Barefoot Nellie & Co. performed at the inaugural event. (Photo: Contributed)

An annual event that combines craft beer, great food and local bluegrass music to help save bats returns this weekend.

The Southeastern Cave Conservancy presents Bats, Beer & Bluegrass at Frick’s Cave Preserve in Chickamauga Saturday night, beginning at 4:30. 

Guests will enjoy dinner from Pigeon Mountain Grill, followed by a happy hour and music from Slim Pickins and Barefoot Nellie & Co. Watch Barefoot Nellie & Co. perform below. 

Regional craft beer will be sold by the bottle.

The highlight of the evening (if they cooperate) will be the viewing of a bat flight from the mouth of the cave.

Tickets for the dinner are $50 each or $45 each for two or more tickets. Children 6–12 can enjoy the evening for $10.

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Presented by Southeastern Cave Conservancy Inc., last year’s inaugural event raised more than $20,000 for their Stewardship Endowment Fund. The fund helps maintain the SCCi’s 31 preserves for future generations.

SCCi owns and manages Frick’s Cave Preserve, which is the summer home of more than 10,000 endangered gray bats, has Georgia’s only known population of the rare Tennessee cave salamander and includes 33.8 acres of karstland that are rich with sinkholes and caves.

The cave itself will be closed for visitation during the event to protect the bats.

Frick’s Cave is known as Georgia’s “richest biologic spelean [cave] environment” and one of only two gray bat caves in the state.

The SCCi is the largest land conservancy dedicated to cave and karst environments. Founded in 1991, the grassroots nonprofit maintains a member base of over 1,000. SCCi currently protects 171 caves on 31 preserves in six states.

Membership opportunities are available here.

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