A brass quintet inside Mammoth Cave? That's on the schedule for the annual Cave Sing at Mammoth Cave National Park, which will celebrate the coming holidays with an event to bring the surrounding communities together.
“Cave Sing is always a fun afternoon in the park,” said park Superintendent Patrick Reed. "It began in 1980 as a way to say ‘thank you’ to our local friends and associates. This is our 31st year and the event carries the same message – we appreciate our neighbors."
The free event, scheduled for December 5, offers activities in and out of the cave.
Before The Sing
1:15 - Storytelling at the Mammoth Cave Hotel Rotunda Room
2:00 - Depart for cave from the Visitor Center
Inside The Cave
2:30 - Rotunda
The Glasgow Brass Quintet
2:45 - Methodist Church
Western Kentucky University Women's Chorus
The Caveman Barbershop Chorus
After The Sing
3:30 - Mammoth Cave Hotel
Santa Claus arrives and complimentary refreshments are served.
"If you haven’t seen the new visitor center yet, come enjoy the Cave Sing and walk through the new building," added Superintendent Reed. "It is a great addition to the many ways the caveland region attracts and serves visitors."
If you can attend, remember to dress warmly.
"Most trips into the cave, including the Cave Sing, are considered strenuous," said Ranger Johnny Merideth, who is organizing the Sing. "Visitors are reminded to dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes."
Even though the cave air stays at a constant 54 degrees Fahrenheit, windchills in the entrance are much cooler. Some areas in the cave are damp, while others are dusty. Cave Sing visitors will use the 60 steps at the Historic Entrance to enter and exit the cave, and walk on the cave trails which are slightly uneven and hilly in spots. Cave Sing visitors will be allowed to enter and exit the cave at will.
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.
Contact the park for more information: 270.758.2180, or firstname.lastname@example.org.