From a High Vantage Point


Have you ever looked down on a city from a plane as you are landing/taking off (I’m thinking about the many transfer trips I’ve made through Minneapolis). That moment when you are close enough to see most details but far enough up to see the whole. It’s staggering to notice just how many individuals make up that city – so many houses (all with plumbing, electricity and heat) and streets (all paved and plowed and cleaned), businesses and factories, cars driving orderly through traffic lights and stop signs. Really when you consider it from that vantage point, it’s quite a wonder.

Sometimes we just need to pop our heads up and out of everyday life and say “Wow, so much going on! Everyone going about their business and largely following the rules while they’re at it! Everyone keeping themselves alive!”

It’s easy to become doomy and gloomy in the face of so much uncertainty but I hope you remember to sometimes pop your head above the clouds and see the sun.

______Here’s what’s happening around Lead

Most businesses are open in Lead, or planning to fully open in the coming weeks. As always be sure to call ahead and just double check before you arrive.

Today, Thursday 5/7
Cheyenne Crossing is re-opening for dine-in and dine outside as well as curbside pickup and takeout! We’ve missed those kids so much these past few weeks and can’t wait to gorge on indian tacos and sourdough pancakes. For now they’re still on winter hours (Thursday-Sunday 7:30am-8pm).

Cadillac Jacks is also reopening today this includes all their dining options. See all the info here:

Friday 5/8
9am – Feeding Lead continues at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center parking lot. If you’d like some supplemental food please drive up and grab some for you or someone you know! We’ll be here loading cars until we run out of supplies. As well as the Feeding SD box we’re also giving perishables and extra non perishable items thanks to our partners Coeur Wharf, Homestake Mining Company, Black Hills Title, Sanford Underground Research Facility and a few private donations. This week we also have some kids items, oral hygiene things and hand sewn masks. If you have items or want to donate money please let me know by emailing me.

Wednesday 5/13
2pm – We’ll be having a live and in person Gold Camp Jubilee planning meeting at City Hall for eight people. We’ll also host the event on Zoom so that anyone who wants to participate without attending in person can. Please let me know if you’d like the join info. Come help us brainstorm ideas for this years celebration. This will be the first of a few.

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church is opening for their Saturday night service (6:30pm) and Sunday morning service (9am).

First Presbyterian Church will have their Sunday service (11am)

Trinity United Methodist is looking at a June open and St. Patrick’s will be open for Saturday service on May 16th.

______Other News & Notes

As of now the Visitor Center and Chamber Offices are still closed. When the board gives me a reopen date I will be sure to let you know!

Lead Country Club is open! The club house is open 9am-3pm for May and they’re asking for people to call ahead and make tee times this year. (605) 584-1852 If you haven’t golfed Lead before I’ll tell you it’s my favorite course. I’m okay at golf, not the worst but far far away from the best. Our country club is just like our town, relaxed, unpretentious and genuine. Be sure to make plans to enjoy some golf out there this summer!

And speaking of golf – Comfort Inn in Deadwood is opening on Thursday and they are running some great specials including $6 mini golf for people who show an SD drivers license!

Laurie Wince at the Foundation for Health Lead Deadwood has been partnering with volunteers to make cloth masks and she is offering to supply small businesses with masks if they need. We know that times are tough and resource a bit thin so if this would help you please contact her 892-5902

Monument Health made a one sheet guide to some things you might consider doing in your business as you make plans to reopen. Check it out here:

And as we all decide how to implement ways to mitigate high touch items and areas in our business one of those things is menus (which always skeezed this germaphobe out!) Black Hills Pioneer is offering a special on disposable menus and other menu boards and items. Call Sona for pricing and more info 642-2761

We here at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center are partnering again with the town window painter, Frank Haws, to commemorate the 2020 Lead-Deadwood high school graduates! The school is having a drive through graduation next Sunday, May 17, at 2pm with a parade through both towns to follow. We hope you’ll support them by decorating your shop windows in celebration.

Haugo Broadcasting’s FREE “Yes, We’re Open!” Campaign – Haugo Broadcasting is extending immediate support to the Black Hills business community by doing a FREE “Yes, We’re Open!” campaign for ANY business. The listing is absolutely free and without obligation. Fill out the business registration form

Explore Fitness and Adventures will have a corner with gear for sale/rent and information at Big Trout Deli! Stop by and check it out next time you go in for ice cream and deli sandwiches!

Akela Spa is reopen as well with new safety measures and precautions. Call now for appointments (605) 578-1180

If you have something going in Lead let me know! If you reply to this email it comes straight to me and I love hearing from each of you.

Stay healthy and happy!!
Sierra Ward

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