East Tennessee Grotto
Our presentation was from our own Bruce Zerr about Signatures in Buffalo Cave. It was a very interesting program that contained a trip report from over 100 years ago!
Jim Whidby talked about Cherokee Caverns to set to rest of the talk about what is happening over there and why it was offered to the grotto. There is NO SCCI interest in Cherokee Caverns. There has never been any interest. Jim also added that this is not the type of cave that the organization looks for purchasing. He says that the cave has always been open to the grotto. Everyone has always been welcome to have birthdays, weddings, and grotto functions there. He wants everyone one to know that this is still the case. The cave was offered to the grotto as a regular meeting place because the Whidby family was trying to help out the grotto. It was announced that due to all the "drama" that unfolded it is preferred that the cave no be a regular meeting place. Meetings can be help there when needed or wanted, but not permanently. Thanks, Jim, for the information about the cave and letting us know we are welcome.
Still trying to get the ball rolling on the vertical workshop for those that are still interested. This is looking like it will be in March or April. A date will be listed as soon as it is set. Please let Abby know if you are interested in coming to volunteer or learn. All help is wanted, and everyone is welcome.
SCCI Frick's Cave Open House Frick's Cave in Chickamauga, GA. The event is from 9AM to 4:30PM. This cave is home to a bachelor grey bat colony, so it is only open one day out of the year. It is a stream cave, so it can be very cold and wet. If you plan on going, dress accordingly. It is also a WNS postive cave.
Fricks Cave open house is this Saturday, February 15th.
SERA Winter Business Meeting is on February 22 at the Lafayette Community Center in Lafayatte, GA.
NSS Work Weekends The NSS is having several work weekends in the month of March at the new headquarters in Huntsville, AL. The dates are March 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30. There is indoor camping available.
TCS Spring Meeting is March 29 @ 9:00CDT at Sewanee University of the South. The address is 735 University Ave.
Speleofest 2014 is May 23 - May 26, 2014 at Lone Star Preserve, Bonnieville Kentucky. Hosted by the Louisville Grotto, Speleofest 2014 is going to be bigger than ever as we celebrate the Lone Star Preserve being completely paid off at last. To celebrate we have lowered the prices and made some exciting changes. To keep the cave trips interesting, we are migrating south to Barren County for led trips to several new locations that have not been offered in recent years. As our guest speaker Saturday night, we are excited to have Roger Brucker, renowned Mammoth Cave explorer and author. Also there will be some fun new activities to spark up a little competition between cavers throughout the weekend.
Please visit our website for details and check back for updates because it is not yet complete. Also check out our facebook pages for more information or questions.