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March 10, 2017 - Social time, 6:30 (snacks welcome) Program, 7:00


    Marian McConnell will introduce us to the world of caving in a region known for widespread karst topography and, subsequently, rife with caves. She and her husband Dan are avid cavers, active in the Blue Ridge Grotto (local caving club) and the National Speleological Society. In 1994, they bought and moved onto 34 acres in Catawba that includes the infamous Murder Hole Cave, site of a death in 1958, and rich in legends and stories of accidents and adventures over many years. There is so much to tell about this cave she wrote a book about it, published in 2012. The evening will include details about Murder Hole, other wild caves in the area, cave safety and conservation. Marian and videographer David Socky created an award-winning documentary about Murder Hole in late 2016.

    Marian is an artist, musician, songwriter, author, caver and biker (Harley Davidson, no less). She retired from a 39-year career with the Veterans Administration in 2014 and works part-time at the Rescue Mission. For over 20 years, she has worked part-time with Roanoke City Parks & Recreation, leading beginner wild caving trips and outdoor adventures, and helps run 3rd Street Coffeehouse. Marian is a member of the Virginia Cave Board.

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This program is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke and the Roanoke Group of the Sierra Club. Programs are held on the second Friday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2015 Grandin Road SW, in Roanoke at the intersection with Brandon Avenue. Snacks for the social time before & after the presentation are welcome but not required. For more information contact Dan Crawford at  or 540-343-5080 or visit the Sierra Club website at  Also, please visit the UUCR Green Team website at:


Earth Friendly Friday - UU Church of Roanoke