Cave Talk

Cave Talk

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Cave Talk
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Cave Talk
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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 industry.
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NCA Cave Talk NATIONAL CAVES ASSOCIATION August 29, 2000 Barbara Munson, Coordinator Steve Turner, Asst. Coordinator 4138 Dark Hollow Rd. McMinnville, TN 37110 Phone: (931) 668-3925 Fax: (931) 668-3988 E-mail: NCA CONVEN'rION 2000 Plans for the conventi.on in November are progressi WI ni.cely. A vendors' sho" Hill take place from Sunday afternoon through Wednesday so plan to do some shopping. If you're able to anive early on Sund"y you will have plenty of time to relax, visit the vendors, and enjoy the ho'Opitality of our Bermuda friends at their Dark 'N Stormy party, where lie can relive all those memories of last year's convention. Because of the anticipated large attendance, it is important that you book your hotel reservation as soon as you know you're going to attend, and please get that convention registration in, too! If you've lost your reservation form, call Linda Larsen at (209)736-2709 for another one. Linda also has brochures on Biosphere 2 for anyune planning to visit there either before or "fter the convention. 99/2000 TRANSITION According to David Summers, the Bermuda Contingent is planning to make the opening reception on Sunday 12th November a smooth transition from Convention 99 to Convention 2000 by bringing their island's flavour, in the from of their traditional island drinks, and combining it with South Arizona cuisine. HELP Judy Smith needs help with the NCA Scrapbook. If you remember, she fell the first day in Bermuda and broke her camera, thus didn't get many pictures of the Bermuda Convention. Please send her any good pictures y,m Cdll spare. Judy Smith, 9850 N. Skyline Dr., Floyds Knobs, IN 47119-8832 WANTED ... New cover pictures for the NCA CAVES AND CAVERtiS directory bl.Ochure. I,e' re grateful to all the caves whose pictures we have used in the past, but now a change would be nice. We'd like to have a numb"r of pictures from \'lhich to choose. Vertical format is best, and people (tourist/visitor type) would be nice, but not necessary. Plain-paper prints \'lould be fine for the selection process. If you have something we might use, please send it to us or call us at 931-662-3925. INFORM.'\TION WA.'lTED Steve Thompson at BRIDAL C.'WE, Ht. 2, Box 255, C?mden':on, HO 65020, would like any and all info you have about computer ticket and reservation systems. BROCHURE We are getting lots of requests for our NCA CAVES AND CAVERNS directory brochure which is mentioned in the current issue of Discoveries magazine GATES BATS SIGNS Roy Powers, along with the people at the American Cave Conservation Association (ACCA), has been busy designing and installing bat friendly cave gates in Kentucky, Hissouri, New York, Tennessee, Virginia, and \'lisconsin. The Fall edition of the FANTASTIC CAVEffilS student newspaper, Ozark Adventure has an interesting article about Bat Houses. Bat House plans ar" included. A picture and article on the front page of the local neHspaper featured Tim Hawn on a ladder repainting one of LINCOLN CAVERNS signs.


