Kerrville Folk Festival folks, with this crazy wet weather we’re keeping an eye on the Guadalupe and whether or not the river will be floatable due to rain or high waters. We did have to cancel our first KFF Friday Float on May 27 because the river was flowing at a whopping 350 cfs, and it’s looking like this Friday’s float might have to be cancelled as well, if the waters don’t recede more. Generally speaking, the Guadalupe flows at about 50 cfs. We’ve safely floated at 100 cfs but anything above that we’re not comfortable with, especially since many are inexperienced paddlers. With that said, if your KFF Friday Float is cancelled, please know that refunds are available upon request. However, if you care to make your prepayment into a tax deductable donation, it will be most appreciated and you will receive that familiar letter for the IRS.
2nd Moonlight Bat Float – TRS focuses on river safety, which was the impetus behind our decision to postpone the May 21st Bat Float. River conditions should be better for our next Moonlight Bat Float on Saturday, June 18th, with special musical guest Adam Johnson. We hope to see you at our next scheduled Bat Float.
Kerrville Folk Festival Friday Floats – Each Friday of the festival we guide a group of festival-goers on the Guadalupe River for an afternoon of paddling, and playing music in the rapids. Our musical host for the first two Fridays is Mr. Habitat himself, Bill Oliver, who always brings fun and laughter to any party. Bill will not be available the third weekend – he has a wedding to attend (not his own) – but we have two special guests that we think you’ll enjoy. Butch Hancock and son Rory will take guitars and paddles in hand to host the last Friday float of the festival. We hope you’ll join us for all three festival floats.
MOONLIGHT BAT FLOAT
This Saturday, May 21, 6pm at the docks of Texas Rowing Center, Texas River School will kick-off its 2016 season with musician Adam Johnson for another fun night on Lady Bird Lake. Now in its 11th year, this unique and fun water event supports Texas River School while highlighting Central Texas musicians and, of course, Austin’s incredible Mexican free tail bat population. Purchase ticket(s) online now, and join us as we see Austin from a different perspective. For more details, and to get last minute confirmation due to weather conditions, click here.
FIRST ANNUAL LOCOL TRASH BASH & RAFFLE TO BENEFIT TRS
Join us this Saturday, May 21, 7am check-in at Texas River School’s River Camp (9909 Lorado Drive, 78725), for the first annual LoCol Trash Bash on the Lower Colorado River. Rain date is June 18. This is a community volunteer event to beautify the 3.5-mile section of river between Montopolis Bridge and Texas River School’s River Camp. Following the morning clean-up will be a celebration at the River Camp with BBQ, beer from Live Oak Brewing Co., games, and raffles to support Texas River School. Local contributors include: Orvis, Austin Canoe & Kayak, Whole Earth Provision Co., Patagonia Austin, Sportsman’s Finest, Living Waters Fly Fishing, Fly Geek Custom Flies, die Fische, Howler Bros., Hill Country Fly Fishers, and others. To register, and to learn more about this exciting new event, go to the LoCol Trash Bash website.
FRIDAY RIVER TRIPS ON THE GUADALUPE AT KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL
Our Friday river trips on the Guadalupe are one of the most popular events of the Folk Festival. Dates include May 27, June 3, and June 10, noon to 5pm. This is heart and soul authentic Folk Festival music where you can hear some of the finest Festival musicians up close and personal. Bring an instrument (dry bags provided) and join in, or be creative with river rocks or the side of your canoe to add percussion. Instead of music around the campfire, it’s music in the rapids. Musical hosts include Bill Oliver for the May 27 and June 3 trips, and Butch Hancock and son Rory for the June 10 trip. Availability is limited. We encourage you to buy your ticket(s) online now.
TRS CHICKEN FAJITA BOOTH AT EEYORE’S A BIG SUCCESS!!!
We grossed an amazing $7,918 with a net profit of over $4,000. Thirty-eight volunteers donated 104 hours of labor…and I mean it, they ROCKED! We grilled, cut, and rolled 350 lbs. of chicken; heated 1,500 flour tortillas and 480 corn tortillas; garnished with 36 lbs. of shredded cheese and 13 gallons of pico de gallo; and sold out of lemonade after 50 gallons.
If you want to get in on the fun for next year, contact us and we’ll get you on our mailing list. Eeyore’s is just TOO much fun!
GRANT AWARDED TO TRS
Great news! Save Barton Creek Association (SBCA) is the recipient of a $48,800 grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife in partnership with Texas River School. This grant will allow us to take 240 kids through three different canoe trips – River Sense, Discover the Source, and Find & Capture – on three different dates for a total of 720 river days.
Discover the Source, our oldest program, is a canoeing experience that emphasizes the discovery and importance of ‘the source’ at Barton Springs Pool.
River Sense, now in its third year, was created to fulfill a need for more river safety in our fast-growing city. This program includes a short online quiz, called “River Sensibles,” that tests students’ recall of what they learned while on the river.
Find & Capture – an orienteering lesson, kayaking tutorial, and photo scavenger hunt along Barton Creek – is our newest program created to encourage teamwork, problem-solving, and creative photography.
For more details on all of our canoe trips, and to learn more about Texas River School events, click here.