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Blue Mountains Tourist : Autumn 2010
www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au autumn 2010 28 Colourful characters will bring Jenolan's quirky past to life again during a new annual history festival to be held at the caves in May. The 'Phantoms of the Underworld' festival, from May 7 to 23, will feature special history tours, elegant dinners and underground concerts, and will culminate in a Victorian-themed fancy dress dinner and ball. The caves were discovered in 1838, just after Queen Victoria ascended the throne of England. The notorious behaviour of some of Jenolan's 19th century characters may not have met with Her Majesty's approval, yet the caves have always upheld the 'proprieties' -- at least to all outward appearances! In addition to all the regular cave tours, the festival will feature fun and fascinating history tours, elegant winemaker's dinners (Saturdays and Wednesdays), high teas (Saturdays), underground concerts (Pastance, award winning Stephen Fisher-King, Georg Mertens and The Paganini Duo), spine-tingling ghost tours, tours of heritage-listed Caves House, a rare memorabilia display, free information sessions and more! Also, low season accommodation rates will apply -- even on weekends. Jenolan Caves offers rooms (and dinner, bed and breakfast packages) for all tastes and budgets. The 'Phantoms of the Underworld' festival starts the day before Mothers' Day (Sunday, May 9). On Mothers' Day there will be tours of gorgeous caves, fun history tours and an underground performance by Stephen Fisher-King. The festival will culminate on Saturday, May 22 with the 'Lord Carrington Dinner', featuring a 19th century menu and a performance by Jenolan soprano, Domino Houlbrook-Cove. Diners will be invited to get into the spirit of the festival and wear 19th century costume. Then, at the 'Lord Carrington Ball' guests in their fancy dress can dance the night away to the elegant airs of a string quartet. "As the festival will be outside school holidays, it will be the perfect time for couples and 'empty-nesters' to relax, escape, appreciate history and romance, breath fresh mountain air, and take advantage of the lower priced weekend accommodation," says Peter Austen, Jenolan Caves general manager. "It will be fun!" This will be Jenolan's inaugural history festival. For the past two years, to commemorate each cave's anniversary, Jenolan ran special history tours. However, this year they are combining them -- making this festival a once-a-year chance for people to experience these special tours. For more details visit www.jenolancaves.org.au For bookings call 1300 76 33 11. Quirky history comes to life at Jenolan Caves
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