If you’re interested in gate judging for the Mulberry Races on March 1st or 2nd, contact Ashley Preston (email@example.com). No experience necessary. Morning and afternoon shifts are available. We’d love to have you!
The BCC Board meeting scheduled for tonight has been cancelled. It has been rescheduled for Feb. 26. Please see the “events” section of the website.
Indoor canoe and kayak roll practice dates have been set (listed below). They will be at the Wallace/ Bell Physical Education Complex at the southwest corner of 13th St. S and 6th Ave S on the campus of UAB. Cost is $10.00, boat must be clean inside and out.
This is a benefit of membership in the Birmingham Canoe Club. Please renew your membership before attending.
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
January 21 and 28
February 11 and 25
March 11 and 18
There have been a few questions directed my way about directions to the Mulberry take-out and put-in, so directions are listed below. I have also been asked asked by a couple of newcomers about the difficulty. This stretch is class II at ordinary levels. Also, if there is inclement weather or the possibility of excessively high water levels, we will post on this website the night before or the morning of the event if we are cancelling the event. But the weather outlook thus far looks terrific!
Directions to the Mulberry-BCC property
From Birmingham via I-65 N:
Take exit 287. Turn right on US 31 North and go 7.8 miles. Turn left on Philpot Rd.
Go 0.2 miles and veer right at the “Y” in the road, which is Whitewater Rd (Another map calls it Whitewater Bend Rd.).
Go 0.7mi. and you will dead end into parking area, which is the BCC property.
To the put-in (Garden City Park):
Go back to US 31 and continue north for approx. 2mi.
Cross over the river and take the 2nd right on 10th St SE. When this road ends turn right.
You will pass a water treatment facility and turn left into the park and follow the park road to the river.
Feast on the Beach is coming up on Jan. 1 at the BCC Property on the Mulberry. Ashley and I will be coordinating. We are still looking for a “beachmaster” who keeps an eye on things at the club property takeout. If you want to come to the Feast but not paddle, please let us know if you would like this illustrious position. For everyone else, plan to be at the Garden City park ready to put-in at 10:30. Please allow time to drop off any tables and other miscellaneous Feast equipment at the take-out prior to this. Plan to eat around 1 or 1:30.
We will need camp tables and also a couple of camp stoves to warm up any hot dishes people may bring. Please let me know in advance what you can bring to help us plan.
Since this is a “Feast,” the most important thing is to bring some good food to share. No specifications. Feel free to bring chili, veggies, dessert, whatever.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know if you plan on coming, if you are paddling, and if you have tables or stoves to bring. Naturally, I realize plans do change (especially depending on the weather), but it’s always good to have an idea of who is coming.
See you at the beach,
Taylor and Ashley Preston
Happy Holidays! While you are filling up your calendar with events please mark down the BCC Christmas Party on Friday, December 6 at 7 p.m. at Paul Perret’s house (address below). Things to remember:
- Bring a camp chair (Paul has a deck and fire pit)
- Bring a dish (the club provides a ham)
- Bring a dirty Santa gift for under $15
- RSVP to Helen Todd at email@example.com
Paul’s address (Please use map quest to find it)
431 Shadeswood Drive, Hoover, AL 35226
The BCC Board will be meeting Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the California Pizza Kitchen at the Galleria. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. All board meetings are open to club membership if you have questions, suggestions, or just generally want to know what we are up to.
Thanks to everyone who came out for the first ever BCC Reel Paddling Film Festival. Show your appreciation by checking out and supporting our many sponsors: Cahaba River Society, Earthborn Pottery, Alabama Outdoor, Black Warrior River Keeper, Coosa Outdoor Center, Iron Tribe Fitness Center and Avondale Brewery.
If you have suggestions on how to improve it for next year please leave a comment or use the contact us form to send us a message. Be gentle with us…it was our first film festival.
Below is a link to a pictorial memorial to John Foshee, one of the founders of the Birmingham Canoe Club, sent to us by Lamar Marshall. Following are arrangements for the service. Please note, in lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Birmingham Humane Society or Alabama Public Television.
John Hugh Foshee
Nov. 19, 1931 ~ Oct. 31, 2013
Mr. John Hugh Foshee, age 81, died Thursday October 31, 2013 at the home of his son in Greenville, Alabama.
Mr. Foshee was a life-long resident of Birmingham and grew up in the Central Park area where he attended Central Park Grammar School and later West End High School.
After stints as a delivery boy, motorcycle mechanic and several construction trade apprenticeships, he began attending night classes at UAB. This led him into the field of electrical design, a profession he continued until retirement.
Mr. Foshee was the author of some 300 published articles in various outdoor, trade and general interest magazines. He was also active in canoeing-teaching river (whitewater) canoeing in UAB Special Studies for 12 years and writing three books on the subject-one of which was the popular guide to Alabama canoeing waters: “Alabama Canoe Rides and Float Trips”. Mr. Foshee retired in 1985 and resumed his youthful interest in motorcycles specializing in rebuilding the old British Marque of BSA.
He is survived by son, John Greig Foshee (Harriett) of Greenville and one grandchild, Amanda Elizabeth Foshee of Birmingham.
The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Monday, November 4, 2013 at Elmwood Chapel, with services beginning at 2:00 PM. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery.
The Birmingham Canoe Club is hosting the Reel Paddling Film Festival at Avondale Brewery on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. We have silent auction items from Tena Payne at Earthborn Pottery, $300 in Alabama Outdoor Gift certificates, and boat rentals from Coosa Outdoors. Please we will have original screen prints of our special film festival poster available for purchase too. Please follow the link and get your tickets in advance ($10) or ($15) the night of the event. The Cantina Food Truck will also be there providing food. (Also, please like and share this on FB and in your groups — we really need a great turnout!)