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Volume 6, issue 1 May 2011

Upcoming From the Park Manager Events at Carter Caves Our horse camp had its first overnight visitors, Betty Riffe from Rush Ky., enjoyed a two night stay and went on our trails, despite the weather not being too grand, they reported to me that Tygart's Gorge & they thought the camp sites were set up fantastic and would be Arches Hike spreading the word around. Since then we have had 3 more people stay at the horse camp and they have all given it rave reJuly 25-31 views. This is my personal invite to all people with horses to Pioneer Life Week come and try our new sites. We will be having a horse riding event on May 21st starting at 11:00 a.m. in conjunction with the September 7-10 celebration of 150 year birthday of Olive Hill. I hope we can all Fraley Mountain Music get together and have a nice ride and afterward our Friends of the Park group will be having a soup bean and cornbread dinner Gatherin’ at 5:30 p.m.. September 24 Come enjoy our Trekking into Kiser trails and check Hollow out our new Horse October 14,15,21,22 camp ground. To make camp site Haunted Trail reservations call 1-888-459-7275. October 28-29 June 18

Halloween Campout

Chronicle Discounts Bring your copy of the Caveland Chronicle to the Front Desk to receive discounted rates on Lodging through October 31st.

2 Double Bed Lodge Room $64.95 2 Bedroom Cottage $109.95 Valid Sunday—Thursday ONLY. Not accepted on Holidays.

Carter Caves State Resort Park 344 Caveland Drive Olive Hill KY 41164

Summer Recreation Opportunities Jonathan Underwood, Recreation Leader The Recreation Department here at Carter Caves has much more to offer than our daily tours of Cascade Cave and X-Cave. During the summer season, we offer a variety of different programs for both day and overnight guests to enjoy, many of which are offered free of charge to participants. Some of the activities that go on here during the summer are arts and crafts style programs that cost a small fee (at most $7) in which participants make an item to take home with them as a souvenir of Carter Caves; such as Blue-bird Houses, Tie-Dye t-shirts, and All Natural Bracelets. If you don’t want to do one of our many Make-it, Take-it programs, we also have activities with having fun in mind. We play Glow Mini-Golf almost every week, and show movies periodically in Cascade Cave. The next movie is planned for Memorial Day weekend. We offer many free programs as well, the most popular of which is the long-running Ice Cream Social, where participants take their turn in hand cranking our old fashioned ice cream buckets and making chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Our Nomadic Hunting program is also a very popular one, where you will get the opportunity throw tomahawks, just as the pioneers and Native Americans would have in the 1800’s.

Making Tie-Dye T-shirts

This summer we plan on adding to our list of programs by adding more nature-themed programs including Searching for Critters at Carter Caves, where we will be learning how to track animals that can be found here on our park. We will also be bringing back Animal Tracker Bandannas. If you would like to participate in any of our above-ground activities, just find a Recreation Schedule at the Welcome Center, Campground, or at the Front Desk and enjoy the activities here at Carter Caves.

Traipsing Through Memories I recall a huge gathering of people at the Cascade Cave area in the early ‘70’s. This was known at that time as Jean Thomas, The Traipsing lady. She was a person who loved mountain music. Jean was a fine lady of culture. She held to the grass roots of her culture with every fiber of her being. She had a glowing personality that the guests responded to in a very positive way. She had a way of making them feel at home and welcome as she sang. The festivities of Jean would eventually give rise to another annual event that has been well received here at Carter Caves. The event that I am referring to is known as the Fraley Music Festival. That is another well known story. Respectfully submitted by, Kenneth R. McCoy

The Day the Cottages Left the Park By Sam Plummer, Park Naturalist Sometime during the late 90’s the park got the OK to build new cottages that would be bigger and better than the old ones. The contractors were hired and every thing was put into place to start building. There was still one problem, how were they going to get the old ones out of the way? Someone got the big idea to sell the cottages and that would solve the problem. After several days the bidding went out and several people showed some interest. Some few days later we started hearing about people removing windows, doors, and raising the cottages. The next thing we noticed a few days later there was a truck coming down the hill flagging traffic and getting cars off the road. Behind that truck another much larger truck with a large trailer hooked to it came over the hill, and you guessed it, there was a cottage on the trailer.

Old Cottage

Current Cottage

From our Gift Shop Spring has come and gone; now summer is drawing near. School will be getting out soon and we have been seeing school buses full of excited children coming to explore the caves as well as enjoy other activities with our recreation crew. Meanwhile, people from all around come and spend the day to hike our beautiful trails and see our beautiful wildflowers. When you schedule your visit to Carter Caves, visit the Welcome Center for information and to do a little bit of shopping. See all of the new merchandise just received such as Kentucky Pottery, jewelry, barbecue sauces, jellies and Kentucky souvenirs to take back to your friends.

Book Signing


May 28th

July 2nd

“A Moment in Time, the Beginning of

Chainsaw Demonstration

Matthew B. Sellers”

on Woodcarvings

By Barbara Sellers Granddaughter

By Joe Slayers

11:00—2:00 pm

10:00 am—5:00 pm

At the Welcome Center

At the Welcome Center

The Business Office has been doing some spring cleaning and what better time to do it; when it is raining!! We are going through all of the uniforms, so that we can equip our new-coming employees with the proper work attire. With the new Fiscal Year upon us, we are working on budgets, and making sure we have room in our office for the New Year documents. May is known as National Strawberry month. Strawberry Buttermilk Cake is absolutely delicious, and it is easy to make.

Easy Strawberry Buttermilk Cake Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened 2/3 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, divided 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 large egg ** Use 1/2 cup buttermilk instead of the egg as an alternative 1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk 1 cup fresh strawberries (about 5 oz) Method Preheat oven to 400°F, placing the rack in the middle. Butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan and keep ready. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat butter and 2/3 cup sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy; this should take about 3 minutes, then beat in the vanilla. Finally add the egg and beat well for another 2 minutes. Switch the mixer setting to low speed, mix in flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour, and mixing until just combined. Remember, do NOT over beat. Fold in half of the strawberries into the batter. Spoon the prepared batter into the cake pan, smoothing it on the top. Scatter the remaining strawberries evenly over the top and sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar. Bake until cake is golden and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, roughly about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in the cake pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely. Invert it onto a serving plate. Using a knife warmed by placing under hot running water, slice the cake into wedges and serve. You can also make it fancier by topping it with a dollop of whipped cream, or dusting with some more Confectioner’s sugar. From our Business office to your home, this recipe is sure to put a definite spring in your step, especially on a rainy day!

This edition of the Caveland Chronicles marks the last edition that desk clerk Kacie Bledsoe will produce for Carter Caves. Kacie has accepted a new job as an Assistant Librarian at St. Claire Regional Medical Center. When Kacie took over the Caveland Chronicles she was challenged to make it a newsletter that not only informed our guests of happenings at Carter Caves but to make one that people would look forward to bi-monthly. From the requests that we now get almost daily for copies she not only met that challenge but took it to the next level. We at Carter Caves wish Kacie all the luck in her new job and new challenge she has taken on with her new job. Her personality and talents will surely be missed.

Kacie as Santa Claus at a Christmas Open House in 2009.

May 2011 Caveland Chronicles  

Carter Caves Bi-Monthly newsletter.

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