A Taste of the James


A Taste of the James

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 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 will enjoy excellent food, including delicious seafood, as well cocktails and a live and silent auction.

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:

AutoHaus •  Carrell Blanton Ferris • Kingsmill Yacht Club
Old Point National Bank • Sterling and Dottie Nichols • Smithfield
Two Rivers Yacht Club 

Thanks also to:

Copy Cat Printing • Little Fish Designs • Bob Oller

A Taste of the James Committee

Tom Cardwell • George Gilfillan •  Bill Krantz
Hal Metcalfe • Sterling Nichols•  Kaye Vickerman

Rick Overy and Aaron Williams,  Auctioneers

A sample of past 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

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 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

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 and Tom Cardwell

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

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 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. Snacks and drinks provided.

Donated by James River Association

For a complete listing of the 2019 Live Auction items view the 2019 Auction Booklet. 

2019 Taste of the James Auction Booklet

Silent Auction Donors

Alewerks Brewing Company • Anatolia Bar and Grille • Astronomical Pancakes • James A. Burden, DDS &
Associates • Busch Gardens • Capriccio Ristorante • Center Street Grill • Children’s Carousel Boutique • Christmas Mouse Warehouse
The Club at Viniterra • Craft 31 • Richmond Flying Squirrels • French Twist Boutique • Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop
Adventure • Iron-Bound Gym • Kingsmill Resort • Kingsmill Jewelers • Nautical Dog • New Town Automotive
Old Chickahominy House • Opus 9 •The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg • SAB Art Studio • Salon Vivace
 Schlesinger’s at Port Warwick • Seasons • Second Street American Bistro • Shaia Oriental Rugs • Smithfield Foods
Jack Snell • The Virginia Beer Company •Two Rivers Country Club • Wild Birds Unlimited
Williamsburg Concessions & Catering, LLC • Williamsburg General Store • Williamsburg Salt Spa