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Fall VAR 2011
October 14-16, 2011
The Richmond Area Speleological Society and Tidewater Grotto have joined forces to
host the 2011 Fall VAR.
The RASS Field Station in Bath County, VA consists of 26 acres of meadow and wooded hillside (camping space is plentiful). Knowing that cavers like to get clean after the crawl/climb, there are showers available at the bath house constructed by the talented members of RASS. The site has established vehicular paths, four outhouses (to be supplmemented by port-a-johns) and a pavillon for evening activities. There will be a communal bonfire and individual fires are permitted within portable fire rings (if unsure about your containment, please ask at registration). Gates open at noon on Friday.
VENDORSB&C Wunderwear will be setting up shop! Get some new coveralls or kneepads, or have yours repaired or modified.
There will be led caving trips to:
Other regional points of interest include The Homestead and Hot Springs. Back at the RASS Field Station we will also have ropes set up for practice, a corn hole, and an area for volleyball.
Check back often for more information.
RASS will serve up their world renowned Brunswick Stew for dinner, with a vegetarian chili option for non-meat-eaters.
After dinner we will have a short (5-10 minute) presentation on MayaCon 2012, next year's NSS Convention in Lewisburg, WV, followed by a presentation on Project Simmer (at Simmons-Mingo Cave) by Steve Stokowski. Entertainment and caver beverages afterward
Pancake Breakfast: No breakfast this time. Front Royal Grotto does not have enough ‘flippers’. Anyone else want to volunteer?
Sunday Morning Meeting: The VAR business meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Print out the registration form (with directions) and mail it in no later than September 30, 2011. Preregistration cost is $23 per person (children age 5 and under are free). Onsite registration will cost $30. Pets must also register at $5 each. T-Shirts, destined to become a collector's item, are only available to pre-registrants. Likewise, only those who pre-register will get guidebooks.
Questions, comments, or complaints? Contact Vicki Paul (firstname.lastname@example.org>)