RVF Fall 2016 Newsletter

Coming Sunday, October 16th, at 3PM

Celebrate Nelsonite with us

the new Virginia State Rock !

nelsonite

ROCKFISH VALLEY FOUNDATION INVITES YOU TO CELEBRATE

NELSONITE

3-5 P.M. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2016

at Tuckahoe School, Stoney Creek, Nellysford

We are presenting the who, what, where, when, and why of Nelsonite at Tuckahoe School on Oct 16. The space holds 90 people and we can reserve you a spot but otherwise it is first come first seated. On May 31, 2016, Governor Terry McAuliffe designated Nelsonite as the state rock of Virginia effective July 1, 2016. Here is a link to a Bureau of Mines document from 1970 which you can read to learn more about Nelsonite and Piney River and Roseland. (Bureau of Mines #1371). At the event we will have Lawrence Tiezzi, professor from PVCC who was behind the selection; state geologist, David Spears will also talk on the geology of the Rockfish Valley as well as Nelsonite; David Lipscomb from the Rock shop (RVCC) will talk about rock collecting; along with a few others will be presenting.
You will go away knowing so much more about our local geology and this special rock which is found in the Piney River / Roseland area of Nelson County

nelsonite sign

Following the presentation will be a geology walk along the rockfish river for 25 persons

Come get your Osage Oranges

Tis the season that the ELK HILL osage oranges fall into the field by the road at the entrance. Many of you know they are great for flower arrangements and for keeping away bugs in a basement. Come and get them. Just bring your own bags. Turn around at the little garage where the Persophene sculpture stands. If you want lots for a party let us know. The history of the Osage orange as brought to Thomas Jefferson by Lewis & Clarke is fascinating. Here is a link to the story: Osage Orange Tree

Prize Drawing

Gene Hughes is a local historian and a wood woodworker. He has made lots of wood items which he sells at the farmer’s market. He created a special 10th anniversary item for the Rockfish Valley Foundation. It is a walking stick made of Nelson Walnut and Nelson Stag antler. People who attended the celebration of the historic district Sept 18 registered to win it in a drawing. The drawing sign up will continue until December when a lucky winner will be selected at our volunteer party. If you come into the Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center museum you can register. You may also register at the Nelsonite event on October 16. Thanks Gene !

good luck – someone will win.

Invasive Plants

spotted knapweed

INVASIVE PLANTS ARE GETTING WORSE AND WORSE.

We think one of the major problems for the environment is the spread of invasive plants. RVF hopes to do more to educate about this problem in the future. We have just been introduced to a new organization in Virginia with which we hope to collaborate. It is the Blue Ridge PRISM which is a partnership for regional invasive species management. They have an educational website Blue Ridge PRISM. Landowner funding is provided through USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services located in Louisa, Virginia. They have just received almost $900,000 to disburse toapplicants in a 10 county area including Nelson (Natural Resources Conservation Service). If you have a farm you will be eligible for funding and consultation if you apply. There are 12 invasives identified as the ones to fight. You know some of them: spotted knapweed, kudzu, ailanthus and lespedeza. Let’s learn and take action now !

Rockfish Valley Foundation 10th anniversary was celebrated on September 18, 2016

Three Chimneys

Along with the recognition of the South rockfish Valley Historic district. The foundation is a Non profit recognized by Internal Revenue Service in August 2006. Over the 10 years there have been major accomplishments:

~ Dedication of the Rockfish Valley Birding Trails in September 2006 as part of the state wide system hosted by VA Dept of Game and Insland Fisheries. Design and installation of the Kids in Parks Trail affiliated with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and the Rockfish Valley Geology Trail.

~ Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center opened June 2012 affiliated with VA Museum of Natural History which plays host to thousands of visitors each year. Kids can become Rockfish Rangers and use our Camp Rockfish materials.

~ South Rockfish Valley Rural Historic District recognized by Virginia Department of Historic Resources on June 16, 2016 and U. S. Department of Interior, National Park Service August 15,2016

For THE FUTURE our goals are to complete the Spruce Creek Park Children’s Nature Trail and Spruce Creek Park Native Plant Walk and connect their resources to those in the Natural History Center. Equally important we plan to enhance our Collaboration with Nelson County Schools and promote Nelson Natural Day, field trips, Education and Environmental Literacy. To do this we need to build capacity. That means to raise money, get more volunteers and to create partnerships with others. Please consider a gift this year to our fund drive. That will be announced in early October. Also please consider giving time as a docent so we can find the 12 docents to staff a Wednesday opening. You will begin to learn so much about our community. There is no paid staff and no funding from Nelson County.

