November 25, 2014
Contact: Vickie Carson
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., November 25, 2014 – Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead invites all area residents to the 35th annual Cave Sing, Sunday, December 7, 2014. Participants will depart from the Visitor Center at 2:00 p.m. for this free event.
"We have hosted the Cave Sing every year since 1980," said Craighead, "and we hope again this year, many local residents will return for a fun afternoon underground."
The idea for the Cave Sing dates back to 1883, when residents held a Christmas celebration inside Mammoth Cave. An article about the event stated, "the halls of the cave ring with joyous carols and the laughter of happy children."
"The Glasgow Brass Quintet will perform underground in the Rotunda," said Chuck DeCroix, one of the event coordinators. "The Lindsey Wilson College Singers will perform in the cave passageway known as the Church. When we return to the surface, we'll stop by Mammoth Cave Hotel for complimentary refreshments, and a visit with Santa."
Please remember, Cave Sing requires walking up and down a steep hill and climbing steps. Participants should dress warmly in layers and wear comfortable shoes or boots. Even though the cave air stays at a constant 54 degrees Fahrenheit, wind chills in the entrance are much cooler.
For further information, call 270-758-2180.
Note: Tour requirements regarding white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats: While there are no known harmful effects to humans, WNS is responsible for the death of millions of hibernating bats across the eastern United States since its discovery in 2006. WNS was found in Mammoth Cave in winter 2012-13. To minimize the spread of WNS fungus, all participants on cave tours and the Cave Sing must walk across bio-security mats to clean footwear immediately following the conclusion of their tour.