Motel in Crisfield MD on the 6th of October to attend Program 8271-- aftera 5 hour drive . After checking in, we headed over to dinner and the opening meeting. Upon returning to our room later that evening we found it infested with (what we think are) fruit flies. The manager sprayed mirrors and trash cans but, by the next morning, there were fruit flies everywhere -- on the lights -- on the mirrors -- on the linens in the closet -- in the bathtub area -- everywhere. There were also some other unknown "mystery" flying things in the room. This Road Scholar Event was a birthday present from me to my wife and all we could talk about was the infestation of the room, My wife was so totally disgusted with the condition of the room that any desire to see Crisfield, Tangier Island, or Smith Island was long gone and we abandoned the program and drove home after notifying Mary Mazzullo the on-site coordinator -- at least I left a voice message on her answering service. .

Road Scholar
Dear James, We are so sorry to hear about your experience. We have been offering this program for years and this has never happened before. We have discussed your feedback with the hotel manager who assures us it will never happen again. We will be in touch about how we can make it up to you and your wife. -Team Road Scholar
Karen
(5)

This was my third and BEST Road Scholar trip. I followed the suggestion to read some material prior to the trip. I am so glad I listened to all 50 hours of James Michener's historical novel Chesapeake. I thought about what I had learned from the book and it deepened my experience throughout the program.

Ronny
(5)

Far exceeded my expectations and I was hoping for an in-depth experience.

Carol
(5)

This was one of the best organized, informative & fun programs. Charlie is a seasoned leader (I had him in Chincoteague back in 1994.) with thorough knowledge of the area & a delightful sense of humor. Mary was our "mom" for the week who was able to solve any problem. (I arrived driving on a donut due to a tire problem. She arranged for someone to come to the motel to get my tire & bring it back repaired & back on my car.) We learned so much about the laid back way of life in that area & enjoyed a variety of delicious food. I especially loved walking along the marina & the lovely view from our meeting room.

James
(4)

Great program for learning about the Chesapeake Bay area.

Doris
(5)

Take a step back in time to Crisfield and the islands of the lower Chesapeake Bay. Visit Tangier and Smith Islands to experience the life of a waterman and his family.

Marilyn
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This was my first RS program and it met my expectations in every way. Charlie and Tim were terrific - very knowledgeable and could handle groups of people with different personalities. Many complained about the out-of-date motel but I’ve stayed in better and worse. Its rundown condition was more than made up for by its location so we could walk to our meetings, dining location, downtown shops and waterfront. The food was very good and I enjoyed the cooking demonstration. The part I enjoyed the most was the boat trips to the islands. The only speaker that was disappointing was the former mayor. He just kind of rambled on too long. I would recommend this program to others.

Monique
(5)

What a wonderful group of people in Crisfield! they are warm, kind, intelligent and highly knowledgeable. For the 2nd time I did this trip because of the comrade between the group leader and the speakers. They have been doing this for over 20 years and are all friends and its fun to see them inter act. They keep the program fresh and interesting. You will learn all about Crisfield, MD the crabbing & oyster industry, past & current history of the town and the state. Two boat trips to Islands in the Bay are very interesting and pleasant outings for sure.

Martha
(5)

This is a wonderful program. You'll be glad you attended.

Toby
(5)

Well-done and informative. A very enjoyable experience

Melinda
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Mary
(5)

Check out this program. You will be delightfully surprised by the history of this area and the interesting legacy of the watermen and their way of life -- one that won't be around much longer. Plus you will enjoy a week of delicious seafood fresh from the Chesapeake Bay. Doesn't get any better than that!

Dale
(5)

Nice trip to both Smith and Tangier Islands.

Stanley
(5)

This program provides good insight into a way of life in the harvesting of oysters and crabs by a waterman. Greater respect is provided for the entire work process.

Nancy
(5)

This program is both educational and entertaining and I would recommend it highly.

Monique
(5)

If you are interested in history of crabbing in Maryland, and the life on the 2 islands in the Chesapeake Bay, Tangier & Smith, this is great trip. The speakers are extremely knowledgeable and interesting the time just zips by. The visit to the Islands is informative. Charlie, Group Leader, does a great job in a humorous manner, very much appreciated.

Rose
(5)

Overall very informative trip!

Carolyn
(4)

A great experience being in this setting - I learned a lot about crabbing and oystering, enjoyed the trips to the islands and around town. Charlie, the leader, is a personable guide and very knowledgeable. It was great hearing about life in the area from the folks who lived there. High tides occasionally - bring your boots!

John
(5)

This program was located in a working community (crabs/oysters) and a couple feet above sea level so there was some flooding but this made it interesting and different. We drove so I wished I had brought low boots (like the locals wear). The group seemed to adjust well to the situation.

Nancy
(5)

This was a fantastic program about the Chesapeake bay and the history and culture of this unique area. Talks and presentations by local folks were interesting and colorful. I highly recommend this program, and may even attend again myself!

Susan
(5)

This program was exceptional, it gets the highest marks , it takes you back to what really matters in life , you have to experience this to really appreciate its worth , don’t wait book it today you will thank me someday

Joseph
(5)

A through and in-depth look at the crab and oyster industry as well as a comprehensive examination of the evolution of America values and culture from the 1600 to present

Helen
(5)

You haven't seen America until you visit Crisfield, Maryland.

John
(5)

Exceptionally educational and superbly entertaining. Delicious Seafood.

Rhonda
(5)

I thoroughly enjoyed this program because of Charlie! He is extremely knowledgeable on many topics and his great sense of humor kept everyone in good spirits. If you want to learn about crabs and oysters, this is the way to do it. And I have a bigger appreciation for the watermen after learning about their way of life. The Chesapeake Bay, specifically the Eastern Shore, is a beautiful area!






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