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The Natural History Center is currently closed for the winter. It will re-open April 1, 2018. Of course, our trails and parks remain open year-round and offer opportunities for birding, exercise, enjoying solitude in nature or a family fun day at the Children’s Nature Trail. The winter season is a perfect time to view the completed work of the VDOT restoration of the South Rockfish River on the RVF trail system, directly across from Bold Rock Cidery. The Children’s Nature Trail provides an experiential learning environment for families to explore geology, waterways, plants and animals in a place where they can climb, balance, run free AND make mudpies. Elements include a rock spiral, balance beam, seesaw, climbing structure, tunnel, pollinator garden, firepit, chalkboard and a mud kitchen. Informational kiosks enhance each element of the trail. Save the Date! The 10th annual Kite Festival will be Sunday, April 8th, 2018. Last year brought approximately 2,000 people and a spectacular array of kites. Food and drink vendors, kite-making for kids and educational displays make this a great day to spend with friends and family in the Rockfish Valley surrounded by gorgeous mountain views. The Rockfish Valley Foundation gratefully welcomed the return of the Harris Mill wheel and mill stones from the Wintergreen Resort Fall 2017. The mill was operational until the late 1960s, at what is now the intersection of SR 151 and Glenthorne Loop, across the road from the Natural History Center. These artifacts are a significant part of our efforts to discover and preserve the local history of Nelson County and we are pursuing archaeology of the site.
We depend on volunteers as museum docents and for special events and projects! Please contact via email “Volunteers” to firstname.lastname@example.org
A LOT IS COMING IN 2018. Please get in touch with us and help us make 2018 the most successful year yet for the Rockfish Valley Foundation!
Best Wishes for a happy and healthy new year,
The RVF Board of trustees
Betsy Rawls Agelasto Craig Cooper
Peter Agelasto III
Peter Agelasto IV
For immediate release
SEPTEMBER 3, 2017
Please join the Rockfish Valley Foundation on Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 from 1 pm to 4 pm to celebrate our new Children’s Nature Trail in Spruce Creek Park and our new exhibit at in the Natural History Center. Ribbon cuttings at 2 pm.
The new kid-friendly exhibit is called NATURALLY NELSON and focuses on water, rocks, plants and animals. We’ll have interpretative guides at interactive stations along the Children’s Nature Trail and also docents at stations inside the center at the Naturally Nelson exhibit. We will unveil our new park shed built by Nelson County High School Students, new perimeter fencing and gate at our Glenthorne Loop entrance and a Nelson County geology kiosk. LOTS MORE.
Refreshments include Kona shaved Ice (truck), Lucky Duck Kettle Korn and watermelon. There will be a water melon seed spitting contest, horse shoes, pulpwood throwing and a brand new “mud kitchen”. We have new swings and a 42 inch x 8 foot concrete “play” pipe. (the size of the proposed Dominion pipeline)
FUN FOR ALL — FREE TO ALL
LOCATION: 1368 Rockfish Valley Highway , just north of Bold Rock Cider, in Nelson on RT 151. Entrance off Glenthorne Loop. Check the foundation website rockfishvalley.org for more information or email email@example.com.
Contact Peter Agelasto (434) 361-1296
Schedule of Events
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. KITES FOR KIDS BOOTH – FREE KITE, ASSEMBLE , DECORATE, FLY.
11:15 a.m. Unfurl The GIANT AMERICAN FLAG at 11:00 a.m. provided by WILL SMOOT – all the kids assemble and unfurl to the Star Spangled Banner.
11:00 a.m. KITE DEMONSTATIONS with DICK AND JACKIE MACIEL, WILL SMOOT and others. Professional kite flying till 3 pm. As wind permits. Sound: Jim Peterson again donating his sound system. Announcements as appropriate by Will Smoot, Peter Agelasto and others…
11:30 a.m. PARACHUTE RACES with prizes. Also “BOL” races run at other times of the day.
12:30 to 1:00 p.m. Dick and Jackie Maciel demonstrate and talk about their constructed kites with Will Smoot. Tye River elementary kite building competition winners announced.
12:45 p.m. Annual KIDS Festival Poster Photo. Gather at sound system stage.
KIDS NATURE TENT – OPEN ALL DAY with exhibits and things to do. Register for a T-SHIRT GIVE AWAY.
T-SHIRT GIVE AWAY AND LAST CHANCE TO RENT A DUCK at 1:45 PM.
2:00 p.m. DUCK RACE. Sponsored by BOLD ROCK CIDER. RENT a yellow duck for $5 from the BOLD ROCK booth until 1:45 p.m. (next to KIDS NATURE TENT). Follow the ducks down the South Rockfish River.
Contributions go to the Rockfish Valley Foundation
KITE STORE: Life’s a Breeze kite store from Richmond, VA. Kites to buy; $15 to $60
Blue Mountain Brewery food truck
Blue Ridge Pizza
TIKIZ shaved Ice: food, drinks and water available
Bold Rock nonalcoholic cider available at Duck rental tent
VISIT THE ROCKFISH VALLEY FOUNDATION NATURAL HISTORY CENTER
at the corner of Glenthorne Loop and Route 151.
See animal skat, pelts, skulls, and skins.
The Biodiversity exhibit is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. each Saturday and Sunday.
Children can become a Rockfish Ranger. Sign up for prize drawings.
The Natural History Center is free and open to all.
OTHER ATTRACTIONS BY:
Kim and Jimbo Cary ~ musicians
Brian Bense ~ magician
Mary Niday and family ~ face painting
Full Wolf Moon – Jan 12, 6:34 a.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.
Full Snow Moon – Feb 10, 7:33 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.
Full Worm Moon – Mar 12, 10:54 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.
Full Pink Moon – Apr 11, 2:08 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.
Full Flower Moon – May 10, 5:43 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.
Full Strawberry Moon – June 9, 9:10 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.
Full Buck Moon – July 9, 12:07 a.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.
Full Sturgeon Moon – Aug 7, 2:11 p.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.
Full Harvest Moon – Sept 6, 3:03 a.m
The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox and is bright enough to allow finishing all the harvest chores.
Full Hunter’s Moon – Oct 5, 2:40 p.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.
Full Beaver Moon – Nov 4, 12:23 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.
Full Cold Moon – Dec 3, 10:47 a.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.