PROGRESS Ted Garves, LURAY CAVERNS, is making a good re'-'overy from the very serious fall he had earlier this summer. TRAINING Travis Wuest is developing a new guide training program for NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS. SIGN REMOVAL Although located on a public highway, Chuck Thorne has had to remove his KA'E;LEKU CAVERNS signs in response to complaints and threaten"d legal action by his neighbors who objected to the increased number of cars on the road. As mentioned before, Hawaii and the island of Ilaui are very restrictive about promotion and advertising. NOI' Cavern tours are handled entirely by reservation and Chuck's business is do,m 30%! EDUCATIONAL PROGRAH The folks from Scientific American's Explorations magazine spent most of a day photographing LINCOLN CAVERNS and observing the various educational programs that are offered. PUPPET SHOW Karen Gruber, an author, does a charming ,-,ave related intera,-,tive puppet show. She encourages the youngsters to visit a show cave and for several years has been giving out of our NCA CIIVES AND CAVEHlJS diLectory brochure. Although she stays heavily booked, at present she limits her shows to her New Jersey area because of her own small daughter. You might want to visit her puppet page on the website <\~~,> SPECIALTY ITEMS l'1e've just learned of a source for pellter figure miniature scenes in geodes and neat items like that: Don Heyer at Heyer's Cl'eations, 11804 264th St.E, Graham, I'1A 98338, 253-847-2761, <>. HALLOWEEN "Sc'ary County is at its very Sc'ariest" 011 October 27th lihen the 18th annual "Halloween at Howe Caverns" begins at 5:30 p.m. when the gleat cavern turns into a "haunted cave" to benefit the Family and Community S',rvices of Schoharie County, a local charity. HORE HALLOWEEN Press Releases for LINCOLN CAVERNS' Ghosts and Goblins 2000, "A Hauntingly Good Time," call the adventure "Pennsylvania's most unique haunted house." During the one hour tours, offered from 11:00 All to 8:00 PH Saturdays and Sundays October 7 through October 29th, more than t\lenty supporting characters provide humor and horror along the way. Tickets purchased prior to the date of the tour are $7.50 & $4.50 each, and at the door $8.50 and $5.00 each. If you' d \-lOuld like to YJ)Ct;., ID'Jre about this program, call Ann Holosky at 814-649-0268 or . AGING HENNEPIN As a cooperative experiment, HOWE CAVERNS has joined with Brewery Ommegang to see how well cave aging of beer works. In February 280 cases (3,360 bottles) of six week old beer were stored in the Caverns' underground vestibule for aging, which will take about eight'months in the constant 52 degree temperature of the cave. The cave-aged Hennepin ",ill be removed in October and marketed as the Brewery's Christmas Beer. This is th'}ught to be the first time in at least 100 years that a commercial beer has been aged in a cave in the United States. UNIQUE CASCADE CAVERNS' Capt. Jill Beardsley has established a high-dollctr Foundation for using the 105 acre cave property as a Refuge for cats. There are also 28 peacocks and 48 pet deer on the property. Although open every day during the summer season, CASCADE CAVERNS is now open on \leekends only during the offseason.


r CYBERDIRECTIONS ,Ie have just talked to a Silicone V"lley authority who tells us the capability is now available for a website that could provide visitors with high tech directions to your cave! Hore about this later ... VIRTUAL REALITY Rod Graves, LURAY CAVERNS, 540-743-6551, is interested in any information about virtual reality CDs you might have. ~KJBILE CATERING Bev and Randy Langhover have painted cave scenes on the barbecue catering trailer they take to area gatherings and activities a rolling promotion for COSHIC CAVERNS. RECORDS BROKEN This past 4th of July weekend LAKE SHASTA CAVERNS brokA all records with a "hopping 1,231 guests passing through Lhe Caverns on Sunde.y the 3rd. This Has the best Holiday Heekend the Caverns has ever had up 16% overall! POSITIVE RESULTS Russ Campbell points out that adding a second register at their ticket counter cut their maximum line time in half most visitors wait less than 3 minutes and 'the longest \vait is under 10 minutes. The 'Tositive Results" now visitors spend that time in a more quality fashion ... shopping ... eating ... bro"sing ... or simply resting on a couch! NEW NEW DeSOTO CAVERNS PARK has added its 12th outside attraction. "Crystal Find," a sand filled enclosure with buried crystals is a source of delight to young children. DINNER TOO COLOSSAL CAVE HOUNTAIN PARK'S Off-Route Ladder Tour, at $35.00 per person, includes dinner after>lards. POSTER Henny Lefebvre has put together a 24' x 36' posterboard photo collage of LAKE SHASTA CAVERNS for placement in area hotels and some rest c:tups along Interstate 5. The response has been good. ALL FREE Twice a day the local ABC television station Heather Natcher the high and low temperatures for the day for LAKE SHASTA CAVERNS this l'eaches as far away as 250 miles, and includes seven counLies. WORKS BOTH WAYS For six days during the 124th annual Cobleskill Fair guests at HO\'IE CAVERNS could pick up a $1. 00 discount coupon for the F,tir admission, and while at the Fair, visitors "ere invited to stop by the IlOYIE CAVERNS booth and pick up a special $2. CO.'off coupon fur each admission Lo a cool adventure in HOYlE CAVERNS. How's that for cooperative promotion? OZONE "Some Days We're in the Ozone, Good up high, bad nearby." That's the EPA slogan on ho" to remember if ozone is good or bad. It means the stratospheric ozone layer is beneficial and necessary to living t.hings, while ground level ozone, created from sun-baked pollutants, presents a health hazard .... The normal ozone season runs from Harch through October. ... Out of concern for park visitors and employ'~es [Hammoth Cave Park] has implemented a public a"areness and Ilarning program. . Excerpted from the lfCNP ner{sletter, The Flashlight. 2001 INCREASE Next season all ticket prices at FANTA:~TIC CAVERNS lIill [,,,main the same ... except general admission adults, \lhich \lill increase 45 cents to $14.95. This Hon't cover inflation, and that just makes Russ Campbell's budgeting job a bit tougher.

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


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