2018 JRBF Poster and Brochure for download.

The 2018 James River Batteau Festival Poster is available for download here. Print as many posters as you like and help advertise the festival.

The 2018 James River Batteau Festival Brochure – download here.

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    Batteau Festival Site Cleanup Days for 2018:

    In preparation for the annual James River Batteau Festival there are many tasks to get ready. Site cleanup days are very important and any volunteers that can lend a helping hand with weed eaters etc. would be appreciated by everyone.

    Sites needing a hand with site cleanup:

    Wingina: 6/8 – 3:00 PM

    Slate River: 6/9 – 8:00 AM

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      JRBF Spring Meeting 2018 – Scottsville Virginia

      The annual spring meeting of the James River Batteau Festival was held on Sunday, May 6th, 2018. The Tavern on the James in Scottsville, Virginia was the location. The site was very nice and the food outstanding.

      Chairman Shaw called the meeting to order. Announcements about the sites and cleanups and the need for someone to be the ice vendor for the festival. Other people spoke about the Virginia Canals & Navigations Society publications and memberships. Rob Campbell from the James River Association spoke about a new batteau for the JRA to use in downtown lynchburg for public events. They are not sure if they will finish construction in time for this years batteau festival or not.

      Old friends gathered around again and enjoyed the food and beverages and the Tavern.

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        Boat Flipping at Byrne Nelson’s House – May 6th, 2018

        The Boat Flipping at Byrne Nelson’s home was fun. Some Batteau Festival people drove down country roads from Scottsville following as a group to get there after the JRBF Meeting.

        There were two boats there. The first was the batteau Queen Anne, being run by Brian Coffield and crew. The second boat is the Rosalee, run by Byrne and Roger Nelson and crew.

        People gathered along the sides of the boats and lifted and moved around etc to flip the boats. This was not the first time for many of the old timers in attendance. 

        The shade under the huge White Oak tree behind Byrne’s house was nice as some people sat there and talked a while. Looks like a bunch of work ahead for both boats to fix places and oakum etc before needing to be flipped again and taken to the water to swell.

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          2018 James River Batteau Festival – MEETING – SCOTTSVILLE – SUNDAY MAY 6th

          The 2018 JRBF season is upon us!

          The annual Spring Meeting of the JRBF is Sunday May 6th at Tavern on the James in Scottsville.

          Andrew Shaw, JRBF Chairman, asks that if you want to come for lunch at noon so that the meeting can start by 12:45 pm.

          The 2018 full color JRBF brochure is being printed with prior membership dues rates and dates. Please note that VC&NS Memberships have been changed to run from July 1 to June 30 and the prices increased by $5.00. The PDF file for download here has been altered to reflect the new information. Click Here to download revised 2018 JRBF Brochure.

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            2017 JRBF – Maiden’s Landing – Photos by Doug Berry.

            The 2017 James River Batteau Festival came to a quiet end at Maiden’s Landing on Saturday, June 24th. Photographer Doug Berry was there and shared the above photos! 

            The rain that was expected from a tropical storm a few days earlier went north and the day ended up being mostly sunny. The batteaux and other canoes and kayaks and canoe-rafts etc made their way to Maiden’s.

            Shirley Snidow texted that she was sitting with Dr. Bill Trout at the VC&NS booth. 

            The batteaux were loaded onto their trailers and everyone looks forward to next year! 

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