Menokin Water | Ways Exhibit

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Life in the Northern Neck is tied to the water. The Water|Ways exhibit created by the Smithsonian Institution provides a great opportunity to create a convergence point for all of the conservation organizations in this region to showcase their efforts to preserve and protect Chesapeake Bay waterways.

A large portion of the Menokin property (325 acres) is under a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service conservation easement. We are a prime example of how a community can protect and promote its most precious natural resources.  The Water|Ways exhibit will help us tell this story. Program planning is underway and will be published as details are finalized. Look forward to paddling excursions, educational opportunities, community engagement and more.

The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition dives into water–an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically.

In societies across the globe, water serves as a source of peace and contemplation. Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Authors and artists are inspired by the complex character of water – a substance that is seemingly soft and graceful that is yet a powerful and nearly unstoppable force.

Water also plays a practical role in American society. The availability of water affected settlement and migration patterns. Access to water and control of water resources have long been a central part of political and economic planning. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.

SNEAK PREVIEW - SET UP DAY AT VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM

This massive, colorful, informative and interactive exhibit will wind and curve its way through the Menokin Visitor’s Center (we measured; it’ll fit!), provoking contemplation, conversation and  community awareness.  Admission is free.

 

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COMMUNITY PADDLES

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June 9: Moonlight Paddle

Our Moonlight Paddle was a huge success. View pictures from the evening on our facebook page. And follow us on Social Media to see if another Moonlight Paddle has been added to the schedule.


July 22: Paddle & Fish Fry

Paddle – 4:00 – 6:00

Fish Fry – 6:00 – 8:00

| $35 per person (BYOB)

An afternoon paddle on Cat Point creek provides the prelude to an al fresco dinner of fried catfish, cold watermelon and hot corn on the cob on the front lawn of the ruin. We’ll have water and iced tea. Bring your own wine or beer. We have some kayaks available to use. Or you may bring your own. There is space at the launch to drop your boat(s) and turnaround to park at the top of the trail.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED BY JULY 17TH. NO EXCEPTIONS.

AUGUST 4: F.O.R. Community Paddle
10:00 – 3:00 | $ Varied

Friends of the Rappahannock is partnering with the Menokin Foundation to host a tour of the new Cat Point Creek Water Trail. Cat Point Creek is one of
the most pristine Northern Neck tributaries of the Rappahannock River.

We have some kayaks available to use. Or you may bring your own. There is space at the launch to drop your boat(s) and turnaround to park at the top of the trail.

Attendees will also take a hard-hat tour of Menokin. Bring lunch, water and sunscreen. Minimum age is 12 years.

PURCHASE TICKETS: riverfriends.org/event/cat-point-creek-kayak-krawl

AUGUST 21: Solar Eclipse Paddle
1:30 – 3:30 | $40 per person

Experience the first total solar eclipse in the US since 1979 in style and on the water. Imagine the feeling of floating on Cat Point Creek, witnessing the birds falling silent, and the light changing to an eerie hue.Your ticket includes a souvenir pair of viewing glasses that are rated safe for watching the eclipse. Plan to arrive at the boat launch at 1:30 and to be out in the creek by 1:45. The max eclipse in our area takes place at 2:44 but will be occurring while you paddle to the best viewing location.

We have some kayaks available to use. Or you may bring your own. There is space at the launch to drop your boat(s) and turnaround to park at the top of the trail.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED BY AUGUST 16TH. NO EXCEPTIONS.




Upcoming Events

Menokin WaterWays Exhibit

July 15, 2017 / August 27, 2017
All Day
Education / Events
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