Saturday, June 20, 2009

Scottsville Batteau Festival

For 24 years, there have been groups of people that have recreated a trip along the James River in central Virginia in boats called batteaux or bateaux. (There seems to be some debate if there is one "t" or two. )

What is a bateau?
From Wikipedia :A bateau is a shallow-draft, flat-bottomed boat which was used extensively across North America, especially in the colonial period and in the fur trade. It was traditionally pointed at both ends but came in a wide variety of sizes. The name derives from the French word, bateau, which is simply the word for boat and the plural, bateaux, follows the French, an unusual construction for an English plural. In the southern United States, the term is still used to refer to flat bottomed boats, including those elsewhere called jon boats.

In the 1800's, they were used to transport tobacco and other cargo along the James River, and today, there is a week long festival and batteau (bateau, or even batoe, take your pick!) race. The crews of the boats travel for seven days, and leave from Lynchburg traveling to Maiden's Landing in Richmond. It's a week long celebration of the rich history of the river, and the people who worked on it.

One of the stops along the river is a small town named Scottsville. It it is about midway through the trip, and the town hosts a wonderful craft show, complete with music, activities for kids, and yummy food. It is a delightful day, held in Canal Basin Square, a lovely park, dedicated to the history of Scottsville, and not surprisingly, batteaux.

This will be the second year that The Beaded Branch will be a vendor at the craft show. If you live nearby, and have a chance to come on down, please do. It's a great day/evening for the family.

Here is a link with more information on the batteau festival: http://batteau.org/
Here's a link for the town of Scottsville's participation: http://www.scottsville.org/index.php/site/news/

We hope to see you there!!!!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

A Sassy Affair Shopping Extravaganza

Mark your Calendar and plan to attend:



A Sassy Affair Shopping Extravaganza

Sponsored by Sassy Sisters In Sales

June 27, 2009

11:00- 3:00 pm EST

Various vendors representing a variety of products. There is something for everyone. Games, Prizes, Special Deals, Exclusive Savings! Invite your friends - they won't want to miss this either! All of our guests will be entered for a chance to win fabulous prizes , but you must REGISTER !!!!!!!

Event will take place on Momchats.com. In the menu select Chat rooms, enter your name, no password needed. Once logged in you'll be in "the lounge". At the top of the box click on the arrow & choose the room assigned to a Sassy Affair. Sit back and enjoy the fair! Chime in with questions or comments anytime.

If you are a vendor and are interested in participating, go to Sassy Sister Events and submit a vendor form. This is a free event. Your only requirements are to submit a prize (see terms for more details ) and you must publicize the event on your blog or other social sites.

Here's the schedule so far!

You will have to visit the site, or come to the party to get full details of each special.

11:00 - 11:15 Meet & Greet

11:15-11:45 Inspiranza Designs with (Independent Consultant) Jennifer Stoll


11:45-12:15 Jean May Originals with (Business Owner/Creator) Jean May


12:15-12:45 Perfect Party By Cody with (Representative) Kattia Gordon


12:45-1:15 Satisfy Your Senses with (Business Owner/Creator) Mary Reid


1:15-1:45 Mommy's Sunshine Designs with (Business Owner/Creator) Christina Strickland


1:45-2:15 Handmade by Andrea Baker with (Business Owner/Creator) Andrea Baker

Special: Free Shipping All day during the event Saturday!! Must put sassyeventfreeshipping in the notes to seller.

2:15-2:45 The Beaded Branch with (Business Owner/Creator) Theresa Landow

2:45 - 3:00 Closing & Prizes

Come Join The Fun!