Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Myth, The Legend, and the Rare Book About It All

For the last three years, staff members at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park have been conducting historical research on the cave and the surrounding lake area. This information is being put together for a brand new lantern tour of America's most scenic cave tour beginning this summer 2017. (Keep an eye out for more information about that soon!) 


Bridal Cave was named after a Native American legend which was detailed in the book "Indian Romances" published by Colonel R.G. Scott. Colonel Scott was once the owner of 5,400 acres of land in the lake area, including parts of what is now Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Bridal Cave, and Thunder Mountain Park.

Even though we were in possession of a copy of this Native American legend, in almost 70 years no one at the park had ever seen a copy of the actual book it was included in. It had been searched for over the years, but no one ever had any luck locating a copy of the book anywhere. Some even secretly began wondering if both the book and the legend ever existed or if they were just made up stories.  

Finally, someone had a little bit of luck! While doing a Google search on the cave and Col. Scott, an intriguing website fro the U.S. copyright office was found that listed a copyright for Robert Graham Scott in 1933 for a 141 page book titled "Indian Romances" to be published by Meador Publishing in Boston, Massachusetts. We now had proof that the existence of the book was quite possibly true. 


Further investigation found that Meador Publishing was no longer in the book business. Never ones to give up, our staff continued searching the web and came across a "book head hunter", so to speak. This is a person who searches for out of print, hard to find books. A mere 3 days after contacting this individual, he was able to find proof that the book did go to print, and even better, he located 3 copies! One copy is at the New York Library, another in the Mormon Library in Salt Lake, and the final copy was actually for sale by a rare book dealer in Springfield, OH. 

Bridal Cave immediately contacted the dealer to see if this was indeed the book we had been searching for, and that it mentioned Bridal Cave. Well, not only was it the right book, but chapter 11 is actually titled "THE Bridal Cave!" It includes the Native America legend that we are familiar with, plus an additional four pages of information about this region of the Ozark Mountains. An interesting footnote to this is that when the original cave developers, Mr Krehbiel, Mr. Banner, and Mr. Wilkerson, incorporated the company to develop the cave , the corporation was named "THE Bridal Cave Development Company Incorporated."

After a flurry of online communications, we are proud to announce that your favorite Lake of the Ozarks family attraction is now in possession of the only non-public copy of the book that gave our landmark attraction its name! If we are incorrect about that and you have information about another copy of the book, we would love to hear from you. 


Those of us here at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park are currently researching whether or not this legendary book can be brought back into publication. It would make an excellent addition to our gift shop, allowing us to share this wonderful piece of historical literature with our visitors. We'll keep you posted if indeed it becomes available once again. 



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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Another Successful Wedding Vow Renewal For Valentine's Day 2017

As always, our FREE Wedding Vow Renewals at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park were enjoyed by many happy couples. Every year this event is so very well received, you can bet it will be happening again and again for many years to come! Just in case you didn't have a chance to make it to our unique wedding chapel at the Lake of the Ozarks this past weekend, we've got a few of the highlights for you in today's blog.


Last Sunday, February 12, 2107, we helped 222 couples renew their wedding vows for an early celebration of Valentine's Day. Five different states were represented this year, including Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, and Tennessee. One of the couples that joined us were able to renew their vows on the 50th anniversary of their honeymoon at the Lake of the Ozarks. They even showed up with some old postcards and brochures from their visit as newlyweds.   

If you combine the years of marriage between every couple that attended our annual event, a total 4,133 years of marriage were represented last Sunday! The couple that had been married the shortest amount of time tied the knot just six months ago. The husband and wife that had been married the longest were married 60 years ago. 


Every couple that renewed their wedding vows received a goody bag full of all kinds of free treats, including a lifetime pass to Bridal Cave. This year we did something a little different and had an additional drawing for a grand prize, and the lucky husband and wife that won are Richard and Amy Caywood, Bridal Cave couple #3,426, from Osage Beach. Their grand prize contained two tickets to the concert of their choice at Ozarks Amphitheater, overnight accommodations at Old Kinderhook Lodge, and a limo ride to and from the concert. 

Grand Prize Winners
Get Married At Bridal Cave
If the reason that you didn't join us this year is because you're not married, but soon will be, then Bridal Cave may be the perfect place for you to say "I do" to each other for the first time. Not only do we have our underground wedding chapel inside the cave available, but you may also get married at the Lake of the Ozarks in our outdoor lakeside pavilion. The cave can accommodate up to 50 guests standing, and the pavilion can hold up to 80 seated guests.

We have some wonderful wedding packages available that take care of many of the wedding planning details for you. If you don't see exactly what you have in mind, give us a call and we will do our best to help bring your wedding dreams to life. Reservations are accepted with a minimum of seven days notice. You can reserve your date or find out additional information by calling 573-346-2676


   
Join Us For Our 2018 Renewal Of Vows
Thank you to everyone that participated in this year's free vow renewals at Bridal Cave. We'd also like to say a special thank you to all of our sponsors. They help to make this wonderful event even better. 
  • Lindsey Webster Photography
  • Janine's Flowers
  • Ozark Amphitheater
  • KRMS 97.5 FM
  • 93.5 Rocks 
Next year's event is already in the planning stages. Mark your calendars now for Sunday, February 11, 2108. There is no limit to the amount of times you may attend our yearly renewal of vows at Bridal Cave. As a matter of fact, we'd be thrilled to see you back here every year. It's a wonderful way to keep the romance alive in your marriage, all set in the beautiful backdrop of our stalactite adorned underground wedding chapel. 



