A Fall Picnic with the Rapidan Society

With Old Rag as a backdrop, members of the Rapidan Society gathered at DuCard Vineyards for a picnic full of food for the body from Bavarian Chef and food for the mind from Liz Knotts, a Prevention Services Coordinator from Elk Hill, one of our organizational partners.  

Knotts shared her experience bringing kids into the Park – kids who had never gotten a chance to run around in the woods or sit still and really be present with the world – specifically mentioning Jacob, who participated in the first camping trip Elk Hill has done at the park in over 15 years.  

Liz Knotts speaks into a microphone.
Three people standing in a field.

13-year-old Jacob had been struggling with anxiety, depression, and isolation brought on by the pandemic, and his family and case worker knew he needed more than traditional counseling services. Through a scholarship, Jacob was able to attend summer camp with Elk Hill and come to the Park. In one single summer, he found healing in nature, exploring trails and discovering life both inside and outside himself.  

Continuing our partnership with Elk Hill means more kids like Jacob will be able to explore and discover that life for themselves in our Park. We look forward to seeing the kids in the park next summer! 

In the vein of looking forward, the Rapidan Society also heard from Superintendent Pat Kenney, who thanked our donors for their support of projects throughout the Park that make Shenandoah a safe and spectacular place for visitors to experience throughout the year, and we shared a sneak peek at our upcoming projects for 2023! 

As the fall season begins to wind down, we are looking forward to two more upcoming events next month! In partnership with ART 180, we will be hosting a Cocktail Reception in their exhibit space in Richmond on November 4th, from 4:30-6pm to celebrate their Inspired by Shenandoah exhibit, featuring former Artists-in-Residence and young artists who spent three days exploring and capturing scenes from the Park through their artwork. The exhibit will be open and free to the public November 4-18. Learn more (and register to join us!) at our ART180 page.    

On November 10th, we’re heading to Washington D.C. for Shenandoah in the City, a celebration of the Trust’s mission to preserve and protect our Park. If you’d like to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, a special guest speaker from Shenandoah, and good company, purchase your ticket online or by calling us at (434) 293-2728. All proceeds benefit the Trust and, in turn, the Park.  

Lastly, we’re already planning for the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival, coming to the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville this March! Adventurer tickets are available now, and general admission will open in January! 

We hope to see you at one of these events, or out in the Park! 

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