NCA CaveTalk NATIONAL CAVES ASSOCIATION March 28, 1998 Barbara Munson, Coordinator 4138 Dark Hollow Rd. McMinnville, TN 37110 Phone (931) 668-3925 Fax (931) 668-3988 LOOKING GOOD The tlonthly Admissions Reports He' ve received so far for January and February indicate business in 1998 is getting off to a pretty good start only one cave reported being dO\m in January, three reported being dOHn in February. TIlE NCA MOURNS TIlE LOSS OF A FRIEND Reginald Huest died at his home February 21, 1998. At the time of his death Reggie, \"Iho \"las Clara Heidemann's son, \-las Fresident of NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS. t.lany NCA members enjoyed visiting \"lith Joye and Reggie during our Texas Convention. Our thoughts are \"lith Joye and his sons Brad, I-Iho attended the Arkansas NCA Convention and Travis, \"Iho is in college. Hiemenz CAVE. Bob's PERSONNEL CHANGES Bob and CAl lERON food shops. has been named General lIanager of IlARK THAIN CAVE His Hife, Becky, Hill be involved Hith the gift and background is in advertising and travel. AFFILIATE MEMBERS The Affiliate Hember Category Proposal Has approved by vote of the membership (46 for, 2 abstaining, and 2 opposed). Recommendations for Affiliate lIembership and/or applications may be sent to the NCA Executive Committee. SElIINAR The NCA has been invited to provide four panel me~)ers for a Seminar on sho\"l caves during the January 1999 Leisurexpo Conference in Orlando. SILVER ANNIVERSARY On Ilay 1 and 2, 1998, BLANCHARD SPRINGS CAVERNS \-lill be celebrating its 25th anniversary, in conjunction Hith the Ozark Folk Center. The public has been invited to share in the festivities, and during that Heekend, every 25th person visiting the caverns Hill receive a free caverns tour ticket useable that day only. Ozark Folk Center musicians Hill entertain in the Caverns Visitor Information Center. The Dripstone Trail is the hands-doHn favorite of the t\~O tours offered and it is one of the feH caverns tours that can be toured by folks in \"Iheelche.irs. WONDERFUL FOLLaH-UP A man \"Iho used our NCA Hebsite Bulletin Board on 1.larch 13th to locate a shoH cave to visit, posted a 'thank you' Follml-up on the 16th. He ends by saying ... 1 have also looked at some of your other information and links. You are doing a \"Ionderful job. It is truly amazing \"Ihat enthusiastic and knoHledgeable people can accomplish on the \"Ieb. Your site is really one of the best I've seen for a special interest non-commercial group. Thanks for all your hard \lOrk." FROU ALL OVER He received clippings from Linda Larsen, IlOAlIING CAVERN in California, and Chris Coffey, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in Hisconsin, of an Adventure Travel article by Universal Press Syndicate Hriter Jeremy Schmidt. Also received phone requests from Denver, Fort Horth, and Atlanta Hhere the article appeared t.he I-Ieekend of I.larch 8th. III-TECH FANTASTIC CAVERNS has filmed some great nel-/ TV promo spots, also video
Press releases for their Educational Program. Some include just a touch of hi-tech animation that is absolutely charming and the sort of idea people will remember. Footage from FANTASTIC was also included in a Ilissouri Conservation Department "Missouri Outdoors" TV program. Portions of the program were narrated by DI./ight \1eaver. NEW BROCHURE 'Creating Family Memories For 115 Years' is the theme of the new MARENGO CAVE NATURAL LANDllARK brochure. Eight panels of pictures and text describe all the available activities including the two Natural Adventure options. BILINGUAL TOURS On the 1998 Information Update Questionnaire, we asked if bilingual tours were offered (repeating a Cracker Barrel question). One cave said French and German tours were available by appointment, one provides a German language handout, and one has French language maps of the cave available. Of course, we all make a special effort to help foreign visitors feel welcome, but regional accents and idoms are sometimes difficult to understand in a second language. A short bilingual handout visitors could read to learn more about the cave and its history. might add to their enjoyment of the tours. RI\DON TIIREE BOOKS The February 24, 1998 Bowling Green, Kentucky Daily News carried an excellent article about the current radon situation, and the March 4th issue of the paper carried an equally informative letter from NCA member Bill Austin complimenting the article and telling about the part NCA had in developing reasonable industry procedures for show caves. Let us laJOr, if you would like copies of these articles. This month we received review copies of the following three books: ... Henny