Menokin Water | Ways Exhibit

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.

Artist and Community Event: Call For Artists

This summer, the Menokin Foundation is hosting a traveling exhibit through the Smithsonian Institution’s Museums on Main Street program.  Menokin was selected for this opportunity because we present both environmental and cultural enrichment opportunities for a mostly rural audience.  From mid-July until the end of August, we will be featuring many activities celebrating the significance of water in our lives.  Our world is water and, so are we. The exhibit is called Water/Ways.

There are two opportunities for artists to participate. One is The Riverwalk of Fame Main Street Sidewalk Painting Event and the other is the Adopt-An-Artist Program. Printable flyers with more information and all the details are linked below.


Imagine having 6 weeks to showcase your work under a program co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Virginia Association of Museums, and Menokin!

Deadline for application is by May 15th, 2017.  Notifications of acceptance will be by June 1st, 2017. Details on how to apply are on the printable attachments.

This 6 week program is a community collaboration and includes partnerships with The Town of Warsaw, Richmond County Warsaw Main Street Program, Friends of the Rappahannock, U.S.Fish & Wildlife, and the local schools and libraries.

June 9: Moonlight Paddle
8:00 – 10:00
| $25 per person

Join us on Cat Point Creek for a paddle by the light of the silvery, full moon. Moonrise is at 8:18 pm, so we will gather at Menokin Landing at 8:00. It is
REALLY DARK at Menokin at night, so we will have lit way-finding signs to guide you.

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 JUNE 6TH. NO EXCEPTIONS.




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

  • May 15, 2017
  • May 18, 2017
  • June 8, 2017
  • July 15, 2017 / August 27, 2017