Caroling In The Caverns

Organizers Hope To Top 2011 Turnout And Position Event As Holiday Destination

Posted: December 4, 2012

After a successful first run last year, Grottoes’ Caroling in the Caverns returns Saturday in the nation’s oldest show cave.

Mark Keeler, event coordinator and president of Grottoes Ruritan Club, says he hopes the evening of guided tours through Grand Caverns will become an annual staple.

Last year’s premiere event raised more than $900 and collected nearly 120 items, such as arts and crafts supplies, books and games. The proceeds were split equally between South River Boys & Girls Club and the Ruritan club’s scholarship fund, which provides $1,000 toward college costs for a Spotswood High School senior living in Grottoes.

The recipients will be the same this year.

“[The event] actually went beyond our expectations for our first time,” Keeler said. “We were very pleased and very impressed.”

He’s anticipating a strong turnout this year, as well.

The tours will leave every 15 minutes between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and last about 45 minutes each.

In the candlelit cave, guests will be serenaded by Fred Holbrook on the bagpipes, the Harrisonburg Harmonizers, Eastern Mennonite University’s a capella group Shekinah and Peggy Counts, who will lead a sing-along with each group.

Tickets for adults are $5, and children 12 and under are free with a donation of new arts and crafts supplies, new or used books, games or puzzles.

For more information, visit www.grandcaverns.com or call 249-5705.

Contact Candace Sipos at 574-6275 or csipos@dnronline.com.