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The Blue Ridge Voyageurs



Updated 5-4-18

BRV Meeting Mon., May 21
7:15 p.m., Clara Barton Community Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd, Cabin John. MD.
The BRV will host Roy Sewell ( Mr. Sewall was a director at Orbital Sciences, but in recent years has married his technical skills with artistry as a professional photographer and current president of the North Bethesda Camera Club. He turned his camera lenses onto his own backyard, the Potomac River. He has captured broad riverscapes, flora and fauna on the river, and human activity on and around the river including paddling and the C&O canal structures. Through his photos, he will help us see parts of the river we may miss. And as a past board member of the C&O Canal Trust, he can answer questions about those buildings we pass on the shuttle or on the way to the put-ins/take-outs.

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.

Club meeting dates are announced on the calendar page and by email.

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.

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.

Annual Moonlight Picnic

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

BRV's annual holiday party takes place in early December is set for Saturday, December 2, at the Lyon Community Center in Arlington, VA. A date for the 2018 party will be announced on this page and via email.


Members enjoying the 1998 Christmas Party/Meeting.

Drawing raffle tickets at the 2003 Christmas Party/Meeting.