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cave tours.

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Camdenton, MO 65020
(573) 346-2676

Friday, February 10, 2017

5 Reasons to Renew Your Vows

Just in time for Valentine's Day, we are hosting our annual vow renewal ceremony on Sunday, February 12th, 2017. To celebrate a special day with your love, plan to attend our most anticipated annual event at the Lake of the Ozarks! Since there are a TON of great reasons to renew your vows, take advantage of our FREE vow renewals!

1) Rekindle that Flame


No matter how long you have been married, you may need to recreate the spark that brought you together in the first place. A wedding is such an emotional and lovely occasion, and the perfect way to rekindle the flame between husband and wife!

2) Celebrate a Milestone Anniversary


A milestone anniversary is a BIG DEAL!  It does not matter if it is five years or fifty, it is important to honor your years of marriage. If you are reaching a major anniversary, celebrate your love for one another with a vow renewal!

3) A Fresh Start


Many times a marriage will hit a bumpy patch, if you and your significant other need a fresh start, renew your vows at Bridal Cave! We would be honored to help you remember what brought you together and celebrate how far you have come on our special vow renewal day.

4) Incorporate Family Who Missed the Big Day


Whether you have children and didn't before you were married or have family members who couldn't make it to your special day, recapture your love one another at our vow renewal ceremony. To help  cherish your love for each other and be a part of the new memory, it is important to renew your vows.

5) Because You Want To


Do you need any reason at all? If you and your spouse want to renew your wedding vows to one another, DO IT! You won't regret sharing time together, celebrating your love for each other at our vow renewal ceremony.

Who: YOU & that special someone in your life!

What: FREE Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony

When: Sunday, February 12th, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.

Where: Your favorite cave at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Each couple will receive fresh flowers for the bride, from Janine's Flowers and Lindsey Webster Photography will take a wedding portrait, available online. You can also enter to win two tickets to a concert at Ozarks Amphitheater with overnight accommodations at Old Kinderhook, a goodie bag with gifts and discounts for area businesses, AND a lifetime pass to Bridal Cave!

Celebrate your Love at Bridal Cave!


Bring your loved one out for a romantic day in which you make new memories, together. Love will certainly be in the air at our annual vow renewal ceremony! No matter what your reasoning, renewing your vows is a lovely gesture to celebrate your love for one another.  Bridal Cave is the place to be for your wedding vow renewals at the Lake of the Ozarks!

One of America's most scenic 
cave tours.

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(573) 346-2676

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

BRAND NEW - Season Passes For Bridal Cave!

One trip through our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction simply isn't enough! Visitors are always asking us if they can purchase a season pass to Bridal Cave so that they can come back throughout the year. We love making people happy, so season passes are now available! 


It's inexpensive to upgrade.
A tour of Bridal Cave currently costs $18 for adults, $9 for ages 5-12, and children ages 4 and under may enter for free. If you have an amazing time and want to come back for more, turning your entry ticket into a season pass is easy and extremely inexpensive. 

For only $5, you can upgrade your one-time admission ticket into a season pass that will allow you to come back as many times as you like for an entire year! These season passes are good for one year from the date of purchase, and the number of tours you may take within that year are unlimited. They are not transferable, and we will ask for a photo ID when you use it. 


Why come back? 
If you live in the lake area, own a second home here, or regularly travel through the Lake of the Ozarks, a season pass is perfect for you. There are most likely plenty of days throughout the year that you want to do something fun, but don't feel like spending a lot of money. With a season pass, enjoying one of America's most scenic cave tours is always an option. 

When the kids aren't in school, a visit to Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park is a great way to spend an afternoon and burn off some of that energy young people always seem to have. Pack a picnic to share in our lake view pavilion, head to the dock and feed the fish, and make an entire day of fun out of the trip. 

If you entertain guests from out of town often, bringing them here is a wonderful way to entertain them, and it will only cost you the price of their ticket. Exploring the beauty of Thunder Mountain Park in every changing season is amazing. With a season pass, you can swing into the cave each time you are here and enjoy the cave adventure in addition to your nature walk. 



See you soon... again & again!  
Now that we are offering season passes to Bridal Cave, we expect to see more of you many times throughout the year. Do you know a nature lover that would appreciate this deal? Season passes to the best family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks make an excellent gift! Now is the time to explore family fun... as it should be... any time and as many times as you like.   



One of America's most scenic 
cave tours.

Visit us at www.BridalCave.com
Like us on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.
Follow us on Google+
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526 Bridal Cave Road
Camdenton, MO 65020
(573) 346-2676