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MARVAR2021LogoMAR/VAR tentatively rescheduled for Spring 2022.

Refunds for the 2021 Fall VAR have been sent.

May 20-22, 2022
Grand Caverns, Grottoes, VA

 

Overview

The Spring MAR/VAR 2022 has been tenatively rescheduled for May 20-22, 2022 at Grand Caverns, Grottoes, Virginia, hosted by the Seven Valleys and Charlottesville Grottos. The COVID situation will be evaluated next spring and an official announcement will be made. All details obviously are subject to change.

COVID

Grand Caverns currently requires reservations and masks for all tours in Grand Caverns itself. Masks must be worn in the park's bathouses. All COVID restrictions are subject to change, and restrictions for the MAR/VAR are being discussed and will be updated soon. Please stay tuned.

Registration

Due to the tenative nature of the Spring VAR, pre-registration is not open at this time. Prices may change. Pre-registration price is $33 for adults and $25 for children 5-14. Children under 5 are free. To qualify for the pre-registration price, registrations must be post marked by October 1st, 2021. We cannot guarantee dinner or a t-shirt for those who do not make the pre-registration deadline.

On-site registration is $38 per for adults and $30 for children 5-14.

T-Shirts

T-Shirts will be available but guaranteed only with pre-registration. Shirts will be light grey 50:50 cotton:polyester with the design shown to the right.
Cost is $15 XS through XL and $17.5 to $19.50 for larger sizes.

Camping

Shaded camping is available with ample picnic tables, shelters, and facilities. Smaller campers are welcome, but larger RVs might have a difficult time in that there are no hook-ups. Showers and water will be available.

Dogs

Well-behaved and leashed dogs are welcome!

Hotels

There are a number of h/motels in Harrisonburg and Verona VA (~10 miles from Grottoes, VA).

Friday, May 20

We will open the weekend on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. for those who want to come for a long weekend. Cave on your own on Friday.

Well, you will be at Grand Caverns! And there are so many caves nearby! Commercial caves in bold

Conservation Project

Project work in Grand Caverns

Other Activities

Don’t want to get down and dirty? Don’t blame you; there is so much to do above-ground!

Vendors

  • Marissa Loftus
    • Cave packs
    • Survey bags
    • Ask about custom made cave suits

Saturday, May 21

Dinner

Saturday's dinner will be catered by Battarbee's

  • Chicken Bake
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Dessert
  • Drinks: Iced Tea & Lemonade>

While we will attempt to accommodate all the hungry cavers, only those who pre-register will be guaranteed a meal.

Evening Program – Pavilion II

Presentation Titled “Thomas Jefferson, Speleologist” by Bert Ashbrook

DJ

In search of a DJ to keep John Fox’s legacy alive.

BYOB DISCRETELY!

 

SUNDAY, May 22

Breakfast

Pennsylvania Cave Conservancy (PCC) will offer a fundraising breakfast. Suggested donation: $5/person

  • Pancakes
  • Sausage
  • Orange Juice
  • Coffee

Meetings

VAR & PCC meetings beginning at 9:00 a.m.

SWAP

11:00 a.m. Saturday & Sunday at Pavilion I
Now that you have upgraded your gear, it’s time to spread the joy! Bring your gear to sell or trade!

The archived minutes from the 2000-2020 VAR meetings will return soon!

Executive Committee:
    
 Chair
Meredith Hall Weberg    merecaver  at yahoo  dot  com
 Vice-Chair Janet Tinkham    janete  at shentel  dot  net
 Secretary Kim Fleischmann    kfleisch  at  juno  dot  com
 Treasurer Carol Tiderman    ctider  at  ymail  dot  com

 

Committee Chairs:  

 Conservation Meredith Hall Weberg    merecaver  at  yahoo  dot  com
 Landowner Recognition Award: Janet Tinkham    janete  at  shentel  dot   net
 Outstanding Service Award: J. C. Fisher    jcf  at   mountain  dot  net
 Webmaster: Jim McConkey    mcjames  at   verizon  dot  net
 Listserv Philip Ballister    philip  at   ballister  dot  org
               

Region Record Staff:      

 Editor: Nikki Fox    nikkicfox  at  yahoo  dot  com
 Circulation Manager: Carol Tiderman    ctider  at   ymail  dot   com

Chronological history of past VAR meetings, with attendances

Date

Location

Host(s)

