Friends of the Lower Appomattox River to hold RiverFest at Ferndale Park. April 29, 2017 10 am – 3 pm

Saturday, April 29, 2017  10am – 3pm at Ferndale Appomattox Riverside Park 

* Youth Fishing Workshops *

  * Kayaking-Paddling Workshops *

* Climbing Wall and Obstacle Course with Ft. Lee* 

  *Canal History Ride*

*Archaeological Demonstration with Ft. Lee *

 *Stroll the Trail and View Rare Fauna*

*See & Learn about Fish, Reptiles, Amphibians, and Bugs*

Program Exhibitors include: 

Appomattox River Soil and Water Conservation District; Blacksmith, Grizzly Forge;
Buzzing Bee Honey; Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Chesterfield County Parks & Recreation; Fire Truck; Dinwiddie Master Gardener;
FOLAR – Friends of the Lower Appomattox River; Francis Bland Randolph Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.; Matoaca Village History; Petersburg Area Regional Tourism;
Prince George Regional Heritage Center; Pocahontas Chapter – VA Master Naturalists; Virginia American Water; Thunder Eagle Wildlife Rescue;
Virginia Canal & Navigation Society; Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Natural Heritage Program; Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; Virginia Department of Forestry; Larry Holt, Historian/Author

   *Live Music by the Fort Lee Band and Mike Packer & Johnny Holt*

  FOOD VENDORS:

*El Mundo De Las Delicias – Latin American & Mexican    *Goatocado – Vegetarian

*Southern Exposure – Burgers, Sandwiches, Coffee

*Woodhead’s Grill – Barbecue & Grill Sandwiches       

New in 2017 – Welcome Fort Lee Program Co-sponsor Activities and Families! 

 PARKING ACROSS BRIDGE ON RIVER RD. IN MATOACA – SHUTTLES AVAILABLE

This event is FREE and open to the public thanks to our sponsors.

      

 

 

 

 

Thank you to our In-Kind Sponsors: Container First ServicesHarlan Construction, Walmart Petersburg Distribution Center, and Hopewell Recreation & Parks

CONSIDER BEING A SPONSOR.

Sponsors are an essential part of RiverFest!

Support from local businesses and organizations enables FOLAR to host this festival for the community.

NOTE: All sponsors receive  these benefits: **A booth or your company literature placed on sponsor display table if you’re unable to attend. **Listing in the program and on the website Event Page and Social Media. Promotion to Ft. Lee community.  **Special announcements mentioning sponsor name during the event. **

Sponsorship Options:

Presenting Sponsor $1,000 receives PREMIUM booth space and PROMINENT PA announcements and logo displays

Partner Sponsor $500 receives PROMINENT booth space and PA announcements and logo displays

Friend Sponsor $250 receives sponsor benefits

For More About Sponsorship Contact: Wendy Austin, austinwam@gmail.com or 804.543.0325

Click  here for

Crafter – Vendor (Sales) Opportunities

Exhibitor-Nonprofit Opportunities

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    VC&NS Fundraising – Krogers Reward Card

    Please link your Krogers rewards card so that your spending can help the VC&NS in our fundraising. Thank you to Donna Riedel for setting up this new deal for the VC&NS.

    Please see the following instructions on how to link your Krogers card:


    New Organization Number 92535

    Congratulations on your enrollment into our Kroger Community Rewards Program.  Your participants can begin enrolling online within 48 hours of this notification.  Just go to the appropriate website mentioned below and begin enrolling. 

    You have been assigned a new NPO number 92535.

    Please refer to this number in all future correspondence.

    TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM:

    • Simply encourage your members to register online at krogercommunityrewards.com
    • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.
    • If a member does not yet have a Kroger Plus card, please let them know that they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
    • Click on Sign In/Register
    • Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
    • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
    • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
    • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
    • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
    • Update or confirm your information.
    • Enter NPO number or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm.
    • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
    • REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).
    • Do you use your phone number at the register?  Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
    • Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

    Thank you,
    The Community Programs Staff

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      World Canals Conference – Syracuse, NY – September 24-28, 2017.

      The World Canals Conference (WCC2017) is headed to Syracuse, NY on September 24-28, 2017! – Marriott Downtown Syracuse.

      The conference is expected to draw hundreds of international delegates and thousands of local and regional residents and canal enthusiasts to waterfront events.

      WCC2017 coincides with the bicentennial of New York’s historic Erie Canal and offers opportunities to discuss canals and inland waterways as a means to promote tourism, spur economic and community development, improve environmental quality, and exchange best practices on protection strategies for historic sites.

      Mark your calendar for the World Canals Conference (WCC2017), Our Vital Waterways: Agents of Transformation.

      WCC2017 is set to take place September 24-28 at the Marriott Downtown in Syracuse. The conference is expected to draw hundreds of international delegates and thousands of local and regional residents to waterfront events, resulting in a more than $2 million indirect economic impact for the city of Syracuse. The conference will be held as the historic Erie Canal commemorates its bicentennial.

