Photos by Doug Berry
The first public showing of the documentary film about the Marshall expedition was held at “Mason’s Field”, overlooking the James River in sight of Rusen’s Dam on November 10th, 2012.
Upon arriving around 7:00 for the 7:30 showing, my friend Doug Berry and I walked over towards a huge bonfire that lit up the night sky. I saw batteau friends everwhere. The chili was very good and visiting with many people before the showing was lots of fun. Doug Berry, a photographer from Chester, VA took photos for the night which gave me a break from that for a change.
The film was shown on a large sheet with a nice projector and sound system. Chairs were lined up before we got there and when the time came the large crowd sat down to watch the film with much anticipation.
Andrew Shaw introduced the film and you could hear many cheers and whoa’s and laughter from the crowd. Andrew said it was his first time seeing the film. I really enjoyed every minute of the showing.
Afterwards the crew of the Marshall Expedition stood up in front of the crowd and spoke one by one telling tales and blaming everything that happened on the trip on Isaac. Tales of funny things that happened, favorite foods and all sorts of things were discussed. All of the crew said this was a trip they would remember the rest of their lives.
People remained and gathered around the fire to keep warm as it was starting to get kind of cold out there after a while. What a fantastic evening spent with good friends.
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