We are proud of our success and welcome your comments on what we can do better to serve our community.

Please go to www.rockfishvalley.org to donate or volunteer.

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Office phone: (434) 226-0446 
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MARCH 2016 UPDATE

It’s our pleasure to bring you some news about RVF. For this newsletter we will link you to added content.  The 8th annual Rockfish Valley Kite Festival will be held on April 10,  11:00 – 3:00.  Last year there were 1400 people.  It is a free community event.

Major Need – April 10

Kite festival volunteers for parking, children kite assembly, and parachute races.
Please let us know right away.
Email: info@rockfishvalley.org 

Native Plant Walk

A major initiative for 2016, this project is in addition to completion work on the Children’s Nature Trail. It is a 450 foot native plant walk being designed and installed along Spruce Creek. Our advisor is Fran Boninti and our landscape designer pro bono is Anne Henley. See link to her bio. This is the trail laid out by Zach Barnes and parts are up for adoption by families in the community.

http://www.rockfishvalley.org/blog/native-plant-walk-anne-henley/

Butterfly Trail Recognized by Commonwealth

Here is a copy of the award we got from the Commonwealth and recognition of our butterfly walk.. And stay tuned as we are waiting to hear from Preservation Virginia on recognition of the Old Wintergreen Village and Coleman Mills as endangered places in the Commonwealth. This relates to our archaeology project and will occupy the community for 5 or more years as it develops. The trail and the archaeology site make up a 7 ½ acre site along Glenthorne, Rt 151 and Spruce Creek.

 

Volunteers Needed – for Natural History Center to stay open

This is the 10th anniversary year of Rockfish Valley Foundation.  We have grown a lot with our trials and natural history center.  Just imagine our growing pains!  To survive as an all volunteer organization without any paid staff is not easy. As we prepare to open the natural history center on April 2 for its 5th year we have a major need. We do not have the volunteers to stay open from 10 to 4 on Saturdays and Sundays. We are discussing reducing the hours unfortunately. We do not have the volunteers to open mid week for students and school groups.  We are  beginning a major effort to locate volunteers to share a shift at the natural history center on a weekend day from either 10 to 1 or 1 to 4.  That is only 3 hours and we have Kim Grosner to organize our calendar.  We have Kim, John Zawatsky and Peter Agelasto and others to train our new volunteers.  PLEASE CONTACT US at info@rockfishvalley.org or 434 226 0446 which is our google telephone messaging system. There is a Master Naturalist course under way in Nelson and we expect many graduates will add to our volunteer ranks. Our website is www.rockfishvalley.org

Volunteer needs:

  1. Helping to install replacement brochure boxes at kiosks, install a brand new enclosed weather proof bulletin board on the porch of the natural history center, install brochure boxes on our tourist info center kiosk, and open and install new trail maps at the kiosks. Need someone with a good screw gun.

  2. Docent volunteers to take 3 hour shift, on a Saturday or Sunday from 10-1 or 1-4 with another volunteer in the natural history center. You help the visitor enjoy the experience in whatever way you feel comfortable.

  3. Adopt a plant and interpret once or twice a year a small section of the new native plant walk, or help maintain the Children’s nature trail in Spruce Creek Park.

  4. KITE FESTIVAL – volunteer to help with parking and or putting kites together for children at the kite festival which is April 10, 11:00-3:00 off Glenthorne loop.

3 Important books for sale

Important: we have 10 copies of the out of print new book on native plants for the piedmont. The other two are published by the VA Department of Forestry. Each is $5.  Check the link below for the three best books for your garden library. See photos: http://www.rockfishvalley.org/blog/spring-2016-new-store-items/

Full Moons 2016

Link to list of 2016 Nelson County full moons and where the names originate: http://www.rockfishvalley.org/blog/2016-full-moons-in-nelson-county/

Much more is on the horizon

Monarch site development is more significant with  news from Mexico of increase in the 2016 butterfly development; dedication of 3 picnic tables in the park and along the trails; work on the children’s nature trail; dedication of the rebuilt Bridge over an unnamed tributary; addition of sculptures by Yates Spencer, garden art metal artisan from Lexington VA.  His garden art is worth a look: http://mingum.com/ 

Pipeline Update

ACP Pipeline has suggested a route through Beech Grove at Blue Toad Cider, the ELK HILL meadow bottoms along the South Rockfish River and the walking trails, crossing 151 close to the downstream  birding and walking trails over to Glenthorne Loop.  That is within 500 feet of the ELK HILL residence, the Camille Trail head parking etc.  If this is selected, the concern for those living in Horizons Village, Elk Hill and River Bluff would become  a major issue.  That is to be compared with the preferred route which destroys the Coleman Mills and Old Wintergreen Village archaeology site and newly recognized Butterfly trail as well as other natural and cultural resources which adjoin Bold Rock Cider.  Not a pretty picture.  But you need to know.

