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Canoe group kicking off ‘Green’ program
By RUSTY DENNEN
The American Canoe Association has found even more ways to celebrate the Rappahannock River.
On Saturday, the national paddle-sports group headquartered in Fredericksburg is putting on Celebrate the Rapp. The daylong event at Riverfront Park on Sophia Street is the first of four events in ACA’s pilot Paddle Green Program.
Paddle Green is a community development initiative promoting recreation and good on-water stewardship.
“The key thread between all these events is to preserve paddle sports for future generations, and to foster good stewardship of the environment that we all like to enjoy and play in,” said Cate cqHuxtable, the ACA’s stewardship coordinator, who developed the pilot program. Huxtable, a Fredericksburg native, worked for Friends of the Rappahannock before joining ACA last August.
Other components of the pilot program include Love the Lake, a water-safety program in Lake George, N.Y., on July 20–21; a multiday paddle trip for at-risk youths at the NorthBay Adventure Camp in Connecticut in August; and events in conjunction with the ACA’s National Paddle Sports Conference in Charleston, S.C., in November.
On Saturday, several river cleanup sessions begin at 9 a.m. and run through 3:30 p.m. Kayak, canoe and paddle board instruction sessions run concurrently from midmorning through early afternoon, along with guided canoe trips by a National Park Service historian and an on-water relay race. Vendors will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
An evening of entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m., including live music and a screening of the 2012 World Tour of the Reel Paddling Film Festival from 8:45 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets for the films are $8 for ACA members, $10 for nonmembers.
Founded in 1880, the ACA moved its national headquarters to Fredericksburg in 2008. According to its website, the ACA is the nation’s recognized leader in the fields of paddle sport instruction and education.
There are more than 4,500 ACA-certified canoe, kayak, rafting, safety and rescue, and stand-up paddle board instructors in the United States. Those instructors teach ACA-approved programs to more than 800,000 people a year. The organization also has members and instructors in 16 countries.
View the complete schedule of Saturday events: americancanoe.org/resource/resmgr/spp-documents/cele
Rusty Dennen: 540/374-5431