Join us for our final Moonlight Bat Float of the 2016 season on Saturday, October 15. Check-in time will start at 6pm and push-off will be closer to 6:30pm, since the days are getting shorter. We are excited to bring back Him & Her – Michael D’Eath and Brenda Freed – as our guest musicians. As always, we will keep a close eye on the weather because October can be iffy. We will e-blast and post updates on FaceBook and our website Blog…or you can call Anna Castillo at 512-865-1450 or Joe Kendall at 512-289-0750.
This was to be our make-up float for the August 13 float that got postponed, but, alas, Mother Nature has other plans. We will keep a close eye on the weather and make a decision by Friday at 2pm. We will e-blast and post on FaceBook and our website Blog…or you can call Joe Kendall at 512-289-0750. We have great appreciation for this lovely, refreshing rain, but we’ll hope for a bit of a break so we can all float on Saturday, August 20.
We have good reason to be excited! Several wonderful things took place at our July 19 Board Meeting that we want to share.
Executive Director and Founder, Joe Kendall, announced that he plans to semi-retire in the next three years. The process of turning over operations of the foundation to the next generation of river lovers has begun. Anna Castillo, Office/River School Manager who has been with TRS for the last three years, was promoted to Assistant Executive Director of The Chautauqua Foundation, Inc., and Amber Davis, TRS Trip Leader for the past two years, was promoted to Director of the River School. Congratulations Anna and Amber, the A-Team!
We are also VERY excited to announce the addition of two new members to our Board of Directors, Brandon Cox and Kathleen Davies.
Brandon Cox first discovered Texas River School through his participation in Amplify Austin (he’s the one who won the kayak auctioned off at our Amplify Austin Party this past spring). Brandon spent quite a bit of time on Texas Rivers as a child and quickly connected with the TRS mission. Brandon moved to Austin in 1998 after graduating from Texas Tech University with a degree in Family Financial Planning, and has worked in the financial services industry ever since. He is co-founder of Cox & Kor Wealth Management, independent financial advisors, and has been an active participant in Austin’s non-profit community through contributions, volunteer work and board membership. Brandon also enjoys collecting antique and rare books, the performing arts, and participating in cooking competitions (he’s done chili cook-offs and a couple of goat cook-offs). Welcome Brandon!
Kathleen Davies has been a long-time friend of the River School, even back when it was in its incubation stages, but was unable to get more involved at the time. She did, however, manage to get TRS a $2,000 donation from the Elks a few years back then surprised us again at the July 19 meeting with another check from The High Road on Dawson Charity (story below). Kathleen is currently employed with Texas Education Agency in their Educator Investigations Division, part of a career that has spanned over 25 years with enforcement in Texas, protecting children and citizens. Welcome Kathleen!
Referred to above, Kathleen Davies presented Executive Director Joe Kendall and Board President Linda Overton-Kendall with a $3,500 check from The High Road on Dawson Charity. This gift was totally unexpected, and we are so very grateful to High Road Charity for their generous contribution!!!
What a great way to spend a warm summer evening…on the river with good friends and good music. Join us this Saturday, August 13, for our next Moonlight Bat Float and musical guest Out of the Blue! Arrive early for a 6:30pm check-in at the docks of Texas Rowing Center (1541 W. Cesar Chavez St., 78703). Music and paddling – what a great combination! Purchase your tickets NOW!
Mark your calendars for our next Moonlight Bat Float on Saturday, August 13! Arrive early for a 6:30pm check-in at the docks of Texas Rowing Center (1541 W. Cesar Chavez St., 78703) then paddle downriver with the TRS group to Congress Street Bridge and watch the bats emerge. Music and paddling is a great combination! Purchase your tickets online NOW!
The river is still looking good for our July 16 float…yayyy!!! This will be our first Moonlight Bat Float of the year, and we’re excited! We’ve got folk singer/songwriter Pat Green to play for us, maybe with a little Kerrville Folk Festival dust still in his hair. Arrive early for a 6:30pm check-in at the docks of Texas Rowing Center (1541 W. Cesar Chavez St., 78703) then paddle with the TRS group down to the Congress Street Bridge to watch the bats emerge. Music and paddling – a great combination! Reserve your spot NOW! You won’t want to miss the kick-off float for our 2016 season!
We’re excited, folks!! Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 16! The river has finally receded and it looks like we’ll get to have our first Moonlight Bat Float of the year. Arrive early for a 6:30pm check-in at the docks of Texas Rowing Center (1541 W. Cesar Chavez St., 78703) then listen to the sounds of musical guest Pat Green as we head down to the Congress Street Bridge to watch the bats emerge. Reserve your spot NOW for our 2016 season kick-off float!
Folks, we are sorry to say that our June 18 Moonlight Bat Float has to be cancelled due to high waters on LBL. As of today, Friday, June 17, the river is running at 6,354 cfs…normal flow is 600 cfs…a challenge going upstream even for seasoned paddlers, which is what we have to do to get back to the docks of Texas Rowing Center. We fully anticipate the waters will recede well before the July 16 Bat Float, so mark your calendars now and purchase your tickets online…everyone will be ready to get out on the water by then.
The river should be down by the 18th for our first Bat Float of the season – keep your fingers and toes crossed. Musical guest for the night will be Adam Johnson on guitar. You can purchase tickets on our website. Come out and join us, won’t you?
Several of our River Sense trips had to be cancelled this spring due to excessive rains and high waters, which has significantly reduced our numbers for the year. Please let us know if you have a connection with a teacher or school who would like to give their kids a unique opportunity to learn river etiquette, something they wouldn’t normally get in a classroom. We do groups of 30 kids at a time but can combine two groups of 15, and the kids we generally work with are underserved youth. Please call or email Anna Castillo at 512-865-1450 or firstname.lastname@example.org with information or questions. Learn more about Texas River School’s River Sense trips at www.texasriverschool.org/river-sense/