James River Park License Plate Deadline Extended--5 weeks to get 120 more


We have over 230 completed James River Park license plate applications. Thanks to all of you who have helped get us this far, but we need to keep up the good work. We need to present the General Assembly with 350 completed license plate applications this January to get these plates on our cars, so we still need your help. The General Assembly session opens mid-January. Believe it or not, our James River Park License plate is not the first item on their agenda, which gives us a few more weeks to gather 120 more completed applications. Just $25 to show your pride in one of the best places in Richmond. Please send in your application now and help spread the word to park-lovers around town.


'Twas the week before Christmas when all through the park, all the creatures were stirring; they like it in the dark. The applications were set in the mailbox with care in hopes that a James River Park license plate soon would be there.


The salamanders were nestled all snug in the mud while visions of license plates danced in the crud. And FOJRP board members in our kerchiefs and I in my cap had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap. When out in the park there arose such a clatter, we sprang to the river to see what was the matter. When what to our wondering eyes did appear, but a miniature truck and actual deer, with a little old driver so lively and bright, we knew in a moment it must be Ralph White.  He was dressed all in khaki from his head to his toe except for the kneesocks if you really must know. A bundle of presents he had in his truck but he said the park needed a couple of bucks. His eyes--how they twinkled! His dimples how merry. His cheeks were all bearded--park employees are hairy. He spoke a few words, but went straight to his work, and filled us with awe; then dealt with a jerk. As anyone who loves the James River Park knows, we'd all be so lost without Ralph's poetry and prose.


He sprang to his truck, to his team used his bullhorn and away they all drove like the scrape of a sharp thorn. But I heard him exclaim ere he drove out of state, Happy Christmas to all, and to all a JRPS license plate!




You can get all the information and the application and pay with PayPal at www.jamesriverpark.org. We really appreciate your spreading the word any way you can. 


Capital Ale House Thursdays in December

Capital Ale Houses all over town are the places to be Thursdays in December since FOJRP is the Community Chest recipient. It's such a sociable way to support the park. If you're in the mood for a night out, bring this  flyer to any Capital Ale House location Thursday evenings in December to have 25% of your table's food purchases donated to the Friends of James River Park.   www.capitalalehouse.com


Remember, you MUST have the flyer with you for this generous promotion to work. Thanks so much for spreading the word!

January Events
We are excited to have two special events going on in January, both of which connect art and nature (and food!). The first is Sunday, January 9th, at Capital Ale House's downtown Music Hall, perhaps the first public screening in Richmond of Rivers and Tides,  a stunning documentary about the natural sculptures of Andy Goldsworthy. If you thought the ship at Pony Pasture was creative, you'll be wowed by what Goldsworthy comes up with using ice, water, stone, wool, trees and more. His work runs from the playful to the somber, and though often ephemeral has tremendous staying power.  Doors open at 5:30 and the movie starts at 6. Donations and license plate applications will be accepted at the door. Capital Ale House will donate 25% of our food purchases to FOJRP that evening. Spread the word and come on down!

Thursday, January 20th, from 4-6 we'll be at The Boathouse at Rockett's Landing to hear our own Anne Wright say a few words about water quality and conservation as we take part in a reception that welcomes the new sculpture by the river there. The official Invitation is right here. RSVP is required. Hope you can come!
Friends of James River Park
PO 4453
Richmond, Virginia 23220