Each year the James River Association holds a few signature events to raise funds and awareness in support of the James River. Below are our signature events - you don't want to miss them! Check out the JRA calendar for a complete list of upcoming James River events and activities.
JRA will be hosting an Open House and Annual Meeting Oyster Roast on Wednesday, October 30th, at Rockett's Landing in Richmond, presented by Stamie E. Lyttle Co.
JRA ‘s Open House will be from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at our new office located at 4829 Old Main Street, Richmond.
The Annual Meeting Oyster Roast will be held in the tented area across from JRA's new office. Cocktails and Oyster Roast from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. and the Program and River Hero Awards at 7:00 p.m.
Street parking is available. There will also be additional on-site parking. Please be on the lookout for the JRA directional signs.
Tickets sales are closed. Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets to the 2013 Annual Meeting.
Special Thanks to:
The James RiverFest
Saturday, April 20, 2013, Jamestown Yacht Basin/Eco Discovery Park
Thanks to those who came out for a day of river fun with the James River Association. The James RiverFest took place along with the 3rd Annual James River Paddle Challenge at 9 am, offered paddlers of all crafts and skill levels the choice of a 4-mile sprint course exploring up Powhatan Creek or a 9.5 mile enduro-paddle around historic Jamestown Island. After the paddle challenge, we invited the public to spend time with their family visiting educational, food, and vendor booths and trying out demonstrations of outdoor equipment. All proceeds support JRA’s mission to protect and restore the James River watershed.
Annual Westover Lawn Party
This fun-filled day is our primary fundraiser and is held on the banks of the James River in Charles City County each year in June. Hundreds of attendees, both volunteers and guests, help us enjoy this annual event with great food and music, live and silent auctions and a variety of children's activities.
James River Splash and Dash
The James River Splash and Dash is a competitive race and flat water tube. Participants run a trail course, grab a tube, paddle (with their hands) across a stretch of the James, and run their tube to the finish line. After the race, JRA hosts an after party that includes a band, food, beer and more! We host two events, one in Richmond and one in Lynchburg each July. For more information visit www.jrsplashanddash.org.
The idea of the Run-Down is simple – river enthusiasts from across the Commonwealth signed up to cover small sections of the James River such that, taken in concert, the entire length of the James River – all 340 miles – will be traversed in one weekend. The 2012 event took place on September 8 & 9th.
Participants signed-up to paddle, boat or tube one of defined sections of the river, created a personal home page for fundraising and sent emails to friends encouraging them to join their team! They asked friends and family for pledges to support their run down the river.
For more information on this event visit the website, www.runoffrundown.org.
"What a Healthy River Means to Me" Poster Contest
JRA conducted a poster contest, "What a Healthy River Means to Me" for public middle school science students in the City of Richmond, City of Lynchburg, City of Williamsburg/James City and in the counties of Henrico and Chesterfield that lie within 5 miles of the James River. The poster contest was designed for students to apply what they have learned about a healthy river ecosystem. They illustrated the impact of clean water on their community; on the way in which people use the river; the benefits to wildlife; and the student’s life. View our Blog to see the winners!
Extreme Stream Makeover
The Extreme Stream Makeover is a watershed restoration initiative to improve the health of a local degraded watershed, to increase public awareness of upstream, local & downstream water quality issues and to improve knowledge and know-how regarding solutions to local water quality and quantity issues on an individual or household level. JRA works with hundreds of volunteers and project sponsors and partners to complete stream restoration projects over the course of a week. Learn more at www.extremestreammakeover.org