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Riverfront Canal Cruises Cancelled but a Virtual Tour is Online

Riverfront Canal Cruises is releasing a new 360-degree video featuring a virtual canal boat tour with a historic narrative produced in line with VA SOLs, while also announcing the cancellation of the Riverfront Canal Cruise 2020 season.

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2020 Riverfront Canal Cruises Season Cancelled 

For the safety of both our patrons and staff, and in accordance with the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order and phased approach to group gatherings and reopening businesses, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Riverfront Canal Cruises season. 

Last year Riverfront Canal Cruises celebrated its 20th anniversary and we plan on being around for many more milestone anniversaries. However, the health of our visitors and staff are what is most important to us, and we believe that it will be too difficult to safely distance within the close quarters of a canal boat. 

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to a banner year on the canal boats beginning April 2021. In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy, and enjoy a virtual tour! 

For more detailed information about Riverfront Canal Cruises, please visit: https://venturerichmond.com/our-services/riverfront-canal-cruises 

Not all is lost, however.

Riverfront Canal Cruises is releasing a new 360-degree video featuring a virtual canal boat tour with a historic narrative, while also announcing the cancellation of the Riverfront Canal Cruise 2020 season.

The narration from one of our most-experienced batteau drivers touches on the SOLs for Virginia Studies and US History to 1865, assisting 4th and 5th graders as they complete the school year in a fun way. Of course, this 360-degree tour of the canal isn’t just for kids! Children and adults of all ages will enjoy Richmond’s amazing history.

The canal cruise video references and expounds on specific Virginia SOL standards along with so much more Richmond history. Those detailed standards included in the tour can be found on the Venture Richmond website.

The virtual 360-degree experience simulates an actual tour of the canal in the authentic boats, while seeing the restored James River and Kanawha Canal, the scenic Canal Walk, the Tidewater Connection Locks from 1853, the unique Triple Crossing railroads, historic architecture, the Virginia Capital Trail, the Low Line gardens, and James River wildlife.

Watch the new 360-Degree Video Now! 

Virtual 360° Riverfront Canal Cruise Tour from Venture Richmond on Vimeo.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Editorial: Made more beautiful

“Sometimes, as in a forest, things have to burn to clear away the old, the dead, the decaying, to make room for new life.”

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By Sarah Allen

It’s hard to put into words, but as you can see, I’m trying.

It’s hard to describe to someone who isn’t from Richmond, but I do want to try.

I grew up seeing those statues on a weekly or even daily basis. People from out of town (Yankees, carpetbaggers) don’t realize just how integral they are to this city.

They are not off in some historical park that you visit only on school field trips. Those statues are on a main thoroughfare, a graceful, sun-dappled avenue where many hundred-year old trees have not survived hurricane season and have had to be replanted. And yet the statues remain.

When I woke up Sunday and saw the images of those statues covered in graffiti, my eyes filled. Not in sadness but in pride, love, and hope.

I had to go see them for myself. I had to take my children.

So many different hands transformed them into their new existence. So many different colors of paint. So many perfectly conflicting messages of love, anger, rage, hope, peace . . . all coexisting in a gorgeous cacophony that was somehow utterly perfect.

My heart swelled to see them in person. There were skateboarders doing tricks using the base of the monument as a launch pad. There was a group of Black students protesting peacefully on the steps. There were kids climbing on them, jumping over the felled wrought-iron fences that protected them for a hundred years.

It felt like those statues were being reclaimed by the city that glorified them for too long.

It felt like visiting the Coliseum in Rome. We were there to see an ancient symbol, now in ruins, made more beautiful somehow by their ruining.

I can summon not even one ounce of sadness for the loss of their original state. They are better like this. They finally make sense.

Photos of these statues in their new form may be in history books in 50 years as a symbol of a change, like the Berlin Wall coming down, like protesters pulling over the statue of Saddam Hussein.

Do I exaggerate? That is how momentous it felt to me, a lifelong Richmonder who was raised to revere those statues both as important public art and as symbols of our history. They are new symbols now. They have finally been contextualized.

I grieve for George Floyd. I grieve for Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Marcus David Peters. Trayvon Martin. Philando Castille. Alton Sterling. Sandra Bland. There are too many to name.

But I do not grieve for the statues. I do not grieve for the Daughters of the Confederacy building. I do not grieve for old ideas. My heart swells with hope; my chest fills with pride.

Sometimes, as in a forest, things have to burn to clear away the old, the dead, the decaying, to make room for new life.

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Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.

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Where Spotted: Bryan Park
Common Name: Blue Jay
Scientific Name: Cyanocitta cristata
Length: 8.7 – 12 in.
Weight: 2.3 – 3.8 oz
Wingspan: 13–17 in

Quick Facts (Courtesy of the Cornell Lab)

  • Thousands of Blue Jays migrate in flocks along the Great Lakes and Atlantic coasts, but much about their migration remains a mystery. Some are present throughout winter in all parts of their range. Young jays may be more likely to migrate than adults, but many adults also migrate. Some individual jays migrate south one year, stay north the next winter, and then migrate south again the next year. No one has worked out why they migrate when they do.
  • The Blue Jay frequently mimics the calls of hawks, especially the Red-shouldered Hawk. These calls may provide information to other jays that a hawk is around, or may be used to deceive other species into believing a hawk is present.
  • Tool use has never been reported for wild Blue Jays, but captive Blue Jays used strips of newspaper to rake in food pellets from outside their cages.
  • The pigment in Blue Jay feathers is melanin, which is brown. The blue color is caused by scattering light through modified cells on the surface of the feather barbs.

Kurt Cobain at Richmond SPCA

 

With the food out it’s less dangerous
Here we are meow, entertain us
I feel frisky and outrageous
Here we are meow, entertain us

Age: 8 years, 1 month
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Orange
Declawed: No
ID: 44163819

Adopt Curt Kobain at Richmond SPCA

Learn more about their adoption process.

To reduce visitor traffic, during the COVID-19 outbreak they are scheduling adoption appointments beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please leave your phone number in a voicemail or email and an adoption counselor will call to set an appointment for you to meet with a pet. Email the adoption center or call 804-521-1307.

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Resident Tests Wayside Springs

Spoiler it’s not spoiled.

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Wayside Springs is one of the few natural springs that still accessible to city dwellers. It’s located down a set of stairs where Prince George Road hits New Kent. The stone staircase that leads to a landing area featuring two pipes gushing spring water was built in the 1930s  and a cornerstone in the wall is inscribed with 1895. A cool oasis in the city.

Mark Holmberg had a short story back in 2017 about this spot and some of the other local springs.

Meanwhile RTD has this story on the spring in Byrd Park and this story from 2008 about signs warning that the water might not be safe. The article goes on to say, that the signs went up since they had stopped testing not that they had found anything wrong.

Bryd Park Spring 1959 – Photo Credit RTD

Resident Matt Sprinkle was curious about the water that comes from Wayside Springs so he purchased a WaterSafe well testing kit and went work. It should be mentioned that this is an over the counter testing kit and is not “official” in any way shape or form.

Ran these last week a few days after the big rains, and still, the only contaminant to note is the Nitrate, which is still well below a concerning level even for ordinary drinking water. (Cured sausage is way higher in nitrates and nitrites.) So, not a definitive thing, but helpful nevertheless to know that it’s within normal parameters for safety. Drink up.

The results and tip of the virtual hat to Matt for sharing the results.

 

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