      WCC2017 brings together hundreds of canal enthusiasts, professionals and scholars from around the world to discuss canals and inland waterways as a means to promote tourism, spur economic and community development, improve environmental quality, and exchange best practices on protection strategies for historic sites. WCC2017 will focus on canals as agents of transformation.

      Be a guest and a speaker. WCC2017 is seeking presenters for the conference. Do you have experience to share, lessons learned or innovative ideas on the topic of Canals as Agents of Transformation? The call for presentations is now open. We’re looking for engaging sessions on innovative development and successes in leveraging historic, cultural and natural assets to drive transformation.

      The conference is co-hosted by the New York State Canal Corporation, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and Visit Syracuse, and sponsored by I Love NY and National Grid, along with many other businesses and foundations.

      To receive updates, register or submit a presentation proposal, visit wcc2017syracuse.com @WorldCanals on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

      See the conferences website for updates and registration information.

      For more information on this event please contact:
      Sarah JonesPR Account Executive
      1595 Moseley Road»Victor, NY 14564
      Phone: 585.899.3229

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        Cape Fear River Atlas – First Edition, 2016

        The Virginia Canals & Navigations Society is proud to announce the publication of the Cape Fear River Atlas, First Edition – 2016.
        Authors W.E. Trout, III, John Hairr and Nancy R. Trout.
        This new atlas is 151 pages plus covers and is plastic spiral bound.

        PLEASE POST

        Before railroads were unheard of, rivers were the superhighways of the time – the arteries of commerce. Rivers carried the products of the farm, of the mine, and of the forest to market – preferably to coastal markets and to the world.

        North Carolina had only one river with a deep-water coastal port, and that was the Cape Fear. All of her other major rivers run out of the state, or into coastal sounds with only shallow openings to the sea.

        Put a dot at the center of the state, and that is where the Cape Fear begins. It was here, at the junction of the Deep and Haw rivers, that the Deep and Haw River Company laid out the town of Haywood in 1799. Everyone expected that white-water freight boats called batteaux, and later steamboats, would soon be plying the river, making Haywood one of the most prosperous cities in the state, and probably the state capital. But it never happened.

        THE CAPE FEAR RIVER ATLAS is the latest in a series of river atlases for Virginia and North Carolina, volunteer projects published by the Virginia Canals & Navigations Society. We hope that it will encourage interest in the fascinating history and archaeology of navigation on the Cape Fear and in river corridor planning. If you are interested, please join VC&NS and help us help you and your favorite river.

        This atlas focuses on the 240 miles of the Cape Fear which boats once navigated, from the House in the Horseshoe on Deep River, down to the Atlantic Ocean. This includes the river in twelve counties: Moore, Chatham, Alamance, Orange, Lee, Harnett, Cumberland, Bladen, Columbus, Pender, Brunswick, and New Hanover. Here the Cape Fear is literally filled with history. We’ve tried to record and interpret the early canals, the batteau sluices, the locks and dams built for steamboats, the fish dams, the wing dams, the iron furnaces, the mills, and anything else in and along the river. With this atlas you can get out on the river and see them for yourself!

        Copies of THE CAPE FEAR RIVER ATLAS are available by mail from the canal society at www.vacanals.org/store for $35.00 each, plus $5 postage (plus tax if you are in VA). We encourage museums and outfitters to stock our atlases. A large wholesale discount is available for quantity sales (contact Holt@vacanals.org). Please come visit our museum and headquarters at 3806 S. Amherst Hwy, Madison Heights, VA 24572. Open by appointment: Bill@vacanals.org, 252-301-1747.

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          VC&NS New Publication: The Belle of Rose Isle, A model-maker’s case study of The Reverend Robert Rose’s Double Dug-Out Canoe.

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          The Virginia Canals & Navigations Society is proud to announce the publication of The Belle of Rose Isle, A model-maker’s case study of The Reverend Robert Rose’s Double Dug-Out Canoe. By Robert J. Faught, edited by W.E Trout, III, and W.H. Messerly, Jr.

          This book explores the history of Robert Rose’s double dug-out canoe by the author’s models that he made to study the various theories about the size of the boats and how many hogsheads each might have carried etc. Many entries from Robert Rose’s diary are cited to help explore this important early history of navigation and trade on the James River before the invention of the Batteau.

          On December, 3, 2016, Major Faust visited Batteau House, for the Christmas open house, and signed copies of this new book. A flyer is available for free download if you would like to help post this information. The VC&NS online store now lists this new publication. Retail is $20.00 plus tax if you are in VA, plus shipping.  Members can receive their 20% discount (Be sure to obtain the discount code before you order).

           

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            Introducing our 2017 Fundraising Campaign – “Friends First”

            “FRIENDS FIRST” Campaign “UPDATE”
            for Batteau House- 2016-2017

            We have received a $1,000 donation from Mike Rutgers and another $1,000 from the VCNS Board of directors, of which Dr Trout has matched both of these donations.  Also have received $75.00 so far from our GoFundMe account on Facebook.  I am sure there has been other donations, however these are the only ones I know of.  With the $2,000 match plus the $75 we have reached $4,075.00 toward our goal of $10,000.

            There are pictures of the inside of the museum for all to look at, take a moment and enjoy what is happening.

            We are working on making sure our Batteau History/Museum can be shared with the public. Over the years members have been collecting archives, artifacts and memorabilia of canal and river heritage and building navigable reproductions, therefore in order to share them with the public we need your help in making our New Batteau House/Museum something for all to enjoy!

            By building our 2017 Fundraising Campaign we will be able to complete items on our “Need to Due List”. Here are just a few:

            •  Much needed repairs on the Batteau Museum
            •  Building a Boat Barn to house boats and other large artifacts that are right now          being stored at private properties
            • Signage for front of Museum

            Our Goal is $10,000 by July 1, 2017!

            Dr. Bill Trout has stated that for every $1,000 Donation he will match the amount.

            You can donate to the Home Fund via the donate now button below:




            Payments are processed through PayPal and you can use your PayPal account OR enter your credit/debit card info. Various types of cards are accepted.

            You can also make your donation by check payable to: Virginia Canals & Navigations Society.

            VC&NS mailing address:

            Virginia Canals & Navigations Society
            3806 South Amerst Highway
            Madison Heights, VA 24572.

             Note: If you wish your gift to only be used towards the Home Fund, then write “Home Fund” on the for line of the check, otherwise the funds go into the non restricted funds and can be applied towards any VCNS need.

            Another method to donate is the GO FUND ME page.

            You can a visit the Batteau Museum in person (Please call Bill Trout in advance to arrange a time/date to make sure he is home. Phone Number 252-301-1747), or email Bill, see map  to the Batteau House below:

            Your generosity and belief in our mission makes our
            work possible, and we are deeply grateful for your
            partnership.

            For Tax Purposes, a donation receipt will be sent to you. The Virginia Canals & Navigations Society is a 501(c)3 non profit organization.

            If you have any questions, please email our fundraising committee chairperson, Ms. Donna Riedel.

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              Palmyra Lock Cleanup a Success

              The Lock at Palmyra - AFTER Cleanup, 2016 Photo by Brian Coffield

              The Lock at Palmyra – AFTER Cleanup, 2016
              Photo by Brian Coffield

              Palmyra Lock - After Cleanup - 2016. Photo By Brian Coffield

              Palmyra Lock – After Cleanup – 2016.
              Photo By Brian Coffield

              On Saturday, November 12, 2016, a small band of canal enthusiasts armed with chain saws launched a post-dawn raid on the lock at Palmyra Mills, beside the Rivanna River. The goal was to catch up on tree removal and uncover partially buried portions of the lock. The VCNS has been doing cleanups at this lock for decades.

              The lock at Palmyra Mills is the only intact structure in this area that boasts a mill ruins, dam ruins and covered bridge piers. The lock is by no means in perfect condition, but at 165 years old and only cared for by volunteers, it is in good condition. The continuing efforts of dedicated volunteers can help ensure it lasts for at least another 165 years.

              VCNS volunteers who participated: Bill Trout, Philip DeVos, Brian Coffield, Chris Fox, Pete Runge.

              Palmyra Lock on the Rivanna River - Before Cleanup - October 12, 2016. Photo By Brian Coffield

              Palmyra Lock on the Rivanna River – Before Cleanup – October 12, 2016.
              Photo By Brian Coffield

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                Great Bridge Heritage Festival a Success

                Dr. Bill Trout at the Great Bridge Waterways Heritage Festival, 2016.

                Dr. Bill Trout at the Great Bridge Waterways Heritage Festival, 2016.

                The Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation held their 7th annual Waterways Heritage Festival on October 15th, 2016.

                The festival is held at a park in Chesapeake, Virginia adjacent to where the Elizabeth River meets the Chesapeake and Albemarle Canal. It is free, includes boat rides through the Great Bridge Lock and has many vendors and attractions celebrating Chesapeake’s waterways and cultural heritage. The organizers feature the VC&NS prominently in their advertising for this event, and generously provide hotel lodging and food to the VC&NS volunteers. They very much appreciate having a batteau in attendance at the festival.

                This event is well attended, and this year was no exception, in spite of the fact that it was held on a rain date due to over a foot of rain that fell on the original weekend during Hurricane Matthew. Many of the festival volunteers are first responders and Coast Guard members and actually spent the previous weekend rescuing people but still cheerfully participated in the festival! The VC&NS has been in attendance every year. Once again the batteau “Slate River” was a featured attraction. The VC&NS tent also showcased our newest publication, The Dismal Swamp Nobody Knows, and author Bill Trout and author/artist Bill Hoffman (“Sarge”). Mr. Hoffman was there to personally sign the copies that were sold, and the display featured a painting that was included in the book.

                If you haven’t participated in this wonderful event, we look forward to seeing you there in October 2017!

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