Located at the foot of the Dunbar toll bridge just off 10th street in Dunbar WV is an all new landing area for the Spirit of West Virginia. It boasts easy access an free lighted parking. Private charters are discounted for using this local facility. Dunbar was recently awarded a Federal Mainstreet Grant to improve the apperance of and develop the theme “City of Sternwheelers” designation. There are more authentic Sternwheel boats within the city limits than any other city in the world!
Due to the Thunderstorms we will need to reschedule the Bluegrass cruise!
The Spirit of West Virginia will dock beside the north end of the Dunbar Bridge behind what once was the Ames Store (behind Krogers) to gather bluegrass music fans for a summer cruise to “Live at the Levee” in Charleston.
On board The Spirit – all tuned up and ready to play along the way – will be Kevin Coll, Buddy Griffin and George Ward; The West Virginia All Stars.
The cruise and the fun will begin at 6 PM.
Mid-summer 2011, with The Spirit of West Virginia slated for a local charter and Captain Dick looking to document some of the improvements and visual changes made to the sternwheeler, a video team tracked an upriver trip with camera mounted in a flat-bottom pursuit boat.
The Spirit departed from Haddad Riverfront Park in Charleston and meandered up the Kanawha River past the capitol building as far as the Interstate Bridge. The passenger group was just one of many during the season who chartered the craft for a birthday, an office party, an anniversary or to just cruise – leisurely – through the Kanawha Valley.
The first edited version of the video was accompanied by Frederic Chopin – an Etude – which cast the pictures in a solemn light – like something from an Ingmar Bergman movie. “Were we on the same trip?” Captain Dick gently inquired, “the Spirit is a happy boat. How about some Dixieland?”
So – here it is, the revised version of the video with Kermit Ruffins supplying the music track accompanied by some snazzy water-level shots of The Spirit of West Virginia paddling up-stream, showing off its new Texas Deck roof and a crowd of happy passengers.
Captain Dick was correct – the video is better with Dixieland.
Charleston’s Unitarian Universalist Congregation checked the calendar and scheduled The Spirit of West Virginia for a fall foliage fundraiser.
UUC organizers located the “official” West Virginia State Government leaf department (http://www.wvcommerce.org/travel/thingstodo/by_season/fall/default.aspx), burned incense, and consulted the memories of old timers before settling on what they believe will be the optimum October date for viewing the changing leaves.
Mid-afternoon on October 23th, Captain Dick Daughtery will nose the “Spirit” up to Magic Island, lower the ramp and board participants for a “peak week” cruise up the Kanawha River. The trip will feature an expert botanical discussion of the different colors generated by the different trees. On the return trip, the crowd will be treated to a gourmet meal and quiet jazz.
“It’s a UUC event,” said one member, “but anyone is welcome to join us. If you’re interested, you can call the UUC office and check on ticket availability.”
The office number is 304-345-5042.
Sept. 2nd and Sept. 3rd. One our daily cruises boarding at Point Park in Pt. Pleasant. Sternwheeler races at 2:00 pm $10.00 adults, $8.00 seniors & veterans, $5.00 under 10
7:30 am Pt. Pleasant riverfront arrive in St. Albans around 3:00 pm
Celebrate Labor day Sunday aboard the “Spirit of West Virginia” cruising from Pt. Pleasnt to St. albans or Dunbar
Lock thru the Winfield Locks–see the river and travel as our ancestors did in the 19th Century.
Snacks, Soft Drinks and water provided—BYOA (Bring your own adult beverage) $30.00 adults, $25.00 Seniors and Veterans, $20.00 children(under 10)
Board 7:00 am sharp, arrive St. Albans 1:00 pm & Dunbar 2:00 pm Call 304 419 2497 & ask for Capt. Dick to make reservations