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Many many moons ago I lived in Los Angeles. It was an interesting experience to say the least and maybe someday I’ll tell you all about it. The weather was almost always beautiful, never colder than about 50 and almost never hotter than 90. Right at sea level the oxygen levels are amazing, and a pleasant breeze blows all the smog somewhere else so the sky is always clear and beautiful. I could begin to understand why it was such an expensive place to live – everybody wanted to be there! But one of the weird things I noticed with generally perfect unchanging weather every day of every month was that it got increasingly hard to mark time and to even remember where in the year you were. I missed winter. Thank goodness I moved back to a place with a lot of it!! Now I can easily remember where we are (unless it’s snowing in May) and each year has clear markers of time. Phew!
Several months ago I wrote about how since we choose to live here we should relish our winters. And Winterfest is just that – a celebration of all things winter! We hope you’ll enjoy the program we’ve put together this year!! It’s been a bit weird since for most of the last few weeks I’ve been out on maternity leave, but Leigha has done a great job keeping everything on track! Thanks to everyone who hosts events and also to all of you who come out and enjoy the fun with us!! I hope to see you this weekend!!
Here’s what’s happening on this jam packed weekend!! We’ll get some fresh snow today and enjoy some awesome warmer weather this weekend!! You can see the entire schedule here www.LeadMeThere.org/winterfest
Tonight, Thursday 1/30
5-7pm – January Mixer @ Bucksnort Beer Patio at Whitetail Creek Resort with Lynn’s Dakotamart! Help us kick off our super fun weekend!
6pm – Cool Beans bean cook-off contest! We had so much fun with this last year, and we’ve made a few changes (all kinds of bean dishes, and a much more compact, walkable route). Don’t miss this event – it kicks off with registration at Miners & Merchants Trading post and we’re just asking for a small donation to taste.
Our Winter Rocks music festival kicks off on Friday night as well, with music at Miners’ Tin Cup from 6-8pm and 8-10pm at Blackstone Lodge & Suites (which now features some more food in their lounge!)
8am – The snowmobile poker run will start at Steel Wheel Trading Post (registration ends at 9am)
11am – Winter Rocks: Lotus Up Espresso
1pm – Adult Sledding, Bonfire, and more music: Bucksnort Beer Patio, Whitetail Creek Resort
2pm – Tap Takeover & music: Stewart Lodge, Terry Peak
3pm – Music: Miners & Merchants Trading Post
4pm – Flannel & Flame Party on the Historic Homestake Opera House Patio
4:30-7pm – Soup Supper @ The Rod & Gun Club
6pm – VIP Firework Party @ Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
7pm – Parade line up at the high school (you can still register at lineup)
8pm – Fireworks over the open cut
following fireworks, bonfire of Christmas trees in the Visitor Center parking lot
Also happening on Saturday, Deadwood History is celebrating Chinese New Year for kids in grades K-6. Participants will create a project to take home, eat Chinese style food for lunch, and be a part of a red envelope ceremony. For students in grades K-6. Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center; 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; $6 for members and $11 for non-members plus tax. Reservations required. Please call Amanda Brown, Education Director, at 605-578-1657 for reservations.
9am – Snowshoe Hike, Homestake Trail (Lead Dog Park parking lot)
afternoon – Super Bowl Party @ Bob’s Silver Star Lounge
Questions? You can still call us or reply to this email and we’d be happy to help! 584-1100
Happening next week:
5pm – City Commission Meeting @ Lead City Hall
6pm – Night of the Arts at the Homestake Adams Research & Cultural Center in Deadwood. Students from Lead-Deadwood High School Speech and Debate Team will perform their Oral and Interpretation pieces to practice for their competition. Call Amanda Brown, Education Director, at 605-578-1657 for more information.