Total Attendance

Pre-Registered

9/29/2019

Friars Hole Cave Preserve, Jacox, WV

Baltimore & DC Grottoes

200+

~75%

4/28/2019

Camp Powhattan Boy Scout Camp, Hiwassee, VA

James River Grotto

170 + 10 kids

132 (73%)

9/23/2018

New River Junction Campground, Blacksburg, VA

VPI Cave Club

180 + 8 kids

162 (86%)

4/29/2018

Hungry Mother Lutheran Retreat Center, Marion, VA

Walker Mountain Grotto

280 (est)

216 (77%)

9/24/2017

Experience Learning, Spruce Knob, WV

Pine Mountain Grotto

150 (est)

 

4/30/2017

Thorn Springs Park, Franklin, WV

Tommy Carpenter

265

150 (57%)

10/2/2016

Poorfarm Festival Grounds, Unus, WV

Greenbrier Valley Grotto

(no report)

 

4/24/2016

Endless Caverns, VA

Tri-State

302

 

10/17/2015

Mt. Jackson, VA (meeting only)

VAR

12

 

4/26/2015

Natural Bridge, VA

BATS

268

211 (79%)

10/12/2014

Rich Mountain Battlefield, WV

Monongahela Grotto

   

4/13/2014

RASS Fieldstation, Bath County, Virginia

RASS

   

9/28/2013

Greenbrier Festival Grounds, Williamsburg, WV

VPI

115 VAR
70 YTR

 

5/19/2013

Boy Scout Camp between Huntersville & Dunmore, Pocahontas Co, WV

Tri-State

184

 

9/23/2012

Lexington, VA

Rolland Moore

108

59 (55%)

9/23/2012

Williamsburg, WV

Tri-State

226

 

11/15/2011

RASS Field Station, VA

RASS

142

 

5/23/2011

Durbin, WV

Front Royal

247

 

10/3/2010

Friars Hole, WV

DC & Baltimore Grottos

263

188 (71%)

5/23/2010

Fairlea, WV

Bubble Cave, LLC

330

223 (67%)

9/27/2009

Strasburg, VA

BATS & Dingo Grotto

101

 
         

3/26/2009

Grottoes, VA (Grand Caverns)

Members of the VAR

221

96 (43%)

10/19/2008

Covington, VA

Blue Ridge & James River Grottos

276

158 (57%)

6/5/2008

Bristol, VA

Mountain Empire Grotto, with Appalachian Cave Conservancy and Flittermouse Grotto

   

10/12/2007

Dailey, WV (OTR site), joint MAR/VAR

Philadephia & Triangle Trogodytes

280

194 (69%)

4/27/2007

Durbin, WV (East Fork Campground)

Front Royal Grotto

280

154 (55%)

9/22/2006

Glen Lyn, VA (Town Park)

VPI Cave Club

180

111 (62%)

4/28/2006

Grottoes, VA (Grand Caverns)

VAR Grand Survey Project

363

143 (39%)

9/23/2005

Bath County, VA (RASS field station)

RASS

283

 

4/29/2005

Fairlea, WV (WV State Fair)

Bubble Cave, LLC

   

10/24/2004

Tucker County, WV (Camp Kidd)

Monongahela Grotto

   

4/23/2004

Grottoes, VA (Grand Caverns)

Tri-State Grotto

   

9/26/2003

Rural Retreat, VA

Front Royal Grotto

   

5/9/2003

Dailey, WV (OTR site)

PSC & DC Grotto

   

9/29/2002

New Market, VA (Endless Caverns)

BATS & FRG

262

 

4/29/2002

Grottoes, VA (Grand Caverns)

WVCC

   

9/28/2001

Bath County, VA (RASS field station)

RASS

   

5/6/2001

Cumberland Gap, TN

Pine Mountain Grotto

116

 

9/24/2000

Maxwellton, VA

WVASS

215

 

5/6/2000

New River, VA

VPI Cave Club

280

 

9/26/1999

Franklin, WV (Thorn Spring)

Front Royal Grotto

   

5/2/1999

Mt. Solon, VA (Natural Chimneys)

Tri-State Grotto

   

9/27/1998

Friar's Hole, WV

Baltimore & Sligo Grottos

   

5/3/1998

Draper, VA (Horseshoe Campground)

New River Valley Grotto

   

10/5/1997

Cumberland Gap, VA

Pine Mountain Grotto

   

5/27/1997

Bath County, VA (RASS field station)

