Even the rain did not put a damper on the 4th Annual Waterways Heritage Festival! As one of the City of Chesapeake’s 50th Anniversary Signature Events, families gathered to learn about Chesapeake’s rich waterways heritage and the many skills, arts and crafts needed to survive and flourish during the 18th century. Families came out to enjoy the many vendors and artisans from all different parts of the Commonwealth showcasing their traditional skill sets.
This year the Foundation was honored to host two historic Batteaus on static display while the Batteau and Canal Society members taught children the history of water transportation. Captain Jim Canterbury provided free boat rides through the locks, and docents provided guided tours of Battlefield Historic Park. The Chesapeake Fire Department, along with CERT, again provided our free shuttle service. New this year was our Pink Fire Truck and Fire Boat for display and demonstrations. Children learned how to make cornhusk dolls from local girl scouts, and elementary and middle school students participated in a Scavenger Hunt Quiz to enter a raffle to win a pizza party for their classroom courtesy of Spaghetti Eddie’s. Those in attendance were entertained by Dulcimer expert Bert Berry; Charles Murla on the fiddle; Oscar Smith High School’s Strolling Strings, directed by their teacher musician Deanna Kringel; and the amazing Bob Zentz. Mark your calendar to join us at next year’s festival October 11 & 12, 2014.