Lefebvre, of LAKE SHASTA CAVERNS, sent us a copy of a charming childrens' book, Cave Story, by Mike Graf, who is a caver as well as an author of several other educational books. Throughout the story of a boy's adventure in a cave, sidebars and boxes provide facts and cave information. Roger and Henny have found school groups enjoy the book and it sells well. The suggested retail price is $8.95, but they sell it at $10.95. It is a Cover-To-Cover Book, published by the Perfection Learning Corp., and can be ordered through Ifike Graf, 655 Hilltop Dr., Suite 44, Redding CA 96003 .. Caving, by Steven Boga, cover price $19.95, published by Stackpole Books 5067 Ritter Rd., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, phone: 717-796-0411. A well written, well organized book of caving information, definitions, and excellent diagrams, this book might be of particular interest to would-be cavers and ne" cavers. Photography is by Dave Bunnell, editor of the !ISS llE\'IS and an outstanding cave-photographer ... Classic Caves of the Peak District, by lain Barker, $29.95pb, publication date April 15, 1998, distributed by Trafalgar Square, North Pomfret, VT 05053. Interesting bits of history about each of these English caves are included along with the physical characteristics and equipment needed for exploration. A book both active and armchair cavers might enjoy having in their library. UNIQUE CLASSROOM The ilardI 1998 issue of the NSS NEI'/S te lIs about the underground classroom at FANTASTIC CAVERNS.
CLEAN UP PROJECTS Three 1997 conservation work trips to NIAGARA CAVE by members of the Hinnesota Speleological Survey Grotto are described by Evelyn Tmmsend in the Ilarch 1998 NSS NEHS. HOT ITEH According to Bob Bogart, Beanie Babies are the big thing at IlARK THAIN CAVE. A shipment of 60 dozen was received one day this month and completely sold out the next day! ANOTHER NEW IDEA Russ and Kirk have developed a new Hospitality/Key Folder for use by area motel clerks. The FANTASTIC CAVERNS "hospitality folder" includes a pocket for a family's room key and space for their name and room number. It opens to a really nice "Branson map ..... and, of course, features "America's ride through cave." OPENING The projected date for the opening of Kartchner Caverns in Arizona is now sometime in Ilay 1998. SPRINGFEST April 18 26, 1998 llAlUlOTH CAVE National Park and Cave City Convention Center. Activities include Karstlands Juried Art Exhibition, Spring fest Natural Arts Harket, \'1ildflm-ler weekend Field Trips, Seminars and Presentations, and Karstlands Ilusic Series. ORIENTATION Basic Cave Rescue Orientation Seminar, Hay 8-10, 1998, Franklin, West Virginia, taught by instructors from the NSS's National Cave Rescue Commission. This Seminar is appropriate for anyone I-Iho finds themselves in a cave rescue situation learn hOI-l to be a valuable part of the rescue effort rather than a hindrance. Registration is $37.00. Contact John Hoover, 14753 1'Iexhall Terr., Burtonsville, HD 20866. "PARTNERSHIP or PERISH" Rich Hclleill, director of sales since 1994 at Chicago's John G. Shedd Aquarium (400,000 visitors in 1996), talking I-lith TIA's Nellsline said llearby museums had considered the Aquarium their competition, saying: "It used to be museum competing against museum. NOI-I lie look at our competition as the theme park or shopping mall do~m the road, because \-Ie're after the same dollars." He's developed successful marketing partnerships ~lith these museums, \-lith 17 Chicago 1I0tels, and ,.Ii th other nearby attractions all seeking the same COllsumer dollar. 1'Ii th these partnerships he has created a number of innovative visitor packages designed to please the customer and to fill the time slots '.-lhen the partners need visitors. "It's partnership or perish," llcNeill emphasized. NCA CONVENTION Every NCA member needs to attend our 1998 Convention October 5th8th. Pre-convention caving activities Oct. 3, 4, & 5. Post-Convention sightseeing Oct. 9th & 10th. llOANING CAVERll, CALIFORNIA CAVERNS, and llERCER CAVERNS "ill be visited during the Convention. Headquarters: Best lies tern Sonora Oaks llotor Hotel, Sonora, CA. Contact Linda Larsen, 110ANING CAVE, 209-736-2708 if you have any questions before the next Convention mailing.
Cave Talk is a publication of the National Caves
Association, a non-profit trade association founded in 1965
by a small group of private show cave owners. These initial
members sought to bring together show cave owners and
operators from across the United States to promote the show
cave industry to the public, to share information and ideas,
and to lobby for legislation favorable to the show cave