River News from Wingina and other places this week as reported by Doug Berry

The talk of the batteau people at Wingina was of the fast current which pushed batteaux into brush, rocks, hung them up, etc.  Among others the Lady Slipper got hung up twice.  The Anthony Rucker was pushed up sideways onto some brush and small trees.  The batteau was sideways in the way with the gunnel about two feet below water.  Twenty or so men tried to push it off and couldn’t budge it.  When forty-seven men got together they pushed it off of there, lifted the back end of the boat about four feet in the air and poured the water out of the bow end.  They said it was a sight to see.  Unbelievable what a bunch of MAN-power can do together.
     More than one batteau man was knocked into the water by the batteau slamming into a rock.
No batteaux were lost due to the teamwork of batteau people and all were salvaged.  The Virginia Creeper knocked a hole in its bottom which was repaired but they decided to pull out of the water at Wingina the next morning. No one sustained more than minor injuries.
     Water rescue was called by someone but it turned out to be probably unnecessary.  


Doug Berry
Doug Berry Fine Art Photography & Video
9808 Alfaree Road
Richmond, Virginia  23237
Ph. 804-748-5685
Website:  www.dougberry.co
E-mail:  pdberryjr@gmail.com
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    The batteau Morning Star and her cannon

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    Nathan Bunderburk and David Haney lift the canon out of the batteau "Morning Star" at the Bent Creek Site.

    Nathan Bunderburk and David Haney lift the canon out of the batteau “Morning Star” at the Bent Creek Site.

    The Batteau Morning Star brought a nice shiney cannon to start the Festival in Lynchburg. Barbara Haney sent in these two photos of the cannon and also of

    Randy Smith on board the Batteau "Morning Star".

    Randy Smith on board the Batteau “Morning Star”.

    Painter Randy Smith on board their batteau.

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      Slate River site of the JRBF is tonight’s Fesitval stop.

      Please be sure and go to the Slate River site of the JRBF. The two home batteaux for this site, The Slate River and the Spirit of Buckingham welcome you!

      Please send photos and account of the river.

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        Scottsville had a nice festival stop again this year.

        The JRBF always looks forward to stopping in Scottsville. After a few days on the river, a nice friendly town to stop in and enjoy is a highlight of the trip.

        A local news agency posted this story about the Scottsville Festival Site. Click here to view article.

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          Howardsville Site News 2013

          Holding a space in line for some Howardsville News. Anyone have any photos or anything to share about howardsville? please email to holt@batteau.org

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            Wingina Site pleasant as usual. Photos by Doug Berry.

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              Monday Night – Wingina – Films by Doug Berry shown to public, and notice from Doug:

              On Monday night at Wingina, Doug Berry showed a video documentary on trips down the James River during Batteau Festivals.  The showing was a huge success and enjoyed by many.  He will be showing this documentary again at Cartersville so if you’re interested in seeing it, check for his TV display at the VCNS booth with Dr. Trout.
                   He also is showing a 30-minute interview sampler on Blu-ray disc consisting of five minute segments from interviews that he has done with Nancy Trout, Dr. Bill Trout, John Rothert, David Haney, Barbara Haney and last but not least, Holt Messerly, Jr.
                   Doug has set up a “stage” in his home video studio in North Chesterfield for interviews with long-term participants in the Batteau Festival, Captains of batteau participating in the Festival, founders of the Batteau Festival and others.  If you would like to arrange in an interview, please contact him at pdberryjr@gmail.com or Ph. 804-748-5685 to set up an interview time.  These interviews will be given at his passing (and before) to the Batteau archivist, presently Diane Easley, and other historical associations to preserve them for future reference and research.  This is for the benefit of the Batteau Festival; to preserve the history of the Festival and Festival beginnings, and is a long-term project conducted by Doug at his own time and expense.
                   With today’s gas prices, it is getting difficult and expensive for Doug to go to everyone that should be interviewed who lives out-of-town.  If you come to his video studio, it is an expense of one trip.  If he goes to everyone, it is expenses for many trips, sometimes involving meals and a motel.  There is also an advantage to the professional “look” and sound quality given by his home studio.  If anyone finds this to be a hardship, Doug says he will go to them.
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                Bent Creek water getting clearer but still chilly!


                Chris Castner finding out how chilly that river water was at Bent Creek….with the batteau Morning Star.

                Photo Submitted by Barbara Haney

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                  Brothers from different mothers on board the batteau “Morning Star”!

                  Billy, Nathan Funderburk and Emmett Abernathy.

                  Billy, Nathan Funderburk and Emmett Abernathy.

                   

                  Billy, Nathan Funderburk, Mike Lee, and Emmett Abernathy at Bent Creek. Do you see a trend starting?

                  Billy, Nathan Funderburk, Mike Lee, and Emmett Abernathy at Bent Creek. Do you see a trend starting?

                  Thanks to Barbara Haney for submitting these priceless photos!

                  Holt

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                    Annie Laura from 621studios.com recalls her first batteau festival experiences

                    Please be sure to read the account by Annie Laura, a traveling photographer.

                    The Longest Day of the year starts today. Click here to read Annie’s Blog.

                    Annie plans to be at Bent Creek this morning. She may do some blogging for the festival.

                    We welcome her accounts of the river.

                    Holt

                     

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