Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Mammoth Cave National Park will host the 39th annual Cave Sing on Sunday, December 2, 2018. This year’s free event will feature the Lindsey Wilson College Singers who will present traditional holiday music a cappella within the cave at Rafinesque Hall.
“The Lindsey Wilson College Singers have always been a favorite among park visitors and staff,” said Superintendent Barclay Trimble. “We are very happy they will once again join us for our traditional holiday celebration of music in the cave.”
Besides holiday music the singers will perform “Children’s Earth Anthem,” a special song written by artist Louise Philips and artistic director, Charles Eversole, to celebrate the appreciation of nature in national parks. Ms. Phillips is also donating an original piece of artwork to the park which will be on display during the event.
Cave Sing participants will depart for the Historic Entrance from behind the park visitor center at 2:00 pm. Participants should be prepared to walk up and down a steep hill, climb 160 steps, and dress in warm layers and comfortable shoes or boots. Even though the cave air stays at a constant 54 degrees Fahrenheit, wind chills in the entrance are much cooler.
In addition to the free Cave Sing event, the Mammoth Cave will host several other opportunities for visitors to kick off the holiday season and celebrate the park.
Beginning at 1:00 pm world renowned musician and former cave guide, Janet Bass Smith, will entertain guests with piano music in the Lodge at Mammoth Cave’s Rotunda Room. Dr. Smith will be joined by her son, Randall Smith, a professional saxophonist and retired music professor emeritus from Truman State University.
Immediately after the Cave Sing event, the Lodge at Mammoth Cave will host complimentary refreshments for park guests in the lodge. Visitors will be encouraged to watch for Santa.
The Friends of Mammoth Cave will hold their annual meeting at 3:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Mammoth Cave. The public is encouraged to stop by to learn about the work of the Friends to Protect-Connect-Inspire.