Clarksville, TN – Every year the Friends of Dunbar Cave (FODC) sponsors the “Cooling at the Cave.” The event is spearheaded by Barbara Wilbur, and is intended to be a throwback to simpler times, when folks would beat the heat by sitting near the mouth of the cave, enjoying the company of neighbors, listening to music, and the constant cool air of the cave. This year Cooling at the Cave will coincide with the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Tennessee State Parks on July 28th.
With entertainment provided by Cumberland Winds Dixie Band, which will perform Dixieland style music. Tables, chairs and board games will be provided by FODC, however, events goers are encouraged to bring their own to ensure they have a seat at this popular local event. Refreshments will be available for donations, which help offset the cost of the event.
A crowd of people at Cooling at the Cave listening to the Cumberland Winds Jazz Band
Clarksville, TN – If you are a reader and haven’t discovered the Friends of the Library Book Sale, you don’t know what you’re missing. Imagine hundreds of books at bargain prices all in one room and you have a hint at what goes on.
The sale is held twice a year—and last Saturday was the Spring sale. It takes place at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library (350 Pageant Lane) in a trio of rooms just to the right of the entry to the library door.
There was a good turn out for the Friends of the Library book sale Saturday.
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.
Once again Haunting History was a great success. Haunting History just finished its tenth year of performing skits inside the cave and bringing the public in to see them. The dreariness of Friday’s weather did not stop 205 people from coming to go into the cave. Saturday brought 341 people. We had the event earlier in the month than usual because studies by APSU show that the Dunbar Cave bats begin their hibernation right on/around October 31. Two weeks earlier is a safer time to be making noise in the cave.
The Roxy Regional School of the Arts gave us 11 actors to do our three skits in the cave with Brendan Cataldo as their director. The Roxy Theatre also gave us a delightful gatekeeper.
Cooling at the Cave will be held at the entrance of Dunbar Cave on Saturday, July 25, from 4:00 p.m. untill 6:00 p.m.
Back before there was such a thing as air conditioning, people in this area would gather at Dunbar Cave to enjoy the 58 degree naturally cool air coming out of the cave entrance. While the men worked at jobs during the day, the women, their children and pets would escape the heat by lounging at the cave entrance. Sometimes the men would join the family for a dinner picnic at the cave. Tables and chairs were provided where people could play card games and bingo. At night the tables were pushed aside to make an area for music and dancing.
The use of Dunbar cave to cool down during hot summers is as old as time.