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September 15, 2011
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September 2011

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Thank you to Zach and Kelsey and their Mom, Becky Evans. The family visited Howe Caverns in August and were interested in what was happening to the bats as a result of White-Nose Syndrome. To help the effort, they set up a lemonade stand and with their friends donated $9.60 to help with research to find a cure for this deadly disease.

Thanks so much!



Bat Conservation International (BCI) is concerned that the movie, Contagion, will raise unfounded fears about bats. They write: "For centuries, bats have been threatened because of misinformation and myths. We hope this movie does not encourage such needless fears."

We totally agree!

The concert originally scheduled for Sept. 18 at The Cave House Museum of Mining & Geology, to benefit flood victims, has been postponed. We thank the artists who so generously donated their time and talent.
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Fall Hours

The cave is open for Traditional Tours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

Our Zip Line and Rope Course are open throughout the fall, weather permitting. The hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday ONLY.

When the Caverns’ Quiet Vanishes…
Dear Friends,
Here, high on a hill in Schoharie County, we had heard the warnings for New York City and the East Coast as they anticipated the fury of Hurricane Irene.
But, nothing had prepared those of us in Upstate New York for what then Tropical Storm Irene and a few days later, Tropical Storm Lee, would do in our small corner of the planet.

Flooding in Schoharie, courtesy of the Times Union.

We tell our guests how this great cave was created by the power of water over millions of years. And, both Irene and Lee were vivid reminders of that power as they unleased torrential rains. Streams, rivers, towns and villages were flooded and left a wake of destruction.
We were forced to close the tours as the water roared into the cave it continues to form. The clean up was remarkably quick, thanks to our marvelous staff and we are open.
But, all around us, the reminders remain. The clean up, weeks later, continues. Many have lost their homes and businesses. Because we are in an agricultural community, many farmers lost their animals and crops.
Here at the Caverns, we’re accepting donations to help the victims of these torrential waters. All money goes to the Schoharie County Community Action Program to help our neighbors. To date, more than $4,000 has been raised because of our generous visitors and friends. We thank all of you so very much.
Rest assured, we won’t soon forget the lesson of the power of water!
Robert Holt
General Manager

Getting Ready for the 29th Annual Halloween at Howe Caverns
It’s a "Howe-ling" good time — our haunted cave with a cause.

The 29th Annual Halloween at Howe Caverns takes place on Friday, Oct. 28, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This year’s beneficiary is the Marathon for a

A witch stirs her cauldron in the "haunted" cave.

Better Life — The Schoharie County Cancer Walk. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. (Remember, this is a benefit. No coupons or discounts apply.)

Come in costume for this one-evening-only event. It really adds to the fun!

If your group or organization is interested in participating in one of the acts in the cave, contact Holly at the Caverns by calling 518-296-8900 or send her an email.

Contact Us!
Howe Caverns, Inc.
255 Discovery Drive
Howes Cave, NY 12092
For directions and GPS coordinates, please click here.


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