Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc.

SCCi Hosts Inaugural Bluegrass Concert Celebrating 25 Years of Cave Conservation

SCCi is hosting a fundraising concert at its Fricks Cave Preserve in Chickamauga GA September 26, 2016 to celebrate 25 years of cave conservation. Fricks Cave Preserve is home to 10,000 endangered gray bats. More information at


Chattanooga, TN -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/16/2016 -- On September 24, 2016, from 5pm-9pm, Southeastern Cave Conservancy (SCCi) is hosting a unique fundraising event titled Bats, Beer, & Bluegrass, on Frick's Cave Preserve in Chickamauga, Ga., which SCCi owns and manages. This first year event is in celebration of SCCi's 25th year of conserving protecting and managing caves of the southeast, and is sure to delight not only cave enthusiasts, but nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

This memorable concert will feature Chattanooga's bluegrass favorite, Barefoot Nellie & Co., performing on the beautiful preserve grounds, with the stunning cave entrance as the stage backdrop. Frick's Cave is the summer home of over 10,000 endangered gray bats, Georgia's only known population of the rare Tennessee cave salamander, and 33.8 acres of north Georgia karstland. It is one of only two gray bat caves in Georgia. Frick's Cave will be closed for visitation at the time of the event to protect the bats, but the beautiful preserve will be in full Autumn color.

Bats, Beer and Bluegrass is the kickoff for a fundraising campaign to raise 2.5 million dollars over the next 5 years for SCCi's Stewardship Endowment Fund. This fund will ensure SCCi's ability to protect caves and karst environments across the southeast for all future generations.

The evening will begin for dinner ticket holders at 5pm, with a delicious BBQ dinner served by Tennessee's #1 Farm to Table Restaurant, 212 Market Restaurant. SCCi will also be selling a selection of craft beer from Big River Brewing starting at 5pm. The bluegrass concert will begin at 6pm, immediately following the dinner. Following the concert, at dusk, guests will have an opportunity to watch the beautiful bat flight from the cave (bats willing, of course). In addition, t-shirts, concert posters, and other great merchandise will be for sale. Tickets must be purchased online in advance as their will only be 200 tickets sold.

More information and ticket sales for this event can be found at

Sponsors for this events are: Kris Greene, SCCi Founding Member, On Rope 1 (of Harrison, TN), Inner Mountain Outfitters (of Trenton, GA), Southern Environmental Technologies (of Chattanooga, TN), Big River Brewing (of Chattanooga, TN), and Synergy Real Estate Group (of Nashville, TN).

About Southeastern Cave Conservancy
Founded in 1991, Southeastern Cave Conservancy is the largest land conservancy solely dedicated to cave and karst environments. SCCi is a tax-exempt not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that owns and manages 170 caves on 30 preserves in 6 states. Through grassroots efforts and a member base of 1,000, SCCi protects the most beautiful underground landscapes through conservation, education, and recreation.