CartersvilleDewey Pole AwardFine Creek MillJames River Batteau FestivalLady's SlipperVirginia Canals & Navigations Society

JRBF-2021-Cartersville – June 25-26, 2021.

The Cartersville site of the 36th annual James River Batteau Festival was quiet when I set up my tent on Thursday so I could attend a dinner with the Lady’s Slipper at Betty’s house on Church Street. The ladies had a very nice spread of food under an ez-up tent and had chairs spread across the lawn. Betty and I walked around her house to see her flowers. The ladies and I discussed the new book and some of their boat’s customs.

On Friday the fog was beautiful on the water in the morning. 

The batteaux mostly went to the right of Elk Island and with the water being low it took a long time for the first boat to come in. Captain Ned Nelson and the batteau Fine Creek Mill came in to Cartersville first. Gradually there were 15 batteaux along the bank. 

The food vendor had really good Philly Cheese steak subs and some other good menu items. 

On Saturday morning the batteaux got ready to shuttle to Maiden’s. so some missed out on getting in the annual group photo.

I took several shots of the group just past 8am. This year’s photos from me are all taken with an iphone 10smax for historical reference. I love some of the colors that my old digital camera just won’t do the same.

Andrew Shaw stood before the group and gave a nice talk. 

I gave a quick talk about the Dewey Pole Award and what it meant to me. I started the award years ago and  I spoke about how the pole just seemed to come to me one time as was in my basement getting ready to head to downtown Lynchburg. The initials “SC” for the batteau Sam Cabell is on the old metal pole tip. I gave out the first Dewey Pole Award to Glen Sherewsbury, Captain of the batteau Thomas Jefferson’s Spirit of New London. Dewey Wood was everyone’s friend. He would help out all boats and his spirit lives within us all on the river and especially during the batteau week.

Gail Timberlake of the batteau Lady’s Slipper gave out a special paddle award for canoeists and this year the  award went to Billy Ray. He was very very helpful to me a few times helping set up and take down the new canvas tent and fly. He also helped many other people along the way. Thank you Billy Ray.

VC&NS President Brian Coffield reminded everyone that they could still make donations and pay camping fees etc. online and thanked everyone for a good week.

The batteaux headed to Maidens. Andrew Shaw’s new batteau  took off with 2 poles on the left and one on the right and they poled in unison in fine style!

The Goochland County Library is a wonderful place to update the website and I thank them for the use of the wi-fi as it’s been hard to pick up a cell-phone signal enough to use my hot spot data to upload photos.

The batteaux (approx 14 boats) are expected in Maiden’t this afternoon and may run a little late due to the low water level. The batteau Sedalia Endeavor took out at Cartersville.

Holt