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Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Patrick Reed invites all area residents to the 28th annual Cave Sing, Sunday, December 2, 2007. Participants should gather in front of the visitor center at 2:00 p.m. for this free event.
“The Cave Sing began in 1980,” said Reed. “Now, people return year after year, bringing friends and family. It’s no wonder – music is a tradition in the cave and the smallest notes resound in the large chambers and passageways. Please join us for a memorable afternoon.”
The idea for the Cave Sing dates back to 1883, when residents held a Christmas celebration in Mammoth Cave. An article about the event stated, "the halls of the cave ring with joyous carols and the laughter of happy children."
“We feel like we are reenacting a part of the great Cave’s past,” said Johnny Merideth, one of the event coordinators. “Singing carols underground by lantern light – there’s no better way to start the holiday season.”
The schedule follows:
1:15 p.m., storytelling at the Mammoth Cave Hotel Troglobites room.
2:00 p.m., depart for cave from the visitor center.
· At the Historic Entrance to Mammoth Cave, Glasgow Scotties Bag Pipers play, directed by Corey Bonds
· In the Rotunda, underground, The Glasgow Quintet, featuring two trombones, two trumpets and French horn
· Methodist Church, underground, "Messiah's Men," a Barbershop quartet; and the Glasgow High School Chorus, directed by Todd Woodward
3:45 p.m., complimentary refreshments are served at the Mammoth Cave Hotel and Santa Claus arrives.
“People need to be aware of the construction that’s underway in the visitor center area,” added Merideth. “Parking is the same, but the breezeway, and the bridge between the Hotel and the visitor center are blocked off. Moving between the visitor center and the Hotel requires a bit more walking and a set of 10 steps.”
A few words of caution:
· The Cave Sing is a ¾-mile walking trip, including a steep hill and about 100 steps.
· Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.
· Even though the cave air stays at a constant 54 degrees Fahrenheit, windchills in the entrance are much cooler.
· Bags, purses, camera bags, strollers, diaper bags, and framed infant carriers are not allowed in the cave. Be aware that these items need to be stowed in the coin lockers located in front of the visitor center, or locked in your vehicle.