The Batteau “Lizzie Langley” under construction!

Welcome to the 2015 batteau season! Spring is in the air and a new batteau is being built in Lynchburg. The batteau “Lizzie Langley” is named after a famous lady from Lynchburg’s past. More on that story later, but in the mean time the old crew of the now retired batteau “Debbie” is building a new boat. Isaac Schumacher and his Dad, Dan Tucker and their friends are working on this fantastic new batteau which is located beside the new Lynchburg Humane Society on Old Forest Road (Between Timberlake Road/Krogers and Home Depot). Enjoy these photos and get ready for an exciting 30th annual James River Batteau Festival.

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    Tireless James & Fall Meeting for JRBF held at Howardsville – Sept. 12, 2014

    The 2014 “Tireless James” event was held between the Wildlife Management Area down-river from Wingina, to Howardsville. Several Batteaux participated in this event which was sponsored by the James River Association. There were a lot of tires removed from the river that day! Good job everyone!!!

    Later in the evening the annual meeting of the JRBF was held at the Howardsville campsite owned by Mr. Jimmy Crews. A nice fire was in the center of the ring as everyone gathered around to hear Chairman Ralph Smith announce several items of interest to JRBF participants.

    Ralph Smith, JRBF Chairman will continue on through the 2015 JRBF, the 30th annual. We are proud to announce that Mr. Andrew Shaw will take on the leadership role and become the next JRBF Chairman from that point forward. We are confident that Andrew will help lead the JRBF into the future. We thank Ralph for the many many years and next year that he has been Chairman.

    Holt Messerly stood up to announce the publication of the newest VC&NS Atlas “The Chickahominy River Atlas”. Capt. Don Bright bought the first copy which isn’t going to be officially released until a Pow-Wow later this month.

    Don Bright spoke about his vision of an event in downtown Richmond next Summer after the JRBF. Batteaux would come and put into the Canal and participate in the event. Details are being worked out at this time.

    Brian Coffield, VC&NS President, spoke of the many great things going on in the VC&NS and praised Dr. Bill Trout for his many contributions to the society. Brian announced the new “Home” building in Madison Heights that is being purchased by Dr. Trout. More about this home place for the VC&NS to come.

    The night wound down and good friends enjoyed the warmth of the fire into the night.

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      Maiden’s Landing – Saturday Afternoon Update


      Zoom Lens Gallery – Photos by Holt Messerly

      Regular Len’s Gallery – Photos by Holt Messerly

      Maiden’s Landing was peaceful as I sat in a camping chair by the river with some other public. One family sat and watched and asked lots of questions about the batteaux. While two girls to my side were waiting for their friends to come in.

      Thinking that I had plenty of time before the boats came in I started making a sandwich from the back of my car. All of a sudden people were yelling my name because a boat was coming in. It was the Rocky Creek Wildfire who arrived first at Maiden’s this year, followed by the Slate River and the Mary Marshall.

      Others gradually came in and some were already taking their boat out. The ramp was orderly for this process this year. Not as crazy as in the past.

      Dave Polce the “Paddling Potter” had a little girl pull the raffle tickets out of the jar for the three jugs he had made and donated to the festival. Brian Coffield, VC&NS President was shocked when he won second prize which was a small jug. The first place, large jug, went to someone who wasn’t there but someone knew them and was taking them their prize.

      Randy Smith also donated a painting to the JRBF to be part of the raffle. The winner was happy but chooses to remain anon.

      The 29th annual JRBF wound down quietly at Maidens as everyone spoke of next year’s 30th anniversary. Dan Tucker said “51 weeks to go”.

      Thats all for this year. Photos may be purchased from the photographer directly. email holtm@messerlyphoto.com to discuss any photo needs etc.

      Thank you to all the wonderful people I’ve encountered this week. This has been a great festival.

      Holt Messerly
      VC&NS Trustee/Webmaster/Tiller Editor-trying to retire/Atlas production/
      JRBF Photo Blogger

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        Cartersville – Saturday Morning Update


        Regular Len’s Gallery – Photos by Holt Messerly

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        People started moving in Cartersville a little slow this morning. The sky was overcast and it was a little cool. Gradually everyone was up and gathered on the bank of the boat ramp for a group photo. First, Chairman Smith gave out the perseverance award to The Debbie. Then the Dewey Pole was awarded this year to Randy Waycaster from the batteau Slate River.

        Then the Ladies had prepared a song about Dewey Wood. Copies of the words were handed out and then they began singing and playing a guitar. I tried to sing at first but I couldn’t do it. I kept looking around hoping no one would notice my eyes as I got a little emotional thinking back about Dewey while hearing this song being sung by all the batteau group. That was very nice to hear.

        Gradually the boats pulled off and went towards Maiden’s Landing.

        Bo from the Rockfish Runner complained about a bad foot this am. He wasn’t worried though as this was the last day and he’s going to be fine he said.

        See you at Maiden’s, and thank you to the Goochland Public Library for the awesome room overlooking woods and a field as I type in today’s blog posting.

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          Cartersville – Friday Night Update


          Zoom Lens Gallery – Photos by Holt Messerly

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          Cartersville was hot and sticky and people complained about the mosquitoes and bugs.

          The Spirit of Buckingham came on in first.

          As the sun went down most of the boats were in. Some arrived after dark.

          The rain came in and people went to bed after a long day.

          Later in the night some people were singing really crazy and loud and banging out a song for all they were worth. It was after quite time but no one seemed to mind. It was the last night out for this year’s festival.

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            Columbia – Friday mid-afternoon update


            Zoom Lens Gallery – Photos by Holt Messerly

            Regular Lens Gallery – Photos by Holt Messerly

            The river at Columbia was drifting along slowly and the sun shone bright with a few clouds here and there. The batteau Slate River came in and stopped for a short break before departing for Cartersville.

            After a while others started to come by. The view of the batteaux from the bank in the shade as they pass under the Columbia bridge is very scenic.

            The cool air from this morning is going away fast. It will probably be warm in Cartersville. This is the “last night out” for the batteaux at this year’s festival.

            There will be a group photo at 7:30 am for all batteau groups. Please be at the boat ramp on time.

            See you in Cartersville.

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