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.

6th Annual RVF Kite Festival – April 13, 2014

Kite Festival 2014FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
   11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Attractions:
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!
GREAT FAMILY FUN DAY!

Location:
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!

Directions:
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

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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.

Great Backyard Bird Count trail walk February 15 9-10 a.m. and February 16 2-3 p.m

Where? Trail head on Rt 151 at S Rockfish River, 2 miles south of Nellysford, Va 22958

More Information: Please phone 434 226 0446

The Rockfish Valley Foundation (RVF) is proud to participate in this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) from February 14-17. The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society that consists of an annual four day period in which participants all across the country take a small amount of time to identify and count their local birds. Since RVF’s Trail System is everyone’s backyard, we are planning two sessions where you and your family can come out to count birds with us. Our first program will be Saturday, Feb. 15 from 9-10AM and the second one is Sunday, Feb. 16 from 2-3PM. You don’t need to know a lot about birds or even have fancy binoculars; just come walk the trail with our naturalist; light refreshments on us! Raffle for a 50 pound bag of oiled sunflower seed. Children drawing for colorful bird poster each day.

YOU KNOW ABOUT THE Rockfish Valley TRAILS…THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN WHY IT’S ONE OF THE BEST BIRDING AREAS IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA.

To learn more about the GBBC, visit: birdsource.org. To learn more about birding at the RVF, visit: http://www.rockfishvalley.org/blog/birding/

We hope to see you in February!

The Rockfish Valley Foundation

5th Annual Rockfish Valley Foundation Kite Festival: April 14, 2013!

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Kite Demonstrations and Competitions!
Free Kites and Assembly for FIRST 150 children!
Bird and Stunt Kites Flown!
Hundreds of Kites from $10 to $60 for sale by Life’s a Breeze!
FOOD PREPARED ON SITE by The Blue Toad!
GREAT FAMILY FUN DAY!

Location:
Bold Rock Cider Field
Route 627
Glenthorne Loop next to ELK HILL Baptist Church.
Behind Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center
1368 Rockfish Valley Highway
Nellysford VA 22958.

New Exhibit at the Natural History Center! “Rocks to Racing” Opens April 6th, 2013!

Rocks to Racing connects rocks, water and geology to Moonshine and NASCAR! The exhibit which comes from the Virginia Museum of Natural History, the Virginia ABC and the Bedford Museum makes the connection between water and rocks and the local geology to Moonshine and Nascar.

Yes, there is a connection!

The center does not charge an admission but donations are appreciated. The Rockfish Valley Foundation also offers walking trails along the Rockfish River with wonderful birding, Spruce Creek Park and the Natural History Center. Splendid views of the Blue Ridge and all within a mile or so of wineries, breweries, the cidery and restaurants. Spring is here and its time to check out the new geocache trail along the Rockfish River.

The Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center is an affiliate of the Virginia
Museum of Natural History located in Martinsville VA.

The Virginia Museum of Natural History, VA ABC Board and Bedford Museum opens April 6 at 10 am; thereafter the center is open 10 am until 4 pm Saturday and Sunday and by special arrangements.