RASS

   

10/20/1996

Franklin, WV (Thorn Spring)

PSC

   

5/19/1996

Mt. Solon, VA (Natural Chimneys)

Blue Ridge Grotto

   

10/1/1995

Seneca Rocks, WV (Indian Village Campground)

Tri-State Grotto

   

5/14/1995

Tucker County, WV (Camp Kidd)

Monongahela Grotto

   

10/2/1994

Glengary, WV (Lazy A Campground)

Tri-State Grotto

   

5/8/1994

Radford, VA (Kiwanis Campground)

New River Valley Grotto

   

9/26/1993

Huttonsville, WV (Bell's Campground)

Western Maryland Grotto

   

5/2/1993

White Sulphur Springs, WV

RASS

   

10/4/1992

New Market, VA (Endless Caverns)

Front Royal Grotto

   

4/26/1992

Anthony, WV (Greenbrier Youth Camp)

Tri-State

   

10/6/1991

Seneca, WV (Yokum's Campground)

Triangle Troglodytes

   

5/5/1991

Radford, VA

New River Valley Grotto

   

10/14/1990

Mt. Solon, VA (Natural Chimneys)

WVSS

   

5/6/1990

Dailey, WV (OTR site)

GROSS Grotto

   

10/1/1989

Natural Bridge, VA

Friends of VSS & WVSS

   

4/30/1989

New Market, VA (Endless Caverns)

Tidewater Grotto

   

10/2/1988

Glengary, WV (Lazy A Campground)

Tri-State, Frederick, & Sligo

   

4/24/1988

Alleghany County, VA (Circle H Camp)

RASS

   

10/25/1987

New River Park, VA

New River Valley Grotto

   

5/3/1987

Dailey, WV (OTR site)

Assorted. DC area cavers

   

10/5/1986

Maxwellton, WV (Gene Turner's)

WVCS

   

4/27/1986

Bowden, WV (Alpine Shores)

Blue Ridge Grotto

   

10/6/1985

Pearisburg, VA (Biological Station)

VPI Grotto

   

5/4/1985

Massanutten Caverns

RASS

   

10/7/1984

Friars Hole, WV

Sligo Grotto

   

4/29/1984

Franklin, WV (Thorn Spring)

DC Grotto & PSC

   

10/9/1983

Grotteos, VA (Grand Caverns)

VAR & CCV

   

4/30/1983

Anthony, WV (Greenbrier Youth Camp)

ESSO & Charleston Grottos

   

10/23/1982

Massanutten Caverns

Madison University Student Grotto

   

4/24/1982

Abingdon, VA (Riverside Campground)

Mountain Empire and Holston Valley Grottos

   

10/24/1981

Franklin, WV (Thorn Spring)

PSC

   

4/25/1981

New River Junction Park, VA

VPI Grotto

   

10/18/1980

New Market, VA (Endless Caverns)

DC Grotto

   

4/19/1980

Bannerman Farm

Charleston & ESSO Grottos

   

10/6/1979

Abingdon, VA

Mountain Empire and Holston Valley Grottoes

   

4/7/1979

Franklin, WV

PSC

   

10/7/1978

Mt. Solon, VA (Natural Chimneys)

Tidewater & RASS

   

4/30/1978

Anthony, WV

WVCS

   

10/9/1977

Raphine, VA

Shenandoah Valley Grotto

   

4/2/1977

Abingdon, VA

Mountain Empire and Holston Valley Grottos

   

10/9/1976

Franklin, WV (Thorn Spring)

Germany Valley Grotto

   

4/3/1976

Camp Albermarle, VA

UVa Grotto

   

10/11/1975

Dublin, VA

VPI & New River Grotto

   

4/12/1975

Franklin, WV (Thorn Spring)

RASS

   

10/12/1974

Organ Cave, WV

Greenbrier Grotto

   

4/20/1974

Neola, WV

DC Grotto

   

10/27/1973

Bowden, WV

Monongahela Grotto

   

4/14/1973

Franklin, WV (Thorn Spring)

PSC

   

10/7/1972

Kingsport, TN

Holston Valley Grotto

   

3/18/1972

Charlottesville, VA

UVa Grotto

   

10/2/1971

Rocky Mount, VA

Blue Ridge Grotto

   

4/3/1971

Blacksburg, VA

VPI Cave Club

   

The History of the VAR, Part I, is still under conversion.