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Dunbar readies ‘Haunting History’ tours

 

For the 8th year running, Friends of Dunbar Cave brings Haunting History right before Halloween. Visitors can see exciting and fun skits performed inside Dunbar Cave on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

The $5 per person entry fee goes toward maintaining, preserving and promoting Dunbar Cave State Natural Area. Parking is free.

At different “stages” inside the cave, talented young performers from the Roxy Regional School of the Arts, directed by Roxy regional Theater Stage Manager Ellie Ellis, will presents skits. These historically based vignettes won’t scare you but while being entertained, will offer information about bats and other critters, the haunting history of the cave, and Native American art in the cave.

No reservation is needed. Guided tours leave the Visitor’s Center every 15-20 minutes.

 Each tour lasts 30-40 minutes. Free hot chocolate and apple cider will be available. Tee shirts and buttons will be on sale. The actors and tour guides are all volunteers.

This event has been a major Clarksville alternative to trick or treating or having a scary Halloween since 1999. This event is not intended to frighten children and youngsters of all ages love the skits.  Inside the cave, pumpkins with Halloween designs light the cave path. Who can resist going into a dark cave around Halloween?

Here are the rules: Children must be over 3 years old (they cannot be carried in the cave because of safety reasons); strollers or wheelchairs cannot be accommodated due to the unique ‘bat-friendly’ cave gate and uneven trail. Everyone needs to bring their own flashlight (no sharing); some flashlights will also be available for $1.00 rental fee. Wear good shoes (tennis shoes or hiking shoes). The cave has a constant temperature of 58 degrees so bring a sweater if you need it.

For further information please contact Dunbar Cave Visitor’s Center at (931) 648-5526.

This information was presented by Shirley Berardo, organizer of the Haunting History at Dunbar Cave.


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