Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Kids Fun Day 2010

Kids Fun Day at Philpott Lake Was Fun in the Sun (Shade) for Kids & Parents
Jamison Mill Park - More than 85 kids attended and enjoyed games; like corn hole and water blooms toss, painted butterfly crafts, rode on a miniature train cars pulled by a lawn tracker, learned bike safety from Philpott Park Rangers (adults & kids), and got up close with Tactfully Teamed Horses. The kids got to pet Lenny the Barn Owl and Robb Herbst's new Falcon, Stif. As a grand finally; they played in the creek. They had fake tattoos on arms and faces; even on a few grandmas. The adults enjoyed their selves too. Overall there were around 285 attending including the kids.

The Philpott Lake Rangers Curtis Brooks and Richard Wigley presented two bikes that the Friends of Philpott, Inc. had donated earlier this month at Goosepoint and Salthouse Branch parks during their Bike Safety Training. At the last Bicycle Safety Training at Salthouse Branch, Travis Pagans won a bike and presented it to a little girl who said she didn’t have a bike and was hoping to win. The bike Travis won was a girls bike and he could have gave it to his mom and have her sell it and give him the money, (after all, he was a teenage boy), but instead without hesitation he walked the bike directly over to the little girl and gave it to her.
A member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Martinsville picked up a bike like new at her church’s yard sale and gave it to the Rangers to give to Travis to show him that his good deed would not go unrewarded. The Rangers fixed it up as best they could and presented it to Travis at the Kids Fun Day.
It was a good day for all watching Travis ride back and forward on his bike (by the way, Travis didn’t have a bike of his own).
Pictured above are: Ranger Richard Wigley, Travis Pagans and Ranger Curtis Brooks

All the smiles on all the faces of the kids, the parents and all that worked that day, and the new friends we made; old friends who came together to share a Very Special Day in the Sun was great. Sponsored by Friends of Philpott, Inc. www.FriendsOfPhilpott.com.
Contributed by: Linda Drage

Paving begins on the D&W

News flash - a portion of the Dick & Willie is being paved! They have started at the eastern most end of trail and have reached Church Street. They will be paving the parking lot at Prillaman Chemical tomorrow.

Sammy and Steven of J.C. Joyce Paving doing a little late afternoon rolling after it cools down a bit.

story and photos submitted by:
Ellen J. Jessee

Friday, June 4, 2010

Celebrate Activate!

Meet your fellow community members and friends on the Uptown Spur Trail at 12:00 noon on Thursday, June 17th . Later that day, there will be a community celebration held at Spencer Penn Centre from 5 to 7p.m. Located in the center of historic UpTown Martinsville, the Uptown Spur Trail is a lovely paved trail--perfect for biking, walking or running. At 0.6 mile in length, the trail will eventually serve as an access point to the 4.5 Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail. Everyone is encouraged to attend these free events. Need more info? Call 276-403-5087.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Dan River Sojourn!

Join fellow paddlers on a fascinating passage through time down the Dan River.

This 22-mile trip takes you through a Triassic basin where history is written in and on the landscape. From the days of the dinosaurs to Native Americans to our own imprint shown in nineteenth century commercial navigation, you will see and touch it all during this two-day adventure.

Assemble at Lindsay Bridge in Madison, NC by 5:00 pm on Friday, July 16, to unload camping and paddling gear. Shuttle to Settles Bridge and/or Eden is at 6:00 pm. Anticipated return to the Lindsey Bridge campsite is 7:00 pm. Each day's paddle adventure will begin at 9:00 am and conclude by 5:00 pm. Enjoy special programs highlighting the history of the Dan River region and related topics.

Limited to 100 participants, so reserve your spot early!

Registration Deadline is July 1

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Get on the River !

Looking for a chance to get on the water and learn some new skills ?
Completely new to paddling?
Not to worry, there are opportunities
for everyone on the Smith River !

Guided Trips & Lesson

Presented in partnership with Smith River Outfitters

and Martinsville Parks and Recreation

May 31st, June 26th, July 24th, Aug 28th (all floats are 1-4 p.m.)
Join us for a fun and relaxing day on the Smith River. Whether you’ve never been in a canoe or kayak before or have been doing it all your life, you can be sure this trip will be fun and exciting.  Space is limited so please sign up.   Cost for Rentals with all equipment: $45 per boat for canoes (two people) and $35 for single kayaks. Cost of a shuttle for those with own equipment $10.

Overnight River Float 
Aug 14th @ 1 p.m. to Aug 15th @ 12 p.m.   
Paddle from the South Martinsville river access to the Smith River Sports Complex river access on Saturday.  Your camping gear will be shuttled by the Martinsville Parks and Recreation Department to the Sports complex where dinner will be provided along with a campfire that evening.  We will camp there and have breakfast provided by Martinsville Parks and Recreation the next day then continue paddling to the Mitchell Bridge on Sunday.  
$45 per person. 


June 19th , July 10th , Aug 7th  (all classes are 1-4 p.m.)
Join instructor Eric Juday from the American Canoe Association (ACA) to learn the basics of kayaking.  In this workshop students are given an introduction to kayaking and presented with equipment and skills. No experience needed and all equipment is provided. Classes will be held at the South Martinsville river access and Doe Run Park. $35 per person. 

June 20th , July 11th  (all classes are 1-4 p.m.)
Learn paddling techniques for maneuvering on Class II rivers as we paddle from the South Martinsville river access to the Smith River Sports Complex river access. Some prior experience required. $45 per person; boat rentals are an additional $20.

Space is limited!

Contact us to register or for more information and ask about our group discounts: