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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    New London Day 2016 was very nice

    The 2016 New London day was very nice. Sponsored by The Friends of New London and Liberty University, the event was held at the historic village of New London which is just west of Lynchburg in Campbell County, VA. The VC&NS had a table with our publications on display.

    Photos of the event have been posted on MesserlyPhoto.com. Click here to see photo gallery.

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      Tireless James – River Cleanup Event – October 22, 2016 – Howardsville to Scottsville

      Several of the Batteaux who participate in the annual James River Batteau Festival will be helping the James River Association on October 22nd, 2016 to clean out tires from the James River from Goolsby’s Falls, down-river from Howardsville to Scottsville.

      Canoeists and Kayakers are welcome to join in the fun. All help is appreciated!

      All boaters are asked if they can help get tires out of the James, starting AFTER Goolsby’s Falls. Tires will be gathered after the falls due to logistics of removing the tires.

      Please contact JRBF Chairman Andrew Shaw for more details or if you have any questions.

       

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        Palmyra Lock Cleanup – November 12, 2016

        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

        Palmyra Lock Cleanup
        November 12, 2016
        Begin at 9:00 am

        The lock is located behind the Fluvanna County Courthouse
        at 72 Main Street, Palmyra, Virginia.

        VC&NS past President, Mr. Brian Coffield, is planning a canal lock cleanup event at the Palmyra Lock on the Rivanna River. This is a great opportunity for members to be involved with an activity with the VC&NS by helping clean up this lock. Volunteers are needed and all help will be appreciated!
        If you would like to bring a weedeater and/or chain saw, that would be appreciated. The outside wall is accessible only to tree climbers and we would like the assistance of at least one professional tree climber to help us clear that wall.
        If there are any questions, please contact Brian Coffield 434-760-1183.

         

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