How Will You Light Up Lead?

Happy Halloween!

It hardly feels like October… I’d like to say I think all this winter weather means we’re owed an early and very warm spring but… like most things in life it’s best to never feel that anyone owes you anything, because they don’t and the weather least of all. Boooo…..

This winter weather does have me feeling festive and thinking about all my fun Thanksgiving and Christmas plans coming up! If you haven’t heard I wanted to tell you about our big new event this December – LIGHT UP LEAD!

I don’t think it’s a secret that I love Lead. I love the snow, I love winter, and I love living stacked on the side of a hill in our cozy mountain village. I love getting up while it’s still dark and sitting on the couch with husband drinking coffee and looking at all the glowing lights across the way. Yes, it does seem extra romantic since it’s still new this year but… I love it! And I want everyone to get to experience that same feeling this Holiday Season! Which is why the Chamber is hosting a light decorating contest. We’re asking residents of Lead to decorate their hearts out, then we’re going to invite all our friends from far and wide to take a trip down memory lane and go light viewing on our amazing salted/sanded/plowed streets. Looking at lights is a dying holiday activity and I want people to take a pause in their busy schedules and enjoy our beautiful town with their favorite people.

The grand prize will be $1,000 (yes you read that right) to the house/residence deemed most creatively and best decorated. We have a few other prizes to give away so even if you don’t win the grand prize you can still win $250 or an amazing prize basket. This event is hosted by Black Hills Energy, Ace Hardware of Lead and First Interstate Bank with extra support from our annual sponsors and Twin City Hardware.

You can find all the details, rules and information here: and starting tomorrow, you can grab registration forms at Ace Hardware. (Free and discounted registrations with Ace receipts!).

I can’t wait to see what you all have up your sleeves!

Here’s what’s going on in Lead this week:
(If anybody ever tells you there’s nothing going on… please refer them to our packed calendar!)

Tonight, Thursday 10/31 – 5:30-7:30
Trinity United Methodist Church is hosting their annual Halloweenie event for families and kids of all ages. There will be Hot Dogs, Trick or Treating, Crafts & Games, Door Prizes, and More! This is especially nice given that it’s bound to be super cold and icy out tonight. This will take place at the Christian Ministry Center next to the Methodist church.

Friday 11/1
Lasting Impressions Unlimited is having an open house on Friday and Saturday down in Hermosa so if you’re down that way stop by and say hi! They’ll also be offering sales and specials during this time. See their website for all the details: or call 605-201-1021

5pm – Come down to Main Street for First Friday – Lead! Miners’ Tin Cup will be featuring artist, Angela Thorson, with a show called “The Heart of SoHo” She’ll be there to talk about her work (also on Saturday from 10am-2pm. Then pop over to Miners & Merchants Trading Post for a sip ‘n shop with drink samples hosted by Budweiser! These First Fridays have been so much fun!

6pm – And don’t forget the Cheesecake Sampler and Battle of the Hor D’Oeuvres is happening this weekend! It’s a fundraiser for the Lead-Deadwood Arts Center at the Martin and Mason Ballroom in Deadwood and is $20. Some call it the “food event of the year!” Not to be missed!

Saturday, 11/2
10am-3pm – 9th Annual South Dakota’s Largest Home Party. There will be 20+ catalog sales agents, plus a variety of a high quality crafters, along with a bake sale. Proceeds for this United Methodist Fundraiser will benefit “Send Home” for sick children in Honduras, and the church’s youth group. This happens at the Christian Ministry Center on Baltimore Street.

12pm – A Creepy, Kooky Broadway Basics Dance: The Addams Family at the Historic Homestake Opera House. Join choreographer Debbie Minter for a very special Broadway Basics Dance Class! You’ll learn some new steps, do group works, and then put together a full dance to music from the Addams Family Musical! Call Anne for details: 605-584-2067

2pm – Miners’ Tin Cup is hosting a Writers Club. All are welcome to join this informal meeting about what you’re working on or what you’d like to be working on!

5:30-7:30pm – The Handley Recreation Center is hosting a special Teen Skate Night with an 80’s theme! And from 8-10pm they’re hosting an Adults Only 80’s Skate Night! These are so fun and if I weren’t pregnant I’d totally be there!

Monday, 11/4
5pm – City Commission Meeting

Tuesday, 11/5
12pm – Our Winter Event Planning meeting (the last of our public meetings). In the Visitor Center conference room (next to our offices). We were previously going to hold it at Miners’ Tin Cup but are moving it.

6:30pm – Free Poker at Blackstone Lodge.

Wednesday, 11/6
7pm – Rod and Gun Club Meeting at the Rod & Gun Club – all are welcome to join these meetings!

Questions? See the whole calendar here:
Or call me 584-1100

Until next week!
Sierra Ward

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