Clarksville, TN – On Saturday July 30th, the mouth of Dunbar Cave was a buzz with activity. It was time for the annual Cooling at the Cave event, sponsored by the Friends of Dunbar Cave. As the afternoon temperatures soared, the local flocked to cool down in the constant cool breeze blowing from the mouth of the cave.
The quartet, Red River Breeze, provided the entertainment of traditional Celtic music, while children danced and the adults clapped. The Friends of Dunbar Cave provided ice cold lemonade, water, cookies, granola bars, and freezer pops. Many played a variety of board games, tapping their toes to an Irish jig. Back in the days before air conditioning, this is how locals cooled off and fellowshipped with others.
Although no official count was taken, but most of the 75 chairs provided by the Friends group were full while people migrated in and out; I would conservatively guess well more than 125 folks enjoyed the free event. In fact, several in attendance joined the Friends group.
The Friends of Dunbar Cave is a non-profit group that raises money for the city’s only State Park, as well as being an advocate group for the park’s historical and natural preservation. In the past the Friends have provided mulch for for the hiking trails, educational panels along the trails, computers for park staff, and much more. If you would like more information about the group, or would like to join or make a donation, please see the link at the bottom of the page.
Judging by all the smiles and laughter, a good time was had by all. It takes a lot of volunteers to put on such a large and successful event. We would like to thank all the volunteers that made this event happen, especially Ms. Barbara Wilbur, who coordinates the annual event.