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The Blue Ridge Voyageurs



Updated 11-1-17

BRV meeting, 7:15 p.m., Clara Barton Community Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd, Cabin John, MD.
The meeting will feature 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

BRV's 2017 holiday party is set for Saturday, December 2, at the Lyon Community Center, 414 Fillmore St., Arlington, VA. Set-up time begins at 4:30 p.m.

Please bring a dish, determined by the first letter of your last name, that will serve at least eight people:
A-G: fruit dish, salads, uncooked veggies
H-N: desserts, snacks
O-Z: casserole, cooked veggies, pasta, rice, etc.
Also bring the necessary utensils for serving. Please don’t be late if you are bringing appetizers.

The main course, ham and turkey, and beverages, beer, soda, and wine will be provided by the club for a fee of $15. Please send RSVPs to Mark Wray, our VP, (703-222-4802; by Nov. 30.

There will be a chance to pay dues ($10/year), complete membership forms, and sign-up to organize trips so bring your check books, pens/pencils, and calendars.

We also have two hours of films from the National Paddling Film Fest. The movies cover the spectrum of paddling from sea kayaking, extreme OC-1 boating, early runs on Great Falls, early guiding on the Yough to Canadian boating and epic swims.

Members enjoying the 1998 Christmas Party/Meeting.

Drawing raffle tickets at the 2003 Christmas Party/Meeting.