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The Blue Ridge Voyageurs



Updated 10-12-17

The Next BRV meeting for 2017 is slated for Wednesday, Nov.1 , 7:15 p.m., at the Clara Barton Community Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd, Cabin John, MD.
The program includes a slideshow about paddling adventures in Patagonia presented by John Snitzer, followed by a pizza, beer, and BS session at Ledo's Pizza on River Rd.

BRV meetings are usually an informal gathering with a film or slide show to view, followed by a beer and pizza session at a nearby eatery. Stay tuned to this page and BRV emails for meeting dates and locations.

In July or August, the BRV has a Saturday evening moonlight picnic meeting on the Potomac. The last yearly event on BRV's schedule is the holiday pot-luck dinner party in early December.

Non-members are welcome at any meeting.

Any changes to the location or date of a meeting will be noted beforehand in The Voyageur  newsletter; late-breaking changes are announced by email.

See BRV emails or check the BRV Trip Schedule for up dates on meetings.

Regular Meetings

Following a brief period for socializing, meeting programs usually include a home-made video of a recent Smokies club trip, a slide presentation of a summer Western trip, a presentation by a local river conservation organization, or a slide or video presentation by a professional outfitter or whitewater photographer. Programs for upcoming meetings are announced in the club newsletter, The Voyageur . These meetings are followed by beer and pizza at a nearby pizza parlor.

Meetings were usually held at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike (Rt. 7) in Falls Church, VA. [MAP] The library is on the east side of Rt. 7 about 0.6 miles inside the Beltway (away from Tysons Corner). Meetings are held in the large meeting room on the left as you enter the library. The phone number for the library is (703) 790-8088. See the map below for detailed directions to the library.

However, in 2016 the library was closed for renovations and we have been meeting at the Clara Barton Community Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd, in Cabin John. MD.

Stay tuned for updates on our meeting locations.

Picnic Meeting

The summer picnic meeting is held on an island in the Potomac river. Members meet on the Saturday night closest to the full moon night in July or August. We paddle to an island in the middle of the Potomac, have a pot-luck dinner and brief meeting, socialize, and return via the Potomac and C&O canal by moonlight. This is a great family event! The 2017 picnic was on Aug. 12..

Details for this meeting are provided in the The Voyageur .

2015 BRV Moonlight Picnic


Holiday Pot-Luck Meeting

In early December the BRV celebrates the holidays with a pot-luck dinner party at the Lyon Village Community Center, 1920  N. Highland Street, Arlington, VA 22201.

The 2017 holiday party is set for Saturday, December 2. Stay tuned for an email from Mark Wray about the time and addtional details.

In addition to pot-luck salads, casseroles, entries, and desserts, the club provides fresh cooked turkeys and hams as well as beer and sodas. You'll be amazed at the quantity and quality of the food!

The party starts around 5:30 and lasts until 10. Besides partaking in the wonderful food, members have a fun time socializing with other members and friends and watching whitewater videos. A brief meeting is also held shortly after everyone has been fed. It's primary purpose is to introduce the newly elected club officers for the next year. Following the meeting, a raffle is sometimes conducted to award door prizes and bestow distinctions of some sort.

Last year we asked for a $15 per person donation to cover costs for the party and everyone is expected to bring a pot-luck dish.

Please RSVP to Mark Wray if you plan to attend.


Members enjoying the 1998 Christmas Party/Meeting.

Drawing raffle tickets at the 2003 Christmas Party/Meeting.