Ralph White guides a tour at the Pump House
There are a lot of river- and Ralph White-related items in a recent email blast from the Friends of the James River Park. I figured some would be of interest to a wider audience:
Thursday, June 21st at 8:30 p.m. at the Canal Turning Basin at 14th St. and the Canal Walk, join Ralph White and the Friends for Candles on the Canal, a simple event to mark the Summer Solstice. Light a candle, make a wish, and send it sailing along.
Sundays at Pony Pasture, 1:30-5:30 One of the best ways to honor Ralph is to help him out with an hour of your time, helping manage the parking lot with him on Sundays this summer. Instructions, walkie talkie and vest are provided. Patience and water are good ideas! Call Ralph at 432-1832 if you can help in June or July.
Friday, June 29th, Friday Cheers 6:30-9:30 at Brown’s Island to honor Ralph White. It’s the usual concert ($10)with a unique twist. Trampled by Turtles plays–and yes we appreciate the name though we don’t think Ralph has ever been trampled by turtles– and Venture Richmond plans to honor Ralph’s years of service to the city and region while hundreds are gathered along the river. Should be a great night.
Saturday, June 30th at 8:30 p.m.at Ancarrow’s Landing, Ralph will lead the torchlit Richmond Slave Trail walk. Be prepared for a long and solemn walk. Please bring $5 a person. Buses will bring walkers back to the parking lot at Ancarrow’s when you’ve finished. Don’t miss this moving experience.
Tuesday, July 10th, at 6 p.m. at Reedy Creek Park Headquarters is our next Friends of James River Park meeting. If you’ve read through the massive and impressive Riverfront Plan, you’ve noticed that FOJRP is mentioned as a player in a possible new riverfront agency. Now is an exciting time to get involved with the Friends and be a part of both protecting the JRPS and improving river access and amenities. Coming to a board meeting is an almost painless way to get the inside track on what’ s going on. We’d love to see you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?