Paddle For the Border – May 6, 2017
In early spring hundreds of paddlers launch their vessels into the Dismal Swamp Canal’s dark, mirrored waters. This historic waterway serves as the backdrop for Paddle for the Border, an annual 7.5-mile paddling excursion to the North Carolina/Virginia border.
This 14th annual event celebrates the canal’s rich history, which dates to 1763 when George Washington’s land company first surveyed the swamp before commissioning the waterway’s construction. In the 19th century, the canal’s dense wetlands provided refuge for slaves traveling the Underground Railroad before continuing their journey north.
After enjoying a traditional pre-launch breakfast at the Dismal Swamp State Park, in South Mills, NC, paddlers embark on the leisurely three-hour journey to cross the state line. They finish the day out with a picnic lunch on grounds of the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail at the Great Dismal Swamp Boat Ramp at Ballahack Rd. in Chesapeake, VA.
Interested in participating? Like spring’s arrival, enthusiasm for Paddle for the Border begins building early. Registration opens January 3, 2017. The event is limited to the first 300 participants and fills up quickly due to its popularity.
Open Registration: January 3, 2017-April 7, 2017
Late Registration: April 8, 2017-Until Full; Online Only
For information or to obtain registration packets in advance call 1-877-771-8333.
For more information and/or register online click here for Chesapeake Parks & Recreation Department’s website.
Paddle Registration Form 2017 (Printable drop off/mail registration form)
Saturday, April 22, 2017
33, 62, 100 mile rides.
Register online at Active.com!
New Routes with Great Scenery
Same Excellent Support – SAG
The Very BEST Food Stops Ever
Start: sweet potato ham biscuits, banana bread, coffee, ice and water
SAG 1: famous deviled eggs, etc.
SAG 2: PBJ’s, etc.
SAG 3: fruit smoothies, to-the-finish treats, etc
Finish: hot dogs and drinks…
After the Ride: Massages and Showers Available
Saturday, November 4th, 2017 – 10am to 5pm
Sunday, November 5th, 2017 – 11am to 4pm
Camden Woman’s Club will be sponsoring their 32nd annual Holly Days Craft and Gift Show
The event will be held at Camden Intermediate School, Hwy 343 North, Camden, NC.
There will be gifts and crafts for everyone on your Christmas list including toys, crafts, jewelry, pottery, art and home décor. Concessions will be provided by Ebenezer Baptist Church. Admission is $4 for Adults ($3 with canned food donation), $2 for Senior Citizens and students. Children under 5 are admitted free.
Proceeds will fund the students’ scholarships, teachers’ grants, Christmas for area families and residential homes. Contact Beth Sawyer on Camden Women’s Club Facebook page or at email@example.com.