2016 Fricks Cave Member Appreciation Day

frickscaveSCCi is pleased to invite our members and their guests to the Fricks Cave Member Appreciation Day, February 27th from 9 am – 4 pm.

 

Throughout the year, Fricks Cave is closed to protect endangered bats and salamanders that live in the cave. On this ONE DAY ONLY, while the bachelor colony of bats is not present, the SCCi will open the cave to show our appreciation for our members. After exploring the cave, please join us around the fire for hot food and announcement of the winners of the 2nd Annual SCCi Photo and Video Contest!

This event is only open to current SCCi members and their guests.

Registration is closed for 2016. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

 

Schedule

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Cave open for visitation, assuming summer gray bat colony has not yet returned.

Note: SCCi Clean Caving Procedures will be strictly enforced! Fricks is a stream cave, please dress accordingly.

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Hot food will be available until supplies run out. Winners of the 2nd Annual SCCi Photo and Video Contest will be announced in the afternoon.

Camping on Friday night the 26th is available on the preserve. Signs will be posted directing you to campsites. For more information on camping or caving at Fricks Cave contact the preserve management team at fricks@scci.org or by calling ET Davis at 423-667-9946.

Questions:

Email us at admin@scci.org

Call us at (423) 771-9671 Ext 101

2015 Photo Competition Winners

2015 marked the First Annual SCCi Photo and Video Competition based around our new marketing campaign Sharing the Secrets. Photographers were encouraged to submit photographs and/or videos taken on preserves owned by the SCCi in four categories – Secret Beauty, Secret Adventure, Secret Life, and Secret Water. Submissions began January 1st and ran through February 14th. The winners were announced at our membership appreciation event, Frick’s Cave Open House, on February 28th.

There were 126 photographs submitted by 15 photographers. Five categories were judged by professional photographers who were both cavers and non-cavers. The sixth category, People’s Choice, was voted on via Facebook likes and received 72 votes (the next closest had 55 votes).

We would like to first give a special thank you to everyone who submitted photographs! The judges certainly had their work cut out for them choosing from the stunning images.

We are proud to now share the winners of the First Annual SCCi Photo Competition!

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The winning photographers received a plaque in recognition of their work.

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It’s never too early to grab your cameras and start taking pictures! This was but the first of our annual photo competitions. We are very excited to see what beautiful images our supporters come up with for next year. Don’t forget to Like our Facebook page so you do not miss our announcements about the 2016 installation of the photo competition.

Frick’s Cave Open House – Membership Appreciation Event

Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc is pleased to invite our members and their guests to the Frick’s Cave Annual Open House. 

Throughout the year, Frick’s Cave is closed to protect endangered bats and salamanders that live in the cave. On this ONE DAY ONLY, while the bachelor colony of bats is not present, the SCCi will open the cave to show our appreciation for your membership. After exploring the cave, please join us around the fire for hot food, a talk about the endangered bats, and announcement of the winners of the 1st SCCi Photo and Video Contest!

To help our volunteers plan please RSVP here.

Date: February 28, 2015 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Who: Open to current SCCi members and their guests.

Schedule of Events – 

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Cave open for visitation, assuming summer gray bat colony has not yet returned. Note: SCCi Clean Caving Procedures will be strictly enforced! Frick’s is a stream cave, please dress accordingly.

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Hot food will be available until supplies run out.
Don’t forget to RSVP so we can plan!

1:00 PM: Trina Morris, a bat biologist from GA Dept of Natural Resources, will talk about the Frick’s Cave gray bat colony.

Winners of the SCCi Photo and Video Contest will be announced after the bat talk.

Location: To protect our properties we do not publish their locations online. If you are a member and do not know where the Frick’s Cave Preserve is located please use the contact information below to obtain directions.

Questions: Email us at admin@scci.org. Call us at (423) 771-9671.

Ticket Sales for Christmas Party are LIVE!

TheChattanooganHotelTicket sales for the 2nd Annual SCCi Christmas Party are LIVE! 

This year’s event will be held at The Chattanoogan Hotel, a lovely venue in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee on December 13th starting at 6:00pm. Guests will be treated to a special presentation by Jennifer Pinkley who will describe the early years of discovery and exploration in the 1960s and share a wide variety of historic photos and maps. Steve Pitts will then discuss more recent activities in the cave including information about the remapping project. The evening will also include Buffet Dinner, Cash Bar and Silent Auction.  Tickets are $40 each and may be purchased by following this link.

For guests wishing to stay the evening hotel rooms are available for a special rate of $99/night. These may be purchased directly from the Chattanoogan (www.chattanooganhotel.com or 800-619-0018). Please mention the SCCi Christmas Party and make your reservation by November 15th to ensure the discounted rate.

For more information about the event follow this link to the event page. Make sure you check back often as we will be updating the list of items included in the Silent Auction.

Though we have chosen to hold this year’s event at an indoor location we encourage you to visit Tumbling Rock Cave to see the Christmas Tree in a Cave. The Christmas Tree will be decorated on November 22nd and lit every Saturday through the Holiday Season. Tumbling Rock, Inc invites you to join them for the lighting of the tree and Smokey the Kitty Anti-Vandalism Rally on November 22nd. Email tumblingrock@scci.org for more information.

Mark Your Calendars! December 13, the 2nd Annual Christmas Party

SCCi Tumbling Rock Preserve

Our property managers posing next to the beautiful Christmas Tree in Tumbling Rock. Photo by Nathan Williams & Sabrina Simon

Last year, the SCCi hosted our first annual Christmas Party at our Tumbling Rock preserve. It was a huge success and everyone had a great time–except it was really cold! We’re planning our 2nd annual Christmas party for Saturday, December 13. Mark your calendars! To make sure we all stay warmer this year, the party will be indoors at a venue probably in Chattanooga. This year, Steve Pitts and Jennifer Pinkley will give a presentation about the history and current status of Fern Cave, Alabama. We will also have another silent auction featuring caving related art.

We’re still working out the details and will let you know more soon!

Even though the party will not be held at the Tumbling Rock preserve, you can go caving in Tumbling Rock during the day, visit the decorated Christmas Tree, then head over in the afternoon for the party!