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2016 Full Moons in Nelson County

January

Full Wolf Moon – Jan 23, 8:46 P.M.

This full Moon appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages. It is also known as the Old Moon. To some Native American tribes, this was the Snow Moon, but most applied that name to the next full Moon, in February.

February

Full Snow Moon – Feb 22, 1:20 P.M.

Usually the heaviest snows fall in February. Hunting becomes very difficult, and hence to some Native American tribes this was the Hunger Moon.

March

Full Worm Moon – Mar 23, 8:01 A.M.

At the time of this spring Moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins.

April

Full Pink Moon – Apr 22, 1:25 A.M.

This full Moon heralded the appearance of the grass pink, or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers. It is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.

May

Full Flower Moon – May 21, 5:16 P.M.

Flowers spring forth in abundance this month. Some Algonquin tribes knew this full Moon as the Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.

June

Full Strawberry Moon – Jun 20, 7:04 A.M.

The Algonquin tribes knew this Moon as a time to gather ripening strawberries. It is also known as the Rose Moon and the Hot Moon.

July

Full Buck Moon – Jul 19, 6:59 P.M.

Bucks begin to grow new antlers at this time. This full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.

August

Full Sturgeon Moon – Aug 18, 5:29 A.M.

Some Native American tribes knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full Moon. Others called it the Green Corn Moon or the Grain Moon.

September

Full Harvest Moon – Sep 16, 3:07 P.M.

The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox and is bright enough to allow finishing all the harvest chores.

October

Full Hunter’s Moon – Oct 16, 12:25 A.M.

This was the time to hunt in preparation for winter. This full Moon is also called the Travel Moon and the Dying Grass Moon.

November

Full Beaver Moon – Nov 14, 8:53 A.M.

For both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. This full Moon was also called the Frost Moon.

December

Full Cold Moon – Dec 13, 7:06 P.M.

This is the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark. This full Moon is also called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes.

2015 Full Moons in Nelson County

January
Full Wolf Moon
This full Moon appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages. It is also known as the Old Moon. To some Native American tribes, this was the Snow Moon, but most applied that name to the next full Moon, in February. Jan 4 11:54 P.M.

February
Full Snow Moon
Usually the heaviest snows fall in February. Hunting becomes very difficult, and hence to some Native American tribes this was the Hunger Moon. Feb 3 6:10 P.M.

March
Full Worm Moon
At the time of this spring Moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins. , Mar 5 1:06 P.M.

April
Full Pink Moon
This full Moon heralded the appearance of the grass pink, or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers. It is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon. Apr 4 8:07 A.M.

May
Full Flower Moon
Flowers spring forth in abundance this month. Some Algonquin tribes knew this full Moon as the Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon Wednesday, May 3
11:44 P.M.

June
Full Strawberry Moon
The Algonquin tribes knew this Moon as a time to gather ripening strawberries. It is also known as the Rose Moon and the Hot Moon. Jun 2 12:21 P.M.

July
Full Buck Moon
Bucks begin to grow new antlers at this time. This full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month. Jul 1
10:22 P.M.;

Blue Moon Jul 31 6:45 A.M.

August
Full Sturgeon Moon
Some Native American tribes knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full Moon. Others called it the Green Corn Moon or the Grain Moon. Aug 29 2:37 P.M.

September
Full Harvest Moon
The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox and is bright enough to allow finishing all the harvest chores. Sep 27 10:52 P.M.

October
Full Hunter’s Moon
This was the time to hunt in preparation for winter. This full Moon is also called the Travel Moon and the Dying Grass Moon. Oct 27 8:05 A.M

November
Full Beaver Moon
For both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. This full Moon was also called the Frost Moon. Nov 25 5:44 P.M.

December
Full Cold Moon
This is the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark. This full Moon is also called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes. Dec 25 6:11 A.M.

A blue moon is an extra full moon in a month. Metaphorically, a “blue moon” is a rare event, as in the expression “once in a blue moon”. The phrase has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon, although a literal “blue moon” (the moon appearing with a tinge of blue) may occur in certain atmospheric conditions; e.g., when there are volcanic eruptions or when exceptionally large fires leave particles in the atmosphere. There is one Blue Mooon in 2015.