We are a year later than we thought on the building, the volcanic rock getting in our way physically and financially. Even now it appears: Virginia Power hit "more than they thought," but I have gotten used to rock and expense, and the reality doesn't make me as volcanic as it used to. The expense has gone from six figures to four, a welcome change. It is still surprising to remember that lava used to flow in Charlottesville.
We are set to complete within the next two months (everyone else is saying one month, but I have been ever cautious in predicting ends). The next step will be raising more money for the interior and for staff. We will probably emerge in the fall to the general public, though we are serving school groups now and camps in the summer camps before a general opening. We are emerging a little later than the cicadas...and like them haven't started our full song yet. (I haven't heard them at all yet...they are silently perched on stems.)