With Cathy away in NC, David tackled a number of projects that were on our plate. More windows were finished and the railing on the front steps repaired at Hotel Pocahontas. But the weather and other priorities meant that was as far as he could get. For the big Park after Dark festival and Cabin Work Week, we would need several working generators. He began testing and servicing the ones that had been sitting idle for months. Over time, he managed to get 3 working reliably, although one had an unusual shut-off feature.
That “thump” Dave heard was not just a big acorn, but a 4 foot branch that had impaled itself into the roof, creating a 2-in hole. Dave put a temporary patch over the hole with a plastic bag to create some height covered by duct tape. A couple of days later, Tom from Trailer Time RV Service, was on site to fix the hole. After cleaning, filling and patching the hole, he cleaned the rest of the roof and applied a Di-Cor Roof-guard for UV protection. While he was up there, Dave had him replace the vent hatch from our bathroom, which had been deteriorating pretty rapidly. A side benefit of his cleaning the roof, was that Dave and Adam were able to clean the sides of the RV as well, something that was long overdue.
After 2 weeks, Dave came to pick up Cathy from NC in time for us both to join the closing session of the Preservation Virginia Annual Conference. After submitting the Cabin Work Week project to them as part of their “Preservation Pitch” program, we were anxious to see how the voting went. We were thrilled to hear that the project won the $2,000 grant. In a facebook live event, the winner was announced from the conference in Danville. We accepted it along with the park’s CCC Museum curator, Aaron Paula Thompson. It was a tribute to how much support these CCC-built structures at the park have.
Park After Dark is a festival put on by the Friends of Pocahontas for the community around the park. Growing every year, a couple of thousand people attend. There are hayrides, face painting, Trunk or Treat, Crafts, Story Telling, Raptor encounters, and much more. It takes over 100 volunteers to pull it off. It was a family affair for us. Adam was in charge of the face painting. Droz floated between assignments and we drove a haywagon. Bonnie, Troy and family camped in the park for the weekend and the kids were dressed and ready to go when the festival opened.
The family gathered for the celebration of life for Cathy’s brother-in-law, Clint, on the last Sunday in October. It was a beautiful tribute to an amazing man. Clint was a talented engineer, a respected and admired leader, a loving husband, brother, and uncle, and a tirelessly effective servant of those in need. In a service that filled every seat of a sizable sanctuary, we felt the impact of a life well-lived, and a challenge to pick up the torch he set down way too early. An inspiration to all of us.