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Contact: Vickie Carson, 270-758-2192
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., November 15, 2017 – The 38th annual Cave Sing, is scheduled for Sunday, December 3, 2017. Participants will depart from the visitor center at 2:00 p.m. for this free event. The annual meeting of the Friends of Mammoth Cave will follow at the Lodge at Mammoth Cave.
“Visitors and park neighbors will enjoy the sounds and sights of Mammoth Cave at the Cave Sing on December 3,” said Superintendent Barclay Trimble. “Music has a distinctive quality inside the cave. This year, the Spirit of the Commonwealth Chorus will perform in Rafinesque Hall. Please come join us for the holiday tradition.”
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 park hosted the first Cave Sing in 1980.
Enjoy a musical warm up in the visitor center at 1:00 p.m. with Janet Bass Smith, former cave guide and master of the keyboard.
Cave Sing, depart from the visitor center at 2:00 p.m.
Meet your guide at Shelter A behind the visitor center at 2:00 to walk down the hill and into the cave. Once underground, the musical performance of the Spirit of the Commonwealth Chorus (formerly the Caveman Chorus) will ring out in Rafinesque Hall. Complimentary refreshments will be served at the Lodge at Mammoth Cave upon returning to the surface; watch for Santa at the Lodge!
Friends of Mammoth Cave annual meeting, 3:30 p.m.
The Friends will hold their annual meeting at 3:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Mammoth Cave. Stop by to learn about the important work of the Friends to Protect-Connect-Inspire. Open to the public.
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 – Cave 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 2012-2013. To minimize the spread of WNS fungus, all participants on cave tours must walk across bio-security mats immediately following the conclusion of their tour to clean their footwear.