Though day was ghastly hot, well over 100 Clarksville residents came to “Cooling at the Cave” for that natural air conditioning to be found at the mouth of Dunbar Cave. Some tables had to be moved away from the cave entrance because guests were freezing there (due to the 58 degree air coming out of the cave!).
Many people began playing board games just as soon as they found a nice table to claim for their own for the day. They knew what they were doing because they’d done it before. People played games, listened to the band and socialized. The cookies were wonderful, the lemonade great and the helpers (Friends of Dunbar Cave) attentive, refilling my cup if I even looked like I was a bit thirsty.
It was a day of nostalgia for many folks; organizer Barbara Wilbur was right when she thought that this would attract a lot of people. I heard stories about how Dunbar Cave used to be. Many visitors remember the days when Roy Acuff owned Dunbar Cave and they came to the swimming pool, bowling alley, the lake with its paddle boats, and the sounds of music at the cave.
This event wasn’t planned as a fund raiser, but the volunteers were so generous in their cookie making, music playing and sweet smiles that the visitors donated generously to the Friends of Dunbar Cave. Special thanks was offered to Barbara Wilbur for organizing the event, Suva and Jack Bastin for the ice, lemonade and food set up, and the volunteers who set up chairs & tables. Kudos to the staff and Park Manager at Dunbar Cave who are committed to protecting the resources.
Special special thanks to Bill Larson of Clarksville Online, who asked Swan Lake Golf course for the loan of a golf cart, which they offered with a “Sure! No charge!” Bill then spent his time driving people out to the cave and back. Everyone who got a ride and respite from the hot muggy weather really appreciated it. Extra special thanks to Swan Lake Golf Course for loaning the golf cart.
This event was created with Dunbar Caves enthusiast Marguerite Rubel in mind. A guest told me that you can’t talk with Marguerite for five minutes without her bringing up Dunbar Cave. Marguerite used to play piano and sing at the Hotel that was on the property. She is an active member of Friends of Dunbar Cave. Sorry you missed the event, sweet lady, and hope you feel better soon.
Thanks to all who came. It really makes the effort worthwhile when so many people come to enjoy it. All day long I heard this question repeated: “When are you going to do this again?”