RVF Kite Festival 2014

kite festival 2014We had beautiful, sunny weather with nice winds from 10-15 MPH a good part of the time. We counted over 350 cars, so there were between 1,200 and 1,400 people in attendance! The Bold Rock Duck Race netted $1,010 for the Spruce Creek Wildflower Gardens and other educational materials for our Natural History Center. Children enjoyed magician Brian Bence, musicians Kim and Jimbo Cary and their animal friends, and face painting by Mary Niday and family. We wouldn’t have been heard without Jim Peterson and his amazing sound system, and we would have been hungry without Blue Toad as the food vendor. Richmond Air Force had some new participants and Les Duty’s kite store had some awesome kites. This was a sanctioned event of American Kite Flyers Association (Will Smoot, Director and Jack Wilson, Region 3 Director). A big THANK YOU to Bold Rock Cidery for letting us use their fields and to all of our wonderful volunteers that passed out flyers, parked cars, worked the greeting table, helped assemble 400 children kites, supervised 50+ parachute races, and picked up trash. Thank you to all participants who came out to show your support. Next year: April 12, 2015, same place, same time for the 7th Annual Rockfish Valley Foundation Kite Festival!

Kids In Parks TRACK Trail Dedication – April 3

Kids In Parks Kiosk - Winter (Close)Kids In Parks TRACK Trail Dedication – April 3, 3:30 p.m. (Trailhead)

Open now for your enjoyment at the Rockfish River Trailhead, the Rockfish Valley TRACK Trail is sure to entertain kids with a great time learning about the animals, plants, and culture of the Rockfish Valley. This trail will be dedicated in early April by members of the Kids In Parks organization.

Photographer Ben Greenberg – March 15

Photographer Ben Greenberg – March 15, 2 – 3 p.m. (Natural History Center)

James River, Richmond - BG

Ben Greenberg will be at the Rockfish Valley Foundation’s Natural History Center (NHC) on March 15 to talk about his upcoming book, Natural Virginia, which features panoramic photographs from across the state. His pictures will continue to be on display at the Center through April 15 after his talk. You may view them Saturdays and Sundays after the Center reopens April 5 or by special arrangement.

6th Annual RVF Kite Festival – April 13, 2014

   11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Kite Demonstrations and Competitions!
Free kites and assembly for the
FIRST 200 children!
Duck Race on Reid’s Creek!
Amazing Magician performs!
Bird and Stunt Kites Flown!

Bold Rock Cider Field on Glenthorne Loop (Route 627)
Road is adjacent to the RVF Natural History Center.

Physical Address:
1193 Glenthorne Loop
Nellysford, VA 22958

Click here to get location from Google Maps!

Eagle KiteIf you are coming on Route 151 South, turn left 1.3 miles after passing the Nellysford Post Office.

If you are coming Coming on Route 151 North, turn right 1.3 miles after passing the Devils Backbone Brewing Company.

The Bold Rock Cider Field will be on the right after turning onto Glenthorne Loop (Route 627).


We’ll see you there! Let’s go fly a kite!


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Kid*Vention – February 22 on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall

RVF will have an exciting booth at Kid*Vention.
This event, hosted every year by the Virginia Discovery Museum, “is a free community event at which children and their families can learn and play at a variety of stations.” Come find our station to participate in our fun wildlife observation activity.

Don’t Miss Kid*Vention – February 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the Downtown Mall, Charlottesville.