A Taste of the James

A Taste of the James

April 2, 2017, 4 to 7 pm.

A Taste of the James, presented by Old Point National Bank, in partnership with the Two Rivers Yacht Club and the Kingsmill Yacht Club, is a benefit for the James River  Association.

Guests enjoyed excellent food, including delicious seafood, as well cocktails and a live and silent auction. Scott Wise provided the live music, and our auctioneer, Rick Overy, kept the event moving on.

The goal of the event is to create awareness for the James River Association and our important work to protect America’s Founding River, as well as to provide much needed operating support to support our programs.

A Taste of the James Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:

Special thanks to the following sponsors:

Seasons of Williamsburg Flowers & Gifts
Beck Company • C&F Bank • Tom and TJ Cardwell • Kingsmill Yacht Club
Sterling and Dottie Nichols  •Margaret Pritchard • Save the James Alliance
Two Rivers Yacht Club • John and Kaye Vickerman

Thanks also to:

Battlefield Press
Little Fish Designs

A Taste of the James Committee

Tom Cardwell • George Gilfillan • Bill Krantz
Sterling Nichols • Margaret Pritchard •  Kaye Vickerma

Rick Overy,  Auctioneer


2017 Confirmed Live Auction Items

Poquoson Marlin Fishing Trip for 2

Flex those muscles and get your rod and reel ready as Bill Street, JRA’s CEO, invites the winner of this adrenaline-inducing package to a day of excitement, going after one of the most remarkable fighting fish in the Chesapeake Bay. Poquoson Marlin (a.k.a. hound fish) are the largest needle fish in the world and are one of the best kept secrets in Chesapeake game fishing.

Donated by Bill Street

Cruise for 6 on The Spirit of Texas IV

Six guests will enjoy a cruise down the James and Chickahominy Rivers in a luxurious 53’ Motor Yacht – “Spirit of Texas IV.” A light lunch will be served by your Hosts (the Cardwells) while  you enjoy a Spring or Fall Cruise. Date and time subject to mutual agreement between the donor and the bidder.

Donated by Tom and TJ Cardwell 

Artwork by Bob Oller

The James at Sandy Bay. This 38” x 18” vector painting sign will look beautiful in your home or office. Donated by Bob Oller

Paddle at Chickahominy Riverfront Park with our JRA Educators

Experience a fun day at Chickahominy Riverfront Park paddling this beautiful river. View wildlife and discuss water quality with two of our JRA educators. Beverages and lunch included for 14. Mutual date based on availability.

Donated by James River Association

Wine And Oysters: A Match Made In Heaven

A fantastic opportunity to learn more about the oysters we love to eat and the wine we love to drink. Up to 16 individuals will enjoy a feast of a variety of oysters from the Chesapeake Region and the East Coast as well as a wine tasting. JRA’s very own CEO, Bill Street and Lower James Riverkeeper, Jamie Brunkow will be on hand to serve the wine and oysters.

Donated by The James River Association and Kaye and John Vickerman

Stay at Williamsburg Winery

Escape to Wessex Hundred for an unforgettable food and wine experience “far from the madding crowd.” Your visit will include an overnight stay at Wedmore Place, a 28-room boutique country inn adjacent to the Williamsburg Winery; dinner for two at the Cafe Provencal; and a tour and tasting for two at the Williamsburg Winery.

Donated by The Williamsburg Winery 

Cruisin’ And Cocktails For 20

What could be more fun than a cocktail party for you and 19 guests on Sterling and Dottie Nichols’ gorgeous 68-foot Lazarra yacht? Yes, this could be your dream come true! Enjoy cocktails and delicious food while onboard. This is a party you will never forget and can be used to celebrate an anniversary or a special birthday, a rehearsal dinner, or a VIP corporate event. This trip would be a great item for a group of friends to bid on together!

Donated by Sterling and Dottie Nichols 

Cocktails on the James

If you’re in the mood for a one of a kind experience while getting to know the James River and 20 of your closest friends in a more intimate setting, then this is the auction item for you. Prepare to set sail from Jordan Point Yacht Haven on the James River Association’s 40-foot pontoon boat, The Spirit of the James, and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while aboard.

Donated by The James River Association

Scotch Tasting for 6

Join five of your friends for an evening of single malt Scotch tasting and light noshing. Williamsburg’s own Scotch collector Tom Gillman will entertain you with fun facts about Scotch as you taste from his collection of over 150 bottles at the Harp & Thistle Inn in downtown Williamsburg.  Tom has promised to share many of his oldest and the rarest malts for this special event.  An evening for six will be a night to remember.

Donated by Tom Gillman

Golf and Stay at Kingsmill Resort

Kingsmill is a luxurious resort that has three dining facilities, two 18-hole championship golf courses, fifteen tennis courts, and a complete sports club featuring state-of-the-art nautilus equipment. You will definitely want to bid on this one night stay in a one-bedroom condo which includes a twosome of golf and complete use of the Resort Fitness Center (excluding the Spa). Also includes Breakfast for two at Elements 1010 (alcohol not included).

Donated by Kingsmill

Toast With Your Friends In Historic Williamsburg

Dog Street Pub is honored to host 8 guests for a beer pairing dinner featuring craft beer and gastropub fare. Then… The Trellis will provide a party of 8 guests with a Craft Cocktail class – you’ll taste several of the all-time great examples of pre-Prohibition libations and experience the subtle nuances as you sample drinks built upon different spirits.  Then… Blue Talon Bistro offers a Champagne Brunch for 8: Settle in on a Sunday morning with a round of Mimosas and homemade pastries, order the Brunch entrée of your choice and enjoy it with Perrier Jouet Champagne for the table.

Donated by Dog Street Pub, The Trellis and Blue Talon Bistro

Brunch for 20 at Two Rivers Marina

Enjoy an outdoor brunch for twenty at the Two Rivers Marina. Mimosas and Bloody Marys will start off the brunch sponsored by the Two Rivers Yacht Club. Date and time subject to mutual consent of the donor and bidder.

Donated by the Two Rivers Yacht Club members

Sturgeon Watching Trip!

Keep your eyes peeled on this exciting adventure to track and find the legendary and mysterious sturgeon that plie the James River!  Join Jamie Brunkow, JRA’s Lower James Riverkeeper, aboard the James Riverkeeper skiff as he uses sturgeon tracking sonar to locate the “Fish that Saved Jamestown.”  During the trip, Jamie will share the history and lore of sturgeon on the James as well as the current science and restoration efforts to bring this remarkable fish back to prominence on the river. This package includes a tasting of sturgeon filets, paired with fitting wines.

Donated by James River Association

2017 Silent Auction Donors

Alewerks Brewing Co. •  Aromas Coffeehouse & Café •  Brass Cannon Brewing • Busch Gardens
Carefree Boat Club •  Center Street Grill • Old Chickahominy House •  Children’s Carousel Boutique
Craft 31 •  Flying Squirrels •  French Twist •  Ironbound Gym • Jack Snell • James A. Burden, DDS & Associates
Kate Ackerly •  Nautical Dog •  Opus 9 •  Salon Vivace •  Schlesinger’s at Port Warwick • Second Street American Bistro
Smithfield •  The Blue Heron •  The Cheese Shop •  The Club at Viniterra • The Corner Café •  The Hound’s Tale
The Mole Hole • The Peanut Shop • The Precious Gem •  Two Rivers Country Club • Virginia Beer Company
Waypoint Seafood & Grill • William R. Beebee •  Williamsburg General Store • Williamsburg Salt Spa

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