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50/40 Program

The official anniversary observance occurred Saturday, May 24, with events beginning at noon. The celebration began with a ceremony at the Nicholson Entrance, and then moved to the homestead patio for the unveiling of the stone. Afterward, a catered barbecue dinner was followed by reminiscing around the fire after dark.

Gregg Clemmer opened the ceremonies with a few words.

Gregg Clemmer pontificating

 

Dave Kohuth thanked everyone who helped (click for text)

Dave Kohuth thanking everyone

 

 

 

Phil Lucas spoke a few words to present the plaque at the historic Nicholson Entrance to Butler Cave (click for text of speech)

Plaque placed at historic entrance to Butler Cave

 

 

 

Mike Artz then presented the Governer's Proclamation of Butler Cave Discovery Day.

Governers Proclamation

 

 

 

 

We then moved to the patio for the unveiling of the stone:

BCCS Stone

 

 

 

The commendation of the Virginia Legistature was presented by Tommy Shifflett.

Tommy Shifflett Talking

The Virginia Legistature Commendation

 

 

Rocky Ward then spoke about "Burnsville Cove: A Thin Place" (click for text)

Rocky Ward

 

 

More information:

Recorder Article on the 50/40 Celebration

Post-event thank you from Gregg Clemmer

Many more photos 50/40 Photos