8271
Crisfield
Maritime Heritage in Crisfield, Maryland and 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!
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Program No. 8271RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Crisfield, Maryland
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Captain Tyler's Motel

Afternoon: Check in at Captain Tyler's Motel anytime after 11 a.m.

Dinner: Registration & Dinner 6 p.m. at local restaurant. Tim Howard, museum curator for the Crisfield Heritage Foundation will greet you.

Evening: The first evening activity is an overview of the week's schedule, reviewing local amenities and then followed by an informal introduction of the Road Scholar participants themselves

DAY
2
Educational Program, Tangier, Program-Museum
Crisfield, Maryland
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Captain Tyler's Motel

Breakfast: Buffet style in a local restaurant.

Morning: The morning session entails a lively discussion of the history, heritage and ecology of the Eastern Shore. Topics include natural history of the Chesapeake, Colonial expansion, the Civil War, and regional maritime culture and traditions.

Lunch: Lunch is served on the Island of Tangier. An all-you-can eat seafood affair of traditional Island recipes served family-style

Afternoon: The boat for Tangier leaves promptly at 12:30 p.m. from the dock. Charlie will direct you. The trip takes about 60 minutes. Upon your arrival on Tangier, you will be treated to an Island-style family lunch. You will have time to explore the Island with an expert-led walk and visit the local museum before your departure.

Dinner: Dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m. in a local restaurant within walking distance.

Evening: The evening presentation covers the history and socio-economic development of Crisfield and includes visual presentations of historic photographs.

DAY
3
Walking Exploration, Shanty Exploration, Museum Exploration
Crisfield, Maryland
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Captain Tyler's Motel

Activity note: Walking exploration: one hour on paved surfaces less than one mile.

Breakfast: Buffet style at a local restaurant.

Morning: Walking exploration of the town begins from the museum. The exploration includes a visit to two seafood-processing operations, discussions on seafood packing and shipping, and a stop down at the working waterfront. There is also a stop at the county tourism office.

Lunch: At the museum.

Afternoon: The afternoon program is split with groups visiting both the museum and the outside crab "shanty" exhibit area. The museum tour is a guided, behind the scenes visit while the shanty tour includes close encounters of the fun kind with live crabs, bivalves, and fish,

Dinner: At a restaurant within walking distance.

Evening: The evening program is a lecture/discussion focusing on the development and history of the seafood and fisheries industry, as well as the challenges faced by consumers.

DAY
4
Educational Program, Smith Island, Educational Program
Crisfield, Maryland
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Captain Tyler's Motel

Breakfast: Buffet style at a local restaurant.

Morning: The day begins with an entertaining presentation by a local storyteller singing and sharing stories about living and growing up on Smith Island. A seafood cooking demonstration, tasting and stories by a trained chef from a local restaurant follows.

Lunch: A family-style lunch will be served on the Island.

Afternoon: The afternoon program is highlighted by a boat trip to Smith Island. A family-style lunch is followed by a visit to the maritime museum, local church and a short, expert-led walking exploration of the village by a local waterman.

Dinner: Lighter fare served at a local restaurant.

Evening: The evening program is a discussion on the two islands visited and their socio-economic connection to Crisfield, followed by a film and more discussion. The coordinator will discuss your options and provide information and suggestions for the Thursday afternoon free time.

DAY
5
Bus Trip, Dinner at Governor Tawes Library
Crisfield, Maryland
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Captain Tyler's Motel

Breakfast: Buffet style at a local restaurant.

Morning: The day begins early with an expert-led bus exploration of Crisfield and its back road environs. Stops include a beautiful church and the decoy carving workshop of the world-famous Ward Brothers.

Lunch: Lunch will be provided.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore on your own. Sugested itineraries will be provided.

Dinner: A bus will pick you up at the motel and transport you to the boyhood home of former Governor J. Millard Tawes for a catered dinner and lively evening.

Evening: After dinner, program highlights will be discussed and the home will open for your inspection. Your coordinator will give you departure instructions for Friday. Your bus will return you to the motel.

DAY
6
US Coast Guard, Program Concludes
Crisfield, Maryland
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Breakfast: Buffet style at a local restaurant.

Morning: The morning session includes a short ride over to the U.S. Coast Guard Station for a behind-the-scenes exploration of this important search-and- rescue operation. Led by young guardsmen and women, the exploration includes the inside facilities and boats used in operations.

Lunch: Box lunch provided.