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Clarksville’s Dunbar Cave State Park plays host to Cooling at the Cave

Dunbar Cave State Park - Clarksville TNClarksville, TN – Another successful Cooling at the Cave was held Saturday July 26th.  As in the old days, everyone gathered around the cave’s entrance to listen to the music and to let the constant cool breeze blowing from the mouth of the cave cool them off. Before air conditioning, locals gathered at the cave to cool off and have fellowship with others.

The entertainment this year was again provided by the extremely popular Cumberland Wind Jazz Project. They played big band music from the 1930?s to 1960?s. Several events goers took to the dance floor and enjoyed themselves greatly.

Cumberland Winds Jazz Project
Cumberland Winds Jazz Project

“I love Dunbar Cave. I have a lot of memories about Dunbar Cave like the swimming pool and the dances at the mouth of the cave. So it just kinda brings back a lot of that today being here,” said Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers. “It’s so nice to see the band playing here and everybody coming out to enjoy it.”

There were home made baked goodies and drinks available. Several tables were setup where friends and family played different types of board games as well as cards. One group had a competitive game of chess going.

Cooling at the Cave at Dunbar Cave State Park
Cooling at the Cave at Dunbar Cave State Park

“They played some great music and the feel of the wonderful breeze coming from Dunbar Cave nice. I am a member of the Friends of Dunbar Cave. We had a greet time out here,” stated Montgomery County Trustee Brenda Radford.

The Friends of Dunbar Cave added a silent auction to the event this year, which went over very well. The items included everything from picnic baskets to local art depicting Dunbar Cave.  The City of Clarksville and Golf Pro Jeff Vaughn donated the use of a Golf Cart from the Swan Lake Golf Course to ferry people from the parking lot to the cave entrance. Bill Larson with Clarksville Online drove the cart as he does each year.


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About the Friends of Dunbar Cave

Friends of Dunbar Cave Inc. is an independent, non-profit corporation committed to protecting and preserving the natural and cultural resources of Dunbar Cave State Natural Area for this generation and generations to come. Please join Friends of Dunbar Cave in Supporting and protecting Dunbar Cave State Natural Area.

Members receive our newsletter, are invited to our monthly meetings held on the second Thursday of the month at 6:00pm and are invited to participate in special park projects and activities. As a member you will be assisting us in our short and long term goals to encourage development that will protect and preserve the wilderness and recreation that Dunbar Cave State Natural Area represents.

For more about Dunbar Cave State Park, visit their website.

For more information about the Cumberland Wind Jazz Project, visit their website.

Blayne Clements
Blayne Clements
I am a 30 something graduate from Austin Peay State University, where I graduated in 1997 with two majors (Accounting and Finance). I am a very happily married man, with one beautiful daughter. I enjoy a professional life of public service and a personal life of travel, reading, music, and always trying to learn from others.

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