By Portia Williams
November 21, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
MINFORD — Drama will unfold at ‘The Cavern of Choices’ at the White Gravel Mines, 4217 White Gravel McDaniel Road.
The third annual production at the White Gravel Mines will feature a 110-member cast for the 4-day event.
Bryan Davis, one of the ministers and volunteers that helps with the White Gravel Mines productions said the purpose of the event is to encourage wise decision-making.
“The purpose of the production is to enlighten people about making the wrong choices in life, and hopefully to encourage these individuals to turn their lives over to Christ, to look to Christ to help them,” Davis.
Davis said White Mines productions have made a tremendous impact upon members of the community.
“Last year we had more than 1,500 people come out to the production. It is really touching to see how people respond, and just how it affects them. It really makes a huge impact,” Davis said.
According to Davis, this year’s production, The Cavern of Choices, consists of several scenes that contain different examples of things that happen as a result of life choices.
“The choices people make can sometimes turn out to be bad choices, such as drinking and driving and drug-use, and the dangers and consequences of bad choices,” Davis said.
He said the history of the mines dates back to the early 2oth Century.
“It is a production put on by area young people and churches. There are several churches involved with it. The White Gravel Mines is a mine that was operated in the early 20th Century all of the way up to the 1950s,” Davis said.
He said the White Gravel Mines are still unknown to many people in the local area.
“Its really amazing to have something like this in Scioto County. A lot of people don’t even realize that they are there. They are 20 to 30 feet wide, 30 feet high openings. As a matter of fact, the venue where this is held at is 17 acres underground,” Davis said.
According to Davis, the mines were used as party grounds before the Martin family of Minford purchased the land.
“For many years it was a place where people went to party, and a lot of bad things happened there,” Davis said.
The Cavern of Choices production can be viewed Friday, Nov. 22, 23, 29, 30 from 7 p.m. until midnight nightly.
Admission is free and open to the public, with a PG-13 rating, due to traumatic scenes that may not be suitable for children.
For group scheduling, call 740-776-0510.
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